In The Know: Cool Things For Parents & Kids

Each month we bring you the coolest things that are guaranteed to keep the kids busy and parents happy. From a bike subscription service to a new frozen meal range, here’s what to have on your radar.

Blue Planet II Book

Take a deep dive into the wonders of the ocean with this illustrated companion book to the Blue Planet II TV series. A collaboration with BBC Earth, it teaches children about the ocean’s natural habitats with charming illustrations and fun facts. From sea otters to humpback whales, coral reefs to ocean floors, discover all there is to know about life underwater. 

Visit Waterstones.com

Seraphina London

Add a little glitz and glamour to your children’s party wardrobe with a beautiful dress from Seraphina London. Its collection of velvet and corduroy styles is made for the festive season – we love the Little Carousel dress, which has a matching womenswear design too. The Baby & Children range covers ages from 12 months to 9 years. 

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Oysho Mum Collection

For supportive and stylish maternity lingerie, sleepwear and activewear, Oysho’s Mum collection has you covered. Among its ultra-soft options that are simple yet comfortable, there are nursing bras, maternity pyjamas and robes, and super stretchy leggings and sports bras. The brand’s maternity bags and changing mats also make great gifts for parents-to-be. 

Visit Oysho.com

Annabel Karmel’s Frozen Meals

Children’s cookery author Annabel Karmel has launched a range of frozen meals for toddlers and children. Inspired by her cookbook favourites, it includes chicken pasta with tomato and mascarpone, cottage pie with hidden veggies, and mild chicken tikka with fluffy rice. Each meal contains at least one of their five-a-day and is low in salt with no artificial preservatives. Pop them in the freezer and serve up on those extra busy days.

Visit AnnabelKarmel.com

Recruit A Mum

Recruit A Mum is a recruitment consultancy specialising in getting mums back into the workplace. With professional part-time, flexible and full-time roles available across all sectors, the service supports women throughout the entire employment process. Collectively, the small, friendly team have over 25 years’ experience and are on hand to help with their wealth of knowledge. 

Visit RecruitAMum.com

Peanut App

In a bid to help pregnant women suffering from loneliness during the pandemic, the Peanut App has added a feature called Bump Buddies, which connects mums-to-be with similar due dates to form friendships and share advice. Users can also connect with women by location, hobbies and personality traits on the app at any stage of motherhood. It’s free to download and available on both iOS and Android.

Visit Peanut-App.io

Nanny Louenna App

After graduating from the prestigious Norland College 15 years ago, Louenna Hood used her expertise and knowledge to create the Nanny Louenna app with useful information and advice for parents. The app covers everything from feeding and bathing babies to potty training and language development in toddlers. Subscribe for £4.99 per month. 

Visit NannyLouenna.com

The Bike Club

Encourage the kids to get outdoors with a little help from The Bike Club, a new subscription service that allows children to borrow a bike and then scale up when they’ve outgrown it. There are bikes for all ages, from balance bikes to mountain bikes, and you can opt for a brand-new model or choose a second-hand one. Subscriptions start from as little as £2.50 per month, making this an affordable way to keep the kids active. 

Visit TheBikeClub.co.uk

Baba West Vitamin D Supplements 

My Baba has joined forces with fertility expert and midwife Zita West to create a range of supplements to support the growth of children. Baba West’s Oral Spray contains the recommended daily dose of vitamin D, which helps develop children’s bones, teeth and muscles, as well as boosting the immune system and gut health – particularly important during the winter. The supplements are also available as oral drops.  

Visit BabaWest.co.uk

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