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39 EVER GREEN Keen to do your bit to protect the planet? Here’s the top children’s brands with eco credentials 52 BRAD THE DAD Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper reveals how he’s finding fatherhood so far 58 DOUBLE UP... Martha Alexander rounds up the best multifunctional products for babies 61 PARTY TIME: FIRST FATHER’S DAY Carole Middleton reveals her tips for celebrating this special milestone 62 BEHIND THE BRAND: FRUGI Natalie Keeler meets the founder of the eco-conscious childrenswear label 68 EASY TO SWALLOW? Becky Dickinson investigates the alleged benefits of consuming your placenta
Mum wears knit top, ¤89, FUB. Print dress, £69, & Other Stories. Imogen wears ruffle-collared knit bodysuit, ¤52, FUB. Print leggings, ¤35.50, MarMar Copenhagen.
40 FAMILY AFFAIR We celebrate the love between real-life parents and their gorgeous little ones 50 AHEAD OF THE CURVE Antonia O’Brien shares her favourite sustainable maternity fashion finds
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23 BABY LOVES We show some love for Kromkommer and Plan Toys’ misshapen collaboration 25 SHOP THE THEMES Whatever your nursery style, say hello to summer with this season’s latest offerings 46 FATHER’S DAY GIFT LIST Whether he’s a daddy cool or papa bear, we’ve got that present wrapped up 80 TOUCH WOOD Bring a touch of tradition to baby’s nursery with wooden toys
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83 FOOD NEWS The latest treats for children 84 ALL THINGS NICE Alice Fotheringham whips up some delicious seasonal dishes for baby to try
t spending opens up abou Bradley Cooper (p.52) daughter Lea family time with
89 TRAVEL NEWS Dreaming of sunnier climes? We round up the hottest new escapes and products for families 90 POSTCARD FROM HEREFORDSHIRE Kerry Spencer and family enjoy an idyllic rural retreat in Hay-on-Wye 92 GOING GREEN We uncover the best eco-friendly getaway spots that are perfect for baby, too Check out our pick of fabulous Father’s Day goodies on p.46
BABY NEWS Keeping you in the know with all things great and small 19 WIN! A BUMPER ROYAL GIVEAWAY Mark the arrival of Baby Sussex with this prestigious prize from Snüz 20 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Pens at the ready – we have a few suggestions to keep you busy this June
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92 Editorial Director Maxine Briggs Editor-at-Large Kate Freud Editor Rebecca Moore Online Editor Jennifer Read-Dominguez Sub Editors Laura Sutherland, Natalie Keeler Editorial Assistant Annie Quinton Digital Content Producer Ruby Norris Creative Director Chloë Collyer Senior Designer Natalie Dourado Freelance Designer Matt Bookman Contributing Editors Clare Byam-Cook, Emma Cannon, Georgina Cohen, Marina Fogle, Chiara Hunt, Carole Middleton, Jade Parfitt, Natalie Pinkham, Kate Silverton, Zita West Digital Publishing Director Paul Rayner Director of Media James Dobson Advertisement Director Lyndal Beeton Head of Market Julie Price Senior Sales Executive Miranda Gyamfi Ma Sales Executive Emma Cain
MY ESSENTIALS We chat to Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill about her new fitness app, exercise during pregnancy and family life with her two children GREEN READS Emma O’Donovan rounds up the best eco-inspired books for baby LEO’S LITTLE LUXURIES Leonora Bamford shares her favourite things this month DIARY OF A MUM In her latest instalment, Joanna Ellner angsts about baby Noah’s attitude towards solids TOT GEAR NEWS What’s new in baby kit, plus we put the Silver Cross Jet to the test HEALTH & BEAUTY NEWS From skincare to baby tech, we reveal the latest products and innovations in the world of wellbeing
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Q&A WITH ZITA WEST The fertility expert reveals whether acupuncture can help with fertility, IVF and postnatal depression THE BREASTFEEDING CAFÉ Can you donate the breast milk your baby doesn’t need? Professor Amy Brown reveals all TIME TO TALK Marina Fogle and Dr Chiara Hunt address the concerns around overdue pregnancy THE REVIEW Going through the weaning process? Laura Mason rounds up the best food processors on the market INTERIOR NEWS The stylish nursery updates we’re coveting this month NURSERY NEWS What’s going on in early years and beyond BOUTIQUES Our pick of the most beautiful baby boutiques nationwide INSPIRE We chat to Emma Bunton, co-founder of Kit + Kin, about juggling family life, carbon footprints and brands’ responsibility to give back to the planet
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recycling rainwater, on page 92 Natalie Keeler rounds up her favourite green getaways that baby can come along on too. And of course, this turn in weather sees new seasonal fruit and veg crop up, too. Make the most of baby’s summertime weaning with delish recipes from infant nutritionist Alice Fotheringham on page 84. Plus, don’t miss our review – on page 76 – of the best food processors that’ll see you through those batch-puréeing days and beyond, with ease. The month of June is also all about the lovely dads in our lives. We’ve searched high and low for the ultimate Father’s Day gift (p.46); and if you’re struggling to decide how to celebrate the special day, check out party expert Carole Middleton’s top tips on page 61. And to celebrate Baby Sussex’s arrival, we’ve teamed up with The Little Green Sheep to win money can’t buy limited-edition SnüzPod, perfect for your little prince or princess. Find all the details on page 19.
Cotton-blend T-shirt set, £60, man-cub.com
When I moved to London four years ago I pledged to myself that I would walk as much as I possibly could. And I do. A day rarely goes by when I haven’t hit the 10,000 step milestone and I love being on foot; it doesn’t cost a penny, it’s good for you and I can be smug about having no emission or pollution guilt for my daily commute. But it’s not easy lightening your carbon footprint – especially when babies come with so much, well, stuff. Putting together our eco issue, it only felt right to talk to mum-of-two and co-founder of sustainable brand Kit + Kin, Emma Bunton. She gives her top tips on being that little bit greener, and tells us about her brand’s commitment to the planet on page 98. One thing parents can do, is get smarter with their shopping. There are so many clever pieces that double up, offering longevity of use, Martha Alexander rounds up her favourite multifunctional finds for parents and babies that make minimalist intentions that much more doable. Find all the dual-purpose inspiration you need on page 58. Now we’ve had the first tantalising glimmer of sunshine, upcoming holidays are a hot topic at Baby HQ. From protecting local wildlife to
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Where were you born? Nottingham. Where do you live now? Reedham, South London. Favourite thing about the warmer days? Spending time outside as a family. Our living room opens onto a small but perfect terrace. How do you lower your carbon footprint? I try to only buy seasonal produce and source what I can locally. Kerry escapes to Herefordshire on p.90
Where do you live now? I live in Dorking in Surrey, which is famous for wine, cycling, chickens and its awardwinning butchers. Favourite thing about the warmer days? Sleeping with the windows open and waking up to the dawn chorus. How do you lower your carbon footprint? I walk everywhere, it’s good for the mind, heart and soul as well as the environment. Check out Emma’s eco-read roundup on p.36
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Where were you born? Croydon, but I grew up in East Grinstead. Where do you live now? Balham, South London. Favourite thing about the warmer days? Family barbecues, beach days and Pimm’s. How do you lower your carbon footprint? Recycling, walking instead of driving, and I’m trying to cut down on plastic. Read Natalie’s interview with Frugi’s cofounder Lucy Jewson on p.62
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Playmats don’t have to be unsightly! Toddlekind’s mats are as attractive as any high-end rug, and are now stocked exclusively at Scandiborn. With the functionality of a traditional foam puzzle mat, the square tiles are easy to assemble, and can be put together to fit any kind of space. The two collections, Nordic and Persian, include eight designs, featuring geometric lines, oriental-style prints and muted tones that’ll fit right into your home. From £89.99, scandiborn.co.uk
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Dawn + Day’s curated concept collection is set to include pieces from baby brands such as Bonjour Little and Hevea
Rebecca and Sophie are the sisters behind new online concept store Dawn + Day. Featuring a curated mix of clothing, toys and décor for babies up to 12 months, brands are handpicked from all corners of the world, many of which were previously hard to source in the UK. Specialising in natural and organic products, standout pieces include the crochet and raffia lion head from Ila Y Ela and the sweet striped rompers from Portuguese brand Play Up. dawnandday.com
EYES ON THE PRIZE
Cowshed and Etta Loves have teamed up to create a limited-edition gift set that’s perfect for new mums. The Baby Cow Organics hair and body wash comes with an exclusive Etta Loves muslin – crafted from bamboo, the monochrome print will stimulate baby’s senses and support their visual and cognitive development. £25, cowshed.com
AFTER MUCH DEMAND FROM LOYAL CUSTOMERS, ONLINE BOUTIQUE STEP2WO NOW SELLS CLOTHING. HAVING PREVIOUSLY SPECIALISED EXCLUSIVELY IN FOOTWEAR, ITS STOCK INCLUDES A NUMBER OF BIG-NAME DESIGNERS, FROM GUCCI TO BURBERRY. IDEAL FOR TOP-TO-TOE OCCASION OUTFITS, THERE’S PIECES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS FROM NEWBORN UP TO 14. STEP2WO.COM
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The iconic ‘baby on board’ badge has had a makeover to help mums-to-be stand out. The project, in collaboration with family app Hoop, asked illustrator Marion Deuchars and graphic designers Erin Aniker and Ellie Thomas to create two each, resulting in six badges sure to catch commuters’ eyes. Order for free online now. hoop.co.uk/baby-on-board-badges
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Swimwear brand Deakin & Blue wants to get mums swimming again – a recent survey found that half of mothers have stopped taking their kids for a splash-about because of body-image concerns. Its latest collection of eight styles has flattering details, from long sleeves to mesh panels. And each piece is made of Econyl – a nylon fibre made from post-consumer waste, such as fishing nets and industrial plastic. From £35, deakinandblue.com
Join The Woodland Wife’s Jessica as she shares the joys of an outdoor lifestyle and tips on ethical fashion for the whole family
BEST OF THE BLOGS
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The Bump & Baby Club is shaking up the world of antenatal classes with its modern approach to parenthood prep. Launched in 2014, it now has 33 locations across the capital – Kensington and Chiswick are the latest – with a St Albans outpost and plans to expand further afield. Its network of over 50 experts offers practical support and advice with a non-judgemental approach. It’s big on all things social, too, with yoga, afternoon tea, supper clubs and more. Courses from £250, bumpandbabyclub.com
Jessica lives in the Kent countryside with her husband, their two young children, two dogs and four hens. Her blog, The Woodland Wife, focuses on eco parenting and an outdoor lifestyle. Her posts highlight a number of slow-fashion brands for women, kids and even pets. She also uses the blog to raise awareness of ankylosing spondylitis, a condition characterised by chronic inflammation of the spine, including her journey to diagnosis and advice for living with it. thewoodlandwife.co.uk
MORAL FIBRES BLOG Wendy started her green-living blog in 2013 to show how easy, affordable and stylish a greener life can be – minus the patchouli oil! Her blog is split into six aspects – life & style, food & drink, home & garden, families, travel and resources. A mum to two girls, there’s content for all ages, from the best reusable nappies to environmental games for teens. Wendy’s also written a book, Fresh Clean Home, on how to make your own natural cleaning products. moralfibres.co.uk
SUSTAINABLY CHIC TEETHING ISSUES
The White Company has collaborated with Cheeky Chompers on an exclusive line just for baby. The innovative Neckerchew and MultiMuslin have been reimagined in The White Company’s scattered star print. Cast in grey and white, the Neckerchew combines a dribble bib and teether in one, while the MultiMuslin has six purposes, including pushchair shade, swaddle and burp cloth. From £14, thewhitecompany.com
Natalie, mum to baby Elliott, lives in Florida, and is passionate about living a sustainable life. Combining her enthusiasm for fashion with her concern for the environment, Sustainably Chic has become an outlet where she highlights ethical brands she loves that are doing great things. Since becoming a mother, much of her content concerns parenthood, with posts on eco-friendly kids clothing, baby bedding, pushchairs and toy storage recommendations. sustainably-chic.com
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’ve always loved the kooky clothes from ethical childrenswear brand Mini Rodini, and it comes as no surprise that stepping inside their shiny new London store is like taking a peek inside the wacky mind of its founder, Cassandra Rhodin. The colourful setting is the perfect backdrop for her latest collection Tropical Island, adorned with cool designs including monkeys carrying boomboxes and bananas, crocodiles and red leopard print. No wonder everyone from Madonna to The Kardashians can’t get enough of this fun-filled label. Mini Rodini, 237 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2SE
Who doesn’t love a baby in a puffy pair of bloomers? Mine lived in them, even my son – poor boy – was still being squeezed into them at three. If you’re looking for an extraspecial pair, Little London Bloomers has a gorge selection in everything from ditsy prints to trad tartan, as well as matching bows, and shirts, shorts and skirts – all handmade in the capital.
Step into Cassandra Rhodin’s quirky world of boombox-carrying monkeys at Mini Rodini’s colourful new London store Printed cotton bloomers, £26.95, littlelondonbloomers.com
MEMORIES TO TREASURE
The old adage about childhood passing in the blink of an eye couldn’t be truer, especially in those sleep-starved, chaotic baby years. So treasure every memory with these pretty baby milestone cards from Made by Ellis, celebrating everything from the first tooth, to the first Christmas. Get them personalised for a beautiful, thoughtful gift.
This unisex pram-comeshopping-trolley is big enough to carry all of your toddler’s most precious possessions. £89, olliella.com
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If like me, your home’s groaning at the seams with oversized, hideous plastic toys, check out Olli Ella’s tasteful kids’ homeware which will please mums and babies alike. I love this beautiful, hand-woven rattan Strolley, which transforms from a pram to a shopping trolley simply by lowering the hood, keeping all the boys and girls happy.
Don’t miss a thing with these pretty milestone cards, designed to help you treasure every memory. £14.95, madebyellis.com
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o celebrate the arrival of Baby Sussex, we’ve teamed up with Snüz, part of the Little Green Sheep Group, to give one reader a rather royal competition prize. Last year, natural baby brand The Little Green Sheep scooped the prestigious Queen’s Enterprise award, and to celebrate, made just a handful of exclusive Queen’s Enterprise SnüzPod Bedside cribs. This limited edition design can’t be bought, so baby readers can win something just as unique as their own little prince or princesses. The much-loved SnüzPod3 bedside crib is the ideal first bed from newborn to six months. The latest version boasts a stunning new look and brandnew features, including a reflux incline, wider and lighter lift-off bassinet for use around the home and dual-view breathable mesh sides, making it the perfect solution to easily comfort and feed baby during the night. The gorgeous limited-edition Queen’s Enterprise SnüzPod is made in a luxurious navy beech wood and features gold detailing and white fabric. And of course, that’s not all: the lucky winner will bag two SnüzPouch sleeping bags (worth £59.90); two crib bedding sets (worth £69.90); two sleep and comforter sets (£39.90); a baby bath & bed set (£36.95) and latest product launch, the SnüzCloud – a baby comforter worth £29.95. Good luck! thelittlegreensheep.co.uk
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Snüz is launching its first ever range of teepees, available in three beautiful patterns with playmats to match. Designed with a five-pole structure and canvas-cotton cover, these hideaways are the perfect spot for reading or imaginative play. £89.95, snuz.co.uk
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Need a little R&R? Book a spot on the Mother Rising Pregnancy Retreat in Stratford. This tailored yoga class will soothe your changing body. Lunch and a goody bag are included. From £110, benkandbo.com
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Infantino high chair £99.99, amazon.com
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The annual South of England Show draws in thousands, but it’s not all agriculture and livestock. Expect face painting, fairground rides and appearances from Paw Patrol’s finest. Kids go free, too. From £20, seas.org.uk
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To celebrate the 50th birthday of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a special stage adaptation of the book will arrive at Camberley Theatre in Surrey this weekend. With 75 colourful puppets, tots will love watching this classic come to life. From £10, hungrycaterpillarshow.com
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Pens at the ready – we have a few suggestions to keep you and baby busy this month
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Today’s your last chance to explore some of London’s best hidden green spaces, as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend. Pop into Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, where there’ll be plenty for families to do. Kids go free! From £8, opensquares.org
Families can join the Big Toddle at Dudley Zoo from 11am today, to help raise money for Barnardo’s. There’ll be a host of games and activities on offer, too. Under-fives go free. £7.50, barnardos.org.uk
Time to show the man in your life just how much he’s loved! Treat him to this ultracool Elwood backpack from Tiba + Marl and Selfridges. Crafted with black faux leather, this stylish unisex bag is perfect for family days out and about. £130, tibaandmarl.com
If you want to invest in kit that grows as baby does, you’re in luck; the Infantino Fox Grow With Me High Chair goes on sale today. With its super-cute orange character design, the chair seamlessly converts into four positions. £99.99 amazon.com
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Enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful grounds of Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, as the National Trust venue hosts its Pre School Play Day. Expect crafts, games and stories at this fun drop-in session. From £3, nationaltrust.org.uk
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An enchanting performance of Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom will take place at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn today. With four dates to choose from, this musical’s full of elves, princesses, and lots of laughter. From £12, benandholly live.com
Elwood backpack £130, tibiandmarl.com
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Introduce little ones to the joy of reading at Bookworm Babies, a six-week course at Newcastle’s National Centre for Children’s Books. Ideal for tots under 18 months, it’ll explore colours, sounds and senses. £36, sevenstories. org.uk
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“MORI GREW OUT OF OUR PASSION TO GIVE PARENTS CLOTHING ESSENTIALS THAT THEY TRUSTED WERE SOFT AND SAFE FOR THEIR BABY.” Akin, MORI Founder he ethos at MORI is to be kinder to the planet and protect it for the next generation. When creating products, the label uses sustainably-sourced methods; from its organic fabrics to the carefully chosen factories, where fair and safe working conditions are absolutely paramount. Designed for newborns up to four years, MORI’s thoughtful collections use natural materials including its softer-than-soft signature fabric. Crafted from organic cotton and bamboo, it’s gentle on baby and toddler’s delicate skin. The breathable and thermo-regulating properties help to keep little ones comfortable during the day and sleeping soundly at night.
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TIPS: WHY ORGANIC IS BEST • Better for their skin Babies and toddlers have sensitive skin, which is why going organic is best. Since sustainable materials aren’t made with chemicals they’re kinder and gentler. • Longer lasting Organic materials have resilient fibres as they’ve not been damaged by chemicals during the manufacturing process. This is ideal as organic fabrics will stay softer for much longer than treated materials. • Environmentally friendly Not only are organic materials kinder to a little one’s skin, but they’re also kinder to the planet. Since they’re not treated with harmful chemicals there is little environmental pollution from growing and using sustainable fabrics.
The MORI Clever Sleeping Bag is the safest way to sleep. Available in 0.5 and 2.5 TOG from £59.50, babymori.com
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Ypsi. Letâ€™s move, be free! Ypsi is an agile, reversible stroller that navigates the city streets and narrow spaces with ease. And as a Combo with a stylish carrycot, it meets all your needs, right from birth. Complete the Ypsi Combo system with a Primo Viaggio i-Size or Primo Viaggio SL car seat. Be Ypsi! Your Parenting Style Idea.
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Two-legged carrots, heart-shaped tomatoes and curvy cucumbers... many fruit and veggies are wasted simply because they don’t look the part! Dutch social enterprise Kromkommer is on a mission to achieve equal foodie rights. They’ve teamed up with Plan Toys to create the Wonky Fruit and Vegetables playset; the tasty toys are made from PlanWood, a unique material composed of leftover sawdust from toy production, natural glue and organic pigments. Wonky Fruit and Vegetables playset, from £29.94, babipur.co.uk
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Cotton dress £98, pepaandcompany.com
Baby Carrier One £139.99, babybjorn.co.uk
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Wide-fit bib £18, elodiedetails.com
Draw from a palette of classic nordic shades to create a timeless feel for baby’s nursery and wardrobe
Chloé jeggings £74, childrensalon.com
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ENIM Cotton romper £47, emileetida.com
Cotton-mix moccasins £17.99, zarahome.com
Cotton-blend dungarees £130, uk.diesel.com
Ferm Living musical mobile £24, nubie.co.uk
Charlie Crane rocker £189, naturalbabyshower.co.uk
Cotton bloomers £39.99, bonnetapompon.com
Ferm Living tent £99, themodernnursery.com
Carrement Beau romper £35, uk.kidsaround.com
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Knitted two-piece set £22, riverisland.co.uk
Bonpoint cotton blouse from £77, melijoe.com
Cam Cam Copenhagen musical mobile £35, nubie.co.uk
Leather loafers £22, bobux.co.uk
Olli Ella changing basket £54.95, mamaandmax.com
Mayoral dungaree set £38, childrensalon.com
Cotton joggers £22, babymori.com
Sebra bed £784, alexandalexa.com
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Perfect for the bedroom, nude and cream tones work beautifully with both neutral and colourful accents
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Plan Toys bulldozer £90, kidly.co.uk
Jellystone teether £12.50, slumber-roo.co.uk
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Babyzen Yoyo+ £389, johnlewis.com
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Cotton-blend romper £50, louislouise.com
Cotton-blend joggers £17, reima.com
Camomile London cushion £36, sistersguild.co.uk
Numero 74 jumpsuit £38, scandimini.com
Kidsmill high chair £159, naturalbabyshower.co.uk
Coming in a spectrum of shades, this versatile colour goes with everything, from baby shoes to the kitchen tiles
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Cotton bodysuit £10 (pack of three), next.co.uk
From a selection at caramel-shop.co.uk
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Leather shoes £38, scarletribbonmerino.com
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From ochre to amber, warm yellowy hues add a touch of sunshine to muted outfits and rooms
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PASS Cotton-blend dungarees £16.99, zara.com
Cotton cardigan £65, oeufnyc.com
Oyoy rug £67.95, scandiborn.co.uk
Little Indians leggings £24.77, trouva.com
Plush toy £69, steiff.com
Konges Sløjd canopy £89, smallable.com
BabyMosesBasket Moses basket £116.71, etsy.com
Cotton romper £44, bobochoses.com
Beco 8 carrier £125, becobabycarrier.co.uk
Cotton and tulle tutu £36.70, wildwawashop.com
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The Ennis-Hill children were ne er out of this heffiel brand’s rompers as babies! Jersey cotton romper £18, bearandbabe.com
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Since retirement, Jessica has made a conscious effort to spend as much time as possible with the kids
MY ESSENTIALS Firstly, tell us about your new fitness app, Jennis. The app is designed to help women stay fit and healthy during and after pregnancy, by showing them which exercises they should be doing, how to do them, what’s safe, and what the benefits are. I had two very different journeys back to fitness after having my two kids [Reggie, four, and Olivia, 19 months] – with my first, I went straight back into full-time training for the Olympics, but with my second I’d already retired, so I just wanted to feel normal again. The app’s really about putting all the knowledge I gained from my pregnancies in one place. My amazing physio has helped me put together some great exercises and advice, and now I just can’t wait for it to be launched! How did your exercise regime change during pregnancy? I wasn’t sure what exactly I was allowed to do when I first got pregnant, but I was lucky in that
DAME JESSICA ENNIS-HILL
We talk to the Olympic champion and mother-of-two about her new app, pregnancy exercise and parenthood I could draw on a lot of guidance from my coach, my physio and doctors. So, I tried a lot of body weight exercises, running, and circuit-based workouts. To be honest, it was just so nice to be able to train purely for enjoyment, rather than working towards a competition or big event. I’d never exercised like that in my life! With the Jennis app, Jessica wants to share her pre- and postpregnancy exercise expertise with mums
You retired from athletics in 2016 – what do you like to do now to keep fit? After I had Liv [in September 2017], I decided I wasn’t going to suffer through any more hill runs, weights or circuits – I’d done enough of those! But
after a few months I realised I actually missed doing them. Now, I do a lot of what I used to do when I was training as an athlete, but obviously not at that level and not as frequently as before. Is sport a big part of your children’s lives? Liv doesn’t have a clue because she’s still so little, but Reggie was around when I was still competing, so sport’s definitely big for him. He’s a very active kid, too – he plays a bit of tennis and loves swimming. You’ve also penned a series of children’s books, Evie’s Magic Bracelet. Is storytime a big thing in your house? Storytime is massive in our house! It’s so important to read to your kids when they’re young and normalise it, so it doesn’t feel like a chore as they get older. Julia Donaldson’s stories are a big hit
Wooden stacking toy £25, bobbyrabbit.co.uk
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INTERVIEW The Olympic athlete’s return to fitness was very different after each pregnancy
Reggie gives his mum’s book series, Evie’s Magic Bracelet, the thumbs up! Evie’s Magic Bracelet series £5.99 each, waterstones.com Reggie is superheromad at the moment, which is reflected in his bedroom!
How do you balance it all? Once I retired, I made a conscious effort to spend as much time with the kids as I could. But equally, I want them to see me working and doing other things outside the house as well. It is hard, but it’s just about getting that balance where you’re comfortable. I’m lucky that I can be flexible work-wise, but the kids will always come first. You feel mum guilt some of the time, but being a parent is the most incredible experience, and I think I’d definitely feel very lost if I’d retired and not had children.
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What do their rooms look like? Reggie’s quite into superheroes, so he has lots of Superman and Spiderman pictures and bedding. Liv’s room is soft pink with flamingo curtains, and little swans on the shelves. I love her room because I decorated it exactly as I’d hoped I could when I had a daughter! I got a few ornamental pieces from Bobby Rabbit; it has beautiful furniture and toys. Jessica lives in Sheffield with husband Andy and kids Reggie and Olivia
If you’ve got time on your own, what do you like to do? I switch off completely. If I had a whole day to myself, I’d love to spend a few hours at a spa. Even just an early night would be nice! And what about date night with your husband, Andy? We both really enjoy cooking, so sometimes we make a special meal at home together. We like going out in Sheffield, too, especially if there’s a new restaurant popping up. It’s great to just sit and enjoy a nice long meal without having to rush. What’s the best thing about being a mum? I love that every day’s so different. And everything changes an instant; one minute they’re elated, the next they’re crying hysterically over something totally random! Jessica Ennis-Hill’s app, Jennis, launches on 10 June and will be available at £9.99 on iOS and Android. jennisfitness.com
INTERVIEW: NATALIE KEELER. PHOTOGRAPHY: INSTAGRAM.COM/JESSICAENNISHILL; ISTOCK; SHUTTERSTOCK
When it comes with Reggie, and to dressing your I’ve just bought him two, where do you a series of three books like to shop? called Rabbit and T-shirt and shorts set Sheffield [where Bear. He’s got a little £9.99, zara.com Jessica lives] has lots bear and rabbit that of independents; he sleeps with every there’s one called night, so I thought Bear & Babe that has these would be perfect lovely rompers, so we bought a for him. And I’ve been reading lot of those when they were little. him the first book in my series, And I just love Zara Kids! which he’s enjoying.
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BOTANY FOR BABIES By Jonathan Litton and Thomas Elliot
From roots and leaves to flowers and fruits to seeds and photosynthesis, this bold book for babies delivers bitesize information in a cleverly creative way. £5.99, Caterpillar Books
Watch the changing seasons through the eyes of an old wise owl
A WALK THROUGH NATURE: A CLOVER ROBIN PEEP-THROUGH BOOK By Libby Walden Fold out pages with beautiful paper cut illustrations explore everywhere, from ponds to woodlands. The enchanting peep holes will delight young readers. £12.99, Caterpillar Books
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By Nicola Edwards & Natalie Marshall
Pack your rucksacks for an around-the-world trip with this adventurous read. From safari to jungle, each spread introduces exciting creatures and offers fascinating facts from across the animal kingdom. £7.99, Caterpillar Books
By Britta Teckentrup A sensational celebration of the seasons unfolds as a tree sprouts leaves, then blossoms, then fruit and eventually loses its leaves as winter draws in, all under the watchful eye of a wise old owl. £6.99, Little Tiger Press
By Britta Teckentrup Visiting flowers of every hue, bee has a very special job to do. A tale of wonder is about to unfold in this timely book about the importance of bees. £6.99, Little Tiger Press
THE NATURE GIRLS By Aki
Join an adventurous band of girls
as they set out to explore the great outdoors. Bright, bold and full of fun, this inspiring read will have little ones entertained from start to finish. £6.99, Macmillan
By Emily Rand Poetic text bobs across the 3D cut-out pages of this visuallystunning underwater read. Look out for the vivid orange Goby fish. £14.95, Thames and Hudson
By Libby Walden & Clover Robin Bees, butterflies and beetles; there are a whole host of brilliant bugs to meet under flaps and through peepholes in this
delightful mini-beast adventure. £8.99, Caterpillar Books
By Miranda Krestovnikoff and Jill Calder Colourful pencil illustrations bring underwater scenes to life, coral reefs filled with vibrant fish will entrance and delight as environments and inhabitants splash off the pages. £12.99, Bloomsbury
By Emily Gravett A sweet rhyming tale about Pete, a conscientious badger. He’s on a mission to keep things tidy, but soon realises that it’s teamwork that makes the dream work. £6.99, Two Hoots
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The poetic products from Danish brand Cam Cam Copenhagen covers interiors, furniture, toys, bedding and more. Founded in 2012, its philosophy is rooted in sustainability; the company is officially GOTS-certified – meaning its organic textiles adhere with strict requirements – and it designs products to have a timeless quality, ensuring they’ll be loved, passed down and appreciated for generations to come. camcamcopenhagen.com
KIT + KIN
Co-founded by Emma Bunton, Kit + Kin’s committed to using only the most eco-friendly materials and processes in its products. Its hero item, the animal-face nappy, has a part-natural absorbent core that uses significantly fewer chemicals than standard nappies, with fluff harvested from sustainably-managed forests. There’s also a skincare range made with natural, hypoallergenic ingredients and now, a babywear line of rompers, muslins and sleeping bags, all crafted from organic cotton. kitandkin.com
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Eric & Albert’s Crafts
Run by husband-and-wife duo Martin and Rebecca from their rural Kent home, Eric & Albert’s Crafts was born out of a passion to ensure their son’s toys had as low a carbon footprint as possible. The wooden toys are split into specific animal collections such as farm, woodland and ocean, and are each hand-cut from British FSC-certified wood before being individually painted with natural plant-based stains. ericandalbertscrafts.com
Organic Zoo is on a mission to encourage parents to make more conscious purchasing choices for their children. Its clothing, toys and interior accessories are all made in Europe from organic cotton; grown without any toxic chemicals, the material is kinder to baby’s skin, with the cotton farmers earning a much better price for their crop, too. This eco ethos also extends to the packaging, with labels made from uncoated paper and purchases sent in recycled grey mailing bags. organic-zoo.com
Specialising in fun appliqués and timeless designs that can be worn again and again, Toby Tiger has been leading the way in organic childrenswear for over two decades. GOTS-certified, all of its clothing is made from organic cotton in factories with a clean, safe environment, where its workers are paid a fair living wage. Sizes range from newborn to three months and up to six years old, with a sweet range of toys and homeware available too. tobytiger.co.uk
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Sophia with Dilly Sophia wears cotton kimono, £75, Olive Loves Alfie. Jeans, model’s own. Dilly wears cotton kimono, £45, Olive Loves Alfie. Linen bloomers, £30, Caramel.
FA M I LY affair As Father’s Day approaches, we celebrate the love between these real-life mums and dads and their gorgeous little ones PHOTOGR APHY: LEONIE FR EE MAN ST YLING: CHAR LOT TE KEWLEY
Tom with Estelle & Jasmine Tom wears corduroy sweatshirt, £69, Cos. Estelle wears bunny-eared crochet bonnet, £18, Gooseberry Fool. Printed cotton bloomers, £22, Olivier Baby & Kids. Jasmine wears crochet bonnet, £17, Gooseberry Fool. Cotton bloomers, £22, Olivier Baby & Kids.
Maria with Imogen Maria wears Panama hat, £20, ASOS. Cotton dress, £248, Doen. Necklaces, from a selection, Cult of Youth. Imogen wears embroidered romper, £45, Olive Loves Alfie. Frill socks, £4.99 (pack of two), Zara.
Jos with Lenny Jos wears Breton top, £72, Petit Bateau. Cotton-twill chinos, £175, Ami at Mr Porter. Leather boots, £130, Dr Martens at ASOS. Lenny wears Breton top, £29, Petit Bateau. Cotton trousers, £27, Cos. Socks, model’s own. Leather boots, £55, Dr Martens at Schuh.
Sharlene with Phoenix Sharlene wears printed jumpsuit, £139.95, Samsøe & Samsøe at Born at Dawn. Phoenix wears straw hat, £22, Petit Bateau. Cotton dungarees, £75, Monty & Co. Sunglasses, £98, Ace & Tate at Arket.
Gawayne with Grace Gawayne wears White tee, £29, Cos. Jeans, model’s own. Printed socks, £3, ASOS. Grace wears cotton romper, £48, Wolf & Rita at AlexandAlexa. Socks, £7, Falke at Childrensalon. Leather T-bar shoes, £26, Sass & Me. SPECIAL THANKS TO: MODEL AGENCY: GRACE & GALOR. PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT: ROWAN SPRAY. HAIR AND MAKE-UP: SOPHIE MOORE AT ERA MANAGEMENT, USING MARIA NILA AND WELEDA. ASSISTED BY LILY OWEN. ART DIRECTOR: CHLOË COLLYER.
FATHER’S DAY GIFT LIST What do you get the man who has everything? Whether he’s more of a daddy cool or a papa bear, we’ve got that present wrapped up
Personalised keyring £49, mercimamanboutique.com
Silver signature cuff £120, florence-london.com New baby poster ¤60, thebirthposter.com
Fragranced candle £70, bamford.com
Leather brogues £120, londonbrogues.co.uk Aesop Post-Poo Drops £20, cultbeauty.com
Dede Johnston Skiers espresso cup and saucer £57, wolfandbadger.com
Cotton T-shirt £165, stellamccartney.com
Skagen watch £179, johnlewis.com
Haig Club whisky 35cl £27.25, thewhiskyexchange.com
Backpack changing bag £49.99, bababing.com
Front carrier £79, stokke.com
Swimming shorts £185, vilebrequin.com
True Rocks pendant £225, wolfandbadger.com Bottega Veneta photo frame £310, matchesfashion.com
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Fendi wallet £290, harrods.com
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or me this is one of the most fun issues to write for, because there are just so many incredible new eco products coming out for mothers and babies on a weekly basis. When I started having children, there were very few eco brands and definitely not many that you’d swoon over and shop for the whole family. Fast forward a few years and there are now too many to mention.
Sleep’s high up on my agenda and I’m crazy about B Silent Night-Time Bath Concentrate Oil by Bamford. A long soak is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and this oil has you nodding in the nicest way. B Silent Night-Time Bath Concentrate Oil, £60, bamford.com
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WHERE TO GO
With the warmer weather approaching, I’m going to be hanging out with my best friend, who has a baby the same age, at the V&A, where there are always so many exhibitions, great places to eat and the grandest paddling pool in London, located in the John Madjeski Garden. You’ve got to watch them like a hawk as they get a bit over excited but it’s such a nice thing to do when the sun comes out. vam.ac.uk
LITTLE LUXURIES OU R COLUM NIST Leonora Bamford SHAR E S H ER FAVOU RITE THINGS THIS MONTH
Kidly is one of my go-to online shops for babies and toddlers and they have a fantastic range of eco products. This trio of musical instruments is beautiful and something you ’d keep for many years. GG* trio of musical instruments, £40, kidly.co.uk
Finally, I just had to tell you about this very cute 2 in 1 baby play gym-meets-play tent from Cam Cam Copenhagen. It’s organically produced and absolutely gorgeous. Baby gyms have certainly come a long way since I had my babies! Cam Cam Copenhagen baby gym, £164.95, scandiborn.co.uk
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AH E AD OF TH E C U RVE
ST YLIST AN D PR E SENTER Antonia O’Brien SHAR E S SUSTAINABLY CHIC SOLUTION S FOR PR E- AN D POST-NATAL DR E SSING Don’t overlook quality and sustainability in your little one’s wardrobe. Buy less and buy better so the clothes can be passed down to younger siblings or friends
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Cotton shirt, £81, stellamccartney.com
FATHER’S DAY TWINNING From a selection at arket.com
Original Wayfarer Classic sunglasses £127, ray-ban.com
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Cotton overshirt, £29, cosstores.com
Cotton chinos, £7.99, hm.com AMI chinos, £175, mrporter.com
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When dressing your mini-me, don’t go too formal; keep it fun with a playful twist on daddy’s clothing. I’m loving Stella McCartney Kids star print shirt, perfect for special occasion.
Style your bump… Sustainable fashion now covers all corners of your style needs, from weekend wardrobe through to chic dressing. And from recycled Levi’s denim to Arket swimwear made from sea waste, being eco conscious has never looked so good! CLOCKWISE FROM FAR RIGHT: Mini bag, £135, bottletop.org; Conscious Exclusive sunglasses, £19.99, hm.com; Oversized trucker jacket, £315, shopredone.com; Veja V-10 trainers, £115, net-a-porter.com; Organic cotton shirt, £195, aliceearly.co.uk; Organic cotton sweatpants, £115, ninetypercent.com; Swimsuit, £35, arket.com; Hatch dress, £315, net-a-porter.com; Travel deodorant, ¤15, modernbotany.com
It may at times mean paying a higher price, but sustainable style means to buying less and buying better. Hatch is the brand that delivers chic and timeless clothing for before, during and after pregnancy
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The Dad Fashion trend was born from the baggy blazers and stone-wash jeans that walked Balenciaga’s spring catwalk and Dad trainers continue to be a huge trend. Ugly, clunky, cool and on the feet of most fashion influencers, here’s some styling inspo from pairing them with embellished dresses and tailoring to dressing them down in slouchy jeans.
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INTERVIEW His late fatherâ€™s passion for ine a was what first introduced Bradley to the idea of becoming an actor
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• TA L K I N G W I T H B R A D L E Y C O O P E R •
BRAD THE DAD
Formerly the archetypal eligible bachelor, actor Bradley Cooper has eased into the fatherhood role effortlessly, says Simone Lee s an actor, Bradley Cooper has made a substantial career out of comedy, drama and action-hero genres, yet it has always appeared to be at the expense of a personal life that had ebbed and flowed between various stages of fulfilment and frustration. When you add in the fact the 44-year-old Pennsylvanian, in so many of his film roles, has played the conflicted, confused and, at times, tortured anti-hero, the whole set-up is perfectly at odds with the reallife version of the bustling, brimming, charismatic actor… until now. Or rather, until Cooper met Russian model Irina Shayk in 2015. At the time, the actor was still getting over his split from British model Suki Waterhouse, but he and footballer Ronaldo’s ex-girlfriend hit it off instantly. Within seven months, the pair were expecting their first child, and in March 2017 little Lea arrived. As an A-lister who, for so long, played against the conventional rules of marriage and kids, Cooper’s transition into doting dad has been dramatic and beautiful to watch. “Firstly, if I gave the impression I wasn’t trying to settle down and be a dad, I apologise,” he laughs, kicking off with a typically fresh flourish of humour and humility. “In a sense, I’m glad it took me a while to get to the point I’m at now. I mean, I wanted and yearned to have this for so many years, but you know when the person and the time is right, and this is it.” Their beautiful baby – full name Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper – will certainly have a perfectly calm yet ambitious upbringing, not so different to that of her dad. Cooper credits his late father for giving him the passion, drive and encouragement to become an actor, and you feel there is a real sense of him wanting to pass on those ideals. “Of course I want Lea to succeed in whatever she chooses to pursue, but as much as you want to push your child, you also want them to make their own decisions. Even the youngest child deserves the respect of a parent and that starts at not forcing them to do anything they don’t want to; and in the movie world I’ve seen things that have made me wonder if it’s really the youngster or the parent who wants to perform. “Outside of acting, I’ve started imagining what I want to bring to Lea and how I can help shape her life,” he continues. “I think cooking and spending time in the kitchen will be a big part of that – that’ll be a special thing to be able to do together and it really excites me.
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“I like to cook every day and I get so much pleasure from it. I grew up with a great appreciation of cooking. There’s so much joy for me that comes with looking at the ingredients, preparing a dish and plating the food. It’s something extraordinarily beautiful for me… it all led me to my first job, cleaning tables at a Greek restaurant in Philadelphia when I was just 15. “My mother made this incredible roast beef and my grandmother would prepare delicious ravioli the most stunning cheesecake. Those were the kinds of dishes that inspired my love of cooking but that whole feeling of family too, and I want to give that to Lea.” With their daughter having now celebrated her second birthday, the couple are firmly moving into the next phase of parenthood, with nursery and pre-school on the horizon. It probably helps that, as parents, they come from slightly different emotional perspectives – Bradley admits to being blown away by how much starting a family changes life, while Irina has been positively outspoken that she has felt the need to retain a sense of self whilst still dedicating her time to Lea. And certainly, both subscribe to the traditional values of family, and can rely on fantastic support networks. “I think you always want to emulate all the good things from your upbringing,” says Cooper. “Mine was incredibly happy – I was the youngest and of course the most spoiled of all the kids. There are a lot of advantages to being the youngest and smallest – you can get away with a lot of stuff. “My parents would focus most of their attention and disciplinary tactics on keeping my sister in line while they allowed me to do pretty much what I wanted!” he laughs. “But there were so many positive influences – we lived right across from a movie theatre in Philadelphia and my father was a true cinephile. He turned me on to all those 1970s auteur movies. I remember seeing The Elephant Man when I was like, 12, and Apocalypse Now, Network and The Deer Hunter. I loved those movies so much, and living next to a movie theatre was utopia. “But that was about all we had – that and our imaginations. In fact I would sort of live in the fantasy of whatever the feeling was after the last movie I’d seen. “I owe it to my parents who taught me not to be superficial. It was a childhood built on simple things, and that’s how I want it to be with Lea.”
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Prepare for the weaning journey by investing in Thermapen’s First Foods digital thermometer
Just right hermapen, the UK’s leading specialist thermometer brand, has launched its First Foods digital thermometer, designed to accurately check the temperature of baby’s food and milk during weaning and beyond; offering speed and convenience for parents who want to ensure that their little one’s food temperature is safe every time. Research shows that a quarter of UK parents (25 per cent) have concerns when it comes to weaning, and that as many as 5.5m have accidentally burned their little one while giving them food or milk that was too hot. The research carried out by Thermapen also found that a huge six out of 10 parents don’t know what temperature their baby’s food should be. Nearly three quarters of the parents surveyed (71 per cent) admitted they would feel less anxious if they had the right equipment to test the food accurately, and more than a fifth (22 per cent) of parents are unsure about how to test the temperature of their child’s food correctly, with some using techniques such as testing with their finger, a
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for families on the go, easily fitting into a changing bag. Child nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed, said: “I’m asked questions every day about introducing babies to solid foods. It can be a really nerve-racking experience for many parents. One of my aims is to help take the pressure off and fill mums and dads with confidence when offering their babies food and make the experience enjoyable for both parents and their little ones. “My top tip would be to prepare for weaning as much as you can. It’s good to do a bit of reading in advance to build your own confidence before you start. It can also be a good idea to get equipment ready, such as plastic or bamboo bowls and spoons for baby and the Thermapen First Foods digital thermometer is also a good option to help you get the temperature of baby’s first foods right.”
spoon or tasting it themselves before serving. Embarking on the weaning journey can be a stressful time, especially for first-time parents. Let the First Foods digital thermometer help take the guesswork out of heating baby food, breast milk or formula. The blunt tip makes it safe to use around little ones, while the easy to read digital display gives an accurate temperature reading in under three Exclusive offer: Baby magazine seconds – perfect when you have readers receive 20 per cent off First Foods digital a little one waiting impatiently for when quoting BABY-20 at thermometer, their lunch, plus it conveniently thermapen.co.uk. Valid until £39.99, thermapen.co.uk folds away, meaning it’s perfect 31/07/2019.
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First Foods: vegetable purées, fruit
Established weaning: shepherd’s pie, curries and pasta sauces
’m perched on the top of a snow-covered mountain, one glove firmly between gritted teeth, the other, ferociously tapping at my phone screen as snowflakes melt on top. “Noah hasn’t eaten much, we’ll try some banana later.” One of the chalet nannies has sent a lunch update. “Yes, banana should work, if not, I’ve left a pouch of Ella’s mango yoghurt out, she likes that.” I reply. “Oh, and toast, you could always try some toast.” Champagne problems, of course. I am, after all, about to ski down to a bar for an afternoon vin chaud. Life could be worse. And given the length of this ski trip’s Things That Could Go Wrong list – in which four couples who met at NCT classes along with their respective babies are shacked up together in a catered chalet with two nannies – Noah’s blasé attitude to solids should be well, manageable. But there’s a very specific anxiety that comes with your child not eating. Particularly if said child was admitted to hospital five months ago with severe gastroenteritis, unable to keep foods or liquids down for days, her body shrinking before my eyes. To use a very 2019 term,
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I am queen of the batch-cook. If I’m going to spend an hour blitzing five different vegetables into a pulp, I’m going to save the fruits of my labour, too. Porridge, purée, mash… Annabel Karmel by NUK food cube trays, £6, johnlewis.com
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Smart enough to blend in with your grown-up servingware, but cute enough for small people to love, too. Plus, Liewood uses ethical manufacturing practices, which helps to offset the eco-guilt of binning half-eaten food pouches. Liewood Snack Bowls (set of four), £27, t hekidcollective.co.uk
A rather unfortunate black-sock-in-the-washingmachine debacle rendered Noah’s high chair cushion pond coloured. Handily, the variety of Tripp Trapp high chair cushion designs mean we could start afresh. Stokke Tripp Trapp cushion £38, stokke.com
Joanna Ellner ANGSTS ABOUT N OAH ’S AT TITU DE TOWAR DS SOLIDS Noah’s current lack of appetite is triggering for me. It’s certainly not learned. Since we began the weaning process at six months, I’ve become Prue Leith in the kitchen, whizzing up
all manner of fibrous, proteinladen and vitamin-charged vegetable purées, and Noah did well in lapping them up. Well, sort of. Now, that vague indifference towards food has accelerated into actual repugnance. So, does that mean it’s inherited? My childhood interaction with food was somewhat chequered. I hail from the generation that was made to “sit there until it’s gone”, a command to which I came up with ever more novel ways of getting around; siphoning off slimy meatballs into my school blazer pocket perhaps not being my finest hour. Now back at home, the frivolity of prancing about on skis now
a distant memory, operation Get Food Into Noah goes up a gear. I’ve become the David Copperfield of feeding-based mind-tricks. Among my current repertoire, when faced with food refusal: swapping spoons midway through to distract her, sneakily getting a spoonful of veggie purée in when she’s expecting yoghurt, shaking my ponytail to make her laugh and quickly spooning in some food. Hardly any of it works. It’s exhausting. Then there’s the energy required to power two daily dishwasher cycles, the handful of antibacterial wipes required to pick half-chewed chunks of avocado off the floor (dish cloths simply do not cut it),
and the additional wash loads of blueberry-stained vests. It’s a lot. With Noah, I wanted to encourage a lively relationship with food from the off. And yet, her tightly-sealed mouth, nose pointed to the ceiling and I’m-quite-finishing flapping arms tell another story. I feel, in a small part of me, that ugliest of mothering feelings, jealousy – towards the mums for whom feeding is a simple joy, an intimate bonding experience, just as it had been for breastfeeding. Does Noah’s indifference mean that, at 10 months old, she no longer needs me like she once did? That’s too sad a thought to entertain. In the meantime, there’s toast.
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Guaranteed to brighten your and baby’s day, Ergobaby has released a limited-edition print range, Flores in collaboration with designer French Bull NYC. The range hails a bold, colourful aesthetic with vivid floral prints. The print range is available in the Adapt and hugely popular Omni 360 carrier, alongside sleep bags and a swaddle. ergobaby.co.uk Ickle Bubba is adding to its car seat range with the new Mercury iSize car seat. The sleek model has been expertly designed to keep babies safe and comfortable from birth to 15 months. Its innovative handle makes it quick and easy to secure onto your travel syste or isofi ase i ly la e onto your chosen mode of transport and lock them in with a simple push back of the handle. Tadah! £319 (including base), icklebubba.com
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LIKE A PRO Parenting brand Hauck has released a new range of car seats under the brand’s iPro series. Both the IPro Baby (from birth) and iPro Kids (from 105cm – approximately four years) are available separately or as a set with the iPro i-Size base, which cleverly houses both car seats. From £149.99, hauckuk.com
ALL STITCHED UP Nuna had us weak at the knees with the Oxford range, and they’ve done it again with the new Threaded collection. Timelessly tailored, its soft, breathable merino wool upholstery boasts temperatureregulating properties for the ultimate balance of comfort and insulation, while meticulous details give the pieces a sophisticated feel. Available exclusively at Mothercare in the MIXX pushchair, PIPA lite LX car seat, LEAF curv bouncer and SENA aire. nuna.eu
IN JOHN LEWIS’ 2019 NURSERY TRENDS REPORT THE ICANDY PEACH PUSHCHAIR CAME IN AT NUMBER SIX ON PARENTS’ WISH LIST, WHILE THE MAXI-COSI PEBBLE PLUS I-SIZE CAR SEAT CAME IN AT NUMBER 10. JOHNLEWIS.COM
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Vicky Moore AN D NIN E-MONTH OLD DAUGHTER Poppy PUT TH E SILVER CROSS JE T TO TH E TE ST
ith a summer holiday booked to Turkey and a few closer-to-home trips penned in the diary, it was time for us to get a secondary stroller to ferry around my youngest daughter, Poppy, who’s nine months old. We love our Joolz HUB, but after taking it on a flight where it got bashed around in the hold, we knew we’d need something smaller that could be our go-to holiday buggy: one that takes up less boot space, is easy on public transport, and can be stowed overhead during flights.
For a lightweight stroller, the storage is impressive, with a well-sized, easy-access basket
Poppy catches some on-thego zzzs while riding in the Jet
GOOD LOOKING? The Silver Cross Jet looks really smart and sleek, and not at all plasticky like the umbrella strollers I was used to when my older kids were young. We opted for the silver colourway, which complements the black chassis and bars. I also like the silver logo accents on the chassis and the wheels. It gives it a more premium look than some of the other compact strollers on the market.
PRACTICALITY AND DRIVEABILITY I’m still quite amazed by how small the Jet is when folded away. And I love that it turns into a little suitcase, with the bumper bar doubling up as a pull-along handle. Poppy’s siblings like pulling it around, which will come in handy when we’re at the airport. It also comes with a protective cover, meaning it stays nicely folded, and doesn’t get scuffed or dirty! Because it’s so lightweight (5.9kg) it performs best on smooth surfaces. It handles
grass quite well too, but you wouldn’t want to walk miles. It took me a couple of goes with the folding, but it’s seamless once you’ve got the hang of it; it’s handy that it clips top and side in the same clasp. For a lightweight buggy, I’ve been impressed by the storage. The basket is a reasonable size and easy to access – we’ve even managed to fit three coats underneath it.
COMFORT Older sister Sophie helps out with testing the Jet
Because you can lock the wheels at the front, the suspension allows a smooth ride, keeping Poppy comfy; plus, the five-point safety harness means she’s nice and secure. Although Poppy’s a bit older, you can actually use the Jet from birth as it has a soft padded lie-flat seat. You can easily recline with onehand which is handy for on-themove snoozing – the fact that she falls asleep in it must be a good
sign! It’s certainly comfortable for pushing, and I love that it has a leatherette handle. The fully extendable ventilated UPF50+ hood will be super handy for holiday napping, plus the pull-out sun visor and viewing window means I can check on her without disturbing!
THE VERDICT For a lightweight stroller, I’m really pleased with our choice. It looks good, it’s very compact and it’ll be a real godsend when dashing around the airport. I can’t wait to take the Jet on its first flight! £275, silvercrossbaby.com
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mall children come with stuff. Bottles, bags, buggies, bouncers – making any minimalist intentions impossible. Having items in your arsenal that serve more than one purpose not only means more at-home space, they’re also much better for your bank balance, sanity and eco credentials, of course. Here’s our roundup of the best multifunctional items for mums, dads and babies.
CAR SEAT AND STROLLER A car seat that literally ‘grows’ wheels to become a stroller in mere seconds? Yes, really! The Doona is something of a wonder product. If you’re short on house space this natty little mover will come as sweet relief, as it can live in the car, or be packed away at its seat size. Meanwhile, holidays will be relatively calamityfree as you’ll have one less bulky thing to unload from the baggage carousel.
TRAVEL COTS Travelling with infants can be an absolute nightmare, let’s not pretend otherwise. However, what makes life easier is having a couple of hero products up your sleeve that can ease any fraught situation. Having a hardworking travel cot is a must. That is to say, one that does three jobs for the price of one, like the Sleep & Go travel cot (£195, Micralite). This boasts a bassinet complete with soft jersey mattress for tiny babies, a deep cot for older infants and handy little side zips which transform the structure into a playpen. Best of all, it packs down easily and quickly into a compact case.
Infant car seat £289.99, doona.shop
aden + anais’ larger muslins are ideal for any baby-related eventuality from snot-wiping to light snooze cover
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Micralite’s Sleep & Go travel cot is a cot, bassinet and playpen all in one
MUSLINS These innocuous-looking squares are actually a parent’s right-hand product, especially in the first six months or so, when one is never more than a few inches away from a newborn, draped over a parent’s shoulder before burping the baby. They’ve been known to mop up all sorts, including milk, vomit, snot, tears (both mum and baby’s) and dribble. Large muslins – like those by aden + anais (from £17) or those by Etta Loves – are brilliant as coverups while breast feeding, as blankets for lazy alfresco afternoons in the park and for placing over a pram to keep the sun out on hot days. Honey Blossom’s muslins (£29.99) offer a bright and juicy palette – we can see many a mama borrowing one of these for sunbathing-related reasons while on holiday…
SENSORY TOY Since 1961, Sophie la Girafe has been a nursery
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Ewan the Sheep toy £29.99, johnlewis.com
SHOPPING Wearing your tot will not only give you both hands to get around, it also enhances parent-baby bonding
staple, and with good reason; she works hard! Not just a friendly face, she makes noises, feels lovely and squidgy – and is easy to chew. This giraffe encourages all sorts of sensual play and is compact enough to fit into even the most diminutive of handbags, meaning Sophie’s also the perfect travel companion.
COTBEDS The move from cot to Big Boy or Girl Bed can be daunting for both child and parents. As any mum or dad knows, a baby’s sleep is a sacred thing. Any changes in routine can make for an unsettled period of sleep regression. This is why many parents opt for a cot which transforms into a bed when an infant is ready – while the sides come off – the essential structure of the piece is the same. Also, cot beds last from birth until a child is about five years old. Many are able to continue to serve in the form of a little sofa, so you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. We love Boori’s beds – especially the luxurious Pioneer expandable cot bed (£499), while Mamas & Papas also do a fantastic range. We especially like the Atlas Pale Oak cot to toddler bed (£279). As a cot, it has three different heights, can be transformed fairly painlessly and has a neutral rustic appearance that feel’s a little more grown up. Sophie la Girafe teether £11.99, johnlewis.com
Artipoppe’s gorge baby wrap designs will make stylish wardrobe additions from birth onwards Etta Loves muslins come in a host of vibrant patterns and prints, making them fun beach -holiday essentials
WRAPS Wearing baby is a safe, effective transporting method that encourages bonding – while leaving you hands-free on the go! There are loads of wraps on the market, but we favour Artipoppe’s (from £164) because they’re 100 per cent cotton, can be used from birth and are just so beautiful. We think, long after your baby has become a child, teen and adult, you’ll be able to wear this – and remember with a touch of sentimentality, the very beginning of your son or daughter’s life.
Boori’s Pioneer expandable cot bed is a luxurious baby to toddler transformer
For any infants who think they’re nocturnal creatures, sent here on a mission to fight sleep, Ewan The Sheep) is here to encourage them into the Land of Nod. Not only is he a cuddly, good-looking addition to any cot, Ewan has quite an array of ticks up his (woolly) sleeve. Firstly, his tummy emits a warm comforting glow and he also makes four white noises – including rainfall and heartbeat, which encourages babies to snooze. The Deluxe version even includes a sensor which detects when a baby is stirring, so that Ewan can reactivate soothing noises before a baby has time to wake up.
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PARTIES When selecting a gift for dad, try to choose something with special meaning If you’re heading out on a Father’s Day walk keep baby close in a carrier. Cotton carrier, £337, artipoppe.com
For green-fingered dads, why not plant a tree to mark this special day and watch it grow together? The Gluttonous Gardener olive tree, £35, noths.com
PARTY EDIT Set the scene with these showstoppers
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These bespoke portraits are made with just a simple photo sent from your phone, available in plain or textured options. Plus the company has just partnered up with Honeypot Children’s charity, so £5 from every order goes to help young carers. Single textured silhouette, from £70, littlepeachportraits.com This leather planner will be the perfect companion for organising family activities. You can even personalise it! Leather planner, £39, kikki-k.com
Norr Mälarstrand candle £17, stories.com
Glitter banner £9.99, partypieces.co.uk
ongratulations, dads! You’ve made it to your very first Father’s Day! Becoming a new parent is a huge milestone that deserves to be celebrated, so show him just how much he’s loved with some intimate family time and a present he’ll treasure forever. Of course, nothing is more personal than a DIY gift, so if baby’s old enough, why not get creative with finger paints and crayons to create your own cards, banners and drawings that can be framed as a sentimental keepsake? You could even personalise a shop-bought styrofoam frame with colourful drawings or baby’s fingerprints, featuring a precious photo of dad and his little one. Planning a quiet one at home? Say thank you for all his help during those sleepless nights with a lie-in, waking him up with balloons, breakfast and coffee in his favourite (or brand new!) mug. Then cosy up for a read of baby’s favourite book. Fancy some fresh air? Be sure to give him a day full of memories and work up an appetite before dinner with some family time in the great outdoors. Perhaps he’d enjoy a round of golf, a bike ride in the park or some outdoor games in the back garden. Finally, don’t forget to finish the day with a celebratory slice or two of cake, either homemade by you or cute cupcakes depicting an adorable family photo – a dessert and gift all in one! Paper napkins (pack of 20) £4.99, partypieces.co.uk
Let baby and dad twin up on Father’s Day with these unisex mini-me options from Scamp & Dude! Cotton sweatshirt, £50, scampanddude.com
Photo cupcakes (box of 12) £38, crumbsanddoilies.co.uk Earthenware mug £19.95, emmabridgewater.co.uk
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The business was originally set up to offer babygrows that offer a better fit around cloth nappies
BEHIND THE BRAND
Natalie Keeler M EE TS CO -FOU N DER LUC Y JEWSON TO TALK ABOUT CLOTH NAPPIE S, ST YLISH SUSTAINABLE DE SIGN AN D BUILDING A POSITIVE ON LIN E CUSTOM ER COMMU NIT Y 62 | baby-magazine.co.uk
Founder Lucy is now Frugi’s brand ambassador
Frugi’s SS19 collection has been inspired by the Isles of Scilly and features er ai s sea ulls an uffins
hen Lucy Jewson and her husband Kurt founded Frugi – or, as it was known then, Cut4Cloth – back in 2004, they wanted to prove that it was possible to run a business that was profitable, successful, and more importantly, good for the environment. More than 15 years on, and it’s pretty clear that their venture has more than paid off. “Our eco approach has always been so significant to us, and I think it’s really valued by a lot of our customers, too,” says Lucy. “Many people are drawn to our products because they’re environmentally-friendly, but others like us for the fun designs and quality of the clothing, and the ethical bit is a bonus. When it comes down to it though, I think the way the clothes look is much more important. You can be as green as you like – if your products are ugly, nobody’s going to buy them!” But ugly they’re most definitely not, and at the launch of Frugi’s SS19 collection, Summer of Scillyness – where I’ve come to meet Lucy – the room is bursting with seaside brights, tropical tones and imaginative prints. Mermaids, whales, sharks, seagulls and puffins dance around stripes, polka dots and rainbows. And the incredible softness of the clothes is something else entirely. Taking real-life inspiration from the Isles of Scilly, Lucy explains that they start designing each collection by creating mood boards. “We do a sort of show and tell, and anyone who’s feeling creative – even those who don’t work in the design team – is encouraged to make a little mood board of ideas. Then we all sit in a big circle and listen to everyone’s suggestions, and eventually we find that themes start cropping up.” “This season, many people thought about the Isles of Scilly, probably because of our geography [Frugi is based in Cornwall], but also because there’s something quite magical about them. They’re like Cornwall, but better!” she laughs. Led by Frugi’s head of design, Jeni Bolton, the team sets out on a research trip to the isles themselves – to sketch and develop the collection’s key focuses. “That’s what’s quite different about us, I suppose – we go out and design in ‘real life’,” Lucy says. “We’re not going to designers and buying loads of prints, or looking at Google Images for inspiration. It all comes very authentically.” The idea behind Frugi was sparked one stormy summer evening when Lucy was
The whole team is welcome to contribute design ideas each season
changing her son’s nappy. “I’d wanted to use washable nappies as I’ve always been very conscious of the environment [an estimated 3bn nappies are thrown away every year in the UK]. But what I found as I was putting Tom, my eldest, in these cloth nappies was that they give your baby a very big, round bottom! The poppers on his babygrows were constantly coming apart.” Lucy and Kurt dug around online to find something more suitable, but no brands were offering what they needed. “Around 15 per cent of the UK were using washable nappies at the time, so I thought this was surprising,” she says. Realising they’d stumbled upon a gap in the market, the couple decided to make the babygrows themselves, calling upon a few friends to help them launch their new venture. After establishing a relationship with an organic cotton manufacturer in Germany, Cut4Cloth finally released its first collection in June 2004, a capsule selection of babygrows, bodies, trousers, tops and cardigans that had a looser 360° fit – perfect for tots who wear cloth nappies. Within half an hour of the website being live, Lucy and Kurt received their first order for £60 – and the rest, as they say, is history. The business has flourished since then, changing its name to Frugi (meaning ‘fruits of the earth’ in Latin) in 2008, as the collection had expanded to include older children’s clothing – sizes now range from newborn to 10 years – as well as outerwear, swimwear, towelling and adult clothing. The brand also launched its waterproof Puddle Buster line of suits, wellies, bags, trousers and jackets in 2015. The amazing part? Each item is made from at least 20 plastic bottles. Now based in a purpose-built HQ in Helston, West Cornwall, Lucy tells me she’s especially proud of the family atmosphere among the team; days here are often filled with cake and fancy dress, and there’s even a ‘fun committee’ who plan activities for all the employees. “I think it’s so important to have fun
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IT’S VITAL THAT OUR PRODUCTS HAVE A LONG LIFESPAN. WE’RE ALL ABOUT BUYING BETTER and enjoy what you’re doing, and we have a very flat structure here at Frugi. It’s not about management dictating everything – everyone has their part to play, even our customers.” This goes some way to explaining the inspiration behind the brand’s online community, The Frugi Family, a Facebook page where customers can share “the highs and lows of parenting and everyday life”. With an impressive 8,300 members, parents use the space to share photos, stories, questions and advice, and it’s proven invaluable since launching just over a year ago. Members of the ‘family’ are even given special puffin badges, so they can spot each other when they’re out and about. “The badges are a really nice way to connect the online community offline, particularly in our small town.” Lucy says. The longevity of the clothing is another aspect that’s hugely important, she adds. All of Frugi’s output is made from either recycled or organic materials that are incredibly durable, and you’ll also find adjustable straps and roll-down cuffs and waists on a lot of the pieces. “The amount of clothing that’s being produced now is having a huge impact on the environment, so it’s vital that our products have a long lifespan. We’re all about buying better: buying once and making it last.” But in building a sustainable brand, there must be some restrictions, especially when it comes to design. So, how easy is it really to be both green and profitable? “Price can be an issue, but there are ways Frugi is known for its vibrant colours, prints and patterns
Frugi has a family fee l, both in its Cornish HQ and thriving Fa cebook community
around it,” explains Lucy. “Because we use organic materials, in the early days we were limited; there were certain colours, prints and techniques we simply couldn’t use. But technology has moved on, and I think as an ethical brand there’s now not a lot we can’t do.” The last 12 months have also seen a huge shift in the world of Frugi, as Lucy has taken a step back while husband Kurt recovers from prostate cancer. Now the brand ambassador, she’s handed the reins over to the new CEO, Hugo Adams, after selling 80 per cent of the company to retail specialists True. “When Kurt got very poorly, taking care of him on top of keeping the business going was really hard. And even though he’s much better now, we still thought it was time to slow down and spend a bit more time together,” she says. “We’re still very passionate about Frugi and want to be part of the journey, but we needed someone with more experience of making a business like ours grow – and Hugo is the perfect fit.” The co-founder tells me she’s now got the best of both worlds; being involved in all the things she loves, including the design process, and ensuring the brand stays true to its values. So, it seems members of The Frugi Family needn’t be too worried that the brand will change much under new leadership, certainly as long as Lucy has anything to do with it. If anything, the future looks very bright: “I think it takes a certain set of skills to take a business from one level to another, and Frugi just really needs to grow up. I guess we’ll just have to see what happens from here, but I think it’s going to be really exciting.”
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Luxury skincare brand, Little Butterfly London, knows a thing or two about gentle ingredients for baby’s skin. Organic-certified by Ecocert, the range is free from nasties and dermatologist approved, so baby’s sensitive skin only gets only the good stuff! The latest addition is a plush lotion that’s an ultra-protective, calming shield for fragile skin: Wrapped in Love Calming AntiPollution Baby face cream, £27, littlebutterflylondon.com
ALL THINGS MOTHERHOOD with NEEV SPENCER
appy summertime all… I’m now in my sixth month of pregnancy and feeling so powerful mentally and more on the ball than ever! My radio show is on fire and that hilarious case of Baby Brain seems to have subsided. I honestly feel like I could take on the world (although perhaps from the comfort of my sofa). Something that I didn’t experience when pregnant with Genevieve is a change in eyesight. I’ve been a glasses wearer for years and need them for short-sighted vision. I recently noticed that things didn’t look as sharp as normal, so went to my local Vision Express only to find out that my eyesight has actually improved substantially! The optician explained that while pregnant your senses become somewhat superhuman and you literally become the best version of yourself. I absolutely love the idea of this... call us Wonder Women! I can safely say that my pregnancy glow is shining, and me and bump have been showing it off at a few red-carpet events recently. Now that my skin has calmed down a bit I’m able to focus on my hair and nails. My hair feels glossier and more hydrated then before. I found L’anza Healing hair care range really worked to get that early-pregnancy flaky scalp under control. As a family we’re trying to think more environmentally and with the new low emissions law in London, we’ve welcomed a new tiny petrol town car to the family; Genevieve has named our new four-wheeled friend Pink – I guess I could call it my Magenta Batmobile. See you next month!
Continually washing your hands at home with a toddler really takes its toll on your skin. I’ve been lathering Neal’s Yard Remedies Citrus Hand Softener and it’s really helped my dry hands look almost good as new! £15, nealsyardremedies.com
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Nutritionist and founder of GP Nutrition, Gabriela Peacock has released a nutrition guide for new mothers in collaboration with My Baba founder, and Baby columnist, Leonora Bamford. It’s full of tips to ensure you look and feel fab with your newborn by your side – from keeping energy levels up to what foods to avoid when breastfeeding. The GP Nutrition x My Baba Guide for New Mums and GP Nutrition New Mum gift boxes will be available to read and buy at gpnutrition.com
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MEDELA’S INTERNATIONAL BREASTFEEDING AND LACTATION SYMPOSIUM REVEALED SOME REALLY IMPRESSIVE FACTS. DID YOU KNOW THAT IT’S NOT JUST ONE INGREDIENT, BUT THE WHOLE COMBINATION OF MILK THAT CHANGES EVERY DAY, MEANING BREAST MILK CAN NEVER BE COPIED? MEDELA.CO.UK
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Eating or drinking your afterbirth is said to help protect new mums against postnatal depression
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Easy to swallow? Becky Dickinson LOOKS INTO TH E GROWING POPU L ARIT Y AN D ALLEGED BEN EFITS OF PL ACENTA SMOOTHIE S AN D CAPSU LE S
hat do Hilary Duff, the Kardashians, Mad Men actress January Jones, and Chrissy Teigen all have in common? Besides juggling fame and parenthood, the answer is they’ve all eaten their own placentas. No longer just for earth mothers – or indeed celebrities – the practice of placentophagy, as it’s correctly called, is becoming A Thing. However, despite the recent interest, eating your own afterbirth is actually nothing new. In some cultures around the world, ingestion of the placenta is a time-honoured practice. Meanwhile, in the animal kingdom, it’s almost universal. And now increasing numbers of women in the UK are coming round to the idea, too, in the hope that a refreshing glass of placenta smoothie may provide the perfect postnatal pick-me-up. (Although if the thought of it turns your stomach, you can always opt to take it in tablet form instead.) During pregnancy, the placenta is attached to the lining of the womb, acting as a link between the mother’s blood supply and that of the baby. In addition, it protects against infection and supplies the foetus with nutrients, oxygen and hormones to help with development. Towards the end of the pregnancy, the placenta floods the baby with antibodies, providing important immunity for the first three months of life outside the womb. Given the placenta’s role in creating and sustaining life, it does seem rather rude to simply toss it unceremoniously away nine months later. It begs the question, could this vital organ keep on giving beyond pregnancy? When it comes to science, the jury is still out; there simply hasn’t been enough research to know whether eating the placenta provides any proven benefits. However, anecdotally,
it’s thought that returning the placenta to the body may help women to recover from birth by easing pain and bleeding and increasing energy levels and milk production. It’s also said to help protect against postnatal depression, something Chrissy Teigen firmly believes to be the case. Having talked openly about her mental health following the birth of first child, Luna, the model and actress credits eating her placenta after the birth of her son, Miles, with helping her to avoid it the second time round. While further studies are needed, the placenta is known to be rich in protein, fats, iron and other minerals, as well as hormones. Advocates believe that placenta consumption replaces lost nutrients and hormones, aiding both healing and emotional balance. And while it may not be much to look at – resembling a
crisp) before being ground and encased in a vegetable-based capsule, rather like a vitamin pill. This process is usually carried out by a trained specialist, although DIY kits are also available. Mum-of-two, Rebecca, drank some of her placenta in a smoothie and had the rest made in to capsules. She says: “I had a much easier time feeding my second baby and was less tired postnatally.” And while Rebecca says it’s impossible to know if this was down to the placenta, or other factors, she adds: “I’m glad I did it and probably would again. It did make me feel powerful and led to me having much more interest in this thing I’d grown inside me. And it meant there were more people caring for me and interested in my wellbeing, not just the baby’s.” Fellow mum-of-two, Lucy, admits that despite her initial scepticism, she’s now a convert. She says: “I had my placenta encapsulated, but also ate a small piece (on the advice of the NHS midwives attending) and it seemingly stopped the heavy bleeding that would have meant I had to go into hospital after an amazing home birth. I definitely noticed a difference in my mood and energy on the pills, compared to after my first child’s birth without them.” It may be a long time before placenta smoothies replaces tea and toast as a postdelivery snack, however as new mums catch on, placentophagy could become a wellness trend to watch out for. What’s more, the placenta is the only organ that isn’t obtained by killing or harming a living being, making it suitable for both vegans and vegetarians. If you want to try it for yourself, just make sure you tell your midwife, or it may end up as clinical waste.
ADVOCATES BELIEVE THAT PLACENTA CONSUMPTION REPLACES LOST NUTRIENTS rather ungainly slab of liver – women who’ve tried it say it you can hardly taste it once it’s been whizzed up with some fruit. New mum, Ruby, says: “I drank mine in five litres of berry smoothie. My poor partner blended it up for me! It didn’t taste bad at all and I produced that magical golden colostrum milk for two months, which I think may have been due to drinking it.” While some women opt to liquidise their placenta, others cook it like meat. However, if that doesn’t appeal, you can also have it encapusalted into pills. The placenta is washed and dried, then steamed with ingredients like lemon, ginger and green chili. It’s then dehydrated using a food dehydrator (or placed in an oven for eight to 10 hours until
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Q&A with fertility expert
“Is it true that acupuncture can help with fertility, IVF and postnatal depression?”
sleep-deprived and worked right up until you ’ve been an acupuncturist for more than had your baby. 25 years now, so I’ve always been a huge At the time, there was very little believer in its benefits for fertility and information out there for me, and my feelings IVF, and from personal experience in the of sadness became overwhelming. There was treatment of postnatal depression (PND). no internet or ‘Dr Google’, so I had to do a lot I think what’s difficult for some women is of reading as to why I was feeling like I was. there’s a lot of conflicting advice out there. As well as focusing on diet to improve my But the most recent findings from the annual mood, I discovered acupuncture, and this was fertility conference in Helsinki revealed that a real turning point for me. I felt better in less acupuncture may, in fact, double the success than six weeks. rate of IVF. It’s known to reduce stress and betaI’ve personally experienced the benefits for endorphin release, which creates a greater PND. Following the birth of my son nearly 30 sense of relaxation, ultimately having a years ago, I went to my GP who diagnosed me with mild postnatal depression and prescribed positive effect in the treatment of PND. Once I fully recovered, I trained in acupuncture. medication. Every woman is different and From this my interest in looking at some forms of postnatal depression are pregnancy and motherhood in a more more severe than others so medication will woman-centred way grew, which is why I prove helpful in these situations. But for me, encourage a holistic approach despite my debilitating symptoms, I was reluctant to take the drugs as a first ed to help couples conceive. Recommend route, instead choosing to explore product what I could do to help myself. ACUPUNCTURE Pregnancy, childbirth and AND FERTILITY motherhood drain a woman What’s involved, how of a lot of vital resources, does it work, and can it and early motherhood can be really help couples Vitafem Boost 1 supplements overwhelming, especially if you’re to conceive? £25, zitawest.com
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK? Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of very fine, hair-like needles into channels called meridians. These are invisible channels of energy that relate to different organs in the body. There are around 500 different acupuncture points around the body. The form of treatment is individualised – every person has a different type of treatment because we’re all different, but similar channels are used for the treatment of fertility and other channels for the treatment of conditions like PND.
HOW CAN IT HELP WHEN TRYING TO CONCEIVE EITHER NATURALLY OR THROUGH IVF TREATMENT? Acupuncture may help with blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, which means more oxygen, more nutrients and more help developing the follicles to produce an egg. It may also help with stress and beta-endorphin release, which means a greater sense of relaxation and wellbeing for mum.I find it can really give you that bit of extra support that you need, whether trying to conceive naturally or through IVF.
Zita West is the founder of the Zita West Fertility Clinic which specialises in a holistic approach to IVF. Instagram: @zitawestivf
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The Breastfeeding Café with
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THIS ISSUE WE ASK:
CAN I DONATE THE BREAST MILK MY BABY DOESN’T NEED?
reast milk protects babies of any age, but for some babies it really is vital. Babies who are born too sick or too soon often need breast milk the most, but can often not feed from the breast directly. They need their milk to be expressed and fed in a tube or syringe but their own mothers can sometimes struggle to express enough milk due to the shock and stress of an early, unexpected birth. This is where donor human milk can make all the difference to these babies. Milk from other mothers can be used, often while their mother is building up her own supply. But did you know, you could donate the milk to babies in this situation? If you’ve expressed milk that you don’t need for your own baby, or have a good supply, meaning that you can easily express more milk than your baby needs, then you could consider donating your excess supply to a milk bank. Human milk banks receive donations of expressed milk from mothers, screen it and pasteurise it, and then pass it onto hospitals. Hospitals use this donor milk for babies born at around less than 32 weeks, or who are sick, particularly with heart defects or needing surgery on their intestines – and their own mother
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is struggling to feed them. Donor milk really can be life saving for these babies and help reduce their stay in hospital. It can also act as a ‘bridge’ while their mothers work to establish their own supply. Some milk banks will also be able to give donor milk to babies in the community who would benefit from receiving it. This might include babies who have a rare illness, or those with mothers who are undergoing chemotherapy or have had a double mastectomy, meaning they can’t breastfeed. The Human Milk Foundation is a charity dedicated to raising money to allow mothers and babies in these situations to receive donor milk. The foundation grew from seeing too many families not able to give their babies breast milk due to illness or low milk supply when they so desperately wanted to or didn’t meet the criteria to access donor milk for their baby. You can read more about their work and some of the stories of families who have benefitted on their website (humanmilkfoundation.org). Professor Amy Brown is the author of The Positive Breastfeeding Book, (£14.99, Pinter & Martin Ltd) which is available now
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HOW TO DONATE MILK • There are currently 16 milk banks in the UK. The UK Association of Milk Banking has a list with contact details on its website (ukamb.org). At present, the Hearts Milk Bank (heartsmilkbank.org) in Harpenden is the only one that recruits mothers with babies older than six months, but this may change soon. • There are a number of criteria to ensure that your milk’s healthy, as it’s going to the smallest, sickest babies. ou’ll fill in a uestionnaire and have blood tests. You may have had these tests done in pregnancy, but you’ll need them again. • The milk bank will also check that you don’t smoke, take drugs, drink high levels of caffeine, or drink more than a few units of alcohol a week. In some cases, you might find that you’re taking a medication that’s compatible with breastfeeding, but excludes you from donating milk.
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TIME TO TALK with MARINA FOGLE & DR CHIARA HUNT
GOING OVERDUE here are a lot of misconceptions about pregnancy with one of the biggest disappointments for many that your due date is, in all probability, not the date on which you’re going to finally give birth on. Desperate to finally meet the child you’ve been growing over the past nine long months, excitement builds as this gilded date approaches, only for, in the majority of cases, the date to come and go, with no appearance of baby. It would be more accurate to give women a ‘due period’ of five weeks, because, if your baby arrived any time between 37 and 42 weeks it’d be considered normal. And while your due date is usually given at 40 weeks, most firsttime mums give birth closer to 41 weeks. In fact, in France, the due date is given as 41 weeks. But while your baby might not be ready to meet the world at 40 weeks, the doctors or midwives looking after you should be keeping a close eye on you both. You should have an appointment at 40 weeks, when you might be offered a sweep – this is a vaginal examination where the midwife will gently try to stretch open your cervix and sweep around where the membranes are attached, which is thought to help start labour. It’s not part of the formal process and there’s not much evidence to show it helps, but most women are so desperate by then, they’re willing to give it a try. The problem is that if your baby doesn’t arrive, pregnancy becomes slightly more risky. We know the risk of stillbirth doubles in pregnancies that go over 42 weeks, so you’ll be advised to consider an induction, so that your
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baby’s born by 42 weeks. Because an induction can take a while, they’ll often discuss starting this process at 41 weeks. In recent years, evidence has suggested that for some women, risks increase if the pregnancy progresses past 41 weeks. In fact, one study suggested that while mortality (the baby dying) increased after 42 weeks, morbidity (the baby being in poor condition when born) increased after 41 weeks. The age of the mother is also a risk factor. It’s thought that the older a mother, the more likely her placenta will ‘age’ and not function so well. This is the leading cause of stillbirth. As a result, increasingly, women over 40 are advised to start the induction process at 39 weeks, as the risks to their baby can increase after 40 weeks. While we’re great advocates of
trying to be relaxed, it’s important to understand your body and your pregnancy, so you can make the right decisions to keep you and your baby safe. Whether you’re being advised to have an induction or wait a little longer, ask the questions you need to in order to understand what’s being advised. Induction has a bad reputation in the pregnancy world, which we feel is a little unfair. Two-thirds of inductions work beautifully and result in labours with no further intervention. Probably the best thing you can do in those weeks leading up to what may or may not be D Day, is to relax, get organised and enjoy the peace you won’t have for much longer, knowing that if the doctors or midwives feel that it’s beneficial to help that natural process along slightly, you’re in good hands.
Dr Chiara Hunt and Marina Fogle are the founders of The Bump Class, which provides antenatal classes in South West London. Their podcast The Parent Hood, is free to download on iTunes and Acast. Visit thebumpclass.com
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FOOD PROCE SSOR S AR E TH E U LTIMATE WE ANING COM PANION S SAYS Laura Mason. H ER E AR E H ER FAVOU RITE BLEN DING BU DDIE S Best for
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Blitz Portable Designed by parents for parents, this compact gadget can be used to blitz any food item in the home and amazingly, on the move, thanks to a portable blender unit. With a rechargeable docking station, microUSB cable and worldwide plug, it’s a handy accessory for parents with on-the-go weaning patterns. £39.99, myitsy.com
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A great processor that is easy to set up and simple to use. The range of settings and manual’s recommended timings allow parents to fit meal prep around their busy lives. Alternatively, there’s also the option to manually flex timings, which is ideal for experimenting with texture at the start of your weaning journey. £69.99, amazon.co.uk
Healthy Baby Food Maker With its simple design, this 4-in-1-machine uses just one jar to steam, blend, defrost and reheat. Once you’ve finished using it for cooking or storing, the jar and blade can be easily detached and put in the dishwasher. The water tank is also designed for easy cleaning, meaning it can be safely refilled for each use. £140, mothercare.com
Eating together as a family is a positive way to introduce baby to solids as it helps them enjoy the dining experience. The sleek new Nutribaby (+) XL features three steamer baskets that have the capacity to prepare food on a larger volume. This makes it possible for the whole family to eat a variation of the same dish together at mealtimes. £149.99, babymoov.co.uk
Adding a little finesse to the kitchen worktop, the Babycook Neo is incredibly chic and practical, with a smart stainless steel basket and glass bowl. Not just style over substance, it’s got some great eco credentials too, with materials that reduce CO2 emissions by 48 per cent, and a cooking optimisation feature that reduces energy by 45 per cent. £160, babysecurity.co.uk
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Roll up, roll up! Mamas & Papas’ new Big Top Tales interiors collection has officially arrived, and it’s jam-packed with playful characters, vibrant colours, and an array of enchanting hand-drawn illustrations. The circus-themed range is filled with fun statement pieces, including 3D elephant wall art, colourful bunting and a pom pomadorned rug, plus packs of baby essentials, from large muslin squares to fitted sheets. mamasandpapas.com
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Decorating the nursery? It’s best to start with the walls, and Bear & Beau’s handinked illustrations would make a timeless backdrop. Corinne Caddy-Townshend, whose background spans from Burberry to Smythson, has designed four pretty patterns – bunnies, robins, rainbows and minibeasts – as well as stunning wall prints and cushions. bearandbeau.com
If monochrome’s your interiors vibe, get ready to covet Snüz’s new creations. The super-luxe Luna is made with black beech wood, white fabric and gold detailing, while the SnüzPod3 Urban has a striking two-tone design. Best for babies from newborn to six months, the updated bedside crib includes a reflux incline, a wider, lighter lift-off bassinet, and dual-view breathable mesh sides. £199.95, snuz.co.uk
Will Scandi-chic ever go out of style? Launching in May, Debenhams’ new Nordic-inspired range is another to add to your must-have list. Made from 100 per cent organic cotton, the super-soft bed linen comes in an array of pastel prints, while decorative extras include vibrant wall art, animal hooks and storage baskets. debenhams.com
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Bring a touch of tradition to baby’s nursery with wooden toys. Not only are they more attractive than the lurid bits of plastic often guilty of cluttering up our homes, they’re also sturdier and more environmentally friendly. And with no flashy gadgetry or noisy elements, they also encourage children to use their imagination as they play. Clockwise from top left: little ones will love worldbuilding with this Kids Concept truck, complete with a sliding roof and door opening (£37.90, alexandalexa.com); perfect for racing, this old-school wind-up car from Kiko+ looks marvellous in monochrome (£18, themodernnursery.com); learning your ABCs is easy with these rounded-edge Maison Deux oak cubes (from £48, bobbyrabbit.co.uk); we love this beech rattle from Liewood, designed to last generations (£13.95, scandiborn.com).
Tilbea London is an exciting new brand that brings a fun, fashion led focus to maternity and breastfeeding clothing. We want to help banish the frumpy and bring in the fierce – every woman should be able to grow or breastfeed their baby without having to sacrifice their style. Leopard prints and colour galore; Tilbea London has you covered whatever the occasion. With wardrobe staples like vests and T’s, cosy jumpers, tops and dresses for day and night we want to ensure you won’t miss a fashion beat.
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Hypnobirthing and Wellness for pregnancy, birth and beyond The positive birth you want and deserve with Magnificent Mama. Magnificent Mama KG Hypnobirthing courses provide a complete antenatal training designed to give you all of the knowledge, tools and techniques that you need to have the birth that you desire. Through self-hypnosis, you will learn to control your mind and body so that you are able to remain calm, relaxed and positive throughout your birth. Using a combination of breathing, visualisations and other relaxation techniques, you will release all fear. Fear causes tension and tension causes pain; Hypnobirthing is based on this very simple science. We deliver one-to-one and group courses throughout the year across London and Surrey, offering flexible locations, dates and times to suit you. Contact us for more information or visit our website to find out more and book online.
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If you missed soft cheese while pregnant, then we’ve got a treat for you. Celebrate motherhood with this ift o of a ton hitfiel goodies: Finn, Langres, Cote Hill Blue and Mini Cerney cheeses, alongside poppyseed and linseed crackers. Polish it all off with a large glass of wine – you’ve earned it… £35, paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk
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ROCKET FUEL THUMBS UP! Created with little taste buds in mind, Little Yeos fruity fromage frais contains organic British milk, real fruit purée, and absolutely nothing artificial – making it the perfect stepping stone for baby’s weaning journey (suitable from six months). It recently scooped parental approval too; winning coveted Mumsnet Rated status after 216 Mumsnet testers tried them and more than 90 per cent said they’d buy again. yeovalley.co.uk
Whether at nursery, at home or on a family day out, there’s nothing worse than finding that your lunchtime snacks have gone soggy. That’s why we’re loving these new Organix Space Cheese Bites, made from fresh, organic cheddar cheese that’s dried rather than chilled, helping them to keep their delicious crunchy texture. Each bite is also shaped like a mini crater from the moon, which means budding astronauts will love them, too. From £2.49 per box, organix.com
FIVE MILLION UK PARENTS ADMIT TO ACCIDENTALLY BURNING THEIR BABY WITH FOOD OR MILK, ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY THERMAPEN. IT ALSO FOUND THAT SIX IN 10 DON’T KNOW WHAT TEMPERATURE THEIR CHILD’S FOOD SHOULD BE, AND NEARLY A FIFTH WEREN’T AWARE OF WHEN THEY SHOULD START ON SOLIDS. THERMAPEN.CO.UK
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Alice Fotheringham WHIPS U P SOM E DELICIOUS AN D COM FORTING SE ASONAL DISH E S FOR YOU R BABY TO TRY
R ICE PUDDING WITH R HUBAR B COM POTE Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: 50 minutes Serves 5 Suitable from 6 months (without maple syrup or honey)
Rhubarb season is upon up! This stalk makes the most delicious compote, which can be served on cereal, with ice cream, and it’s fantastic when added to rice pudding. This recipe’s a bit lighter than others, and so tastes delicious cold with warm compote or warm straight from the pan. You can top this dessert with any fresh or frozen fruit you like instead of the compote, and I suggest making double of the compote and freezing any leftovers for future puds. INGREDIENTS: FOR THE RICE PUDDING
• 120g risotto or pudding rice • 800ml full-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk • 2tbsp maple syrup or runny honey • 1tsp vanilla paste • 200ml water FOR THE RHUBARB COMPOTE
• 25g butter
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• 750g rhubarb, washed chopped into 1 inch pieces • 1 sweet apple, such as pink lady, peeled and chopped • 1 orange, juiced • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup • 20ml cold water • A pinch of sea salt METHOD
To make the rice pudding, put the rice, milk, 200ml of water, 2 tablespoons of the honey and the vanilla into a large pan. Give it a good stir, then place the pan on a very low heat. Cook gently for around 45 minutes, or until thick and creamy, stirring regularly. While that’s cooking, make the compote. To a small saucepan add the butter, rhubarb, apple, orange juice, water, honey, and sea salt. Cover and allow it to come to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, remove the lid and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Most of the fruit will have broken down, so remove from the heat. For a smoother consistency, blend or mash with a fork. Taste and add extra sweetness If required. If the pudding has gotten too thick, add a splash of milk. Serve either chilled or warm with the warm rhubarb compote, or more simply with a sliced banana and drizzle of honey.
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ZINGY SPR ING FI N G E R FOO D BOWL Preparation: 15 minutes Makes 6 portions Suitable from 6 months
You can make these bowls up of a variety of different fresh and frozen fruit and veg. They look so inviting, and can even be mushed up if you want a smoother texture for the little one.
Warmer days call for these tasty Mediterranean inspired chicken skewers
• 1 ripe avocado • 1 ripe pear, peeled and chopped • 100g frozen peas or edamame beans • 100g ripe cantaloupe melon, chopped into finger sized pieces • A squeeze of lemon METHOD
Prepare all the vegetables and fruit and simply mix in a bowl with a squeeze of lemon to stop the oxidation and browning of the ingredients Any leftovers can be whizzed up in a blender to make a smoothie, icelolly or as a simple snack for you for later!
M A R I N AT E D C H I C K E N S K E W E R S W I T H C R E A M Y H E R B D I P Preparation: 30 minutes Cooking: 15 minutes Serves 8 Suitable from 1 year
Even if it’s not barbeque weather where you are, these Mediterranean inspired skewers will bring the spirit of summer to your family dinner table and make a great sharing platter, just add salads and tasty toasted pittas. INGREDIENTS FOR THE MARINATED CHICKEN:
• 5 garlic cloves, crushed • ½tsp paprika • ½tsp allspice • Salt and pepper • 5tbsp olive oil, divided • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs • 1tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional) • Juice of ½ lime FOR THE HERBY GREEN YOGURT SAUCE:
• 1 garlic clove, crushed • 1 ripe avocado • large handful chopped fresh dill, stems removed • handful parsley, chopped • 200ml Greek yogurt • 1 tbsp olive oil • Juice of ½ lime
• A pinch cayenne pepper, optional • Salt, if needed METHOD
First marinate the chicken. Make the marinade by blending together all the ingredients. Cut the chicken into chunks. Place in a large ziplock plastic bag or bowl. Reserve a little marinade to brush on the chicken later. Pour the remaining sauce into the bag or bowl with the chicken. Seal or cover the mixture and refrigerate as long as you can, minimum 2 hours, but overnight is best. Soak the wooden skewers in water while preparing the dipping sauce. To make the sauce, combine the garlic, herbs, yogurt, olive oil, lime juice and cayenne pepper in a food processor. Blend until all the ingredients are well mixed into a smooth thick sauce. Test and add salt if needed. Transfer to a small bowl or container, cover and refrigerate. When you’re ready to grill, preheat the grill on medium high for 5 to 10 minutes and oil the grates. Meanwhile, drain off the marinade and place the chicken pieces on skewers. Place the chicken on the hot grill, cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Brush with the extra sauce and flip. Repeat this process until you can see that the chicken is browned to your liking and fully cooked. Serve with the sauce and a green salad, pitta or some cooked rice.
Alice Fotheringham is an infant nutrition specialist at Piccolo. Piccolo is an organic baby food brand with roots in the Mediterranean approach to feeding children. The brand also supports the NCT and gives 10 per cent of its profit to food education. For more information, visit mylittlepiccolo.com
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After 16 hours in a conventional bottle, fresh milk will have lost half of its vitamin A content
Milk matters IS TH E MILK YOU BUY DELIVERING TH E N UTRIENTS YOU E XPEC T AN D N EED?
e expect things to do what they say they will. Cars take us from A to B, Hollywood blockbusters entertain us, and food should be nourishing. So, if we don’t get what we were promised we have every right to be annoyed. What it says on the label, should be exactly what’s in our food. Simple as that. But is it? When it comes to fresh milk, for example, we’re promised that it’ll nourish our children1, providing them with important nutrients such as calcium, vitamins A, D and B22, also known as riboflavin. These are all essential to keep
them the healthy and full of energy. But what you might not know is that light causes these nutrients to degrade, so nutrient-rich milk fresh from the farm may have arrived in your fridge with less of the good stuff than you’d expect. Indoor lights in the supermarket and even the lights in your fridge can damage the vitamins in your milk! After just two hours of exposure to LED lighting – the type often found in your supermarket – fresh milk begins to lose vitamin A3. And after 16 hours milk found in
a conventional bottle will have just half the vitamin A it started with4. But what’s the answer? Believe it or not, it’s the bottle. Buying milk in light-protected packaging will help keep the nutrients safe and ensure that you and your family get the nourishment you deserve. Fresh milk protected from light by dairy companies remains fresher and tastier for longer5. Stand up for milk goodness and fight the light. Learn more about light damage at lightdamageisreal.com
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icking off Rome’s must-see sights will naturally include touristfavourites such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica but Peg Perego’s Italian heritage means we can dig a little deeper to reveal this beautiful city’s very best hidden gems…
WH ER EVER YOU R DE STINATION , TR AVEL IN ST YLE WITH BABY IN TOW LITTLE LUXURIES Catching rays in Spain this summer? Check out the new Tiny Tots Programme at Marbella Club Hotel, a luxurious resort on the shores of Andalucía. Ideal for under-fives, the package includes all the baby essentials – from cots to bottle warmers – plus two hours of inclusive babysitting daily. Younger guests also receive welcome gifts upon arrival, including a personalised hooded bath towel, t-shirts and colouring books. marbellaclub.com
WHERE TO VISIT:
Rome’s best-kept secret and an area many tourists often miss. Tucked away off the main streets of Quartiere Triests lies Coppedè – the city’s smallest and most magical district. Situated between piazza Buenos Aires and Taglimento, this compact gem will conjure-up fairytale thoughts and set imaginations alight.
WHERE TO VISIT:
Located to the north of the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, and slightly away from the regular tourist route, you’ll discover the park of Villa Borghese. Known as the ‘park of museums’ because of its plentiful museums and art galleries, bambinos will delight in discovering the famous mechanical water clock and small Biopark Zoo, which is home to more than 1,000 animals. While you’ll need a day to take in all that there is to see here, families can rent one of the park’s four- to six-seater bikes to explore the park at leisure.
WHERE TO STAY:
Centrally located, the Raphaël is just a stone’s throw from the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica, making it the perfect family base to explore. Almost museum-like, this magnificent residence is home to a rich collection of sculptures, paintings, and Picasso ceramics, and enjoys the backdrop of panoramic views across the city. relaischateaux.com
HERE COMES SUMMER
HOVIMA La Pinta Beachfront Family Hotel is situated on the southern coast of Tenerife, in dreamy Costa Adeje. With its fantastic location, families can choose to split their time between the beautiful sandy beaches and the hotel’s two outdoor pools – little guests are sure to make waves at the children’s splash park with its tipping-water bucket, water guns, sprinklers, water cannons and waterfall! But what’s more the hotel has just announced that the first and second child get to holiday for free during selected dates in 2019. hovima-hotels.com
KEEP TOTS BUSY BEFORE BOARDING AT THE MY 1ST YEARS KIDS’ ZONES IN HEATHROW AND GATWICK’S BRITISH AIRWAYS LOUNGES, WHERE KIDS CAN FLY MINI PLANES AND EVEN COOK. AND ON SET SUMMER DATES, YOUNGSTERS WILL BE GIFTED A LIMITED-EDITION BACKPACK. BRITISHAIRWAYS.COM
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HEREFORDSHIRE Kerry Spencer AN D H ER FAMILY E SCAPE TO AN IDYLLIC RU R AL R E TR E AT
xcitement levels began to soar as we reached the the foothills of the Black Mountains, reaching fever pitch as we finally came to a standstill at Upper House & Spa after a four-hour drive from London to the Welsh border. Me, my husband and our 17-month-old toddler Sebastian would be calling Hayloft, a beautifully-restored barn in the Herefordshire village of Craswall, home for the weekend. Upper House & Spa consists of two self-catering cottages – the onebedroom Hayloft and two-bedroom Long Barn – featuring an open-plan kitchen and living area in a doubleheight space. The cottages are a perfect blend of old and new, with both antique furniture and contemporary artwork. The owners had also thoughtfully set up a travel cot in the bedroom and a highchair by the dining table for our stay. Before we’d even unpacked, we set off on one of Upper House Farm’s three colour-coded walks. We opted for the easier red route with only a slight incline on the return. The 45-minute ramble took us across fields, through woodland and past an ancient spring, before returning us in time for sundowners on Hayloft’s terrace, with a crackling firepit cutting through the dusk cool. That night, with Sebastian settled in his cot, we feasted by the flames on a charcuterie supper of cured meats that we’d picked up earlier en route. Hay-on-Wye is just a 25-minute drive, so after a peaceful first night’s sleep, we took the scenic mountainside route
Hayloft brings together a mixture of antique and contemporary décor
Sebastian enjoyed the Upper House Farm walks
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to the famous literary town. We spent the morning browsing bookshops and treating ourselves to ice creams at Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour before returning to Upper House armed with locally-sourced groceries from Hay Deli. Following a delicious lunch in our cottage, we returned to the path we’d taken the previous day. Running across a deserted field to the chorus of grazing sheep, grass tickling our ankles, was utterly liberating for all three of us. Although we spent most of our time outdoors, visitors can also book spa treatments, making use of the relaxation space within a separate cabin. There’s also Adrian’s Datcha, a rustic cabin filled with books, a log burner and table and chairs. Guests can use the space as a reading nook or take afternoon tea, which is priced at £19 per person. Hayloft boasts a fantastic kitchen and dining space, so we opted to dine on juicy sirloin steaks from Herefordshirebased Wild by Nature Meats, a farming family who also deliver meat boxes to London, on our second night. After one last long walk, we returned to light the wood burner and settled in for the night. Resisting the remote controls, we pulled two books from the bedroom’s library. The serenity and comfort of Upper House & Spa was pure bliss for our busy family, forcing us to press pause, unwind and explore nature. £390 for three nights at Hayloft, upperhouseandspa.co.uk
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From fields of sheep to Hayloft’s terrace, the family was able to embrace the great outdoors
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BADRUTT’S PALACE, SWITZERLAND Flight time: 1hr 40mins
This enchanting neo-gothic St Moritz retreat has been a high-society hotspot for decades, with plush suites and enough designer boutiques to rival Knightsbridge. Impressively, the entire hotel is heated by lake water – saving around 500,000 litres of heating oil per year – and is even making an effort to swap plastic amenities for more eco-friendly alternatives. The pièce de résistance, however, is its exceptional restaurants. Of the seven dining options, young family members are best catered for by Le Restaurant’s fantastic kids’ menu. They’ll also be given free ice cream and popcorn during their visit, as well as Badrutt’s Palace pyjamas and cots. Interconnecting rooms are available upon request. Rooms from £342 per night; badruttspalace.com
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LEFAY RESORT & SPA, ITALY Flight time: 2hrs
Carved into the mountainside above the village of Gargnano, this wellness escape is off the tourist-beaten Lake Garda track. In the sublime spa – hailed one of Italy’s very best – you’ll find pools, tubs and therapy rooms to use at your pleasure; even kids can enjoy treatments. As for eco credentials, Lefay has been ethically-conscious from day one – it was built using biocompatible materials, recycles rainwater, and generates two thirds of its energy on site. Book a hotel babysitter if you’d like a romantic dinner a deux, but there’s a child-friendly menu for family meals too. Better yet, the food is supplied by nearby farms, while the hotel produces its own olive oil. Rooms from £306 per night; lagodigarda. lefayresorts.com
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Flight time: 10hrs 20mins
If you’re brave enough to go long haul with baby, the journey should be worth your while, right? Dubbed as the world’s first full solarpowered resort, Finolhu in the Insta-pretty Baa Toll ticks all the boxes. Lap up the island views from the comfort of your own villa – there are options both on the beach and over the water – or explore the Oak Beach Club, a vibrant hub comprising gamers’ arcades, pools and a futuristic rooftop bar. Families are well looked after here, too; there’s a kids’ club, children’s menus in restaurants, and cots are available upon request. What’s more, thanks to the Parley for the Oceans initiative, it’s also reducing the use of plastic across the resort. Rooms from £684 per night; finolhu.com
Green Toys sand play set £16.50, bebeco.co.uk
Get closer to the Indian Ocean with one of Finolhu’s over-the-water family villas
Organic Children aftersun £12, greenpeople.co.uk
GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO Flight time: 10hrs 40mins
Surrounded by more than 200 acres of jungle, mangroves and cenotes, this luxe resort is one-stop holiday bliss; you’ll find just about everything you could ever want here, from swimming pools and spa treatments, to tennis courts and high-end boutiques. Babies are VIPs, so the resort will provide everything you need, including high chairs, cribs, strollers and more. And that’s not all – having won many awards for its eco-friendly approach, you’ll see just how spotless and safe it keeps the beaches, while contributing to the Federal Sea Turtle Conservation Programme to protect local wildlife. There’s even an on-site water treatment facility, for recycling water. How nifty is that? Rooms from £663; rivieramaya.grandvelas.com
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Did you know that underwater sensory activities can aid early development? Ideal for babies aged up to 13 months, Sea Life UK and Baby Sensory have teamed up to offer sessions that enhance visual skills. The experience, which is available at Sea Life aquariums across the UK, allows tots to track sea creatures, promoting eye-teaming and exploration skills. visitsealife.com
HOT WHEELS Perfect for adventurers aged three and over, Hape’s Street Surfer is a super-cool scooter suitable for both inside and out. Its chunky wheels aid balance while learning to steer and the adjustable handlebar means it’ll grow with your tot. The best bit? Its vibrant red shade will keep your child visible. £69.99, hape.com
H ER E YOU ’LL FIN D TH E L ATE ST E AR LY YE AR S U PDATE S GET MOVING
Lets Explore is opening a new day nursery in Horley for tots of up to five years old. As well as state-of-the-art facilities and healthy meals, it’ll offer access to its popular soft play area, meaning plenty of space to burn energy. With news that one in five school starters are overweight, the centre’s childcare policy aims to be little ones active. lets-explore.com
Enhance baby’s senses with Infantino’s new Playtime Pal Balloon, a softly-textured toy that’s packed with engaging features. With strokeable silky ribbons and an elephant to tickle, it’s ideal for promoting hand-eye coordination, while the BPA-free teether helps soothe tender gums. Give it a shake to hear sweet chiming sounds, too. £14.99, mothercare.com
TOTS AS YOUNG AS TWO YEARS OLD ARE BEING TAUGHT TO CODE AS PART OF A NEW TUTORING SERVICE. BARK, WHICH IS AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE, USES DIFFERENT COLOURS, SHAPES, PUZZLES AND PROBLEM-SOLVING GAMES TO HELP LITTLE ONES GRASP THE BASIC CONCEPTS BEHIND PROGRAMMING. BARK.COM
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Visit our vibrant, friendly co-ed nursery nestled in the stunning grounds at Parkside School, Cobham, Surrey To book a private tour, contact Lindre Scott, 01932 862749 or visit www.parkside-school.co.uk
We pride ourselves on providing a bespoke and personal service depending on your individual requirements, whether you need a full time live in nanny or after school help we aim to find the perfect childcare solution for you. If you want to know more, we are always on the end of the phone so give us a call on 0208 652 9949. Whether you are just curious as to what we do or if you want a hand with your search, we will be happy to help.
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Boutiques BODEN, LONDON
Since its launch in 1991, Boden has paved the way for timeless womenswear, menswear and childrenswear with a twist. The kids’ lines, Mini Boden and Baby Boden, are inspired by the best parts of childhood, with storytelling prints and appliqué. The Kings Road flagship store has a whole floor dedicated to childrenswear; check out the latest collection which is inspired by classic British style, complete with embroidered London buses, smocking and even machine-washable cashmere. STORES ACROSS LONDON boden.co.uk
NATURAL BABY SHOWER, SURREY
When her son Dylan was born, Victoria Hampson noticed a lack of ethical baby products on the market and was inspired to set up Natural Baby Shower. Nowadays, her established store offers high quality, natural and meticulously-researched parenting products, from baby carriers to buggies and skincare solutions to sleep suits. Much of the product range is from small, family-run businesses, and all items are offered at the best prices. WINDLEBROOK HOUSE, 55 GUILDFORD ROAD, BAGSHOT GU19 5NG naturalbabyshower.co.uk
Bonpoint is undoubtedly the haute couture of children’s fashion, with in-house design studios and stores all over the globe. Under the artistic direction of Christine Innamorato, each piece from the Parisian boutique is meticulously hand-crafted to exacting standards. Its classic range of clothing features signature detailing, unrivalled quality fabrics and beautifully intricate patterns and prints, catering for stylish boys, girls and babies. STORES ACROSS LONDON bonpoint.com
Nestled in the seaside village of Fowey in Cornwall, Birdkids is, as the name suggests, inspired by the wonders of nature. Founded by Jane Bird over a decade ago, here you can shop from an everevolving selection of clothes, toys and gifts for children. Browse its eclectic mix of products and you’ll find animals, butterflies, bugs, birds and flowers just about everywhere. We especially love the sweet animal towels from Liewood and the aquatic soft toys from Wild Republic. 3 CUSTOM HOUSE HILL, FOWEY PL23 1AB birdkids.co.uk
MAMAS & PAPAS, NATIONWIDE
From cots to clothing, pushchairs to playtime accessories, Mamas & Papas is your go-to store for everything you need for baby. Founded in 1981, the business was born out of a desire to better meet the needs of new parents, debuting with a range of coloured prams. Now, 35 years on, and with branches and stockists across the world, we challenge you to leave its boutiques empty handed. Be sure to check out its most recent launch, the Ocarro pram. STORES ACROSS THE UK mamasandpapas.com
IL GUFO, LONDON
Founded in Italy in 1980, family-run Il Gufo produces clothing, shoes and accessories for both boys and girls from newborn up to age 14. A fine example of Italian craftsmanship, authentic designs are crafted from the very best materials – think organic cotton, merino wool, soft leather and premium cashmere. The core collection for babies this season is inspired by the world that lies beneath the waves, with fish prints, shell embroidery and nautical-inspired checks and stripes. 313 BROMPTON ROAD, CHELSEA, LONDON SW3 2DY ilgufo.com
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Boutiques MARSHES & FLINT, NORFOLK
Based at Creake Abbey in north Norfolk, Marshes & Flint is a lifestyle store showcasing some of the best independent children’s brands around. From local names to global labels, shop clothing and accessories, toys and homewares for all ages, with a mix of traditional and modern designs for every taste. The store, which opened earlier this year, has proved wildly popular and little ones love the mud kitchen outside. CREAKE ABBEY, NORTH CREAKE, NORFOLK NR21 9LF marshesandflint.co.uk
BONNET À POMPON, LONDON
Spanish brand Bonnet à Pompon has arrived in the UK by way of a rather beautiful boutique in London’s Marylebone. Its clothing for boys and girls from newborn up to age 12 channels a bohemian-chic spirit, blending a relaxed style with exquisite design and colour pairings. Designed in Spain, the brand is passionate about natural materials – there’s plenty of cashmere, linen and cotton throughout the range. 76 MARYLEBONE LANE, LONDON W1U 2PR bonnetapompon.com
OUR KID, MANCHESTER
Run by a trio of mums, Our Kid is a cool space for all things family. The stylish shop emits a laidback atmosphere that both children and parents will love – browse through a selection of independent brands, then grab a coffee and a slice of cake at the in-store café afterwards. There’s also an astroturf lawn and toy corner, plus plenty of events to amuse little ones. The team will even host a fabulous birthday party or baby shower at your request, too. 9A OSWALD ROAD, CHORLTON, MANCHESTER M21 9LP our-kid.co.uk
THE LITTLE NATURAL CO, EAST SUSSEX
After being inspired to set up her own online boutique after the arrival of her twin daughters, Clara Bentata founded Lucy & Belle as a shopping destination for discerning parents. The site prides itself on delivering the best customer experience with an extensive selection of products, from baby clothing and changing bags, to outdoor pieces and accessories. Top brands include Pasito a Pasito, Cam Cam Copenhagen and Babidu. lucyandbelle.com
THE BONNIE MOB
Back in 2005, upon the arrival of her little girl, founder Tracey Samuel set about designing modern, colourful and distinctive baby knits that could be loved, played in and then passed around. Fast forward nearly 15 years, and the ethos of The Bonnie Mob is much the same; the collection now ranges from newborn up to seven years for both boys and girls, with the latest designs featuring plenty of sunshine motifs, rainbows and bunny prints. thebonniemob.com
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As the name would have it, The Little Natural Co specialises in organic, natural and handmade products for both baby and child. With an emphasis on ethical and sustainable production, its beautiful pieces are both trend led and environmentally friendly, from clothing and toys to skincare and accessories. They stock some of our favourite brands, including Olli Ella, Mabli, Wee Gallery and Sleepy Doe. 147 HIGH STREET, LEWES BN7 1XT thelittlenaturalco.co.uk
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Cotton knitted blanket £39.99, kitandkin.com Emma’s favourite piece from the Kit + Kin babywear collection is the super-cute bunny hat
Cotton muslin £19.99, kitandkin.com
INSPIRE What inspired Kit + Kin? My kids suffered with eczema from a young age and I really struggled to find products which didn’t further irritate. Lots of what’s on the shelves have long lists of ingredients which are impossible to understand, and I know so many parents have had the same issues. That’s why I wanted to create a go-to brand for families that you can trust: we use the most gentle, natural and sustainable ingredients possible to be kind on your baby’s skin as well as the planet. Once I’d been introduced to my co-founder Chris through a mutual friend, we knew we had the same vision and two years ago, Kit + Kin was born. Tell us about the brand’s commitment to the planet. It’s so important for brands to play a part in bringing about positive change. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to reduce our impact, but it’s so much easier if you can make a difference just through everyday products such as nappies. We use eco-friendly, sustainablysourced ingredients and materials; giving back is a huge part of
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EMMA BUNTON The Kit + Kin co-founder talks juggling family life, carbon footprints, and brands’ responsibility to the planet who we are as a brand. We work with the World Land Trust, a fantastic organisation which raises awareness of rainforest deforestation. For every 10 nappy subscriptions bought, we purchase and protect one acre of threatened rainforest, safeguarding precious natural resources. And with the launch of our 100 per cent organic cotton babywear, we’ve expanded our giving-back programme to support local communities, by funding educational scholarships, family planning clinics and healthcare in Guatemala. Kit + Kin’s award-winning eco nappies reflect the brand’s commitment to sustainability
How do you juggle your family life and work? This is something that so many of us can relate to. As parents, we’re always busy and it can be overwhelming trying to fit everything in! It’s all about finding a balance that works for you. Work’s very important to me and I love what I do but we always prioritise family, especially on the weekends, when we can spend quality time all together. You recently added a clothing line, how did you find that? I absolutely loved the journey, it was hard work but so rewarding to see all the finished designs, and of course, getting brilliant feedback from customers. We spent almost two years on the collection, which
Her sons’ ezcema flare-ups inspired Emma to develop products with gentler, more natural ingredients
includes all-in-ones, hats, muslins, sleeping bags and blankets, and I’m so proud of the quality – every item is made from supersoft 100 per cent organic cotton. Do you have a favourite product? It has to be the bunny hats! They’re so cute and have been really popular with customers. I also love the blanket, it has a super stylish two tone design and looks lovely around the house. How can other young families lower their carbon footprint? The best way is to introduce small changes that all add up. We’re all busy, which makes it difficult to prioritise sustainability but recycling properly, reducing plastic waste, and buying ecofriendly, sustainable products really does make a difference. What’s next for Kit + Kin? We’re looking to expand our reach in the UK and in 30 new countries across the world! We’ll also be making some super-cute additions to the babywear range, so watch this space! kitandkin.com
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