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 maternity clothing and baby essentials to a new Blue Peter competition, here’s what is worth having on your radar.

Beyond Nine

If you’re after comfortable and stylish maternity clothing made from quality fabrics, Beyond Nine is the new name to know. Aiming to be as sustainable as possible, the brand uses ethically-sourced suppliers and eco-friendly fabrics that use less water and chemicals. Most of the collection is made in the UK, and the current edit includes jumpsuits, overalls, loungewear and striped t-shirts – most of which go up to a UK size 20. We’ve got our eye on the black denim jumpsuits which have plenty of room for a growing bump. 


Blue Peter’s Amazing Authors Competition

Singer and children’s author Tom Fletcher has teamed up with Blue Peter for an exciting competition. To enter, children will have to write a short story or poem, and the winning submission will be brought to life as a book and read as a CBeebies Bedtime Story. Budding authors will need to come up with a brilliant main character – which could be a human, animal, or something completely imaginary – who gets caught up in an amazing adventure. Their work will then be turned into a book and animation, will be read by Tom on Blue Peter and will even be available as a podcast on BBC Sounds. The winner will also get to go behind the scenes at HarperCollins and Aardman to see how characters are illustrated and books are published before receiving a printed version of their story to keep forever – plus a Blue Peter badge. Entry closes at 5pm on Wednesday 8th March 2023.


Piet Hein Out

Cirque Berserk!

Following sold-out seasons in the West End and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cirque Berserk!, Britain’s biggest and boldest theatre-circus show, will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a five-week residency at Riverside Studios – with up to three shows daily until Sunday 12th March. Combining cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, the new show features performers from across the globe, including jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and daredevil stuntmen. 

101 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9BN


We Need to Talk About Vaginas by Dr Allison K. Rodgers

If you’re ready to have ‘the talk’ with your child but you’re not sure where to start, let this excellent book do the hard work for you. We Need to Talk About Vaginas by TikToker Dr Allison K. Rodgers is aimed at girls in their final year of primary school and teenagers who might feel confused about the changes happening to their body. This book teaches them about the female body, from vaginas and vulvas to other sexual organs, so they will be equipped through puberty and beyond. Dr Allison simply explains everything from why we have periods to sex and consent in the age of social media. A must-read for every mother and daughter. 

Available from 28th February. 


The Baby Show

The Baby Show is heading to ExCeL London next month. Taking place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th March, the UK’s biggest pregnancy and parenting event will host over 350 exhibitors where you’ll be able to browse new products and family favourites for little ones and parents. Confirmed brands include Tommee Tippee, BabyBjörn, Mamas & Papas, Silvercross and Snüz, to name a few. There will also be information and advice available from a rage of parenting experts – on topics like sleep, birth and breastfeeding to first aid, weaning and development. Expect to hear from Charlotte Stirling-Reed, Dr Will Dooley and Midwife Pip, among others. Tickets cost £16.




Moochi Studio

If you’re looking for a photographer to create beautiful portraits of your baby or toddler, Moochi Studio is the name to know. The team work with a small portable studio which can be set up in your home to take beautiful shots of your little one. Using traditional photographic darkroom techniques, images have a soft finish and are printed on gallery-grade paper in various sizes so you can choose the perfect print for your home or gift to a loved one.


Cabin Beds by Nöa & Nani

If you’re updating your child’s bedroom, Nöa & Nani has a new range of affordable custom-made beds for boys and girls. The new designs include the two-tier Harri Bunk Bed with a bottom bunk which can be used as a chill-out zone, play space, or extra bed for sleepovers; and the Lottie Bunk Bed which has space underneath for secret hideout or desk area. You can also choose from bunk beds with added storage solutions and styles for older kids, all available in neutral colours.


Medela Freestyle Electric Wearable Breast Pump

Leading breastfeeding brand Medela has launched a hands-free in-bra pump to make breastfeeding simple and convenient. The pump adapts to fit each mum’s individual shape for maximum comfort using ultra-lightweight collection cups that produce more milk in less time. It’s compact and discrete, so you can pop it into your baby bag and express milk on the go. Once you’ve finished using it, detach the cups (which are dishwasher safe) and charge the pump via its USB port.


Where The Pancakes Are x Matilda The Musical

Where The Pancakes Are (WTPA) is celebrating a very special Shrove Tuesday across its three London restaurants in partnership with the West End’s Matilda The Musical by the Royal Shakespeare Company. On Tuesday 21st February, diners can tuck into a special dish fit for Matilda herself, featuring buttermilk or vegan pancakes topped with fruity blackberry compote, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate sauce, marble shards and sprinkles of chocolate popping candy. There’s also a competition to enter – Where the Pancakes Are is calling lyricists, poets and rhyme makers of all ages. The lucky poet will WIN four tickets to see the hit musical, a pancake feast at WTPA and an overnight stay in a luxury London hotel for two. To enter, pick up a postcard at any of its restaurants (Fitzrovia, London Bridge or Battersea Power Station) to submit a limerick or haiku poem via one of its bespoke post boxes. The competition closes on Monday 6th March.

Various sites.


Diane Kendal x Zara Kids

NYC make-up artist Diane Kendal has teamed up with Zara to create a collection of beauty products for kids. Suitable for children aged three and over, the Mini Artists range includes face pencils, neon powder palettes, glittery gels and stencils for fun face paint designs. There’s also a selection of water-based nail colours which can be removed simply by washing their hands. Perfect for budding artists wanting to experiment with tones, textures and patterns. Don’t forget to check out Zara’s new edit of fancy dress costumes, too. 


LGBTQ+ History Month Pack

February is LGBTQ+ History Month. To mark the occasion, LGBTQ+ charity The Proud Trust has released its annual downloadable resource pack for secondary-aged students. Full of interesting facts, activities and workbook exercises, it will help children learn about queer history and the people who have fought for equality over the years. This month’s theme is ‘Behind the Lens’, so there’s also a section to celebrate the community’s contribution to photography, film making, TV, music and fashion. Download yours for free online.


Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Puss in Boots reruns to the big screen for a new adventure in DreamWorks’ first Shrek universe film in over a decade. Daring outlaw Puss discovers that his passion for peril and disregard for safety has taken its toll. He has burned through eight of his nine lives, though he lost count along the way, and getting those lives back will send him on his grandest quest yet. However, he’ll have to humble himself and ask for help from his former partner and nemesis: the captivating Kitty Softpaws. The star-studded cast includes Salma Hayek, Florence Pugh and Olivia Colman.

In cinemas now.


Eyas Wedge Cushion

Eyas recently launched an ergonomic pram cushion to help improve little ones’ posture. Created by a mother and doctor who was worried about the posture of her own child, the ‘Wedge’ is paediatrician approved and compatible with all prams so babies can sit fully upright. Suitable for babies over six months old, the soft cushioning is practical and comfy. Plus, a portion of all profits is donated to Violence Against Women & Girls, a human rights charity that supports vulnerable people. 


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