Leonora Bamford’s Little Luxuries: Spring Essentials

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.

Inpo x From Babies With Love organic muslin baby shawl

£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.

Nibbling x My Baba teething rattle
Nibbling x My Baba teething rattle

£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.


Spots&Stripes Happy Spray
Spots&Stripes Happy Spray

£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.

Baby book subscription little luxuries
Willoughby Book Club via Not On The Highstreet

£39.95, noths.com

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. 

Blue Almonds Personalised Ceramics Soldier

£45, bluealmonds.co.uk

Monogrammed trainers

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.

Personalised Grey Bunny Ear Detail Baby Trainers - Little Luxuries
Personalised Grey Bunny Ear Detail Baby Trainers

£20, my1styears.com

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.

Bugaboo Fox2

£1,190, bugaboo.com

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. 

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