Each month our columnist Leonora Bamford shares her little luxuries from the worlds of parenting, pregnancy and lifestyle.
Well, we’ve never had a summer quite like this before and I can’t begin to imagine how scary it must be having a baby during this pandemic. Not being able to have the support that most mothers get at the beginning and having the extra worry of what to do when you finally meet up with friends and family. We’re all in uncharted waters, but the light is glimmering at the end of the tunnel. And for my Little Luxuries this month, it’s all about topping up on some self-care essentials for you and Baby.
At a time that would normally be filled with play dates and meet ups, I’ve been trying to think what I would do if I had a baby at home. One thing I know for sure, is that I would be relying on the Peanut App.
Gorgeous Michelle Kennedy struggled to meet like-minded new mamas when she had her firstborn in 2017 and off the back, she’s created the most incredible community. Her mission has always been to stop the great feeling of isolation and empower women all over the world. So, instead of feeling alone, pick up your phone and download.
What’s amazed me about this time is how many people have started new businesses. It’s exciting to see so many new products hitting the market and, although I’m not in the office in London at the moment (where we normally see hundreds of products a week), we’re getting new mama and baba products flooding in every day. I love seeing parents creating businesses from their kitchen table and it’s something that inspires me daily.
Leo’s Little Luxuries: August 2020
Maggie Pegs’ Peg Dolls
I love wooden toys. I think they feel nicer and last forever. I was sent these gorgeous Peg Dolls from Joanne at Maggie Pegs and I think these Weather Dolls would make the perfect present or addition to any nursery.
Weather Peg Dolls, £20, Etsy
Brush Baby Toothbrush
People all over the world have been freaking out about not being able to see the dentist and so we have been looking after our teeth with extra care in our household. I am a huge fan of Brush Baby and this adorable little first brush is a real winner for 0-18 months, they also have fantastic electric toothbrushes for older stages.
Nourish by Jane Clarke Drinks
Whether you are breast feeding or just need a bit of a pick me up, check out Jane Clarke’s Nourish drinks. I have known Jane for years and have been waiting for this product for a long time. These delicious little drinks have the perfect blend of calories, protein, vitamins and minerals and gives you a serious nutritional boost when your body needs it most. They come in four delicious flavours, but I have got to say I am a sucker for Chocolate.
Farmologie Moisturiser by Childs Farm
My skin can’t get enough moisturiser at the moment, especially my hands and I was so excited to discover the new Farmologie range from Childs Farm. The founder, Joanna, is an absolute genius when it comes to looking after baby’s fragile skin and has just launched this new eco range to help people with dry, sensitive or eczema-prone skin. It’s a very reasonable price point and a must try.
Leo’s Little Luxuries: July 2020
I am sure everyone is in agreement that this is the most surreal summer that any of us have embarked on. I feel so blessed to have a garden during this time, but thank goodness for all the beautiful national parks that we have in London.
It’s a time where I usually pack up a huge picnic and stock up for the whole family at the local ice cream van. If we’re lucky enough to hear one’s dulcet tones we head straight there, and if not, we have been making Slushies to take on our walks in little thermoses.
I have been really busy with the launch of our My Baba shop and I would love to share some of our gorgeous new products for expectant mums and babies. I am often asked about what products I love and this is the story behind the shop really.
From Babies With Love organic muslin
One of my favourite products has to be the From Babies With Love organic muslin, which is not only perfect for swaddling, but also a great lightweight cover for the summer. I absolutely love this company, and not least because every profit goes to orphans around the world.
£14.90, My Baba
Nibbling x My Baba teething rattle
We have done a lovely collaboration with Nibbling and their beautiful teething rattles which are made with natural beechwood and silicone. We couldn’t have lived without ours.
£14, My Baba
Spots & Stripes Happy mood spray
I absolutely love spritzes and sprays and we are lucky enough to stock Spots & Stripes mood sprays. I have been spraying Happy over the whole family, which helps calm nerves and balance emotions.
£15, My Baba
Bunny cardigan and hat from Kit & Kin
Finally, who doesn’t love a baby bunny? We have got a gorgeous little cardigan and hat from Kit & Kin, which again is 100% organic and utterly adorable.
Cardigan £34.99, My Baba
Hat £16.99, My Baba
Leo’s Little Luxuries for June: Personalised Gifts
Being a new mother is a daunting time and coupled with the current global uncertainty, we need to support our new mums as much as we can. For my Little Luxuries column this month, I’ve been thinking about the new luxury: personalisation.
Parents can now customise everything from prams to teethers. There’s something very precious about making the perfect present extra-special with a unique touch, so here are some of the best…
Book subscription service
With lots of time this holiday spent at home, I’m signing up to the Willoughby Book Club, which is a book subscription service with personalised choices for every reader.
Personalised keepsake box
Blue Almonds on Walton Street, and online, is always brimming with wonderful products and it always has its finger on the pulse. I absolutely love this bespoke keepsake box which has a secret soldier hidden inside.
I’m a huge fan of My 1st Years and I absolutely love the personalised grey bunny-ear trainers. There’s also the option to put baby’s name on each side but I’d probably opt for just a single initial.
Leo Bamford on where to go this month
With most of the UK population staying inside, this issue I’m suggesting something a little different. Let me introduce you to my wonderful nanny, Anita. I’d recommend checking out her page on My Baba, where you’ll find hundreds of brilliant things to do with your little ones this summer. My toddler was making ice catchers this morning, which I know we’ll have lots of fun with. From baby crafts to homemade rattles, there’s literally nothing Anita hasn’t covered over the years.
A pram is one of the first things to go on the baby shopping list and I’ve had my eye on the latest Bugaboo Fox2. Even if you’re just window-shopping online, there’s a Create Your Own tab where you can virtually build your dream version. I love how you can play around with the colours – the neon red is super-cool.