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CONTENTS JU LY 2019

FEATURES

32 BABY SUSSEX Welcome to the world Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor 54 EVA AFTER Actress Eva Longoria shares how motherhood has changed her since the birth of her son last year 60 TRAVEL IN STYLE We help you to find your perfect travel pushchair companion 62 BUYER’S GUIDE As Silver Cross prepares to launch its new car safety collection, we reveal what to look for when buying your first child seat 65 PARTY TIME: NAMING DAY Carole Middleton reveals her tips for welcoming your new arrival 66 BEHIND THE BRAND: BUMBO Kate Freud meets the founder and designer of the iconic toddler seat

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44 FESTIVAL FEELS the best boho-chic looks for fashionforward babes 52 AHEAD OF THE CURVE Antonia O’Brien shares her favourite maternity fashion finds

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23 BABY LOVES Our favourite little bunny is back and this time she’s cuter than ever 25 SHOP THE THEMES Whatever your nursery style, say hello to summer with this season’s latest offerings

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83 FOOD NEWS The latest and greatest treats for babies, children and parents 84 SUMMER SENSATIONS Alice Fotheringham whips up some delicious seasonal dishes for baby to try 89 TRAVEL NEWS Dreaming of sunnier climes? We round up the hottest new escapes and products for families

90 POSTCARD FROM TENERIFE DJ Neev Spencer hits this sunny island for her final trip as a family of three 92 PARADISE FOUND Emma Sewell and family explore the lush green landscape of the Maldives

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WIN! A TWO-NIGHT STAY AT A LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL Cary Arms and Spa is giving away a dreamy coastal getaway 20 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Pens at the ready – we have a few suggestions to keep you busy this July 39 MY ESSENTIALS We chat to McFly drummer Harry Judd about parenting fails, brunch dates and exciting new projects

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92 Editorial Director Maxine Briggs Editor-at-Large Kate Freud Editor Rebecca Moore Online Editor Jennifer Read-Dominguez Sub Editor Natalie Keeler Freelance Sub Editor Charlotte Methven Editorial Assistant Annie Quinton Digital Content Producer Ruby Norris Creative Director Chloë Collyer Senior Designer Natalie Dourado Freelance Designer Matt Bookman Contributing Editors Clare Byam-Cook, Emma Cannon, Georgina Cohen, Marina Fogle, Chiara Hunt, Carole Middleton, Jade Parfitt, Natalie Pinkham, Kate Silverton, Zita West Digital Publishing Director Paul Rayner Director of Media James Dobson Advertisement Director Lyndal Beeton Head of Market Julie Price Senior Sales Executive Miranda Gyamfi Ma Sales Executive Emma Cain Managing Director Paul Dobson Deputy Managing Director Steve Ross Chief Financial Officer Vicki Gavin

42 BOOKS In search of new reads for bedtime? Emma O’Donovan rounds up the best board books for baby 51 LEO’S LITTLE LUXURIES Leonora Bamford shares her favourite things this month 57 DIARY OF A MUM In this month’s instalment, our columnist Joanna Ellner plans celebrations for baby Noah’s first birthday 58 TOT GEAR NEWS What’s new in baby kit, plus we put the Babyzen Yoyo+ to the test 71 HEALTH & BEAUTY NEWS From skincare to baby tech, we reveal the latest products and innovations in the world of wellbeing 73 Q&A WITH ZITA WEST Concerned that those everyday stresses are harming your baby? The fertility expert advises on how to get through it

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75 THE BREASTFEEDING CAFÉ Professor Amy Brown reveals her thoughts on why the UK has such a low breastfeeding rate 77 TIME TO TALK Marina Fogle and Dr Chiara Hunt address symptoms and solutions for when baby is suffering from reflux 78 THE REVIEW Laura Mason rounds up the best breastfeeding pillows on the market 81 INTERIOR NEWS From ultimate slumber pads to polkadot playmats, these are the stylish nursery updates we’re coveting this month 94 NURSERY NEWS What’s going on in early years and beyond 96 BOUTIQUES Our pick of the most beautiful baby boutiques nationwide 98 INSPIRE We chat to Mark Nicholls co-founder of baby brand Snüz

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inspired styling and festival look, on page 52. On a somewhat less glamorous note, this issue we’ve decided to tackle the dreaded car seat with our easy-to-follow Buyer’s Guide – set to demystify all confusion! This advice-led feature will have you understanding what you need in minutes, plus they’ve really come a long way since my day, now uniting safety and style; see for yourself on page 62. If that’s not enough kit for you, then don’t miss our travel buggies special. If you’re off on your jollies this summer break and in need of a trusty lightweight four-wheel companion, head to page 60, where we (literally) weigh up the best on the market. Last, but by no means least, this issue’s competition prize has me dreaming of the beach. We’ve teamed up with Cary Arms & Spa on the south Devon coast to offer a luxury two-night stay. Find all the details on page 19. Happy summer!

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There’s really only one way to start this… and that’s with a big emphatic welcome to Baby Sussex; based on the size of my inbox, Archie is sure to be the talk of the town for some time to come. And what better excuse to throw an extra shopping page into the issue? We have pulled together a fine selection of Windsorworthy pint-sized pieces that wouldn’t look out of place in Archie’s wardrobe, on page 36. There’s more than one proud Harry in this edition, though, as we had the opportunity to catch up with dad of two, musician and dancer, Harry Judd. He shares his fatherhood fails, London hot spots and the importance of honest parenting with us for our My Essentials column, on page 39. Like most, I’m ecstatic to see some sunshine, and the first way to celebrate the season has to be with a picnic. I’ll definitely be trying infant nutritionist Alice Fotheringham’s squashed picnic ciabatta; check it out along with some scrumptious weaning recipes for yourselves on page 84. If you’re avec bump during these summer months and find yourself in a what-to-wear quandary, then Antonia O’Brien’s fashion feature is just the ticket – nailing the western-

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Where were you born? I was born at Crawley Hospital in West Sussex. Worst trend fad you’ve ever participated in? I rocked a mullet during my uni days. Big chunky fringe, leading back to a messy spike, and below shoulder length down the back. It rocked (at the time). Favourite thing about summer? Not being cold! And everyone just being generally cheerier. And an Aperol Spritz. Chloë art directs the festival shoot on p.44

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Where were you born? I was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading Worst trend fad you’ve ever participated in? It has to be the juice diet. Favourite thing about summer? I love being in the garden as my toddler splashes about in the paddling pool and eating dinner out on the patio each night. This issue Neev heads on her last holiday as a three to Tenerife. Read all about it on p.90

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Playful illustrations and a love of books are apparently what inspired Cub & Pudding’s latest SS19 collection, which features a mix of bold hues and quirky, vibrant prints. Comprising seven pieces altogether, including boxy tees, stretchy leggings and slouchy dungarees with adjustable backstraps, designs in this classic, relaxed collection range from bow-tie prints to noughts and crosses drawings and pencil scatterings. cubandpudding.com

WITH WARMER DAYS ON THE HORIZON, WE’RE LOVING THE LATEST ADDITIONS TO SERAPHINE’S SKIN TO SKIN RANGE OF TOPS FOR NEW MOTHERS. AVAILABLE IN BLUE, BLACK AND GREY – THE NEW SLEEVELESS DESIGNS PROVIDE THE PERFECT LEVEL OF STRUCTURE AND SUPPORT, ALLOWING FOR HANDS-FREE CUDDLE TIME WHILE YOU’RE SITTING DOWN. SERAPHINE.COM

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Changing bag brand Bow & Rattle has arrived just in time for summer days out

BAG IT UP!

New to the scene this summer, Irish changing bag brand Bow & Rattle has crafted its first collection of timeless changing bags with soft vegan leather materials, adding waterproof linings, a thermal bottle holder and wipeable changing mat. There’s a personal touch to the designs too, as founder Caragh O’Driscoll has named each style after the women who have influenced her. We’ve got our eyes on the Jenny backpack, which is ideal for days out and about with baby. bowandrattle.com

FANCY GETTING CHIC BABY GEAR FOR A FRACTION OF THE PRICE? KIDSWEAR COLLECTIVE IS A NEW ONLINE STORE WITH PRE-LOVED FASHION FROM OVER 100 BRANDS LIKE BURBERRY AND BABY DIOR. IN BRITAIN WE DISCARD SOME 235 MILLION ITEMS OF CLOTHING A YEAR, SO THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO BE MORE ECO-CONSCIOUS. KIDSWEARCOLLECTIVE.COM

Pool party

Heading somewhere hot this summer? Leave room in your suitcase for Splash About’s new swimming essentials. Available in seven new designs, from fish- and shark-prints to nursery rhymes and woodland creatures, these stylish pool pieces are all made with UPF50+ as standard. And for little ones learning to swim, the brand’s FloatSuits are quick-drying, lightweight and comfortable to wear all day long. See you at the pool! splashabout.com

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Soothe your little one with Neu Oil, a new collection of five luxury aromatherapy oils made from plantbased ingredients. Designed to protect and calm baby, whether she’s suffering tummy troubles or needs settling before bedtime, the oils work wonders for mums too, helping to de-stress and energise when you need a little pick-me-up. From £17.50 each, neuoil.com


NEWS Style-Mum Pascale juggles being a mother to twin boys with her career in finance

Hold the key

While your tot may love the fun, jingling sound of your shiny metal car keys, they’re not exactly the safest item to leave baby alone with. Yummikeys, on the other hand, have been created with little ones in mind, specifically those who just can’t resist that playful rattling sound. Made from 100 per cent stainless steel and fully recyclable, these stimulating sensory toys are perfect for little hands to grip and chew on, and can even be put in the dishwasher. yummikeys.com

NOTES FROM NANA

Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting is a charming, lively recollection of stories and observations from bestselling author Anna Quindlen, who reflects on her new role as a grandmother with plenty of witty quips. This is definitely one to enjoy while snuggled up with a cuppa and pack of tissues. £19.99, Penguin Random House

HIT THE HIGH NOTE

Need gift inspiration for baby’s first birthday? Fill her nursery with soothing sounds from the new Musical Animals collection from BabyToLove. There are four animals to choose from – a whale, panda, elephant or alligator; each one plays a different calming melody when you pull the cord underneath. The toys have been designed with a soft texture and rounded form, encouraging baby’s sensory development. babytolove.org

BEST OF THE BLOGS

The internet is awash with information but these brilliant bloggers cut to the chase with honest and practical advice

STYLE-MUM Pascale is the ultra-stylish mother-of-two behind the aptly named blog Style Mum. She lives in Kent with her husband and their twin boys. Launched way back in 2013, the blog is a space to share her love for fashion and style – a welcome escape from her job in financial services. Posts include edits on the latest fashion trends, reviews of sweet hideaways and holidays, and her wish list: complete with shoppable links for hair, beauty, footwear and accessories. style-mum.com

MARTHA’S HAPPILY EVER AFTER Mum-of-four Martha is the woman behind the aptly named blog Martha’s Happily Ever After. She fills her website with interiors, lifestyle and fashion finds, showcasing her favourite brands and charting her family’s adventures – plus adorable snaps of her miniature dachshund Frank. More recently, Martha embarked on a renovation project – stay tuned to see how she styles her space. marthashappilyeverafter.co.uk

THE LITTLE STYLIST Kids’ stylist and mother of two Charlotte Kewley is the woman behind The Little Stylist, a blog dedicated to the wonderful world of children’s fashion. From the best buys on the high street to luxe items for those special occasions, she picks her favourites. Her site features user-friendly tabs for the type of child you’re shopping for and the item you’re after, and you can browse the blog posts for the latest on new brands and interviews. thelittlestylist.com

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hen it comes to baby style, I definitely find myself leaning towards a more pared-back look – especially in those early months when you’re so tired you can’t see straight, and the simpler, the better. Gray Label perfectly taps into the unassuming yet stylish trend, and, designed for mini minimalists, the 100 per cent organic cotton collection features everything from babygros and beanies to cardigans and simple trews, from newborn up to one year old.

SUMMER LOVIN’

With summer just around the corner, a healthy dose of vitamin Sea is what we’re all in need of, and I, for one, can’t wait. With matching swimsuits all ready for the girls, this year it’s the boys’ turn for a treat, so I’ll be splashing out on Sunuva’s matching men’s navy Shrimpy swim shorts, £65, for my husband, and the boy’s version, £39, for my son Jago. What’s not to love?

Available in delicate hues of dusky pink, grey melange, blue grey and cream, why not mix and match baby’s wardrobe? gray-label.com

FLIPPING CUTE

When it comes to holiday footwear for babies, you can’t get much cuter than the Mini Pets collection from Havaianas. Available in his and hers animal designs, in teeny tiny sizes with a heel strap so you won’t lose them, they make me broody just looking at them.

A SKIN THING

Like many babies, my youngest, Willow, now one, has suffered from tricky, eczma-prone skin since birth, and we’ve tried endless lotions and potions without success, until now… the new Mustela Skin Soothing Pyjamas are nothing short of miraculous. Designed for babies with atopic skin, these groundbreaking pyjamas infused with sunflower oil, avocado and vitamin E significantly reduce itchiness, improve sleep patterns and leave skin noticeably softer. Plus, they last for up to 20 washes too.

UPF 50+ swim shorts £39, sunuva.com

Mustela’s unique skincare infused babygros not only soothe baby’s irritable skin, but promise parents a good night’s sleep too. Available in two sizes: six to 12 months: £48; 12-24 months: £50, mustela.co.uk

Pick up a pair of baby Havaianas to match your own – they’ll be the talk of the beach. £16, havaianas-store.com

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Massage at the glass faceted sea-facing spa, which boasts a waterfall hydrotherapy pool, relaxation area, steam room, sauna, exotic experience shower, gym and three treatment rooms. For one evening, enjoy superb seaside gastro dining, with a three-course meal for two included in the prize. If you’re joined by baby, fear not: the relaxed atmosphere is to be enjoyed even by the youngest of diners as the inn still holds the charm and character from when it was originally built in the 1880s. Foodies can expect seasonal and locally sourced dishes with superb Devon beef, Lyme Bay lobster and line-caught seafood sitting alongside delicious traditional English heritage plates. A stay at Cary Arms and Spa is just the ticket for relaxation, hearty food and sublime views. Good luck!

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The Gruffalo is turning 20

Family-friendly Latitude Festival in Suffolk kicks off this weekend, with plenty to keep tots occupied in the Kids’ Area and Enchanted Garden. From pond-dipping, creative crafting and star-gazing to pizzamaking, little ones won’t want to leave this mini paradise. Under-13s go free! latitudefestival.com

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Wimbledon starts today, and if you plan to stay glued to the coverage over the next fortnight, make sure you and baby look the part. We love these Gucci sneakers, with sleek metallic leather detail.

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There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo, but that’s not what we’ve heard… Julia Donaldson’s yellow-eyed monster returns to the Lyric Theatre, with a show celebrating 20 years of this much-loved book. Tickets £12, tallstories.org.uk

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8 FIND YOUR BALANCE

Get your flex on as Pregnancy Yoga with Jai returns to Foodwell in Manchester. Hosted by trained yoga teacher Jaina, the session is designed to help with pregnancy and labour. £10, thefoodwell.co.uk

DIARY

Pens at the ready – we have a few suggestions to keep you and baby busy this month

11 STORY TIME

Brighten baby’s bookshelf with a wonderful new tale from author Jim Whalley. Out today, Baby’s First Jailbreak is an adventurous, action-packed romp filled with stunning illustrations by cartoonist Stephen Collins. £11.99, Bloomsbury Children’s Books

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Movie magic

If you and baby haven’t yet caught Peppa Pig’s big-screen debut, the nation’s favourite piggy will be at Luna Kids’ Cinema in Tatton Park, Manchester today. Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun has new characters and lots of muddy puddles. Underthrees go free. From £8, lunakidscinema.com

There’s hope for blue skies and sunny weather at this year’s Summer Live in Bournemouth, taking place until 26 August. Make your way to The Square for live music, face painting and kids’ entertainment, plus an outdoor barbecue and garden bar. bournemouth.co.uk

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Make new mum pals while keeping fit with Buggy Active, a 45-minute exercise class in Shropshire’s beautiful Attingham Park. Taking place at 11.15am today, simply book your spot and bring baby along. From £5 per session, nationaltrust.org.uk

Many happy returns to Godstone Farm, whose 40th birthday is today! Look out for a fun-filled programme of family activities this summer, until 1 September. godstonefarm.co.uk

24 SHOW TIME

Warm up your vocals for Monski Mouse’s Baby Cabaret, a live music show with an ace play list of nursery hits. Ideal for under-fives, with lots of puppetry and clowning around. From £8.50, underbellyfestival. com

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The experts at Edinburgh Birth and Baby join the John Lewis nursery team for a morning of demos and discussions on pregnancy and birth held at the John Lewis store in Edinburgh; book your free spot online. eventbright.co.uk

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LOVE S Organic and stylish in muted shades, this capsule collection is a must for baby

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Our ears have perked right up to hear that Tobias & the Bear and Miffy are back with a second collection, and we’re so in love. This season’s 12-piece collection is designed in beautifully subtle shades of ‘mouse’ grey and ‘bunny’ white and features two iconic Miffy head prints. We’re coveting the super-soft Miffy Shadow dungarees and the super-sized chenille Miffy head badge on an organic loopback sweatshirt is a real head turner. Tobias & the Bear X Miffy, prices start at £15, tobiasandthebear.com

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SHOPPING

From a selection at noe-zoe.com

Crochet mobile £84.01, blablakids.com

Peg-Pérego Siesta highchair £190, pramcentre.co.uk

PRIMARY COLOURS Cotton sweater £74, oeufnyc.com

Inflatable paddling pool £38, uk.sunnylife.com

Choose from a variety of rainbow shades to add cheer to baby’s summer wardrobe and accessories

Dungarees and T-shirt set from £18, johnlewis.com

Kalon dresser £1,520, nubie.co.uk

Cotton bloomers £26, bobochoses.com

Cotton top £46, omibia.com

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Studio Fermob rocking horse £199, madeindesign.co.uk

Cotton romper £19, arket.com

Cotton skirt with straps £52.99, bonnetapompon.com

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Cotton-blend trousers from £63, ilgufo.com

Leather shoes £35, bobux.co.uk

Cotton bodysuit £29, molo.com

Brighter colours create a playful mood for summer

Cotton bodysuit £18, polarnopyret.co.uk

Cam Cam Copenhagen mobile £26, beyondthestork.co.uk

From a selection at smallsmerino.co.uk

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Bloomers and onesies in fun colours and cool fabrics are perfect in warmer months

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Cybex Cloud Z car seat £299.95, naturalbabyshower.co.uk

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he countdown is officially over nd as the world welco es rchie arrison Mountbatten indsor here at aby we’re already uite s itten ince the pregnancy announcement in October 2018, it’s safe to say the world has had a watchful eye on the Sussexes. From the at-times daring maternity outfits to the new royal’s unconventional labour choices, the pregnancy has well and truly captivated the globe. Born at 5:25am on Monday 6 May 2019, and weighing a very healthy 7lb and 3oz, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor made his eagerly-anticipated arrival. Making his first public appearance in St George’s Hall Windsor at the mere age of two-and-a-half days’ old, a glowing Prince Harry and Meghan looked overjoyed with their baby son. Baby Archie, who is seventh in line to the throne, in beaming mother Meghan’s words, has the ‘sweetest temperament’ and is ‘very calm’. Our first view of the new royal baby was a glimpse of a precious head as he slept soundly in the arms of his father, who was present at his birth. During Meghan’s pregnancy, the Duke and Duchess had kept plans for the baby’s birth private. However, it was made clear that she would not be giving birth at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, like her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge did for all three of her children. Although it was hinted that Meghan may give birth in the sanctuary of Frogmore Cottage, the Sussex’s Windsor home, it later emerged that she was whisked to a private hospital, possibly the Portland

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in London, in secret on Sunday night. Although we don’t know when her exact due date was, it’s believed she was around a week overdue; so the couple must have been relieved when he finally made an appearance! Prince Harry gave an interview to BBC News later on in the day of the 6 May declaring the happy tidings. The birth was also officially announced in the conventional way for the royal family, with an easel outside Buckingham Palace. However, the couple also firmly cemented their position as the ‘most modern royals’ with a post on their joint Instagram account, @sussexroyal, announcing the baby’s name. This Instagram account was the first in the app’s history to hit 1m followers in just six hours, and their baby announcement gained 250k likes within two hours, the most of any royal account. Little does baby Archie know that he is undoubtedly the most talked about baby in the world this week, thanks to social media. On Wednesday 8 May 2019, our new royal met his great-

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grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for the first time. They’re pictured looking absolutely delighted to be meeting their eighth great-grandchild. Archie’s maternal grandmother Ms Doria Ragland is also pictured in this happy group. We’re so pleased to see that Grandma Ragland now looks to be very much a part of the Windsor family! The future King and Queen, William and Kate, also gave an interview expressing their excitement for the royal couple. The Duke of Cambridge lovingly, and jokingly, welcomed his brother to the ‘no sleep club.’ We’re sure they’ll be the most wonderful aunt and uncle, and we can’t wait to see pictures of Archie with his cousins George, Charlotte and Louis. In addition to their unconventional naming announcement, Meghan and Harry have showed that they plan to do things a little differently, in more ways than one. Often called the most revolutionary royal couple because of Meghan’s black and American heritage, baby Archie is believed to be the first mixed-race child born to a senior member of the royal family in centuries. Indeed, his background reflects a modern and inclusive Britain! Baby Archie has also been given an unconventional name for a royal. Although the bookies were accurate with their predictions of George and Charlotte’s names, they were left stumped with this one. The most popular predictions for his name were Alexander, Arthur, James, Philip and Spencer; all of which have connotations or namesakes within the British royal family. However, the couple settled on Archie, which means ‘brave’, ‘bold’ and ‘generous.’ His middle name of Harrison literally means ‘son of Harry’, we wonder where they got that from… but will he share his dad’s fiery red hair? Although the newborn could have been given the title of Earl of Dumbarton, or Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the couple have so far decided that he’ll modestly be known as ‘Master Archie.’ However, when his grandfather Charles becomes King, he’ll become ‘Prince Archie.’ It’s up to his parents whether they choose to use this title but judging by their thus-far unconventional way of doing things, we reckon he’ll stay simply ‘Archie’, which we think is rather lovely. During the little one’s first appearance, Meghan happily told reporters that she now has the ‘two best guys in the world.’ Well, little Archie, the world awaits you and we can’t wait to watch you grow up.

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Harr y loves taking Lola and Kit on outings and doing things as a family Cuddles with Kit are always a highlight

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MY ESSENTIALS You’re working with WaterWipes on its new #ThisIsParenthood project to normalise honest conversations about parenting. Tell us why you wanted to be involved. Because I can completely relate to it; everything about this project rings true with what Izzy and I have experienced. The research from WaterWipes showed that two-thirds of UK parents feel like they’ve failed at some point – it’s definitely something we’ve both felt. We’ve always believed it’s important to talk openly and honestly. McFly are like that as a band and Izzy and I have been like that as a couple – we’ve always spoken about our fertility struggles and were lucky to be able to have a positive impact on other people. We

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HARRY JUDD

The musician and dancer talks parenting fails, brunch dates and the importance of honesty were excited to partner up with WaterWipes for the same reason – to talk about the truths of parenthood and hopefully help to inspire others to believe in themselves a bit more as parents. What do you think causes parents to feel like failures? We’re constantly comparing

ourselves to others, and in this modern age of social media that’s magnified even more. Social media shows perfect families and picture-perfect children, which probably makes others feel like they’re not doing a good job. I also think we’re not very good at opening up, so we don’t talk about how we’re feeling and how Sport fanatic Harry is a big golf enthusiast

hard we’re finding it. It’s not easy being a parent; it comes with lots of challenges; I think if you don’t share your struggles it can all build up and create a feeling of failure. As a dad, how do you combat those negative feelings? For me, it’s a short-lived feeling, but I try and just give my time to my children. I try and focus on them when I’m with them – something that’s important to me is not being too connected to my phone either. I listen to them – my daughter [Lola] is three so she’s really talking. We play, and I love taking them out and doing things together. That always makes me feel much better. You’re currently starring in Rip It Up in the West End and won Strictly eight years ago. Is dance a part of your children’s lives? Lola’s doing ballet and absolutely loves it! She discovered Angelina Ballerina and quickly announced that she wanted to have a go. Kit

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Harry says instruments teach creativity and discipline This sturdy double is just one of the chariots the family have tried out Mountain Buggy Nano Duo £399, mountainbuggy.com

Harry and Izzy like taking time out for brunch dates

loves watching and we’ve just signed him up too. We play a lot of music at home and it’s lovely dancing and singing around the house. Lola’s come to watch me dance a few times, which she thinks is fun. If they want to try some dancing [in the future], then hopefully Daddy can help them a bit! Does the same go for music? Both you and Izzy are musicians. Yes – I think naturally we’d like to try them on instruments, especially as Izzy comes from a very musical family. I think a lot of good values can be taught from learning musical instruments – it’s so important for a child’s development, creativity and also discipline with all the practice and exams. We certainly won’t be forcing them to do something they don’t want to do, but we’re keen to give them the opportunity and encouragement.

what are the ‘dad essentials’ you always have with you? We’ve used WaterWipes from the word go – I’ve always had sensitive skin and Lola’s inherited that slightly, so they’re ideal, whether it’s for nappy changing, food spillage, snotty noses or anything. Snacks are also essential, but only when necessary. I’ve always got water for them, and at the moment in the buggy we’ve got some bubbles and a bucket and spade, because there’s a sand play area at our local park. You’ve just got to prepare really, particularly when they’re babies as you can’t believe how many things you need to take out with you. It gets a bit easier as

Do you have a pushchair of choice? It’s a minefield! We’ve had a Bugaboo, an iCandy and a double side-by-side Mountain Buggy. And when it comes to clothes, any favourite brands? Izzy’s more into dressing the kids than I am. She always talks about Next and how many great deals it has. There’s a couple of places near where we live too, like JoJo Maman Bébé and Trotters. We like getting them something a bit smarter for special occasions too. If you’ve got some time to

yourself what do you like to do? I like sport – I enjoy playing golf and cricket with my mates. And I might go to the gym. And what about date night? Izzy and I are more of a brunch date kind of couple, so we’ll go out for food or maybe to the cinema. There are a couple of nice brunch places where we live – it’s a very London thing! What’s the best thing about being a dad? Everything – seeing your children in the morning, seeing their big smiles, the cuddles and kisses and things like when Lola has her hair in plaits or I’m waking Kit up from a nap and he’s all snuggly and rosy-cheeked. I just think, ‘Look at my children!’ It’s just lovely – until Kit does a massive poo and brings me back down to reality! Harry Judd has partnered with WaterWipes on the #ThisIsParenthood project. waterwipes.com

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they get older!

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SLOTH SLEPT ON

By Frann Preston-Gannon Perfect bedtime reading and a joy to share, this charming story about a sloth who is found a long way from home is a heart warmer. £6.99, Pavilion

ENGINEERING FOR BABIES

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A tongue-in-cheek, baby-friendly exploration of the ways in which engineering influences our lives. £5.99, Caterpillar Books

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Filled with friendly faces, rhyming questions and things to seek and find, this stylish board book will encourage conversation, making it the perfect reading for a long journey. £5.99, Usborne

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A poetic game of cat and mouse plays out across the pages of this stunning book. Little ones will delight in spotting the mouse

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With felt flaps, mirrors, textures and more, this is a truly immersive farmyard experience for the very young, without the smells. £7.99, Nosy Crow

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By Caz Hildebrand and Ashlea O’Neill A clever, eye-catching book about words that sound the same but have different meanings, like pear and pair, or bare and bear. Educational and fun in equal measures. £12.99, Ladybird Books

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F E S T I VA L F E E L S With the onset of summer and festival fever setting in, we highlight the best boho-chic looks for fashion-conscious tots PHOTOGR APHY: LEONIE FR EE MAN ST YLING: Y VADNEY DAVIS

Arielle wears bodysuit, £250, Gucci at Childrensalon. Hair slides, £7.50, Meri Meri. Blanket, £22, Etta Loves at Word Store London. Mobile (from set), £25, Meri Meri. Garland, £19.50, Meri Meri


Holly wears cotton romper, £29.95, The Bonnie Mob. Headband, ¤15.98, Noé & Zoë. Linen-mix muslin (backdrop), £40, Bobo Choses at Junior Edition.


Amarah wears cotton dress, £26.45, The Bonnie Mob. Leather shoes, £36, Easy Peasy at AlexandAlexa. Hair Slide (from set), £7.50, Meri Meri. Mobile (from set), £25, Meri Meri. Blanket, £150, Forivor at Word Store London.


Hudson wears cotton-mix hat, £15.95, The Bonnie Mob. Cotton romper, £62, Wolf & Rita at AlexandAlexa. Leather shoes, £45, Amy & Ivor. Pom Pom Cushion, £29, Meri Meri. Scatter Cushion, £25, Caramel.


Grayson wears denim jacket, from £65, Sarah Baily. Cotton romper, £40, What Mother Made at Luna & Curious. Blanket, £150, Forivor at Word Store London. SPECIAL THANKS TO MODELS: AMARAH, ARIELLE, EVELYN, GRAYSON, HUDSON, HOLLY, NOAH. MODEL AGENCIES: BONNIE & BETTY, KIDS LONDON, MINI MODELS. PHOTOGRAPHER AND STYLIST AGENCY: ROXY AND JACK. HAIR AND MAKE-UP: PAULINE BRISCOE AT ERA MANAGEMENT. ART DIRECTOR: CHLOË COLLYER.


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Toms is such a great brand, and I love how they gift a pair of shoes every time someone purchases a pair of Toms. My children are all obsessed with Sesame Street, so these Cookie Monster shoes are very much on my wish list. Sesame Street X TOMS, £32, toms.co.uk

am outside pretty much all this month; I planted lots of seeds a few months ago with the children and we are reaping the rewards. The funniest thing is that the ones my two year old planted have done the best. He managed to create a whole meadow garden with just one rogue throw. I love teaching my children from an early age about growing fruits and vegetables, and there is nothing quite like the look on their faces when they finally get to eat tomatoes off the vine or pull a sweet carrot from the ground. Happy summertime, all!

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My little one is too big for baby carriers now, but my friends have been trying out CARiFiT classes in Battersea, which are, effectively, a 30-minute baby-wearing workout! You get to enrol in a safe postnatal workout whilst wearing your baby. carifit.co.uk

LITTLE LUXURIES OU R COLUM NIST Leonora Bamford SHAR E S H ER FAVOU RITE THINGS THIS MONTH

This backpack from Pink Lining makes a genius nappy bag. I love its parrot design, and it’s super light, with loads of pockets and pouches, a detachable insulated bottle holder and a padded changing mat. Wonder Bag Backpack, £65, pinklining.com

I’m always looking for good newborn gifts and this Little Brown Box is right on trend with brands like Baby Mori, organic cotton rattles and wooden teething toys. The Mini Collection, £44.99, littlebrownbox.co.uk

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AH E AD OF TH E C U RVE ST YLIST AN D PR E SENTER Antonia O’Brien SHAR E S H ER PR E- AN D POST-NATAL WAR DROBE LUST-HAVE S

Cotton blanket £40, avery-row.com Hooded coat £109, uk.rains.com

Maternity and nursing dress £69, tilbea.com

Elliott backpack £160, jemandbea.com

Whatever the weather forecast, pack for rain and shine for both you and your babe, from sunglasses to SPF and wellies to raincoats

Rubber boots £120, ilsejacobsen.com

Sheepskin baby playmat £79, binibamba.com

Cotton-mix knitted leggings £10, boden.com

FESTIVAL FROLICKING

t’s all about efficient packing in your e and ea day bag baby necessities fun festival accessories the bolder the better and hilly’s bottles are perfect to keep your wine chilled

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Cotton-mix sun hat £12.45, thebonniemob.com

Reusable bottle £25, chillysbottles.com

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Cool Air Mesh baby carrier £154.90, ergobaby.co.uk

Catfarer sunglasses £14, topshop.com


FASHION

Style your bump… I saw it swaggering down the catwalk and now it has taken over the high street, western styling can be as bold as you want it to be. Ease in with fringed accessories and shell jewellery or go all-out in leather or suede; buttons mean you can layer whilst pregnant or unbutton when breastfeeding.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: Mini Marcie bag, £575, chloe.com; Ganni leather jacket, £590, matchesfashion.com; Leather overshirt, £250, uterque.com; Leather Cowboy ankle boots, £99, mango.com; Maternity shirt dress, £139, isabellaoliver.com; Silk scarf, £125, silkenfavours. com; Coral and shell necklace, £17.99, zara.com

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INTERVIEW Motherhood has made Longoria more hungry than ever to grasp opportunities

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INTERVIEW

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n her TV and film career, Eva Longoria – the actress, producer, director, model, businesswoman and activist – has shown that she can be entertaining, outgoing, positive and charming, and equally adept at both comedy and action roles. This versatility – and these qualities – have also proven handy when it comes to parenting. After the arrival of her first child Santiago, in June 2018, the Texan star of Desperate Housewives, The Sentinel and Overboard said that, although she had been given the child she’d craved for so long, motherhood wasn’t going to calm her desire to embrace opportunities. It’s a line we’ve heard many times before, and more often than not all those good career intentions fade away into a contented period dedicated solely to seeing one’s baby flourish. But with Longoria, you sense she is coming at things from a rather different perspective. “It sounds strange, but these early days I could only say that motherhood has made me more determined to go out there and explore. That’s not because I am trying to get away from it,” she laughs, “but more because there feels a point to it all now. I have a real job to do, and it’s to show my little boy how amazing this world is.” That baby, young Santiago Enrique Bastón, who is rapidly approaching his first birthday in June, has certainly been born to parents with energy, drive and ambition in abundance. As well as being a polished actress, Longoria also runs her own production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, has ongoing modelling deals with the likes of L’Oréal, Hanes and New York & Co., is a fashion designer and holds philanthropy very close to her heart. As for her husband, José Antonio Bastón is the 51-year-old President of Televisa, the largest media conglomerate in Latin America. And if any further evidence were needed that these are people with the determination to grasp any opportunity, consider the fact that within six months of their first (blind) date in December 2015, the couple were married! “I’ve always had a lot of energy and ambition,” says Longoria. “I like making the most of my time, and, going right the way back, that’s one reason I wanted to do a Master’s Degree, even when my acting career was in full flow. “I don’t believe we are put on this Earth to exist doing one thing, and that’s already a moral I want to pass down to Santi… to never settle for what you have, and to never believe you can only do one thing in life. With every passing year, I am still finding new projects that I want to explore, and I’m sure Santi will have that same frame of mind.” Longoria – who also runs a self-titled foundation dedicated to helping young Latina

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women living in the US – grew up the youngest of four sisters in a Mexican-American family. She was a keen student and got a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at A&M University in her native Texas. Of the red carpets and flashbulbs that have become part and parcel of her life, she says: “I have never taken all that too seriously, and I wouldn’t want my son to fall into the traps that I know are there. A lot of it is superficial; a lot of it is how you look, not who you are. For instance, I grew up with so many complexes about my appearance. I felt very unattractive and out of place, even in my own family. “Over the years, I’ve kept having to explain to people that I grew up as an ugly duckling – my sisters were gorgeous blondes with pale skin; friends would say to my mother: ‘Your other daughters are so beautiful, who’s this strange girl?’ I would have to insist that I wasn’t adopted! “The fact that I evolved into a model just goes to show how ridiculous the whole thing is and means I am in the right position to teach Santiago that there is more to life than what appears important.” She may be diminutive in stature, at just 5ft 2”, but Longoria is famous for a brazen, quirky sense of humour that she says she used as a defence mechanism for many years. She admits much of her parenting comes from some very strong women present in her childhood. “When I was young, I had something of an army of ladies to look up to for guidance and inspiration,” she says. “There was my mother, my nine aunts and my three older sisters, who taught me to be independent and determined. They showed me that if you worked hard and applied yourself seriously you could achieve all your dreams.” Longoria now sees parenthood as a way of giving back. “To have a child and to be able to care for him feels like the greatest gift. The ability to learn and to pass down knowledge is something that is so underrated. Let’s get out there and celebrate the world together!” And for someone who has lived for so long in front of the camera lens, Longoria isn’t about to let her fame change what should be a natural routine for her and her baby. “I don’t want to be a parent who hides my baby away,” she says adamantly. “I am so proud of him, and I want to show him off to the world just like any other mother would.” Indeed, Longoria has decorated her Instagram feed with some touching pictures of her new arrival, notably one in which Santiago is sporting a T-shirt with a print of her and Jose on the front. “It’s been a great ride, and you come to realise the gift of life is the most important thing you can ever give. It’s an incredible gesture, and we are, all of us, as parents, simply passing on what people have done for us. I think that’s beautiful.”

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am cocooned under a duvet, scrolling Etsy for homemade rustic-looking bunting. I spend approximately 44 seconds staring at a huge balloon filled with glitter. Is it a bit tacky? Probably. A photo wall display, one for every month of Noah’s life. That’s tasteful, isn’t it? Or wildly indulgent? Big old foil balloon letters spelling out her name? Aren’t they a bit done? Why is everything glittery? Why is it all pale pink, pale blue or boring grey? Hmm. I’ll sleep on it. Noah’s first birthday is a mere six weeks away. We did it. We tended to a little shrubling and now we have a very busy, adventurous and jolly little rose tree. She is blooming. It is completely something worth celebrating. But a birthday party, in the traditional sense, seems absurd. Filed alongside weddings, cars and holidays, birthday parties for under-fives have become as much an outward display of affluence as anything else. And as such, they are also subject to the swinging pendulum of trends. Right now, according to my social media feed, first birthday parties run the gamut from a cake and candles in the garden all the

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Less eco-guilt than buying birthdayspecific bunting, or bunting made of plastic, this can be repurposed as a room decoration, or of course, stowed away for future birthdays, which we’ll be doing. H&M Bunting with Pennants, £8.99, hm.com

Noah and I recently braved the train to Devon to visit Grandma, this neatly compacted travel cot perched over my shoulder. It works brilliantly as a newborn crib, baby cot and playpen and is feather-light compared to most. Micralite Sleep & Go Travel Cot, £175, micralite.com

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Yes, I know. It’ll only fit her for a nanosecond. But I’ll allow Noah (myself) this one birthday party indulgence. A party dress by Bonpoint is, quite simply, the cherry on top. Next year, it’s dungarees. Bonpoint Goldina Dress Golden Dots, £87, bonpoint.com

Joanna Ellner IS IN A BIRTH DAY QUAN DARY AS NOAH APPROACH E S H ER FIR ST BASH way to a bespoke village fete, complete with an artisanal burger van and rented farm animals. Spend too little and you’re cheap. Spend too much and you’re vulgar, a quasi-Kardashian.

In the aftermath of the Etsy rabbit hole, my strategy is this: avoid trends at all costs. In their place, we’ll be kickstarting some birthday family traditions, because traditions are the antithesis of trends. Trends come and go; traditions are built to last. And hopefully these will form the totems of our family life, ones that will become familiar to Noah, an anchor of our love for her. The first of which is afternoon tea. Heaven help the establishment that agrees to accommodate a one-year-old in close proximity to a tiered china cake stand, but as Noah grows in age, this tradition will grow with her. She’ll love it

at eight, hate it at 15 and adore it again at 22 (maybe). We will share stories about friendships, heartache and the first prick of love over tiny cucumber sandwiches. And, in lieu of a birthday card, which Noah cannot read nor grasp the concept of, we will write her a long, meandering email recounting all the precious little idiosyncracies she has now that, before long, will be forgotten, replaced with other precious idiosyncracies. As the years tick by, the emails will collect in the account we have made for her, ready for a kitchen table recital when the time comes. Still, a celebration of sorts is on

the agenda. In the Venn diagram of first birthday parties, when one side is a ‘self-contained-space-fornot-yet-walking-babies’ and the other is ‘something-approachingfun-with-a-bar-for-adults’, the middle becomes, quite obviously, ‘pub garden’. So that is where we will be, an outdoor terrace at a lovely local pub booked just for us with some (tasteful) bunting hastily tacked to the walls. Now I’m stuck in a party dress rabbit hole. I’m still determined to avoid trends, and will do what I can to avoid dressing Noah in 2019’s version of Coachella flower crowns. But I can’t promise anything.

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NICE WHEELS

The new release from parenting brand Stokke is the Beat – its most compact and lightweight stroller to date, weighing just 9.5kg. Easy to fold with just one hand – even with the seat fully attached – it makes getting around with baby a doddle. Its compact frame and full frontal shock absorbers, combined with brand-new wheel technology that uses innovative tyres on lockable, swivel wheels ensures ultimate comfort. All of this is steered by a super-comfy handlebar that sits higher than most to give you more control and comfort as you push! From £459, stokke.com

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DOUBLE UP! Taking multi-functionality to the next level, the Peach AllTerrain can now upgrade into a double pushchair with the clever iCandy converter kit. Combining sleek sporting touches and off-road capability, the model can transport two children simultaneously, be it twins or a toddler and baby. The multi-wheel functionality gives the option of quickly converting the pushchair from single mode, using three or four wheels, to double mode, using four wheels. From £1,080, icandyworld.com

NEW TERRITORY Family favourite Bugaboo has announced the i-Size compliant Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna will launch mid-August. The stylish car seat boasts the signature Bugaboo canopy with mesh peek-a-boo and a UPF 50+ ‘smart visor’; safety features include a true-lock base with triple installation, no-thread five-point harness and tailor tech foam for optimal side-impact protection. £219, bugaboo.com

Carrier brand Baby Tula is expanding its bestselling Explore range to include the new Tula Explore Coast – providing parents with the ulti ate in reedo and e i ility Lightweight and well-ventilated, it’s the perfect companion for summertime strolls with its breathable mesh panel that provides practical ventilation t o ers ultiple ergono ic carry positions too! £154.90, babytula.com

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REVIEW

THE REVIEW

EDITOR AT L ARGE Kate Freud PUTS TH E BABY ZEN YOYO+ TH ROUGH ITS PACE S WITH YOU NGE ST DAUGHTER Willow

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s a family we seem to be constantly on the move, so alongside our everyday buggy we’ve always had a lightweight travel stroller to join us on our travels. But with our trusty Maclaren on its last legs after five years of service, we decided an upgrade was in order for our youngest, Willow, and decided to take the plunge with the Babyzen YOYO+.

THE LOWDOWN The thing that sets the YOYO+ apart from a run-of-the-mill buggy is its instant one-handed fold mechanism and its compactness when collapsed. Once you get the hang of it, you can collapse it with very little trouble and it’s easy to sling over your shoulder with an adaptable strap. One of my favourite features is that you can also fit it in the overhead storage of an aeroplane – and anyone who has ever walked miles through an airport with young children sans buggy will agree it’s worth the money for this alone!

GOOD LOOKING? Yes, very much so. It features a streamlined, slick black frame, and the hood, seat and footmuff are available in a variety of colours. In addition to the traditional shades of red, black and grey, you can also choose from ‘Peppermint’, ‘Taupe’ and ‘Ginger’. We went for the ‘Ginger’, which is more of a pink than an orange – I love it for a girl.

The sheepskin-lined footmuff keeps Willow cosy

Kate loves the streamline look of the Babyzen YOYO+

PRACTICALITY AND DRIVABILITY I think it’s fair to say that all parents will love pushing the Babyzen YOYO+ around. In techy-terms, the four-wheel suspension combined with the lightweight frame means it can be steered one-handed. Manoeuvring through shop doors or on and off buses is a breeze. Having said that, I would feel a little uneasy using it in windy weather for fear of it blowing over. I know many parents who use the YOYO+ all year round, and I can see the attraction of doing so, but personally I find it too light for that. When Willow was small we used the Newborn Pack, which adapts the pushchair to a lie-flat, parent-facing position that’s suitable from birth. But she’s now in the front-facing pushchair, which is for babies aged six months and upwards.

cosiest winter excursions, and the stroller comes with a raincover for soggy days. The five-point harness is easy to use and has padded shoulder straps for extra comfort, and everything is easy to remove and wash, too. The only downside is that it doesn’t have an adjustable handlebar. My husband and I are both 5ft 10in and we do find it comfortable enough to push, but if we were a few inches taller, it might be a little on the short side.

THE VERDICT I can completely see what all the fuss is about with the Babyzen YOYO+. It really is unlike anything else on the market, a pleasure to use day to day and a joy to travel with.

COMFORT The sheepskin-lined footmuff makes for the

From £389, naturalbabyshower.co.uk

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TOT GEAR Micralite ProFold

This nifty new stroller from Micralite really does have an ultra compact fold, only requiring one hand – and it even free-stands, saving space in the hotel room and beyond. But what really impressed us is the four-way suspension, making it a real contender as an everyday pushchair. The comfy ride is enhanced by the cosy super-soft bamboo liner. The storage pouch on the UPF50+ hood is also a nice touch when you’re nipping about town. Available to buy from mid-June. PRICE From £225 WEIGHT 7kg DIMENSIONS when folded 51.5 x 44 x 24cm USE FROM Birth OVERHEAD STORAGE Yes TRAVEL BAG No

Babyzen YOYO+

The fact that this stroller has partnered with Air France for a limited-edition release says it all – it was born to holiday! The original all-in-one cabin stroller from birth, the Babyzen YOYO+ really is the crème de la crème. Wheeling in as the most expensive on the market, it’s no surprise to see this pushchair spotted around the country as an everyday choice. It really does offer everything you could need. You can easily attach a car seat, and its instant onehanded fold mechanism and compactness when collapsed is a blessing on public transport and at airports. Plus, it’s easy to sling over your shoulder and has an adaptable strap. PRICE From £369 WEIGHT 6.2kg DIMENSIONS when folded 52 x 18 x 44cm USE FROM Birth, with additional YOYO+ Newborn Pack OVERHEAD STORAGE Yes TRAVEL BAG Additional extra, £59

The GB Pockit is the most compact stroller in the world when folded

Silver Cross Jet

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According to Guinness World Records, the GB Pockit is the world’s smallest folding stroller. Impressive, right? If you’re looking for a companion for the airport, it does the job perfectly, fitting easily into the overhead lockers of a plane. When time is of the essence, its two-step fold is a godsend, making it quick and easy to open out and use. Once folded, the pushchair becomes a handbag-shaped package that can be flung over your shoulder or stowed away. The Pockit also stands independently when folded, so it won’t take up much space at your hotel, and as the proud winner of a Red Dot Design Award, what more is there to say? PRICE from £150 WEIGHT 4.3kg DIMENSIONS when folded 35 x 30 x 18cm USE FROM Birth, with additional Cot to Go carrycot OVERHEAD STORAGE Yes TRAVEL BAG No

The clever Jet stroller is an ultra-compact lightweight buggy – suitable from birth up to 15kg – and folds up so small that it can be stowed away in an overhead locker. Its nifty design means you wheel it like a small suitcase, and it also comes with a handy cover to keep things tidy. Mini globetrotters will love features like the soft, padded lie-flat seat, multi-position recline and adjustable calf support, designed to keep them super comfy. The lockable front-swivel wheels and dynamic spring suspension provide a smooth ride, and the five-point safety harness keeps your precious one safe and secure. We love the fully extendable UPF50+ hood, which has an air-flow ventilation system, pop-out sun visor and viewing window, while the flip-flop-friendly brakes are a doddle to use. PRICE £275 WEIGHT 5.9kg DIMENSIONS when folded 55 x 18 x 30cm USE FROM Birth OVERHEAD STORAGE Yes TRAVEL BAG Included


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A walk with baby can be easy breezy with the right buggy

Mee-Go Trio

Possibly one of the most stylish stroller options on the market, the Trio from British brand Mee-Go offers plenty of bang for your buck. With a fully reclining seat – including a lie-flat position that’s easily adjusted through a toggle at the back – this stroller is suitable to use from birth, meaning it could be your sole pushchair. The product boasts some plush features too, including a padded handlebar, a removable bumper bar and an adjustable leg rest. The compact one-hand fold design is super convenient and easy to operate, and if style is high on your agenda, you have some great options to choose from. Consider Orchid on a rose gold frame or Jet and Slate Blue on a gun metal frame. PRICE £169 WEIGHT 6.5kg DIMENSIONS when folded 25 x 57 x 46cm USE FROM Birth OVERHEAD STORAGE Yes TRAVEL BAG Additional extra, £39.99

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CAR SEATS

Buyer’s guide AS SILVER CROSS GE TS R E ADY TO U NVEIL ITS N EW CAR SAFE T Y COLLEC TION , Hamish McPhillips, TH E BR AN D’S CAR SAFE T Y MANAGER , OFFER S SOM E TOP TIPS ON BUYING YOU R FIR ST CHILD SE AT

n the UK, children must use car seats until they’re 12 years old, or over 135cm tall, so your relationship with car seats is long term. Here are my top buying tips for your first car seat:

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THINK ABOUT HOW THE SEAT WILL BE USED For a newborn, there are two main options when purchasing a first stage car seat – a traditional infant carrier or a multi-group 0+/1 combination car seat. An infant carrier can easily be removed from your car, used to carry your baby from home to the car or used with your pram. An ISOFIX base can be purchased separately, to make it easier to attach and remove the infant carrier from your vehicle. Depending on the rate of growth, infant carriers only tend to accommodate your baby for around the first year. On i-Size seats, look for height ranges given in centimetres. The largest infant carriers can accommodate babies up to 87cm in height. Remember, however, the maximum baby weight limit for an infant carrier is 13kg. The other popular option is a multigroup 0+/1 combination seat, which will accommodate your child for longer, normally up to a maximum of 18kg or, with newer i-Size seats, there’s a maximum height limit of 105cm. Both of these weight and height limits represent a typical four-year-old.

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In addition, many of these seats rotate making it easier for parents to get their little ones in and out at an optimum position, to ensure everything is installed correctly. These seats are heavier, due to the extra structure needed to accommodate a larger child, and don’t detach to fit onto your pram. Don’t forget, it’s not recommended to leave your baby in any car seat for longer than two hours.

WHAT IS I-SIZE? You’ll be sure to come across the term “i-Size”. i-Size is a term taken from the latest European child car seat safety regulation (Regulation 129). It was introduced in 2013 to offer better compatibility between the child and the car seat, using the child’s height. The previous regulation was purely based on weight, not accounting for the varying stature of children. Due to the loading limits of ISOFIX points in the vehicle and the adult seat belt, there are still upper weight limits for the child seat, but the height range is intended to fine tune the sizing. This new regulation also includes additional side impact testing, the latest crash test dummy technology and the requirement for rearward facing for longer (until up to 15 months of age).

ISOFIX MAKES LIFE EASIER AND SAFER ISOFIX makes fitting your car seat easier and reduces the chance of misuse. The latest

studies have shown that the risk of incorrectly fitting the seat is 2.3 times lower with ISOFIX than when using an adult seat belt. Adult belted seats are safe when fitted correctly, but often take time and can loosen, meaning more regular checks are required. We always recommend using ISOFIX where possible, which is why all four seats in Silver Cross’s new car safety collection can be used with ISOFIX. ISOFIX fittings were introduced in cars as early as 1997 and became mandatory for all new vehicles from 2012. Your child car seat brand will be able to supply a full list of compatible vehicles. Alongside the ISOFIX fittings on the seat, there should also be either a support leg or top tether to ensure the child seat is completely secure.

CHOOSE A SEAT WHICH CAN GROW WITH YOUR CHILD During the first 12 months, your baby’s weight and stature will change significantly. Look for car seats which offer a good amount of padding and have inserts to give a good snug fit at first, but can be adjusted and removed as your baby grows. These seats offer the best fit, comfort and


CAR SEATS

MY FIRST CAR SEAT

Here are some of our favourites combining safety and style

Silver Cross is set to launch a collection of car seats covering all stages Motion 360° i-Size car seat £350, silvercrossbaby.com

Nuna Pipa Lite LX baby car seat with ISOFIX base £250, mothercare.com

Joie i-Spin 360 i-Size car seat £300, johnlewis.com

safety for your little one. Most seats will also have adjustable headrests, so it’s important to keep an eye on the position and to adjust regularly as the baby grows.

product in a nice calm environment before your little one arrives.

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When researching, you may come across products with five-point or three-point harnesses. The three-point harness systems can be easier when putting your baby in the seat, but they aren’t as effective at managing energy in an accident due to the lower number of contact points. That’s why we’ve designed all our new cars seats with five-point harness systems. Generally, the more contact points the better and, as a guide, Formula One drivers and fighter jet pilots are secured in using six- or seven-point harnesses.

Although you can’t try your baby out in the seat, as you’ll be buying before they arrive, we’d always recommend visiting a store to check the fittings and functions on the child seat. Whilst vehicle fitting lists are available, there’s nothing like physically trying the seat. Make sure you and your partner are comfortable with how to install and remove it – don’t rely on YouTube videos, give it a go yourself! It’s best to get familiar with the

Hauck iPro i-Size car seat £149.99,uberkids.com

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Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus i-Size car seat £379, johnlewis.com

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PARTIES She has been waiting nine months to meet everyone, so mark the occasion with a gift

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Silver rattle, £100, carrs-silver.com

Mark the official arrival of your little one with a personalised celebration you’ll never forget Linen-blend outfit £74, lacoquetakids.com

Write a message on these wooden blocks to make a lovely keepsake for when the playing days are over. Wooden blocks, £13.99, partypieces.co.uk

A personalised present makes for a memorable first gift. Cotton blanket, £32, my1styears.com

Leather T-bar shoes £44, pepaandcompany.co.uk

Sparkling Blanc (non alcoholic) £3.99, eisberg.co.uk Oak letter, £16, modocreative.com

Alexandra Felstead Initial Locket, from £155, philippaherbert.co.uk

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aming days are becoming increasingly popular amongst new parents who want a non-religious ceremony to mark the arrival of their child, plus it’s a wonderful chance to get together with close friends and family to introduce them to your new addition. Because this is a secular ceremony, you can choose to lead the celebrations yourself or organise a trained ‘celebrant’ who can help – visit humanism.org.uk for more on this. Aim to make the day individual with personalised readings and musical accompaniments in the form of a harpist, singer or bespoke playlist. Ask the godparents or ‘mentors’ to write their own promises to your little one. Have a clear theme in mind for the celebrations – you might want to pick a colour such as pink, blue, yellow or grey, or try a classic book or nursery rhyme theme, such as Beatrix Potter, Teddy Bears’ Picnic or The Velveteen Rabbit. Use this to coordinate your table décor and food and drink – after all, it’s all about the details. There will no doubt be lots of gifts for baby, but why not also gift your guests to thank them for coming? Small votive candles, pretty chocolates and silver charms all make adorable favours, making it a truly celebratory day that everyone will remember. Finally, create a special ‘time capsule’ box for baby by asking guests to place handwritten notes, photographs or small Paper plates (pack of eight) trinkets inside. This box of mementos £1.99, partypieces.co.uk can then be presented to your child when they turn 16 or 18!

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Johan junior is involved in every aspect of the company, from marketing to product design

BEHIND THE BRAND

BUMBO

Kate Freud M EE TS CEO JOE BUITEN DAG , WH O CO FOU N DED TH E R EVOLUTIONARY BABY SE AT COM PANY WITH HIS FATH ER IN SOUTH AFRICA OVER 20 YE AR S AGO here comes a time in any baby’s young life – to sit up again.” And then the light bulb moment came, and somewhere from around three months onwards Johan senior and Joe began the process of creating a seat that – when they become desperate to sit up, observe would allow baby to sit up safely all the time. and interact, though their little bodies won’t allow them to At the time, Joe and his father both worked in the do so unsupported. For many generations of parents, this has automotive industry, Joe as a pattern and model maker. When proved a tricky period, and it was during this stage, 23 years Johan explained his vision to his son, together over the next ago, when Johan Nicolaas Buitendach, co-founder of baby two years they made the first model for the Bumbo Floor seat-manufacturer Bumbo (with his son Johan, or ‘Joe’), found Seat. It was created from a soft polyurethane foam similar to himself looking after his young grandson. that used in the manufacture of car seats. However, where The elder Johan sadly passed away in 2011, working as CEO car seats are covered in leather or fabric, Johan, with the help of Bumbo until his death. As Joe, now of industry experts, invented a self-skinning foam that won CEO of the company, explains: “My him an award for the best advance in father was babysitting his grandson technology in South Africa in 2002. Daniel when he realised the baby was Joe’s own background in pattern and more content when he could see model making proved vital in taking things around him, rather than lying the company forward too. When he on his back staring at the ceiling. Not designed the first Bumbo Floor Seat, wanting to spoil Daniel by holding Computer-aided Design (CAD) was not him in his arms all the time, he readily available in South Africa and propped him up with pillows so he patterns and models were still being could sit on his own and explore the hand-crafted. But later on, once he world around him. The pillows became familiar with CAD himself, he was would eventually give way and able to design more products to expand Johan senior wa s inspired by loo king Daniel would start crying, wanting the Bumbo brand and put it firmly on the after his grandc hi

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PROFILE

EVERY ASPECT OF A DESIGN SHOULD BE DELIBERATE AND CONSIDERED FOR ULTIMATE FUNCTIONALITY ‘must-have’ list for parents worldwide. Today, not only do they have the signature Bumbo Floor Seat, designed for babies up to a year old, but also the Multi Seat, created for babies and children up to three who can already sit, and the Booster Seat for 18 months and up. The soft but durable foam used to make these seats has also been crafted into a brilliant Elipad to protect knees during all those times when new parents are kneeling by the bath or changing nappies on the floor. All the products come in gorgeous colours varying from pastel pink and minty green to neutral grey, complete with safety harnesses. Today, over one million Bumbos are sold across the world, with everyone from Kim Kardashian and Chris Hemsworth to Angelina Jolie proudly photographing their offspring ‘sitting’ for the first time in them. Bumbos continue to be made in Rosslyn, the centre of South Africa’s automotive industry, with Joe living north of South Africa’s capital of Pretoria, in close proximity to the factory. As CEO at Bumbo, Joe has always taken a very hands-on approach to his work. “I am involved in everything from the design of the products and packaging to the manufacturing of the Bumbos and even how they are

marketed. It’s hard to divide my time as I find every aspect of the business equally important.” But he, more than anyone, savours the reward. “My passion lies in conceptualising an idea and turning it into a finished product that is useful for parents and that kids love.” Joe says, “I go to consumer shows whenever I get the opportunity, as I believe it to be the most direct way of receiving feedback from consumers. And this industry is driven by the needs of parents, so no sales person can promote your product better than a happy mum or dad.” When he’s not travelling or working, Joe loves the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, hiking, cycling and gardening. So what does he put the success of the business down to? “I follow the principle associated with 20th-century modernist architecture and industrial design, that the shape of an object should primarily relate to its intended purpose. In simple terms, every aspect of a design should be deliberate and considered to achieve ultimate functionality.” With more products in the range set for release at the end of 2019, there’s no doubt many parents across the world would attest that these simple designs transform those sleep-deprived early years with your children. And we’re sure baby would agree too.

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ALL THINGS MOTHERHOOD

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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

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hope you’re enjoying this glorious time of year… I just returned from a week’s babymoon in Tenerife, which was absolute pure bliss (see for yourself on page 90). A few things really got us through our travels this month: the Silver Cross Jet lightweight buggy was great for the airports and sleepy toddler moments, plus it easily folds into aircraft cabin size! I’ve also been finding that the heat has been really messing with my body lately; cooling gels and non-tight maternity wear have been so helpful at combating this. As I go into my seventh month of pregnancy, I’m relishing the time I have with my toddler Genevieve. I feel everything is going to change soon and I’m trying to make sure I give her as much of my focus as I can. In order to save time, convenience is everything for me right now. Our new magenta Toyota AYGO city car has been a godsend for all the local nursery trips and supermarket runs, and with a new car, I decided it was time to upgrade Genevieve’s car seat too. After much research, I went for Joie every stage 123 fx, which is a Mothercare exclusive. She’s loving it! That pesky pregnancy insomnia and evening achiness has now kicked in, so I’m going to up my weekly pregnancy yoga to try and relieve my body and mind of some of these new stresses. And in the meantime, the Bloom and Blossom Night-Time Ritual Trio range has been working wonders... See you next month, and don’t forget to head to baby-magazine.co.uk for my online column for handy Pregnancy Yoga tips and my make-up must-haves in the heat…

Make way for a fresh line of baby cosmetics this summer, as Freshly Kids launches. Designed for children up to three years, all products feature safe, healthy, 100 per cent natural ingredients, ideal for baby’s skin. The Freshly Kids Pack is filled with kiwi shampoo, aloe nourishing gel, sweet apple body cream and avocado nappy cream – and all the packaging is fully recyclable, too. freshlycosmetics.uk

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My new nighttime routine! I take a lukewarm bath before bed then use Bloom and Blossom Night-Time Ritual Trio. It has definitely helped me and bump to ease into a better slumber. I love their Roald Dahl range for kids too! Sleep Night-Time Ritual Trio, £24, bloomandblossom.com

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RUNNING HEAD

Q&A with fertility expert

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“How can I cope with stress during pregnancy so that it doesn’t harm my baby?”

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THE EFFECTS OF CORTISOL

blood pressure, heart rate and breathing, and raise your blood sugar levels, preparing the body for a ‘fight or flight’ predicament. This reaction is normal when it happens occasionally, but if you become stuck in a continuous stress response, it can become chronic. The constant presence of cortisol in your body uses up B and C vitamins, so you can become depleted of these nutrients and may need to boost them through your diet or take a supplement. Stress may also suppress your immune system, deplete your vital nutrients, slow down your metabolism and impede your body’s ability to repair itself.

Research has shown that having high levels of cortisol in an expectant mother’s body over a long period of time is detrimental to the developing baby as it can cross the placenta. Unborn babies who are repeatedly exposed to high levels of stress chemicals can then have their own stress response system distorted, so that they become unable to regulate themselves. It is easy to see why a baby who STRESS ON YOUR BABY has been severely stressed before their birth The developing foetus is especially susceptible may be difficult to settle and comfort once to stress chemicals and hormones from the they have been born. Gentle, calm parenting mother in the third trimester, when their can do a lot and the baby’s ability to cope can brain is developing rapidly. A certain level be much improved, but of course it is of cortisol is good and levels better to try and avoid the stressful ed naturally rise towards the Recommend situation in the first place. end of pregnancy to help product baby’s organs, such as the lungs, to mature. But if HOW YOUR BODY levels are continually RESPONDS high, your baby’s level In a stressful situation, the brain of stress hormone will sends a signal to the adrenals to Vital Essence 2 supplements rise, affecting both their produce adrenalin and cortisol. £26.50, zitawest.com response to stress and These compounds increase your

their cognitive function. The cortisol in your adult body has physical effects on you both, speeding up the heartbeat and constricting the blood vessels. For your baby, this can mean that stress restricts the flow of oxygen and nutrients that they need in order to grow.

5 TIPS FOR RELAXATION For me, true relaxation is when the mind and body are completely calm. Here are my top tips on how to truly relax during pregnancy: • Make time. Only you know your schedule, but it’s up to you to make time for yourself. Clearing at least 20 minutes a day from your schedule can make all the difference. • Learn a stress reduction technique. Each person has a technique that works for them; try as many as possible and see what suits you. Breathing, mindfulness, meditation, or simply being still are some of the ones you can try. • Find some space. Try and get away from everything once in a while and have some time alone with just you and your own thoughts. • Get out into nature. Just getting out in the fresh air, sitting and listening to birdsong and your surroundings can be really restorative! • Go to bed early. People really underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep! It has tremendous effects on both your hormonal balance and your body in general.

Zita West is the founder of the Zita West Fertility Clinic which specialises in a holistic approach to IVF. Instagram: @zitawestivf

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THIS ISSUE WE ASK:

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lthough we have public health messages encouraging mothers to nurse, breastfeeding rates in the UK are some of the lowest in the world. There are no physiological reasons for differences between countries. It comes down to a simple lack of investment and support for breastfeeding. Although breastfeeding is natural, it isn’t always easy, and it works best when women have practical and emotional support. But cuts to breastfeeding services mean that new mothers aren’t always getting this. Meanwhile, the formula industry spends around 9 billion US dollars each year promoting its products, often in ways that are misleading, like suggesting a specific brand will assist sleep. Many women turn to their family for support, but over the last few decades we have lost a lot of generational knowledge around how breastfeeding works. In the 1950s, formula milk was promoted as being better for your baby, and very few women breastfed past the early weeks. This means older family members sometimes don’t know how to best support breastfeeding and formula is often offered as a solution. We also, as a society, believe a lot of myths about feeding, such as formula

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helping with sleep (it doesn’t); babies should be in routines, but adults don’t eat and drink to a routine, so why would a baby? Or babies are feeding too much – this is normal and helps build milk supply. Unfortunately, many women worry about these things and think they need to give formula top-ups or feed less often, which can mean their milk supply drops. Public understanding of breastfeeding also isn’t great. Although mothers are permitted to breastfeed anywhere by law, some still think they shouldn’t do it in public. Feeling anxious, they may opt for a bottle instead. Returning to work can also lead women to stop nursing early. Often workplaces don’t have policies in place and women struggle to find time to express, feel embarrassed or don’t know where to store their milk. For all of these reasons, women may give their baby formula milk before they are ready to. If we want breastfeeding rates to increase, we really need the government to invest in greater support, education and protection for mothers in public and in the workplace. Professor Amy Brown is the author of The Positive Breastfeeding Book (£14.99, Pinter & Martin Ltd), which is available now

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FEEDING SUPPORT • Work on getting your latch right. It shouldn’t hurt. If it does, ask a midwife to help. • Babies breastfeeding frequently is normal and helps build your milk supply. • If you are in any pain, your health professional or the National Breastfeeding Helpline can help. Treatment can make all the difference. • If you need medication and are unsure if it is safe, the Breastfeeding Network have factsheets and a pharmacist to answer your queries. • If you have questions, or want support, pop along to a breastfeeding support group. Ask your health professional for details, or search on social media. • Remember you are legally entitled to breastfeed anywhere you want in the UK. No one can stop you. • ACAS have a guide for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace that you could discuss with your employer if you want to return to work.

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TIME TO TALK with MARINA FOGLE & DR CHIARA HUNT

REFLUX

The sisters discuss the distressing digestive condition’s symptoms and solutions ll babies cry, some seemingly all the time. But when does crying become so excessive that there might be a medical reason for it? Reflux is when the muscle at the top of the stomach is weak, allowing milk and stomach acid to travel up the oesophagus. It’s usually a mild occurrence, causing vomiting or ‘possetting’ after a feed. For most, it doesn’t cause serious discomfort. However, when it’s severe it can be painful and even lead to worrying weight loss. Sometimes milk travels all the way up, causing them to vomit often, losing most of their feed and resulting in poor weight gain. Silent reflux is when acidy milk goes up and down the oesophagus. This can be very difficult to diagnose, as although these babies tend to scream all the time, they won’t vomit more than normal babies. Silent reflux is often confused with colic, as the symptoms are similar. Babies with both are clearly uncomfortable, but babies with reflux tend to scream all day long, while colic tends to affect babies more in the evenings. Colic can often be eased with over-the-counter remedies such as Infacol, and babies tend to grow out of it between 10 and 12 weeks. Many paediatricians believe we see reflux more nowadays because we increasingly put infants to sleep on their backs. ‘Refluxy’ babies are more comfortable on their fronts, yet putting babies to sleep on their backs greatly reduces the risk of cot death. So, as tempting as it might seem to let your baby sleep on her front, don’t. Most reflux can be diagnosed by a GP or paediatrician simpy by talking to

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the mother and examining the baby. In severe cases, tests can confirm a diagnosis, but these are somewhat invasive, so they aren’t done routinely. The treatment for both reflux and silent reflux is the same. Many cases will need only simple measures, but others will require prescription medication – commonly Ranitidine or Omeprazole – to reduce acid production. It may help to keep your baby upright during and after feeds, and to pop her in a bouncy chair for naps. Feed little and often, particularly if she’s vomiting a lot. You can get feeding thickeners or special formula designed for babies with reflux. It is sometimes linked to cow’s milk-protein allergy, especially if your baby also has eczema, so your GP might suggest a cow’s milk-free formula. If you’re

breastfeeding, try excluding dairy from your diet for at least two weeks. Early weaning may help too; paediatricians recommend weaning ‘refluxy’ babies between four and six months. Other options include dummies, which encourage the baby to suck the acid back down, while cranial osteopathy can calm infants. Gentle pressure or a warm pad on the tummy can also ease discomfort. By coating the digestive tract, Gaviscon and sodium alginate will reduce symptoms. As miserable as it can be for both of you, the vast majority of infants grow out of reflux within the first six months or once established on solids, even without treatment. Most ‘refluxy’ babies will go on to be robust, happy toddlers who are full of beans and ready to explore the world!

Dr Chiara Hunt and Marina Fogle are the founders of The Bump Class, which provides antenatal classes in South West London. Their podcast, The Parent Hood, is free to download on iTunes and Acast. Visit thebumpclass.com

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The Boppy snugly hugs your tummy, providing a strong and secure feeding position for both mother and baby. For younger babies, the cosy nest forms a cradle, with angled head support to assist with digestion, while older babies will benefit from the firmer cushioning as they start learning to maintain their balance in a seated position. Priced £22.99 from Mothercare

This innovative breast feeding pillow slides onto your arm, rather than fitting around your waist, making it ideal for c-section tummies. This also helps to promote good posture for breast feeding, naturally encouraging mums to raise their babies to the breast, as opposed to leaning in. Priced £24.99 from Amazon

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It finally launched in the UK last year, and there’s a lot to love about American export Pottery Barn’s latest collection. This season’s range for kids features a number of new bedding lines, with quilts, crib skirts, cushions and swaddles in a number of prints, from rainbows to safari animals and even a special line with Disney. If it’s furniture you’re after, the brand has a core collection of that too, with cots, nursing chairs and changing tables. potterybarnkids.co.uk

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For a playmat that won’t compromise your stylish home, the collection from Gus + Beau certainly fits the bill. Launching with a line of four mats, choose from a polka-dot or triangle print, both available in combinations of grey and white. Each set comes with six tiles that neatly slot together, forming a thick, cushioned mat that will protect baby from any bumps or falls. It also doubles up nicely as an exercise mat when your little one is otherwise engaged… £65 for a set, gusandbeau.com

Scandi-inspired brand Snüz is expanding its offering with a brand-new décor collection. Perfect for accessorising your nursery, the line includes a selection of 30 gender-neutral poster prints, novelty wooden shelves shaped like houses and teepees, monochrome bunting in three styles and a selection of wall stickers designed to match its existing bedding range. snuz.co.uk

If you’re short on space, check out Popin’s new line of toys. Crafted from cardboard so durable it can support a child’s weight, they old at in a atter o seconds, ith no assembly required. There’s a pretend play kitchen, activity table, playhouse and car. From £38, kickstarter.com

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FOOD

TEA PARTY They say a decent cuppa can fix pretty much anything, but Nipper & Co has taken the curative properties of our favourite hot drink to a whole new level. With a range of seven blends designed for new mums, there’s a tea for just about every need, from a Wake Up Brew for early mornings to Sip ‘n’ Snore for sleep and relaxation. There are options for little ones too, including a Calm Tummy blend to aid digestion. nipperandco.co.uk

NEW ORDER MILK IT Eight hours of uninterrupted sleep may feel like a distant memory, but Shaken Udder has got you covered with its new energyboosting coffee shake. Packed with calcium and protein, and made with real Arabica coffee beans, these creamy drinks are ideal for a quick breakfast boost or afternoon pick-me-up. Or if coffee isn’t to your taste, there are another six delicious flavours to try, from strawberries and cream to salted caramel. £1.35 each, shakenudder.com

Organic baby food brand Piccolo has unveiled a new look to launch its new range of products, which are packed with organic ingredients. The cooking range has tasty stock cubes and stir-in sauces; the snack collection has everything from breadsticks to teething wafers; and there’s a selection of one-pouch meals, with the likes of spaghetti bolognese and vegetable risotto. mylittlepiccolo.com

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Mealtimes can be a messy affair, so we’re pretty thrilled that Oxo Tot is continuing to expand its brilliant Stick & Stay collection. New to the range is a sticky divider plate, complete with a strong suction base that grips to sur aces and stays fir ly in place even when your little one attempts to tip it over. deal or snac s and finger oods, the handy divided sections help tots with self-feeding too. £12, oxouk.com

NEW TO THE BABY FOOD SCENE IS LITTLE TUMMY, A SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE THAT DELIVERS DELICIOUS MEALS TO YOUR DOOR. DESIGNED FOR BABIES FROM SIX MONTHS, THESE ORGANIC, VEGETABLE-BASED MEALS ARE PACKED WITH PLANT-BASED PROTEINS, VITAMINS AND MICRONUTRIENTS. FROM £17.94, LITTLETUMMY.CO

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FOOD

C R E A M Y R A S P B E R RY & P E AC H P U R É E Suitable from 6 months Serves 3 Suitable for freezing Preparation: 10 minutes

Antioxidant-rich, slightly tart raspberries add a pleasing contrast to sweeter fruit purées, and are a great fruit to introduce to your little one. Try blending with other fruits that are in season over the summer, such as cherries and blueberries. This is also delicious frozen in blobs on a piece of baking paper, or you can make it into ice-lollies. INGREDIENTS:

• Handful of raspberries • 1 ripe peach, quartered and pitted • 1 heaped tablespoon full-fat natural yoghurt METHOD

Once you have cut and removed the stones from the peach, simply blend the fruit with the yoghurt. Tip: If the fruit has too much water and the puree is a little thin, add a teaspoon of chia seeds or linseeds to the blender and blend with the fruit and yoghurt to thicken.

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FOOD C R U S H E D B A BY N E W P O TAT O , M I N T & B R OA D BEAN PURÉE Suitable from 7 months Serves 4 Not suitable for freezing Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: 20 minutes

Take the classic summer picnic dish and make it baby-friendly. INGREDIENTS

Slightly tart, raspberries provide a nice contrast to sweeter fruits

• 200g new potatoes, halved • 100g frozen peas • 50g broad beans • 1 mint sprig For the dressing • 2 fresh mint leaves • teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped • 1 small garlic clove, crushed • 60g full-fat natural yoghurt • 20g full-fat cream cheese • squeeze of lemon juice METHOD

Put the potatoes in a large pan and cover with water. Add the mint sprig and bring to the boil. Cook for 20-25 minutes until tender, adding the peas and broad beans for the last 8 minutes, then drain and refresh under cold running water until just warm. Blend the dressing ingredients together and mix into the warm potatoes, peas and beans and crush with a fork for the desired texture.

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FOOD

Kids will love putting this fully loaded sandwich together, as much as eating it

SQUAS H E D PICN IC C I A B AT TA Suitable from 8 months Makes one loaf Preparation: 30 minutes

A great recipe for kids to assemble – fully load a ciabatta loaf with favourites like prosciutto, artichokes, peppers, spinach and mozzarella. INGREDIENTS

• long ciabatta loaf, sliced in half lengthways • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar • 1 teaspoon grainy or Dijon mustard • 3 teaspoons green pesto • 2 big handfuls of rocket or spinach

• 250g roasted red pepper from a jar • 4-6 sundried tomatoes, finely sliced • 125g ball mozzarella, cut into slices • 50g Parmesan, grated • 6 slices of roasted ham METHOD

Slice the ciabatta loaf in half lengthways and heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the ciabatta loaf halves, crust-side down, on a large baking tray and drizzle with a little olive oil. Pop them in the oven for a few mins until just golden and lightly toasted. Put the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard and pesto in a bowl, then whisk them together with a fork. Remove the toasted ciabatta halves from

the tray and drizzle the bottom slice with about half of the dressing. Arrange the rest of the ingredients in layers. Start with the rocket or spinach, then the pepper, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan and ham. Drizzle over the rest of the dressing and pop the other slice of ciabatta on top. Press down on the sandwich to squash all the layers together. Wrap the sandwich in baking parchment and tie it together with a couple of pieces of string. Place a heavy baking tray on top of your sandwich and top it with weights or cookbooks. Pop it all in the fridge overnight or until you are ready to eat it. Cut and serve in slices for the perfect picnic snack.

Alice Fotheringham is co-founder and infant nutritional therapist at Piccolo baby food. Piccolo make a range of 100% organic baby meals, snacks and cooking ingredients to inspire your family to start a lifetime of food adventures. 10% of Piccolo’s profits go to charities that support local families. Visit mylittlepiccolo.com or follow Piccolo on Instagram @mylittlepiccolo

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Dreaming of sunnier climes? Set your sights on Gennadi Grand Resort, a Greek eco-retreat nestled in picturesque Gennadi Bay in Rhodes. Recently reopened for its first full season, the resort has something for everyone, whether you’re after adventure, or just want to flop by the pool. Babysitting services are also available, and there’s a brilliant kids’ club. gennadigrandresort.com

Gadgets can be a godsend during long journeys – but excessive screen time isn’t great for kids, so we’re loving My Busy Bots’ new Busy Bags, a range of on-the-go packs with activities that encourage learning through play, developing children’s fine motor skills as they draw, count and match colours! mybusybots.com

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If Portugal is on your bucket list this summer, don’t miss Martinhal Sagres Resort’s new Pre-School is Cool package, available for four- or sevennight stays. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a special gift for baby, plus a free kids’ club session. Come evening, you’ll enjoy a complimentary three-course dinner while the resort’s expert babysitters take care of your tot. martinhal.com

Chewton Glen in Hampshire is taking its kids’ club to new heights this summer, with the arrival of a sustainable treehouse. The luxury space, which was recently on display at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, features a comfy reading area, plenty of play space and intricate rope work, and will sit alongside the hotel’s existing collection of boutique treetop suites. chewtonglen.com

IF YOU’RE IN NEED OF AN EXTRA PAIR OF HANDS DURING YOUR TRIP TO CORFU, YOU’RE IN LUCK. SIMPSON TRAVEL HAS LAUNCHED A NEW PRIVATE NANNY SERVICE FOR ITS PROPERTIES ON THE GREEK ISLAND, WITH HALF- AND FULL-DAY OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR UP TO SIX DAYS. SIMPSONTRAVEL.COM

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The resort is set in lush tropical gardens on a clifftop

TENERIFE

DJ Neev Spencer HIT TH E ISL AN D FOR A L AST TRIP AS A FAMILY OF TH R EE n all my years of holidaying in Europe, I had never visited Tenerife until last December, when my husband and I were in dire need of some winter sun. It was soon obvious why the Canaries are such a popular holiday destination for Brits. To jump on a plane for just over four hours and be in a tropical paradise is pure bliss. We decided Tenerife was the ideal location for our babymoon, with toddler Genevieve in tow too, and chose the impressive Ritz-Carlton Abama resort in the idyllic setting of Guía de Isora. Built across a cliffside, lying between fields of banana tree plantations, this property has been so cleverly designed. The hotel strikes a perfect balance between catering to adults and children. You can choose from adult-only villas and rooms, or families can stay in the main Citadel building, which is conveniently located close to all the restaurants, the main pool and the spa. We had a one-bedroom suite, which gave us ample space for the week. The décor is luxurious, but liveable, and you can request different views of the ocean, gardens or valley. Our veranda was the biggest outdoor space we’ve had in a hotel, and was well used, as Genevieve loved watering the plants each day. After breakfast, our days would entail a trip down to the private beach; the hotel runs half-hourly funiculars down the cliff, which is an experience in itself, adding to the fun-factor for Genevieve and a much easier option than walking

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for a burgeoning pregnant lady like me! We would then spend some time at the main lobby area at midday to feed the thousands of Japanese Koi fish – a task that Genevieve loved! It was then on to a swim in the pool, followed by a lazy lunch at the kids buffet, where children can pick their own starter, main and dessert. Long afternoon slumbers in the room set us up for delicious dinners at one of the hotel’s 12 eateries, two of which have Michelin stars. Our favourite dinner was at the impressive El Mirador restaurant, whose tables overlook the ocean and are a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset and the locally-sourced seafood. As well as being child-friendly, the resort is certainly pregnancy-friendly too. There are buggies on standby to whizz around in, when your legs give up, and the spa is world-class. I indulged in its Naturally Nurtured Massage, which is tailored for expectant mothers. As working parents, you do feel that guilt, so to be away with our daughter for almost a full week was total bliss. Seeing her little face light up as she experienced so many new things is something I will take away with me forever. These precious moments as a family of three – soon to become four – are now permanently in my heart. British Airways operates regular flights from London Gatwick to Tenerife (ba.com). Ocean View Deluxe Rooms start from 350¤ per night on a b&b basis. ritzcarlton.com/abama

Adults and children are catered to in equal measure

Genevieve loved watering the plants each day


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PARADISE FOUND… Emma Sewell AND FAMILY HEAD TO THE INDIAN OCEAN TO DISCOVER THAT THE MALDIVES IS JUST AS FIT TING FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR AS IT IS FOR A HONEYMOON…

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Amilla Fushi is lush compared to other islands and has a Miami Beach vibe

hen choosing a family holiday this year, we all agreed we wanted sun, sand and “to swim with fishes”, my six year old added emphatically. (She’s a huge fan of The Little Mermaid.) Rob, my husband, is a keen scuba diver, and both Chloe (aka Ariel) and Charlie (nine) love the water. The Maldives is renowned for its ocean life and safe snorkelling for kids, so after convincing ourselves that the 10-hour flight would ‘fly by’, we were off. After landing in Male, the seaplane takes about 35 minutes to reach Amilla Fushi in the Northern Baa atoll – a journey which affords fantastic views and a perfect introduction to the geography of the Maldives. The islands look like tiny meringues floating on the sea, according to Charlie. As we circled over our resort with its Miami-style water bungalows curving out into the sea, we saw how lush the island is compared to most, with its dense jungle where 1,000-year-old Banyan trees grow. The family-friendly Amilla Fushi, which means ‘My Island Home’, certainly lives up to its name. We are greeted off the plane by our very own butler Hamdy; every room on the island has their own Girl or Boy Friday, there to help with all those little details, from stocking the fridge with your favourite drinks to making sure you can download tunes to the portable speaker. Our journey weariness evaporated as we trooped into our over-water Ocean Reef House. This white-washed modernist house has a large, contemporary interior, combining cool blue and white fabrics with the latest entertainment tech. There’s a connecting

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passageway to rooms for the children, including their own en-suite with outdoor rain shower. The large private family terrace has a decent-sized pool, which had Chloe and Charlie in a blind panic to find their costumes and plunge straight in. But the star attraction here is, of course, the sea. Private steps lead from our room straight down to warm, crystal blue waters. And the fish are everywhere: we only walked a few steps before we had exotic Butterflyfish swimming around our ankles. Chloe squealed with delight, and Rob made a dash to get out and explore the coral reefs, which are part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The dive centre is well-equipped with a friendly team who organised a trip for just the four of us in a glass-bottomed boat as an introduction to the water on our first day. As well as arranging daily snorkelling expeditions just off the shoreline, the team sorted Charlie out with paddleboarding, and myself and Chloe with a kayak, whilst Rob enjoyed several dives, even swimming with two Hawksbill turtles. Bucket list activity ticked for him! After the sea, the other star of Amilla is the fantastic Sultan’s Village Kids’ Club, a huge space with a palmtree-fringed playground, a shallow, shaded pool and an indoor ball pit, as well as lots of other equipment. There’s a daily programme of well-thought-out activities aimed at four- to 11-year-olds, from treasure hunts to pizzamaking and beach games. The beach football got a big thumbs up from Charlie. We happily left our two at Sultan’s a few times during our week-long stay whilst we indulged in the world-renowned Javvu Spa, nestled in the tropical forests. There’s a yoga

pavilion, fitness centre and meditation zone, and we spent an idyllic afternoon enjoying a couples’ body massage. There’s plenty to do on the island, but nowhere ever feels busy or crowded. One evening we all cycled around it and came across the immaculate tennis courts hidden in the forest. We had a great game of family doubles whilst the sun started to set, and excitingly, there was a famous female tennis star knocking up on the very next court, so I felt slight pressure when serving underarm to Chloe to get the ball over the net! There’s plenty of choice in terms of dining, with The Bazaar offering four restaurants with international menus, including a varied selection for the kids. There’s also the worldrenowned Feeling Koi restaurant at the end of the jetty, offering sublime Japanese. But our favourite thing to do in the evening was to eat at the fish restaurant on the beach, with the waves lapping the shore and Chloe and Charlie excitedly listing all the fish they had seen that day. With their bare toes tickling the soft white sand, Rob and I could just sit back and take in the setting sun… what a blissful way to end a day at our home from home. Elegant Resorts is offering seven nights at Amilla Fushi from £7,995 per family. elegantresorts.co.uk Daily snorkelling trips were a highlight

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MONTESSORI!

It may seem like a modern teaching style, but would you believe that Montessori education is celebrating its 100th birthday this year? The child-focused method was set up by Maria Montessori to encourage leadership, independence and curiosity in children. This was reflected in the ‘Space to Grow’ garden that was specially created for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show to mark the centenary. Many happy returns! mariamontessori.org

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If you’re looking to stimulate baby’s senses, Hape Toys has just the ticket with its Geometric Rattle Trio. Made from Japanese rice, these were specially designed to sit comfortably in little hands and aid hand-eye coordination. £17.99, hape.com

RIDDLE ME THIS This collection of five simple four-piece jigsaws teaches children numbers, colours and animals by matching words and figures to the bright, quirky illustrations. The game also comes in a beautifully packed giftbox, which means it can be played and kept intact for years to come. £12.99, laurenceking.com

A HELPING HAND Dreading the ‘terrible twos’? Bring the values of a Montessori classroom into your home with this guide from educator Simone Davies. The book features a bright, airy design and is broken into sections to help you foster curiosity and support your little one as they learn and grow. You’ll never handle tantrums in the same way again! £14.99, Workman Publishing

PARENTS TORN BETWEEN BEING WITH BABY AND GOING BACK TO WORK CAN NOW ACCESS A FLEXIBLE WORKSPACE WITH AN INTEGRATED CRÈCHE. CUCKOOZ NEST IN LONDON IS OFFERING UP TO 50 HOURS OF FREE CHILDCARE WHEN YOU DONATE TO ITS CROWDFUNDING INITIATIVE – SIMPLY INVEST ONLINE TO REAP THE BENEFITS. SEEDRS.COM/CUCKOOZ-NEST1

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Built on Tradition – Embracing the Future

Visit our vibrant, friendly co-ed nursery nestled in the stunning grounds at Parkside School, Cobham, Surrey To book a private tour, contact Lindre Scott, 01932 862749 or visit www.parkside-school.co.uk Parkside School, The Manor, Stoke d’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3PX

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Boutiques MAMAS & PAPAS, NATIONWIDE

From cots to clothing, pushchairs to playtime accessories, Mamas & Papas is your go-to store for everything you need for baby. Founded in 1981, the business was born out of a desire to better meet the needs of new parents, debuting with a range of coloured prams. Now, 35 years on, and with branches and stockists across the world, we challenge you to leave its boutiques emptyhanded. Be sure to check out its most recent launch, the Ocarro pram. STORES ACROSS THE UK mamasandpapas.com

LUNA & CURIOUS, LONDON

Luna & Curious, the trendy boutique based in East London’s Shoreditch, is a treasure trove of goodies, with pieces for baby, mum and home. Established in 2006, the store stocks some of our favourite children's brands, including Mabli, Amy & Ivor and What Mother Made. Its founding trio have a passion for high-quality, traditional craftsmanship, constantly sourcing new talent from near and far. 24-26 CALVERT AVENUE, LONDON E2 7JP lunaandcurious.com

MILK & HONEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Situated in the spa town of Harrogate, Milk & Honey stocks a range of clothes, accessories and toys for all ages. There’s more than 40 renowned labels to browse, from sweet baby clothing to fashionconscious pieces for your teen, and their friendly team is always happy to make your experience as pleasurable and stress-free as possible. They’ll even gift-wrap your purchase should you request it. Brands include Ralph Lauren, Levi’s and Pepe Jeans. 14-16 CHELTENHAM PARADE, HARROGATE, NORTH YORKSHIRE HG1 1DB milkandhoneykids.co.uk

EVE’S TOY SHOP, WALES

A veritable treasure trove for kids big and small, Eve’s Toy Shop in the colourful town of Llandeilo, South Wales has toys of every kind. Whether you’re after something creative, want to get messy or spark imaginations, you’ll find it here. The owners source products from the best toy-makers across Europe, with featured brands including Djeco, Moulin Roty, Haba and Jellycat. Keep an eye on its Facebook page for updates on the latest in-store events, from pet parties to Lego fun. 1 KING STREET, LLANDEILO, CAMARTHENSHIRE SA19 6AA evestoyshop.co.uk

BONNET À POMPON, LONDON

Spanish brand Bonnet à Pompon has arrived in the UK by way of a rather beautiful boutique in London’s Marylebone. Its clothing for boys and girls from newborn up to age 12 channels a bohemian-chic spirit, blending a relaxed style with exquisite design and colour pairings. Designed in Spain, the brand is passionate about natural materials – there’s plenty of cashmere, linen and cotton throughout the range. 76 MARYLEBONE LANE, LONDON W1U 2PR bonnetapompon.com

NATURAL BABY SHOWER, SURREY

When her son Dylan was born, Victoria Hampson noticed a lack of ethical baby products on the market and was inspired to set up Natural Baby Shower. Nowadays, her established store offers high-quality, natural and meticulously-researched parenting products, from baby carriers to buggies and skincare solutions to sleep suits. Much of the product range is from small, family-run businesses, and all items are offered at the best prices. WINDLEBROOK HOUSE, 55 GUILDFORD ROAD, BAGSHOT, SURREY GU19 5NG naturalbabyshower.co.uk

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Boutiques BON TOT, SCOTLAND

Opened in 2014 by Kristina and Graham Currie, Bon Tot is home to a selective collection of kids’ clothing and toys, sourced from small brands all over the globe. The team is passionate about slow, sustainable fashion; instead of chasing seasons and trends, their focus is on the designer and slowbatch production, bringing customers the very best. As well as clothing, there’s a selection of toys, books and homeware from brands including Amy & Ivor, Bobo Choses and Olli Ella. 46 ST STEPHEN STREET, EDINBURGH EH3 5AL bon-tot.com

SISTERS GUILD, SOMERSET

As the name suggests, Sisters Guild is run by siblings Carla and Bekka in the picturesque town of Frome. Set on a pretty, cobbled hill, the shop truly is a treat for the eyes, with a plethora of beautiful design-led products available to purchase, from kids’ clothing to bits for mum, décor and nursery furniture. Brands stocked include well-known names such as Meri Meri and Oeuf NYC, as well as newer labels like Sleepy Doe. 30 CATHERINE HILL, FROME, SOMERSET BA11 1BY sistersguild.co.uk

THE LITTLE WHITE COMPANY, NATIONWIDE The Little White Company’s immaculate stores are a favourite with stylish mamas looking for luxury clothes, bedding and toys that are still practical and affordable. From gorgeous cashmere sweaters to the cutest ballet slippers and pure cotton sleepwear, everything at The Little White Company maintains the simple, elegant aesthetic of the adult collection, but with a touch of childhood magic thrown in too. STORES ACROSS THE UK thewhitecompany.com

PEPA & CO, LONDON

Home to more than 200 fashion, sportswear and toy brands from across the world, Alex and Alexa is one of the coolest online boutiques around. Founded a decade ago by husband and wife team Alex Theophanous and Alexa Till, the site remains dedicated to offering parents ‘the world’s best kids’ brands’ at the click of button. Shop standout pieces from the likes of Stella McCartney Kids, Chloé, Burberry, Fendi and more. alexandalexa.com

LUCY & BELLE

After being inspired to set up her own online boutique by the arrival of her twin daughters, Clara Bentata founded Lucy & Belle as a shopping destination for discerning parents. The site prides itself on delivering the best customer experience with an extensive selection of products, from baby clothing and changing bags, to outdoor pieces and accessories. Top brands include Pasito a Pasito, Cam Cam Copenhagen and Babidu. lucyandbelle.com

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Pepa & Co’s clothing collections for both boys and girls from newborn up to eight years old capture the best of British and Spanish heritage design. Founded only five years ago, the brand’s loved by the royal family, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte seen in a number of styles, including the page boy and bridesmaid outfits for their aunt Pippa’s wedding in 2017. More recently, the brand has opened its first boutique on Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street. 40 ELIZABETH STREET, BELGRAVIA, LONDON SW1W 9NZ pepaandcompany.com

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BUSINESS

The award-winning SnüzPod was the beginning for Mark and co-founder Paul SnüzPouch sleeping bag £29.95, snuz.co.uk

SnüzCloud sleep aid £29.95, snuz.co.uk

Nursery shelves are part of the Snüz accessories range

INSPIRE What inspired Snüz? Snüz was first created following the success of SnüzPod, our multi-award-winning bedside crib. Our vision was simple: to create stylish and innovative baby sleep products that make a real difference to parents. One product which I feel sums Snüz up perfectly is our stylish baby sleeping bag, SnüzPouch. For years, parents including myself have been fiddling about unpoppering sleeping bags during the night whilst desperately trying not to wake the baby! SnüzPouch was designed to solve this, with a special nappy-change zip on the front to make nappy changes quick and easy, minimising disturbance and helping create a better night’s sleep for all! What was your background before you set up the business? The business was originally set up in 2007 by myself and co-founder Paul Maurice. Paul and I both come from business families, so it was inevitable that the business bug would bite! We met at Aston University; I studied marketing and Paul product design. After university, we both

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MARK NICHOLLS The co-founder of Snüz talks nappy changes, inheriting business brains and rubbing shoulders with royalty gained graduate jobs, but it wasn’t too long before we had the urge to start our own brand. Just before the recession hit, we both quit our jobs, returned to the Midlands and created the business! It wasn’t easy in the early days, but eventually we grew the business to a level that would see our commercial director Rosie Pritchard and Chief Executive Roger Allen join. These days, the business has a completely different look and feel, and although it started with myself and Paul, it is very much an entity of its own in which we play a part Mark is a proud dad of two

together with Rosie, Roger and the rest of our amazing team! Describe a typical day for you There is no typical day at Snüz! But that’s probably the most exciting thing about it. Over the years, my role has evolved to cover multiple areas, but I’m pleased to be focussing solely on marketing now. On any particular day, I may be brainstorming ideas for a new campaign with the team, or be on set for a photoshoot. I love it all! What’s your advice to anyone wanting to start a business? My first piece of advice is to surround yourself with great people who share the same drive and determination as you do. Secondly, make

sure you set up doing something you enjoy and feel passionate about; there are lots of ups and downs, and it’s genuinely enjoying it that makes the downs easier to learn from and get over! What has been your proudest moment with the business? I have two... the first is creating and airing our first TV advert for SnüzPouch! The second is our Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the innovation category, which was spearheaded by our Chief Executive Roger Allen and our Company Secretary Lianne Bishop over a 12-month period. The award involved a visit to Buckingham Palace, where we got to meet HRH the Prince of Wales! Anything in the pipeline for 2019? It’s going to be a really busy and exciting rest of the year for the business: we have just launched our new baby sleep aid, SnüzCloud, which helps to soothe and settle babies back to sleep. And it doesn’t stop there: we also have a new launch planned for the end of the year... snuz.co.uk


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