Bndle is the new online marketplace where parents can shop independent and ethical brands. Created by a couple who wanted to create a hub for baby and children essentials, the marketplace has everything from clothing and toys to feeding essentials, beds and home accessories. You’ll find a range of small brands like Eddie & Bee, SnoozeShade, Eco Rascals, Little Moxy, Martha Oh My!, and Snugs Baby. There’s also a range of thoughtful gifts for new parents and kids, from beauty bundles to arts and crafts sets.
Marty and the Party at Southbank Centre
Marty and the Party will bring its family-friendly show to Southbank Centre this spring. Little ones will love the arty party with its giggles and nibbles. Everyone has their dance moves at the ready – Fox is doing the foxtrot, Flamingo is doing the flamenco, but Marty still must decide what moves he’s ready to flaunt on the dancefloor. Expect audience participation and charming stories for little ones. Tickets start from £12.
Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX; 7th-8th April
My Expert Midwife’s eLearning Platform
My Expert Midwife has created new eLearning platform for parents-to-be. Developed by midwives, an obstetrician and an anaesthetist, the course includes seven hours of education, spanning over 137 topics which explore the various sides of pregnancy and birth, and how to navigate the maternity system. Topics include options, choices and consent in pregnancy; the third trimester; creating an adaptable birth plan; practical preparation; perineal massage and colostrum harvesting; the stages of labour; birthing your baby vaginally; birthing your baby surgically (via a C-section); and postpartum recovery. The course includes guides, eBooks and interactive quizzes to suit all types of learners. It costs £49 for ten months’ access, plus indefinite access to the platform’s community page.
If you struggle to get the kids to eat their five-a-day, Smugglers has created an inventive way to smuggle vegetables into their meals. Created by three dads, the new ice-cream range currently features three flavours: Chocolate with Hidden Beetroot, Vanilla with Hidden Parsnip, and Strawberry with Hidden Carrot. Each is made with just enough hidden veg to deliver a boost of nutrients and fibre, without impacting its taste or texture. Each one also has less fat and sugar than your average pot. Available now in Waitrose.
Xanthe & the Ruby Crown by Jasbinder Bilan
Jasbinder Bilan’s latest YA novel follows an archaeology-obsessed girl as she traces her beloved Nani's past. Xanthe loves visiting her gran in her flat with its rooftop garden. But Nani is becoming forgetful – and Xanthe wishes she could help her, if only she knew how. A mysterious cat shows her a way. It leads Xanthe to clues about Nani's childhood, and how, long ago, she had to escape her old life in Africa for a new one in Britain…
OYOY Living Design Mini Outdoor Collection
Just in time for spring, OYOY Living Design has created a new edit of outdoor furniture for kids. The Momi collection features a stylish rattan chair, table and ottoman. Both durable and comfortable, the furniture is made for small children and can be mixed and matched with the adult range. We love the Momi Chair with its light-coloured frame and simple binding.
Kitty Tait – the young baker and food writer behind Orange Bakery in Watlington – has joined forces with charity Chefs in Schools to get ‘Breaducation’ on the timetable. Kitty recently launched a simple ‘no-knead’ bread kit to help adults and kids create bread, pizza dough and other baked goods. Anyone can buy the kits, but they will be free of charge to schools, prisons and community groups. Kitty has already donated 1,300 kits and hopes to reach her target of 10,000 by the end of the year. Purchase the kits online or donate to the crowdfunding page to help Kitty reach her target.
Baby Mori x Peter Rabbit
Baby Mori has created a new collection of baby clothes and toys with Peter Rabbit. Inspired by the tales of Beatrix Potter, the collection includes pyjamas and sleepwear, bodysuits, rompers and sleep bags for babies. There’s also a range of soft Peter Rabbit toys, rattles, puzzles, wooden alphabet blocks and even a bonnet with sweet bunny ears.
The Magician's Elephant
Netflix has adapted Kate DiCamillo’s classic novel, The Magician's Elephant. When young Peter, who is searching for his long-lost sister, crosses paths with a fortune teller in the market square, there is only one question on his mind: is his sister still alive? The answer – that he must follow a mysterious elephant – sets Peter on a remarkable journey to complete three seemingly impossible tasks that magically change the face of his town forever…
Mother’s Day at The Londoner
Celebrate Mother’s Day with friends at The Londoner hotel, which is offering mums an afternoon without little ones. The hotel has partnered with children’s entertainers Sharky & George for babysitting services for kids aged four to 11, while mums enjoy afternoon tea at the champagne bar or lunch at the hotel’s restaurant, Whitcomb. After a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival, mums can tuck into sandwiches, scones, patisseries and tea for £65, or choose from the all-day menu at Whitcomb for Mediterranean dishes like lobster rigatoni, wild mushroom risotto, and pan-fried Dover sole.
Mothers2Mothers x Kidswear Collective
Pre-loved children’s wear platform Kidswear Collective is hosting a charity sale at Bond Street’s Fenwick to raise money for Mothers2Mothers, which delivers life-changing health services and education to children, women and families in sub-Saharan Africa. Kidswear Collective has asked celebrities and women in fashion to donate children’s clothes and accessories – you’ll find pieces from Vogue Williams, Daisy Lowe, Mary McCartney, Louise Roe, Jessie Ware, Laura Wills, Vanessa Kingori, Deborah Brett and Rachel Riley. If you can’t make it to the store, there will also be a selection to shop online.
63 New Bond Street, West End, W1S 1RQ; until Tuesday 21st March