In The Know: Cool Things For Parents & Kids

Each month we bring you the coolest things that are guaranteed to keep kids busy and parents happy. From a children’s book subscription box to a pregnancy fitness plan, here’s what to have on your radar.


Let little ones sit, eat and play in style with DockATot’s beautiful Moses baskets, tents and nursing pillows. The brand has recently collaborated with Morris & Co. to offer a range of unique baby essentials in the latter’s signature prints – think luxe decorative cushions and Strawberry Thief print pillows. DockATot’s own ‘Tent of Dreams’ makes a wonderful Christmas gift too.


The Bump Plan

On 18th December, Pilates instructor Hollie Grant will launch The Bump Plan – a holistic prenatal fitness plan for pregnant women. Using pre-recorded videos from her own pregnancy, Hollie will give women the lowdown on how to keep fit, healthy and energised, and how to reduce posture-related issues through Pilates and low-impact cardio classes. The Bump Plan also comes with a year’s access to The Positive Birth Company’s Hypnobirthing Pack, plus a starter kit worth over £100. Subscriptions start from £35 per month. 


Woke Babies

Woke Babies is a monthly book subscription box that aims to teach children the importance of diversity. Through a range of stories about black and ethnic minority children, each box is carefully curated to portray children from all backgrounds in a positive light. Alongside two books, the packs also contain a fun activity tailored to your child’s age. The Christmas Gift Box – featuring books, puzzles and games – is a lovely gift for little ones.


3D Christmas Cookie Cutter Set

If you want to make gingerbread with the kids but don’t have time to construct an elaborate house, this 3D cookie cutter set makes a sweet Christmas tree. Alongside ten star-shaped cutters, it includes a cookie recipe that’s easy to follow for children and parents. Use the finished tree as a Christmas centrepiece, or wrap it up for a fun stocking filler. 



For stylish and comfortable childrenswear in a range of on-trend designs, look to French brand Cyrillus. From frilled denim shirts and cosy knits for girls, to graphic tees and cotton chinos for boys, the collection has everything your child needs for a stylish wardrobe. We love the brand’s jersey pyjamas available in a range of festive colours for Christmas.


Christmas Grotto & Hamleys Pop-Up Shop at Centre:MK

For a festive afternoon out, take the kids to Centre:MK in Milton Keynes for a Peter Rabbit-themed grotto experience. Until Christmas Eve, little ones can visit the grotto for an immersive experience with Peter and his friends, including Squirrel Nutkin and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. Book a slot to meet the characters, then visit the pop-up Hamleys store nearby and enjoy a toy wonderland of games, puzzles, arts and crafts. 



Ensure your baby sleeps soundly with a NapNap lullaby sleep mat. Using vibrations and white noise to mimic the feeling of being back in the womb, the mat can help relieve colic and trapped wind, while soothing little ones to sleep. NapNaps come in three colours – Yellow, Aquamarine and Berry – with soft Egyptian cotton covers that can be easily removed and popped into the washing machine.


From Future

Once children have grown out of that ‘cutesy’ look, turn to From Future for quality cashmere knits in a range of colourful designs. Its childrenswear collection has some of the most stylish crewneck sweaters and hoodies we’ve seen – we love the signature ‘Future’ sweaters with playful logo prints. Each piece from the brand uses responsibly sourced raw materials – another reason to get on board this month. 


National Trust Peter Rabbit Activities & Winter Trail

Let the kids discover the charming world of Peter Rabbit with the National Trust’s downloadable activity packs. Little ones can bake biscuits with Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, build a hedgehog hotel for Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and draw a home for Squirrel Nutkin. The kids can also head on a Peter Rabbit winter activity trail, available at various National Trust gardens and parklands, to explore the outdoors and discover woodland creatures.


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