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Misty The Smart Cloud
Misty The Smart Cloud is a new device from Sweet Dreamers to help newborns during their first few months. The clever four-in-one smart device includes a room thermometer to ensure your baby doesn’t get too cold or overheat, a soothing light to help them drift off to sleep, a ‘sleep trainer’ to help them know when it’s time to wake up, and an in-built ‘baby diary’ which syncs up to the Misty App to help your track and input information on everything from night feeds to sleep patterns.
& Mother is an online lifestyle destination for clothing, accessories and beauty for mothers and expectant parents. There’s an extensive range of & Mother womenswear on offer, including knitwear, activewear and loungewear in soft neutral shades – we love the feminine blouses and quilted bomber cardigans. The site also has accessories like cashmere socks, beanie hats and baby changing bags, plus skincare and haircare to help mothers through the various stages of pregnancy. Don’t forget to browse the books and art section, too, for beautiful prints and coffee table books inspired my motherhood.
Created by friends and fathers Greg and Henry, Hank gives fathers and fathers-to-be support through and into parenthood. Whether you have a friend or family member who’s feeling nervous about becoming a father, or know someone going through it alone, Hank offers in-person events and online sessions with a network of specialists and parenting experts. From advice on finding the right house close to a good school, to saving towards their first step on the property ladder, sessions help dads with need-to-know information. Mostly taking place in southwest London, events are also a great way to meet other fathers in the local area – on Wednesday 23rd February, there’s a talk at Hop Pole pub in Hammersmith with Dr Emma Byrne to talk about her new parenting book, How to Build a Human.
Vets In Action At ZSL London Zoo
From today until Sunday 20th February, London Zoo is inviting kids to take part in a zookeeping and vet experience. Kids can step into the role of a vet during a series of interactive family events at the Zoo’s specially recreated zoo vet centre. Junior vets will be prepped with hairnets and masks before helping experts examine, diagnose and carry out treatments on soft toys, experiencing first-hand the huge variety of work carried out by the Zoo’s vets, vet nurses and zookeepers – from microchipping meerkats to caring for a wounded lion. Tickets start from £19.50.
The Baby Show
The Baby Show returns to Olympia London next month. Taking place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March, the UK’s biggest pregnancy and parenting event will host over 200 exhibitors where you’ll be able to browse new products and family favourites for little ones and parents. Confirmed brands include Tommee Tippee, Bugaboo, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, Stokke®, BabyBjörn and MAM, to name a few. There will also be information and advice available from a range of parenting experts – on topics like sleep, birth and breastfeeding to first aid, weaning and development. Expect to hear from Rachel Fitz-Desorgher, Sarah Patel, Dr Will Dooley and Heidi Skudder, among others. Tickets start from £16.
Looking for simple yet chic maternity activewear? Luna Gray is a brand to know. Created by a mother who struggled to find supportive sports leggings that were comfortable and stylish, the range covers every stage of pregnancy and beyond – whether you’re after stretchy leggings that’ll grow with your bump or comfy styles for post-partum workouts. There are currently five designs to choose from, including chic yoga leggings in soft neutral colours.
Imagine Children's Festival At Southbank Centre
From today until Sunday 20th February, London’s Southbank Centre is hosting its 20th Imagine Children's Festival, with hundreds of events and workshops for families. From children's theatre and comedy to musical performances and dance classes, there’s something for everyone. Highlights include a family orchestra performance and comic book making workshop on Friday, a musical show with author Julia Donaldson and a tour of the human body with Adam Kay on Saturday, and a talk with author Jacqueline Wilson on Sunday. Tickets start from £5.
Bathing Bunnies makes sweet animal towels for little ones. Made from super-absorbent 100% cotton, towels feel soft on baby’s skin and cocoon them perfectly after bath time. Simply wrap up your little one and tuck the hood on, which comes with adorable animal ears – there are six designs to choose from including a teddy bear, bunny, spring lamb, duckling and fox cub. We love the cheeky monkey poncho, complete with buttons on each side to create armholes.
The Bump Plan Postnatal
Pilates instructor Hollie Grant has just launched The Bump Plan Postnatal – a holistic journey for women who have just given birth. The fitness plan has exercise workouts and videos to ease yourself into exercise after having a baby. Split into six sections, the plan starts with the ‘recovery phase’ to help you reconnect with your body and recover from labour. Phase one and two help develop strength and core control through low-impact cardio-Pilates, while phase three and four includes stamina-strengthening workouts. There’s also a transition period to help to you adjust back to regular Pilates when you feel strong enough. Add on a starter pack full of beauty products and helpful books (from £15) and sign up for a seven-day trial to try classes before committing to membership which costs £35pm.
Jaya Beauty skincare was created with teenage girls in mind. The prebiotic range has been scientifically developed to help support the good bacteria (microbiome) of your teenager’s skin through puberty. All the products in the range are vegan and contain natural ingredients suitable for sensitive skin types. Girls can choose from a gentle jelly cleanser, a cleansing balm and the 24/7 Vitamin Moisturiser, as well as soft muslin cloths and cotton headbands to help them establish their first skincare routine.
Honeywell Biscuit Co.
Alongside its tasty letterbox baking kits and special occasion treats, Honeywell Biscuit Co. also has a range of baking subscriptions for children. Each month, you’ll receive a recipe card, puzzle or activity, and all the pre-weighed ingredients to make a simple, yet tasty bake. The Young Bakers Club is ideal perfect for budding bakers who want to make tasty creations such as rainbow blondies, beehive scones, gingerbread penguin biscuits and s’mores cupcakes, while the Family Bakers Club includes the kids’ box, plus a Baker’s Club box for adults and parents to enjoy. If you’re after a one-off kit to help entertain the children over half term, look to buy one of the team’s one-off kits – we like the look of its sporty doughnut boxes and rainbow bakes.
Herboo Garden Kits
Available exclusively at Selfridges, Herboo garden kits provide hours of fun for children – and are ideal if the weather outside is far from idealit. With Containing seeds and more, children can grow their own vegetable patch, learn about gardening, and attract creepy crawlies with wildflowers. The Seasonal Box contains includes recipes, crafts activities, creative challenges, seeds and biodegradable plant pots, while the Nature Box has all the materials needed to grow two different types of plant. A great activity to inspire green fingers.
Introduce your little ones to new and exciting books with a subscription from LoveMyRead. Each month, Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman and award-winning author Frank Cottrell-Boyce choose the best age-appropriate new books, which are then delivered with an activity pack, three small toys, a fun magazine, bookmark and poster. Best of all, for every subscription, the company also donates a book to a school in need of more reading materials.
The Cuphead Show, Netflix
Based on the award-winning video game with a retro animation style, The Cuphead Show is a character-driven comedy series following the misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. As the two scour their strange homeland of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other’s back. Unless there’s only one cookie left – in which case it’s every cup for himself.