A selection of boutique small businesses, many of which are local to the Illawarra region. These wonderful businesses provide services and products to help your pregnancy and baby journey become stylish, functional, that little bit easier and even more enjoyable.
We wholeheartedly support a holistic approach to pre-conception, pregnancy and parenthood. At the Coal Coast Pregnancy and Baby Expo, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the services and businesses that can help you in your journey. All topics are welcome, and we promote normalising the typically taboo, from postpartum depression including women’s pelvic floor dysfunction and more!
Bambini Prams begun in 2017 with a desire for a pram that would feel the best for them and their new baby Elodie. They wanted a pram with all the modern benefits, but that could also rock to give the old-age sprung pram experience every first time parent dreams of. With none of the rigid pram models available meeting this desire, they developed a vision to bring a unique design of pram to the Australian market. Their prams are engineered with an integrated rocking system; in the case of MILAN this is crafted alongside modern design and functionality; while their YORK model follows the traditional design that never goes out of style. For added value their prams are designed and manufactured in Europe, for the benefit of years of European craftsmanship and style. Finally, each of their prams has been tested to Australian Standards 2088 for your peace of mind. Bambini Prams feel like no other pram to use. Visit their website here.
Scribbly Gum Photography
Scribbly Gum photography is based in Wollongong, NSW and services the Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Highlands and Sydney and beyond. Rachel is an International Award Winning photographer and excels at patiently settling babies to sleep, playing with busy toddlers and chasing energetic fur babies. From the very first phone call, to the personal delivery of finished artwork to your home, Rachel will ensure you enjoy your photography experience. Scribbly Gum Photography prides themselves on their personalised service! If you would like to learn more, call Rachel on 0423 442 243 or visit their website here.
Do you need your child restraint installed, rotated or the harness adjusted? Let Babysafe Wollongong come to you for your child restraint needs. As a mum of 2, Angela knows how hard it is to get out the door some days! As a mobile service Angela can come to your door and take the hassle out of getting your child restraint sorted. She can meet you at home, work, the hospital…. wherever works best for you! For bookings call Angela on 0434 630 945 or visit their website here.
Little Bo Sleep
Little Bo Sleep provides personalised sleep advice and support to help your family get a better night’s sleep. Working with a range of ages from newborns through to 4 years old with age appropriate routines and settling techniques to give you the right solution to help your little one sleep. There are a range of support options to meet your needs and budget including in home consultations during the day and night and support along the way to help you embed changes and cement your new found sleep. Visit their website here.
The Sensory Studio
Being a parent of a special needs child can be an isolating experience. You get used to accepting that other people don’t understand and knowing that you can’t do things the way others do. One of the goals of The Sensory Studio is to serve as a pillar for the community, a hub for those in need of a chat, and a way to connect with others who understand. Children with additional needs sometimes need a little extra help keeping their hands busy and bodies calm. The Sensory Studio is a community-minded retail outlet for parents, carers and teachers of children with additional needs. To see their impressive range of products visit their website here.
Smallprint Sutherland Shire
Smallprint captures your loved ones fingerprints, hand & footprints, handwriting, drawings and printed names in pure silver handmade jewellery. All jewellery is individually handmade with pure silver from start to finish by Tara in her Miranda home studio. You can visit their website here.
Future Steps for Kids
Future Steps for Kids is a children’s footwear store designed by podiatrists with styles ranging from pre-walkers through to pre-schooler/kindergarten. They fit shoes for all types of feet and focus on fitting for the walking stage of the child not their age. There is plenty of space for the kids to try their new shoes and a podiatrist is generally on site to answer any questions parents may have about their children’s feet. Visit their website here.
A sensory experience awaits in Coastal Float’s state of the art floatation pods and wellness centre. In this fast-moving new millennium, it is especially important to keep in touch with our bodies and to care for our health. Many people spend holidays running around more hectically than in their everyday life. That is why at Coastal Float they want you to focus on your wellbeing in an oasis of rest, replenishment and rejuvenation. They are based in Kiama, visit their website here.
Zay & Lilly’s Boutique
Zay and Lilly’s Boutique is run by Tamara, a mum of 3 beautiful girls 5, 3 and 8 months. Tamara hand makes her items from clothing, headbands, bedding for cots and single beds to bibs, play mats and more! If there is something you would like to order but can’t find it on her website, don’t hesitate to ask, just send her a message and she can help you out! Visit their website here.
Evie & Grey
Evie & Grey was born from an Australian mama’s passion to design a chic, versatile range of bamboo & organic cotton swaddles for the fashion-inspired parent. Their bamboo muslin swaddles have been designed to suit your contemporary, multipurpose needs. Their customers use their Evie & Grey pieces in a variety of different ways – baby swaddle, stroller cover, nursing cover, tummy time blanket, burp cloth, security blanket and a whole lot more. Bamboo is renowned for its antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and breathable properties which make it the perfect choice for your baby’s delicate skin. Evie & Grey pride themselves on their commitment to ethical, organic and chemical-free swaddles that will support your baby at the earliest stage in their lives. Visit their website here.
Junior Tribe Co
Junior Tribe Co pride themselves on preserving the environment for future generations to enjoy, this is what inspired them to create Junior Tribe Co and spread their love of reusable products. They started as a small handmade business entangled between the beautiful untouched rain forests of the hinterland and the white sandy beaches of Byron Bay NSW. Their love and inspiration is drawn from the scenery that surrounds them and the community in which they live. Their cloth nappies are hand designed in the Byron Bay Hinterland, originally being hand sewn at home, they are now produced ethically overseas. The journey of your new cloth nappy starts from just a sketch and then blossoms into the nappy you use on your baby. The journey and process is a close one and they enjoy sharing your cloth nappy experience with you along the way. Visit their website here.
Ben & Ellie
The B&E nappy change clutch is a designer nappy wallet and baby changing mat. Feel organised, stylish and prepared, no matter where you are. Take it out on its own for short trips or use it as a nappy bag organiser to turn any bag into a neatly organised nappy bag. It’s the perfect baby shower gift and a must have for any new mum. Check out the product that Mama Disrupt called a GAME CHANGER in 2019 and that Dads are saying is “the best thing in our baby bag”. Once you have a Ben & Ellie Baby Nappy Change Clutch, you’ll never leave the house without it! Visit their website here.
EcoCubs is a small family business from the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, and all of their products are designed and tested in-house by them! Anneliese has always been passionate about protecting our planet and human health having worked as a registered nurse since 2007, but it was reading about the discovery of microplastics in humans, including bubs(!), that pushed her to start this journey. Their goal is to provide products for your family that are healthy for people AND the planet. At EcoCubs, they don’t believe the two are mutually exclusive. They will do all of the research for you so that you can feel confident in making easy eco-choices for your home. All of their products are plastic-free and non-toxic but most importantly safe & sustainable for your little bears and the earth. Visit their website here.
At Village Physiotherapy Shellharbour, they care about you and you only. Their team is passionate about what they do and aim to return you to your best. They love meeting new clients and especially watching the journey from pregnancy to motherhood. With one on one personalised sessions, they use thorough assessment techniques to find the true cause of your pain. If you are looking for safe exercise during pregnancy and post pregnancy their pilates classes are great for keeping you active and getting you strong. Run by their female physiotherapist trained in Women’s Health, these classes are sure to make you feel great no matter what stage you are at. So why not go in and try a “different” kind of service – Personalised Physio in Shellharbour. Visit their website here.
Calmbirth With Lyndal
Lyndal is a Registered Midwife/Nurse. Her recent maternity experience is mostly in postnatal care however Lyndal has worked in all areas, including Midwifery Group Practice. Lyndal comes to Calmbirth as a mother who used the Calmbirth ‘toolbox’ in all three of her labours. It was her own Calmbirth class in Berry that sparked interest to become a Calmbirth Educator. Lyndal realised she wanted to help others to approach birth with a calming confidence. Birth is a key moment in a woman’s life and an experience that can have so many flow on effects to parenthood. Email her at email@example.com.
Leisha is a mum and naturopath who is passionate about women’s health. Leisha loves supporting women through the three P’s- Preconception, Pregnancy and Post-partum. She works alongside you using diet, lifestyle, nutritional medicine and herbal medicine to make sure your journey is the best it can be and your baby is the healthiest it can be. Leisha works with those experiencing fertility issues, including recurrent miscarriage; nausea, morning sickness, reflux, leg cramps and low iron during pregnancy; and lactation issues, fatigue and painful periods in the postpartum period.
Leisha looks forward to meeting you and discussing how she can facilitate a positive change in your pregnancy journey. Visit their website here.
Miss Zoe’s School of Dance
The 2018 & 2019 Most Outstanding Dance Studio in the Illawarra & South Coast Local Business Awards, Miss Zoe’s School of Dance, is located in Kiama, Coledale & Wollongong. This year they are a Finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards! The school offers fun and affordable classes for children aged 2yrs to adults in the styles hip hop, tap, ballet, jazz, and contemporary. They also offer acrobatics, musical theatre, broadway jazz, singing, stretch and fitness, non-performance adult classes, private lessons, dancing birthday parties, preschool fun classes, and wedding dance lessons. Miss Zoe’s professional and energetic staff provide a safe and comfortable environment where all students are encouraged in a positive and friendly manner. Visit their website here.
Luna & Olive
Jess, the Director of Luna & Olive, wanted to make a one stop shop for people to be able to shop for gifts, toys and games for their little ones. To have confidence that the item that arrives will be as shown and described in the product page. Jess strives to incorporate environmentally friendly packaging and products and to only sell items that are ethically made with sustainable practices. These products will last and can be passed down as family keepsakes rather than being thrown away. Visit their website here.
Australian Breastfeeding Association
The Australian Breastfeeding Association is Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding. They support, educate and advocate for a breastfeeding inclusive society. ABA’s Breastfeeding Helpline is available 24/7 for people to reach out for support – call 1800 686 268. Visit their website here.
The Little Physio
The Little Physio specialises in all things Kids from those born premature up to 12 years of age. The practice has a special interest in early neurodevelopment, neurological and neuromuscular conditions and the interplay of all body systems on development. We also see children born with orthopaedic conditions such as plagiocephaly (flat heads), torticollis, foot conditions such as talipes and hip dysplasia through to in-toeing/out-toeing, bow legs and knock knees. Together we aim to ensure your child can ‘Play, Move & Thrive’.
Lucy, the founder of Puggles Nappy Library wanted to share her love of modern cloth nappies (MCNs) with families and stamp out the myth that reusable nappies are difficult and messy. Not only are they good for the environment, better for bums and your bank account but they’re also super cute. Puggles Nappy Library do not sell nappies, instead they stock a wide range of MCN brands and styles that you can hire so that you can try before you buy resulting in you finding the perfect nappy for you and your baby before committing to a purchase. Visit their website here.
Mama Base is led by Rachel Bridge, a perinatal, child and family psychologist. Author of the fabulous book, ‘The Puzzle of Us’. Expert parenting workshop for parents-to-be and parents of infants, Stepping into Parenthood. Website coming soon! In the meantime, be sure to check out their Instagram page here.
Wollongong Nannies is a nanny recruitment agency. We match families with like-minded, professional and nurturing nannies through extensive screening. We service all areas of the Illawarra, Wingecarribee and Shoalhaven regions. Wollongong Nannies provides professional and nurturing childcare for all families. We understand the importance of tailoring our support to suit your individual needs and finding the right fit. Whether you require a dedicated nanny to undertake all aspects of childcare and house management, or a casual babysitter to step in when you’re off to an event; Wollongong Nannies can assist you. Visit their website here.
Feed Mama First
At Feed Mama First we create home delivered, nourishing, nutrient dense, ready-to-eat meal & snack packs carefully created to fuel the fourth trimester right. Our aim is to focus first on the needs of the new mother by providing healing, energising, seasonal, locally sourced, zero waste, warming, easy to digest, whole food based meals, snacks & drinks. Our packs support new mums during their transition into life at home with a new baby, so they can focus on healing, recovery and relationship building. Visit their website here.
Behind Mumma’s Beans is Maika, mum and coffee lover from Bulli. Having worked with coffee and other crops for her corporate job, Maika became even more obsessed with coffee when she was pregnant and then breastfeeding and coffee became even more of a luxury that could only be enjoyed in small amounts.Some coffee gave her heart burn in the late stages of pregnancy, and having a bloaty baby she often felt guilty to think that it was maybe the precious coffee that contributed to her little one’s discomfort. She couldn’t find a decaf coffee she really loved. Lots of research and a visit to several coffee growers in Northern NSW later, the idea to Mumma’s Beans coffee was born. Mumma’s Beans is delicious, Australian grown coffee, naturally lower in caffeine and pesticide and chemical free. It’s also gentle on the tummy. Perfect for pregnant or breastfeeding mums that need to be conscious of caffeine intake as well as acidity, but don’t want to compromise on aroma or taste. There is also a fairtrade and organic certified Mumma’s Beans Decaf, for anyone who wants to avoid caffeine altogether. It’s a product that celebrates mums, to allow her some guiltfree indulgence at a time when so much in her world is about the baby. Visit their Facebook page here.
Dream Designer Childrenswear
Behind Dream Designer Childrenswear is Mum a of six, Bec who has been dressing babies and kids from the gong and surrounds with expert advice and love for ten years. At the Expo, she will be bringing the popular Toshi hats and clothes, Christmas outfits, rattles dolls and softies and some special bargains for the day.
You Can find her at shop 2/65 Princes Highway at Fairy Meadow next to the cheesecake shop and also here.