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 baby clothing and summer accessories to a new parenting platform, here’s what is worth having on your radar.

Bloss

The brainchild of mummy influencer Binky Felstead and Uber UK founding team member, Steph Desmond, Bloss is the new parenting platform to have on your radar. With information and advice for new parents and parents-to-be, Bloss bring together over 150 trusted professionals and experts on a range of topics, whether you’re looking for help with fertility, birth-prep, sleep training, nutrition, behavioural support, education, or your family’s mental wellbeing. There’s even legal and financial advice, too. Users can connect with other parents and pay for personal access to the experts via quick chats or video calls. Be sure to look out for the Bloss app which is launching soon. The platform is free, while some content requires a small fee.

Visit BlossApp.com

Otis & The Wolf

If you’re looking for lovely childrenswear in a range of simple designs from a selection of brands, head to Otis & the Wolf. With chic Scandinavian brands like Bezisa, Hevea, Natruba and Goki, there’s something for every little one, from striped tees and baby grows to wooden toys and sweet sunglasses. Be sure to check their ‘new-in’ page which has new drops to the site each week. Right now, we’re loving Konges Slojd’s selection of pool floats and neutral-coloured beach sets – ideal for summer staycations and days on the water.

Visit OtisAndTheWolf.co.uk

Find Me Among Them 

Find Me Among Them is an anthology of fiction and poetry exploring topics of race, identity, belonging and equality, as told by 11 teenage girls from School 21 in Stratford. Created with the help of Sisterhood – a creative and social enterprise that gives young girls the skills, tools and support to write the stories they want to read – the book includes everything from short dystopian stories to fan fiction where Bella from the Twilight series lives in Bollywood. A wonderful book for teenage girls, the collection of work is equal parts honest, fiery, sad and thought-provoking. 

Visit OurSisterhood.co.uk

KIDLY Foldaway Bucket 

KIDLY has created a cool foldaway bucket, available in five pastel colours. Made from eco-friendly silicone, the bucket holds up to two litres of sand and can be folded away and stowed under a buggy, popped in a rucksack or slipped in your handbag. Ideal for summer staycations or day trips to the beach, kids can use the matching spade to scoop up sand and use the 'tip-lip' on the base and rotating handle to tip out sandcastles with ease. Be sure to check out KIDLY’s new UPF50+ swimwear, too, which has pretty swimsuits and comfy jelly shoes.

Visit KIDLY.co.uk

Hunza Baby G Swimwear

British swimwear brand Hunza G has just launched a new collection for kids, Hunza Baby G. The collection nods to the brand’s 80s heritage with bright and vibrant rainbow colourways, featuring seven styles, including swimsuits, two-pieces and unisex shorts, all of which are handmade in the UK in Hunza G’s classic crinkle fabric. With stretchy seams, kids will love the comfortable designs, while mums can shop a range of similar styles to match – look out for the colourful woven miniskirts.

Visit HunzaG.com

The Ten News Podcast

If you’re looking for a suitable way to keep your kids informed on the news, this podcast provides short ten-minutes episodes for children aged eight and above. Featuring news bites for curious kids, each episode looks at what's happening in the world and provides context and reporting on the stories kids want to know about. From what it means to become a US citizen to what NASA are up to in space, there’s plenty to learn. Hosted by presenter Bethany van Delft, episodes are released every Tuesday and Thursday and are told in a fun and informative way. 

Visit TheTenNews.com

Medela Swing Maxi™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Breastfeeding brand Medela has redesigned its Swing Maxi pump. Created for double the pumping power with a new sleek and compact design, it’s ideal for using on the go and can be quickly charged via USB. Lasting up to six pumping sessions on full charge, the new pump is also considerably quieter than the original design, so you can discreetly express milk. Featuring the brand’s PersonalFit Flex™ breast shields, it’ll find the most comfortable position whilst adapting to your unique shape. A must for new mums and mums-to-be, it’ll make breastfeeding that bit easier and more comfortable.

Visit Medela.co.uk

Mayoral

Spanish designer brand Mayoral make classic and timeless clothing and accessories for babies and children. The family-run business launched their childrenswear collection in the 1970s and has since gone on to make traditional Spanish-style collections for boys and girls. From special occasion dresses to everyday tees and shorts, there’s something for every little one. We love the brand’s sweet gingham co-ord sets and soft, slouchy dungarees.

Visit ChildrenSalon.com/Mayoral

Kit & Kin Reusable Wipes

Here at SL, we’re big fans of Kit & Kin, Emma Bunton’s eco-friendly baby range that makes gentle, sustainable products. In addition to its reusable nappies, eco nappy pants and biodegradable bags, the brand has just created reusable baby wipes. Made from 100% plant-based materials, the super soft wipes are extra kind on baby’s bottoms and the planet. Simply dampen with water for the gentlest clean, then machine wash at 40°C between each use. In every product bought, Kit & Kin donates to their charity that helps protect acres of threatened rainforest around the world and supports women and children living in those areas with educational scholarships, family planning clinics and healthcare – even more of a reason to get on board.

Visit KitAndKin.com

Meli & Ro Activity Bags

Meli & Ro is a British ‘edutainment’ brand that creates fun activity packs and games to keep children entertained and away from screens. A great summer holiday activity, or gift for someone else, the brand’s rucksacks contain things like retro games, magic sets, felt tip pens, scented highlighters and cats cradles. The contents of each bag varies and what you receive will be unique – ideal for a fun surprise. The brand also sells outdoor play kits, dinosaur sets, puzzles, science experiments and stickers.

Visit MeliAndRo.com

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