Qualy squirrel hooks

Qualy squirrel hooks

  If you were inspired by Lucy’s ideas for a woodland-themed room, these hooks from Qualy would make a great addition: a wee squirrel keeps guard over your coats. At £10 each (with £4.95 for delivery, no matter how much you order), I’d go for lots and lots of them, all in a row. HOW sweet? Or, […]

Monster Supplies

Monster Supplies doors

Hoxton residents have recently seen the arrival of a fantastical new retail outlet on their streets: Monster Supplies. If your child is a reluctant eater, but inclined to a certain gory bent, this may well be your salvation. He might not eat your meals, but would he consider brain jam, pickled eyeballs or perhaps a […]

Taro Gomi Play All Day pop out book

Taro Gomi Play All Day

  Taro Gomi is the Japanese illustrator who has previously brought us some classic board books, including Tabitha’s much-loved Bus Stops, and, infamously, Everybody Poos. He’s also got a whole stack of creative doodling books – like Doodle Numbers. Loving the Gomi style, I was interested to see Play All Day, a book of over […]

Terri Leahy soft toys

Terri Leahy soft toys

Sometimes the simplest shapes can have the most incredible amount of character – that’s what embroiderer extraordinaire Terri Leahy somehow pulls off. Her “Best in Show” range of soft toys depicts typical British pets, from hamsters to doggies, and apparently they are inspired, in part, by celebrity culture – which explains, I guess, the names […]

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

Eureka! outdoor area, approached from Halifax station

Given that it’s the National Children’s museum, it’s perhaps odd that we haven’t featured Eureka! before – but then, it’s located in Bradford Halifax, meaning it’s not necessarily on everyone’s beaten track. For us, holidaying in Yorkshire, it became clear it was going to feature on our agenda, even before we’d arrived: the train track passes […]

Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory is a print studio in Co Wicklow, Ireland, founded last year by sisters Joanne and Stephanie Sloan. Both sisters have a design background, and that explains the absolute cohesiveness and visual beauty with which their products are infused. A small range of prints are available across a capsule range of products including […]

Phister and Philina Autumn range

Phister and Philina dress

We holidayed in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, this summer, in part lured by its claim to be the UK town with the highest percentage of independent shops. Tabs certainly came away knowing which her favourite was of those – on the very first day we wandered into the large Old Treehouse, which was packed on several […]

Thomas Flintham’s Amazing Mazes

Spread from Thomas Flintham's Marvellous Mazes

Browsing through the absolutely vast and incredible children’s book section at Salts Mill in Saltaire, I came across Thomas Flintham‘s work for the first time. And I was impressed. With this many years of parenthood below my belt, I’m a veteran of mazes: mazes on cereal boxes, mazes in comics, mazes on the CBeebies website. […]

Muji alphabet and funny face books

Muji funny faces book

Poking around Muji the other day, I came across two fun-looking activity books. It’s a shame the pictures on the Muji website aren’t a) bigger and b) more exciting, because these did look like potentially excellent gifts. They’re also just the kind of thing I like to snap up so we have activities ready for […]

O Mon Bateau bath plug

O Mon Bateau Géographie Plug by Pa Design

Ah, this could make bath time distinctly fun! A fold-up boat (also available in a newspaper design) bobs above the plug to show you where it is. Could a couple of very small toys fit in there? Maybe (and you know it’s going to be tried). Unlike the paper boats we make out of bus […]

Bedtime Meditations by Christiane Kerr

Meditations for Kids CDs by Christiane Kerr

Of all the possible parenting trials and tribulations, fate dealt us a child who doesn’t like to fall asleep. In the grand scheme of things I’m ok with that I suppose, especially when we consider all the other possibilities we’ve dodged – Tabs was never a bedwetter, a biter or a terrible eater, for example […]

Kwid – sand timer watches for kids

Kwid watches

Arf kids brought us the Kidsleep clock, one of a couple of devices on the market that promise to make it easy for children to tell the time. Crucially, to tell whether or not it’s too early to go and disturb mum and dad of a morning. As to whether or not it works, I […]

Desigual kids

Pismo Beach dress from Desigual

I’m drawn to the bright colours and crazy clashing patterns of Desigual, but I do sometimes find myself wondering if I’m a little too old to pull them off. Kids, of course, need have no such qualms: frankly, the brighter the better, until notions such as good taste and not wanting to draw attention to oneself […]

Hamster buggy bags

Hamster bags

Ah, the dreaded buggy-tip. Those days may be far behind me now, but I can still remember the classic moments when the pushchair, over-laden with shopping bags, tipped over backwards, sometimes with baby Tabitha still strapped in. Even her hilariously stunned face didn’t make up for the utter annoyance, or, in the case of the […]