In The Know: Cool Things for Parents & Kids |
Each month we round up some of the best finds for mums and dads, guaranteed to keep the children busy and parents happy. This month, from the latest kid-friendly clothing collection to the informative podcast to add to your playlist, here’s everything you need on your radar…
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Needle & Thread Kids

We’re huge fans of Needle & Thread’s ultra-feminine pieces here at SL, so imagine our delight that the brand has now launched a mini-me range. Whether it’s sequins, lace or florals, these dresses are best suited to big occasions – think weddings, birthdays and Christmas. Four new designs are ready to buy now, with the rest of the collection available for pre-order.


The Pop & Go Dummy

If you feel frustrated at constantly cleaning dummies which end up on the floor – or worse, the ground – the new Pop & Go dummy from Doddle & Co could be the answer. Thanks to its innovative design, once dropped, the pacifier pops in on itself, which means the teat never touches questionable surfaces. Made from 100% silicone, it’s also dishwasher safe and appropriate for all ages – including new-borns.   


Five Minute Mum

Former teaching assistant Daisy Upton loves her two children, but they also drive her mad. To maintain her sanity, she came up with Five Minute Mum, a book of quick and easy games using stuff from around the house. Pick from more than 150 different games, all of which only take five minutes to set up and tidy away. 

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Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide

A former head teacher and star of Educating Yorkshire, Matthew Burton breaks down his advice for getting on at school in his new book Go Big: The Secondary School Survival Guide. From locking down some firm friendships to preparing for final year exams, Mr Burton offers his tips to make the transition as worry-free as possible – for kids and parents, too. 

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Grass & Air 

Outerwear brand Grass & Air’s fun designs will mean your kids will love wearing them, whatever the weather. We love the colourful wellington boots, each of which offer a sweet nod to the quintessential British rain. Worried about the kids getting chilly toes? Grass & Air also offers an affordable pair of cosy wellie socks. 


Lollipop Smart Baby Monitor

The next generation in baby monitors, this new smart camera is designed to capture every movement your baby or toddler makes, from playtime through to naps. Complete with night vision, a 128-degree view and automatic cry detection, there are also five different installation options, making it a versatile addition to your child’s nursery or playroom. 

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Misha Nonoo x Hatch

Following news that Meghan Markle’s BFF is expecting her first child with husband Mikey Hess, Misha Nonoo has teamed up with maternity brand Hatch to launch a capsule collection under her eponymous brand. Including a pregnancy-friendly riff on the ‘husband shirt’ – made famous by the Duchess of Sussex – the collection also includes plenty of other versatile shirting and dress options, all in an easy-to-wear, mix-and-match colour palette. 


Parental Control: The My Baba Podcast

Parental Control is a monthly parenting and lifestyle podcast from My Baba founder Leonora Bamford. Born out of Leonora’s frustration at trying to keep her children safe online – and not finding the right advice – the podcast tackles a range of niche parenting subjects, from the importance of gut health in pregnancy to why you should never tell kids to calm down. 

Listen here.

Linea Mamma Baby

This Italian cosmetic brand offers a large variety of cruelty-free products designed especially for children. Created by Olcelli Farmaceutici, Linea Mamma Baby products are made in Italy from organic plant extracts and are completely dye and paraben free. From hand soap and body cream to after sun and shampoo, the cute designs make them a fun addition to a child’s bathroom. 

Available here.

The Baby Show 

Having first launched in 2002, the annual Baby Show turns 18 this year and returns to Excel London at the end of February. The one-stop-shop for everything pregnancy and parenting, attendees will find everything from boutique brands to expert advice, live podcast recordings and exclusive offers. There’s also a full range of family-friendly facilities in place to ensure little ones feel welcome, too.

Buy tickets here.

Peppa Pig Pancake Pans

Leading cookware brand Tefal has launched the ultimate pancake day addition for Peppa Pig fans. These piggy-themed pancake pans will help you say goodbye to soggy and burnt pancakes, with each pan complete with Tefal’s patented Thermo-Spot, which turns solid red once the pan has reached ideal temperature for cooking. The non-stick coating also makes it perfect for flipping. 

Buy here. 


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