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FEATURES 79 EAT YOURSELF PREGNANT Zita West shares the science behind fertility boosting recipes 80 PAIRING UP One mother’s journey through the highs and lows of finding the right childcare 88 TRYING TIMES Father of two Alex Payne on his daughter’s premature arrival at 29 weeks 91 AN AMERICAN LADY OF LONDON California dreaming in the capital with Marissa Hermer and her brood 96 A NATURAL MOTHER Emma Oliver on settling into motherhood 110 PUTTING YOUR FUTURE FIRST Would you store your baby’s stem cells? 114 BACK ISSUES How todeal with ‘baby back’ 117 READY, STEADY, JUICE Why the juicing trend could be the key to healthy eating for mother and baby 139 CAMERA READY For that special baby photo album... 140 BEHIND THE SCENES We spend the day with top baby photographer Maria Murray 143 MURDER AND MOTHERHOOD How Ticky-Hedley Dent turned her maternity leave into her first novel 149 TECH TIME Tools for 21st century parenting 150 NEW PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE Our fun guide to those first months 168 MUMS SUPPORT London’s mum support network
152 ESCAPE Steal away for some pampering at The Berkeley 155 BABY FRIENDLY EATS Where to eat in London with baby in tow
37 BABY LONDON LOVES What set our hearts racing this season 39 HELLO DOLLY! Baby styles cute enough to cut-out and keep 40 BABY STYLE NEWS The hottest new trends and brands 43 BUBBLE STYLE WATCH Our highlights from Bubble London 49 HOW TO CHOOSE A CHANGING BAG Charlotte Pearl shares her expertise
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MATERNITY STYLE Stylish solutions and autumn accessories 64 HAPPY CAMPERS The best looks for embracing the outdoors 136 LET’S PLAY DRESS UP! The cutest Halloween baby costumes
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45 CHRISTENING GIFT GUIDE Our luxury guide for that special gift 159 BOTTLE UP Laura Mason puts the best baby bottles to the test
TR AVEL 121 WEEKENDS AWAY The best staycation hotels 124 TRAVEL NEWS From Greek escapes to Maldives retreats
AT HOME 128 AT HOME WITH BAUKJEN We fall in love with the maternity wear designer’s home
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133 INTERIOR TRENDS Spotlight on hot new brand Gigi Brooks 134 HAMPTONS CHIC Look to America for your nursery interior inspiration
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NEWS MINI AGENDA Whats on in London for baby 27 MY ESSENTIALS: CHLOE DELEVINGNE The new mum shares her must-haves
30 ECO FRIENDLY PARENT Making the most of autumn 32 BOOKS, APPS AND AUDIO We take a look at classic baby titles and the best apps and audio books for your little one to explore 55 BEAUTY How to keep your post-summer glow and the best skincreams for baby 59 TOT GEAR The best buggies in town 75 FACT OR FAD? Our new contributors Marina Fogle and Chiara Hunt ook at pre-natal testing 76 DIARY OF A MUM Becky Dickinson is back again to fill us in on family life 84 MEET THE EXPERTS Our expert panel on baby firsts 100 MUM TO THE RESQ Our mumpreneurs share their ventures 105 MAGGIE & ROSE Autumn activities and exciting updates from our favourite family club 147 THE TOYBOX The best for playtime 160 CAMPION COOKS Our new regular food expert Ashley Campion serves up tasty baby treats 165 PREPARATION FOR NURSERY Expert Sabine Hook offers top tips 166 MEET THE HEAD We meet Monica McCarthy of St Benedicts 170 GROUPS AND CLASSES A selection of activities for you and your little one 178 BOUTIQUES Our guide to shopping in the capital 194 INSPIRE Julia Restoin Roitfeld on motherhood
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Helen shot our stunning fashion story Happy Campers (p.64) and has been a long term contributor to Baby London. She lives in Kingston with her husband and her very own happy campers, Mack and Molly.
ESCAPE TO THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN ‘HAPPY CAMPERS’ P.64
Ticky Hedley-Dent Marina Fogle and Chiara Hunt
The Bump Class dream team of Marina and Chiara cast their expert eye over the latest prenatal DNA testing in Fact or Fad (p.75). The sisters live near each other in Notting Hill with their young (and still growing!) families.
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Our unflappable Assistant Editor Becca has seamlessly juggled steering the Baby London relaunch with a gruelling two-and-a-half hour commute from Hampshire. But don’t feel too bad for her: she’s got plenty of chums on the legendary 18:05 ‘party train’ home.
A former features editor of Tatler, Ticky took her maternity leave seriously and wrote her very first novel. She tells us all about it in Murder and Motherhood (p.143). She’s currently carrying her second baby so, naturally, she’s also writing her second book…
Art Director Monica is a woman of few words – and they’re mostly to herself while she works. Her cheerful design chatter has kept the Baby London office laughing, though, her stunning designs will speak for themselves.
Wait! There’s more... It’s not just Baby London that’s had a makeover. Our website has been pampered and preened and is now your brand new one-stop destination for all things baby, from up-to-the-minute news and hot new trends, to the latest expert advice. Pop over to babylondon.co.uk and see for yourself. Follow BabyLondonMagazine on Facebook and Instagram and on Twitter @Baby_London... we’re never far away.
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news DELICIOUSLY FUN Life has been clocking in at full speed at Ella’s Kitchen, not only did they recently launch the world’s first sensory restaurant for babies on Northcote Road (where babies and parents alike congregated for the one day pop-up exclusive!), but they’ve been working their socks off with their new toddler snacks. Ella’s Kitchen’s new snacking range feature 10 tasty, nutritious (100% organic) and fun snacks. ellaskitchen.co.uk
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WORLD’S FIRST BABY SPA Gone are the days where spas were exclusively for parents; new on the London scene is Baby Spa. Based in Kensington, Baby Spa offers a groundbreaking unique water flotation experience for little babies to six months, promoting their development alongside numerous physical and emotional benefits. Founded by expert teacher Laura Sevenus, whose professional swimming career spans over 40 years, Laura founded her first swimming school in 1967 and pioneered the Baby Swim method in the early 70s. yourbabyspa.com
HEALTH NEWS: This year Meningitis Awareness Week is 16-22 September. Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord, and the dedicated week is to help raise awareness of the disease. Although you can catch meningitis at any age, children under the age of four are most at risk. meningitis.org
ROAD R AGE In a recent UK driving survey conducted by Hankook Tyres, nearly half of all participants admitted to paying no attention to Baby On Board car signs, with one in 25 expressing frustration and the inclination to overtake as a result. hankooktire-eu.com
WIN A WATERPROOF MP3 PLAYER WITH METANIUM To celebrate the introduction of Metanium’s new-look packs, we’ve teamed up to give away two Aquabeat MP3 players along with a sample of Metanium Everyday Barrier Ointment. Inside this fresh-look pack is the same award-winning product trusted by mums to help prevent nappy rash. It has a unique double action formula to provide daily protection from nappy rash and is gentle enough to use at each nappy change. The Speedo Aquabeat MP3 player (RRP £75) is waterproof and weatherproof. It’s perfect to keep in your changing bag so you can enjoy your music when you’re out and about. Plus, 10 runners up will win a Metanium Busy Baby Planner (RRP £9.99) to help you keep track of your week. metanium.co.uk To enter visit babylondon.co.uk/competitions
All Aboard the Ninky Nonk! There’s a new interactive app featuring that adorable train we’d all like to run away on – the Ninky Nonk. This latest app from In the Night Garden is set in a forest where young players can take a ride with their favourite characters. For Android, iPhone and iPad.
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N EW DIARIE S FOR BUSY MUMS If organising doesn’t come naturally, why not utilise a little help? Boxhouse Publishing has launched its new range of Organised Mum calendars and diaries for 2015. All have been specifically designed to help mothers manage all aspects of their busy lives – work, family and home, including lots of clever organisational features. organised-mum.co.uk
M&S TEAM UP WITH GOSH M&S have recently launched their very own collection of baby food aptly entitled Tiny Taste Buds. The new range will support M&S’s partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, which to date has raised more than £800,000 helping to support research into nutrition and allergyrelated conditions. These delicious meals are created from healthy ingredients, designed to meet a baby’s needs at each stage of their development. M&S’s leading nutritionists and chefs have gone to town to ensure they’ve selected the highest quality ingredients, from across different food groups, designed to introduce new tastes and textures at the right time to help develop good eating habits for life. marksandspencer.com
BE AUTIFULLY BR ITISH With our huge appreciation for great British design, and our love for quality, luxury products, we’re delighted that Silver Cross have relaunched their iconic Kensington pram – now boasting a beautiful new colourway in brown and cream. Alongside its sibling Balmoral, they remain the only two prams that continue to be handmade in Britain. £1,250 | silvercrossbaby.com
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BLU E ALMON DS R ELOCATE S The summer was super busy for Blue Almonds. Not only did they move into their brand new store at 164 Walton Street, (which is 60% bigger than the previous space – hooray!), they’ve also launched their very first children’s collection in collaboration with renowned cashmere designer Madeleine Thompson.
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This year there’s a new arrival at the Nursery Industry Awards and it comes in the form of a Baby London prize – hooray! That’s right, we’ve teamed up with the prestigious Nursery Industry Awards to offer our very own accolade with our Best New Product Award. The nominations came in thick and fast and the final three have now been selected. Put under rigorous testing at Baby London HQ, the winner will collect the gong at the Nursery Industry Awards ceremony on the evening of 24 October. So here’s our top three...
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The Nutribaby caters for the early stages of a child’s development, from the moment your baby is born, through weaning and beyond. Firstly, use as a bottle warmer and steriliser and when your baby’s ready for weaning, it steam cooks and purées food for added freshness. Truly innovative, this unique five-in-one processor designed with easy-to-use LCD digital timer, removable cooking baskets and useful ‘nooks’ to cook eggs, parents can set the correct time, to the minute. A real kitchen genie. £99.99 | babymoov.eu
Dribble Stop Top The SnüzPod allows you to easily comfort, settle and feed your baby without having to leave your bed at night, which makes it a genius product in our eyes. The safest place for your baby to sleep in first six months is in a crib beside your bed, which the SnüzPod does so well. Not only is it great for building a close bond with your newborn, it ensures both you and your baby have the very best night’s sleep. The unique three in one design consists of a bedside crib with a zip-down wall; a stand-alone crib for the nursery; and a removable rocking bassinet. £169 | thelittlegreensheep.co.uk
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SHINY Join dancers from Turned On Its Head for their dazzling new show Shiny, an interactive show for the very young and their grown-ups. In a long forgotten room, two people find friendship, joy and treasure. From ordinary brown boxes comes an extraordinary array of colour, sound and texture to delight and engage. Watch and play as all that glitters unfolds before your very eyes. Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, London N12 0GA Sunday 26 and Monday 27 October. Performances at 1.15pm and 3.45pm on Sunday; 10.30am and 2.30pm on Monday. 020 8369 5454 | artsdepot.co.uk
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BABY & TODDLER SHOW This is the ultimate event for new and expectant parents in the South East. As well as many experts and over 150 brands, including Silver Cross, Britax and Joolz, there is bump and baby friendly facilities and free parking – Glow is easy to get to from London and the surrounding area. Admission: £15 on the door, £10 in advance; 0-15 years go free. See website for details. Friday 10 to Sunday 12 October, 10am to 4pm on Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent DA9 9ST babyandtoddlershow.co.uk/bluewater
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THE BABY SHOW Professor Robert Winston is the headline speaker at this year’s show. Other experts like Annabel Karmel and baby sleep guru Jo Tantum will also be on hand to share their wisdom at the popular touring exhibition for new and prospective parents. There are classes, a crèche, drop-in sessions and plenty of shopping opportunities. Free facilities at the show include: • Emma’s Diary Shop and Drop and Collectby-Car Services • tommee tippee Feeding Area with food courtesy of Plum • Dedicated Baby Changing Room Friday 24 to Sunday 26 October, 10am to 5.30pm. Olympia, Kensington, London W14 8UX Admission: Prices depend on when you book and for how many days. See website for further details. 0871 231 0844 | thebabyshow.co.uk
MINI MOLES BABY GROUP Learn, play and explore together every Wednesday. This session is for babies aged six months to walking and their carers, and includes sensory, hands-on and play-based activities for you and baby to enjoy. For extra fun come along to Messy Babies on the fourth Wednesday of every month. MINI MOLES BABIES GROUP Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN Every Wednesday during term time, 11am to 12pm. Admission: Free, though it is advisable to book. 020 7001 9844 | museumoflondon.org.uk
MAGIC CARPET STORYTELLING SUNDAYS Children under five are invited to fly away on the magic carpet as it comes to land in front of a different painting each day. There is no need to book, but places are limited and allocated on arrival one hour before the start. Children must be accompanied to all events. National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN Every Sunday 10.30am to 11am and 11.30am to 12pm. Meet in the Pigott Education Centre Foyer. Admission: Free. 020 7747 2885 | nationalgallery.org.uk
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COUNTRYSIDE LIVE Head for Countryside Live for arena displays, falconry, sheep dogs, ferret racing and dancing sheep. You can also try willow weaving, corn dolly making and wood turning or marvel at the blacksmith demonstration. There will be animals galore and family activities include apple pressing, planting tree seeds and identifying exciting mini-beasts. Leyton Marsh, Lee Valley Park, London E10 7QL Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September, 10am to 5pm Admission: Children go free. Adults pay £5 for a single day pass or £7 for two. 0845 6770 600 | visitleevalley.org.uk TOTALLY THAMES Summer might officially be over, but the fun doesn’t have to stop. September will see the Thames come to life for Londoners and visitors alike, and there is much for children of all ages to do. Taking place for the first time this year, Totally Thames is a 30-day spectacular programme of events that will include arts, music and community festivals; colourful regattas; thrilling river races; foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities
SPARKLE An intimate show for adult and baby to enjoy together, Sparkle allows little ones to explore a fantastic glittering world. A gentle, interactive performance and play session for babies, toddlers and young children by Alison McGowan of PuppetShip and visual artist Tanya Axford. Remember to look out for hidden treasure. Polka Theatre 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SB Wednesday 24 September until Friday 26 September. Admission: £22 for adult and child 020 8543 4888 | polkatheatre.com including circus, dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts. London highlights include Ghoulish Grand Designs at the Royal Institute of British Architects on Friday 31 October and Marvellous Meerkat Montage at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo on Saturday 25 October. Venues across London and the rest of the country. Friday 17 October to Sunday 2 November. Admission: Prices vary from event to event, see website for details. familyartsfestival.com
(including The Big Thames Tidy); as well as river-linked events run by charities and voluntary organisations across the 17 London riverside boroughs. Runs throughout September. 020 7928 8998 | totallythames.org FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL The festival runs across the UK and includes over 2,000 events from 500 organisations,
HALLOWEEN CHECK UNDER THE BED SERVICE AT LEGOLAND WINDSOR RESORT HOTEL Banish bad dreams of bogeymen, beasties and things that go bump in the night. A crack team of highly trained Under The Bed Checkers will be on hand at bedtime to put imaginations at ease with a kit bursting with monster-catching nets, beastie-detecting torches and anti-bogeyman spray. Admission: Themed family rooms (for two
adults and two children) cost from £247. Price includes breakfast and park tickets for two days plus early bird access to selected rides. Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel, Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 4AY Available for stays between Saturday 25 October and Monday 3 November. 0845 373 2640 | legoland.co.uk/ hotel/shortbreak HORNIMAN HALLOWEEN FAIR The brilliant south London museum is holding a Halloween fair this October. It will be a weekend of fun with lots of goodies in the special arts and crafts market, a spooky trail and plenty of creepy but delicious Halloween-themed food. And while you’re there, explore the museum and gardens too. Admission: Free. Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October, 10.30am-4pm. 020 8699 1872 | horniman.ac.uk
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mini agenda EDDIE CATZ There is plenty for both babies and toddlers at Eddie Catz in Putney and Wimbledon. Besides all the fun stuff to play on, there’s a padded baby area, a padded toddler-only soft play area, bouncy chairs, a dressing up area and much more. Admission: Under-ones go free. Other prices depend on the height of the child and session time. Putney, First Floor, 68-70 Putney High Street, London SW15 1SF Wimbledon, 42 Station Road, Merton, London SW19 2LP 020 3475 5268 | eddiecatz.com
GAMBADO This centrally located soft play centre boasts one of the largest play frames in London with more than 100 different activities inside. 7 Station Court, Townmead Road, Chelsea, London SW6 2PY Admission: Under-ones go free. Older children pay different prices depending on their ages and when they attend. For more information on prices see the website. 0207 384 1635 | gambado.com KENTISH TOWN CITY FARM This busy city farm makes for a great day out for little ones. It also hosts several weekly events during term time for under-fives, such as Garden Explorers where they can play and learn about gardening and growing vegetables.
PURPLE DRAGON CHELSEA Your friends and family will be begging for guest passes if you’re lucky enough to be a member of Purple Dragon. There’s soft play, a kitchen, an art room, a Wii lounge, dressing up, Scalectrix, music room – and a restaurant where the big folk can unwind. See website for further details. PURPLE DRAGON CHELSEA Grosvenor Waterside, London SW1W 8DP 0844 880 3580 | purpledragonplay.com
Other regular activities include Singsong, Spanish rhyme time, Apple Steiner Creative, Messy Play and Art Attack. Admission: Free, although there is a small charge for some weekly events. All ages are welcome. 1 Cressfield Close, off Grafton Road, London NW5 4BN Open seven days a week, 9am to 5pm. 020 7916 5421 | ktcityfarm.org.uk
LONDON DESIGNER OUTLET Besides the 70 shops, 20 restaurants and bars and state-of-the-art cinema complex, there's now a fabulous play park featuring a rope bridge, climbing net and slide. Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley HA9 OFD. Open daily. Check website for details of varying opening times. Admission: Free. 0208 912 5210 | london-designer-outlet.com
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Maggie & Rose are now running classes for six months to nine years. They offer term-time activities, as well as holiday programmes. Activities include art classes, cooking workshops, music and ballet classes, plus there’s soft play, a cinema and a Wii area. See website for further details. Open Monday to Friday 9-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10-5pm 58 Pembroke Road, Kensington, London W8 6NX | 020 7371 2200 1 Essex Place Square, Chiswick High Road, London W4 5UJ | 020 8994 7211 maggieandrose.com
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Chloe Delevingne LISA CARTER TALKS TO CH LOE DELEVINGN E ABOUT TH E AR RIVAL OF BABY AT TICUS AN D H ER N EW MAMA MUST-HAVE S
Born and bred Londoner, and new mum Chloe Delevingne recently swapped city life for the peace and quiet of Gloucestershire, not without a weekly fix of the city though.
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Let’s talk about Atticus. It’s a beautiful, strong name, what was the inspiration behind it? My husband, Ed, came up with it, having studied ancient history it was a name that he just loved. Atticus’ middle name is Ned, after my late godfather. We were incredibly close. You had an easy, relaxed pregnancy. Did you do anything to help this? I went to these lovely antenatal classes with The Blooming Bunch, at Maggie & Rose. They were organised by the brilliant Beverley Turner, with the
help of two midwives. We covered all aspects of birth including feeding and natal hypnotherapy, also it was a great opportunity to meet other mums. Maggie & Rose is like the Soho House for kids, and I will definitely be getting membership when Atticus is old enough. I had reflexology with Keah Lan towards the end of my pregnancy which made me feel really energised and balanced. I also religiously read The Baba Blog, for tips on what to expect. And I treated myself to a few mornings at Daylesford, an organic farm in Gloucestershire where they offer a great pregnancy programme consisting of yoga, massage and meditation. I loved the yoga and I am looking forward to getting back into it. My French Bulldog, Mouse, kept
me company, I love her so, so much. Oh and one more thing, I had cravings for ribs, which the Rib Shack managed to satiate! Which labels are you partial to for Atticus? I adore Petit Bateau, for those first baby-grows, you can’t go wrong. Zara Baby is really great. And of course Bamford baby clothes are the ultimate indulgence. Did you get stuck into any box sets or books to while away the hours? I watched the whole of the Breaking Bad series it’s addictive, and I love Orange is the New Black. And books, I love, love, love reading; my all time favourite is The Lord of the Rings trilogy. While I was pregnant, three of the books I loved most were: The Songs of Distant Earth,
Above, Chloe Delevingne and family; right Atticus’ teddy; below, Oakdene wall stickers
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PROFILE Clockwise from top: Le Manoir; Chloe and Atticus; Petit Bateau; Chloe loves Mama Mio; Oakdene stickers.
Any baby presents that really stood out? Vintage toy soldiers from my Mummy, which I have box-framed. The first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, from Atticus’ godfather, I just adore that. And a Cartier Tank Solo with our three initials on the back, from Ed. Did you discover any new products you couldn’t have done without? Yes, everything by Mama Mio. During the pregnancy I rubbed their stretch-mark cream on my tummy every day, and I haven’t got one mark. I started using their face wash and moisturiser and am not planning on stopping. The products smell amazing and are totally natural. I’ve also started using Neil’s Yard products
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on Atticus, the Baby Balm is great, and I like Weleda Calendula cream. It’s not new, but I am obsessed with Jo Malone Red Roses candles – a classic. Tell me about your nursery, I see you put some work into creating a lovely room for Atticus? I did enjoy decorating it when we moved in. I went to the incredibly helpful Babylist company, who literally organised everything for us. We ordered everything we could possibly need, including furniture in bespoke colours and they delivered it and put it all together. We have a very smart rocking chair, in grey with white piping, white walls, with huge Oakdene wall stickers from notonthehighstreet and the most heavenly Jane Churchill embroidered Winnie the Pooh curtains.
Which buggy did you decide on? The Bugaboo Buffalo, it is a godsend. Amazing off-road, flattens down into a bed, has a car seat attachment, and is cleverly designed for no-tipping when you hang bags off it. I know you are a bit of a foodie, any chefs or restaurants that you can’t get enough of? Tom Aikens is my favourite, he is re-opening soon. I adored my 30th at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux
Quat’Saisons, and there is nothing like Mark’s Club, where we celebrated our wedding. And I adore the Amalfi Coast, where all the food is incredible. How are you finding the transition to country life? I’m loving it. We were lucky to have been blessed with a balmy summer. It’s a joy to look out of the window every morning, and see flowers, greenery and sheep surrounding me. I do, however like the thought of London only being just over an hour away, for when the urge strikes. While I’m there, I take Atticus to the osteopath for general wellbeing, and it's good for reflux. But I particularly love going there to spend time with my family and to catch up with my sisters, Poppy and Cara, and my parents, who have us all to stay.
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What did you wear throughout your pregnancy? I bought most of my clothes from In Pig, they do really fun, fashionable (and still practical) clothes. I particularly liked my dungarees from there. And I lived in leggings.
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GO ON A WILD â€˜SAFARIâ€™ Babies and toddlers will naturally be interested in the wildlife they see around them, so venture outside to explore with your child to allow them to see, feel and experience all the amazing creatures that live nearby. As they get older, help them to explore alongside you to see what they can find. Look under logs or rocks for minibeasts. Using a paintbrush or plastic spoon gently sweep them into an old ice cream tub for a closer look with a magnifying glass. Use toilet roll tubes as viewfinders and go on grassland safari. Just remember to always put things back in the same place you found them.
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NATURAL ARTS & CRAFTS Making arts and crafts from nature (also known as ephemeral art) is a great way to encourage children of any age to explore and be creative. Collect a variety of dry and freshly fallen leaves from different trees for them to tear and scrunch. Make a leaf kebab on a stick with different coloured leaves. Or, if you’re feeling braver (and don’t mind the washing), mush up some coloured fruit like blueberries and let them fingerpaint on tree trunks, bark or rocks. As they get older, try making sculptures together using twigs, rocks, leaves – whatever they can find. The idea is to leave it outdoors to gradually disintegrate back into the landscape.
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FROM MAY TO SEPTEMBER, I’M A pretty amazing parent. We go exploring, have long picnics in the park, plant vegetables, climb trees – the stuff a childhood should be made of. But come autumn, as the cold weather rolls in, it all starts to go a bit wrong. Before children, I don’t remember the weather having such a profound impact on my life. I had no reason to be out in the cold for any longer than was strictly necessary. I could walk as fast as I liked. I had no pram. I had no small people with their tiny steps and infinite curiosity about every speck of dirt on the pavement. And I certainly had no reason to hang out in parks on a drizzly, dark afternoon, pushing a squeaky swing in the dim torchlight. I lose motivation, and it rubs off on my children. So, in search of fresh inspiration, I sought help from Amy Boud from Playful Nature – a woman so passionate about helping children connect with the natural environment that she made it her life’s work. Amy believes there is no
such thing as ‘too young’ when it comes to helping children engage with nature. “Many of children’s ideas about the world around them, and how they interact with it, are formed from a very early age, so it’s important to instil a sense of value and respect for the ‘more than human’ environment when they are still young.” The best part is, it doesn’t have to be fancy. Simply taking your baby out into the world and encouraging them to explore the sights, smells, sounds and textures around them is a wonderful way to start. “I think the most important thing any parent can do is to get into the spirit of playfulness and adventure yourself and explore your own sense of joy and wonder alongside your children.” So, here are Amy’s top five activities to kick-start your autumn adventures. And remember, ‘take only memories/photos, leave only footprints’ is a great message to give your children from a young age.
SCAVENGER HUNTING Small children often love to collect things. Beach buckets, baskets, or little bags are a great thing to have in your outdoor play toolkit. You could turn an old egg box into a ‘treasure box’ in which to collect natural treasures. Make up your own scavenger hunt list of things to collect or look for. Here’s one we made earlier... CAN YOU FIND? 2 small sticks 3 pieces of grass 6 dead leaves 1 nut or berry 1 cold and hard thing 1 rough thing 1 fallen fairy wing CAN YOU SPOT? A magic doorway A tree with eyes A soft place an elf might sleep An animal footprint or hair
Nature Detectives A club for families, run by The Woodland Trust naturedetectives.org.uk | Playful Nature Provides learning experiences focused on fun, imaginative and creative adventures in the outdoors. playful-nature.co.uk | Project Wild Thing A film-led movement to get more kids outside and reconnecting with nature. projectwildthing.com
MUD COOKERY Set up an outdoor kitchen with mud/sand/water and pots and pans. Small children will get lost in this for hours.
BUILD A DEN Creating a den together is fun for children of any age. Play with different ideas, for example why not build a den or home for their teddy bear or an imaginary creature that might live in the woods?
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A much-loved favourite for 32 years, Dear Zoo engages the imagination as it tells the story of a child who writes to a zoo asking for a pet. Little fingers will love lifting the flaps which are robust yet easy to turn. Encouraging their love of animals, you'll also get to make some fabulous zoo noises.
Who can resist adorable Miffy? Drawn and written by Dutch artist, Dick Bruna, the little white rabbit was first introduced 59 years ago. Since then his books have gone on to sell more than 80 million copies in 40 different languages, so she's one of the most identifiable children's characters around.
With his distinctive shape and insatiable appetite, Eric Carleâ€™s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an instantly recognisable children's book icon. This year celebrates 45 years since the greedy yet lovable character first ate his way from baby caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.
More than 40 years since its first release, Judith Kerr's classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a charming book to read aloud to children of all ages. The fleeting acquaintance of a young girl and a big furry tiger captures young imaginations, who love the audacity of the big cat as he makes off with all the food and drink at the tea table.
Close to many children's hearts worldwide (over 7 million in fact) Elmer is the colourful patchwork elephant who everyone adores, simply because he refuses to be anything other than himself. Warming our hearts for an impressive 25 years, look out for his special birthday edition.
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Celebrating 25 years of adventures this year, Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's We're Going on a Bear Hunt has to be one of most enjoyable books to read aloud. With plenty of opportunity for over-the-top voices wrapped around yummy words like swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing.
Richly illustrated in coloured pencils, Old Bear was Jane Hissey's first picture book published 28 years ago. The story strikes a chord with children, as a much-loved teddy bear is lost and finally found, thanks to a daring attic rescue by his friends Bramwell Brown, Little Bear, Duck and Rabbit.
The classic and original tale by Beatrix Potter is one of the oldest and most-loved book in any child's collection. Read from generation to generation over an incredible 112 years, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the perfect introduction to the joys of the great outdoors and getting up to mischief.
Of all the books husband-and-wife team Janet and Allan Ahlberg have created, Peepo! stands out the most as a perennial children's classic. A favourite for 33 years, its simple, rhythmic text and richly detailed illustrations tell the story of a day in the life of a baby in the 1940s, with the added bonus of a fun circular cut-out on every other page.
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Sentimental? Absolutely. But this brilliantly written children's book can be found on most children's shelves. Delighting readers for 20 years, Sam McBratney's sweet story tells the tale of Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare. A simple tale matched with beautiful illustrations.
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Research shows that young children who are read to by their parents are more likely to develop good communication skills later on. Book sharing teaches new vocabulary and encourages a childâ€™s understanding of language. | earlyliteracylearning.org
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A great app encouraging little ones to enjoy music. All the animals are sleepy, and as each loveable little character is woken up, it plays and sings along. Keep playing to keep them awake.
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If, like me, you take issue with your littlest ones listening to music that seems far above their years, you will love this new collection of songs from Jerry & Co. Innocently yet colourfully educational, the catchy tracks explore everyday events – such as roadworks and washing your hands – as well as broader themes like food and family. So far, so simple, but the quirky lyrics (“In the family, in the family... They’re a funny old lot but they’re all I've got”) hint at a bygone era in a similar way to books like Peepo! Fun, charming, individual and easy to sing along to, they are just nostalgic enough for parents and they’re a lovely introduction to more narrative songs for when your little ones have outgrown nursery rhymes. CD £8.50 – iTunes £7.99 jerrycomusic.com
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Everybody’s favourite giant can be enjoyed on CD. This box set includes six best-selling titles, each featuring the classic story and the sing-a-long song.
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These sparkling adaptations of A.A. Milne’s beloved stories feature an all-star cast of readers, including Dame Judi Dench and Stephen Fry.
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H&M’S UNICEF WOODLAND ADVENTURE H&M’s All for Children range, launching on 30 October, is inspired by woodland creatures and adventures and 25% of proceeds go straight to UNICEF’s initiatives to help support vulnerable children. We love this Bear-eared Hat (£7.99) and these adorable Baby Socks (£7.99). hm.com
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SUSIE & ROSE Created by mother and daughter team Susie and Rose Bartlett, this brand is a luxurious, unique addition to the children’s wear market. All pieces are hand-tailored and bespoke and, once you have placed your order, you can follow your garment’s progress via the Susie and Rose blog. Antithetical to massproduced fashion; all designs are updated every few weeks meaning your Susie and Rose dress is practically one-of-a-kind. We love their Madeline design (left, £50) – based on the beloved children’s cartoon character of the same name. With a bridal and boys range coming soon, this is a brand to watch. susierose.bigcartel.com
Poco Nido for The Wildlife Trust We’ve fallen in love with Poco Nido’s beautiful badger shoes and baby blanket. Not only are they cute as a button, they have been created for a great cause. Sheffield-based Poco Nido is helping to protect Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside, for generations to come, by donating £1 to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with every pair of badger mini shoes or badger blanket sold on its website. Iconic locations, such as Spurn Point, Flamborough Cliffs and Grass Wood will all be supported with every purchase. The badger mini shoes and blanket are available now on the Poco Nido website. poconido.co.uk
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PETIT BATEAU BY HERVÉ TULLET French artist Hervé Tullet has joined forces with Petit Bateau to create an exclusive collection of T-shirts and babygrows. Known internationally for his witty books and inventive workshops with children, Tullet has brought his special creativity to the brand, while giving a group of children free reign to decorate the rue de 29 Juillet Paris shop for Petit Bateau’s 120th anniversary. His Bold Brushstrokes collaboration, and gloriously wacky and wonderful creations, will make a coveted addition to your baby’s wardrobe. petit-bateau.co.uk
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Quality: Look at what fabrics are used – externally and internally. Strong, water-resistant, wipe down fabrics are essential as there may be spillages and you never know when you’ll be caught in a downpour when out walking with baby. Also, check whether the fabrics are phthalate free and, ideally, PVC free..
Style: Should the bag be unisex in appearance designed with muted colours and no pattern? Or is this bag the one item that you can justify as a fashion statement, to embellish your own sense of style, that is practical, too? You choose...
Product features: Elasticated pockets for nappies, insulated ones for bottles, a slot for your mobile, a fob for attaching dummies or keys are great features. External pockets are essential, and a separate zip wet-bag for damp clothes, rogue baby wipes and other accidents can be extremely handy.
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Bag shape: This is very dependent on the wearer’s lifestyle. A messenger style that can be worn across the body? A tote bag with a detachable strap that can be hung over the pram handlebars? Or something handbag sized that fits a nappy or two, a bottle, wipes, some cash, door keys and a padded changing mat, just in case?
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THE COVER-UP We love Chelsea-based luxury boutique Lusso London for one-of-a-kind pieces like this stunning fringed suede jacket. £375 | lusso-london.com
THE BAG You can carry all your essentials in this stunning Kingham tote from Bamford. £1,395 | bamford.co.uk
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beauty insider JEN NI BADEN H OWAR D GE TS GLOWING
JENNI MEETS: RUBY HAMMER Make sure that you regularly exfoliate to ensure skin is smooth and eventoned. Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster (£18) is a great addition to your skincare routine as it maintains a hint of colour, along with antiageing benefits – perfect for skin that’s been in the sun. NARS Matte Multiple (£30) or Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder (£34.50) are both perfect bronzers. Use them where the sun would naturally hit your face most (your forehead, top of the cheekbones, nose and chin). It’s important to blend, blend and blend again, so that you don't end up looking weirdly smudgy. The London-based, internationally renowned make-up artist, beauty entrepreneur and busy mama Ruby Hammer shares her tips for extending your summer glow well into the autumn season…
For post-summer skin exposure, up the ante. Take a few minutes and really massage your moisturiser into your skin. Boost your skincare with serums and add deep moisturising masks to replenish – look for key ingredients like hyaluronic acid. I love Avène Soothing Moisture Mask (£11.50) and if I want to splurge, Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask (£93) is incredible.
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Light but creamy, the new Balance Me Super Toning Body Cream (£18), which has just arrived in stores, is the perfect way to get postsummer skin silky smooth. It doesn’t feel in the least bit abrasive and smells amazing (that will be the juniper, geranium, lavender and bergamot oils). Buy it at Waitrose or John Lewis. balanceme.co.uk
Prolong your summer glow with Melvita Pro-Sun Self-Tanning Moisturising Gel-Cream (£22). It contains an innovative, plant-based tanning ingredient, and coconut and sunflower oils to rehydrate post-holiday skin. Perfect for face and body, remember to gently exfoliate away any flaky skin in the shower before application. uk.melvita.com
Cream-to-powder blush gives you a glow on-the-go, helping to hide a multitude of sleep-interrupted nights. Launching in September from Benefit, Majorette (£23.50) is a super-flattering pinky-peach that blends in seconds and has real staying power. And it’s scented with peach and pomegranate. Love! benefitcosmetics.co.uk
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BABY BEAUTIFUL TH R EE TOP LOTION S FOR EC ZEMA AWAR EN E SS WEEK
A stylish changing bag essential, the Cowshed Baby Cow Organics range is enriched with botanical actives and pure essential oils. The formulas – including a Frothy Hair & Body Wash (£8.50), Buttery Bottom Balm (£10.50) and Milky Body Lotion (£10.50) – are all mineral oil and petrolatum-free. At Cowshed spas. cowshedonline.com
Cleanly packaged Johnson’s Baby new FIRST TOUCH range is especially formulated for newborns and is completely free from fragrance, soap or colour. It includes the pH-balanced FIRST TOUCH All-In-One Wash (£2.49) with the classic No More Tears formula. johnsonsbaby.co.uk
The latest addition to the Childs Farm range of naturally based bath and body essentials (Waitrose and Tesco), is this fabulous Hair Detangler (£4.75). We also love the new Bubble Bath (£3.99). childsfarm.com
BY TH E BOOK One of the most buzzed-about book launches of the summer, The Art of Eating Well (Ebury Press) by HEMSLEY HEMSLEY, is packed with foodie ideas for good health, energy and to give you an inside-out glow. There are recipes galore and the whole approach of sisters and co-authors Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley (founders of the eponymous bespoke food service with a big beauty, wellbeing and fashion following) is warm and engaging. Among my favourite “Things To Do Today” tips from the book: “Start your day by drinking a glass of warm water with half a lemon squeezed in. Before a shower, dry body-brush for a minute every morning, using a soft natural bristle brush to boost circulation and the removal of toxins. Get a water filter and gradually build up to drinking two litres of water throughout the day. Flavour it if you prefer”. Pure inspiration!
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MILK ROUND Thankfully, for those of us with small ones, mobile spas are on the up. One of the newest is Milk Beauty (no pun at new mums intended, I'm assured) which offers an array of treatments all soothingly carried out by punctual therapists in smart black uniforms. Using non-toxic Priti NYC polish or OPI Gelcolor their mani/pedi service is particularly talked-about. milkbeauty.co.uk
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WITH MANY N EW WH EEL S HIT TING TH E MAR KE T THIS AUTUM N , H ER E’S A FEW THAT HAVE CAUGHT OU R AT TENTION
Silver Cross Pioneer This stylish new buggy has beauty and brains, with a roomy basket for odds and ends
Low-down A pram and pushchair system, with the option of using a Simplicity car seat for your newborn, this new model has very much been designed with modern parents in mind. “Whether navigating the streets or planning something more adventurous, the Pioneer has been designed for life on the go,” reads the sales spiel.
grass in the park, and curbs took a little more negotiating (the trick is to gently put pressure on the basket with your foot to ease it over any tricky lumps and bumps).
Good looking? Silver Cross is certainly a brand that oozes quality and style – and the Pioneer is no exception. With its shiny chrome handle and black rubberized fittings, quality fabrics – including a gorgeously cosy foot muff – and elegant lines, it’s a classy ride. Practicality The two benefits are the seat height, which is loftier than most, therefore avoiding too much back-breaking bending, and the capacious lower basket, which can be easily filled with shopping bags and other essentials with zero rummaging and shoving involved. Driveability After the Mountain Buggy the Pioneer wasn’t dissimilar, at first. It’s not quite as agile over the
Comfort My daughter seemed very happy and looked very poised and supported, calling the Pioneer our “posh buggy”. The straps and clasp were pretty foolproof and the hood clicked satisfyingly into its positions, providing an excellent sun and wind shield when necessary. What’s the verdict? The Pioneer may not be designed for off-road adventure, but it navigates the streets in style. It is quite the looker and offers a smooth, luxurious ride from teeny to around three years. And as your babe-inarms gets bigger, you may well find yourself wanting to complement your posh ride, parked in the hallway, with a lighter one that folds easily. £600 | silvercrossbaby.com
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Our editor, Summer Litchfield, test drives the new Silver Cross Pioneer... It’s such a personal thing: a travel system. You want the very best to transport your precious cargo, of course, but you also want something that looks nice, is easy to handle and suits your lifestyle. Having had our much-loved Mountain Buggy Swift for two years we were looking to upgrade so thought we’d give the smart-looking Silver Cross Pioneer a spin.
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Available this September, the all new Bugaboo Bee3 is a fantastic urban pushchair for newborns and toddlers. Expect all the comforts typical of Bugaboo design, while now also enjoying an easy-to-carry lightweight carrycot, brand new fabrics and colours, an extendable sun canopy and a larger underseat basket, which mums will be pleased to hear has been increased from 16l to 22l. We love the innovative functionalities like the 3D compact fold making it easy to collapse, carry and store. £739 | bugaboo.com
Every pushchair deserves a personal touch, whether that’s adding something to just make life a little easier, or simply including a dose of personality... London’s Calling Buggy Liner £35 | bettybramble.co.uk
£14.99 | buggilights.com
Going on an adventure? Well, the Stokke Trailz is the pushchair for you – and it’s out in October. We’ve always had a soft spot for Stokke, and the Trailz certainly doesn’t disappoint. Like all Stokke strollers, the carrycot and seat position are placed high up, to encourage eye contact and connection between parent and child. And you cannot fault the superior manoeuvrability of the Trailz, offering such a smooth ride it’s fantastic for families who love the outdoors. £1,188 | stokke.com
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If you loved Mamas & Papas Armadillo then you’ll be equally impressed with their new Armadillo City, out this September. Smaller than the Armadillo at just H: 71 x W: 50 X D: 24cm, it’s the ideal second stroller for urban living, designed to squeeze into the tightest of spaces. With smaller wheels and front and rear suspension, it’s great for city navigating and public transport. It may be ultra-compact with a narrow and lightweight frame, but the space available is impressive. £179 | mamasandpapas.com
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Lascal Maxi BuggyBoard £65.00 | cheekyrascals.co.uk
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THE FIRST TIME YOU strap your child in, and set off in the car is a pretty daunting experience. You may be filled with uncertainty as you begin to question whether you’ve fitted the car seat correctly. These feelings are common. When you’re travelling with baby your foremost concern is for their safety and comfort, and knowing that you have selected the best car seat for them is key. Recent safety campaigns have revealed that children are significantly safer when travelling rearward facing for as long as possible, and a new car seat regulation called i-Size (or ECE R129) came into effect last year which provides extra protection. A predominant change that the regulation shouts about, is the requirement of mandatory rearward facing travel for children up to 15 months instead of the previous EU advised minimum of 9kg weight. It also implements the first ever side impact standardised testing requirements, providing
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better all-over protection in a collision. A company that’s been quick to respond to these changes in regulation is Joie. They have been developing the i-AnchorSafe System which carries the Joie philosophy to rear-face for longer to ensure the safest way to travel. The i-AnchorFIX base, when used along with the i-Anchor child seat, meets and exceeds the new i-Size standard, allowing rearward travel up to approximately four years, making it one of the safest options on the market. The innovative i-AnchorFIX base, offers a quick install with ISOFIX and provides a rock solid installation with a unique seven position on-the-go recline for maximum comfort. The base accepts both the Joie Gemm and Juva infant carriers and the i-Anchor rearward and forward facing child seat. Impressing on many levels, the i-Anchor child seat features an exclusive multi-layered Tri-Protect headrest, designed with Intelli-Fit foam it gives three
layers of protection to the head during impact, while deep padded sides shield little ones. It also includes a customisable insert for added security for even the smallest of users. The removable layers of infant support offers a custom fit for any sized child and the multi-height position headrest and five point safety harness adjust simultaneously, requiring no re-threading of the harness. The inner shell is steel reinforced, keeping the seat strong and resilient during impact, and the rebound bar offers added safety in rearward facing travel. It can be easily switched from rearward to forward facing with a quick single-button activation. Joie, is all about the family, and this has been shown with dedication in their fantastic response to i-Size regulation. They really are ahead of the game, and marketing this as the latest, greatest, safest way – that’s pretty on the money.
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Otto wears, Jumper, £13 (3 mths-6 yrs), Next. Hat, £9, John Lewis. Jeans, £14 (3 mths-6 yrs), Next. Shoes, £99 (sizes 0-2 yrs), Vevian.
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LEFT: Katarina wears, Pretty Peter Pan Top, £12 (12 mths-6 yrs), JoJo Maman Bébé. Skirt, £9 (3 mths-6 yrs), Next. Lambswool Blankets, £69 each, Brora. ABOVE: Rohan wears, Tweed Dungarees, £35 (0-2 yrs), Patachou. Three Pack Stripe Tee, £12 (0-24 mths), Marks & Spencer.
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Roman wears: Shirt, £10 (0-3 yrs), River Island. Slim Cord Trousers, £16 (6 mths-5 yrs), JoJo Maman Bébé. Scarf with Stars, £7.99, Zara. Tartan Scarf (in wheel barrow), £35, ilovegorgeous. Wheel Barrow £37, Hedgehog.
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ABOVE: Jasmine wears, Star Patch Cord Dungarees, from £26 (0-3 yrs), Boden. Long Sleeved Top, £12 (6 mths-5 yrs), JoJo Maman Bébé. Socks, £8 for pack of three (0-6 yrs), JoJo Maman Bébé. Straw Hat, £10, Hedgehog. Swedish Hand-Painted Wooden Clogs, £62, Hedgehog. Lambswool Blankets, £69 each, Brora. RIGHT: Katarina wears, Button Cord Pinnie, from £26 (0-3 yrs), Boden. Coat, £275 (6-36 mths), Burberry at Harrods. Socks, £8 for pack of three, JoJo Maman Bébé. Maria Shoes, £99 (0-2 yrs), Vevian.
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FACT OR FAD? The Harmony Test DR CHIAR A HUNT AND SISTER MARINA FOGLE OF THE BUMP CL ASS INVESTIGATE... Most women who discover they’re pregnant in week four or five tentatively keep their news a secret until the all-important 12-week scan. A screening test is done at 12 weeks which uses an ultrasound scan (jelly on the tummy scan – harmless for baby and mother) and a blood test to determine the risk of the baby having a chromosomal abnormality, such as Down’s syndrome. However, recently, a new test has become available in the UK, known as non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). This is offered in private clinics across the UK under brand names such as Harmony, Nifty, Panorama and Verify. In order to understand whether the test is worth taking, it’s important to know what the standard 12-week screening involves and the exact benefits of NIPT. THE STANDARD 12-WEEK SCREENING TEST Why is the 12-week check-up so important? The ultrasound scan checks that the baby is growing well, but its main purpose is to look at the translucent or clear space in the tissue at the back of your baby’s neck, hence the name ‘nuchal translucency scan’. The baby’s nasal bone is also measured. Babies with abnormalities tend to accumulate more fluid behind the neck and have absent nasal bones. DOES THE SCAN HAVE TO BE DONE AT EXACTLY 12 WEEKS? For this test to be accurate, the check-up must be done between 11 and 14 weeks, so it’s worth going earlier if you’re unsure of your dates. It does not give you a clear cut answer regarding chromosomal abnormality, simply an idea of whether you are high or low risk. If high risk, you may be advised to have chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis, which is the only 100% accurate way of testing for chromosomal abnormalities. However, these tests are
invasive and associated with a risk of miscarriage (0.5% to 1%). Bear in mind that CVS is not usually done after 14 weeks, so it is a good idea to do the 12-week scan earlier rather than later, allowing time to arrange further tests if necessary. NON-INVASIVE PRENATAL TESTING So what is NIPT and how is the test carried out? The test works by detecting the baby’s DNA (cell-free fetal DNA) in the mother’s blood from a simple blood test, taken at around 10 weeks. By detecting this DNA, the lab can much more accurately (around 99%) assess the risk of genetic abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome. Currently, the most
THE TEST DETECTS YOUR BABY’S DNA widely available test in the UK is the Harmony Test, but other tests that cover a wider range of chromosomal abnormalities are becoming increasingly available in private clinics, such as the MaterniT21 Plus and VisibiliT. WHY ARE THESE TESTS NOT UNIVERSALLY AVAILABLE ON THE NHS? They’re still very expensive: the cost for just one test and a scan is around £400. While they are 99% accurate, the standard test is still 93% accurate. Some couples start with the standard test and if there are any concerns may then choose to have a NIPT test rather than the CVS or amniocentesis, currently offered via the NHS. However, there is a time limit to having the test, so
you would have to ensure the initial test results are back quickly. But, if the NIPT test came back positive you would still be advised to have an amniocentesis to be 100% sure of the diagnosis. It is important to find out about NIPT tests so you can weigh up all your available options. THE VERDICT – IS NON-INVASIVE FETAL DNA TESTING A FACT OR A FAD? Most professionals agree that NIPT is an exciting medical development, which in the future may prevent miscarriage of healthy fetuses through invasive DNA testing. The NHS is stretched financially, so clearly it cannot always offer the newest, cutting edge tests immediately. For those mothers who have a history of genetic abnormalities, or are slightly older and therefore at increased risk, and can afford it, NIPT is worth doing. That said, think carefully about what you want to know. Sometimes the results necessitate a difficult decision on whether or not to terminate the pregnancy. However, if you have decided to keep your baby regardless of the result, you may as well save your money. The likelihood of your child being diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality is nevertheless small. So while it’s sensible to keep your exciting news to yourself and close friends, the likelihood is that at your 12-week scan you’ll see a healthy, perfectly formed fetus, and you’ll be given the green light to share your news. thebumpclass.com WHERE TO GO FOR NON-INVASIVE FETAL DNA TESTING IN LONDON The Medical Chambers Kensington themedicalchambers.com | 020 7244 4200 The Fetal Medicine Centre fetalmedicine.com | 020 7486 0476 Ultrasound Diagnostic Services uds.uk.com | 020 7935 2243
For more information on antenatal testing visit the charity website Antenatal Results and Choices. | arc-uk.org
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WE’RE AT A FOURTH BIRTHDAY PARTY for one of D’s nursery friends, when Baby A decides to show off her range of newly acquired vocabulary. Before you see this as one of those dreadfully veiled attempts at stealth boasting, best known to Facebook, I should probably point out that Baby A’s vocabulary is not something most parents would be proud of. There’s b-cock (broccoli) yog-cock (yoghurt) and cocks (socks). But today, at a party where I barely know anyone, the word that comes out of my daughter's mouth is simply: “cock ”. A few mums swivel round. I jiggle Baby A on my knee a bit and try to appease her with a breadstick. But she’s having none of it. “Cock,” she repeats. “Cock, cock, cock ” with rising decibels. Now everyone is looking. I can tell they’re wondering if this is a word she’s picked up from me – is this how I refer to Unhusband on a bad day? Am I just more slummy mummy, than yummy mummy? Before anyone can jump to conclusions, I interject. “You mean chocolate, darling,” I say, pointing at the chocolate fingers, then quickly re-positioning them out of sight. My daughter’s face crumples, then turns red. “COOOOCK,” she screams. I whip the chocolate fingers back and slip one into her trembling hand. She is instantly cheered up and shoves two thirds of it into her desperate little mouth. At least it prevents her screaming expletives. Most of the other mums return to fussing over their four year olds, trying to encourage them to try a
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carrot stick, rather than just shoving handfuls of Wotsits in their faces. Meanwhile, my eight-toothed one-yearold is triumphantly sucking a chocolate finger. I can feel the disapproving glances and might as well just scrawl ‘bad mother’ on my forehead in chocolate spread. I ’m not sure what ’s worse: the fact that Baby A
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FACE CRUMPLES, THEN TURNS RED. “COOOOCK” SHE SCRE AMS.’ recognises chocolate at such a delicate age, or the fact that I *gasp* allow her to eat it. It ’s not like I give it to her all the time, but sometimes it is simply easier to give in. I wasn’t always so lax, but after three children my principles, like my stomach muscles, are somewhat weaker than they used to be. When J was born seven years ago, I was determined to be the ‘perfect mother’. I vowed never to feed him anything that came out of a jar and went to frankly ridiculous lengths to ensure that not so much as a grain of sodium or molecule of sugar, ever passed his lips. This included making mini loaves of salt-free bread (which never rose) to avoid giving him the toxic stuff they sold in supermarkets and hiding
golden syrup under the table at breakfast time, so he couldn’t see what I was dolloping all over my porridge. Of course, his was served au naturel. In other words, bland. As a first-time mum, I felt it was my maternal obligation to nourish his body and brain to the best of my capability. As well as feeding him only pure and organic foods, this also involved chauffeuring him around half of Surrey. Maternity leave? My diary had never been so full. We did everything from baby swimming to baby massage, singing, dancing, rhythm and rhyme. If there was toddler Japanese, I would have signed him up. Of course, all the classes were professionally run, but J didn’t give a stuffed monkey about any of them. He hated the swimming (so did I, largely on account of having to wear a swimsuit that no longer really fit). As for baby massage, that had to be performed nappy-free, which J took as an opportunity to empty his bowels all over my jeans. Music wasn’t really his thing either and despite my efforts, he never really progressed beyond chewing the instruments, into playing them. Still, I persisted with our extracurricular activities in case there were any special gifts or talents lurking beneath his squidgy pink babyness. As for TV, that was banned until he was at least old enough for Blue Peter, along with chocolate of course. Roll forwards three years to the arrival of D and my standards began to slip. Suddenly, CBeebies became a blessing, rather than a
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guilt trip. Pushy parent classes were replaced with much cheaper toddler groups where no one cared if you turned up late. And although I did my best to keep the freezer stocked with home-made purées, I did on occasion resort to those squashy pouches – the ones designed for mums who feel guilty about shop-bought baby food and want something that looks like it isn’t. Luckily, D couldn’t tell the difference. Roll forwards another three years, to the arrival of baby number three, and oh how
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MORNING IS ONE WHERE WE ALL LE AVE THE HOUSE WITH TEETH AND HAIR BRUSHED.’ things have changed. The strive for perfection is a thing of the past. These days a successful morning is one where we all leave the house with teeth and hair brushed. Baby A’s greatest achievement is probably that she recognises the theme tune to Peppa Pig and snorts whenever she hears it. As for aspirational activities or toddler groups, the last thing I want to do on a rare free morning, is be surrounded by other people’s offspring. I ’ve fi nally realised it ’s ok to spend time with your own kids, on your own, and that just because they’re not being subjected to highbrow infant edifi cation, doesn’t mean they’re not developing. I ’ve also realised the occasional chocolate-coated snack is probably not going to do any major damage. Shoddy parenting, or self-preservation? There is only one way to handle three children and stay sane – lower your standards. I prefer to think of it as a more laid back, less neurotic approach. And hey, they’re all happy, healthy kids. Meanwhile, back at the party Baby A has finished her chocolate finger and is demanding another, smearing her messy hands over my boobs. “Cock, cock, cock.” “Oh, go on then,” I say, reaching for the dish. Her melted chocolate smile melts my heart and I help myself to a couple too. Well, if she’s having one. WANT TO READ MORE ON BECKY'S FAMILY LIFE? GO ONLINE AT BABYLONDON.CO.UK
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ZITA WEST’S TOP TIPS ON BOOSTING YOUR FERTILITY NATURALLY I’VE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT the importance of nutrition and diet when it comes to fertility, but it’s amazing how many women know everything about diets (having probably tried them all in their lives), but very little about nutrition. This is a new area for me and I have really enjoyed doing it, although I can’t take all of the credit as I had an amazing chef, Christine Bailey, write the recipes according to my philosophy. For many couples, trying for a baby means that they lose the intimacy, passion and fun. Food is fun and pleasures our senses, so by introducing this book I wanted couples to enjoy real food without any faddy diets; healthy and tasty recipes that couples can enjoy together. There is a chemistry to baby making and it starts with hormones. Women are ruled by cycles, moods and hormones but men, fortunately, are a bit more ‘balanced’. Stress, moods and foods are all linked and in order to build hormones which affect libidos, you need a healthy diet, plenty of sleep and a balanced lifestyle. Many couples worry about libido and their sex drive, with both partners working long hours, feeling stressed and lacking energy – which is very important when it comes to sex!
FOODS FOR MOOD AND LIBIDO By encouraging the body to produce certain neurotransmitters, or chemicals that act like neurotransmitters, some foods can influence mood and your desire for sex. Dopamine: This chemical helps us feel positive and motivated and is present in high levels during sexual excitement. The body manufactures it from the amino acid tyrosine in the presence of key nutrients including vitamins B3, B6 and C. Foods rich in tyrosine include chicken, lean red meat and turkey; cod, pike, shellfish and tuna; eggs and dairy products; avocado and bananas; and oats. Serotonin: This is the body’s mood-booster. The body converts the amino acid tryptophan to make it. Tryptophan-rich foods include chicken, lamb and turkey; cod, halibut, salmon, sardines and tuna; asparagus, leafy green vegetables, potatoes, seeds and soya beans; and yogurt. Phenylethylamine: A mild stimulant, this is produced in your body as a by-product of the amino acid phenylalanine. It’s the chemical that gives you that butterflies feeling when you first fall in love, making it great for reinvigorating the flush of desire. Chocolate is a good source of it, too. Eat Yourself Pregnant by Zita West is out now (Nourish Books, £14.99).
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THE TR ADITIONAL
THE REBEL THE MODEL
pairing UP FIN DING – AN D KEEPING – TH E RIGHT AU PAIR FOR YOU R FAMILY CAN BE A MIN EFIELD, AS SUZ AN N E BAUM R EL ATE S…
AN AU PAIR CAN BE AN EXCELLENT long-term childcare solution but finding the right one is not so easy. Trust me, I know, for having just said goodbye to my ninth, I feel I could write a book on the subject. Find a good au pair and hold onto them tight, as my experience has taught me they are few and far between. I’ve had au pairs
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who have cried more times than my kids, others who have fallen asleep on the job and then some who’ve not even bothered showing up for work at all; despite living under the same roof. I’ve also had an 18-year-old Czech model who sunbathed topless and another whose Facebook pictures showed her posing in my clothes
and jewellery – I’m not sure which girl I got rid of quicker. Perhaps the most frightening experience was the au pair who fell pregnant and had no plans to leave us as the due date got closer. In fact, nothing surprises me anymore when friends bemoan their latest au pair tales; be it their girl has done a runner or a family member back home is unwell so they’ve left to take care of them. Be careful not to be too quick to judge this however; last time I questioned the third au pair who told me she’d left because a relative had taken ill she had actually been telling the truth. I still feel guilty that I gave her the third degree. However, before I put you off the idea of having a helping hand, it’s not all doom and gloom. As I write this I’m already fi elding applicants for my next au pair who I’m hoping will be just as good as our last one, a Czech 23-year-old who left us brokenhearted after a wonderful 14 months. Yes, I
somehow failed to follow the advice I gave my kids not to get too attached; but with our own Mary Poppins living under the same roof it was difficult not to befriend her. “How can you call her your friend when she is 25 years younger than you?” asked my husband as I sat there dreading her departure date. The thing is when you find an au pair who genuinely loves your kids, warts and all, it’s hard to say goodbye. Having said that, I’ve realised it’s as much down to you, as the host, in the way you treat them that can make the difference to an au pair staying or not. Attitudes to au pairs vary tremendously. Some people regard them as glorified skivvies and others as a member of the family; such as my last one who managed to smile throughout the day despite my toddler’s tantrums and my two teenage son’s hormonal rages. Finding a suitable au pair is a hugely tedious task but in many cases it is worth the time you put into it. Many people choose to find them on websites such as Gumtree and Aupair World. However, due to a busy job I don’t have the patience to trawl through the hundreds of responses as it is so time consuming. Last time I tried I received an application from a married couple who wanted to look after our garden and have nothing to do with kids. References and appropriate checks with local police are essential; after all you are inviting a stranger to live in your home and care for your offspring, so checking they are suitable and trustworthy is a necessity. Most of my au pairs have come through reputable agencies and despite having to
fork out their fees I like the fact the girls have all been thoroughly vetted. Admittedly I could find a much cheaper approach, but I am also comforted by the fact that the agencies I use offer to replace the au pair if things do not work out well (for either of us) in the first six weeks. Given my experiences over a 14-year period, I know what works. After all, these girls have witnessed my husband and I rowing, my teenage sons parading themselves around the house in the nude and cleared up my kids sick, yet they’ve still stuck around. Treat them with respect, be grateful and polite – and never treat them like a maid. Always ensure your kids are polite and be sure to tell them off when they are not. I’ve learnt that first impressions shouldn’t count. The Hungarian girl who showed up in pink dungarees and bunches was actually the kindest au pair we’ve had. The Romanian whose multiple piercings was an instant turn off turned out to be soft, gentle and very hard-working. The most important thing is that they have a good work ethic, a basic knowledge of English and an abundance of genuine kindness. I’m under no illusion that it will be easy to find a new au pair that will fit into our life. After all, I’m that much older and wiser, but then again so are my three sons whose main requirement is for someone to play football with them. Perhaps I may give in and find a manny, a male au pair – at least I won’t have to worry about my jewellery and clothes going astray. And the topless sunbathing? I’m sure I could turn a blind eye.
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‘Special H moments’
aving recently moved to England for work commitments, Rebecca and Diego were thrilled to discover they were expecting their first child and opted to have their baby at The Portland Hospital under the care of Dr Maryam Parisaei and Dr Penny Law, two leading obstetric and gynaecology consultants. Together they ensure 24-hour care of the highest standard for their patients.
Previously considered ‘alternative’, hypnobirthing techniques are now more popular than ever at The Portland Hospital – the UK’s number 1 private women and children’s hospital. And many women are combining hypnobirthing with a water birth to encourage a peaceful, calm delivery. Rebecca Lora, new mum to baby Kai, shares her Portland story…
As Rebecca’s pregnancy progressed, she felt most comfortable when she was swimming and began to spend increasing amounts of time in the pool. The couple started to consider water birthing options – a new idea for Rebecca, who hails from America. ‘Back home, water births are not very common so I really didn’t know much about it. But everything I read about the subject made complete sense to me, and when I found out that the Portland are fully supportive of water births, I knew that was what I wanted to do.’ Having decided on a water birth, Rebecca was conscious that she would be unable to have an epidural so she set about researching alternative pain relief methods to help her cope during labour. ‘I discussed my ideas with Dr Parisaei, who was very helpful. Hypnobirthing was
“The birth itself was so peaceful, I felt really comfortable in the water”
Katherine, were the only other people in the room, as set out in my birth plan, and I felt really comfortable in the water.’ Dr Law safely delivered baby Kai in the birthing pool, and Diego was able to cut the cord in the exact way the couple had requested. ‘When Kai was born, I saw him in the water and Katherine said, “You can pick up your baby now”. That was such a special moment for me,’ says Rebecca. ‘Kai means ‘ocean’ in Japanese and Hawaiian, and it felt like the perfect name for our little water baby.’ Rebecca has very fond memories of her time at the Portland, citing the high levels of care she received as a key reason for this. ‘It sounds funny but I really missed the doctors after I went home; we had built up such a trusting relationship with them at this special time in our lives. As a relative newcomer to London, with my family on the other side of the world, their care and attention meant that I never once felt alone. In fact, quite the opposite – I felt completely supported and nurtured. ‘It really was a whole team effort, and I can’t thank Dr Parisaei, Dr Law and the midwifery team enough. They all played a huge part in bringing Kai into the world in the peaceful, calm and relaxed way that we wanted, and that experience will always stay with me.’
Dr Penny Law Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
mentioned and I was really drawn to the idea of taking control to make my birth experience as positive, calm and relaxing as possible.’ Hypnobirthing has seen a sharp rise in popularity over recent years, and refers to the use of hypnosis during labour to achieve a positive, calm and gentle birthing experience. Workshops aim to empower pregnant women with a variety of relaxation techniques to help them trust their bodies and reduce fear and stress during birth. Hypnobirthing can result in a shorter labour, less use of medication and less interventions, and most women start classes at around 30 weeks into their pregnancy. Rebecca’s hypnobirthing coach encouraged her to discuss her ideal birth plan with her care team at the hospital. ‘The women on my course were attending a number of different hospitals, and our instructor had warned us that we may find our midwives and consultants were unfamiliar with
hypnobirthing techniques, but I was so pleased to find that the team at the Portland completely understood what I was trying to achieve and were very knowledgeable about the subject.’ When Rebecca went into labour, she gave the couple’s birth plan to the midwifery team. As her labour progressed, Diego was able to play a key role in proceedings, which was exactly what the couple had requested. ‘Diego had been very involved throughout the pregnancy and we both wanted him to be able to make decisions during the birth,’ says Rebecca. ‘He was able to choose when to put the hypnobirthing CD on, to bring me drinks and talk me through the labour – everything that we’d asked for in our birth plan was followed to the letter.’ Using her hypnobirthing techniques, Rebecca felt very confident during labour. She remembers it as a very relaxed and serene time. ‘The birth itself was so peaceful, with the sun setting outside the dimly lit room. Dr Law and my midwife,
Being immersed in water can make the pain of labour more manageable, and using hypnobirthing techniques can help expectant mothers to relax even further. This creates a calm and peaceful environment that is beneficial to both mother and baby. Rebecca had a low-risk pregnancy and was keen to explore natural pain relief methods so this was the perfect choice for her. We discussed her birth plan in detail during her pregnancy and I was very happy that our team at the Portland could provide the relaxed birthing experience she was hoping for.
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The First Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan
Your first pregnancy ultrasound scan is an exciting day; it ’s difficult to forget the first time you hear the sound of your baby’s heartbeat. Suddenly, all the experiences and stories other mothers have shared become so real and personal. It is more than just a positive pregnancy test, it's the realisation that there is a small life growing inside you. Consult your doctor or midwife when you discover that you are pregnant so that you can arrange your first pregnancy scan and consultation. This is also known as a dating scan, and usually happens at 12 weeks. At the anomaly scan (20 weeks) you will see your baby in much more detail. If the baby is in a good position we will give you a 3D or 4D image of their face. They’ ll appear very real – like the living person they are. Many mothers feel that this is one of the most important bonding experiences they share with their baby before birth. t 020 8940 5009 e firstname.lastname@example.org richmondpractice.co.uk
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First Sleeps Karen Bramall Baby Sleep Consultant
Many new parents, and their babies, are surviving on only a few hours sleep a night, with some reporting that their baby sleeps more during the day than at night. It is important to allow your newborn to do as much eating and sleeping as they want to during the first few weeks. However, it can be hard to know when the night ends and the day begins for a newborn, so help your baby separate night and day by making a clear distinction at 12-hour intervals. At night, stay in the bedroom, make sure it is dimly lit and keep your voice low. During the day, expose your baby to lots of daylight and fresh air when they are awake. Your newborn’s body clock will start working properly at around six weeks, so this routine will help the process along. Overstimulation is very common in newborns. The longest your baby should be awake between naps in that first month is 45 to 60 minutes, including feeding times. A great sleep-awake pattern to follow is: sleep, feed, play, repeat. This will help to stop your baby developing a feed-tosleep association and encourage nice full feeds, as they won’t be falling asleep while feeding. t 01794 341172 e email@example.com babysleepthenight.com
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forming a new relationship. Be sure you feel comfortable with your obstetrician as they’ ll be there for the duration of your pregnancy and during labour. I usually have a whole list of questions in order to get an overall impression of the health status and wellbeing of my client. Once all these questions are answered I ask the couple for their questions. Many arrive with a whole list, which will then lead to a discussion of what to do, or not to do, during pregnancy. This appointment will cover a variety of concerns, whether instigated by the client or myself. This will include questions on travel (when is best to travel/how long/ when do I stop flying), sports (which exercises should I do/is sport important in pregnancy and why), eating (weight gain/ how much do I need to eat daily? What can I eat?) and sex-related queries (will sex lead to a miscarriage? Can we have normal sex? How long can we have sex in early pregnancy or all the way through?). Blood pressure, weight and urine will always be checked, but otherwise there is no physical examination at the first obstetric consultation.
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Before the first appointment, it’s good to be as prepared as possible. It’s great if a dating scan (12 weeks) has been completed as not only does it reassure the couple that all is well so far, but also provides the expected due date, which is helpful to plan for both sides. If you can bring along any information on previous blood tests your GP may have already done, or inform us of any that you have booked, this will ensure they are not repeated. For example, if someone is rhesus negative then we can discuss the process of anti-D injections in the pregnancy and after delivery. Any previous surgery, diseases or relevant hospital stays are also important to discuss, and if some papers are available this can be very helpful. However, a lot of women who are pregnant for the first time have not had any of the above done before their initial appointment, and so will have much additional information after they have seen me. Of course it’s helpful if you can come with all the information, but we can arrange collection of this after the first meeting. Besides the medical importance of the first appointment, it's also crucial for
Dr Etienne Horner Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
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Those First Few Days
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Louisa Van den Bergh Breastfeeding Counsellor and Founder of Lulubaby You may find that everything feels a little unreal in those first few hours, or even days, of being back at home. This is completely normal, but nonetheless unsettling. Regardless of delivery method, you’re going to be sore. Even if you had your dream birth, your body will still be weary and if you had a caesarean section, of course you will be very tender. Most mums are aware they’ll experience bleeding but some may not know it can last (sometimes intermittently) up to six weeks. If you’re breastfeeding, you may find your nipples are sore – this can be normal as both you and your baby learn a new skill, but if you're in toe-curling agony then please seek some support. When your milk ‘comes in’ (e.g your first milk, colostrum, transitions into mature milk), don’t be surprised if your breasts double in size and are tender and lumpy. This ‘engorgement’ will pass in a few days as your body’s supply and demand mechanism becomes more finely tuned. Be especially vigilant on working at an effective latch. In addition, there are a few physical surprises, such as cramp-like afterpains when breastfeeding. They are in fact a very good sign as they mean that your baby is t 07710 380 564 e email@example.com lulubaby.co.uk
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stimulating you (by her sucking) to release oxytocin (a very versatile hormone which helps your let-down but also makes your womb contract), so that every time you feed, your womb is being contracted back down towards its pre-pregnancy size. You may also experience slightly heavier bleeding when this happens. Also be aware of the night sweats. This is completely normal and is your body trying to adjust to its pre-pregnancy state (taken on extra fluid); you may indeed wake up absolutely dripping at night. During that first week, emotional stability can be a little elusive. Tiredness wreaks havoc with our emotions. Throw in the responsibility of a new human being, and a massive hormonal swing and it’s no surprise most new mums can be a little tearful. Generally, everything tends to converge on day three or four, which is often when your milk comes in. Your pregnancy-dominant hormone progesterone has taken a huge dive down, while prolactin, your milkmaking hormone, is now in overdrive. The good news is that these ‘baby blues’ don’t last and if you are prepared you’ll get exactly why you're crying for no reason. Drink plenty of water and eat well.
Take it easy... The female body is adept at recovering and repairing itself. You will be amazed how quickly your body heals – especially if you take it easy (insofar as you can) in those early days. Louisa Van den Bergh
THEY SAY THAT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN SPORT ‘TIMING IS EVERYTHING.’ MY WIFE HAS NO INTEREST IN SPORT, none at all. Which is one of the reasons I love her. No one wants to come home after a day of talking about the offside rule to strike up a conversation on the same subject. I like to think she’s secretly proud of what I do, it’s just that she hides it very well. I recently overheard her telling someone, “all he does is talk about hairy men playing catch”. But her disinterest in the back pages perhaps also explains her lack of timing; an inability to sense ‘the moment’. Let me rewind to the night I tried to propose. It was a glorious South African evening in Franschhoek, the perfect dinner at Reuben’s. With the ring burning a hole in my pocket, we opted for the gourmet taster menu: six courses with accompanying wines. Four courses (and glasses) in, she’d lost all basic communication skills. Using the ‘timing is everything’ rule, I aborted the knee-drop and performed a disillusioned flyby. It is never the right moment if your fiancé-to-be is the one who has slumped to her knees before you. She has form, too, when it comes to delivering news such as the phone call to tell me that I was going to be a father for the first time: one minute before I went live on air on Sky Sports News. I will agree that it helped create extraordinary emotion to the opening of the show – elation, fear, exhilaration and relief all combined with José Mourinho’s transfer dealings. I’m not sure football updates have ever been delivered with such manic facial expressions. Whatever it is that makes my wife tick (excuse the pun), the genes are present in our daughter. How else can you explain her arrival at 29 weeks weighing just under 2lbs? The doctors didn’t have a better answer.
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FATH ER OF T WO AN D SK Y SPORTS PR E SENTER , ALE X PAYN E, GIVE S HIS ACCOU NT OF COPING WITH AN E AR LY AR RIVAL I remember I was looking in the fridge for something to eat when my wife rang saying that things weren’t right. For all the times I’m told my job is an inconvenience – apparently I’m at home way too much during the week and away too much at the weekend (when I'm presenting) – I’ll always be grateful that the only thing in my diary for that day was a morning watching Bargain Hunt. I like to think of it as being in the right place at the right time. So my wife went from a legal breakfast meeting at The Wolseley to having our little one in the premature unit by lunchtime.
And for a while time stood still. It's funny the things that stand out now: the regular ‘bings’ of the machines, sobbing uncontrollably on the phone to the boss as I explained I wouldn’t be in for a while, the constant hand washing, the kangaroo care. The pride when her oxygen level reached the perfect 100, the fear when changing her first few nappies, the wrench when we were sent home at 9pm every night. And in the first few weeks, the drive into the hospital in the early hours to place our test tubes of precious milk in the fridge next to the beer barrels of breast milk the other mothers were producing. Although she was the newborn, I’m not sure I’ve ever grown up so quickly. It was the perspective shift that was most noticeable, as all the irrelevant aims and desires that I had for her in the run up to her arrival disappeared in a flash. Suddenly prodigious talent and endless career opportunities seemed rather less important than keeping her breathing and eating. But time was the proverbial healer, and having been enveloped by the quite brilliant protective bubble of Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, we came home after two months, with Little M weighing a bulky 5lbs. And, aside from reflux, haemangiomas, dairy allergies, a bent foot, an impacted gut and other bits and bobs, it all became fairly normal fairly quickly. We just started racing from the pit lane rather than the start line. The clock started again, we picked up speed
ALTHOUGH SHE WAS THE NEWBORN, I'M NOT SURE I'VE EVER GROWN UP SO QUICKLY
the fun. Getting going with number two was understandably a fairly fraught experience. With no explanation for Little M’s early kick off, we trod fairly carefully. Time rather slowed down again, as my wife was ordered to bed from four months onwards and we just quietly hibernated during the summer. I watched every minute of the London Olympics, pausing only to run cups of tea upstairs (attempting to break the world record with every effort). Inevitably, there was the odd drama, including the occasion I rushed out of the studio before a match and raced the familiar route to the hospital.
My wife feared she was having a miscarriage, and I just remember how grey everything went; the familiarity of the wires and beeps. And how an 18 month old is completely unaware of the anxiety that surrounds her. After about three hours the doctor’s prodding and pushing deflated the situation, quite literally. Trapped wind. And suddenly it was the game of the season. The boy was much more simple (like his father), arriving with perfect timing and in the process fuelling my hopes of an opening batsman. Perhaps the perspective hasn’t shifted that far after all. And now we’re motoring along again, though with this
rather inverted home life of a family week and a working weekend. But through this unconventional lifestyle I’ve eavesdropped on more coffee mornings, watched more swimming lessons and attended more ballet classes than most fathers. And it’s only just begun. I’m a daddy first and a nanny second; a danny or a naddy if you will. I have seen the other side, and now it is time to reveal all for the benefit of those men who have proper jobs. Having said that, not for a minute would I change being a naddy. Given where we’ve been and where we’re going – and to tweak that old sporting cliché – it’s all about timing.
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' L ADY OF LON DON ’ MARISSA H ER M ER TELL S OU R EDITOR SUMM ER LITCH FIELD H OW SH E JUGGLE S H ER N EW R E ALIT Y T V SH OW AN D MAKING SU R E H ER BOYS GE T TH E BE ST OF BRITISH – WITH A H E ALTHY DOSE OF CALIFOR NIA TH ROWN IN
IN SOME WAYS YOU COULD SAY that Marissa Hermer is your typical Chelsea glammy mummy: a PR maven by day who works out at KX Gym, shops at Donna Ida and feeds the ducks in Hyde Park with her toddler Max and baby Jake at the weekends.
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But this mummy is a California girl through and through. Marissa is married to Matt Hermer (who is founder of Boujis nightclub and Eclipse bars) and is due to grace our screens – along with a gaggle of other watchable types – in Ladies of London – a new reality show which promises to be impossibly addictive. “It’s a kind of sociological analysis of culture clash,” laughs Marissa, in an attempt to sum up what the show is about. “It sort of fell into my lap. A friend put me forward and I declined for ages as I wasn’t really interested in a future on television or as a celebrity – I was more focused on having babies. But then the conversation continued and I decided to take the plunge.” Ladies of London also stars Caprice Bourret, Annabelle Neilson and Noelle Reno – if you haven’t heard of them yet you are likely to be pretty familiar with them come
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this autumn, when it is due to air in the UK. It has already become a hit in the US where it has been compared to The Real Housewives. “Americans tend to be anglophiles and love learning about life in the UK and in London,” says Marissa. “I think there’s a particular fascination currently, now that Prince George has arrived on the scene.” But, returning to real life, while Marissa may be something of a socialite and is never too far from Boujis or other branches of the ‘family business’ in the evening, she also works her Louboutins off as Director of Special Projects for said business (the Ignite Group) during the day. At the moment two of her projects involve the company’s Bumpkin restaurants. “I realised, when I had children, that there was a lack of nice places where you could hold kids parties in London,” says Hermer, “so we’ve created a programme called
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IT SORT OF FELL INTO MY LAP. A FRIEND PUT ME FORWARD AND I DECLINED FOR AGES AS I WASN’T REALLY INTERESTED IN A FUTURE ON TELEVISION OR AS A CELEBRITY
Toddler Max and baby Jake enjoying family time in their Chelsea home; far left, Ladies of London
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Bumpkin Babes, at our restaurants in Notting Hill and Chelsea, where the food is delicious and organic and the surroundings are civilized for adults who want to catch up over a Bloody Mary – why not!?” She has also developed a superfood and cold-pressed juice menu for Bumpkin – with fellow ‘Lady of London’ Julie Montagu – and is working on a British cookbook: “I love making Shepherd’s Pie, and Sunday roasts with Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings. Every dish has its own story, which I love; so the book is about classic British cooking and the history behind all those favourites.” To top it all, she is working on a Californian concept restaurant with husband Matt: “We are about to sign on a site so it’s all very exciting,” she beams. So, how has motherhood changed this 32-year-old working girl? “I haven’t changed – or rather my personality hasn’t – but my priorities have.
My kids and my husband are the most important things in my life and I’m pretty ruthless with my diary. I schedule in half the day with my boys and the other half for work, exercise, etc. It doesn’t always happen like this, of course, but I try to keep it as a general rule,” says Marissa. “Thankfully our family business is very child-friendly too, so our kids come along to restaurant tastings with me at Bumpkin – and Jake is often tucked into my BabyBjörn for meetings or sleeping in his pram next to the table. My job, with all its various facets, is 24/7 – as is motherhood – there isn’t really switching off from either. Thanks to coffee and iPhones, I’m able to do both right now! But yes, motherhood has changed me in that I don’t get bogged down with the small stuff so much anymore. As long as all of my boys are happy and healthy – and we have a roof over our heads – the other things don’t really seem to matter so much.”
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N EVER A STR AIGHTFORWAR D PATH , EMMA OLIVER ASKS: WHY IS IT THAT SOM E OF US FIN D SE T TLING INTO MOTH ER HOOD MOR E DIFFICU LT THAN OTH ER S?
LAST WEEK I INVITED SOME MUMS over for coffee so that the little ones could play, and us grown-ups could feel, well, grown-up. It was only when chatting about a life prior to having children that I was confronted with the question: what would I give to return to those days? For someone who was always ambivalent to childrearing, I surprised myself with the reply. But the truth is, I didn’t have to think long about it: “No thanks. I would not swap motherhood, in exchange for the fabulous life I led prior to having my family.” Yes, pinch yourself. I said that. Me, who often bemoans the fact that my two small children are the biggest challenge I’ve ever encountered in my life. I mean, why would I want to give up my life as it is? After all, wiping bottoms, combing out head lice, fending off sick bugs and wearing snot are such great attributes. But honestly, six years in I wouldn’t want it any other way. Something pretty amazing has happened to me in the last few months. Miraculously, I have finally settled into motherhood. All you earth mothers out there are probably wondering what took me so long. I’m guessing it’s to do with the fact that my two girls are finally over their allergies and intolerances. Having babies that screamed around the clock with pain, meant I was busy trying to work out which way was up until a few months ago, when my youngest turned two. I know one reason I’ve settled into motherhood is because I never completely gave myself to it. I continued to identify
with my former life as a writer – working as a freelance whenever my baby slept. In the trade, this is called the ‘nap trap’. Some women no doubt see it as a chore. I always viewed it as my down time. Another reason I’ve settled into motherhood, is that I now finally accept the role, and all that goes with it: the groundhog day treadmill that often consists of the mundane routines of a five and two-yearold: my hair being twiddled, flying snot, breakfast, lunch-making, shoes on the wrong feet, rushing to school and back home again to collect what we forgot, building blocks, painting, feeding, changing, more flying snot. Oh, and the other days where I’ve already yelled at my girls before I’ve even had time to put the kettle on because they’re fighting, arguing, hair-pulling and biting again. Nice picture huh? I often find myself daydreaming about starting up a ‘Motherhood Sucks' society and soon after feel remorseful for doing so. Remorseful. Did I mention the emotions that are hard wired into motherhood? Guilt being the obvious one followed closely by other such sentiments that suddenly stem from having offspring. I've managed most of them in time. Perhaps I had it too good before having children? I certainly knew what else was out there. And after becoming a mother, no, soon after “getting up the duff”, I missed it all. Vehemently. And living vicariously through my responsibility-free friends was not enough. Hearing about the childless collective and what they were up to was nearly as difficult as knowing that they were all free to get up to something at all. Am I the only mother to have had these thoughts? The word on the
street (or at least the long lane I live on) is definitely not. There are a number of mothers I know that have all confided to dreaming of a life gone by. Being able to drop everything and walk out the door, even for an hour. I am fully aware that the difficult days of toddlerhood won’t last. Indeed, the horrendous burning side effects of cow’s milk allergy are over, and my life as it is since having children, is already easier than it was. I also know there are further tough times ahead. Purely thinking about how I was as a teen is enough to make me shudder. But presently, I am beginning to reclaim a part of myself that has been missing for a while – my little one started nursery two mornings a week today (excuse me while I do a little celebratory wiggle in my seat). My career as a writer is blossoming, and hubby and I are reclaiming our coupledom. And I suppose at some point in the not too distant future we will get our lives back to the point where we too can cavort if we wish. Whenever we wish. Question is – do we want to cavort as we once did? Do I want to return to that carefree existence I led before children? Would I want to be a part of that childless
I’M NOT ONLY ENJOYING WATCHING THEM GROW AND CHANGE, I’M ENJOYING SEEING MYSELF GROW AND CHANGE
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Keeping It Real THREE REFRESHINGLY FRANK BLOGS ABOUT THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF MOTHERHOOD thisisladyland.com Supercool new South London-based collective made up of art directors, journalists and other talented types, offering witty and inspiring repartee on mumdom. Their recipe for Kiddy Coladas (“adults, add rum accordingly”) is one of our personal favourite posts. selfishmother.com Journalist Molly Gunn’s “blogzine for brilliant women” is a welcome celebration of being an imperfect mum – hear, hear! Gunn, along with a shining line-up of contributors, comments on real issues in a way your best friend would and applauds the delicate art of selfishness.
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freeourkids.co.uk One woman’s mission to spend zero on her toddler became such a popular and compulsive read that Hattie Garlick carried on going. She recently “fell off the wagon” and succumbed to buying a few packs of Pampers but is admirably back in the saddle and, of course, a shining example to us all.
collective now that I have finally settled into motherhood? No. Not anymore. I’m a mother. I have children. They are a part of me. Unique to me. And really rather important to me. The things they say and do, the snuggles. Oh and okay, even the hair twiddling and flying snot. You see, along with all the literal crap, motherhood is actually rather amazing. And I’m not only enjoying watching them grow and change, I’m also enjoying seeing myself
WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE A BABY, YOU CHOOSE TO GIVE UP EVERY SELFISH BONE IN YOUR BODY
grow and change. Maybe that’s because children complete me? Considering I once thought I’d forever wish I could remain a part of what had gone before, yes I’d say they actually do. A wise friend and mother of three once said to me, “When you choose to have a baby, you choose to give up every selfish bone in your body.” I’ve realised that not being your archetypal earth mother, there were probably more selfish bones in my body than not. But I’m also realising that most of those selfish bones of mine have since undergone transformation. So there you have it. After six years I have finally settled into motherhood. And best of all, I know I’m an infinitely much better person for it. Oh, and just in case you’re wondering would I go in for another – don’t be daft; hubby’s had the snip. Really, now, I quite like our life as it is. Why spoil it?
If you enjoyed this, you can catch more of Emma on her blog: Life As It Is. | 1grace1faith.blogspot.co.uk
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CEO AND CO-FOUNDER Maggie Bolger is a New Zealand native, whose round-the-world trip aged 21 led her to London, her husband and subsequently her four children: Azia, India, Oscar and Oliver. A design visionary, her imagination has spawned so many of the wacky and wonderful ideas that have made Maggie & Rose such a fantastical space. Putting the Rose in Maggie & Rose, co-founder Rose Astor is a descendant of the legendary Astor family and mum to Grace, Rafe and Charlie. Based in Oxfordshire with her husband Hugh van Cutsem and their little ones, Rose works for Soho House Group alongside her role as a full-time ambassador for Maggie & Rose. Rose was leading film classes for children and Maggie was running creative workshops for families in a mews house when the two met in 2006 and realised their dream of creating a family private member’s club. The product of their wildest imaginings is London’s favourite home-fromhome for little ones and their parents…
THE RELAUNCH It’s the hottest family hangout in town and this autumn, Maggie & Rose’s Kensington home unveils its brand new look. After some TLC and an inspired re-imagining, designed and project managed by Maggie herself, the new look will launch on the 8 September. It promises to emulate the New York loft feel of their Chiswick venue with additions such as an art studio, a fully-fitted cooking school and a revolutionary pre-nursery area providing preparatory learning for children aged 18 months to two years. Baby London parents will delight in the new conservatory area – perfect for a relaxing coffee whilst baby plays. “We can’t wait to show it off,” says Maggie.
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GET CREATIVE WITH…AUTUMN LEAVES AUTUMNAL LEAVES ARE bursting with warm oranges, bright reds and soothing amber colours. Lead inquisitive toddlers with some of Maggie & Rose’s favourite sensory art activities – and be prepared to get messy as this is how little ones learn the best!
Going on a Leaf Hunt
This activity draws on a little one’s sense of colour and delight while encouraging them to explore the natural world around them. Create a leaf map by simply gathering various autumnal colours and filling a sheet of paper with orange, yellow, brown and green. Roll it up and off you go! Take a magnifying glass for some extra fun and see if you can spot any bugs along the way.
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Once you have a good collection of leaves have a go at doing some spray paint prints. Gather some empty spray bottles and rinse thoroughly. Add a small amount of your favourite non-toxic colour paint and some water to dilute. Give it a shake and you’re set! Lay down your leaf on a piece of paper, spray away and then remove the leaf to see the colourful outline underneath.
This quick and easy activity is fun for the entire family. It also helps strengthen a little one’s creative skills. Grab an old paper bag and make it into a leaf collector, decorate it with the name of your child (make sure to spell this out together and let them hold your hand as you write it), add some leaf drawings around the bag and off to the woods you go!
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This crafty idea stirs the imagination and the senses. Guaranteed to bring smiles and a warm reminder of the cosy season. Follow a foolproof Play-Doh recipe: mix together in a bowl 2 cups plain flour, 1 cup salt, 2 cups boiling water, 2 tbsp cooking oil and 4 tbsp cream of tartar. Add a drop or two of orange food colouring and a dash of cinnamon to give it a warm autumnal scent and feel.
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MAGGIE & ROSE’S HALLOWEEN SPOOK SCHOOL Kensington and Chiswick 20-31 October 10:30am-4pm (Five to 10-year-olds camp) This is available for members and non-members as they are drop off workshops. Each day your little ones will be entertained with a combo of cooking, art, dance and games – a guaranteed boredom buster for half term. Choose from School of Witch, Puking Pumpkins, Harry Potter School of Witches & Wizards, Crazy Creepy Cakes or Zombie Zumba!
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Leaf Arranging This creative activity will last through the autumn months, long after all the leaves have turned from their brightest hues. Gather together the autumnal Play-Doh and make a vase. With all the lovely leaves you have collected outside make a decorative display for the table. You can add anything else you can find, some twigs and dried flowers are a great idea, to bring some rustic charm to a home.
What’s in it? • 175g butter, melted • 140g clear honey • 1 large egg, beaten • 250g raw peeled pumpkin, or butternut squash, coarsely grated • 100g light brown sugar • 350g self-raising flour • 1 tbsp ground ginger • 2 tbsp Demerara sugar How to make it... 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4/fan 160°C 2 Butter and line the base and two long sides of a 1.5kg loaf tin with a strip of baking paper 3 Mix the butter, honey and egg and stir in the pumpkin or squash. Then mix in the sugar, flour and ginger 4 Pour into the prepared tin and sprinkle the top with the demerara sugar 5 Bake for 50-60 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. Serve thickly sliced and buttered.
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ALE X PAYN E GIVE S A FATH ER' S ACCOU NT OF COPING WITH AN E AR LY AR RIVAL something to eat when the wife rang saying that things weren’t right. At all. For all the times I’m told my job is an inconvenience apparently I’m at home too much during the week and away for too much of the weekend - I’ll always be grateful that the only thing in my diary for that day was a morning watching Bargain Hunt. I like to think of it as being in the right place at the right time. So the wife went from a legal breakfast meeting at the Wolsey to having our little one in the prem unit by lunchtime. And for a while time stood still. It is funny the things that stand out now - the regular ‘bings' of the machines, sobbing uncontrollably on the phone to the boss as I explained I wouldn’t be in for a while, the constant hand washing, kangaroo care. The pride when her oxygen level
reached the perfect 100, the fear when changing her first few nappies, the wrench when we were sent home at 9pm every night. And in the first few weeks, the drive into the hospital in the early hours to place our test tubes of precious milk in the fridge next to the beer barrels of breast milk the other mothers were producing. Although she was the newborn, I’m not sure I’ve ever grown up so quickly. It was the perspective shift that was most noticeable, as all the irrelevant aims and desires that I wanted for her in the run up to her arrival disappeared in a flash. Suddenly prodigious talent and endless career opportunities seemed rather less important than keeping her breathing and eating. But time was the proverbial healer, and having been enveloped by the quite brilliant protective bubble of Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, we came home after two months with Little M, a bulky 5lbs. And aside from reflux and haemangiomas and dairy allergies, and a bent foot and an impacted gut and other bits and bobs, it all became fairly normal fairly quickly. We just started racing from the pit lane rather than the start line. The clock started again, we picked up speed and left all the stresses and concerns behind. To the point we decided to double the fun. Getting going with number two was understandably a fairly fraught experience. With no explanation for Little M’s early kick off, we trod fairly carefully. Time rather
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surrounds her. After about three hours the doctor’s prodding and pushing deflated the situation, quite literally. Trapped wind. And it was the game of the season. The boy was much more simple (he’s like his father), arriving with perfect timing and in the process fuelling my hopes of an opening batsman. Perhaps the perspective hasn’t shifted that far after all. And now we’re motoring along again, though with this rather inverted home life of a family week and a working weekend. But through this lifestyle I’ve eavesdropped on more coffee mornings, watched more swimming lessons and attended more ballet classes than most
fathers. And it’s only just begun. I’m a Daddy first and a nanny second, a Danny or a Naddy if you will. I have seen the other side, and now it is time to reveal all for the benefit of those men who have proper jobs. Having said that, not for a minute would I change being a Naddy. Given where we’ve been and where we're going, and to tweak that old sporting cliche, everything is about this time.
During the week Alex Payne is a Dad of two. At the weekends he dons make up and a suit and transforms into a presenter for Sky Sports.
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slowed down again, as the wife was ordered to bed from four months onwards and we just quietly hibernated during the summer. I watched every minute of the London Olympics, pausing only to run cups of tea upstairs (attempting to break the world record with every effort). Inevitably, there was the odd drama, including the occasion I rushed out of studio before a match and raced the familiar route to the hospital. The wife feared she was having a miscarriage, and I just remember how grey everything went. And the familiarity of the wires and beeps. And how an 18 month old is completely unaware of the anxiety that
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MY WIFE HAS NO INTEREST IN SPORT SPORT. None at all. Which is one of the reasons I love her. No one wants to come home after a day of talking about the offside rule to strike up a conversation about the offside rule. I like to think she’s secretly proud of what I do, its just that she hides it very well - recently I overheard her telling someone that ‘all he does is talk about hairy men playing catch.’ But her disinterest in the back pages perhaps also explains her lack of timing, an inability to sense the 'moment.' Let me quickly wind it back to our start point, to the time I first asked her how many children she wanted. It was also the night I tried to propose - a glorious evening in Franschhoek and a perfect dinner at Reubens. With the ring burning a hole in my pocket, we opted for the taster menu; six gourmet courses with accompanying wines. Four courses (and glasses) in and she’d lost all basic communication skills. Using the ’timing is everything’ rule, I aborted the knee drop and performed a disillusioned flyby. It is never the right moment if your fiancé-tobe has slumped to her knees before you. She has form, too, when it comes to delivering news, such as the phone call to tell me that I was going to be a father for the first time. One minute before I went live on air on Sky Sports News. I will agree that it helped create extraordinary emotion to the opening of the show - elation, fear, exhilaration and relief all combined with Jose Mourinho’s transfer dealings. I’m not sure football updates have ever been delivered with such manic facial expressions. Whatever it is that makes my wife tick (excuse the pun), the genes are present in our daughter. How else can you explain her arrival at 29 weeks weighing just under 2lbs? The doctors didn’t have a better answer. I remember I was looking in the fridge for
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STORING YOU R BABY ’S STEM CELL S FOR FUTU R E USE COU LD BE TH E BE ST IN SU R AN CE YOU EVER TAKE OUT ONCE UPON A TIME, ‘PUTTING ONE’S life in storage’ quite simply meant packing up your possessions to stash them somewhere. Nowadays of course, it can mean something else altogether. Something far more literal. Stem cell technology: the harvesting, storage and subsequent use of, has made significant advances in regenerative medicine. Syndromes and disease are now being treated in ways we would never have previously thought possible. Yet many parents-to-be still know so little about their options.
Here, with the help of Future Health Biobank, Emma Oliver investigates... WHAT ARE STEM CELLS? Stem cells are mother cells, akin to the building blocks of our bodies. They have the potential to multiply and become any type of cell in the body, and as such are involved in the natural growth and repair of our bodies throughout life. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF STEM CELLS? Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from the cord blood, can be converted into all other cells of the blood, i.e. red and
white blood cells and platelets. They are located in the red bone marrow. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), the type of stem cell found in solid tissue, have the ability to produce cells of the connective tissue, for example fat, bone and cartilage. They have also been shown to rehabilitate damaged skin, liver and neurological cells in the body. WHERE ARE STEM CELLS FOUND? HSCs are found in cord blood whereas MSCs are found at a high concentration in cord tissue, adipose tissue and in dental pulp.
Future Health Biobank have released samples of stem cells for treatment to Europe, the USA and the Middle East. Here’s one recipient's story…
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16-YEAR-OLD LAITH ABU AREESH suffered from Fanconi Anemia, a condition that affects the bone marrow’s ability to make healthy blood cells. Doctors said his best chance of recovery was a bone marrow transplant, but extensive searches over the years failed to find a donor match. New hope for Laith arrived with the birth of his baby sister. Luckily, her cord blood sample contained a rich supply of the
same stem cells which are present in bone marrow, and proved to be a perfect match for her sick brother. The sample was released from storage by Future Health Biobank and happily the transplant at the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Jordan was a complete success. Laith now leads a perfectly normal life, attending school, playing football and enjoying his restored health to the full.
16 year-old Laith Abu Areesh, now lives a normal life
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MOVING ON – STEM CELLS IN ACTION
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Hana and Alex, both 35, from Surrey, have two children, aged five and two years. HOW CAN STEM CELLS BE USED? Cord blood is routinely used as a source of stem cells by many transplant centres around the world. This is because it is a valuable source of the blood-forming stem cells. Hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCTs) are often part of a standard treatment in patients whose bone marrow or immune system is damaged or defective. HSCTs can currently be used to treat more than 85 diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma, thalassemia, sickle cell anemia and other diseases of the blood. CAN ANYONE OPT TO STORE STEM CELLS? Yes, anybody can store their baby’s umbilical cord blood after birth. IS MY CHILD’S SAMPLE UNIQUE? Yes, the sample is a 100% match to the baby. If a genetically matched family member ever needs a stem cell transplant, they could have access to it. SO CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW STEM CELL STORAGE WORKS? Using the industry standard volume reduction method, Future Health Biobank processes your baby’s cord blood so that the stem cells are in the best possible condition for transplantation. The sample is preserved in a cryobag, then barcoded for security and identification purposes. The sample is sealed, secured and cryo-preserved, ready to be used immediately if ever needed.
WHAT DOES IT COST? With Future Health Biobank, there are two packages available, both last 25 years. The first, cord blood storage, costs £1,955. The second, cord blood and tissue storage, costs £2,450. Both costs include the Phlebotomist Collection Service. Monthly payment plans are available spread out over two years, interest free. WHY MIGHT YOU NEED THEM? By banking a sample of HSCs and MSCs for your family you are maximising your chances of taking advantage of future developments in regenerative medicine, in the unfortunate circumstance of family illness. SO WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF STEM CELL STORAGE? Fortunately, medical breakthroughs are occurring all the time and are likely to extend the potential for regenerative medicine treatments way beyond our current horizons, so it makes sense to bank your stem cells for future use. These may soon become the basis for treating diseases such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, heart failure, cerebral palsy, heart disease and many other chronic ailments.
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IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING REALLY. If you’re a mum you’re highly likely to suffer from a few aches and pains from time to time. But even before children, there seem to be less and less of us who don’t have the odd back twinge now and again. My upper back tension started when I was still in my twenties. One Pilates instructor informed me that my neck and shoulders were some of the stiffest she’d encountered – which I almost felt rather proud of at the time. Now, 20 years on and the tendency for my neck to freeze up and for me to get painful shooting pains under my shoulder blades is no joke, especially toting around a young child. But the more I looked into trying to find a long-term, effective solution the more I realised how tricky it can be to find just the right thing for you. One ‘revered’ back doctor I went to brusquely told me to whip my top off in their freezing cold practice before attempting to do some manipulation
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without even remotely warming and relaxing the area with massage beforehand. If I arrived as stiff as a board at the start, I was a concrete bollard by the time I left. I also had a lengthy session of cranio-sacral osteopathy which was very relaxing – and it was fascinating to feel my head move of its own accord as my spine attempted to “unwind itself” – but did it do any long-term good? Hard to say. I found some respite visiting two osteopaths close to where I live in Battersea: Naval Mair (who now works privately) and Englantine Hallo at Physio 4 All. Naval managed to recognise my wrongly diagnosed mild asthma as just a case of not breathing deeply enough through my diaphragm which, in turn, was taking its toll on my upper back, and Englantine’s gentle style and use of cranio-sacral work as well as more traditional methods were reassuringly effective. But it was after just one session with Lucinda Meade at
Twenty-Two Training’s new treatment rooms recently that I felt a dramatic difference. Using a combination of physiotherapy, deep tissue massage and acupuncture Lucinda blocked channels I didn’t even know I had, melted away muscle tension and, with some hypnotherapy at the end – which felt more like guided meditation with a scalp massage thrown in – left me floating on air. It also made me realise, more than ever, that back pain is not just about wear and tear. We store all kinds of stress and emotions in our neck, back and shoulders so, learning to use your body correctly and taking time to look after it and yourself a little more can mean a lot less visits to get a ‘quick fix’. I will, however, be going back to Lucinda for part two of a slower, more effective fix in the near future. physio4all.com twentytwotraining.com
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ELIXIR OF LIFE OR JUST A TR EN D? EITH ER WAY, EDITOR SUMM ER LITCH FIELD IS ENJOYING TH E JUICE BUZ Z WHILE IT L ASTS
ARRANGE TO MEET UP WITH A FRIEND these days and, increasingly, it’s not tea or coffee but a freshly pressed juice that will be suggested. If you're not whizzing them up at home, you're probably sipping them in your local cafe or browsing the growing number of brands in the supermarket. Whether going all out and über healthy or simply supplementing your diet with a few extra vitamins, everyone seems to be on a juice kick. So what’s all the fuss about? “Juices are the ultimate grab-and-go liquid snack,” says Christina Agnew who founded one of the first juice delivery services, Radiance Cleanse. “Low sugar green juices really help when I’ve been up in the night and am absolutely shattered by mid afternoon. As well as providing a huge energy boost they’re also an easy way to top up the nutrients in your diet, both during pregnancy and on-the-go with young children. The temptation is to reach for a quick pick-me-up in the form of sugar or caffeine but a super hydrating green juice will help just as much and keep you going for longer.” As we’ve all become more health conscious, and able to tell our spelt from our spirulina, juices have been on the up. Cafes like the Good Life Eatery in Chelsea, Juice People in Covent Garden and Raw Press Co at Wolf & Badger in Mayfair are urging us to “embrace our brassicas”, while delivery service Bobo’s Juicery comes from a particularly health and allergy conscious place. Jo Symes, the company’s founder – who suffered from a variety of intolerances and found that a more plant-based diet had a dramatically positive
effect – teamed up with doctor and nutritionist Dr Susan Oaten to create her range of juices and smoothies. Similarly, when restaurateur Will Ricker opened the Juice Well in Soho he sought the advice of naturopath Elizabeth Peyton-Jones. “The tide is turning and people are choosing health over rubbish,” says Peyton-Jones. “Juice bars are a fantastic testament to this. As a mother you need to be at the top of your game, you do this by eating and drinking the right things. Mothers are also educators and what they do influences the next generation.” Agnew agrees with getting your children familiar with juices and juicing at an early stage: “I regularly make fresh, organic juices with my kids. I always start from scratch and involve them in the process, encouraging them to choose which ingredients we will use – which sometimes need editing so it’s drinkable! In the early stages,” she advises, “stick to the sweeter tastes that you would use for first food purees, such as carrot, apple and pear, then gradually introduce them to other vegetables. The trick as they get older, of course, is to sneak in some of the veg they might not always be so keen on.” In a nutshell – or peel, skin or husk – the juice-ification of London and beyond has only just begun, so choose your favourite tipple. Or, if you’re really serious, turn the page to read our guide on how to get juicing at home.
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EXPERT OPINION Hilary Kingston, Nutrition Consultant from thinknutrition.co.uk “The body is a machine, with all working parts requiring a ‘service’ once in a while. Supplying the body with fresh nutrients on a daily basis will return it to a healthy balance and boost it further to perform on a premium level. The easiest way to achieve a fresh blast of top quality nutrients for the body ‘machine’ is through juicing, increasing energy, improving cell metabolism, and giving the digestive system a well-earned rest because it's absorbed straight into the bloodstream.”
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HEALTH WE’ VE BEEN BUSY CHOPPING , SLICING AN D WHIZ ZING TO PU LL TOGE TH ER OU R TOP TH R EE JUICER S ON TH E MAR KE T NUTRIBULLET, £99.99 For us when it comes to the juicing scene, the NutriBullet is the daddy of all machines. It may be small, but it’s powerful, with a 600W motor. The NutriBullet actually prides itself on being an extractor rather than your typical blender or juicer – meaning it completely breaks down food. It pulverises stems, seeds and skins where some of the usually neglected essential nutrition lies. It’s also one of the most compact around, super easy to clean, and reasonably priced. nutribullet.com
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Anything that has Heston Blumenthal’s name alongside it is going to be impressive. The big selling point for this juicer is its bigger chute, which allows you to juice bigger fruit and vegetables – you can pop in an apple, or whole carrot with no problem at all. The multiple speed control allows you to apply as much power as needed and the 1500W motor means you juice with quick results. Its automatic pulp ejection is a great feature too, so it’s nice and easy to clean. selfridges.com
MAGIMIX LE DUO PLUS XL JUICE EXTRACTO, £179.99 One of the most attractive of all juicers, the Magimix Le Duo Plus XL Juice Extracto comes with three attachments: a juice extractor, smoothie mix and citrus press. Pouring nutritious fresh fruit and vegetable juices straight into your glass; it's a pretty speedy process. By adding the smoothie attachment to the juice extractor basket, you can juice soft fruits and cooked vegetables for the extraction of thick creamy jus or purées, so it's a good solution for preparing baby’s first food, too. johnlewis.com
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ENERGY PACKED NUTRIBLAST The team at Nutribullet have a great selection of recipes up their sleeves. Why not try the Nutriblast for the perfect boost. Containing 15% of RDA
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DORSET To our delight, this summer saw the opening of the next pig in the litter, with The Pig-on the beach. Like The Pig’s other venues in Bath, the New Forest and Southampton, The Pig-on the beach is in a beautiful location, set in an old coastal villa in Kingston Lacey, Dorset. The mellow country house is perfectly situated along Studland Bay, and spent its former life as The Manor House Hotel enticing visitors from far and wide for its stunning location and period charm. Having been lovingly restored in the same relaxed, quirky style that has become The Pig’s signature, now you can experience rural life to the fullest, with a greenhouse restaurant, a private room for dinner parties, two treatment rooms and of course 23 bedrooms. The Pig-on the beach is £135 per night. For families they offer a twin room for the children which sits next door to another double room, a total price of £290 per night. Prices stated are for rooms only. 01929 450288 | thepighotel.com/on-the-beach
CALCOT MANOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE Let’s face it, aside from the picture perfect, beautifully appointed 14th century manor house and its award-winning spa, the main plus of Calcot Manor (for parents, at least) is the Playzone. Take tots to this splendidly run crèche once and, if they can speak, they will more than likely ask for it by name every morning. So, once you’ve enjoyed taking your pick from the bounteous breakfast buffet in the Conservatory, you should feel little to zero guilt toddling your petite enfants along to their idea of heaven, while you luxuriate in a little youtime. And, as you’re in the middle of idyllic countryside, it would be rude not to at least go on a jaunt around the 3 km Trim Trail in the grounds of the manor each day. Fresh air, wild flower-picking for little ones and the knowledge that childcare – and a G&T in the Gumstoll – is on hand when needed. That’s what we call a weekend away. 01666 890391 | calcotmanor.co.uk
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CHEWTON GLEN HAMPSHIRE This luxury New Forest retreat takes family mini-breaks to a whole other level. Thoroughly grown-up and plush on the one hand, and a winner of numerous smart awards, it also caters impressively to the more diminutive. Mini bathrobes and baby Wellington boots feature, as do bottle warmers and changing mats for very wee ones. There is a also a kids’ club offering fun and activities for younger weekenders. But it’s the magical Treehouses at Chewton that offer the ultimate experience. Perched on stilts, high amidst the foliage, the suites are very much secret hideaways to thrill all ages, and if you fancy an in-room pedicure while you gaze across the treetops, no problem. Or a hamper delivered to your suite via a secret hatch? But, of course. It may not be the most economical option but it’s certainly one you’ll remember.
OXFORDSHIRE From the people (namely Lady Carole Bamford and her eco-chic team) who brought us Daylesford Organic comes this stylish Cotswold bolthole, or should that be rabbit hole? From the sceney main dining room – scattered with Hugo Guinness sketches and with a fireplace that swishly connects to the courtyard – to the gorgeously rustic rooms that come complete with Nespresso machines and Bamford body products in the bathrooms, the Wild Rabbit is a notch (or three) up from other local offerings. The big question is: whether to go alone for a well-earned, romantic break from the small one(s), or book a cot – or even the double-decker family room that has bunkbeds upstairs – and go en famille? Either way, be sure to leave any virtuous intentions with regards to food at home. A Vosper grill in the open kitchen means you’re in for the juiciest, most well-seared steaks – and desserts like steamed ginger pudding can't be missed either. 01608 658 389 | thewildrabbit.co.uk
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FA BULOUS FOR FOODIES LUCKNAM PARK HOTEL AND SPA If you fancy living life to the full in the countryside then allow us to point you in the direction of Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, situated just minutes outside of the historic and beautiful city of Bath. Recently scooping the Gold Award for South West Large Hotel of the Year, this 17th century Palladian mansion is the epitome of country living. The grandeur begins at the mile-long drive entrance, enveloped by a backdrop of trees and rolling green pastures, which leads to a five-star country retreat boasting 42 stylish rooms and suites. The elegance at Lucknam Park is relentless.
Whether you spend your time exploring the hotel's 500 acres of Cotswold countryside, relaxing in their world class Spa and Wellbeing House or simply unwinding in the sheer traditional elegance of the estate’s interior, there’s something to suit everyone. But the predominant pulling factor is the fabulous food. Their executive chef, Hywel Jones – who has held a Michelin Star at The Park restaurant since 2006 – and his talented team transform the freshest and best organic, local produce into plates of delight.
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Bath offers standard double rooms available from £295 per night and suites from £795 per night, based on two adults sharing on a room only basis including use of the spa facilities & VAT. 01225 742777 | lucknampark.co.uk
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EVER DREAMED OF BEING A PRINCESS? At Eagles Palace Hotel & Spa in Greece, a fairy tale holiday unfolds from the moment you open your suitcase. A three-hour flight to Thessaloniki, and a 90-minute transfer via lush green hills, wild flowers and olive groves, and here on the third peninsular of Halkidiki, cutting into the diamantéencrusted Aegean sea, sits Eagles Palace, one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Mysterious Mount Athos plays backdrop and peaks out to equally captivating views of a blue flag beach, perfect pool and manicured gardens. Eagles Palace is a five-star haven. A third generation family business, there’s a real sense of being at home here. Staff members are dedicated – both welcoming and attentive – without being over the top. It’s a friendly place to be, and an elegant one at that. Extensively refurbished for 2014, secrecy and solitude can be found in any one of the quiet corners designed specially for guests to enjoy. One such area is the courtyard, with its art, cascading water and colourful flora, charms and calms. Although tranquility overwhelms, make no mistake, children are welcome; indeed, they are brilliantly catered for. And not just at mealtimes, when organic – and if required, allergyfriendly – food will delight, but also at the play park, in the children’s pool, and at the efficiently run kids’ club – where professional, qualified staff welcome in your little ones. The children have fun. I found them in chef hats, rolling out the cookie dough they’d made (they could then eat the biscuits after dinner). A daily programme is on offer, leaving parents free to do as you wish. s h t u Should you tire of lazing, activities are available. From watersports to a gym a y tr and spa, there is plenty to keep you occupied. It’s just a shame we had to get h ol id In a recent poll, 28% of people back on the plane; I didn’t want the fairy tale to end. said the most stressful part of Our contributor, Emma Oliver, visited Eagles Palace Hotel & Spa | eaglespalace.gr
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Not an obvious getaway when travelling with baby in tow, but now there really is no need to break out in a sweat. New on the Amsterdam scene is Travel Baby Amsterdam, a company whose sole aim is to provide maximum enjoyment and minimum worry when travelling to Amsterdam with your child. They have a full range of clean, safe baby equipment for rent such as high chairs and rockers, strollers, carriers, baby baths, car seats, toys and just about any baby gear needed. With increasing luggage restrictions on flights and the inconvenience of waiting at the airport's baggage claim, this gives parents a fabulously convenient alternative. On their website you’ll also find some great suggestions for when you reach Amsterdam, with their selection of fun, child-friendly activities. travelbabyamsterdam.com
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This season, Powder Byrne will be celebrating their 30th ski season, and for the first time will be operating in the picture postcard Swiss Alpine resort of Adelboden. Little known by British skiers, the village offers extensive skiing with loads of family-friendly runs to choose from. powderbyrne.com
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There are two new openings in one of the most desirable pin points on the map: the Maldives. The Small Maldives Island Company are launching two new island resorts, Amilla Fushi, opening in November, and Finolhu, which youâ€™ll have to wait until early next year for. Thereâ€™ll be no need for parents to cost-control either; instead, kids will be free to splash around with a host of supervised fun for an authentically aquatic Maldivian adventure. With their fresh approach to luxury tourism, the company are offering intimate island homes that do not take themselves too seriously. thesmallmaldivesislandco.mv
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ESCAPE TO THE SLOPES IS IT POSSIBLE TO HE AD TO THE WHITE MOUNTAINS WITH CHILDREN IN TOW? IT IS WITH POWDER BYRNE
AS SUMMER BECOMES A distant memory and we begin to welcome autumn, it's not long before parents reminisce about those fabulous ski holidays they had pre-children. It’s not an impossible reach to go skiing as a family, but when you have a very young child it can seem like a daunting prospect. Powder Byrne, the luxury family ski specialist, has a very thorough approach when skiing en famille, one that will surely entice even the most hesitant of travellers. Powder Byrne makes it their mission to ensure your first family skiing holiday is the best possible experience. They are passionate about adding real value to your holiday with their renowned ‘nothing is too much trouble’ approach, removing all the associated daunting factors right from start. Skiing isn’t always a simple getaway, there's a whole host of elements to consider. Whether you want
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to go skiing yourselves as parents, but are worried about leaving your baby in someone else’s care, or want to give your three-year-old their first time on skis, it’s important to get the very best advice before booking your mountain break. Having operated their family ski programmes in Switzerland, Austria and Italy for the past 30 seasons, Powder Byrne’s clients have learnt they can trust them to make travelling with kids as easy and stress-free as possible, and many will return year after year. The company sees families whose children may well have been infants when they first travelled, and have now progressed through their range of award-winning kids’ ski programmes. Powder Byrne’s renowned pre-travel service, for parents with infants joining the pb crèche, alleviates anxiety. The crèche manager who will be looking after your little one will call you
before you travel to talk through your baby’s routine, discuss what equipment is required and pre-order essential baby items, which will be conveniently waiting for you on arrival. Their bespoke service starts with a flight departure to suit you and private transfers to smooth your journey up to the mountains. POWDER BYRNE OFFERS A wide variety of family accommodation, either in four/five-star hotels or chalet-style apartments. Whether your choice is to be completely pampered in your hotel, or to have a more flexible home-fromhome experience in a luxury apartment, they have all been hand-picked for their quality and very warm, personal welcome. All Powder Byrne’s crèche facilities are chosen very carefully, and run by fully qualified English-speaking crèche managers, all with extensive experience in
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Your home is an extension of yourself, effectively ‘you’ personified, so when the chance arose to do a piece on designer Baukjen de Swaan Arons’ home, my curiosity was well and truly fired. A keen follower of her maternity brand Isabella Oliver and London womenswear label Baukjen, her beautiful home came as no surprise when I was greeted with interior talent, a gentle floral scent and an abundance of style. I was very intrigued to find out just how she does it. And to my delight, I was pleased to hear that Baukjen is a magazine enthusiast and can often be found with her nose in a glossy, sniffing out inspiration. “I love to browse interior magazines like Elle Decor and Livingetc, alongside Scandinavian magazines, as I always find them super stylish,” she revealed. Baukjen was also very quick to admit a common addiction: “Blogs and
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feels homely without being complicated. “I wouldn’t say I have a set theme as such, I love the lounge which has original cornicing, wooden floors and large sash bay windows, so it’s a traditional space which we've designed to be quite classically modern. It’s all about the mix.” The lounge boasts a large neutral-toned corner sofa with deep comfy seats
Baukjen was concerned about the orange floor in the living space because it was quite a bold choice, but she was pleased with the end result
and two chunky wood and leather vintage chairs, placed around a lovely supersized coffee table (the perfect storage for all those mags). And a beautiful bouquet of flowers can always be found here too, “I always have flowers in this room to bring a bit of the outdoors in.” But it was clear that the hub of the house is the living space. “My favourite room has to be the living space because it was designed just for that, living.” It has a huge fireplace, an open-plan kitchen and a vibrant orange floor. “I have
to admit I was concerned about the orange floor before it went down, because it was quite a bold choice,” Baukjen revealed, but a woman should never doubt her intuition. “It worked out perfectly in the end as it pulls everything together with a brilliant dose of personality.” And that sums up the feel of the home, and the living space in particular – personality. “I adore our living space, it’s always a hive of activity and when you have a young family I think that’s really important.” I couldn't agree with her more. The level of detail that goes into each room is more than apparent. “I love researching ideas, I’m a real researcher – can you tell!?” The proof really is in the pudding, and what a feast this home is. The bedroom is more feminine by comparison, with illustrated galloping horse wallpaper and lots of candles, alongside Perspex storage for jewellery and sunglasses. And when it came to setting up her children's nursery Baukjen was naturally in her element. “I wanted to create a warm and cuddly space without it being too babyish. That was a few years ago and at the time wall stickers were really new. I had a lot of fun using them to create unique finishing touches.” Nurseries don't have to cost the earth either, and Baukjen is a big believer in smart spending. “I’d also highly recommend being wise on where you spend your money – not everything needs to be expensive.” Baukjen explained. “There’s so much
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textures like wood and stone. I love the mix of the old and the new, so my dream house would be the epitome of this.” Not a million miles away from her current home design. As for the future, it doesn't look like Baukjen will be escaping London life. “I’d love to live with my family in my parents’ house in Hampstead Village. I grew up there. It’s a big Victorian house so totally my style. It's a truly beautiful house with an amazing garden that's a wonderful oasis in such a busy city.” As long as I get an invite, that suits me. isabellaoliver.com baukjen.com
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being used boldly and paired with vibrant colours like orange, red and green or combined with white for a fresh, clean, streamlined look. Geometric shapes and patterns are shown with ticking and wide stripes, polka dots and chevrons (still going strong) and the clashing designs work brilliantly together. Tufted cot headboards and footboards lend a heaping of poetic glamour to the feminine nursery, with a soft drape and flow to the fabrics used in the window coverings, cot valance and bedding. A neutral palette of ivory, crème, taupe and white feature heavily in the girl’s palette with the traditional pink still visible, mainly as an accent colour and in a more subtle, whisper pink. Lavender, in a pale hue, is on the rise and a close second to the pinks as the tone of choice. Low VOC metallic paints are making their way into nurseries too, infusing a touch of dramatic flair and introduced by way of painted cots, furniture and decorative details. Whatever the trend is, design your little one’s room with quality pieces that have a whole lot of heart; memories are made to last and the baby nursery is where it all begins. gigibrooks.com
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3 BUMPS ARE BEAUTIFUL TOO Maternity photography offers the perfect opportunity to capture a precious time before the arrival of your baby. Why not celebrate the beginning of the motherhood journey – we love the work of London photographer Valentina of Photograface. “Every woman is proud of her bump,” says Valentina, “but unfortunately not many feel comfortable to pose in front of the camera. I always make sure they look as natural as possible and try to make them at ease, then a beautiful image is born.” photograface.com
Use video. Almost all cameras and smart phones now have High-definition video. It really does add another dimension to the final piece. Smart phones are great for the spur of the moment stuff, but it’s worth investing in a good camera or HD video camera as well. Take your camera with you – everywhere. The more visually interesting and varied the places that your child’s first year is documented, the better. And it really adds fun and vibrancy to your final video if there are images of holidays, birthdays, days out, grandparents and family gatherings. Organise monthly. It can be quite daunting gathering all your imagery when it comes to creating an album or a First Take Baby video. I recommend creating a folder on the desktop of your computer, and once a month putting all your stills, and moving images, into it. It will save you such a headache in the long run and also free up space for taking more images. Music is so important. The choice of music adds so much to the mood and joy of a First Take Baby video. Really think about what you would like to be the soundtrack to your child’s first year. It could be something relevant to that year, the first track they boogied to, or a more classic timeless track. firsttakebaby.com
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HER YOUNGEST STAR WASN'T EVEN A DAY OLD, “THE PARENTS DIDN'T GO HOME, THEY STOPPED AT THE STUDIO EN ROUTE FROM THE HOSPITAL WITH AROUND 730,000 births each year in England and Wales, award-winning newborn photographer Maria Murray keeps busy in her line of work. This Hampshirebased photographer has an ever-expanding client list which includes various celebrities, footballers and Royal families. Maria has been photographing newborns for 11 years, and averaging at three new babies a week she’s photographed more than 1,500 babies. The proud owner of several accolades and awards, to say she’s an expert in this field is pretty spot on. I was lucky enough to spend some time at Maria’s studio just north of Winchester to get the lowdown on the world of newborn photography. Based just an hour from London, most of her clients travel to her lovely studio, but she does occasionally shoot in clients’ homes, depending on what light is available. Maria admits the start of a shoot day is all about organisation. “The studio is cleaned, heated up and I make sure I have all the things needed handy – waterproof sheets, wet wipes, nappies – you have to be prepared when working with babies.” Alongside setting everything up for baby, she’s always two steps ahead warming up the coffee maker and popping the kettle on.
Known in the industry as a bit of a baby-whisperer, Maria is always armed with what's needed to relax a newborn so they're camera-ready. “Preparation is key: lots of milk, lots of cuddles, gentle rocking, white noise – whatever works really.” But it’s Maria’s confidence that puts the parents at ease. “I’ve been doing this for a very long time so I know what I am doing, and I do think that comes across to the parents that book me,” Maria explained. Her clients are so trusting in fact that her youngest star wasn't even a day old, “The parents didn't go home, they stopped at the studio en route from the hospital.” And with 80% of her business coming direct from referrals and repeat clients, they tend to stay with her as their families expand. The trust parents put in Maria must be the most rewarding part of her work, alongside creating beautiful images, but I was curious to know about the tougher aspects. “The hardest part for me is seeing a lot of emotional mums. They are often sleep deprived, worried about feeding and a little overwhelmed by the pressure put upon them to be ‘supermum’.” As most newborn shoots take place within a baby's first week, Maria sees a lot of new parents who are still very much settling into parenthood and wishes there was less pressure on new mums. Parenting isn’t black and white, just as each child is different so is each parent, but naturally it can be daunting for parents to simply pass their baby over, some for the very first time. “I reassure the parents that baby’s safety and happiness comes first and I would never force a pose, even if requested. The baby dictates what we do and don’t do.” Due to this inherent unpredictability, each session is totally unique. “A shoot can take anything from two to five hours; my shortest is about 20 minutes and my longest just over seven hours.” As a result, Maria will only do one shoot a day. In her tailor-made studio she’s created a spot where parents can see exactly what’s happening at all times. “They are most welcome to watch but most of my
Here Maria Murray calms baby William so he’s camera-ready – no wonder she is known as the baby-whisperer
mummies and daddies are happy to let me get on with the shoot while they relax.” The newborn niche is a growing industry, so I asked Maria if she was concerned about increasing competition. “There are newborn photographers springing up all over the place, and plenty of them are very talented. I’ve been photographing babies for 11 years now, so I hope my experience counts for a lot. I hope this, as well as the quality of my work, will keep me on top of my game.” With gorgeous images like little William (left and above), I don't think Maria’s got anything to worry about. sweetbambini.co.uk
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WHEN I ANNOUNCED TO A FORMER colleague and mother of three that I was going to write a book during maternity leave, she howled with laughter and said, “Yeah, right! Good luck with that!” However, nine months after my son Noah was born, I had itchy fingers, it was now or never. I bravely (or crazily), didn’t return to my job as a features writer on the Daily Mail and decided to pursue my lifetime ambition of writing a novel. God knows I’d bored enough people talking about this over the years. It was time for action. I’d written the first 20,000 words of Murdered in Chelsea, 18 months earlier. I would get up at 6am every morning before going into the Tatler office where I was features director. Somehow I didn’t have the drive to finish the book until after Noah was born, partly because I was busy at work but also because the natural break of having
a child makes one take stock. It’s an opportunity to make changes that you’ve perhaps not had the courage to before. The late writer Cyril Connolly’s ghastly quote that, “there is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hallway,” is much used and now debunked. One of the most successful authors of all time, J K Rowling, was once a single mother typing away in cafés in Edinburgh while her baby daughter slept beside her. Boy do I know that feeling! Nor is she alone – both Barbara Kingsolver and Jodi Picoult wrote their debut novels when pregnant. Pregnancy and the time after is an incredibly fertile time creatively, partly because ones emotions are heightened due to the pregnancy hormones. Also there is nothing like paying for childcare to focus the mind. Previously I’d happily procrastinate starting an article, first
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FEATURE hugely liberating to be working on a project over which I had total autonomy. The main character in the book is a newspaper journalist called Lily Cane, who is down on her luck. She has a nightmare boss who’s demoted her to obituaries and is trying to get her sacked. Then Lady Zuleika Winters, a society fashionista is found dead in her Chelsea apartment having suffered an apparent cocaine overdose. Lily’s the first one on the story and suddenly her luck changes. A week later an “it” girl is found strangled at the Serpentine Summer Party, the women’s profile’s are strikingly similar and soon it’s discovered that Zuleika was murdered too. Lily finds herself on the main news story and what’s more: she’s caught the attention of the editor. Soon she’s undercover at Society magazine and what ensues is an exiting murder mystery, played out in the worlds of fashion and society where glamour, excess, sex and bad behaviour is rife. It was the ultimate antidote to child rearing and great fun! Some of the characters are outrageous and when I was writing the final denouement I was literally on the edge of my seat typing like a dervish. It was thrilling to channel my inner baddie. Having the time and space to write the book made me a better mother, as when I was with Noah I was totally focused on him. Being a novelist and freelance writer works well with being a mum as you have the flexibility to be with your children when
you want to. I hope I can make it work. I’m pregnant again and expecting a baby in January – 2015 is the year of delivery in every sense, as I need to write the second book in the series too. Let's see if I can manage it with two children. Hopefully I’ll find some creativity in the chaos. Murdered In Chelsea: A Lily Cane Mystery, Quartet Books, £10.99
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FIRST TOYS So what’s entertaining in baby world? Toyella co-founder Carl Shaw shares his insights… What makes a good first toy depends on whose perspective you look from. Good toys boast a variety of textures, contrasting colours and emit different sounds on each touch – characteristics primed to stimulate baby’s senses and each driven by credible scientific research. But, when choosing, remember to consider your own needs, too. Respite. Time is precious for any parent. Any toy that successfully occupies baby and provides some respite from demanded attention is worth its weight in gold. Try challenging toys that move and sound in unexpected ways. Partners. Watch him progress in wonderment as he plays and interacts with baby. Balls bring out man’s primeval desire to play! And with baby, a simple ball is often an immediate catalyst for daddy bonding. Style. You’re going to spend many years witnessing your house fill with gifted toys that are no more than landfill in gift wrap. Make your own choices sentimental, quality heirloom toys that enhance your home rather than trash it.
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Plan Toy’s ‘My First Camera’ £13.99 | toyella.com
On the 26 August, Just Williams toy shop opens its fourth branch on Beckenham High Street. The family-run store will move into the venue of an 80-year-old toy shop and continue to be a veritable Aladdin’s cave for children, filled with toys, games and accessories. The shop will be officially opened by Freya the Chocolate Sylvanian Rabbit on Saturday 13 September and will host various activities throughout the day. Pop along for fun and frolics. justwilliamstoys.com
MOLLY-MEG Established in 2009, Molly-Meg has become a firm favourite: a design shop specialising in vintage classics with a contemporary feel. It’s jam-packed with delightful gifts for children and parents alike, from quirky toys (think miniature hares dressed like Victorian lords) and stylish nursery additions. Those clamouring to get a slice of Molly-Meg are in luck – their second ever pop-up shop is at the London Design Festival, Design Junction, on 18-21 September. thedesignjunction.co.uk
Plan Toy’s Clatter £15.98 | toyella.com
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This app is so effective it comes with a warning not to use it while driving or operating heavy machinery. Recreating the sounds from the womb using advanced psychoacoustic sound sources, this is a highly efficient sleep aid for babies and exhausted parents alike. £2.49 itunes.apple.com
The award-winning NCT Babychange app continues to top all the best parenting apps lists. Created by the National Childbirth Trust, this app uses your current location and helps you find the nearest baby changing and hygiene facilities. Perfect for parents around town. FREE itunes.apple.com
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New parents can have their everyday worries alleviated with the WebMD Baby app that has quick access to trusted and physician-approved baby health and wellness information anytime, anywhere. Packed with with five tools, 294 articles, 70 videos and 598 tips. FREE itunes.apple.com
When breastfeeding, switch on this ingenious app and it will keep track of your feeding patterns, so you can instantly see which side you should be feeding on and time your feeds. Plus a funky graph allows you to see your trends more easily. It’s the app you never knew you needed. FREE itunes.apple.com
GADGETS DYSON HAND-HELD VACUUM DC34, £169 A Baby London office favourite, this hand-held vacuum cleaner is a parent’s new best friend. Light and ergonomically designed, it has a motorised brush bar for ingrained dirt. For errant crumbs, mucky kids and messy car seats. It’s a surprisingly essential gadget. dyson.co.uk
BABYMOOV TOUCH- SCREEN BABY MONITOR, £159.99 The award-winning new Babymoov baby monitor is a superb blend of a traditional baby monitor with high-tech features, such as voice activation and HD video recorder, to offer parents complete peace of mind. babymoov.co.uk
SYNER-MED VERATEMP NON-CONTACT THERMOMETER, £37.99 The stress-free way to check your child’s temperature without waking baby, this accurate thermometer even has a backlit LED display. Convenient for reading temperatures in the dark, the thermometer also handily measures room and water temperatures. gadgetbaby.co.uk
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Staying at home with baby means cozy, comfortable loungewear. But slouchy pants and roomy sweaters needn’t sacrifice style for comfort. Bamford’s classic cashmere pique pants (£650) are effortlessly chic and you can lose yourself in this maroon and stone knitted slice (£995, bamford.co.uk). Haven’t got out of your pyjamas all day? Not to worry, we love Celtic Sheepskin Co’s Harris Tweed soft sole slippers (£49, celticandco.co.uk) and these Toscana Cobi Slippers (£75) for new mamas and papas.
Keep your new nest soft, warm and sweetsmelling with these classic home indulgences. Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Home Candle. £48 | jomalone.co.uk
Cashmere Hot Water Bottle and Eye-Mask set. £80 | celticandco.co.uk
White Company Cashmere Rib Collection natural throw. £400 | thewhitecompany.com
For sleepless nights and midnight feeds… Modern Family The awardladen mockumentary comedy comes in great bite-size 30-minute episodes.
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Entourage Trashy, fun and riotously entertaining, Entourage is the perfect escapism for exhausting nighttime feeds.
Nashville This addictive musical drama is all divas and cowboy hats. Just be careful you don’t sing along and wake the baby.
Suits Light-hearted legal drama set in New York combines sharp wit, a fine script and some dashing male leads.
Broadchurch Addictive UK crime drama starring David Tennant. Perfect for keeping you alert when baby wakes.
LIFE SAVERS ESSENTIALS Busy parents might not even have time for a shower, let alone a hair wash. Philip Kingsley’s Dry Shampoo is a fab for on-the-go. Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry shampoo. £13.50 | philipkingsley.co.uk
For new parents, sleep is the greatest indulgence. This bestselling and ingenious pillow spray contains Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Chamomile to help soothe you gently into that muchneeded slumber. This Works’ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. £16 | thisworks.com
Full-time parenting requires mamas and papas to be alive and kicking. And when sleep is scarce, coffee is your new best friend. We love Nespresso’s Krups Inissia coffee machine – making that caffeine fix simple and efficient. The Nespresso Krups Inissia Blue Sky Coffee Machine. £89 | nespresso.com
TH E GUIDE… This is Ridiculous, This is Amazing by Jason Good. This author’s witty and knowing book of ‘parenthood in 71 lists’ is the perfect companion, from ‘Games you can play lying down’ to ‘safe places to eat cookies.’ Chronicle Books | £9.99
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ice cream, Hattie’s Sweets and Propercorn (yes, that’s Propercorn). There’s even a goody bag of Benefit cosmetics, a monogrammed eye mask especially for you and hair rollers that flatten when you sleep. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also have full access to The Berkeley’s roof-top health spa with its spectacular swimming pool and private sun terrace as well as sampling a wide range of treatments available from Bamford and Oskia. Then, wake up refreshed and rejuvenated the next morning to a complimentary full English breakfast. We honestly don’t know what you’re waiting for. The ‘Girls’ Night In’ at the Berkeley is available weekdays and weekends from £630 including English Breakfast for two people. the-berkeley.co.uk
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FOR DINING IN LON DON , WH EN BABY COM E S TOO EDITOR’S PICK CALL IT AN INNATE SENSE of what people want from a brunch spot; whatever it is, Bill Granger has it. And thankfully for us Londoners, he has brought it all the way over from Australia – stopping only to add a few more outposts to his empire in Japan and Hawaii. Not only does he know how to make eggs, he also has an ace design aesthetic that’s a mix of Sydney, Palm Springs and… somewhere else deeply cool in a retro sort of way. Bill Granger’s restaurants are a treat at any time of the day or night, and they also tend to work extremely well with little ones. The recently opened East London branch of Granger & Co (the other is on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill) is light and airy with huge windows looking out onto the leafy canopy of Clerkenwell Green. There are banquettes – handy for all ages – friendly staff, who don’t seem to mind wandering toddlers, and the most blissful bit: at the weekends it’s usually pretty quiet. Of course, the other enticement is the food. From the mouth-watering, freshly pressed juices and Bill’s granola with dairy-free coconut yoghurt to chilli-fried egg and bacon brioche roll and (from midday onwards) his famous shrimp burger with jalapeño mayo – adult tastes are more than well catered to. And for smaller mouths the toasted coconut bread or ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter are a good bet. Although, saying that, my two-year-old daughter was particularly taken with the calamari salad. My one tip would be to leave the buggy at home or in the car as there are steps up to the restaurant and down to the loos, but in terms of being family-friendly – plus super stylish and civilized for grown-ups – Granger & Co ticks all my boxes. Granger & Co, Clerkenwell | grangerandco.com | 020 7251 9032
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Kids will love the all-American feel of the Electric diner, situated right next door to one of London’s oldest cinemas. Open from 8am, their breakfast menu is heartening and child friendly while the atmosphere is cool and relaxed. electricdiner.com
This Caribbean inspired beach shack restaurant is a firm fixture of London’s fun dining scene. Its laidback vibe and colourful interiors make it a perfect venue for a family brunch. therumkitchen.com
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Rainforest Cafe remains a firm Baby London favourite – with safari guide waiters, a crocodile pond, waterfall and elephants, jaguars and butterflies scattered around your tables, what more could you really want? The entertainment and atmosphere of the venue makes it a dream destination for anyone with little ones – with high chairs available and baby-friendly options on the menu that come in organic and gluten and dairy-free options. A fully stocked gift shop above the restaurant provides brilliant treats for your baby diners and the extensive menu caters for hungry mamas and papas too. therainforestcafe.co.uk
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Natural rhythm Following in-depth research, Medela created the Calma bottle to assist breastfeeding parents move easily from breast to bottle, and back again if they choose. Babies can mimic their breastfeeding pattern by pausing and breathing at their natural rhythm. £14.99 (150ml bottle). mothercare.com
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Feeding system An anti-colic feeding system featuring a handy built-in travel and bedside warmer in one package. Yoomi warms your baby’s milk to natural breast milk temperature in just 60 seconds. Easy feeding at home or on the go. £23.50 (for the 8oz feeding system). yoomi.com
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Tiny Bopper 12-24 MONTHS
GARDEN BOLOGNESE Ingredients • 1 finely diced organic red onion • 1 clove of crushed garlic • Splash of rapeseed oil • 250g very lean organic minced meat • 1 tin chopped tomatoes • 1 tbsp of tomato paste • 1 cup of the steamed vegetables from Teeny Weeny recipe (below) • 1 tbsp of ripped basil Optional • A little cooked quinoa or brown bread and mild cheese Method 1 Cook the onion and garlic in the oil over a low heat until soft, add the mince and leave on a medium heat until it's brown, while stirring occasionally 2 Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and vegetables. Leave on a low heat to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes 3 Sprinkle in the basil and leave to rest for five minutes before serving 4 Quinoa with a teaspoon of butter melted into it can round off this meal, or light up your children’s faces with cheesy shooting star spoons, that they can dip, spin and spoon in the bolognese
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GARDEN PURÉE Ingredients • 2 large organic carrots • 2 medium organic parsnips • 2 cups of organic garden peas (You may need to double ingredients if you are going on to the progression stages of this recipe)
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Method 1 Cut the carrots and the parsnips into 1cm cubes, and cook them in the steamer for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are just tender 2 Boil some water (or use the water in the steamer) add the peas and cook until tender, then drain
3 Blitz each of the vegetables separately in a liquidiser, adding a few tablespoons of boiled water, if it is needed, to create a rough purée mixture 4 Layer in dishes and leave to cool so that it reaches room temperature before you serve
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Baby London’s new early foods expert Ashley Campion is a super-nanny from a super foodie background, aiming to bring the fun back into cooking for little ones (also to be found at mybaba.com). These three nutritious meals have ingredients that will suit even the most discerning palates, making a natural progression from weaning to full meals. Easy peasy...
Ingredients • 1 lot of steamed veg from the Teeny Weeny (bottom left) recipe • (2 cups of veg makes enough for one small loaf tin) • 1 organic egg • Pinch finely chopped oregano Method 1 Pre-heat your oven to 170°C 2 Take your steamed veg and mash them with the back of a fork until the texture is lumpy
3 Fold the egg and oregano in gently, making sure you don’t lose the lumpy texture 4 Place into a small loaf tin (or similar), pressing down with the back of a fork. Bake for 20 minutes, or until nicely firm and golden. The centre must be piping hot 5 Leave to cool before serving. Thick slices are even more delicious served with a light drizzle of vegetable stock
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1 Take slices of bread and roll them flat, with a rolling pin 2 Butter them very lightly both sides, sprinkle with a very mild Cheddar cheese (careful not to put too much cheese on as you will end up with soggy bread) 3 Bake in oven for five to seven minutes or until golden 4 Cut into shooting stars, you can use a cookie cutter, and then serve with the bolognese as a fun addition
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Peach A FIR M FAVOURITE WITH PARENTS, WE TAKE A LOOK AT ICANDY’S PE ACH 3
iCANDY PEACH 3 IS AS popular as pushchairs come, and it’s not long before you see one gracefully stroll by you in the streets. With its impeccable curves and the incredible strengthened shell, it's no surprise to us, and avid iCandy followers, that this design is an award-winner. Famous for its one-hand carrycot release system and fashion-forward colours, it is iCandy’s best-selling model and first choice for many A-list celebrities. After developing its engineering and design, the Peach is now third generation and the model continues to impress. We think one of the best improvements has to be the elevator feature that allows the single seat to be positioned higher and closer
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for further interaction between the parent and child. This is a signature move for iCandy as it promotes child development – something the British brand feels very passionate about. This doesn’t stop at strolling either, as the elevated position brings little ones closer to the table when out and about in restaurants, cafés or even at home. It’s known for it’s versatility, and when adding more than one child into the mix we’re greeted with more improvements. The Peach 3 now allows both seat units to be parent or world facing whether in double (blossom) or twin mode, which is a definite asset to the pushchair. It’s a pretty daunting prospect doubling the size of your pushchair, but iCandy do this nearly effortlessly with their converter adapters, while still maintaining the footprint of a single pushchair. With on-the-go parents in mind, their nifty
converter adapters are small enough to fit into a changing bag, too. More impressively, despite the pushchair growing it can still be compactly folded with adapters attached in position – to avoid extra faffing. This makes it an ideal pushchair for a growing family. Of course, in true iCandy style, it’s not all about functionality – which they do so well – it’s also about looking the part. Now available in eight fresh colourways there’s a flavour to fulfil the appetite of every parent. With a palatable selection, you can now choose from Fuchsia, Sherbet, Jet, Azure, Cobalt, Black Magic, Marshmallow and Truffle, all delicious in their own way. Either match the hood or simply mix to your own taste; there are over 100 fashionable combinations so you can put your stamp on it. To complete the look, their iconic chassis is available in the ever-popular
high-polished chrome finish or the newly-introduced sleek, matt black chassis with the logo lasered into the frame. Leaving no stone unturned, as far as the handling is concerned parents can expect a seamless ride. Engineered to perfection, the state-ofthe-art wheel design complements the innovative EVA tyres, so it doesn’t just look beautiful but it drives like a dream, too. The Peach 3 is compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio, Pebble and the BeSafe iZi Go infant carrier car seats. Costs from £670 | icandyworld.com
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for nursery SABIN E HOOK , E AR LY YE AR S AN D N U R SERY CON SU LTANT, GUIDE S YOU TH ROUGH TH E FIR ST FEW STEPS ON TH E EDUCATION L ADDER STARTING NURSERY SCHOOL CAN BE AN overwhelming experience for both parents and children. Nursery school can begin as early as two years old in private education. The first few weeks will be both a stimulating and exhausting experience for your little one. It is important, therefore, to prepare your child for nursery gradually over the couple of months before starting. Make sure you talk with your child about nursery every day leading up to the big move, as well as following some of the tips below, this will encourage familiarity with the concept. BR EEDIN G FAMILIARIT Y ✹ Take trips to the nursery setting to introduce your child to the morning routine, including the route to the nursery. ✹ Try to request photos of the members of staff that will be working with your child to look at regularly at home. The best nurseries will organise a home visit so as to introduce both you and your child to relevant staff members.
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SOCIAL ‘ KN OW H OW ’ ✹ Visit playgroups and music groups before nursery begins to allow your child to get used to group environments, particularly the concept of playing alongside other toddlers or babies. ✹ Spending a morning or afternoon visiting a friend with a similarly-aged child or family member will help prepare for the inevitable separation anxiety both for you and your child. POT T Y TR AININ G AN D NAP TIM E ✹ Make sure your child is (at least) familiar with using a loo or potty, as well as encouraging independent hand washing and drying with rewards like stickers or stamps. ✹ If your child has an afternoon nursery place, start to both slowly shorten, and bring forward, the time of their afternoon nap during the two months before starting.
✹ Expect to be flexible with attendance days in the first term, as there might be some days when your child is – understandably – simply too tired to go in.
TALKIN G ✹ Encourage and model clearly verbalized common phrases – for example: “I need to go to the loo”, “I’m thirsty” and “I can’t find my coat” – for your child to practice before the start of nursery. LE T TIN G GO ✹ When the time comes to leave your child at nursery school, neither linger nor immediately disappear as either extreme will confuse and disorientate young children and ultimately it can cause more distress. Be warm and decisive, and leave your little one confident in the knowledge that you will be back at lunchtime or at the end of the day. hollandparkeducation.com
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meet the head
THIS ISSUE WE WENT BEHIND THE SCENES AT ST BENEDICT’S JUNIOR SCHOOL, EALING, AND CAUGHT UP WITH THE DEPUTY HEAD How long have you been working at the school? I have been here for six years. I was initially appointed as Director of Studies in September 2008 and then took on the additional role of Deputy Head the following academic year. How would you describe the school’s ethos? Our school motto is ‘a minimis incipe’ which means: from smallest beginnings. We truly believe that our Catholic, Benedictine tradition enables our children to develop a true understanding of themselves, their relationship with God and others as they make their transition up the school. Hence, our mission of ‘Teaching a way of living’ ensures we are providing an enriching education.
What is the history of St Benedict’s School? The school was founded in 1902 by the Benedictines and has since flourished and expanded. The school became fully co-educational in 2008, with the Junior School leading the way one year earlier. The school roll now includes more than 1,100, with pupils and students from Nursery through to the Sixth Form. It is a school that values tradition, but also embraces change in order to ensure that it can remain at the forefront of education in the 21st century. How do you help ensure every student achieves their full potential? I often use our saying, ‘at St Benedict’s we do not ask: how intelligent is this child? Rather, in what ways is this child intelligent?’. Our
creative curriculum provides opportunities for children to be challenged through independent, enquiry based learning. We are very fortunate to have a wide range of specialist teachers who contribute to our rich and vibrant curriculum. A rigorous academic tracking system based on a variety of formal, informal and cognitive ability assessments ensures we begin to understand each child’s preferred learning styles and ability from a young age. What kind of feedback have you received from parents and pupils? We ensure feedback is offered regularly via the School Council, ‘Living Our Mission’ student voice boxes around the school, our open door policy, termly Parental Forums as well as online surveys. The
Monica McCarthy, Deputy Head at St Benedict's Junior School
feedback we receive is very positive and appreciative of our provision. What have you gained from working at the junior school? It is a real privilege to work here. I feel blessed to be working with such enthusiastic children, talented, dedicated staff and supportive parents. I feel very fortunate to have been given opportunities to provide, among many other things, an inspiring curriculum within our Catholic, Benedictine traditions of love, prayer, service, hospitality and forgiveness, which provide inspiration for us all. Where do you see St Benedict’s in the future? St Benedict’s will continue to inspire young people to grow into well-rounded young men and women. The excellent education provided here, both academically and pastorally, will continue to go from strength to strength, guided by our team of dedicated and committed staff. From Nursery to University and beyond, our pupils and their families will always feel at home here as part of the St Benedict’s community.
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LONDON MOTHERS CLUB IT’S SO REFRESHING THAT MUM COLLECTIVES are increasingly becoming the norm in so many parts of London. The latest on our radar is the London Mothers Club – or the snappily abbreviated LoMoC. Although based in South West London, its events are starting to spread far and wide – the popular and most recent London Mothers Club Does a Family Affair was held at the Red Gallery in Shoreditch earlier this month. The club also organises craft clubs, pampering afternoons at Whole Foods, intimate suppers in glamorous locations around town and career coaching workshops to help women going back to work. Founder Kerrie-Anne Bradley, who runs LoMoC with friends Sophie and Lisa, says: “The emphasis is on fun and enabling mums to enjoy some of what they did before having children – as well as life with children.” Coming up in the autumn is pole-dancing, a dinner hosted by a secret celebrity chef, more collaborations with Whole Foods and lots more. We also love the Club’s Little Black Book, under the Friends section on the website. londonmothersclub.com
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THAT EXTRA bespoke one-toone attention to take you through your pregnancy, the early stages of motherhood and potentially back to your career, Lisa Barnwell is the one for you. Lisa has over 12 years of specialist maternity experience as a complementary therapist, and has recently added pre and postnatal yoga to her skill set. But along with the more holistic side of things, Lisa’s focus is on helping women tap into the real value of their changing selves. Through accessing more innate and creative wisdom and embracing the changes pre and post pregnancy, she aims to dispel the negative connotations of the term ‘baby or pregnancy brain’. With this in mind she set up “Bumps and the Boardroom” starting with a seven day global round of conversations featuring acclaimed speakers and experts – about how pregnancy, motherhood and business can go hand in hand and positively benefit one another. Lisa Barnwell offers support at all levels and has made a name for herself working with senior-level executives and corporations in London and is now expanding globally, but her main aim will always be how women can feel better about themselves. “Priorities do change when you become a mother,” she says, “but holding on to your own identity and finding a way to balance all your needs is something I am very passionate about supporting.” lisabarnwell.co.uk
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Weekly classes are held in Chiswick, Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Parsons Green and Swiss Cottage Amanda’s Action Club use funky music, nursery rhymes, unique props and musical instruments to inspire little ones to move, explore and have fun. All fitness and music classes are suitable for children aged four months to four years and their parents or carers. They welcome children with additional needs. Their motto is “Children dance best when adults dance with them!”. See the timetable on their website or email or call for more information. e: email@example.com t: 01895 623999 amandasactionclub.co.uk
Kiddikicks – as Soon as You Can Walk, You Can Play Football! The very best football coaching for toddlers and children aged from 18 months up to seven years. The classes are unique as they involve the whole family by encouraging parent participation. Join the fun and see your child score a hat-trick of football, fitness and fun with Kiddikicks Football Classes! Birthday party, private and holiday classes, nursery and after school sessions also available. Kiddikicks is now available to franchise – contact us now to change your life. Sign up today to receive your player’s free kit (registration fees apply). e: firstname.lastname@example.org t: 020 7937 7965 kiddikicks.co.uk
The Best Children’s Sports Club in Town! Classes in Battersea, Brook Green, Chiswick, Ealing, Fulham, Knightsbridge and Kensington Discover your toddlers’ sporting talent at The Little Foxes Club. Children from 18 months gain new skills and confidence through playing sports. Their fun, active sessions run all year round, both indoors and outdoors. Classes are age-specific which encourages even the shyest child to make new friends. Parents can relax and watch their child’s motor skills develop amidst joy and laughter. Come rain or shine, going to the park has never been so much fun! e: email@example.com t: 020 7376 0006 thelittlefoxesclub.com
Birth and Parenthood MyHealthcare Clinic, Commodore House, Juniper Dr, London SW18 1TW Learn everything you need to know as you plan for your baby’s birth and the early days of parenthood. Taught by a team of experts who are also parents, their small inclusive teaching groups provide the best learning environment. The course covers both natural and assisted deliveries, baby care demonstrations and baby first aid. Classes are run on Thursday evenings from 7-9.30pm and sessions are for couples only, taking place at MyHealthcare Clinic, Battersea Reach. Postnatal care is available with feeding specialist, physiotherapist and GP. t: 07940 589 021 theprenatalclassroom.com
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Gymboree’s commitment to quality is unsurpassed and every day thousands of parents and carers across the UK choose Gymboree because they want the best for themselves and their children. The team at Gymboree have a simple goal: to provide the best Play and Learn, Art and Music classes for newborn to five year olds in the world! With over 33 years of experience, their classes and activities are based on a blend of early childhood development theories, complemented by years of hands-on experience. Gymboree’s tried-and-tested formula with physical, social, sensory and imaginary elements make for 45 minutes of fun, challenging and age-appropriate activities – helping your little ones through crucial early stages. Themes, props and set-ups change frequently. Members also get exclusive access to Open Gym free play sessions at their site. Little ones can bring any adult along with them to play in a clean, colourful and safe environment with purpose-built equipment. Art classes start from 18 months and let children be the artist. Self-expression and creativity are inspired by painting, drawing, printing and more. Music classes run from six months, using a global mix of language and genres from ‘the classics’ to more modern sounds. Sensory Baby Play classes start from newborn and feature sensory and physical stimulation from a varied mix of props and activities. Little ones become attentive and interested in their growing understanding of the world with songs, tactile play, physical games and more. Free trial classes available at: Bayswater and Notting Hill, Bromley, Chiswick, Clapham, Docklands, Ealing, East Dulwich, Hampstead, Harrow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Putney, Wandsworth and Wimbledon. gymboree-uk.com
Award-winning preschool music classes for children aged three months to four years. Monkey Music has 20 years’ experience of providing entertaining classes that captivate both children and adults with a combination of catchy songs, activities, percussion instruments and props. Monkey Music’s progressive curriculum encourages children to grow in confidence, improve listening, communication and concentration skills, and make new friends. Classes are offered in Putney, Barnes, Parsons Green, Fulham, Chelsea, Gloucester Road, Belgravia, Kensington, Notting Hill, Primrose Hill and Hampstead. Check their website for a full timetable and book your complimentary session. monkeymusic.co.uk
Water Babies This is the UK’s leading baby swimming company offering innovative baby swimming classes across London, taught by world-class instructors. Babies love being in water – so they have fun learning life-saving skills. Swimming from birth is natural, after all, they’ve just spent nine months in the womb! Water Babies’ multi-award-winning programme is structured yet gentle, centred around the needs of each child. And their results speak for themselves. “Our classes have saved at least eight children from drowning.” t: NW London 020 8427 4012 t: NE London 020 8989 4821 t: N London 020 3617 8823 t: SE London 020 8858 5242 t: SW London 020 7585 1510 waterbabies.co.uk
Drama Sessions for Early Years Children and Children with Special Needs Theatre Tots work in schools, nurseries and children’s centres providing weekly sessions. Their shows tour three times a year and they provide trained drama support and BSL signers for classes and events. They publish their original stories and CDs. ‘The not-so-scary cactus’ and ‘The star that lost its twinkle’ are now available online and in selected book stores with another eight books to follow over the next two years. Theatre Tots have a licence running in China through IBest education and two branches in the USA in Pennsylvania and New York. Call Laura on: 07801 072776 e: firstname.lastname@example.org theatretots.com
Maggie & Rose’s Wonderful Classes are Simply the Best! Clubs in Kensington and Chiswick Maggie & Rose classes are adapted so little ones from just three months old can take part. Join the ‘food fairies’ in their cookery schools, toddle into the Art Studios and sing at the top of your lungs! Enjoy their newly-renovated Kensington club or try out Maggie & Rose in Chiswick – it’s an amazing 12,500 square foot space, complete with café, soft play lounge, cinema snug, roof terrace, Boogie Bus for the big kids and even a Village Nursery. The adventures are endless, the skills learnt are invaluable. Maggie & Rose is where childhood memories begin! t: 020 7371 2200 Kensington t: 020 8994 7211 Chiswick maggieandrose.com
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Expert Parenting Coaching and Advice for New Parents Informative local workshops for parents and parents-to-be, come along and learn in an informal and friendly environment while meeting other new parents and parents-to-be. Using emotional coaching solutions and consultancy on practical parenting issues, The Parent and Baby Coach offers workshops on Preparing to become a Parent, Daddy-to-be Classes, Baby Routine and Sleep and the Psychology of Babies’ first year. The classes are held at various locations throughout London, workshops are popular with first time parents looking for some expert advice and to meet other parents in similar situations. t: 033 0660 0204 theparentandbabycoach.com
A Revolutionary Foreign Language and Music Programme Spanish or French classes are throughout London Can you imagine a programme for children where they combine learning music and a foreign language? Bilingual Beats’ specialist programme is uniquely designed to ensure musical and language skills develop together in a fun and creative way. The classes use live music, and children (0-5 years) learn to move rhythmically, sing, and develop listening and improvisation skills. Alongside they’ll acquire vocabulary and structures in a second language through playful and developmentally appropriate activities. e: email@example.com t: 07561 393 932 / 07809 411 650 bilingualbeats.com
The Little London Music School
Knightsbridge, Kensington, Notting Hill, Chiswick The Little London Music School introduces your child to the joy of music and builds a foundation for learning an instrument. Specialising in classically based music, they offer classes and instrumental tuition for children aged from six months to five years. Little London classes feature a tailor-made curriculum for each stage of your child's development. With professional musicians, teachers and live orchestral instruments, their comprehensive, structured, and stimulating curriculum is designed to foster enjoyment and understanding of the fundamentals of music. Free trial class. e: firstname.lastname@example.org t: 07963 254 968 thelittlelondonmusicschool.com
Nurturing you from bump to beyond Are you a new mum or mum-to-be? Newly opened in St John's Wood, The Nest is a holistic mother and baby centre. Offering a host of exercise classes, Pregnancy Yoga, Mum&Baby Ballet, and PregDance (which helps strengthen your body and improves flexibility in preparation for birth). Alongside this, The Nest have a fantastic choice of pre and postnatal educational workshops such as HypnoBirthing, nutrition, parenting, first aid and social events such as coffee mornings for like-minded mums, and breastfeeding drop-ins. e: email@example.com t: 07807 882 519 t: 07717 434 029 thenestmaternity.co.uk
Not Just a Walk in the Park! Being the original and largest buggy workout network in the UK, Buggyfit find the greatest trainers in the industry to ensure you get the best results while having loads of fun with a bunch of like minded mums by your side. This power walking class, with a mix of cardio and strengthening exercises is proving to be the answer to shifting postnatal weight and re-toning your body after giving birth. Effective, safe postnatal workout that burns fat, improves posture and strengthens core muscles while also being a one-hour social class with time to chat to other mums. All levels of fitness welcomed, it’s fun and baby comes too! * Beckenham and Bromley, Jane Bradshaw 07941 698 141 firstname.lastname@example.org * Bushy Park (Teddington, Hampton and Kingston), Kate Smart email@example.com 07966 251 852 Ealing and Chiswick, Jo Martin * firstname.lastname@example.org 07958 239 991 * Hackney and Leyton/Walthamstow, (Pre and postnatal personal training also available) Thelma Mensah Thelma@after9fitness.com after9fitness.com 07957 451 694 Richmond Park (Kingston & * Richmond gates), Surbiton & New Malden Anna Coe email@example.com mumsinshape.co.uk South Wimbledon, Raynes Park and * Morden, Gayle Moore firstname.lastname@example.org * Wandsworth and Tooting Common and Wandsworth Park, Eliza Stuart email@example.com elizadoalot.com t: 07779 271 655 buggyfit.co.uk
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Mermaid Retreat 234a King’s Road, London SW3 5UA Mermaid offer a wide range of educational sessions for antenatal and postnatal mothers in their bright and welcoming “Sun Room”, situated in the heart of their inviting Retreat on the King’s Road. The Mermaid philosophy is rooted in providing exemplary care and support for mothers at all stages along their journey, with workshops covering a whole host of topics: Natural Birth Preparation; Caesarean Birth, Hypnotherapy for Birth; Breastfeeding; Sleep Routines; Mother and Baby Nutrition, and Paediatric First Aid. From 1 September Mermaid are launching brand new weekend and midweek retreat packages which condense the whole maternity preparation process into a luxury break. These are as much about receiving expert advice as they are about networking with like-minded mothers-to-be, enjoying fine à la carte dining, experiencing treatments in their Wellness Spa and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of their boutique maternity hotel. These experiences make the ideal gift for a pregnant friend or partner, or simply the sensible choice for busy professionals who want a complete premium experience with an unrivalled service. Every day Mermaid run fitness classes covering a wide variety of sessions suitable for pregnant women and new mothers. These include Pregnancy Pilates, Activemum, Barrecorre, Postnatal Yoga, Postnatal Pilates, Mother and Baby and Yoga and Baby massage. At all times their members can also book their baby crèche facility and have a meal or snack at their onsite Bistro. For full class schedules and workshop timetables, or to find out more details about Mermaid’s complimentary smoothie or discounted first class offer for new members, please contact below. e: firstname.lastname@example.org t: 020 7199 3220 mermaid.co.uk
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Little Maths, Rhythm and Shapes Is your little one a budding Einstein? Why not encourage their natural curiosity and enthusiasm about the world by introducing them to Little House of Science’s fun-filled Little Maths Toddler workshops for children aged two to three years. The classes are aimed at building your child’s confidence with quantities and numbers from one to 10, and with the support of exciting themes, such as Sea World, Arctic Animals and Planets, as well as a stimulating mix of rhythm, music, shapes and colours. The session will be held in Chelsea from nine September over 10 weeks, on Tuesdays, 10-10.50am at Coppers Arms, Flood Street, SW3 5TB. e. email@example.com t. 0800 092 1062 littlehouseofscience.com
1-2-1 Swimming Sessions City Swim Academy was started by a former team GB swimmer through Grange Hotels in London. It’s a unique Swim Academy as lessons are all 1-2-1 ensuring each individual receives full attention in a private luxurious environment. Offering sessions for children as early as four months, their instructors are ASA level two, lifeguard qualified and CRB checked and are committed to seeing each child reach their full potential. With over 20 years’ teaching experience, their ethos is that technique is the key to teaching to swim effortlessly. Book your first five lessons and you’ll receive the first free. firstname.lastname@example.org 07500 696 866 cityswimacademy.co.uk
Heaven Nutfield 19 High Street, Nutfield, Surrey RH1 4HH Nestled in Nutfield High Street, Heaven Family Members Club offers a vast array of studio classes both with and without your little ones. Their weekly timetable includes children’s dance sessions, arts and craft clubs, cookery, baby massage, mini gymnastics, Pilates for grown ups and much more (please visit the website for the full timetable). The beauty of participating in the classes at Heaven Nutfield is that you can also make use of their other fabulous facilities while you’re there. For example, the on-site crèche – situated in the pretty courtyard across from the glass walled studio and in eye-shot of the upstairs Pamper Rooms – gives you the perfect opportunity to relax and have a massage or your nails done. You can unwind in their lovely large playroom enjoying books, toys and interactive games together. The staff are so friendly at Heaven and go out of their way to make sure you have a truely blissful time, and it’s also a great place to socialise with other parents over a coffee and cake. There is a lovely spacious café which is great for lunches and snacks; serving paninis, salads and wraps, Mini Mezze selection plates, Ella’s kitchen pouches and delicious fresh fruit smoothies. There are also evening workshops and a meditation class. In fact, there’s so much to do both with and apart from your little one, it’s best to make an entire day of it! You can see the website or call to find more information about Heaven Nutfield’s different membership and Day Visitor options. Reader offer: if you quote Baby London you will receive a 25% discount on all the beauty treatments! t: 01737 420 102 heaven-nutfield.com
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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR again where we start counting down the sleeps to one of the biggest baby events of the year – The Baby Show. Held at Olympia from 24-26 October, this year’s show promises to be a hit, and with the Baby London Boutique line up bursting with exclusive loveliness it’s no surprise really. Not only is The Baby Show a great insight into the magical baby world, it’s also an opportunity for mothers and fathers alike to kit out their nurseries, grab those all-important parenting essentials, and indulge in some gorgeous children’s attire, all in one fell swoop. So if you’ve got a lovely little one, or maybe you’re still sporting a beautiful bump, let the Baby London Boutique inspire you into a domain of baby bliss. There are some fabulous stands to visit, but remember to pop along to our very own stand at BB1 where we’ll have some fantastic goodie bags, you’ll even be treated to a cupcake. Here’s a taster of a few companies you can expect to see this year in the Baby London Boutique.
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If you’re looking for something completely unique, Cute Cute’s stand is a must. The founder, who is also a mum, makes all the stock herself, and she’s truly passionate about making children and their parents happy. We are sure her products will put a smile on everyone’s face. Check out her adorable pieces for boys and girls. We love her hair accessories too. cutecute.co.uk
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Exhibiting at the Baby London Boutique for the first time is Asquith Nannies. Their experts will be on hand to answer any questions parents may have and can inform visitors on their revolutionary approach to childcare. Providing a seamlessly blended nanny time with nursery time service, it’s truly a new choice for parents. Offering full and part-time options for your child to be with a nanny, you then decide how many days you would like your child to attend one of their Asquith nurseries, 31 of which are based in London. asquithnannies.co.uk
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With a traditional approach when designing and publishing, Busy Peas bring fashion and education together beautifully. The essence of the brand revolves around their fantastic range of baby clothes, which introduces little ones to fruit and vegetables at an early age, this then encourages them to read and learn how to grow their personal favourites. busypeas.co.uk
Merino Kids, internationally award-winning textile company from New Zealand, designs and produces baby and infant sleepwear and playwear made from the “natural wonder fibre” Merino wool. Their company is an advocate of providing babies with safe natural products and is trusted by parents all over the world. The full collection includes sleepwear, sleeping bags, swaddle wraps, playwear, organic skin care and organic bedding solutions. The Merino Kids UK Team will be available for swaddle demonstrations throughout the show. merinokids.co.uk
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EXCLUSIVE TICKET OFFER Baby London readers can enjoy a special price of just £11.95 per ticket for The Baby Show at Olympia. To book your ticket visit thebabyshow.co.uk or call 0871 231 0844 and quote ‘BLE’. The show is taking place on 24-26 October at Olympia, Kensington, London W14 8UX. Calls cost 10p per min from a BT Landline. Calls from other networks and mobiles may vary. Transaction fee applies. Box Office closes 23 October.
Maria Murray’s award-winning photography continues to blow us away, and as one of the most experienced (with over 11 years under her belt) and well-known baby photographers in the UK, she has a hugely enviable portfolio. Maria’s talent shines through in her work as she captures many newborns’ sense of innocence by beautifully applying her creative flair and vision. Visit Maria’s stand in the Baby London Boutique to view a selection of stunning imagery. sweetbambini.co.uk
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First opening their doors in Putney in 1997, 17 years on Chic Shack is still thriving and is recognised as a top brand globally by royalty, rock stars, footballers and supermodels, and you only have to look at their fabulous furniture collection to understand why. Inside this interior boutique, situated just five minutes away from Putney Bridge, you’ll find a range of painted furniture from the classic sleigh cot to rocking and feeding chairs. Their cabinetmakers and craftsmen are
perfectionists who gorgeously create an array of furniture. There really is something for everyone, whether you’re going down the traditional route, or finding inspiration from our French neighbours you'll be more than inspired by this charming boutique. Chic Shack offers innovative and exciting collections of painted furniture and accessories for the home, so when planning a nursery or child's bedroom it has to be a first port of call for London parents.
Since 2004, Little Bevan has offered beautifully styled occasion clothes and accessories for weddings and special events. With dedicated charming children’s collections for all ages, you’ll adore the quality offering of silk occasion wear that is designed, made and sold in London. This boutique aims to relax customers; with an array of toys to distract the little ones, and there’s also a sofa and baby changing facilities too.
bobo kids is a luxury boutique for designer kids furniture, with an eclectic mix of modern, vintage and designer homeware for the littlest members of your family. You’ll find staple items from European and American designers that will give your child’s room or nursery a unique, funky feel. Whilst you’re there, ensure to check out their superb range of storage solutions, art and accessories to complete the look.
53 MORETON STREET, SW1V 2NY 0207 821 9499 | littlebevan.co.uk
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ilovegorgeous launched as a wholesale children’s wear collection in September 2007. Designing exclusively for girls aged from newborn to 13 years. Since then, ilovegorgeous has expanded far and wide, with its wholesale reaching the USA and France. But luckily for us London parents, ilovegorgeous' flagship shop is in the heart of bustling Notting Hill, on Ledbury Road. And more recently they opened their second addition with their equally gorgeous boutique in Primrose Hill.
Merino Kids’ showroom, located in Northcote Road, is a breath of fresh air, bedecked with all things cute and cosy. The team at Merino Kids know how important sleep is to little ones; check out their awardwinning Go Go Bag and Cocooi swaddle baby wraps. From the fabric to the finish, their collection is internationally renowned for its quality. If you're looking for silky soft, light, kind to delicate skin sleepwear Merino Kids' is the perfect solution.
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Fashion is an ever-changing cycle, when trends dip in and out. Rachel Riley’s focal is maintaining her signature, the ultimate traditionallyinspired look for girls, boys, infants and ladies. And we’re spoilt in London with two Rachel Riley boutiques to choose from, both beautifully charming and gorgeously stocked. These boutiques are the perfect shopping destination when looking for something that little bit special. 82 MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET, W1U 4QW, 14 PONT STREET, SW1X 9EN
At Nature's Purest, which recently opened its doors in Balham, they pride themselves on ethical products. Their beautiful baby clothing, bedding, blankets, toys and gifts are made from organicallygrown, naturally-coloured cotton. That means no harmful nasties on your baby’s precious skin. Baby will love to snuggle in their super-soft cotton and you will have peace of mind, knowing baby is safe, secure and looking beautiful. 78 BALHAM HIGH ROAD, SW12 9AG
Mini Raxevsky, today, has grown internationally, with an impressive 35 stores worldwide. The time has come to enjoy shopping Mini Raxevsky on London turf. Their beautiful Winter Collection of combines classic with chic, folk with modern, every day outfits with formal wear, all with a nod to International fashion. This beautiful fresh new store is so bright and airy, making your shopping experience a good one. 172 OLD BROMPTON ROAD, SW5 0AN
With eight stores in total, London's lucky enough to home four of ASPACE's boutiques (with shops in Westbourne Grove, Battersea, Chiswick and Fulham). For all of your interior needs, let us point you ASPACE's direction. They have been furniture experts for over 20 years so are more than qualified when it comes to creating beautiful interiors. We also love their fantastic selection bedding for boys and girls, alongside their amazing storage solutions. STORES ACROSS LONDON
Recently opening their third London boutique, Séraphine now boasts three stores across Marylebone, Kensington and Hampstead. Their latest addition, the Marylebone store, features a chandelier and plush changing rooms while stocking a fabulous collection of their gorgeous maternity wear. You'll find everything you will need for a stylish pregnancy, from day dresses and maternity work wear, to ballerina pumps which combat back pain. STORES ACROSS LONDON 0844 287 0001 | seraphine.com
Niddle Noddle began its life as an online shop four years ago, stocking unique labels that were hard to find in the UK. Now parents shouldn't face that problem as they launched their first shop just a year ago in Crouch End. In store you'll find an abundance of original handmade goodies from toys to knitwear. Let your childhood memories come alive with this adorable boutique. Not forgetting the favourite addition for mini-shoppers... their built-in slide. 5 TOPSFIELD PARADE, CROUCH END, N8 8PR | niddlenoddle.com
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Now, eight years on from the launch of CdeC by Cordelia de Castellane, the brand continues to impress us envious Brits craving continental fashion and yearning for our French fashion fix. A certain je ne sais quoi is more than apparent with their collections. With over 18 stores in total, London parents can enjoy their intimate and cosy Fulham store, and their more recent addition located in the fruitfully fashionable location of Notting Hill. 0207 2294 910
An adorable pink-painted boutique in the beautiful Chelsea Green, Amaia stock adorably smart attire and shoes for babies, boys and girls. Owners Amaia from Spain and Segolene from France design their stunning children’s clothing collections which always catch the attention of little Londoners. Sourcing beautiful fabrics from all over Europe, the team are experts in creating beautiful outfits for young ones. 14 CALE STREET, LONDON SW3 3QU
Having recently moved into their brand new store at 164 Walton Street, the new Blue Almonds boutique is 60% bigger than the previous shop. Customers can still expect to find all their favourite fashion and interiors along with new-to-store labels including Spanish brand Paz Rodriguez, Olli Elli chairs and Italian cashmere from Masserano. Alongside their very first children’s collection with cashmere designer Madeleine Thompson. 164 WALTON STREET, SW3 2JL
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This family-run store recently opened its latest branch in Beckenham, which promises to deliver the same trove of treasures we have come to expect from this high quality toy shop. Packed with games, baby toys, arts and crafts, puzzles and pocket money toys, Just Williams is such an exciting destination for children to visit, with a play table, exciting displays and demonstration toys. Who doesn't love a trip to a toy shop? STORES ACROSS LONDON
The Mayoral brand was established over 70 years ago and is known for its affordable fashion featuring designer detailing. Mayoral’s styles cover the hard to please boys, tween and teen markets, which is distributed in more than 63 countries. You can shop their fantastic range at either of their boutiques, one in the middle of ‘Nappy Valley’, and their recently opened store outside London at Bluewater Shopping Centre. 020 7228 9669
Founded by Maria Busquets in 2000, Maria has spent over a decade travelling the globe in search of the world’s finest materials for your little ones. Maria’s vision to combine luxurious fabrics with timeless classic design saw the launch of Cashmirino. The Cashmirino boutiques are located in the most exclusive fashion streets of Milan and London. The brand has grown to become renowned for fine fabrics for babies and children. 31 BURLINGTON ARCADE, W1J 0PY 020 7495 0708 | cashmirino.com
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Based in Paris, Jacadi reinterprets the latest French trends to make adorable outfits for fashionconscious kids ages zero to 12. This luxury clothing label offers everything from coats to shoes, all designed with timeless cuts and beautiful materials. Come winter, head to Jacadi for sweet mohair cardigans and velvet blazers for girls, and sharp Navy-inspired coats for boys. They even have a super chic furniture line too! 02070 303 922 (BROMPTON RD) 02072 599 697 (KING’S RD) jacadi.com/en
The Petit Bateau stripe is probably the most iconic badge of chic children's ware and is undeniably the staple for any little person’s wardrobe, but this well-loved brand offers a lot more, recently extending its beautiful French designs to include adults clothing too! After 120 years in the business, the brand continues to produce high quality designer children's wear from from “petit culottes” and sweet envelopeneck babygrows to super cool, bright yellow fisherman jackets.
Caramel have got it spot on. They have managed to create a gorgeous clothing line for ages zero to 12 years that’s both adorably sweet and understatedly cool at the same time. You’ll be able to find timeless pieces for every day dress, as well as special occasions. There's also a small but well-edited selection of toys and home decor pieces. Caramel is the last word in beautifully crafted, on-trend and luxurious clothing that's practically and tough-wearing at the same time?
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Their competitively priced yet superb range includes literally everything you could possibly need for young family life: maternity wear, baby and children's wear, toys, home décor and all the pieces in between. Whether you’re hunting down some mini snow boots for a family skiing holiday or a practicle toy storage solution, you’ll find it at JoJo's. With 'drawing areas' to keep your little one's occupied, shopping at their child-friendly stores is enjoyable for all sorts of reasons! STORES ACROSS LONDON
This iconic London based store offers a wide choice of children's wear and acessories, excellent in quality, value and design. Exclusive, yet affordable; stylish yet traditional, and you won't find their designs anywhere else. The family-run business first opened its doors in 1990 and has been delivering quality products for children aged 0-10 ever since, not forgetting their famous hairdressing service. With six stores across London, Trotters is never far away. STORES ACROSS LONDON
French designer brand Catimini creates fun, vibrant clothes for ages zero to 14. Known for their high quality fabrics, great attention to detail and above all, their free, creative spirit, Catimini designs children's wear that stands out from the crowd and is sure to be loved by you and your little Londoner alike. For winter, check out Catimini’s knitted tights that come in all sorts of fantastic prints, as well as their quirky Fairisle cardigans.
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Work of art: Julia and Romy
How’s your day been so far? I am at the office now but I took my daughter Romy for French toast and eggs this morning at a little café near my house, then we went to buy toys for upcoming birthday parties – so the day started pretty well.
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We’re big fans of your website, Romy and the Bunnies. What inspired you to start it? After having my baby, I couldn’t find any websites that related to my lifestyle, my tastes, and those of the other mommies around me. Everything felt very dated. I wanted to create a platform for mothers like me, who are hands on with their babies, but who like to take care of themselves. Women who work – and work out – like to look good and like to travel with and without their children. Motherhood shouldn’t signal the end of these things, it should heighten them. What do you love most about living in New York? It is one of the most exciting cities in the world. And my neighbourhood, Chelsea, is quite central and residential as well. What’s the best thing about being a mother? The smiles, the laughs and
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THIS ISSUE’S INSPIRATIONAL MAMA IS NEW YORK-BASED, ROMY AND THE BUNNIES FOUNDER JULIA RESTOIN ROITFELD. WE CAUGHT UP WITH HER TO FIND OUT WHO AND WHAT MAKES HER TICK the cuddles are the best, but having someone whose education and wellbeing depends 100% on you can be a lot of pressure – and very scary. How do you stay balanced in terms of health, fitness and wellbeing? I try to go to the gym at least three to four times a week. I do SoulCycle and Ballet Beautiful, it’s especially good for the body and the mind. Who are your inspirations? My mom, Carine [who was former editor-in-chief of French Vogue].
How often do you visit London? Where do you stay and what are your must-visits? I’m there about once a year. Last time it was for a wedding and I stayed just one night at the Connaught with my family. I’m really hoping to come back for Fashion Week. Can you share any of your exciting plans for the future? I am always a bit sceptical about sharing projects before anything is finished, so I prefer to keep it to myself! However one thing I would love to do is a maternity line.
Julia glows during her pregnancy; daughter Romy (right) now two years old
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