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Lu’s fantasy baby shopping list
I’m on the home stretch (no pun intended) to baby no. 2 now, so thought I’d follow Kat’s lead and compile a wish list of goodies I’m hankering after – friends and family take note… Of course, Kat and I share impeccable taste, so I’ve already followed her lead on a Bednest, Aden & Anais swaddling blankets and a Stokke Tripp Trapp newborn set, but here is my unofficial lust list. Undoubtedly our most stylish purchase last time round was a Bloom Coco lounger – Alfie (and Peggy the dog) loved rocking in it and we loved the non-garish dark wood and cream palette. So I’ll be interested to see the new Coco Go, which launches in June costing £140, a flat-fold bouncer/seat with vibration unit, wooden rockers and Bloom’s signature good looks. It also comes with a travel bag, making it ideal for trips to Grandma’s house.
I didn’t have a moses basket last time around as I have a severe aversion to wicker. I am fascinated by the idea of the Moba (which we recently featured) though, as it seems such a simple concept you wonder why no one’s thought of it before. £89.99, including mattress.
Now, I love everything about my Bugaboo Cameleon, but I must admit to having my head turned by the sleek, chic lines of the Mima Xari, designed by the creator of Bloom’s iconic Fresco highchair, with its quirky armadillo hood and seat pod that zips into a carrycot. At £899 though, it won’t be mine unless I win the lottery.
Much more within my budget is the fabulous Stokke MyCarrier that we posted about a while back. Because it lasts from birth to three years and has three different carry positions, £139 seems like a total bargain. I’m loving the red version, although I suspect Harry would prefer the less-conspicuous brown or navy.
I’ll also be going back to the tried and tested Baba Sling, probably our most-used bit of baby kit when Alfie was tiny. It was the one place he was guaranteed to sleep, so, needless to say, it got daily use.The new limited-edition prints and breathable Lite version for summer are genius. From £39.99.
Decent (attractive) nursing lingerie is always hard to come buy, so I was pleased to clap eyes on Mammae lingerie from Belgium. Discreet and chic, the glam bras come with matching washable nursing pads and in sizes 34B to 42H. From £76.99 (ouch, but also what price style and comfort?).
I never really found the perfect breastfeeding pillow – one was too hard, another too soft, but this Simply Good Compact Nursing Pillow looks just right and comes in appropriately cheery colours. £24.95, White Step.
I do love a jolly playmat (Alfie had a bright green Ubang Babblechat one that now serves as a floor covering in his tipi), so I’m totally coveting the new KidsOnRoof designs, especially this hot-air balloon print on 100% organic cotton. €62, Shak-Shuka.
Having a baby is always a good excuse to buy a new bag – how divine is this changing bag by Lisa Stickley? Made from practical, wipe-clean coated cotton it has all the requisite compartments and a matching changing mat. Yes, it’s £96, but this is my fantasy.
Talking of which, this really does verge on the realms of the ridiculous, but wow, is it gorgeous. Designed by Spanish company Micuna, the Ovo is pricey (€398 with a cushion from KidsLoveDesign), but does boast longevity (you can convert it into a child’s desk chair when they outgrow the highchair), and some of the best packaging I’ve ever seen. If money were no object…
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