Every month we bring you the coolest things to know about, guaranteed to keep the kids busy and the parents happy. From an online home-schooling course to a biscuit painting kit, here’s what’s worth having on your radar.
Created by headteacher and father of three Leon Hady, the Guide Education is a free online course to help parents with home schooling. With videos on how to manage working from home while home schooling, how to support your children’s focus, and how to guide them through independent learning – to name a few – the resource is full of useful advice from teachers and experts. You can book a ten-minute chat to talk though any questions, or dive straight into the course which takes two hours to complete.
For new mums or mums-to-be, The Latch is a bespoke, personalised video-consultation service to give you breastfeeding support and advice. With tips from trained midwife and nurse Alison Lovett and other healthcare professionals, the service aims to provide useful information and support at all stages of your breastfeeding journey. Originally launched during the first lockdown to offer an alternative to NHS appointments, there are now a range of packages to choose from, including pre-delivery preparation and crisis support post birth. Consultations start from £150.
The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain By Katherine Rundell
In difficult times, what children need is hope. To that end, best-selling author Katherine Rundell emailed some of the children's writers and artists whose work she loved most to ask them to write something short – either fiction or non-fiction – or to draw something that would make children laugh or smile. The result was a collection of 133 submissions, full of short stories, poems and pictures from the very best children's authors and illustrators – including Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo and Onjali Q. Rauf. Proceeds from the book will be donated to NHS Charities Together, to mark the incredible efforts of all those who worked in hospitals over the quarantine period.
For unique and eco-friendly children’s gifts, Blue Brontide is the brand to know. Founded on the belief that children's items should not only be stylish but built to last too, the brand has a range of beautiful wooden toys, tableware and bedtime accessories made from sustainable and ethically-sources materials. We love the Blue Brontide pull along animals and building blocks, all of which are plastic-free. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift, the site also stocks a number of other brands too, including Moon Picnic, Little Vilde and Wee Gallery.
Craft & Crumb
With pancake day just around the corner, and the weather still chilly enough to keep kids inside for the time being, why not encourage them to get creative in the kitchen? All of Crafty & Crumb’s baking kits are themed, so you can pick something which is bound to appeal. Plus, there’s even a half-term bundle available, to keep kids entertained during the school break. If needed, the same company also run Zoom baking parties and you can also set up a subscription to the kits if it’s something your children want to do regularly.
Medela Purelan Lanolin Nipple Cream
Medela’s new formulation has been created to help new mothers who are breastfeeding. Made with 100% lanolin sheep wool wax, it has a rich texture which creates long-lasting barrier protection for the skin. It’s hypoallergenic and medical grade, too, making it safe for both mothers and babies. Simply apply a thin layer over nipples to relieve soreness and help your skin heal in between breast feeding sessions.
Letters on Motherhood By Giovanna Fletcher
In this collection of heart-warming letters to her husband and three young sons, Giovanna Fletcher lays bare the highs and lows of modern parenting. From amusing anecdotes to all the difficult decisions, it’s a collection of heartfelt and deeply personal reflections by the author and podcaster, all of which she says have made her the mother she is today. Whether it’s coping with mum guilt, finding a work/family life balance, rediscovering a sense of identity or a parent's hopes, fears and expectations for their child's future, this one is bound to resonate with thousands of other families.
Little London Bloomers
Founded by mother and daughter duo Sally and Scarlet, Little London Bloomers make beautiful, traditional children’s clothing. Their signature bloomers are a lovely option for both boys and girls, while their initial letter jumpers make a great gift. There’s an extensive collection of clothing to choose from, including smart shirts and dresses, and lovely hair accessories for girls. Whether the children have a virtual birthday party to dress for, or simply need some quality clothing in their spring/summer wardrobe, there’s something for every taste and budget.
Let the little ones cut a cool and casual look next season with a new pair of stylish shades. LEOSUN, the brand making quirky accessories for kids, have a range of sunglasses designed for three to 12-year-olds. There are Super Flexible and Semi Flexible options to choose from, designed for ultimate comfort, all of which have shatterproof and anti-scratch lenses with 100% UV protection. LEOSUN also make everyday essentials like t-shirts and backpacks – ideal for adding some newness to your little ones’ wardrobes.
Little Green Sheep Mattress
Ensure your baby has the best possible sleep with a mattress from Little Green Sheep. The new Natural Pocket Sprung Cot Bed Mattress is dual sided, offering two types of comfort in one – a firm side as recommended by experts, and a softer side for medium support when they’re a toddler. The mattress is ultra-breathable, hypoallergenic and anti-dust mite too, so you can rest easy knowing they’re both comfortable and safe. A great choice for babies transitioning into toddlers.