In The Know: Cool Things For Parents & Kids
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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runway
Just in time for the reopening of cinemas on Monday 17th May, Peter Rabbit 2 will hit the big screen this month. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be...
Mum, What’s Wrong With You? By Lorraine Candy
If you’re busy raising a teenage girl – or even if you’re yet to reach that tricky stage – Lorraine Candy’s new book is a must-read. The parenting columnist and mother of four (three of whom are teenagers), details the things you don't know about teenage girls until you live them, from hormone changes and mood swings, to stealing clothes and make-up. In this memoir, Candy also offers expert guidance on how to talk to your teenager, particularly when they might not want to talk to their parents at all. Mum, What’s Wrong With You? is released on 10th June.
Mummy + Me Collection By Reformation
Regular readers of SL will know how much we love Reformation, so we’re excited about their new ‘Mummy + Me’ capsule collection. Ideal for spring, the new edit includes pretty pastel designs with floral prints and gingham, with matching pieces for you and your little girl. Each piece is made from plant-based materials, while the loungewear is made from organic cotton. We love the short-sleeved pyjama sets and floral smock dresses.
The playHooray! Handbook
If you’ve run out of ideas to keep little ones busy at home, this handbook has 100 fun activities for both parents and kids to enjoy. Created by mum and childcare specialist Claire Russell, the book is packed with ideas for babies and toddlers. As well as activities for indoor and outdoor play, it also has practical tips for parents, such as how to praise your child’s work, how to help them concentrate, and why boredom is sometimes a good thing.
Family Broadway Experience At Conrad London St. James
Welcoming children of all ages, the Conrad London St. James hotel has created a new experience for the whole family to enjoy. Inspired by the hotel’s location on 22-28 Broadway, the theatre-inspired experience includes a hotel stay, plus a range of treats for both children and parents. On arrival, kids will be greeted at reception with a VIP sticker and a special wristband which allows them to get milkshakes or ice cream free of charge from the Blue Boar Pub during their stay. In each room, there’s fun bedding and costumes for fancy dress, with families treated to a special afternoon tea, too.
Bluebell Smart Baby Monitor
Created by three dads – who are also doctors – Bluebell’s Smart Baby Monitor was made to give parents ease of mind. With the ability to track your baby’s breathing, temperature, crying movement and sleep, you’ll get real-time alerts to your wristband and the app, even without Wi-Fi. A great tool if you suffer with sleepless nights or want to create a better routine for your little one, the monitor also has inbuilt lullabies, and can send you reminders for medication and bath time. You can even invite friends and family to use the app to track any progress and updates – ideal if you’re co-parenting.
VEJA x M Rodini Collaboration
Sustainable footwear brand VEJA has just launched a new kids collaboration with Swedish brand M Rodini. The stylish sneakers are made from 54% bio-based materials, including a vegan alternative to leather made from organic cotton canvas. Ideal for playdates and weekends, the shoes feature a sweet bunny rabbit design alongside VEJA’s signature logo. Available in sizes up to 2.5.
Created by a team with years’ worth of education experience behind them, Role Models offer online and offline courses for three- to 15-year-olds to help further their learning. With a range of courses designed to develop skills in leadership, confidence, resilience, and creative problem solving, they encourage kids to be independent, happy and to grow into well-rounded adults. From life skill lessons to one-to-one classes, there’s something for every child, whether they want to learn remotely or take an after-school workshop. You can even choose from parenting workshops to learn how to support your child through their development.
Cruella Afternoon Tea At The Lanesborough
The Lanesborough hotel, a luxury spot on Hyde Park Corner, is hosting an afternoon tea from Friday 28th May until Saturday 31st July, inspired by Disney villain Cruella de Vil. To celebrate Disney’s all-new live action film Cruella, the tea is a luxury affair the whole family can enjoy. With an adult and children’s menu, treats include chocolate chip and dried cranberry scones, chocolate and raspberry Battenberg cake, lemon cheesecake with blueberry compote, and choux buns with caramelised banana. Adults can also enjoy a unique ‘Bombay Bramble’ cocktail on the day. Tea sittings start from £25pp and will take place between 2.30 and 4pm – slots are expected to go quickly so don’t delay in making a reservation.
Silver Cross Voyager Co-Sleeper
Since William Wilson wheeled out the first coach-built model from his Yorkshire workshop in 1877, Silver Cross has become the brand to know for prams, pushchairs and cots. Their new Voyager Co-Sleeper is a special crib designed to help your little one sleep through the night. Sleek and easy to assemble, it’s ideal for travel, while four lockable swivel wheels make it easy to manoeuvre. You can adjust the height depending on your bed level, plus there’s a handy storage shelf, too.
Heartcore Pilates studio has just launched a series of pre- and post-natal online classes for new mums and mums-to-be. Combining pilates, yoga and barre, each class is designed to keep you moving safely through every trimester with a focus on breathwork, circulation, and stretching to address postural changes in the body. A great low-impact workout, classes can be taken as soon as six weeks after a natural delivery. You can try the classes with a free seven-day trial, then sign up for membership which costs £65 per month.
& Other Stories Kids' Capsule Collection
New from one of our favourite high-street brands, & Other Stories' spring/summer kids' capsule collection is an edited selection of mini-me pieces for young girls – many of which mimic the brand's hero adult styles. To that end, there are also co-ordinating items in the collection for women, too, so you can match your little one in style this season. We love the puff-sleeve dresses and ruffle details on the pretty co-ord sets – all evocative of & Other Stories' usual feminine aesthetic.
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