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 children’s wear and accessories to a new audiobook series, here’s what is worth having on your radar.
By Sherri Andrew & Tor West /

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Five of Us

For stylish clothing and nursery accessories, look no further than Five of Us. Designed in London and handmade in Spain, the brand’s beautiful pieces are made to order using sustainably sourced fabrics. We love the girls’ dresses, which can be personalised with your choice of collar and fabric and have been designed to allow for room to grow, while the Willow Baby Nest is the perfect gift for new mums – use it to keep little ones snug on chillier days or unfold completely and use as a blanket or mat.

Visit FiveOfUs.com

Count On Me

According to a recent study, just one in four parents believe they can confidently answer questions about algebra, while equations leave 35% completely stumped and half of all parents admit to having ‘maths anxiety’. Sound familiar? Developed for children aged five to seven, Count on Me is worth downloading. Programmed using CBT combined with game technology, it’ll help children learn and master early maths concepts such as addition, subtraction and division. Use it regularly to improve your child’s maths skills by an impressive 60%.

Visit Akribian.com/CountOnMe/

Yoto x Peter Rabbit

To celebrate Peter Rabbit’s 120th anniversary, Yoto, the audio platform for kids, has collaborated with Penguin Audio to bring the Beatrix Potter’s titles to the Yoto platform. There are 23 stories to choose from – voiced by an impressive line-up of narrators including Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Tom Hardy, Joanna Lumley and Matt Baker – including stories about Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Little ones can slot the audio card into the Yoto Player (or Yoto Mini for listening on the go) to hear Beatrix Potter’s stories come to life. The classics collection costs £29.99 while The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Friends can be purchased separately for £8.99.

Visit UK.YotoPlay.com

Najell Baby Nests

Swedish brand Najell was started back in 2012 by couple Niklas and Freja, who struggled to settle their niece when she was born. The brand now makes everything from cradles and pregnancy pillows to baby wraps and carriers – but its bestselling baby nests make life with a newborn that bit easier. The portable nest is a cosy cot for little ones which can transform into a play mat and baby carrier with straps for new parents on the go. It can be slotted into most pram models and adjusted as your baby grows. Available in four colours, we love the sandy beige.

Visit Najell.com

Oyoy Mini

Ready to update your children’s bedroom or playroom? Oyoy is the Scandi brand to have on your radar. Created by Danish designers, Oyo’s Mini collection has everything from chic kid’s rattan furniture and home accessories to sweet toys and kitchen essentials. The Mini Interior section is where you’ll find furniture, rugs, beanbags and decorative accents – all in soft pastel colours to go with every interior. We love the brand’s bed canopies for little ones, plus the woven baskets which are a neat way to store toys away after playtime. 

Visit OyoyLivingDesign.co.uk

Vitimum

Whether you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or spend your days running around after little ones, Vitimum’s innovate prenatal and postnatal protein powder will keep your nutrition on track. Developed with a nutritionist specifically for women, each dose contains 15g of plant-based protein as well as added folate, vitamin D, magnesium, iron, omega-3s and calcium. Made with organic ingredients and free from any nasties, add it to your morning smoothie, stir through porridge or add to homemade energy balls.

Visit VitiMum.com

Hello Bello

Actors and parents Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd created the award-winning family brand Hello Bello back in 2019 and it’s just landed in the UK, exclusively at Asda. The brand includes premium, eco-friendly products at affordable prices, developed by experts, like hypoallergenic nappies, toddler training pants, baby wipes, baby lotion, bubble bath and baby oil. The bestselling nappies are super soft and have special leak protection, so you needn’t worry about accidents on the go. 

Visit HelloBello.com

Little Angel Theatre

Little Angel Theatre in Islington has just announced its spring season with five new shows. Highlights include Jina & The Stem Sisters (Wednesday 20th April to Sunday 1st May), a story about lost budding scientist who tries to find her way home. She’s helped by digital coder Ada Lovelace, glamorous inventor Hedy Lamarr, ‘radiating’ Marie Curie and pioneering astronaut Mae Jemison. There’s also a production of Pinocchio (Friday 29th April to 26th June 2022) and Kinder, a puppet show about a Czech-Jewish girl who embarks on a mighty adventure. Later, don’t miss I Want My Hat Back (Saturday 28th May to Sunday 31st July), a story about one bear who loses his hat. Tickets start from £11.50 for kids and £13.50 for adults. 

14 Dagmar Passage, Islington, N1 2DN

Visit LittleAngelTheatre.com

Rise Of The Girl

In this indispensable new book, blogger, inspirational speaker and mother-of-three Jo Wimble-Groves identifies the seven most common issues holding girls back from reaching their full potential and gives parents advice to help their daughters become confident and resilient. If your daughter is struggling with self-esteem, peer pressure or fear of failure, this practical guide will help her see how great she is, and how much greater she can become.

Visit Waterstones.com

Fearne Cotton x Mindful Chef 

Fearne Cotton has teamed up with Mindful Chef for a limited-edition vegan recipe for Easter. Using quality British ingredients, families can make miso glazed butternut squash with tenderstem broccoli, garlic-y pak choi, crispy roast potatoes and chopped pecan nuts. Both dairy- and refined-sugar free, little ones can help create the meal with easy-to-follow instructions and cooking cards. Ideal if you want something a bit different for Easter lunch, the special will run across Mindful Chef’s menu for two weeks from Sunday 10th April to 23rd April.

Visit MindfulChef.com

PICO

Did you know 33% of women give birth by C-section, and that up to 10% of women end up with some form of infection around their scar? PICO’s clever dressing is a negative pressure device that helps speed up C-section recovery and reduce the risk of complications that may impede bonding for new mums. Worn like a plaster over your scar for five to seven days, it’s backed by leading doctors and was used by Millie Mackintosh after the birth of her daughter earlier this year.

Visit Smith-Nephew.com

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