In The Know: Cool Things for Parents & Kids

This month we’ve rounded up some of the best finds for mums and dads, guaranteed to keep the kids busy and parents happy. From roll-away beds perfect for last-minute sleepovers to trips to the theatre for some well-known classics, here’s everything you need on your radar…

Bundle Beds

Whether it’s an impromptu sleepover or the annual family camping trip, friends James and Lucy founded Bundle Beds to inject some much-needed comfort into portable beds. Fully self-contained, Bundle Beds come complete with a slim but deceptively-comfortable self-inflating mattress, a built-in duvet and pillow and even sheets. The whole thing rolls up before clipping together with a neat carrying handle, making the whole thing super travel-friendly. 


En Fant 

Check out these thermal wellies from Danish childrenswear label En Fant - guaranteed to keep kids toes both cosy and dry. They also come with the brand’s unique TPR soles, which boast a feather-light design so children can walk, run and play in total comfort. The furry lining might make these fit a little more on the snug side, so consider going up a size in this style. 

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The Smeds And The Smoos

From the creators of The Gruffalo, it’s time to meet the Smeds (who are red) and the Smoos (blue). The two groups never mix, so it comes as a shock to both families when a young Smed and a young Smoo fall in love. Fear not though, unlike a more familiar tale, love conquers all in this story. Spoiler alert: there's even a gorgeous purple baby at the end. With rhymes and illustrations throughout, it’ll teach kids why it’s always worth embracing each other’s differences.

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Magnet Mouse

After leaving behind a career in the City, Mouse Allen launched Magnet Mouse in 2015 to produce a range of baby clothes which did away with fiddly fastenings. All their babygrows contain a magic twist – hidden magnets which snap together to wrap around a baby in seconds. As well as being completely hassle free, all Magnet Mouse clothing is made from 100% cotton in the UK. 


Oi Frog – Live on Stage

It’s a new day at Sittingbottom school and FROG is looking for a place to sit…based on the bestselling range of children’s books, this highly anticipated stage show offers a fun day or afternoon out for the whole family. Only an hour long, the show boasts original music, songs, puppets, and rhymes, all co-created by Emma Earle, Zoe Squire, Luke Bateman and Richy Hughes – the same team behind Mr Popper’s Penguins. Running until 5th January. 

Book here 

Perfect Moment

Heading off for a super-special mountain getaway? Perfect Moment is here to take care of all your kids ski gear. From rainbow coloured jackets to star-print all-in-ones, the mini-me creations from this well-known sportswear label are equal parts practical and stylish. Beware – some of the pieces aren’t cheap, but decent gear is always a good investment. Just hand it down when kids grow out of it to ensure you get your money’s worth!

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The Snowman at The Peacock

When it comes to classic Christmas stories, it doesn’t get more magical than The Snowman. Back for a record 22nd year, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre returns to the stage with its adaption of the classic book by Raymond Briggs. Guaranteed to melt the heart of even the coldest Scrooges, it’s simply not one to miss this Christmas.

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Want to cart the kids’ stuff around but still feel stylish and organised? That’s exactly how Lauren, the founder of diaper bag company ToteSavvy, felt when she had her first child. ToteSavvy’s range of inside-the-tote organisers are designed to keep all your items neatly in one place – while leaving the choice of bag entirely up to you. The organiser not only makes things easier to find, but it can be transferred from bag to bag, meaning there’s no more wasted time on loading and unloading.


Baby & Taylor 

Perfect for getting the mini-me look, these personalised cashmere sweaters from KidPix come in either matching mummy-and-baby or sibling sizes. Simply head online, choose your word and thread colour and whether you want it on the front or the back. Hand embroidered in Paris, these jumpers will make a really special Christmas gift for family or friends this year.

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