9 Cool Things For Parents & Kids
If you’re after quick, balanced and tasty recipes for children, look no further than Annabel Karmel’s award-winning ready-to-go meals. With almost 50 cookbooks to her name, Annabel knows how important it is for toddlers and children to enjoy delicious meals made with the right ingredients, even on busy days. This September, she’s launched a range of meals with fresh packaging, each featuring a mini professional on the pack, from pilots to deep-sea divers, chefs, royal guards and scientists. New dishes include tomato and mascarpone pasta, cottage pie, mild chicken tikka with rice, and chicken and potato pie. Available at Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, every recipe is low in salt and counts towards your child’s five-a-day.
Artipoppe create sophisticated baby carriers that you can mix and match to suit your usual style and personality. Its ‘Zeitgeist’ model is an ergonomic baby carrier that combines comfort and aesthetics. Crafted from Japanese mulberry silk and cotton, this baby carrier is both effortless and sophisticated, allowing users to carry their baby in style and stand out from the crowd in a range of prints, from leopard to champagne velvet or a chic swan design. The carrier is easy to use, comfortable on the shoulders and waist, and all raw materials are sourced from ethical producers.
Bump To Box
Bump To Box creates luxury pregnancy gift boxes filled with must-have products. The brand was created by two mums-to-be who realised there was a gap in the market for fellow mums who wanted access to the best products and services, but who didn’t necessarily have time to research them, let alone actually get to the shops. Enter Bump to Box, which has a package for every trimester, from essentials mums-to-be can buy themselves (such as nipple cream) to little luxuries (such as scented candles and chocolate) that make brilliant presents. Brands available include Rococo Chocolates, Yolke, Teatails, Pai Skincare and Daniel Galvin Junior.
Cribsheet by Emily Oster
With her first book Expecting Better, award-winning economist Emily Oster gives women the information they needed to make the best decision for their pregnancy. In Cribsheet, she tackles an even greater challenge: decision-making in the early years of parenting. As any new parent knows, there is an abundance of often-conflicting advice hurled at you from doctors, family, friends and strangers on the internet. From the earliest days, parents get the message that they must make certain choices around feeding, sleep and schedule – or all will be lost. Oster finds conventional wisdom isn’t always supported by the data and debunks myths around breastfeeding, sleep training, potty training, language acquisition and more.
Go Henry is a mobile banking app that helps kids learn about spending and saving money. It gives them a safe space to learn and occasionally make mistakes, with the option for parents to jump in and help out if needed. The aim is to prepare children fully prepared for the digital economy and a cashless society. The app also saves parents having to make their children's app store purchases for them or fumble for pocket-money change. Kids can only spend money that's on the card, so there's no danger of debt or overdrawn accounts.
Liberty x Banwood
Founded in Germany by Juan Manuel Torralvo Castro and Frida Jonsby, Banwood is a family-owned company that creates high-end toddler bikes and cycling accessories for children. Showcasing an appreciation for simplicity, minimalism and functionality, the brand consistently imbues timeless designs with rustic durability for a high-quality finish. This October, Banwood will launch its collaboration with Liberty London: a series of retro-style bikes influenced by Scandinavian design for ages two to seven years, with classic helmets to match. The partnership will see Banwood’s best-selling First Go Balance Bike embellished with two signature Liberty London prints, ‘Queue for the Zoo’ and ‘Betsy’. Definitely one for the Christmas list.
TGNC has just won ‘London’s most outstanding childcare agency’ in the Lux Parent & Baby Awards for the second year running. Whether you’re looking for an au pair, nanny or family assistant, TGNC has a large database of candidates directly recruited to meet your requirements. With affordable set fees, goodwill replacement candidates and a personal placement executive at your disposal, you’re in good hands when it comes to choosing the right type of help for your family. The company’s priority is finding ‘the one’ – a candidate who will stay with your household for years to come, creating a sense of stability and peace of mind.
Marpac Hushh For Baby
The Hushh is a portable electronic sound machine designed to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep anywhere. It surrounds your baby with soothing sounds to create a comforting, consistent sound environment for sleep. A compact, portable unit, it comes with three sound options: bright white noise, deep white noise and gentle surf. Throughout night time or naptime, it masks disruptive noises to promote longer, more restful sleep cycles.
Created by Ruth Crilly, NightFeed is the first app designed to help new mothers through long, sleepless nights and make the frequent wake-ups less of a challenge. A virtual sanctuary for the sleep-deprived, it is a place to chat with other mums, join in discussions and take part in Q&A sessions with special guests and experts. Everything from articles to shopping edits have been created with new mums in mind, so whether you’re after postpartum fashion ideas or newborn feeding tips, there will always be something to keep you entertained in the small hours. Users can be as sociable as they like: start conversations, ask questions, share your top tips or, if you’re after a quiet moment, have a read, record information about your baby’s feeds or browse the store for those all-important mum and baby essentials.
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