Editor-at-large, Kate Freud, rounds up the latest baby news, new parent must-haves and eco-friendly baby brands you need to know about this month.
The dreaded pelvic floor weighs heavily on the conscience of most women over a certain age, but what if you could save time and work your pelvic floor when doing your regular workout? That’s the idea with the P.volve workout which involves combining the activation of your core – the pelvic floor, back and abs – with dynamic joint movement and resistance-band equipment to wake up and strengthen each and every muscle. And best of all, it’s actually a really fun way to work out!
The beautiful playmats from Lovevery not only look gorgeous but tick all the sensory boxes too. Designed by child development experts, the award-winning design includes five different touchy-feely zones to help your baby through everything from tummy time to teething. Crafted with natural materials, and sustainably sourced, FSC-certified wood, The Play Gym will help you connect with your baby as they discover their new world and all the fun that is to be had! From £140.
Trust good old John Lewis to come up with a new range of excellent quality good value baby kit and clothing alongside homeware and technology in their new collection ANYDAY. With over 2,400 stylish, thoughtfully designed quality products to choose from, at seriously competitive prices from £1.50 – £500 and this is your one stop shop for everything from cotton onesies to nursery furniture for your little one.
The trend for keepsake jewellery to commemorate your children’s birth has grown and grown over the past few years, and Merci Maman has always ticked the box for affordable, beautiful pieces (in fact, everyday I wear one of their simple gold necklaces with three discs, each with my children’s initials). And now, they are branching out with their first ever solid gold collection, Collection Précieuse which features five of the brand’s best-sellers, redesigned in recycled solid 18k gold, to ensure a keepsake that will last a lifetime. The collection includes the Duchess Necklace, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate Freud’s Baby News Column – Sustainable Spring Picks
Now more than ever it feels important for us all to do our bit to help the environment, which is why I love the Pepi Collection of reusable nappies. Disposable nappies massively contribute to landfill, unlike these, which can be bought in bundles to make them equally affordable. The designs are fantastic with hand-drawn illustrations and they come with bamboo mix inserts which can be washed and re-used. Prices start from £14.95.
Pepi Collection Nappy Bundle, £47.84, available from pepicollection.com
Red Nose Day
With Comic Relief taking place this Friday 19th March, there’s never been a more important time to support a charity who raise millions each year for amazing causes both at home and overseas. I love this year’s t-shirts designed in collaboration with TK Maxx, including some of our favourite Disney movie stars from Toy Story’s Woody and Buzz to Carl from ‘Up’ and the characters from the ‘Cars’ movie. Sizes start at age two and adult tees are available too.
Comic Relief Buzz Lightyear T-Shirt, prices from £6.99, shop.comicrelief.com
VEJA x Mini Rodini
Get your little one wearing the coolest kicks in town with VEJA’s brilliant Mini Rodini collaboration. The VEJA x M Rodini range is the first collection by the two brands, and sees the most popular VEJA V-12 velcro trainer transformed with a fun yellow rabbit patch and finished off with the classic M.Rodini logo. Just in time for spring.
VEJA V-12 velcro trainer, available from size 22, veja-store.com
When it comes to kid’s toys, it’s worth investing in pieces that will not only last but are aesthetically pleasing enough for you to live with too. And they don’t come better looking than those by Little Dutch. Founded ten years ago, this brand is all about great, design, quality and fun, with everything from their bestselling guitars with heart cut outs, to activity books, baby gyms, doll’s houses and baby walkers to keep your baby happy.
Little Dutch Dolls House, now £79.60, available at Scandiborn.co.uk
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Kate Freud’s Baby News Column – New Year, New Launches
With the first month of the new nearly over, what better time to focus on some of the new launches stealing our attention in 2021. From Babybjorn’s adorable animal print baby carriers to Barbour’s exclusive new collaboration designed with your little adventurers in mind, as lockdown persists we’re chomping at the bit to get back to the great outdoors with a round-up of explorer’s essentials in my Baby News column this month.
Animal Magic at Babybjorn
Having used a Babybjorn carrier for all three of my babies, I’m almost tempted to have another child now that I have seen their latest collection of bouncers and carriers, available in wild leopard print. You can choose from the anthracite leopard or the beige leopard in the Baby Carrier Mini for newborns and up, the Baby Carrier One, which you can use for front or back carrying positions, and the Bouncer Bliss, a must have bouncer that gently moves with the baby’s own movement from when they are wee, a godsend that allows you to put them down for a minute and make a cup of tea!
Leo Baby Bouncer and Baby Carriers, prices from £80 at Babybjorn.
Into the Wild with Barbour & John Lewis
There’s a very seasonal chill in the air at the moment so what better time to invest in a piece from the new Barbour & John Lewis & Partners ‘Wilderness Collection’ designed by adventurer Ben Fogle and his wife (and Baby contributer), Marina. The range features a collection for men, women and mini-me’s, all beautifully modelled by Ben, Marina and their gorgeous children Ludo and Iona. Inspired by the family’s passion for the outdoors and adventure, the collection includes classically constructed outerwear, clothing and accessories influenced by Barbour’s extensive archives but updated with modern and technical touches – we can’t get enough of the khaki puffa with sheepskin collar for the girls, the cool tees and the navy hooded wax jacket for the boys. Bring on the fun times.
Available exclusively from John Lewis.
Perfect for Pushchairs
With a new baby in tow, even getting out of the house can be a challenge some days, so this new good-looking Mara Mea Changing Bag might prove just what you need. With two adjustable attachments it can work with any kind of pushchair, it’s water-repellent and wipe clean so the perfect place to hold baby bottles and cups, and it has hidden pockets for all your other baby necessities.
Available at Smallable.
Frugi Celebrates Nature’s Bounty with Paddling Puffins
Sustainable children’s clothing brand Frugi and the National Trust have joined forces to launch the brilliantly cheery Paddling Puffins capsule collection of ethically made outerwear and accessories for spring. Inspired by the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 3⁄4’ activities and the many miles of UK coastline it looks after, the collection is designed for children up to ten to explore the outdoors with a range of pieces that are perfect for spotting birds, skimming stones, and exploring rockpools. From a zip up Romper to Reversible Shorts, a Pioneer Packaway Jacket to a Pack-A-Snack Lunch bag, this capsule collection has everything a little eco-warrior will need when exploring and playing outdoors.
Frugi x Nation Trust SS21 Paddling Puffins collection available at Welovefrugi.com