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ISSUE 1: WINTER 2013

l itt l e the magazine for london mums

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WHERE TO GIVE BIRTH IN LONDON WHAT TO DRIVE: THE BEST FAMILY CARS COUGHS & SNEEZES: WINTER REMEDIES EDUCATING BABY: WHEN & HOW TO CHOOSE

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Welcome to the first edition of Little Darlings. Whether you’re about to become a new parent or already have kids, you’ll find lots to suit you and your lifestyle. We discuss the incredible changes your pregnant body goes through and help you survive kids’ seasonal ailments. We seek out the best spas and beauty treatments for new mums and show you how to Chic on the street; must-have pushchairs

look your best with quick, easy make-up looks. Whether you’re looking for things the kids can do at home, places to go or where to see Santa, we have

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something for everyone over Christmas in London. Take a look at our gorgeous kids' fashions and if you’re planning on escaping Town, we show you where to take the kids for a skiing experience you'll all remember. We have lots of great competitions for you too, so go online to www.littledarlingsmagazine.com

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Baby, it's cold outside! But our mini models are all wrapped up

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WHAT’S NEW, BABY?

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‘TIS THE SEASON…

The latest news, the hottest new products. What’s on at Christmas; great shows, visit Santa, ice rinks and carols. Plus, rainy day activities at home.

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SANTA BABY! We ask Santa for his top gifts for mum, dad, baby and children this Christmas.

BABY'S FIRST CHRISTMAS Some little extras to slip into your child's stocking.

HELP! WHAT’S HAPPENING TO MY BODY? Pregnancy health niggles, solved.

PRETTY PREGNANT What the best-dressed bumps are wearing and a round-up of stylish nursing separates.

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ARRIVING NOW IN LONDON Where to give birth, what to expect and what's worth paying for. Plus, profi le of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

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PUSH IT! The ten hottest pushchairs. Plus, the best kids’ fi rst bikes and scooters.

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BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Gorgeous designer baby and children’s clothes to keep little ones snug.

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CHOOSING CHILDCARE From nannies to nurseries, we help you choose care for your child.

BABY BY NUMBERS Your essential new baby list.

SAFE AND SECURE; INFANT CAR SEATS Know the law and choose the best for your child.

MOTOR ON Four great family cars.

HOME SWEET HOME Gorgeous interiors and decorating the kids’ rooms.

BABY NAMES What are the top names of the last year and seasonal baby names.

FUSSY FOOD Our top tips on how to get your kids eating like humans.

I CAN MAKE make delicious Chocolate Financiers with Battenburg Belle.

FIVE MINUTES TO FABULOUS The catwalk make-up trends to recreate in five minutes.

EASY DOES IT gentle ways to get your body back after baby. Plus the hottest new fitness trends.

EARLY YEARS EDUCATION What are your educational choices; focus on Steiner education.

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TIME FOR ME The four best London spas and home beauty treatments.

COUGHS AND SNEEZES Blitz those winter ailments, fast.

COMPETITION Win all these fantastic products worth over £3,000.

TRAVEL GEAR The best gadgets and gizmos for stress-free family travel.

REVIEWS New books and apps.

NURSERY SLOPES Take the whole family skiing this season. Best destinations and what to pack.

BABY'S BEST FRIEND TV presenter Ben Fogle helps you choose the perfect pooch.

I CAN MAKE Create a gorgeous Christmas card with your child.

WE LOVE: WE HATE Two mums discuss the controversy over swaddling.

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NEWS

Health news, who's doing what, hottest products from Little Darlings

LITTLE DARLINGS Amelia dress £249

We've all gone Christening Crazy Luxury fabrics and leather trim make this a truly special pram.

Fit for a prince Despite constant speculation about which pram the Cambridges would buy, it's been confirmed that they have bought the iconic British brand, Silver

Cross. The company's Chairman, Alan Halsall said: "With over 130 years' experience in manufacturing prams, we are certain the Prince will enjoy his Silver Cross." It has

not been confirmed which model the couple chose but we love the Aston Martin special edition. With alloy wheels and sporty styling, it costs £2000 from Harrods.

Following the Christening of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, this traditional naming ceremony is sure to see signs of a boost. Though your baby may not be wearing a replica of a 172 year-old gown made from Honiton lace and silk created for members of the Royal Family, your little darling can still have a Christening fit for a prince or princess. Designed by Tessa Williams, this pure silk dress 'Amelia' dress from our namesakes, Little Darlings, has been beautifully created from silk and is hand embroidered with little rosebuds. Available from Harrods, the dress with matching bloomers costs £249 and will become an heirloom for you and your your family. Celebrate with all the guests afterwards by serving cupcakes on this Rock A Bye Baby party cake stand, £11.99 from Party Pieces.

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PARTY PIECES Rock A Bye Baby party cake stand £11.99

WHEN TO WEAN

Mums are often confused about weaning, with some babies seeming to want purées and finger food early on, while others take a little longer to get going. Recent guidelines from the World Health Organisation suggest that babies under six months should be fed solely on breast or formula milk. This helps ensure they get the correct mix of nutrients for their growing bodies. www.littledarlingsmagazine.com

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NEWS For more maternity style, see page 29

Royal seal of approval for maternity brand

Sanna cardigan £79

Luxury maternity wear brand Seraphine had a bumper year when their clothes were spotted on not one, but two royals. First, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was seen in their Blossom dress a few days after the birth of Prince George, which promptly sold out. Then Zara Tyndall was photographed at the Boodles Boxing Ball wearing this stunning Bella silk colour block dress (right) from Seraphine's LUXE collection, which retails for £225. Other well-known fans of the brand include Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, January Jones, Claudia Schiffer, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson and Sienna Miller.

Nutrition In A Jar?

Baby food may not be as nutritious as you think. Many newspapers ran the story that commercially bought baby food had a lower vitamin and mineral content than meals made at home. This came from a study by researchers at the University of Glasgow looking at the nutritionals values of food brands bought in stores such as Baby Organix and Cow & Gate. The conclusion seems to be, if you can make it fresh at home, do!

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WHAT'S HOT IN STORE NOW

Fake fur collar, Graphite £25

Denver cardigan, Vanilla £79

Don't forget - book your flu jabs to avoid getting ill this Winter. Babies can now have a nasal spray for this, which avoids needles - and tears!

Nappies off! Potty training is hard at the best of times but doing it in public takes a brave woman! TV presenter Jenni Falconer is potty training her two year old daughter, Ella and has started a blog together with Dry Like Me about

the ups, the downs, the dry days and the little accidents. If you're ready to take the plunge, sign up on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ DryLikeMeUK. For more information and potty training advice and special offers go to www.drylikeme.com

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Great Grottos There’s nothing more exciting for little ones than stepping into an enchanted Grotto to meet Santa and asking him for their heart’s desire for Christmas. Plan well in advance and bear in mind that some locations may require booking in advance and pre-registration.

Selfridges 4th Floor

Canary Wharf

Brixton Windmill

Enchanted Christmas House N1

(see box on Selfridge's Christmas experience)

EYE SKatE, loNdoN EYE

Ice Magic Wobbling around on skates with their hands held, kids will love the thrill of their first skating session. Warm up afterwards with a hot chocolate.

Natural History Museum SW7 31 Oct to 5 Jan £13.50 adults £9 children Tower of London EC3N 16 Nov to 5 Jan £12.50-13.50 adults £9.50 children

ChriStMaS at KEW 28 Nov to 4 JaN Illuminated trail through the gardens, Santa’s Woodland Grotto, Boutique Christmas Market £12.50 adults £8 children

SW2

14 Dec

1 to 23 Dec

London Zoo

NW1 (with real Reindeer) 17 Nov to 23 Dec

Westfield Shopping Centre

W12 Nov 22 to 24 Dec

Westfield Stratford

E20

Greenwich Market

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22 to 24 Dec

28 Nov to 23 Dec

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park W2

23 Nov to 6 Jan

Ham House

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1 to 23 Dec

Kew Gardens

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Sutton House

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8 Dec to 6 Jan

8 to 9 Dec

Museum of London

EC2Y

Sea Life Aquarium

SE1

Museum of London

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8 to 23 Dec

15 to 23 Dec

8 to 23 Dec

Harrods SW1X 2 Nov to 24 Dec

tW10

1 to 16 Dec

Hampton Court Palace

Nov 30-Jan 12 £11.50 adults £9.50 children

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 22 Nov to 5 Jan free

Broadgate Circle EC2M All dates £9 adults £7 children Somerset House

14 Nov to 5 Jan £14.50 adults £8.75 children

London Eye

SE1 27 Nov to 5 Jan £9.45 adults £6.75 children

Christmas Food & Gift Markets

Wrap up and venture out to markets full of potential presents and food gifts

Christmas Market, Southbank Centre SE1 16 Nov to 24 Dec Sprit of Christmas Fair Olympia W14 5 to 10 Nov More London Christmas Market The Scoop SE1 11 to 15 Dec Handmade Christmas at the O2 SE10 13 to 15 Dec Boutique de Noel Kensington Town Hall W8 15 to 16 Nov Spitalfields Winter Festival Spitalfields Market E1 6 to 17 Dec

SElfridgES ChriStMaS floor 24 oCt to 24 dEC this year the whole of the fourth floor of Selfridges will become a magical Christmas experience, with oodles of gifts, trees and decorations, extravagant stockings and tons of bespoke gifts that can be engraved or embroidered with your child’s name. Entertainers will keep you all amused and the Elfridges can help you choose the perfect gift for that special person.

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