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 children’s wear and toys to a special West End musical, here’s what is worth having on your radar.

Pots For Tots

When mum-of-one Flora Campbell struggled to find nutritious meals for her toddler, she decided to create her own and turn it into a business so busy parents could have a selection of homemade meals delivered straight to their door. Every meal is tried and tested by Flora’s toddler, Toby, so you can rest assured each dish has been given the seal of approval by a little one. Suitable for children from eight months to six years old, every meal includes four or five different vegetables, and the meat used is free-range and organic. Choose from dishes like fish pie, chicken and leek risotto, veggie lasagne and pasta bolognese. Available for nationwide delivery. 

Visit PotsForTots.co.uk

The Kids O’Clock x Harvey Nichols

Kids O'Clock, the recycling platform for pre-loved children’s wear, has partnered with Harvey Nichols to host its first resale drop-off shop at the Knightsbridge department store. To celebrate Harvey Nichols' new children’s wear floor, parents can visit ‘The Drop Off’ to donate pre-loved clothing which will be listed and sold on the Kids O’Clock site. You’ll then receive a £20 voucher to spend on anything (up to the cost of £150) from the new Harvey Nichols selection – expect to find designer clothing from brands like Zimmerman, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Moncler and Chloé.

Visit HarveyNichols.com/Kidswear

Is It Normal?

This new pregnancy podcast from singer Jessie Ware (Table Manners) sees her speak to different experts to explore and reassure everybody about what’s going on with their bodies and babies during pregnancy and birth. It also follows Jessie's pregnancy week by week, as she’s joined by doctors, midwives, sonographers, anaesthetists, home birth midwives, doulas, mental health experts, reflexologists and more. With the help of questions from other pregnant people, she aims to cover all parts of the journey.

Listen here

Little Paw

Founded by stylist Amy Kinnear, Little Paw is one gifting brand to have on your radar. Specialising in curated boxes for little ones and their parents, each box contains a selection of organic cotton children’s wear, books and toys, plus treats for new mums and dads, too. You can build bespoke boxes or choose curated ones, from ‘winter boxes’ featuring cosy clothing and toys, to ‘first birthday’ boxes full of special treats. Be sure to pre-order Little Paw’s Christmas boxes for your own little one or a friend, all of which make lovely gifts (and contain a small treat for parents).

Visit LittlePaw.co.uk

If Everyone Knew

To mark Baby Loss Awareness Week, director Imogen Harrison has released a short documentary in which six women share their personal journeys of miscarriage and baby loss. Talking about their feelings of isolation, the stigma surrounding the subject, and the trauma and grief experienced, this powerful film aims to destigmatise the conversation on baby loss. Each woman has had a different experience –Gurinder went through six miscarriages and one stillbirth; Vanessa underwent several rounds of IVF and had a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy; and Donna had several miscarriages including a ‘missed miscarriage’. An important film for all, it’s available to watch here

Visit AlicePopplewell.com

Frozen The Musical

Disney’s multi-award-winning film, Frozen, is hitting the West End. Available to watch this month until February 2022 at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, little ones will be able to see Elsa and Anna’s story on the stage for the first time in this new production. With special effects, impressive scenery, and all the songs you know and love from the original film – as well as brand-new music from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (the writers of Let It Go), the winter kingdom looks just as magical on stage as it does on screen. Suitable for the whole family, tickets start from £20.

Visit FrozenTheMusical.co.uk

The Row Kids

Regular SL readers will know The Row’s womenswear often tops our wish lists, so we were excited to hear that the brand, founded by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, has just launched a collection of children’s clothing. The pieces are definitely an investment, but are crafted from ultra-soft cashmere and velvet, which won’t irritate little ones’ skin. We love the crewneck sweaters and beanie hats which come in bright and vibrant colours – there’s something for every boy and girl. Plus, 20% of all profits from the collection will be donated to local charities in LA, New York, and London which support children’s health, education, and wellbeing – even more of a reason to check it out.

Visit TheRow.com

My Little Morpheé

If your little one struggles to get to sleep, this new device from parent brand Morpheé could be worth a try. My Little Morphée is a non-digital, screen-free sleeping aid designed for children aged three to eight. There are 192 meditative sounds to choose from, aimed to help prepare children for bedtime or calm them down during the day. Sessions include ‘journeys’, breathing and relaxation exercises, and guided meditations, all of which have been designed by sleep experts specialising in child relaxation. Kids can even choose an animal of their choice to accompany nature sounds in different destinations, like an island, desert or forest to really help them relax and settle down. 

Visit Morphee.co

Chiswick House Treasure Hunt

From today until Sunday 14th November, Chiswick House is hosting a live theatrical treasure hunt with special guest Percy the Park Keeper. During the hunt, little ones will need to help Percy get his animal friends ready for winter. Featuring puppetry, live theatre and clue-based adventures, the 60-minute experience will lead you around the beautiful Chiswick House and Gardens. A great half-term activity to keep the kids entertained, the activity is based on Nick Butterworth’s best-selling children’s book, Percy The Park Keeper, so expect to meet lots of animal friends along the way. Stop off for refreshments before or after the treasure hunt from the al fresco café on site. Tickets start from £15. 

Visit seetickets.com

Honeywell Bakes Halloween

We love Honeywell’s festive bakes and cooking kits, and their Halloween selection is no exception. This year, there are 15 options to choose from, including a haunted gingerbread house baking kit, a spooky biscuit set, pumpkin bread rolls and a ghost cake baking kit. Ideal for a half-term activity or Halloween party treats, each delivery is beautifully packaged and contains all the instructions little ones need to make their creations. You can even buy personalised ghost biscuits for something extra spooky…

Visit HoneywellBakes.com

Ada Twist, Scientist

Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company have commissioned a new children’s programme on Netflix created by Chris Nee (the writer behind Doc McStuffins, Ridley Jones and Vampirina) about a little scientist with big dreams. Ada Twist, Scientist follows the adventures of eight-year-old Ada, a pint-sized brainiac who wants to discover the truth about absolutely everything. With the help of her two best friends, Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck, Ada unravels and solves mysteries for her friends and family. But solving the mystery is only the beginning, because science isn’t just about learning how and why and what... it’s about putting that knowledge into action to make the world a better place. 

Available to watch on Netflix.com

The Worst Sleepover In The World By Sophie Dahl

Sophie Dahl’s new children’s book is now available to pre-order. The Worst Sleepover in the World is a story about first friendships. Ramona has invited her best friend Georgie to her house for a sleepover and she has lots of exciting plans to make it as fun as possible. She wants to make a den, read stories, dance ‘like a wild thing’, stay up all night and have a midnight feast. But Ramona’s ambitious ideas don’t quite go to plan. Will Gracie, Ramona and her little sister Ruby be able to solve their problems and still be friends in the morning? A charming story for little girls and boys, the book will be released on Thursday 11th November.

Visit Waterstones.com

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