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 new baby clothing to a virtual pregnancy festival, here’s what is worth having on your radar.

Cove Baby

We were pretty impressed when we saw Cove Baby’s stylish designs on Instagram. The brand was created by mum Nicola after she struggled to find stylish cushions to spruce up the IKEA ANTILOP Highchair. She now creates practical items which make weaning easier – and that bit more stylish – like colourful cushion covers, placemats, footrests, and leg wraps. A great way to customise your baby’s chair, there are a range of patterns to choose from, including fruity designs and playful animal prints. The brand also makes beakers and bibs which can be mixed and matched with the highchair, too.


Night Feeds And Morning Songs: Honest, Fierce And Beautiful Poems About Motherhood

This new book curated by Ana Sampson makes a great gift for expectant mothers and new mums. Featuring a collection of honest and beautiful poems, on pregnancy and birth to growing up and leaving home, this book captures the highs and lows – and everything in between – of motherhood. The book includes poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Jackie Kay and Sylvia Path, as well as contemporary writers like Kate Baer, Liz Berry, Nikita Gill and Imogen Russell Williams. A lovely read for every mother.


Luca, Disney+

Pixar’s latest movie, Luca, arrives on Disney+ on Friday 18th June. Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca (Jacob Tremblay) shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, Alberto (Dylan Grazer), but all the fun is threatened by a secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface. Suitable for the whole family to enjoy, it’s set to be the animated film of the summer. 


Powerful Grace Club

Created by fitness experts and mums Vanessa Bradanini-Ahlqvist and Annalisa Tamborini, Powerful Grace Club is the platform to know for pre and postnatal workouts. Annalisa, who specialises in classes for mums, uses Nordic techniques to gently revitalise the mind and body. The online platform has live and on-demand classes to choose from, including barre classes, Pilates and vinyasa yoga. A great option for new mums and mums-to-be, the ‘Grace’ class is designed to increase flexibility, strength and posture. Membership starts from £20 per month. 


ByRuby Parent Bundle

After recently launching a range of premium ready meals, ByRuby has extended its offering with new parents in mind. Ideal for new mums and dads who want home-cooked, wholesome meals which are made from quality ingredients and organic meats – or those who simply need to buy some time in the kitchen – parents can choose from dishes like coconut chicken curry, fish pie, trout with puy lentils, beef lasagne, mushroom risotto, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, and sweet potato soup. Don’t forget to add on some of their moreish brownies for a post-bedtime routine treat.


Magnet Mouse

British childrenswear brand Magnet Mouse has just launched a new range of ruffled onesies. Featuring pretty floral patterns for both baby boys and girls, each onesie has a handy magnet fastening so you needn’t worry about fiddly poppers. The onesies are made from pure cotton and are suitable for babies up to 12 months old – the timeless designs make a lovely gift, too. Alongside the brand’s signature onesies, Magnet Mouse also create soft rompers, hoodies, hats and bibs for babies, plus maternity wear specially made for nursing. We love the brand’s sweet baby hats with ears. 


HotTea Mama

There’s nothing quite like a cup of tea to calm the senses and give you a few moments of peace, especially during pregnancy. After realising that pregnant women were limited in the teas that they can drink, tea expert Bethan Thomas saw a gap in the market for delicious, yet safe teas when she was expecting her first baby. HotTea Mama now make a range of herbal teas suitable for all stages of motherhood, whether you suffer from morning sickness, are missing your caffeine boost, or need to prepare for labour with a special blend. There are also calming teas to choose from to support breast feeding, aid sleep, and ease anxiety.


The Bump Plan Pregnancy Festival

Pilates instructor Hollie Grant launched The Bump Plan at the end of last year – a holistic prenatal fitness plan for pregnant women. From today until Saturday 19th June, Hollie is hosting a virtual pregnancy festival where guests can learn about mental health during pregnancy, managing relationships post-baby, dealing with birth trauma, what to know about nutrition, and helping your new-born sleep. Each talk will be live on The Bump Plan Instagram, led by some of the industry’s top experts from midwives and doctors to nutritionists and psychologists. On Saturday at 9am, Hollie will lead a free one-hour Bump Plan class on Zoom– a great chance to get a feel for the workouts included in the plan. 

Visit @TheBumpPlan

Pepa & Co Pop-Up

Luxury children’s clothing brand Pepa & Co has just opened a new pop-up outlet on Northcote Road in Clapham. Available to shop until the end of June, parents can find a selection of clothing and shoes for newborns to 10-year-olds, with up to 80% of the RRP. The pop-up has lovely pieces from previous collections, as well as one-off samples in Pepa & Co’s signature traditional designs and prints. Whether you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for a friend, or a lovely occasion dress, you’re bound to find something special. 

68 Northcote Road, Clapham, SW11 1PA


Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder Of Nature Exhibition At The Natural History Museum 

The Natural History Museum has just opened a new exhibition celebrating beasts in all their forms, both real and mythical, including those created by J. K. Rowling through her stories and in the Fantastic Beasts film series. Both children and parents can look at creatures from the natural and mythical worlds, as well as the Wizarding World, with some objects on public display for the very first time. Visitors can learn about J. K. Rowling’s character Newt Scamander and discover the link between legendary beasts and the animal kingdom. From giant oarfish (the world’s longest bony fish) to mythical sea serpents, there’s plenty to marvel at. Tickets start from £13.25.


Mishcon Academy: Digital Sessions Podcast

Education group Mishcon Academy has launched a new podcast series exploring the issues surrounding the alleged 'rape culture' in UK schools. An important listen for everyone, Education in a Digital Age aims to help students, parents, school leaders and regulators better understand what they can do to tackle patterns of sexual abuse between children at school, and how to cope with the consequences. From the impact abuse has on children to how parents can navigate the current digital age, expect to hear from psychotherapists, safety counsellors and other child experts.


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