10 Best: Clouds

Aimee Wilder wallpaper

Clouds are an enduring motif on children’s clothing and homewares. We’ve rounded up a few of our latest favourite finds. Mobile, €24, Pinch Toys. Aimee Wilder Rainbolts wallpaper, £160 per roll, Wall Library. Homely Creatures knitted cushion, £35, Cissy Wears. Daydreamer badges, 75p each, Shop BG. ISO print, £39. Made. Babasac sleeping bag, £37.99, MamaScarf. Mini […]

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers


Stockings are probably my favourite thing about Christmas, which is why my mum still puts my pressies in a pillowcase, despite my advanced age. Here’s a round-up of amazing goodies for your little ones’ stockings, ranging from £1 to £10. Check out last year’s guide for even more ideas. Bicycle bell, £1, Tiger Stores. PinToy […]

Back to school: lunchboxes, bags and tins

Apple & Bee

The prospect of free school lunches means freedom from frenzied last-minute packed-lunch making for many, but I defy you to resist these little beauties. And, of course, you can always claim them for yourself for picnic lunches once the kids are back at school… Circus lunch pack, £14, Isak. Apple & Bee lunch bag, £23, […]

Christmas 12 Best: Pyjamas


I love the tradition of giving pyjamas and a new book to children to open on Christmas Eve. Not only is it a sweet idea, it may (although I give no guarantees) encourage them into bed a little earlier, so you can dig into the mince pies and mulled wine. Whether you prefer traditional button-front […]

The Great Autumn/Winter Coat Hunt 2013 (Accessories): Umbrellas

Umbrellas Vilac

If the weather where you are is anything like it is in Brighton this week, then this post will be very timely! Alfie still loves his Hatley Bugs umbrella – there’s something special about having your own – so I’ve been having a look at getting Kitty one for Christmas. There are so many cute […]

The Great Autumn/Winter Coat Hunt 2013 (Accessories): Gloves and Mittens

Gloves Cath Kidston

Yesterday we addressed heads, today we’re on to hands with our selection of the coolest – actually, make that warmest – gloves and mittens on the market. Keep your eyes peeled for scarves and snowboots next week and have a peek at our previous Great Autumn/Winter Coat Hunt 2013 round-ups – pramsuits, snowsuits, coats, wellies, […]

Back to School 10 Best: school bags

School Bag Shak Shuka

Gone are the days when a Head sports bag was the school tote of choice (showing my age here). Nowadays, there is a huge range of options available, from the traditional leather satchel (with a contemporary update, natch) to an animal backpack. If you’re school shopping this weekend, don’t forget to check out our other […]

Back to school 10 Best: Lunchboxes and bags

Lunchbox Shak Shuka

Well, the summer holidays are sadly nearly over (or already long gone in some places) and the panic-buying of school equipment can now begin. Get your shopping list sorted with our handy Back to School 10 Best. This week’s topic is lunchboxes and bags. I’m rather tempted by a couple of these for myself! Also, […]

10 best… children’s backpacks

Backpacks Mibo Coq en Pate

There comes a time when you just need to free your designer tote of toy cars, crayons and the other detritus children love to lug round. Mini backpacks are the answer and these appealing examples should ensure your little one is desperate to carry their own stuff. Foxes are still forest animal du jour, so […]