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onnoisseur Travel was founded in 1994. Their efforts to strive to provide the very best and to always go the extra mile for all their clients is their company ‘Mission’. Calling all wannabe elves! The Coca-Cola London Eye has announced its latest recruitment drive, enlisting the help of two of the North Pole’s best as they start the search for Santa’s newest recruit with Elves’ Eye View. London is a wonderful place to be at Christmas. With twinkling Christmas lights and trees set to the backdrop of some of London’s most iconic locations, a trip to an ice rink is a must-do for the views alone. They are only open for a limited time so get your skates on before it’s too late! Award winning Danish Interior design brand, Cam Cam Copenhagen has specialized since 2012 in earth-friendly kids room interior offering wellthought, high quality, contemporary furniture and nursery accessories that fit harmoniously into every home. One of the great cultural phenomenons of the 20th century, Mickey Mouse broke ground in animation, became synonymous with the cartoon short, and forged a career as a truly international star. As he celebrates his 90th birthday, we find out more about the superstar rodent that charmed children, amused adults, and made Disney a household name.

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BABIES & KIDS made with love These toys are to be shared, played, cherished, collected & handed down for generations Modern Scandinavian design meets storybook whimsy Big Sister mouse dressed as an angel with a cloud skirt and wings in a book box. She is made with love and care from cotton and linen and will bring a touch of childhood magic, helping little ones to enjoy imaginative play. A unique blend of modern Scandinavian design and nostalgic storybook whimsy, these timeless Maileg mouse toys are sure to be cherished.

JUNGLE FEVER The jewel in the crown of the Noa and Nani range, the jungle Mid Sleeper is truly stunning. Transform little ones’ bedtimes into an exciting adventure. A great space-saving solution, the elevated tree house design is ideal for a creative playtime whilst also offering a comforting and secure place for slumber. The playful yet uber-stylish design will delight and enchant children. With its country-style cladding and traditional pitched roof, the design features cutout windows and a skylight to brighten the interior space, which can be easily accessed by a sturdy ladder. Hours of fun are to be had underneath the bed’s canopy, which can also double as storage space for toys, ensuring that every inch of floor is utilised.

IT’S PERSONAL Update a little one’s bed with this fun personalised cushion! It features a bus design and can be printed with a name of your choice alongside the words “The Wheels On The Bus Go Round And Round”.

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FIRST PLACE This sweet wooden bunny racing car by Plantoys is made from sustainable rubberwood. Its front wheels turn for easy steering round all those sudden bends and loops! For children 12 months and over.

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This is the perfect personalised gift for girls of all ages. Versatile cotton canvas bag with heaps of uses - pencil case, makeup bag, accessory holder and more. Available in pink, silver grey and natural cream. Each name is made with sparkly ‘unicorn rainbow’ holographic letters in our fun font.

TOY BOX TREASURE This classic wooden pull-along dinosaur on wheels is sure to be any toddlers favourite toy box treasure. Made in crocheted cotton Sebra has created a gorgeous retro-inspired heirloom toy. A lovely gift for boys and girls that quickly will become a loyal friend as the child takes the first steps. As well as encouraging little ones to walk, toddlers love to pull their best friend around with them!





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onnoisseur Travel was founded in 1994. Their efforts to strive to provide the very best and to always go the extra mile for all their clients is their company ‘Mission’. The level of success the company has achieved being evident in the many clients that choose Connoisseur Travel as a direct result of commendations made by satisfied clients who still today entrust all their travel arrangements and vacation plans to Connoisseur Travel. Your holiday needs careful planning and consideration. Whether it’s the excitement of a safari, an adventure in South America, the mystique of the Far East or the lure of relaxation on a beach with your family, Connoisseur Travel can recommend the destination to suit you, your partner and family.

“The company’s experts will share their worldwide knowledge of destinations, climate and culture” The company’s experts will share their worldwide knowledge of destinations, climate and culture to Initially the Company specialised in weddings and tailor-made honeymoon destinations. Personal recommendations and expertise in the honeymoons market resulted quickly to bookings coming in nationwide and overseas. And, with their reputation for personalised travel planning, the Company soon expanded its horizons, providing luxury specialist worldwide travel tailored not only to honeymooners but to all discerning travellers. Over the years they 6 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

have developed their market for providing family holidays – from the very young to teenagers. Some of their clients are original honeymoon couples who now, with their growing families, entrust Connoisseur Travel to source and tailor their family holidays. Being independent, Connoisseur Travel works with a carefully selected number of tour operators which enables the company to be able to offer genuine choices and unbiased holiday advice. They will discuss your tailor-made holiday dreams with you and then produce exactly what you are looking for. Instead of a general glossy printed brochure, their website is designed to outline what they can achieve for you. They take the pain out of planning your holiday yourself, and help you realise your dream with minimum effort on your part and maximum effort on theirs! Each and every travel itinerary they organise is unique, based on the client’s individual requirements. Their specialists are available to you before, during and after your travels, and always available to serve you exclusively. If you would like professional help planning your next holiday or trip of a lifetime, Connoisseur Travel would very much like to speak with you to offer their impartial advice on any worldwide destination. So let Connoisseur Travel make your next travel experience one of unsurpassable ease. Their dedication and enthusiasm combined with their friendly service guarantees you the relaxing tailormade holiday you deserve! Please call 01403 272 143; email; All travel is covered by fully bonded ABTA/ ATOL/IATA tour operators

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s children’s bedroom specialists, we are a one-stop shop who help parents create practical, fun, stylish and functional bedrooms. We understand that the world of children’s beds can be a complicated one, from bunk beds to cabin beds, high sleepers to day beds….how do you know which style you need, and which one is right for your child? Whatever it is you need, we have it all… through ingenious designs and clever space saving features, there are oodles of options that will allow your child their own special environment to work, rest and play. We understand that sleep is so very important to ensure that children of all ages can meet their full potential in every aspect of their lives, so creating the right sleep environment is a great starting point. Depending on the age of your child, they will spend between 8 and 13 hours a day sleeping and with sleep being so important for a child’s mental and physical development, a good bed and mattress is crucial for your child. A toddler bed or starter bed is the perfect transitional bed for when your little one moves from their cot to their ‘big bed’. Sometimes big beds can feel too big and become a little overwhelming for your child, so perhaps consider a modular design

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that literally grows with your child. Or you may prefer to choose a full size single bed with side safety rails which will ensure your little one remains in bed and doesn’t roll out. When your child is big enough, you simply need to remove the side rails et voila, you will have a full size single bed for your child to enjoy and feel all grown up. Children just love bunk beds! They’re exciting and make sharing a room or having a friend to sleepover fun. Built with one bed on top of the other, a bunk bed is a popular solution to double your sleep space and help save heaps of valuable floor space too. They’re a great idea for smaller bedrooms too so you can create more play space. Mid Sleepers, Cabin Beds, High Sleepers and Loft Beds are all excellent space savers and also great fun for children. If space is at a premium or you simply need more storage because you’re bursting at the seams, these bed styles are as much about storage as they are about sleeping – they offer the complete bedroom solution for sleep, study, storage and even play. For more tips and inspiration, delve into to discover our fantastic world of children’s beds, furniture and accessories.

“We understand that sleep is so very important to ensure that children of all ages can meet their full potential in every aspect of their lives, so creating the right sleep environment is a great starting point”

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alling all wannabe elves! The Coca-Cola London Eye has announced its latest recruitment drive, enlisting the help of two of the North Pole’s best as they start the search for Santa’s newest recruit with Elves’ Eye View. As the festive season kicks off, the London attraction is inviting youngsters to embrace their inner elf and try out to be in with a chance of landing the most important job of all, Santa’s Chief Navigator. Join elves Tinsel McJingle and Snowdrop as they train you up to navigate Santa and his sleigh through London’s skyline. Parents can enjoy the London Eye’s breath-taking views whilst the kids are entertained with a magical tour of the city below, interactive games and festive dress up – with all fully qualified elves rewarded a special elves hat at the end of their journey. All guests will also get a special phone call from the man himself, with top tips and advice before they take flight and learn all about his flight path, witnessing the Christmas lights below. Sunny Jouhal, General Manager at the London Eye, said: “Christmas is the most magical time of year, particularly in London, and we wanted to bring some of that magic to life. Elves’ Eye View combines the festive spirit of the season and the iconic views from the London Eye – with a special message from Santa it’s the ultimate Christmas day out for all the family.”

The immersive family experience includes: • A magical welcome in Santa’s Grotto • Learn how to be an elf and help Santa fly over the skyline • Guided tour of London by the Chief Elf on the iconic skyline • Becoming one of the elves helping Santa fly over the skyline with mischievous games along the way • Elf hat and certificate to celebrate the experience and status as a qualified Elf 10 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

THE DETAILS Tickets start from £30.50 and are available to buy from the London Eye ticket office or at


GET YOUR SKATES ON THIS WINTER A guide to London’s coolest ice rinks

London is a wonderful place to be at Christmas. With twinkling Christmas lights and trees set to the backdrop of some of London’s most iconic locations, a trip to an ice rink is a must-do for the views alone. They are only open for a limited time so get your skates on before it’s too late!

SKATE BACK IN TIME AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE Open until 6 January 2019 (except Christmas Day) SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE WITH FORTNUM & MASON Open until 13 January 2019 (except Christmas Day)

HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND Open until 6 January 2019 (except Christmas Day)

Enjoy the perfect winter day out at Somerset House. The stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain courtyard is the backdrop to London’s most beautiful ice rink, where you can skate day or night with family and friends. Skate Lates features an extra special series of music nights throughout the season - the perfect start to your weekend. Après-skate, treat yourself at Fortnum’s Lodge with one of our Skate Extras – all designed for two to share; relax and take in the spectacle rink-side with a drink or warming snack in the Skate Lounge. Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade returns, transforming the West Wing into a one-stop, essential festive shopping destination. Book online at or call 0333 320 2836.

Skate on the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink….and this year, it’s even bigger! Located around Hyde Park’s picturesque Victorian bandstand, there will be live music as skaters take to the ice. With twinkling Christmas lights and trees set to the backdrop of some of London’s most iconic locations, a trip to an ice rink is a must-do for the views alone. Book online at

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For an unforgettable festive experience, look no further. The 1,040 square-metre outdoor ice skating rink offers spectacular views of the magnificent Tudor palace, where King Henry VIII once lived. There will be fun and excitement for all age groups and skating abilities, Whether you’re a skater or a spectator, you can enjoy delicious snacks and drinks day and night at the Ice Rink Cafe Bars. Offering a tempting selection of warming drinks, delicious snacks and a great bar with Wines, Beer, Cider and Mulled Wine. The perfect place to meet friends against the backdrop of one of London’s finest Palaces. Book online at www.hamptoncourtpalace

ICE RINK CANARY WHARF Open until 16 February 2019 (except Christmas Day)

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Open until 7 January 2019 (except Christmas Day) Set against the stunning backdrop of one of London’s best-loved landmarks. The glistening ice rink which runs alongside South Kensington’s treelined streets will be topped off with a sparkling 30ft Christmas tree. The Café Bar, run by Benugo, will be open for seasonal treats, providing a place to stay warm out of the winter chill. Visitors can watch all the skate action from a perfectly-positioned viewing balcony. Ticketmaster returns once again to curate and present a series of intimate and unique free acoustic performances from some of the best new and emerging musical talent currently in the UK – Acoustic Lates Live 2018. Book online at or call 0844 847 1576.

Set to the backdrop of Canary Wharf ’s twinkling towers and enchanting greenery, this spectacular 1,200 square-metre outdoor ice rink runs for sixteen magical weeks in the picturesque surroundings of Canada Square Park. If you want to eat, drink and shop all in one go, this is the place to go. Skaters can expect a few new surprises along the way this season with exciting new activities, including winter sports, on the agenda. For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, the perfect spectating spot can be found in the rink-side bar or choose from the array of restaurants, bars, and shops surrounding the ice rink. Book online at

WINTERVILLE 2018 Open until 23 December Get to Clapham Common for London’s Alternative Festive Experience! You can glide across the 600 square-metre outdoor Ice Rink constructed from real ice. If gliding across the Common doesn’t appeal, then why not enjoy a winter warmer in the neighbouring cafe, where you can check out all the action in comfort. There are lockers (£2) and penguin skate aids available (£5 each) for kids on a first-come, first-served basis. Book online at

SKATE AT SKYLIGHT LONDON, TOBACCO DOCK Open until 27 January 2019 (except Christmas Day) Europe’s only rooftop real ice rink is back! Stellar cocktails, seasonal shenanigans and that view, Skylight will take your evening or weekend to new heights. Show off your ice dancing skills and get cosy up in one of the stunning igloos or down in the snug bar. Delicious foodie offerings including killer street food style options from Yiro and some indulgent cheesy delights from The Raclette Brothers. Skaters can wind down with seasonal drinks including mulled wine and warming cocktails served alongside a range of beers and ciders. Book online at

TOWER SKATE Open until 6 January 2019 (except Christmas Day) London’s most famous castle gets festive. Ice skate at the Tower of London and you don’t just get to do it with the city’s most iconic historical landmark as a backdrop – you’re actually in it! As you glide around the 1040m² rink, take in the magic and ambience of the castle beside the Thames, which offers a unique and unforgettable setting. There’s something for everyone whether you are a novice or an expert. Try the early morning sessions – perfect for little skaters and families, leading into picturesque afternoons and bustling evenings. The Tower of London Ice Rink gets an extra helping of stunning in the evenings when the lights, set against the castle wall adds to the dramatic jaw dropping views. For history with a modern twist, there’s no better winter location. Book online at DEC 2018/JAN 2019 13


Welcome the New Arrival Sustainable Scandinavian Designed Children’s Interiors Award winning Danish Interior design brand, Cam Cam Copenhagen has specialized since 2012 in earth-friendly kids room interior offering well-thought, high quality, contemporary furniture and nursery accessories that fit harmoniously into every home.

Home Scandi Home! Run by Architects duo, couple and parents Sara Giese Camre and Robert Warren Paulsen, Cam Cam Copenhagen designs are respectful of both the Scandinavian design tradition and childhood memories. The minimalist designs are enhanced by the attention to the smallest details, iconic prints, peaceful colour tones, delicate craftmanship and well-thought functionality. Cam Cam Copenhagen continuously seeks to exceed parents’ expectations for a modern interior for the child´s room, with products that are made of sustainable and organic materials, enduring design and quality, whilst also built for extended use and longevity. They also use their own experience, as parents of 4, in the designs, which support the contemplative and poetic moments which are so precious and important during the first phase of life. The new 2-in-1 play gym and tent product, which Robert designed reflects entirely this philosophy. The life span of the play gym has been extended so that the play gym’s a-frame folds out into a play tent with a space big enough for the child to invite small playmates inside up to the age of 6 years. Sara’s delicate hand drawing can be found in the bamboo dinnerware and baby books. The forest animal theme is a reference to the animals you will likely spot during an autumn walk in the Danish forests. Whilst the soft books with their crinkle sound and unique artwork offer great surroundings for storytelling and activating all baby senses, the dinnerware makes feeding extra easy with smart detailing such as the edge on plate and bowl to help the child hold them during the learning phase where hands are as important as cutlery. From rattles and baby nests to children’s furniture and dinnerware - NO compromise or short-cuts. Cam Cam Copenhagen utilises GOTS certified organic cotton, natural dyes, FSC certified wood and VOC-free paints in their collections. You now can find and purchase Cam Cam Copenhagen at their recently opened pop-up shop-in-shop at Pure Baby, 208 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London! Visit www. to find more retailers, for more inspiration visit #camcam_cph 14 DEC 2018/JAN 2019



THE DETAILS Until 6 January 2019 10am – 10pm every day Closed on Christmas Day Entry is FREE. For individual attraction ticket prices and information, visit the official website. Advance booking is strongly recommended. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www. Follow on Facebook: winterwonderlanduk Twitter: @WinterWonderLDN Instagram: @WinterWonderLDN

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MG Events and The Royal Parks are delighted to announce that Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is back for its 12th year. The event has become a must-do attraction for Londoners, visitors and tourists alike. The UK’s number one Christmas destination will host an array of awe-inspiring attractions and entertainment, including: • UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink returns…and this year, it’s even bigger! Located around the picturesque Victorian bandstand, there will be live music as skaters take to the ice. • The Magical Ice Kingdom returns with a sparkling new theme – ‘The Secret Forest.’ Discover a magical world created from over 500 tonnes of ice and snow in -10C temperatures • Peter Pan On Ice takes you to Neverland with breath-taking skating, special effects, music and songs. • The popular Teletubbies Live Show arrives with a special Christmas adaption, so join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po on a magical journey through Tellytubbyland. • Zippos Christmas Circus is back to wow festive punters with acrobatic and comical Christmas routines and family favourites the dancing Snow Bears! • Jaw-dropping performances by Cirque Berserk, showcasing aerial stunts and spectacular trapeze, concluding with a must-see finale, the legendary Globe of Death. • Bar Hütte will be offering Christmas Karaoke booths for groups of up to 20 with pop classics and festive favourites • There will be stand-up comedy ‘lates’ expect familiar faces from Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News and Comedy Roadshow. • Get a sky high view over London with the Giant

Observation wheel. • The new Coaster Pass will give thrill seekers tap ’n’ ride access to all roller coasters on site for the duration of the event. • No festive day out would be complete without Father Christmas! Meet Santa and his elves and explore the inside of his toy workshop. A new family entrance will provide speedy entry into Santa Land. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has also been hugely popular with the Royal family and the celebrity crowd. Guests who have been spotted have included: Duchess of Cambridge & Prince George, David & Brooklyn Beckham, Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Kate Moss, Tom Cruise and David Cameron.



THE RELATABLE RODENT THAT FOUNDED AN EMPIRE To celebrate his anniversary, Luke RixStanding takes a look at the life and times of Mickey Mouse, one of the world’s first fictional superstars.


ne of the great cultural phenomenons of the 20th century, Mickey Mouse broke ground in animation, became synonymous with the cartoon short, and forged a career as a truly international star. As he celebrates his 90th birthday, we find out more about the superstar rodent that charmed children, amused adults, and made Disney a household name.

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From scribble to superstar ‘I only hope’, Walt Disney once said, ‘that we don’t lose sight of one thing. That it all started with a mouse’. Mickey Mouse was Disney’s breakout star but, were it not for a contract dispute and an intervention by Walt Disney’s wife, he might have been neither mouse nor Mickey. Disney’s first company - the ill-fated ‘laugh-ogram’ - had championed the lovable if ponderouslynamed Oswald the Rabbit and, only after losing the rights to the rabbit, did he begin work on a mouse. A few tweaks to the Oswald model - an elongated nose, shorter, rounder ears - and Mortimer Mouse was born. After a frank conversation with wife Lillian, Disney renamed his creation Mickey. Mickey was a labour of love - with a heavy emphasis on labour. Each cartoon required 15,000 drawings on some 30 different backgrounds, and took Disney’s team of animators anywhere from six months to two years. Until 1946, Disney provided Mickey’s squeaky, helium-like voice himself, something in which he took great pride. Their first recorded cartoon was Plane Crazy - an aerial caper featuring loop-the-loops and bloomers used as parachutes - but the first to screen was 1928’s Steamboat Willie. Mickey nonchalantly chugged down a river, whistling while he worked, getting into Tom & Jerry-esque mischief with the bear-like Captain Pete, the ship’s parrot, and a passing cow. An immediate hit, the film catapulted Mickey into the limelight, and more releases quickly followed. Right from his opening scenes, Mickey was a mouse with a spouse. Mickey’s 90th birthday also marks his and Minnie Mouse’s 90th anniversary, and though their marital status has been the source

of some speculation, Disney stated that they were wed ‘in secret’. Early shorts show a crafty Mickey plotting to steal a kiss from his beloved, while fending off her unlikable ex-boyfriend - a strand of relationship realism that was quickly dropped. Mickey was also too pure for politics, but he made an exception for the Germans. In 1931 he fought off an army of suspiciously Germanlooking cats by firing piano keys out of a mounted sub-machine gun. He played a starring role in 1944, when his name was used as a code word by American soldiers arriving on the beaches of Normandy. Mickey Mouse cartoons were actually banned by the Third Reich - a feather in the cap for the all-American Mickey. By this point, the pairing of Disney and Mouse had permanently altered the landscape of American cinema. Steamboat Willie was the first cartoon to synchronise screen and sound, and Mickey’s first spoken lines - “Hot dogs! Hot dogs!” - were some of the first in cartoon history. Mickey earned his creator an Oscar in 1932, and later became the first

fictional character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame (right next to Tommy Lee Jones). Within a few years of his debut, Mickeyawareness rivalled that of Charlie Chaplin. The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, but on this occasion, they were a roaring success.

The wilderness years Fame, however, can change mice just as much as people, and Mickey’s success was so massive that his eccentricities became liabilities. In order to maintain his appeal, Mickey’s negative qualities were stripped away, leaving a mouse so straight-laced and saintly, he bordered on bland. Mickey’s personality rested on the idea that he was “a little fellow trying to do the best he could”. So, what to do with him when he became a star? In 1949, Disney himself admitted the problem: “Mickey grew into such a legend that we couldn’t gag around with him”. 1934 had brought the debut of Mickey’s anything-but-bland frenemy Donald Duck, whose hare-brained schemes and boisterous temper tantrums picked up where Mickey left off. Between 1941 and 1965, Donald starred in 109 Disney shorts; Mickey in just 14. Mickey’s filmography dropped off a cliff (1983’s A Mickey Christmas Carol would be his first film in 30 years), but he still had an entertainment empire to run. He was there to meet and greet visitors at Disneyland’s grand opening in 1955, won the hearts of a new generation with his on-and-off children’s TV show the Mickey Mouse Club, and built up a 40% share in Disney consumer product sales. Unsure what to do with him on the silver screen, Disney made Mickey master of ceremonies, family patriarch, and mainstay of merchandising.

The second coming By the mid-nineties, Mickey had become a bit of a problem. He was still Disney’s prize asset - far too big to be discarded - but it would be a brave executive who tried to modernise or tinker with him. Long gone was the lovably roguish scamp that charmed his way to stardom - Nineties Mickey was a theme-park mascot, a nostalgia piece for parents, and a face on a business card. When Andy Mooney arrived as Disney’s head of consumer products in 2003, he couldn’t believe how little the company was using the face of their franchise. “Mickey is our swoosh”, he remarked, referring to the omnipresent tick that Nike use. There followed perhaps the grandest marketing campaign in Disney’s history - its goal to make Mickey cool again. Mickey cartoons appeared in 3D, the video game series Kingdom Hearts gave Mickey a rare ensemble role, and a giant graffiti mural of the mouse appeared on the corner of Sunset Boulevard. Some Mickey purists were horrified, but Disney’s bank accounts purred. T-shirts made up the thrust of the campaign, and Mickey appeared splashed across the chests of

Jennifer Aniston, Avril Lavigne, Lenny Kravitz, and Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex And The City. Move over Che Guevara, here comes Mickey Mouse. The result was a Mickey for a new age. Though still the smiling face that meets visitors at the gates of Disneyland, the release of video game Epic Mickey in 2009 brought a darker, moodier Mickey, who could be cantankerous and calculating. The game initially received average reviews, but has since gained a sequel and a cult following.

More than a mouse Mickey may have begun life just as a mouse (or indeed, a rabbit), but for some, he symbolised the American dream. He rose from the ashes of the Great Depression (“he has helped us laugh away our troubles, forget our creditors and keep our chins up”, wrote the Boston Globe), and Walt Disney had endured years of rejections and bankruptcy before striking mouse-shaped gold. “If you can dream it, you can do it” he said famously, and Mickey was the embodiment of this optimism. But representing America could be a doubleedged sword. As Mickey moved from films to retail outlets, he became known as the cutesy face of capitalism, and shows like South Park presented him as a bullying executive, jaded by decades of obsessive marketing strategies and boardroom tensions. Mickey began life as an alter-ego for his creator, but grew to become, in the words of novelist John Updike, “the most persistent and most pervasive figure of American popular culture in this century”. Lovable rascal; angelic everyman; corporate symbol; American icon - Mickey has been through countless iterations. Whatever happens, his legacy is assured. The Disney princesses, the theme parks, The Lion King and Frozen - it all started with a mouse. DEC 2018/JAN 2019 21



scot Racecourse invites families to celebrate the festive season, together with world-class horse racing and plenty of seasonal cheer, just three days before Christmas Day. Featuring the most valuable race card of Ascot’s Jumps season, the event promises to be exhilarating and enjoyable for all ages with fairground rides, a festive parade, clip clop pony rides, reindeer and candle-lit carol singing. On the track, the highlights are two £150,000 races; the ultra-competitive Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle and the Grade 1 JLT Long Walk Hurdle – one of the most prestigious long-distance hurdle races in Britain. Punters could be in with the chance to earn an extra Christmas bonus with the many high-class supporting races throughout the day! Off the track, adults can watch the races whilst enjoying festive cocktails and Fine Dining across multiple food outlets. Little ones will be entertained with Ascot’s very own Elf Workshop, gingerbread decorating with Mrs Claus, reindeer meet & greets, festive arts and crafts and face painting. Father Christmas and his fellow reindeer will be in attendance and Mrs Claus’ storytelling returns for a third year. The whole family can also enjoy free fairground rides and uplifting carol singing by candlelight in the Grandstand with the Ascot Brass Band. Under 18s attend the event for FREE when accompanied by a paying adult with under 12s eating free of charge. Gates open at 10:45am with the festive parade up Ascot High Street and into the Parade Ring taking place at 11:30am – families are advised to secure their spot by 11:15am for the best views in the house. Tickets start from £19 for Queen Anne Enclosure admission when booked in advance. For further information and to book visit: Call 0344 346 3000 or email

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“Adults can watch the races whilst enjoying festive cocktails and Fine Dining across multiple food outlets”


Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N If your child (or even you!) ever wanted to feel like a real Avenger then now’s your chance as Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N has arrived in London!


arvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N has opened at ExCeL London following a hugely successful run in New York, Seoul, Paris, Singapore, Beijing, Taipei and Las Vegas. This world-class multi-room experience offers fans of all ages the opportunity to delve into the super-workings and backstory of each member of The Avengers as they train to become an agent of the S.T.A.T.I.O.N. S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an acronym for Science Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network, where guests can step inside the popular films and become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline, whether trying to lift Thor’s hammer or taking a sneaky peak at Bruce Banners Lab.

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As part of their training, fans get the opportunity to interact with props and characters straight from the big screen.

Highlights include: The Thor Observatory – dedicated to Thor Odinson, King of Asgard and son of Odin. Test your worthiness by attempting to lift Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir, view Thor’s outfits and study the universe and its current parameters using NASA’s EYE on the exoplanets program. Check out Captain America’s personnel file and explore the cutting-edge science that made Steve Rogers into Captain America. Iron Man Engineering Bay – trainee agents have the chance to not only get up close and personal

“Check out Captain America’s personnel file and explore the cutting-edge science that made Steve Rogers into Captain America”

with Iron Man’s iconic suits of armour but also experience what simulated flight inside the suit would be like. Ever wondered what Bruce Banner’s Lab looks like? Explore the Bio Lab transformation of Dr Banners superior brain as he morphs into The Hulk. In a world first, and keeping up with the everexpanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, London’s Marvel’s Avengers Station experience includes never before seen character displays on Black Panther, The Wasp, and Thanos.

The experience has provided a super-powered dose of science and technology by NASA to enhance the authenticity of the experience and pique visitors’ interest in real-world science and technology. With comprehensive educational materials available for teachers, plus supporting materials created by Quantum Victoria, it is a thrilling learning experience for high school kids to follow STEM pathways by amplifying the scientific themes and characters that are core to Marvel’s storytelling. Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. debuts a huge collection of Avengers movie-based props and interactive technology for a strictly limited time in ExCeL London until 31st March 2019. There is also the opportunity to purchase exclusive Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. merchandise available for those with and without a ticket. Train like an Avenger and become an official S.T.A.T.I.O.N. agent - London Assemble Now! This is one of the hottest tickets in town for fans of Marvel comics or, indeed, the films. This immersive exhibition is a fun day out for all ages!

THE DETAILS Opening times Monday to Thursday: 10am–6.30pm Friday: 10am–8.30pm Saturday: 9.30am-8.30am Sunday: 9.30am-6.30pm Closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Tickets on Sale now at #avengersstation ExCeL London One Western Gateway Royal Victoria Dock London E16 1XL

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Get ready for a festive misadventure this Christmas at

Shrek’s Adventure! London B until 24th December 2018

oulders are being swapped for baubles and mud pies for mince pies, as a magical Grotto has opened with a special visitor this Christmas at Shrek’s Adventure! .Step through the doorway to Far Far away and get ready for a wonderful journey through the swamp where Santa Claus has landed his sleigh. This Christmas visitors to Shrek’s Adventure! should get ready for a blast of sparkly snowflakes and festive frolics as Santa welcomes guests into the magical Grotto. Santa’s trusty Elves are on hand to spread the Christmas spirit and be the cheerleaders of all things festive. All young misadventurers who visit the Grotto receive a shrektacular gift and photo opportunity with Santa himself. This magical mischievous moment is not to be missed! Your adventure begins as you board a magical 4D flying bus to Far Far Away, with the loveable, yet mischievous Donkey. Journey through Shrek’s Swamp, then down Drury Lane and even pop by the Muffin Man’s house, as you become part of an incredible interactive escapade featuring some of your favourite characters including Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin and Pinocchio. Calamity, chaos and endless fun are the name of the game so strap in for a brilliantly bonkers and immersive walk through experience, which the whole family can enjoy.

GROTTO OPENING DATES 2018: • Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December • Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December • Then every day from 17th December until Sunday 24th December • Attraction tickets prices on the door £27.50 (adult), £22.00 (children), book in advance online to save up to 30%. • Earlybird Grotto tickets are available for £5 online, Standard Grotto tickets cost £10 on the door and £7.50 online. Prices are per child and include a gift and a photo opportunity with Santa. • The Grotto ticket must be purchased alongside tickets to Shrek’s Adventure! London. • Shrek’s Adventure! London is located on the South Bank close to Waterloo and Westminster station. • Open 7 days a week – times vary please check the website for the most up to date information. For more information and to book your tickets early for just £5.00 per child visit: 26 DEC 2018/JAN 2019


Encouraging Active Kids

year-old girl. “The kids in the video wore me out,” says the sporty mum, who has a daughter aged 15 and two boys, aged eight and 11. “As a mum, I know how important being a role model is to keeping my family active and healthy. Right from the get-go with my children they’ve seen me going for a run, being part of athletics, doing circuits, and it’s almost like osmosis. It’s easier with a sporty parent, children will usually follow suit.” A survey by Public Health England and Disney found 57% of children said they were more likely to be active if their parents were - although the main motivation for kids was having friends join in (53%). “Sporty parents will encourage their children to be active,” says Denise. “The real challenge is children who don’t have active parents - how do you get those guys involved as well?”

Start by making activities easy


Olympic gold medallist and TV presenter Denise Lewis urges parents to encourage 10-minute bursts to help their children get the exercise bug words: Lisa Salmon

fter helping present the BBC coverage of the World Athletics Championships, former heptathlete Denise Lewis has turned her attention to something even more important - getting the nation’s children active. The Olympic gold medallist has joined forces with Change4Life, Sport England and Disney to encourage kids to try 10 Minute Shake Up, a series of 10-minute games and activities to help them work towards the 60 minutes of physical activity it’s recommended children do every day. Just 23% of boys and 20% of girls meet this recommended activity target, and one in five children starts primary school overweight or obese, rising to more than a third by the time they leave. Mum-of-three Denise, who won heptathlon gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, says: “Being active isn’t just for Olympians, it’s something that everyone - no matter their age, ability or interests - can and should take part in. “It’s alarming so few boys and girls are hitting their physical activity target, so we want to kickstart children into being more active. The focus is running, jumping, throwing, catching and coordination - the basics, hence why I got involved, as obviously those are things I know very well.”

Kids are more likely to be active if their parents are The 10 Minute Shake Ups offer fun activities inspired by an array of Disney characters. “The activities are very simple and the whole family can get moving together,” explains Denise, 44. Denise tries the Shake Ups herself in a short video in which she’s coached mercilessly by a seven28 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

Denise suggests the key is to make activity easy at first, hence the bite-size, 10-minute chunks parents can join in with; playing simple balloon games, for example. “Just 10 minutes sounds do-able to anybody. You can fit it into your day and, if you’re enjoying it, perhaps you’ll build it up and before you know it the kids have hit the target of an hour a day. “You realise that just getting the heart rate increased is doing everyone’s bodies the world of good.”

Being active is such a confidence boost - for all ages Activity also helps psychologically. The survey found being active made the majority of those aged five to 11 feel happier (79%), more confident (72%), and more sociable (74%). And while Denise admits it would be “fantastic” if the 10 Minute Shake-Ups put children on the path to becoming top athletes, that’s not really what the programme’s about. “If we get an Olympian out of this, I would love it,” she says, “but this is about the bigger picture of having exercise and activity as part of your lifestyle.” And 17 years after winning Olympic gold, activity is still very much part of Denise’s life. She runs, cycles and does circuits and weight training. “I exercise now for that space in my mind - and also so I can maintain my jeans size,” she admits. “I don’t feel the pressure like I used to. It’s about that time away from being a busy mum.” Denise is optimistic about British sport’s future and thinks there’s a plethora of talent coming through, particularly in women’s sport. “There are a lot of positive role models for young women, inspiring other women to want to get involved. That’s a great antidote to the negative images I see, like the selfies girls my daughter’s age take - it’s all they seem to think about. “Let’s get them thinking about being active instead.”


Cinema in the Snow’s

Narnia Themed Wonderland J Screenings from 13th - 23rd December 2018

oin Pop Up Screens for Cinema in the Snow where you will enter through a magical wardrobe and embark on an adventure through a snow-filled forest. The Pop Up Screens Christmas elves have been hard at work to make sure that this year’s screening season is the best to date! Hackney Showrooms has been transformed into an indoor enchanting alpine wonderland and guests will be clambering through the wardrobe to watch a whole host of Christmas classics. Love it or loathe it, the time has arrived when Londoners trade in casual wear for garish jumpers, single-handedly devour sharing boxes and dust off their copy of Elf after another year. Pop Up

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Screens is a great believer that Christmas traditions are here to stay, so with a bit of imagination, and a heavy helping of fake snow and fir essence, Christmas movie favourites can come alive in ways that you never thought possible. Guests will be immersed in a Pop Up Screens take on Narnia, sitting down and cosying up to view The Holiday or Love Actually, with a mulled wine in hand, well for those 18+ that is! This year’s repertoire aims to bring the wonder of Christmas to people of all ages in an unforgettably festive surrounding. Classics include the likes of Home Alone, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, The Chronicles of Narnia and of course, Elf. Feel-good romantic

Screenings Elf (PG) 14 December 7.30pm 15 December 7.30pm 19 December 7.30pm 22 December 7.30pm 23 December 4pm Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) 15 December 4pm Home Alone (PG) 15 December 12pm 18 December 7.30pm 22 December 4pm Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (PG) 16 December 12pm Arthur Christmas (U) 17 December 3pm The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (PG) 18 December 3pm The Muppets Christmas Carol (U) 19 December 3pm 23 December 12pm The Santa Clause (U) 20 December 3pm Miracle on 34th Street (U) 21 December 3pm It’s A Wonderful Life (PG) 22 December 12pm

comedy The Holiday and cinematic Christmas royalty, It’s A Wonderful Life, have been added to the Christmas slate this year due to popular demand. Pop Up Screens founder David Leydon says: “Our ‘Cinema in the Snow’ is all about making film watching memorable and exciting for the whole family. We’re excited to have added matinee screenings to proceedings this year so kids and parents of all ages can come and enjoy our Narnia inspired set. When you were 5, you wanted to climb into your wardrobe and find something amazing at the back of it – now you finally can! Seating is unallocated, all the views are unobstructed so you’ll get a good view wherever you choose to sit. A bar is available, selling hot

mulled wine, beer, cider, and wine along with soft drinks and hot chocolate. And a movie isn’t a movie unless you’ve got popcorn and we may have the best popcorn you have ever tasted, coming from Drum & Kernel Popcorn. Group Bookings available - the more the merrier! with discounts on ticket prices for 10+. Children are welcome, check film certificates in advance of booking. Children under 4 are free! To purchase tickets, visit www.popupscreens. For more details email: Location: Hackney Showroom, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT

Love Actually (15) 13 December 16 December 17 December 20 December 23 December 7.30pm The Holiday (15) 21 December 7.30pm Opposite page, clockwise from top left: The Santa Clause; The Nightmare before Christmas; Arthur Christmas; The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe; Home Alone 2: Lost in New York; The Muppets Christmas Carol This page, clockwise from top left: Cinema in the snow; Home Alone; Elf; Miracle on 34th Street

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Nursery Interior Design Tips WORDS: Grace Tindall, founder of Scandibørn

Keep your base neutral The first rule of Scandi styling, keep it simple. Use white or light wood and a colour palette of muted pastels or monochromes as the base. Using these neutral tones means you can add more colourful or graphic accessories in the form of cushions, wall stickers, storage, rugs, mobiles and artwork – items that can easily be changed when the child grows up. Using simple fabrics for a nursery means you can customise the look as often you like.

Think about how you want it to feel This gives you a great starting point for designing your nursery – do you want it to feel bright, fun, magical, calm or cosy. You can then start to choose your colours, textures and décor items that fit with that theme.

Storage should be plentiful but pretty Toys, bedding, baby equipment, books and numerous knick knacks which come part and parcel of every nursery need a home which isn’t on the floor. We love woven or fabric baskets like those from Olliella, Liewood and Fabelab available at Scandibørn. The Play and Go Lego bags are also perfect for tidying away those small toys in a flash.

A good chair You’ll spend a lot of time in it so make sure it’s comfortable. We opted for an Ikea Rocking chair and then accessorised it with a sheepskin throw and an OYOY lion cushion.

Strategically placed lighting A dimmer switch and a couple of lamps around the room mean you can always control the level of lighting according to the need and during the bedtime routine. If baby wakes during the night, little night lights which are not too bright can easily help you find your way round – we love the little cloud lights perfect for a bedside table and the Giraffe and Elephant from Officina.

Furniture to last Consider furniture which won’t date and grows with your child. Invest in a furniture set that will last for years, look for features like conversions from cot beds to junior beds; Junior beds that become a full adult singles and changing tables that can be converted into a regular chest of drawers.

Add personal touches to make your nursery unique We love‘The Birth Poster’ who make illustrations to scale of your baby at birth, Lala Loves Décor for a personalised name sign or Ingrid Petrie for a family penguin print.

Make shelving a feature A set of shelves in the nursery is not only practical but can easily be transformed into a focal point with a few carefully chosen items. Add photos, books and a few wooden décor items (we’ve curated our favourites from pinch toys, OYOY and Bloomingville). Rose in April, String Shelves or leather strap shelves, are all timeless in design.

Fit for purpose flooring I’d always recommend a hardwood or laminate floor in a nursery, inevitable spillages are much easier and less stressful to handle, especially in the middle of the night! However a rug is a must, it makes it feel more cosy and can also provide a place to play, our World and Adventure rugs fit the bill for most nurseries, if you want something plain then we love the neutral tones of our new Naco diamond rugs.

Work with the space you have Sounds simple but it’s so tempting to get carried away with filling the nursery with ‘stuff ’. If you have a small nursery use light colours and try to limit the amount floor space taken up. Add three tiered shelving (like those from Rose in April), wall hooks which you can hang an outfit from or a storage bag. 32 DEC 2018/JAN 2019


A treasure trove of tried and tested family holidays at your fingertips


e know how it goes: you’re in desperate need of a break from the daily routine. So, the quest to find a perfect family break begins – and ends swiftly with an eye twitch and overwhelm. But what if someone had already done all of the leg work for you – and compiled a huge selection of inspiring holiday locations – which happen to be totally family-friendly?

We’re parents too! We’ve been curating an online directory of handpicked, family-tested accommodation since 2009. The Away with the Kids team are parents - and work hard to bring you a diverse collection of cottages, hotels, yurts, cabins and more, which all have one thing in common: they’re guaranteed to make the whole family feel welcome.

Seaside luxury If you’ve been yearning to dip your toes in the ocean every morning, and enjoy breathtaking sea views when you return to your hotel for breakfast, we can help. Spend your days exploring coastal paths, rockpooling and sandcastle building, before returning to fluffy towels and a soft bed that you can sink into to recover from all of that fresh air. Well-timed family dining options mean you can relax and enjoy meals with the kids. Make the most of the hotel’s baby listening service should you wish to go for a grown-ups only evening dinner enjoying delicious, locally produced food and seasonal menus.

Relaxed self-catering Escape from hectic family life to an idyllic 16th century South Downs cottage with a bakery on its doorstep. Take some time to potter around the acres of gardens and woodland – there are deer, squirrels

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and rabbits to spot, chickens to feed and eggs to collect. This is a more relaxed pace of life. Your cosy cottage provides a nest for recuperating and a base for exploring further afield. Walks across the South Downs National Park and beach days on the Sussex coast are a ten minute drive away. And when hunger strikes, you have a bakery literally on your doorstep, cooking up fresh, hearty meals - not to mention an impressive cake selection.

Back to nature with a twist Unplug from hectic family life and wake up to a tranquil, rolling West Country backdrop. The kids are free to roam acres of peaceful countryside, which is home to a menagerie of friendly farm animals. Wander across the fields to reach Exmoor National Park - or travel a little further to reach the Devon coast - then return back to base to soothe tired little (and large) limbs in a private wood fired hot tub (al fresco, of course!) Camping need not mean compromising on home comforts: you can enjoy a spacious safari tent with proper mattresses and en-suite shower rooms. Borrow family essentials such as highchairs, travel cots, kids’ books and toys - meaning that you can travel light and focus on creating some unforgettable memories. Explore our full range of inspirational family holidays at


‘Why do babygrows have all these poppers?’ M

y lovely hubby would ask me this all the time when we had our first baby boy. This got me thinking about the many times I was struggling to match poppers in the dark whilst trying to dress our newborn. I now have two very wriggly little boys who won’t keep still for a second, it’s like wrestling a lion getting them dressed after bath time. So with two busy little guys to deal with I need ZIPPYUP’s more than ever to make nappy and outfit changes quicker and easier. Just over a year ago I got to work on making ZIPPYUP a brand for all those parents like us, slightly tired, run ragged and doing the best we can...we’ll take any help that is offered...if it makes our life easier. Before I promoted myself to the position of Mummy, I learnt my trade working for a company that designed and made many of the clothes you’re probably wearing right now. So I have taken those many years of experience and knowledge and put them to good use by designing and making a babygrow that works well for both the wearer and the dresser. ZIPPYUP babygrows aren’t just well designed,

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they’re amazing value and made from good quality soft fabric, that’s because I personally source and work with the factories that are making ZIPPYUP designs to get the best possible prices and materials. The classic ZIPPYUP original babygrow is made from 100% super soft cotton fabric. The zips are concealed so they do not have contact with your baby’s skin and the tab at the neck ensures the zip puller doesn’t catch on any little chins. The long sleeves have turn back cuffs so you don’t need separate (often lost or odd) mittens and they are long enough for your baby to have lots of hand room. Colour combinations include unisex colours such as aqua with pale grey and traditional white with pale grey. For baby girls we have designed a pink and white stripe. New colour combinations of the classic one-piece ZIPPYUP babygrow are in the pipeline as well as new designs, I’ve taken inspiration from baseball style tees by pairing up interesting colours which look extra cute as babygrows, I look forward to sharing these with you very soon.



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Enjoy a Penguin’s First Christmas at SEA LIFE London, 17th December – 31st December 2018

EA LIFE London has Christmas all wrapped up with plenty of festivities to celebrate their very own bundle of joy as part of its special Penguin’s First Christmas event. Following the birth of its Gentoo penguin chick earlier this year, the South Bank attraction is inviting guests to celebrate Christmas with the aquarium’s residents as they prepare to give the chick a first Christmas to remember. Guests in search of snow and seasonal fun will have the chance to help a group of elves find the missing gifts for the feathered fledgling which have been lost inside the attraction. As well as tracking down the presents, guests can waddle over to Penguin Point for a fun festive show. There will also be the chance to learn all about the infant chick, with themed talks, whilst weekend guests can warm up their vocal chords ahead of the big day with themed Christmas carols. Alongside the seasonal activities, guests can also enjoy everything else SEA LIFE London has

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to offer, including the creepy crawlies of the new Rainforest Adventure, Ocean Invaders: Enter the World of Jellyfish, the Ocean Tunnel and Shark Walk. These are just a selection of the incredible experiences awaiting guests flocking underwater this Christmas. The Penguin’s First Christmas show and activities will be taking place throughout the day between 17th December – 31st December.

THE DETAILS To book your visit for a Penguin’s First Christmas, please visit london/tickets. Open seven days a week from 10am. Please check the SEA LIFE London website for last entry times, as these may vary Prices from £24 per adult, £19.50 per child (3-15 years) when booking in advance online County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB. Closest tube Westminster

ge Use t 1 co 5% de off YUM yo M u r Y1 fir 5 t st o ord er MadPax Backpacks make perfect Xmas or Back-to-School Gifts Visit to see the full range Order before Thursday 20th December for UK wide Xmas delivery


the best shoes in the world for growing feet E stablished over 25 years ago when the founders of the Kiwi brand, Bobux, designed the world’s first all leather soft sole shoe for their daughter, it’s been a story of innovation and growth ever since. Bobux firmly believes the world would be a better place if kids’ shoes were both healthy and awesome looking. Bobux aims to make the best shoes in the world for growing feet and takes this responsibility very seriously. It is committed to being experts in foot development and leaders in style - and their stunning Winter collection delivers on both. With every shoe podiatry endorsed and with barefoot freedom at the heart of their brand, Bobux ensures there is a shoe to meet the needs of every child both developmentally and aesthetically.

that make it the perfect material to incorporate into kids’ winter footwear. 1. Merino naturally balances body temperature – in chilly weather Merino wool traps more warmth to keep feet snug. And if they work up a sweat during playtime, Merino releases the warmth, cooling the feet and allowing them to breathe. 2. Merino keeps feet dry - the ultra-absorbent wool naturally wicks moisture away from growing feet and continues to insulate. 3. Merino keeps feet healthy and odour-free - it’s naturally resistant to bacteria and odour retention. 4. You only need a little Merino for a LOT of magic - a fine Merino lining insulates enough warmth to eliminate the need for chunky, heavy shoes and socks 5. Merino is seriously soft - wool fibres so fine and gentle on skin making Merino the perfect wool for kids’ shoes. Shop the Bobux Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection today at

‘Bootiful’ Boots With luxe leather finish, and premium hardware the Bobux boots this season are designed to suit every occasion. Providing a wide variety of adjustability options, its boot styles are designed to cater to the broad spectrum of foot types and shapes. This year Bobux also introduce the Aspen Boot which features new waterproof technology, paired with a cosy 100% merino wool lining. Other styles include; the Timber boot - a velvety nubuck leather in modern colours, the Desert boot - with wide Velcro straps and a simple silhouette, the classic Jodphur style - with elastic side panel and zip closure and the modern Signet boot – the perfect smart casual unisex hi top.

Merino Wool 5 Reasons Your Kids’ Feet Will Love Merino Wool This Winter The Bobux design team can’t get enough of this miracle wool! Merino pretty much has superpowers 40 DEC 2018/JAN 2019


Children with dreams grow up to be adults with vision


child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of  development in the early years, having within first three years up to twice as many synapses as it will have in adulthood, and growing 90% of adult’s size by the age of five. This is why providing a diverse and stimulating environment for a child is a key for developing a healthy mind and rich imagination and will have effects that last a lifetime. DREAMS ON THE WALL has made it its mission to reinvent children’s wallpapers thinking beyond simple décor to something more educational, infused with a strong creative stimulus. Their enchanting murals breathe life into children’s fantasies and unlock imaginative potential of the nursery walls. If you think about it, a simple wall is taking up a lot of space in a room and there is so much more you can do with it. With a little imagination a mural can open up to a child a world where unicorns are real and the most daring dreams come true. The company was created by an INSEAD MBA graduate and a mother of three, looking to design murals that capture children’s dreams and nurture their passion. Various collections encompass a broad choice of styles to choose from, from subtle prints to the highly personalized murals where your children become the protagonists of their dreams. One of our favourites is “STORIES WITH TAILS” – a collection of hand drawn murals that tell stories and create a stimulating environment in one easy touch. They are just perfect for a nursery or a toddler’s room. 42 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

Want to make a style statement your kids will love? Go large with a mural from “DREAMS ON THE WALL” collection that gave the name to the website. Featuring the photos of your children, the majestic designs capture kids’ wildest dreams and help bring their imaginative play to life. Choose from many beautiful stories or commission your own custom version – anything is possible! All products come with a range of free personalization options, so that you can create a play space that is completely bespoke. This is a place where parents can encourage the fantasies of their children and create a unique space for them. Open up a world to your child where unicorns are real and dreams become reality! Discover the full range of beautiful products at and on Instagram @dreamsonthewall


Hogwarts in the Snow

returns to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Until Sunday 27th January 2019


inter has arrived at Hogwarts, and The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London has had a festive frosty makeover! Harry Potter fans are invited to experience Christmas in the Wizarding World and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts at its annual yuletide celebration, Hogwarts in the Snow. Visitors have the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes. The Great Hall has been transformed 44 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

and appears as it did on the night of the Yule Ball: covered in glittering icicles and snow-topped trees and coated in a layer of shimmering silver. The prop-making department have even set out a full holiday feast, In addition to the Yule Ball decoration, The Great Hall is lined with Christmas trees and the long dining tables dressed as they were for seasonal feasts at Hogwarts, with prop versions of roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and even Christmas puddings surrounded by real flames. The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory are decorated with the original props

“Visitors have the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scene”

including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were created by the cast members during production. Fireplaces throughout the Studio Tour (including those in the Leaky Cauldron and Great Hall) are ‘lit’ with special effects fire, created by John Richardson and the SFX team using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects. A blanket of filmmaking snow is meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model, used in filming for sweeping shots over the school. During filming, a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkled the ‘snow’ mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt onto the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake. The same process has

“Visitors are even able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production” been used at the Studio Tour this Christmas. Visitors are even able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is a unique attraction offering visitors the ultimate opportunity to journey behind the scenes of Harry Potter and experience the magic that has gone into creating the most successful film series of all time. Visitors have the chance to get up close to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Visitors can explore the original Great Hall, experience green screen technology flying a broomstick over London and step into the Forbidden Forest all before marvelling at the breath-taking miniature scale model of Hogwarts castle.

THE DETAILS Hogwarts in the Snow runs until Sunday 27th January 2019. Tickets must be pre-booked at or by calling the Studio Tour’s Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900 All extra features are included in the ticket price. Tickets cannot be bought at the attraction. WBTourLondon #HogwartsInTheSnow; Warner Bros Studio Tour, Studio Tour Drive Leavesden,WD25 7LR

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the perfect play table Little Spell Creations has recently brought to the market a revolutionary new play table…


heir intent is simple; to constantly strive to produce furniture that delights those who use it as much as those who do not. Tablex is the brainchild of Nikki Speller, who is a Mum of two. Nikki also works as a Childminder and Designer for a bespoke furniture business. The Tablex range of tables seamlessly combines great functionality as a multi purpose play table, with a revolutionary storage option, and has been designed with a huge amount of experience applied. In recent years, through both work and home life, Nikki became increasingly aware of a significant lack of children’s play tables which can be easily

stored away, in a market that is a necessity for any family. She recognises the key role that play tables have in children’s developmental activities and in allowing imaginations to flourish, but also the frustrations of many parents and carers at having to share their homes with cumbersome, unattractive play tables indefinitely, instead of simply when they are in use. In November 2018 the Tablex was introduced to the market, and has since received outstanding praise from customers for its ingenious design.

“What an amazing product. My children love building and creating at our table and I love that I can slide it under the sofa when it isn’t in use. Highly Recommend”

Katie - Maidenhead Tablex tables can be disassembled easily and without the need for tools, in seconds. Standing 245mm high when assembled, the tables reduce down to a height of less than 40mm when collapsed. This minimal dimension allows countless storage options, meaning tables can be tucked under beds, sofas or in cupboards to name but a few, when not in use. Table top sizes are specifically designed to fit 4 or 6 construction block base plates within its edge profile, and are also perfectly suited for art, craft, games, jigsaws and much more besides. Crafted in beautiful plywood, tables are currently available in two size options, with an introductory price of Tablex Gracie £95 and Tablex Ethan £75. • Gracie; 800mm(l) x 545mm(w) x 245mm (h - assembled) or 40mm(h - disassembled) • Ethan; 545mm(l) x 545mm(w) x 245mm (h - assembled) or 40mm(h - disassembled) A limited number are still available in time for Christmas 2018, purchase yours via the website, Facebook page @littlespellcreations or by email 46 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

Discover a magical family holiday at Bosinver Farm Cottages “Magical” “One of the best holiday experiences we have had,” “‘I’m a mum of certain standards, and Bosinver met them all!”...


hese are just a few of the reviews that Bosinver Farm Cottages has received recently, and its little wonder that many families return time after time. Set in 30 acres of tranquil and beautiful Cornish farmland, woods and meadows, Bosinver has won a stream of awards for the quality of their accommodation and quirky and imaginative personal touches that they offer. Grown-ups can enjoy beautiful cottages, individually styled by a talented interior designer, as well as spa therapy treatments, heated indoor pool, sauna, gym and enchanting surroundings. For the children there is a world of wonderful activities, including pony rides, a play barn, Gruffalo trail, games room, zip wire and a baking box. It’s not just a holiday, it’s a whole lifestyle. Imagine taking the children to collect eggs with ‘Farmer Dave’ for breakfast, then later in the day enjoying a picnic by the lake, fishing, or exploring

nature with the Wild Kids Club. Owners Pat and Dave Smith are passionate about the wellbeing of guests and are constantly thinking of new ways to improve their experience. Pat says: “The rooms are vibrantly styled so they feel like a home from home, and we take care to make sure the beds have high quality mattresses so parents and children alike get a great night’s sleep. We also offer a host of kiddie extras such as blackout blinds, a buggy or bed guards so you don’t have to load the car up.” Bosinver has also won many awards for its environmental ethos with sustainability running through the heart of their business - from the cleaning routines and renewable energy sources, to the EV car chargers and beautiful eco house Lowen. Bosinver’s website blog has a host of inspiring ideas for exploring Cornwall and ‘Nanny Pat’ and the team are more than happy to give guests personal recommendations for the best days out with children.

THE DETAILS Children and adults alike will have an unforgettable stay at Bosinver. Book now for 2019 at or call 01726 72128

Enjoy a little piece of heaven in Cornwall with our luxury farm cottages – awarded best in England! Close to the Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and the beautiful south coast.

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idZania London, the indoor city run by kids at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush, is teaming up with Spin Master Toys for the second year in a row to spread a little festive joy to children across the country this Christmas. Each day in December, one lucky child who visits the city will get to open a door on the calendar, which stands pride of place in KidZania’s airport. Inside each of the 25 doors is a Spin Master toy to be won instantly. But the giving doesn’t stop there… This year, the advent calendar is linked to a series of UK charities. Each day, when the door is opened, £1,000 worth of toys will be given to a different charity - a donation totalling £25,000 throughout December – helping to spread the festive joy to children and families in need this Christmas. Children who are aged 8 years and over can be checked in to the city to play, learn and discover in a safe and secure environment, while busy mums and dads hit the centre to do their Christmas shopping! In fact, you can get up to 20% off on participating Westfield London stores when you show them your KidZania London ticket on the day of your visit. It’s KidZania’s little gift that keeps on giving. Continuing into 2019, KidZania’s Careers Fair will return on Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th January 2019. Designed to inspire the business leaders of the future, visitors to the city can meet and greet real-life professionals to gain valuable insight into a ‘day in the life of ’ a whole host of careers. These include: real-life cabin crew and pilots from British Airways perfect for aspiring pilots and engineers, and the data scientists from the Alan Turing Institute – for kids looking to be the next big name in robotics or a world class codebreaker! • British Airways: British Airways will be hosting

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STEM-focused interactive activities, based around maintaining more than 280 aircraft. The engineering activities will give young people an insight into the complexities behind aircraft components, and how each piece plays a vital part in ensuring how to transport travelers all around the world. • The Alan Turing Institute: Science isn’t just about test tubes and goggles; data science explores much more. Are your students the next big name in robotics? Have you got a worldclass codebreaker in the making? Join us at The Alan Turing Institute activity where we’ll put your brain to the test using our state-of-the-art gadgets and through fun activities such as bracelet-making and dancing. Book now for your visit to KidZania London at

“Children who are aged 8 years and over can be checked in to the city to play, learn and discover in a safe and secure environment, while busy mums and dads hit the centre to do their Christmas shopping”


Happy, Gentle & Stimulating


n a happy, gentle yet stimulating environment, Le Hérisson School provides the opportunity for the youngest citizens to be immersed in the French language. Le Hérisson is a small and friendly, family run school where children thrive in the care of dedicated teachers and support staff; where everyone knows each other and are treated as individuals. In addition to an AEFE ( accredited French education for 3 - 6 year old children, Le Hérisson School is proud to offer an option of bilingual education for 2 - 4 year olds. This incredible opportunity allows Le Hérisson families the choice to further their children’s education in the French Maternelle curriculum by moving smoothly to the French system of education. As an école homolguée, children from Le Hérisson are guaranteed a place when entering a French primary school; either in the UK or abroad. Alternately, for Le Hérisson families who wish to follow a British or international education, in the UK or perhaps further afield, the school provides guidance and support including access to a wealth of knowledge and experience. Le Hérisson enjoys full membership of the prestigious Independent

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“Le Hérisson is a small and friendly, family run school where children thrive in the care of dedicated teachers and support staff”

Schools Association (ISA) The Early Years curriculum at Le Hérisson is a carefully considered balance between learning through play, child initiated activities and formal learning. As they progress through the school, the children’s teaching and learning experiences extend and build upon the sound foundations of the early years. With the added benefit of a high adult to pupil ratio, the Le Hérisson children are getting not only the best possible care and attention at this vitally important first stage of their learning journey but they are also receiving excellent immersion in the French language. Le Hérisson School is the first step on the international and the British education ladders for children of the future. Maria Frost, the proprietor, and the staff look forward to welcoming you to Le Hérisson where you can see first hand the opportunities available to you and your child at this lovely school.

Nursery and Preschool offering French and Bilingual education for 2-6 year olds Registration for 2019 now open

“I would like to thank you and the staff at Le Hérisson school for giving (our son) fantastic 4 years of education and discovery. My wife and I are thankful to the high educational standard the school has.”

Please call +44 (0) 20 8563 7664 or email Le Hérisson School, Rivercourt Methodist Church, Rivercourt Road, London, W6 9JT




Help children succeed at school by using simple techniques to boost learning, say the experts. WORDS: Lisa Salmon


f you want your child to get to the top of the class, it’s not nearly as simple as just encouraging them to work hard. Parents can play a huge role in helping their kids to fulfil their academic potential, and advanced learning expert Professor Deborah Eyre and education journalist Wendy Berliner, authors of the new book Great Minds and How to Grow Them, believe they know just what parents need to do.

Remember, IQ isn’t fixed. Eyre and Berliner explain the latest neurological and psychological research shows most children are capable of reaching the high levels of performance previously associated only with the gifted and talented. They stress that IQ and potential isn’t fixed - evidence shows it can be grown, and the key is

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developing the right learning attributes and attitudes Berliner says: “The vast majority of children could do really well at school, but unless parents play their part and help them learn the habits of high performance, they’re far less likely to get there.”

Parents can give kids a flying start. The pair have studied how top students learn, and how this learning can be replicated by virtually all children. “The home is at the heart of this learning revolution,” Berliner stresses. “Parents are a child’s first and longest serving teachers - give your children a flying start at school with proven ways to boost learning.

“Parents can play a huge role in helping their kids to fulfil their academic potential”

Don’t say: You’ve been practising long enough now, do something else. Do say: You’re really good at that now, what’s the next step up?

Encourage curiosity Curiosity is at the heart of all learning and the link with high performance is compelling, so encourage questions and model it yourself. Your job is to answer your children’s questions initially and then later encourage them to find out the answers themselves. Don’t say: Stop asking so many questions. Do say: I wonder why ...?

Encourage critical or logical thinking The characteristic most associated with academic success is the ability to deduct, hypothesise, reason and seek evidence - Sherlock Holmes is your model for this. Don’t say: Why are you interested in that? Who cares? Do say: Why do you think that happened? How could you work it out?

“And keep things enjoyable - evidence shows children who do well at school have warm relationships with their parents.”

Getting kids to the top of the class. Here are Berliner and Eyre’s tips to help your child to fulfil their academic potential.

Encourage resilience Children who do well at school aren’t put off by failing- they keep trying until they get better. Your job when a child says they’re rubbish or can’t do something is to make them believe in themselves and keep going. Don’t say: Let me do it for you. Do say: I know it’s hard now, but you can do this if you keep trying.

“Evidence shows children who do well at school have warm relationships with their parents”

Encourage planning and monitoring Knowing how they’re doing - that they’re on track with their homework, for example - and knowing they need to put more effort into improving certain things, is very important to high performers. Don’t say: Just start somewhere and muddle along. Do say: How are you going to tackle this? Do you know you’re on track? How can you tell you’re doing it right?

Encourage open-mindedness Being open to new ideas is the hallmark of an advanced learner. Start with being open-minded yourself, and model what it’s like to be receptive to ideas that differ from your own. Don’t say: What a stupid idea. Do say: Isn’t that interesting? I never thought of that, but that’s such a good approach.

Encourage practice It’s the only way to get better. Make sure it’s regular, deliberate and planned practice, working towards achievable incremental goals, and your child practices what he/she can’t do until they can do it well. DEC 2018/JAN 2019 53


Andre Van Nierop, Urgent Care Centre Clinical Lead In Casualty First


ndre van Nierop, Clinical Lead, in the walk-in urgent care centre Casualty First ensures that patients and families receive first class care 7 days a week, from 8am-8pm. Andre, and the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth set up Casualty First 5 years ago, he comments, “The urgent care centre is truly unique in that our team of A+E Doctors provide care for adults and children from the age of one year, we see patients instantly and provide diagnosis and treatment on the same day. I’m proud to say that our average waiting time in now only 8 minutes!”

diagnosed serious conditions and been able to refer next or same day treatment, which in some cases has potentially been life saving due to early diagnosis. It is so rewarding to see the difference that it makes.” “A large amount of the patients we see are children, we provide treatment from the age of one and our child friendly waiting area and consulting rooms disperse any anxiety the kids might have from seeing a doctor. I see worried and concerned parents come in to see us who within minutes are able to see a doctor and the children, and their parents, are smiling and laughing again.”

Putting patients needs first

Visit Casualty First

Casualty First provides an ease of access to treatment that is essential when you are juggling a busy schedule, Andre explains “The urgent care centre is a fantastic facility for people to access our first class care, with no waiting time and the option to receive treatment on the same day or at a convenient time. We often refer patients to see a specialist Consultant or receive imaging and diagnostics on site, in the state of the art hospital facilities” “We have seen patients come in with minor complaints, where after our investigation we have

Located at the entrance of the world famous Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth in London, Casualty First is a self pay service with treatment available for all the family, including children from the age of one year. The experienced A&E doctors treat all minor accidents, injuries and illnesses. If you think you are having a heart attack, stroke or have serious head injuries please phone 999 or go to A&E.; 0207 432 8300; Open 8am – 8pm everyday; 60 Grove End Road, London, NW8 9NH

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“We see patients instantly and provide diagnosis and treatment on the same day. I’m proud to say that our average waiting time in now only 8 minutes!”

A sled full of gifts, a fall of snowflakes and Rudolph, the reindee with its delightful friends are the characters of the Christmas line chosen for babies to celebrate with style the most magic day of the year! These are just some of the products that the recent Italian brand “Lime - Made in Italy” offers on its online home and newborn linen store, handcrafted in Tuscany. It’s products are the results of a long process: the idea that arises and becomes a design, entirely handmade. This is only the first chapter. Tests on top of tests are the basics to choose style, colours and textiles laying the foundations for creating articles one by one. The punched drawings, imprinted on the fabric with a perfect handcrafted technique go through the hands of the embroiderers who start to give them life, with great embroidery threads. Finally taylors, carefully go through to the final details, and they can start to see the final product, ready to be ironed with care and nicety. At the end everything that was just a thought, it becomes real, just as an artwork. That’s what Lime does every time that creates one of its products, adapting them perfectly to any liking and home style. The touch of freshness combined to the high quality of its products are the strength of the Made in Italy.

To view the Christmas baby collection visit our store online at or follow their social profiles @limeitaly.

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– Ways to keep mum looking and feeling her best – i mage : L O UIS E R E D K N A P P ’ S B E A U T Y E SS E N T I A L S


Want to discover the ultimate bargain buy, latest musthave luxe product and most important skincare tricks? Beauty vlogger extraordinaire Bubzbeauty spills the beans WORDS: Claire Spreadbury

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f you want to know about make-up, skincare and products that’ll make you look and feel fantastic, ask a beauty vlogger. Bubz - aka Lindy Tsang - launched her vlog Bubzbeauty almost a decade ago, when she couldn’t find a ‘real’ job. She now makes a very successful living out of it - as her three million YouTube subscribers will tell you, not to mention her 814K Instagram and 262K Twitter followers. The Northern Irish mum-of-one (with another on the way) is a big fan of Japanese products (because of their “quality control”) and Korean beauty trends, but mostly likes to keep things simple. “Simple looks don’t go out of style,” says Bubz, 30. “Make-up that’s too heavy can age you, so you want to look fresh-faced.” Here are her top tips, insider secrets and make-up bag must-haves...


A lot of people don’t realise how important cleansing is. Spend a few minutes massaging your face with cleansing oil, before rinsing off. Make sure it bubbles up and when you rinse, splash 12-15 times to really get rid of that residue. Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil, £24.50 (

LIPSTICK, CONCEALER AND A BROW PENCIL ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT PRODUCTS If your brows are done and skin looks nice, your make-up is 80% finished. And once you’ve got some lip colour on, it doesn’t matter how dark

They’re Real Mascara,

Of A Blot Face Powder, £12 (

your dark under-eye circles are, the lips are all anyone will focus on. Colourpop Lippie Stix in Whip, £16.36 (; Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, £23 (; IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Pencil Duo, currently reduced to £19.98 from £22 (

MAKE YOUR OWN FACE MASK I love sheet masks but I also like making my own. Nothing compares to mixing yogurt and oatmeal together. It can solve any skin problem - acne, dryness, oiliness, dull skin, everything. Just use natural yoghurt and oats.

Main image: Wella: Colour for Confidence; All images PA Photo/Handout.



I’m pregnant right now and people keep telling me I’ve ‘got the glow’, but it’s actually a highlighter by Make Up For Ever. I use it under my eyes and on my cheeks. Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter, currently reduced to £24.75 from £27.50 (

USE ICE TO DE-PUFF If you wake up puffy, dunk your face into iced water for 20 seconds and it makes all the difference. It reduces puffiness, tightens pores and wakes you up. You can just use an ice cube or cold water if you prefer.

FOR BUDGET BEAUTY, OPT FOR MAYBELLINE, L’OREAL AND SOAP & GLORY Maybelline makes fantastic concealer - their technology has really stepped up a notch. L’Oreal and Revlon make great foundations and I really love Soap & Glory products, especially their mattifying powders. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, £5.99 (; L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, £9.99 (; Soap & Glory One Heck


Nars concealers and foundations have great coverage, YSL Touche Eclat gives you a spa-like finish and I’m a huge fan of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate. I tend to just use it at night. Everyone I’ve ever recommended it to has completely fallen in love with it. It’s quite pricey, but a little goes a long way. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, £32 (; YSL Touche Eclat, £25.50 (; Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, £38 (

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter,

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

FOR AN EYE CREAM THAT ACTUALLY WORKS, TRY CAUDALIE I’ve just discovered Caudalie eye cream, which has really helped my dark circles and firmed up my skin. Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream, £49 (

Buy it now

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer,


This serum makes your hair feel amazing and styling so much better. You can use it on wet or dry hair. It’s a lifesaver - especially on my hair, which has been dyed a few times. Kerastase Resistance Serum Therapiste, £21.80 (

SmoothSkin Bare IPL, www.currentbody. com

Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Face Powder,

DISCOVER PRODUCTS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT For tools, I love the BeautyBlender. You can use it for your concealer, powder, blush, it’s great to travel with, and you can clean it and use it right away. I really love Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, too. BeautyBlender, £16 (www.; Benefit They’re Real Lengthening Mascara, £20.50 ( DEC 2018/JAN 2019 59


Suffering from a sports injury or something more serious? Bupa Cromwell Hospital’s Therapy team can aid your recovery


hether you’ve sprained an ankle on your morning run, or need ongoing treatment after surgery, many of us will need physiotherapy at some point in our lives. The physiotherapy team at Bupa Cromwell Hospital are on hand to help with all of your aches and pains. Our highly-trained specialists provide a wide range of services to both our in-patients and out-patients.

Muscles and joints If you’re suffering from back or neck pain, our physiotherapists can not only help to relieve pain, but also identify whether poor posture is the cause. They will put together an exercise plan to help resolve the issues – this might include dynamic strengthening exercises to change the coordination of all the muscles in a particular area. Sports injuries are another common problem. They can be acute, chronic or ongoing and are managed differently to everyday aches and pains. The team can help to get to the root cause of the pain and provide education and exercises to ease the pain and avoid further harm.

Rehabilitation after surgery Rehabilitative physiotherapy is best started as soon as possible after surgery. The aim is to support you through your recovery, enabling you to recover or adjust to achieve your full potential. Research has also shown that physiotherapy can shorten the time spent recovering in hospital and your time off work, helping you to get back to normal sooner. 60 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

Other conditions where physiotherapy can help People who have had a stroke, head injury, or suffer from a neurological condition like Parkinson’s disease can improve their motor neurone skills through therapy. Asthma sufferers can combat breathlessness, and children can be treated for everything from feeding problems to club foot and developmental delay. Physiotherapy can also counter the side effects of cancer and its treatment. Exercise programmes help cancer patients with daily activities, relatives are given guidance on supporting their loved one, and massage therapy can reduce pain, swelling, tension and stress. Whatever the reason for your aches, pains or discomforts you will be in good hands with the Bupa Cromwell Hospital physiotherapy team.

THE DETAILS Treatments are available to both insured and self funding patients, and can be booked by calling 0207 460 5749 or emailing For more information about the physiotherapy services at Bupa Cromwell Hospital, please visit www.bupacromwellhospital. com/services-and-specialities/ physiotherapy. Bupa Cromwell Hospital, 164-178 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0TU


Go find your BUZZ R

unners beware! Emerging research has suggested that high-impact exercise is closely linked with incidence of urinary leakage (Almousa et al, 2015). Highimpact exercise is increasing in popularity amongst women in the United Kingdom (Sport England, 2015) – which is fantastic for your general fitness and well being, however a study of 230 athletes aged 19-40 found that 58% had Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) (Da Roza et al, 2011). Runners carried the highest prevalence of SUI. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recognizes the significance of pelvic floor strength in urinary incontinence. NICE cite pelvic floor muscle training as the ‘first-line treatment’ for women with SUI (NICE, 2015). Empirical evidence has linked the strength of the pelvic floor to urinary incontinence symptoms (Dumoulin et al, 2014). The physiology of high impact stress incontinence is complex, and it while the future may hold more targeted treatments, the majority of women experience symptom relief through pelvic floor strengthening. It is therefore justifiable to assume that the cause of SUI in high-impact athletes is at least in part their pelvic floor.

Pregnancy Are you struggling with a leaky pelvic floor during pregnancy or following childbirth? Well, you’re not alone! It’s not only pregnant women and mums who suffer with this embarrassing ailment – incontinence affects one in three women at some point in their lives and half of all athletes. In fact, Up to 14 million British women leak when they cough or laugh vigorously, or move energetically. Stress incontinence is very common in new mums because of the hormone and postural changes that pregnancy brings. The best way to prevent and treat a weak pelvic floor is with daily targeted pelvic floor exercise, and there’s a whole host of products that can assist you. The important point is correct technique and then persistence. It will take a few weeks, sometimes months to achieve a leak free pelvic floor!

Find your Buzz and stop those annoying leaks! Vibrance is a ground-breaking, at-home system – Vibrance Therapy – is literally changing lives! The best way to prevent and treat a weak pelvic floor is with daily targeted pelvic floor exercise, and there’s a whole host of products that can assist you. The important point is correct technique and then persistence. It will take a few weeks, sometimes

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months to achieve a leak free pelvic floor! Vibrance is medical grade vaginal probe that acts as a vibration feedback kegel educator device. The probe vibrates when you contract your pelvic floor muscles correctly. A beeping system tells you when to contract and for how long – and the gentle vibration means you are spot on with technique! So you can see results faster than struggling along with poor technique with just one or two simple 5 minute routines per day. Resistance sleeves add difficulty and keep you motivated to achieve a leak free lifestyle – sooner rather than later! Vibrance (£140.83 net of VAT) is now available from iMEDicare Ltd on 01923237795 or visit for more information. Go find your BUZZ and make the need for unsexy, unsightly and ultimately costly ‘coping’ mechanisms a thing of the past.

Bladder Management Uresta Pessaries are another great tool for managing incontinence. Until now, all pessaries had to be fitted and inserted by a medical professional. A selffitting pessary, specifically for stress incontinence, was recently launched. The uresta® ( pessary is designed for comfort, safety and ease of use. It can be used all day or only for the activities that cause leaks. It doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription, and can be a safe, low-cost solution for women who don’t respond to exercise or who can’t access a pelvic health physiotherapist. Self inserted as needed with a one year warranty!

“Incontinence affects one in three women at some point in their lives and half of all athletes”


LOUISE REDKNAPP’S BEAUTY ESSENTIALS The singer reveals her skincare, hair and make-up must-haves. WORDS: Katie Wright


s a busy mum constantly juggling home life with work projects, Louise Redknapp doesn’t have much time for pampering. “I don’t often have a lot of different beauty treatments,” says the singer and former Eternal star, who split from her ex-footballer husband Jamie last year. “I’m not someone who goes and has different facials, but my mum is a facial reflexologist and I swear by that.” The practice involves massaging pressure points on the face that are said to correlate with different parts of the body and is intended to improve facial muscle tone and firmness. “It’s really good for anti-ageing,” Redknapp, 43, says. “She uses the crystals. It’s great for skin rejuvenation and lifting. “So that’s really the one thing that I love to do to pamper myself, and it’s kind of holistic and you get to zone out, especially when your mum does it, so it’s a bit of a bonus.” And it seems to be working, because the mumof-two looks fabulous. Facial sessions with mum aside, Redknapp likes to keep it simple with her home beauty routine and is a big fan of natural oils and hard-working skincare so that she doesn’t have to wear a lot of make-up. Here, she shares her five favourite beauty products and why she loves them so much...

Dr. Frances Prenna Jones Formula, £38 “I use it day and night. I love it. It’s something 64 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

I’ve used for ten years now and I swear by it,” says Redknapp of the serum, which is packed with antioxidants and should be used after cleansing and before moisturising.

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, £30 “I hate a heavy make-up look,” she confesses, preferring to use the Nars cult favourite for her base. “It’s a really natural tinted moisturizer, really glossy. I can just apply it easily.”

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil, £36 “I love almond oil or any sort of oil just to put on my eyebrows and eyelashes - really just to try and keep them as healthy and strong as possible. “Again, I’m not really into the fake eyelashes and drawing in my brows so I try and use oils.”

Neal’s Yard Rejuvenating Frankincense Facial Oil, £32 “I love frankincense oil for my skin, face, and body,” the singer says. “It’s really lovely on your face. I tend to use that if my skin is really dry.”

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, £41, Space NK Redknapp keeps it simple with her hair too, finishing it off with a GHD straightener, “just to smooth out the end of my hair for hair product. I love Oribe texturizing spray on my hair, that’s a great product.” Louise Redknapp has partnered with Specsavers to launch Frame Styler. For more information visit


Affordable Luxury at The Laboratory Spa & Health Club Providing the elements of wellbeing


uxury, style, space and elegance create the perfect environment to escape the many pressures of a hectic London life. Relaxation is essential to both the body and mind and the Laboratory Spa and Health Club provides a gateway to undisputed tranquillity. The Laboratory boasts an effortless and peaceful ambience in drawing you in and leaving you wanting more. Twice winners of the UK Health Club of the Year award (National Fitness Awards) and previously voted best private Health Club and

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Spa in London by Time Out. No expense has been spared at the Lab from fresh flowers in the changing rooms, to the finest cutting-edge workout equipment. The flawlessly finished workout areas complement the stunning swimming pools, personalised fitness and well-being programming and the choice of over 100 different fitness classes at each club. Innovative, motivational and led by some of the UK’s finest and most-respected fitness professionals, the Lab offers an unrivalled and envied timetable of group exercise classes to cater for every age, interest, and schedule. Schwinn cycling, BodyPump, salsa, aquatics, yoga, pilates, qi gong and so much more! Regular courses are also held, from meditation to Zumba and hula hooping workouts, pole-dancing and motivational talks. Tight for time? Their experienced fitness team will ensure your workout programme gets you tip-top results safely before you head off to work or why not squeeze a class into your day for a super-fast, super-intense workout that will leave you positively buzzing with renewed energy and vigour! The Juice Bar is the ideal place to enjoy fresh and healthy snacks, and catch up with other members of the Club, home-made light meals and refreshments made from the highest quality ingredients make for

“Twice winners of the UK Health Club of the Year award (National Fitness Awards) and previously voted best private Health Club and Spa in London by Time Out. No expense has been spared at the Lab from fresh flowers in the changing rooms, to the finest cuttingedge workout equipment”

a scrumptious menu. In each Club there is a spectacular 25 metre swimming pool. These beautiful award winning pools are cleansed with the latest UV light technology, ensuring the highest possible standards of hygiene with minimal levels of chlorine. This enables members to bathe in comfort in the finest water possible. Whether it’s a few gentle lengths before a steam or serious lane swimming as part of your cardio-vascular workout, it’s heaven for anyone who enjoys a swim. Each pool area incorporates twin spa baths, a wonderful relaxation area, marble steam rooms and Scandinavian saunas to help completely unwind. The Lab’s philosophy is to not just treat the body on its own, but the mind and soul as well. The Day Spa at The Lab is a haven of peace and calm that provides a chance to escape the stresses of daily life. The stylish treatment rooms are the perfect backdrop for the exceptional team of highly-qualified spa therapists and holistic therapists to deliver a broad range of exceptional treatments including facials, massage, body care therapies , hot stone and reflexology, to name but a few. The Laboratory Spa & Health Clubs are one of the few remaining independent, privately owned Clubs in London. The original flagship site opened in 1995 with the impressive backdrop of Alexandra Palace in Muswell Hill. The Club is surrounded by its own luscious and secluded gardens where you can sun-bathe or chill out in private. At The Laboratory, unlike most other clubs, there is no annual contract. Seb Barre, General Manager says “Our members stay with us because they value what we offer and love what we do. We provide an oasis of calm in a busy life. We aim to help you achieve your goals and increase your individual wellbeing. At the Lab you will be transported to a world of serenity, where muscle tension and the

“The Lab’s philosophy is to not just treat the body on its own, but the mind and soul as well”

mind’s concerns simply melt away allowing you to emerge refreshed, balanced and energised.” Lab members have full use of all facilities. Nonmembers are welcome to use the Day Spa. For further information call: 020 8457 3300 (Mill Hill) or 020 8482 3000 (Muswell Hill) Mill Hill: 1a Hall Lane, NW4 4TJ. Muswell Hill: The Avenue N10 2QE.

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Hau’oli Makahiki Hou from award winning Hawaii lifestyle brand Coradorables. As seen in Vogue UK, Tatler, House of Coco & Modern Luxury Coradorables is celebrating a New Year of New Collections. Creative Director Cora Spearman captures the essence of Hawaii as the inspo and background for Coradorables new lines #BellenZoeHawaii & #HawaiiTransplants that tells the story of 2 animated island girls & their cute, globally chic friends. Available at @coradorables on Instagram, Pinterest, TWITTER & FACEBOOK


BIRTH & BABIES – Keeping you and baby happy and healthy throughout pregnancy and birth – i mage : C A M C A M C O P E N H A G E N


tips for better sleep during pregnancy Empty your headspace before you go to bed. We all have busy lives. There’s always something else waiting to get done or a gazillion little things you need to organise in your head on a day to day basis in order to get the logistics of modern life to actually work. Some neuroscientists claim that an average human has about 50 000 to 70 000 thoughts in their head per day. No wonder it can feel a little busy up theresometimes ha-ha.Have you ever gone to bed after a long day, but as soon as your head hits the pillow you suddenly feel wide-awake? Like, no matter how hard you try your brain simply won’t shut off ? That is actually your brain trying to tell you that you need to de-clutter upstairs! To set yourself up for good sleep you need to allow your brain and body to winddownafter a busy day. Turn off your phone, computer screen or TV for the last hour to half hour before you go to bed. Read a book or listen to some relaxing music, and take 5 minutes to write down everything (no matter how little!) you think you need to remember for the next day on a piece of paper. That way you empty your headspace and make space for some nice, restfulsleep.

Beware of sleep debt You need way more sleep than usual when you’re pregnant. Why? Because you are actually growing a tiny little human in there and that takes a lot of energy from your body. Sleep debt is the difference between the amounts of sleep you should be getting and the amount you actually get. The good news is that, like with all debt, with some persistent work you can catch up and repay it– though it won’t happen in one extended sleep marathon. Taking a small daytime nap every day plus tacking on an extra hour or two of sleep during the night is what is going to help you stay in good sleep balance.

Keep it cool After you conceive, your body temperature will go up by an average of nearly one degree due to an increase in your body metabolism. Now, that may 70 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

not sound like a lot but believe me it is noticeable. Your body naturally recognises that it has to take care of two, and thus increases it’s normal activities leading to an increase in body temperature. Keep your bedroom extra cool and use linens that allow for proper circulation of air. Also, avoid exercise, warm baths/showers and caffeinated drinks the last 2-3 hours before you go to bed.

Feel free

“You need way more sleep than usual when you’re pregnant”

There’s nothing more irritating than the feeling of restrictive clothing when you’re trying to relax, right? Add a growing belly into that equation and it can feel near impossible to ignore that irritating bra or that uncomfortably curious brief when you’re trying to sleep. My best recommendation is that you sleep naked. No clothes to irritate you or restrict circulation in your body, and as a bonus it is also healthier for the “downstairs” department. If you are not comfortable with sleeping naked, at least make sure to wear something in stretchy, natural and breathable material. As you approach the end of your last trimester, turning over in bed can get quite challenging and your mattress may feel like it has Velcro on it. If you don’t have a partner who’s happy to wake up and give you a much-needed push as you roll over, try sleeping on a silk satin sheet with silk bottom or brief.

The magic is in the proper support Sleeping when you’re pregnant is different. Your body is in constant change and as your belly grows you will feel the need for body support during sleep. Using the bbhugme pregnancy pillow from early on in your pregnancy will not only help you sleep and rest better, but it can also help in the prevention of common low back- and pelvic pain (SPD) associated with pregnancy. Thousands of women have already tried the bbhugme pregnancy pillow and they love it! If there is ever a time in your life you should invest in sleep, it’s during your pregnancy. Remember, you are sleeping for two now. Dr. Hilde, Founder of bbhugme


NEW PREMIUM BABY KINGDOM BRAND IS BORN IN THE UK D esigned by parents for parents, veganfriendly, hypoallergenic and 100 percent recyclable, Baby Kingdom has made its much anticipated, début online. Baby Kingdom offers parents a safe, luxurious and effective collection that ‘parents can trust putting on their new-born babies and toddlers’ The range includes baby shampoo, 2-1 hair & body wash, body cream, nappy cream and talc free baby powder. Manufactured and formulated in the UK, Baby Kingdom is dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic, vegan-friendly, 100 per cent recyclable and suitable for sensitive skin. The products are 97-99 per cent natural and free from sulphates, parabens and other harsh irritants. Ingredients include Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Nettle Extracts, Panthenol, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil and Shea Butter. Founded by Robbie Mukherjee and Caroline Ivory, the pair set up Baby Kingdom as they felt there was a ‘gap in the market’ for a premium natural alternative to the existing baby toiletries currently available. Caroline Ivory, Branding Manager at Baby

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“The ethos of our brand is based in ‘babies smelling like babies’ and this has been carefully considered when handpicking a gentle fragrance”

Kingdom, said: “We are very excited about launching Baby Kingdom to the UK market and global market. We appreciate, when choosing baby products, a parent’s first priority is safety; a safe product which they can trust. As parents ourselves we are passionate about using safe, natural and organic ingredients, and keeping the brand as clean as possible. “The ethos of our brand is based in ‘babies smelling like babies’ and this has been carefully considered when handpicking a gentle fragrance. We understand babies’ skin is delicate and sensitive, which is why we have taken the extra steps to certify the brand as hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested whilst creating a beautiful, traditional baby scent. Whilst Baby Kingdom products are not a prescription medicine, parents may find them useful when treating symptoms such as cradle cap, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, nappy rash and dermatitis.” For more information, please contact Baby Kingdom on 01489 781979 by email at or visit


Winter is coming…

And with it the inevitable holiday collection of winter ills from falls and fevers to cuts and burns. So when you or your child is ill or injured, what are the options? • It can take days to see an NHS GP and even private GPs lack most of the equipment needed to investigate and treat many problems. • Online GPs can’t examine or investigate you at all. • Referrals to specialists can take days or weeks to organize and you need to see a GP first! • Which just leaves the inevitable visit to A&E, but

waiting times are soaring and you’re very unlikely to see a consultant unless your condition is critical. Bluezone Health have created the solution. They’re a group of senior Emergency Medicine doctors who believe there’s a better way to provide A&E and immediate care for many common health issues: • Injuries, cuts, burns and broken bones. • Infections, rashes, migraines and fevers. • Chest pain, palpitations, gut, liver and kidney problems. • Advice on test results or referrals to other specialists. And it couldn’t be easier. To speak to a doctor, simply complete a short form online and an A&E consultant will call you back shortly. If they need to see you, they’ll arrange a face-to-face appointment at a private hospital where they can run tests and treat you at your convenience. This is a private service so there are charges but it’s a small price to pay to avoid hours in A&E on a dark Friday evening.

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“They’re a group of senior Emergency Medicine doctors who believe there’s a better way to provide A&E and immediate care for many common health issues”

We’re excited to share the new Lotty B collection with you. The 2019 fan palm print is bold and striking and you’ll certainly stand out from the crowd in our full length kaftan. We’re introducing 2 new styles this season; the collarless silk shirt and the 3/4 length halter neck dress both of which are wonderfully versatile pieces you’ll want to wear on holiday and at home!


Having another baby is there ever a right time? What impact can a second child have on the existing family unit and relationship? What about physically or even emotionally? Is there ever a right or wrong time to have another baby? We pose some questions for you to think about if you’re contemplating another baby.

Are you both ready for a another new baby? After having your first child you may have got to the point where you are now settled in a routine, with even getting more sleep! You and your partner have probably found that you have got more time for each other again. Now is probably a good time to sit down together and talk things through. Decide if this is what you both want, when you want it, make the plans together. Research tell us that the happiest couples are those that make the decision together to become parents. It is also important to realise that the demands of a second or subsequent newborn will be the same as your first and may even be more challenging when you also have an older child/children to look after. You will also have to negotiate the tiredness and renegotiation of the household chores all over again!

What about finances and work? 

Having and bringing up children is expensive, so extra money is always needed however large your assets are. So it is important to talk to each other about your finances. What about your work situation? Childcare is more expensive for more than one child. Can you 76 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

afford to both work if you have more children? Or will one partner’s working hours increase? Would this cause a strain on your relationship? Where will the new child sleep in the short and long term? Can you afford to upsize if you need to? These are all crucial questions that need answering before a final decision or plan is made.  

Are you ready emotionally and physically?

Only you really know this, but researchers tell us the ideal gap is between 18 months and 23 months. This timing allows your body to recover and replenish all those important nutrients needed to grow and nurture a healthy baby. Don’t forget your existing child/children It is also important to remember their feelings; how will they feel with a new baby joining their family? They may be feeling bewildered and anxious which in turn may cause some challenging behaviour or jealousy even before the baby is born. If you are thinking about having another baby, the good news is that both you and your partner survived and together made it through all the highs and lows of a newborn once. This time you’ll have more of an idea of what to expect.

“Can you afford to both work if you have more children? Or will one partner’s working hours increase?”


Toothpaste tips • Start brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through. This helps to prevent and control tooth decay.  • There’s no need to buy “children’s toothpaste”.  Some of them don’t have enough fluoride. • Children under 6 who don’t have tooth decay can use a lowerstrength toothpaste, but must contain at least 1,000ppm fluoride.  • Make sure children don’t eat or lick toothpaste from the tube.   • Below the age of 3, children should use just a smear of toothpaste. • Children aged 3-6 should use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste.  

Wisdo m for healthy children’s teeth From brushing their first tooth to their first trip to the dentist, here’s how to take care of your children’s teeth. A regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. Follow these tips and you can help keep your kids’ teeth remain decay-free.

Toothbrushing tips • Brush your child’s teeth for about 2 minutes twice a day: once just before bedtime and at least one another time during the day. • Encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste, but not to rinse with lots of water. Rinsing with water after will wash away the fluoride and make it less effective. • Supervise tooth brushing until your child is 7 or 8, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own, by watching how they do it. From the age of 7 or 8, they should be able to brush their own teeth, but it’s still a good idea to watch them now and again to make sure they brush properly and for about 2 minutes. • Guide your child’s hand so they can feel the correct movement.

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Taking your child to the dentist • Take your child to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear, so they become familiar and get to know the dentist. The dentist can help prevent decay and identify any oral health problems at an early stage. Just opening up the child’s mouth for the dentist to take a look at is useful practice for the future.  • When you visit the dentist, be positive about it and make the trip fun. This will stop your child worrying about future visits. • Take your child for regular dental check-ups.


Reasons To Try

Attachment Parenting You don’t have to babywear and breastfeed to practise attachment parenting - responding to infants sensitively is a big part of it too. words: Lisa Salmon

become naturally independent, self-motivated and are more likely to cooperate and communicate in positive ways. “The child’s earliest attachments help build the foundations for trusting, healthy adult relationships,” says Michelle. Closeness can help development Research shows being touched and loved is essential to a baby’s healthy brain development. A 2014 American study found infants learn language more rapidly when caregivers are very responsive, and further research has concluded that young children develop better problem-solving abilities, attention skills and school-readiness when their parents are sensitive and responsive. “Through nurturing touch and sensitivity to verbal and non-verbal cues, parents can support the development of their baby’s prefrontal cortex - the area of the brain responsible for empathy,” says Michelle. “This neurobiology influences future mental health.”


ll parents are attached to their children, so isn’t attachment parenting just what everyone does already? To some extent, yes. But attachment parenting (AP) experts believe many parents don’t give natural, bond-led child-rearing enough attention, so they’re urging mums and dads to think about trying the parenting method.

What is attachment parenting? The idea behind AP is that, as a child’s first few years of life are so important to their development, the best way to meet their needs is to form a secure attachment with them. Some of the basics of AP are natural childbirth, responding immediately to crying, breastfeeding when the child desires it, holding and carrying the baby or wearing it in a sling, and co-sleeping. However, if parents can’t do all, or even one of these things, they can still practise attachment parenting stresses Michelle McHale, founder of Attachment Parenting UK. She suggests that, simply responding to young children sensitively and consistently, using positive discipline, and following their instincts, all counts. The mother of two says she first discovered AP when her eldest daughter, Izzy, was ultra-attached as a baby. Michelle dealt with her daughter’s behaviour by raising her in a “very natural” bond-focused way, and discovered years later that Izzy had two rare heart defects, which may have explained her strong need for constant touch and closeness.

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Positive discipline can improve behaviour With specific praise and rewards, children can be more adventurous in their learning and develop sound judgement rather than unquestioning obedience, explains Michelle. Positive discipline also recognises that when children feel good, they behave well; punishment is often considered counter-effective. AP is based on the principle that parents treat children the way they would want to be treated, with the ultimate aim of children developing a conscience guided by their own internal discipline and compassion. Michelle says: “Children who aren’t physically punished are far less predisposed to addiction, anti-social behaviour or abusiveness in later life.”


things patients love about the Kensington Wing 1.Safety: Being located in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital means we can offer the security of colocated intensive care units for you and your baby. In fact, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is the leading centre for paediatric surgery in North West London. In the event that you need these facilities, we will be able to provide you with continuity of care, and transfers will be smooth and timely.

2. Privacy and comfort: We provide the highest level of comfort, and all the rooms are designed to feel like a home away from home, ensuring your privacy at all times. Our team of hostesses is on hand for all your food and drink needs and will take you and your partner’s orders from our a la carte menu.

3. The Team: The Kensington Wing team comprises a full range of experienced professionals who are dedicated to delivering the highest standards of care, as they guide and support you and your family when you welcome your baby into the world.

4. An environment for you and your family: We have day beds in all our rooms so your partner can also have a comfortable stay. There are also no restrictions on visiting times or numbers so you share the joy of your new arrival with those closest to you. For that extra special stay book the Kensington Wing Suite where you can host your friends and family for afternoon tea in the private lounge.

5. The care doesn’t stop when baby arrives: Once discharged from the unit you have the option to select the Private Postnatal Community Package. You will be seen by the Kensington Wing midwives in your own home and they will spend time with you to ensure your baby is feeding and you are feeling well and comfortable. If you are looking for a unique pregnancy experience and for more information on cost and how to book visit our website or call a member of our experienced team on 020 3315 8616. 82 DEC 2018/JAN 2019

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