10 Best: Earth Day buys


It’s never too early to encourage little ones to start thinking about the environment and how we can protect our planet. Continuing our countdown to Earth Day next Wednesday, here’s a round-up of our best buys for future eco warriors.   PopUpShop Earth sweatshirt, £42, Shak-Shuka. Animal Rescue (Patrick George, RRP £8.99), The Book Depository. […]

10 Best: Cacti


This post started as a Mexican-themed round-up, but there were so many cacti around I decided to dedicate an entire 10 Best to the prickly little customers. Everyone from designers to indies seems to be embracing (not literally, obviously) the tropical plantlife. Julia Staite cactus softie, £12.50, The Dandy Kid. Nadadelazos cactus jumpsuit, £32.99, Olive […]

New Plan Toys bath toys

Plan Toys Activity Sailboat

As someone who tries to steer clear of plastic toys, I’ve always had a bit of a problem at bath time. Wooden boats go mouldy and eco toys are few and far between (thank goodness for Green Toys and bath crayons). Well, now, thankfully, the ever-fabulous Plan Toys have got in on the act with […]

The BG Christmas Gift Guide 2013: 1-2

Children of this age are constantly busy – I should know as I have one! Activity toys such as shape sorters, bead mazes and hammer benches will be popular, as will stackers and simple wooden puzzles. Pretend play also starts to kick in around this time, so dolls, vehicles and small world items are also […]

10 Best: ideas for a tree-themed room

Tree Eloise Renouf print

  The branches may be bare at the moment, but I can’t help but think of spring and greenery. Although far removed from trad teddies and bunnies, trees are a fantastic unisex theme for a nursery – great if you don’t know what flavour you’re expecting. Designers love them as well – there’s a veritable […]

10 Best: ideas for a robot-themed room

Clifford Richards robot clock

In the 50s, pretty much everyone believed that robots would be commonplace in every home by the year 2000, and I have to admit, having grown up with Tomorrow’s World in the 80s, I kinda hoped it would be true, too. Sadly, with maybe the exception of Japan, our world is lacking in automated help, but […]

Build-A-Robot by Plan Toys


We’re huge fans of eco friendly toy company Plan Toys whose toys made from rubberwood are synonymous with pretend and imaginative play and tiny world. This Build-A-Robot is a definite future buy as aside from being ridiculously cute, it features interchangeable heads that teach your child about emotions – happy, sad, angry, and surprised. The […]

10 Best: percussion instruments for toddlers


As I mentioned a while back, we’re lucky enough to attend a Music for Aardvarks class every Friday. One of the toddlers’ highlights is when the teacher, Emily, brings out her rainbow parachute full of percussion instruments, plonks it on the floor and they can shake, bang and clash to their hearts’ content. I come […]

15% off at VUP Baby


    Non-toxic baby product destination VUP Baby are offering BG readers a cool 15% off until the 25th April on brands including Brio, Anne-Claire Petit, Boon, Beaba, Janod, Plan Toys, Moover, Skip Hop, Vilac, Svan, Merino Kids, Melissa & Doug, Franck Fischer and Green Toy. It’s a serious hotspot for cool feeding gear and […]

Fairtrade Fortnight: 5 cool ethical toys


We’re still in Fairtrade Fortnight, so what better excuse to hunt down a few toys with a conscience. First of all, I’ve featured them before, but I make no apologies for revisiting Bholu Bubalahs. These gorgeous wool-felt creatures are made by Gujarati women, from designs by local children (bholus), whose education part of the profits […]