In The Know: Cool Things For Parents & Children
Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways To Make Your Birth Better by Siobhan Miller
Expert hypnobirthing teacher and founder of The Positive Birth Company Siobhan Miller has made it her mission to change the way women around the world approach and experience birth. Through her teaching she seeks to educate and empower women – and their birth partners – so they can enjoy positive birth experiences. In this book, Miller debunks common myths about hypnobirthing and explains why she believes it can make every type of birth a better experience: from a water birth at home to an unplanned caesarean. Throughout, Miller's advice and guidance will change your mindset and enable you to navigate your birth with practical tools that ensure you feel calm and in control throughout. A must-read for mums-to-be.
By Ruby Parent Hamper
It’s often easy to forget looking after yourself when your scheduling feeds for your newborn. Enter By Ruby, which offers hearty, nutritious meals for new parents which will help you feel nourished and sustained, safe in the knowledge you have a selection of meals in the freezer to help you through sleep-deprived days. Co-founder Ruby, a Leiths-trained chef, does all the cooking from her own kitchen. Dishes include fish pie, roasted salmon with puy lentils, roast chicken, bacon and leek pie, lasagne, wild mushroom risotto and spinach and ricotta cannelloni. The perfect present for a new parent. Plus, SL VIPs get 30% off their first order. Click here to view the offer.
These beautiful, vintage-inspired night dresses are made in a small family-run factory in India who believe very strongly in worker's rights and equal pay. Faune follows the concept of slow fashion and does not react to the constant changing trends. Instead its pieces are timeless, keepsake garments to be treasured and handed down through generations. Of the current collection, we love the ‘Embroidered Wren’, with signature wings which are finished with beautiful scalloping and embroidered cutwork, and the ‘Olive’, a traditional dress with an embroidered peter pan collar and longer length. Bedtimes have never looked so pretty.
Gus And Beau
After watching their young son grow, toddle and play, the owners of Gus And Beau spotted a gap in the market; a premium playmat that was not only functional and safe but complemented their modern home’s style and aesthetic. Many playmats on the market are brightly coloured and ‘noisy’, whereas these will fit in with your home’s established look, from the kitchen to the playroom. Each box comes with six tiles, but you can order more for larger spaces – the mats can expand or shrink to the size you need. The tiles are made with EVA foam, which is BPA, lead and phthalate-free, and are easy to assemble. A stylish, branded box is the perfect place to store the mats when they’re not in use.
Labelistas create personalised, dishwasher-safe water bottle labels. Fed up with sticky labels coming off and marker pen fading, the team created its range of durable and reusable bottle labels for kids. Stylish and practical, they’re designed to make life easier for parents, childcare providers, teachers and children themselves. The labels are non-adhesive, reusable and personalised, and can be stretched to fit snuggly around almost any bottle, beaker or small container. They help children to recognise their name early on, and prevent bottle mix ups – avoiding spreading germs.
CBeebies Summer Social
CBeebies Summer Social is back and this time it’s bigger than ever as it brings together the very best bits of the whole BBC for a packed weekend of music, sport and live performances. The family festival will return to Liverpool’s Croxteth Country Park on 3rd-4th August. Saturday will see a big pop line-up on the main stage (think Busted, John Newman, Nina Nesbitt, Pixie Lott and Max & Harvey) along with CBBC favourites, all broadcasted live on the CBBC channel and on BBC Radio 2 with Jo Whiley. We’re most looking forward to the Horrible Histories Movie.
Little Jude’s Fruit & Veg Rockets
Independent ice-cream brand Jude’s has launched a range of ice lollies made with fruit and vegetables. The Fruit & Veg Rockets are made with naturally sourced ingredients and no refined sugar. The new lollies are a healthy choice for children who want a cool snack during warmer weather: they contain just 32 calories and less than 10% sugar, making them the lowest sugar content frozen treat on the market, according to the brand. The treats will be available in Sainsbury’s from 5th May and cost £3.59 for a pack of six.
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Phillipa Perry
Every parent wants their child to be happy and every parent wants to avoid screwing them up. But how do you achieve that? In this clever, funny new book, renowned psychotherapist Philippa Perry teaches us how to do both these things, and how to strengthen your child-parent relationships as adults. Perry offers a big-picture look at the elements that lead to good parent-child relationships. Instead of mapping out the 'perfect' plan, Perry details each stage of a child’s life – from pregnancy right up to adulthood (with a family of their own). Throughout, she delivers sage, authoritative advice which everyone can identify with, regardless of their parenting style. Read SL’s full review and Q&A with Philippa Perry here.
Bump And Beyond
Bump And Beyond is an online health and fitness studio for new and not-so new mothers. With just the touch of a button, mums can connect to a variety of live video exercise classes with founder Vicky Warr, where they’ll be able to interact with other class participants. With expert instruction and feedback from Warr, users will be able to engage with the other mums taking part, giving them the same feeling you get from going to a gym or class. Classes are easy to fit into a busy schedule (they range from 10, 20 and 30 minutes long) and all without the usual gym demands of travel time, energy and childcare. Class replays and on-demand video routines are available too, and to compliment the exercise, there are over 150 quick, healthy recipes suitable for the whole family available online.
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