In The Know: Cool Things For Parents & Kids

Every month we bring you the coolest things to know about, guaranteed to keep the kids busy and the parents happy. From post-natal fitness classes to personalised storybooks, here’s everything you need to have on your radar.

Mind+Matter Personalised Story Books 

Mind+Matter lets your child be the star of their own story. Each story encourages children to learn about the world and develop their social skills in a fun, unique and approachable way. Created in collaboration with leading child psychologists, stories range from hospital visits to starting school. Plus, there’s a new hygiene hero tale, which teaches children how to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic. 


The Motherhood Prints

The Motherhood Prints is a collection of limited-edition paintings and illustrations created by 25 notable artists, including Venetia Berry, Harlie Briggs and M.E. Ster-Molnar. Each piece reflects the artist’s thoughts on birth and motherhood, and is exclusively made to order. Before purchasing, read up on the inspiration behind each piece, as well as the artist’s bio, too. 


Munchkin Nursery Sterilizer

Munchkin has launched a new nursery steriliser to ensure your little one’s toys are kept clean and safe. Using UV light, it kills up to 99.99% of bacteria and viruses in just five minutes. Pop everything from stuffed animals to household objects in for a quick clean, before storing it by folding it down flat. Charge it easily on the go or at home via a USB cable or mains outlet.  


EkoBambino Subscription Box

EkoBambino has launched an eco-friendly subscription box for babies and young children. There are currently two boxes to choose from, Blossom – for babies – and Buttercup for toddlers. Each box is filled with sustainable child-friendly products, including wooden toys, non-toxic craft packs and seeds to plant in the garden. Prices start at £13.45 for a three-month subscription and £14.95 for a month. 


Let’s Ask Livvy 

Let’s Ask Livvy is a consultancy service offering personalised advice and support for families facing a range of parenting challenges. From separation anxiety to fussy easing, discipline struggles to anger management, Livvy – who has a degree in experimental psychology and is a trained behaviour analyst consultant – works with families to establish clear and effective strategies to create a happier, calmer home. 


Camomile London Canopies

Get little ones excited for bedtime with this beautiful mink-coloured canopy. New to the Camomile family, it features a pretty broderie anglaise design with scalloped edging to create an inviting and cosy environment for both rest and play. Even better, pop the canopy in the washing machine on a delicate setting before leaving it to air dry, with no need to hand wash or take it to the dry cleaners. 

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Ikea has collaborated with iconic toy brand LEGO to design a new collection: BYGGLEK. The range consists of a collection of storage boxes with LEGO building features as well as an exclusive LEGO brick set that aims to couple practicality with child-friendly fun. Pieces start at £10 and will be available in Ikea stores and online from the 1st October, so mark the date in your diary now. 


The Day I Fell Into A Fairytale By Ben Miller

Actor, comedian and writer Ben Miller will release a new children’s book on 1st October. The new work follows story-lover Lana who stumbles across a portal to a fairy-tale world. After discovering all is not happily-ever-after in the magical land, Lana must convince her big brother to believe in stories again and team up with her to help defeat an evil witch. With beautiful illustrations throughout, pre order it now to ensure you receive it on publication day. 


Flex Chelsea Hot Mamas Class

Chelsea based gym FLEX has launched Hot Mamas, a series of pre- and post-natal fitness classes. Great for new and expectant mums, classes are designed to boost confidence and ease parents into a new exercise routine. The FLEX team will fully support you through the three-stage plan, with classes available to buy in bulk or individually. Currently, all sessions will be live streamed to help with social distancing. 


Willa And The Bear Sleepwear

This adorable brand specialises in stylish nursery essentials and sleepwear. We love the featherweight sleeping bag – which comes with either baby blue or pastel pink dove embroidery – as well as the pretty nightgowns, each of which feature smocking and embroidered roses. Plus, the brand’s cot sets and muslin cloths make for great gifts for new and expectant parents. 


Locks In Goodness Hair Smoothie

100% natural, organic and vegan haircare brand Locks In Goodness has launched two new hero products.  The Hair Smoothie will leave little one’s hair healthier and tangle-free, with a leave-in formula that nourishes dry and knotty ends. Meanwhile, the brand’s child-friendly Hair Gel is great for older children who want to try out new styles. With coconut oil and shea butter, the gel also ensures hair is kept soft and grease-free. 


Nickelodeon Adventure, Lakeside 

If you’re looking to book something for October half-term, opt for the Nickelodeon Adventure in Lakeside. Children can meet their favourite Nickelodeon characters in the six zones – Bikini Bottom, Adventure Bay, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rugrats, Nick Central and the 4D Cinema – with rides, games and play areas to explore. At the moment, slots must be booked in advance, with rules in place to ensure social distancing guidelines are met. Tickets for a family of four cost £37.90.


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