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Pastel Picks…

Clockwise from top left: Girls’ Duck Egg Cardigan from Down at the Duckpond collection by JojoMamanBebe, award-winning Moba Moses basket in Blush from their new pastel range, supersoft organic cotton sleepsuit in Stardust from MORI, merino base layers in Mustard from Smalls (this year their Woolly Vest Week campaign will support Heads Together charity), Rainbow Wide Stripe blanket from Lilly and Sid (on sale if you’re quick!)

#MMHALILLYANDSID: In praise of great baby blankets…

BADGE2Our junior columnist Wild Hendry tells us why the Lilly and Sid baby blankets got his vote…

Wild writes “I am four years old now and I still have a baby blankie on my bed. So does my brother, who is two. It’s the same one he came home from hospital in. My brother likes to snuggle under his, but I tuck my fox called Bubble up each night in mine, in case he gets a chill.

IMG_00003111Our blankies are from Lilly and Sid, who make all sorts of good things including hoodies and rabbits and tshirts with pirates on. I could go on about blankies being soft and warm but you might know that already; what you might not know is that they can be used as flags when you need one for your den, or to wrap things up when you are playing at having birthdays, or picnic rugs if girls come over and want a teddy tea party.

I start school in September so will probably have to stop taking my fox Bubble with me in my bag like I do for nursery. But I know he’ll be alright, tucked up on my bed, waiting til I get home…”

To vote for Lilly and Sid baby blankets on social media use hashtag #MMHALILLYANDSID

Announcing the shortlist for the #MMHA16

BADGE2It’s the 7th of the 7th – so lucky for some – and hopefully for the following twenty products and brands that we’ve selected for this year’s Mummy Must Have Awards Shortlist. 

This year’s awards will be voted down to a final ten winners via likes on Instagram and retweets on Twitter – so show some love for the ones you rate highest and there will be some incentives and competitions along the way to make the voting more exciting 😉

Editor writes: this year’s shortlist was actually something of a challenge as we had so many fabulous submissions and suggestions. Our criteria for the #MMHA has always been quite broad in terms of category, but infinitely comes down to one simple fact: this product is bl**dy brilliant! Big thanks as usual to all the input from our writers and celeb mums and congratulations to all included in the shortlist…

The #MMHA16 Shortlist is as follows – in no particular order: 

Lilly and Sid Baby Blankets: in a world of blankies, these are the ones that kids would choose for themselves. Soft, washable, durable, ethical – you’ll find these well loved and still on the beds of pre-schoolers. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHALILLYANDSID
Nuna Leaf  Baby Seat: This clever baby rocker has a one-of-a-kind side to side floating motion and grows with your child to become a comfy toddler armchair. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHANUNALEAF

Chillipeeps:
we love these little teats and spouts, which can be popped in a handbag or changing bag and are the perfect size to fit into a ready mix formula carton or a bottle of water. Reusable and dishwasher-proof, they are possibly the best £7 you’ll spend… To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHACHILLIPEEPS
aden+anais Muslins and Dream Blankets: with a constantly evolving range of gorgeous but understated designs, these muslins and blankets really do get softer with each wash and are roomy, for snug as a bug swaddling and snuggling. We love the latest Disney collaboration prints as well as the chic classic designs. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAADENANDANAIS
Pacapod Jasper: loved by celebs ranging from Benedict Cumberbatch to Zara Phillips, the Pacapod’s unique pod system means that you can just ‘grab and go’. We adore the Jasper’s chic leather outer, spacious interior and general elegance – and the fact that it crams 35 litres of baby clobber into one hardworking handbag. To vote on social media use hashtag:  #MMHAPACAPOD
Tiffany Rose: celeb mum Becky Mantin told us “I love Tiffany Rose for pregnancy & nursing clothes” and we fully agree; stunning designs, flattering fit and the occasion wear really does make one feel ladylike and special (even in the third trimester). To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHATIFFANYROSE
Boden Mac: we had great deliberation about the perfect ‘school run coat’, but in the end (thanks to the unpredictability of the British Summer) the Boden Mac was the clear winner. Showerproof, with a hood to keep your hands free and pockets big enough to hold Fruit Shoots, car keys, wipes and bits of toast – this coat comes in a range of vibrant or classic colourways and means you’ll always look ‘together’ no matter how late you are running…  To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABODENMAC
Bambini & Me Rompers: we think Bambini & Me is definitely a ‘one to watch’ brand and we fell in love with the adorable range of rompers and bodysuits, made with skin-friendly bamboo. The range also includes swaddles and sleeping bags – all very unisex and deeply delightful. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABAMBINIANDME
Bee Good Plump and Firm Moisturiser: made with British wildflower honey and hyluronic acid, this day cream packs an absolute suckerpunch of tightening, glowgiving and nourishing – so much so that we swear you can go without makeup. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABEEGOOD
The Organic Balm Co Baby Mother and Baby Nourish Balm: a one stop solution for stretch marks, rough elbows, sensitive baby skin, dry feet, eczema… You name it, this delicious blend of vitamins, omega 3’s and hemp seed oil can zap it! The pump dispenser makes it changing-bag friendly too… To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAORGANICBALM


Bobux Shoes
: designed for little feet to have the freedom of being barefoot, this range of padders, first walkers and toddler shoes is not only created to allow healthy development but the comfortable fit also ensures ‘stay-ability’ if you have a child who insists on throwing their footwear off in the supermarket…Check out the latest collaboration with Solene Roure also. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABOBUX
Belly Bandit Tummy Tucker: your new best friend when it comes to blitzing the baby belly, this postpartum secret is made from medical grde, latex free elastic and is recommended by doctors – as well as being loved by celeb mums including Camilla Rutherford, who called it ‘Mother’s Little Helper…’ To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABELLYBANDIT

Mon Breton: we’re big fans of the Breton top as a ‘throw on with jeans and you don’t notice the yoghurt stains’ mummy-dressing solution. Mon Breton have pushed the boundaries of a timeless classic by allowing you to personalise with initials or cute emojis. Go matchy-matchy with their men’s and kids’ range too… To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAMONBRETON
Oh Arthur: This trio of ladies have put together a ridiculously cute collection of childrenswear and accessories – making them undoubtedly one of our favourite boutique startups. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAOHARTHUR
Baby Bjorn One Outdoors:  real game-changer if you like to a) babywear b) yomp or c) want no limits on where you and baby can explore. Festivals, hill climbs, fun runs… this carrier can take on the elements and is ergonomicaly designed for comfortable carrying from birth to three years. Lovely colourways too! To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAONEOUTDOORS
Laurence King Colouring Books: Jasmine Guinness told us “, you can never go wrong with a colouring book and pencils, it’s such a nice thing to do and luckily the kids agree. Creativity is so important.” And when it comes to fabulous, innovative colouring books we adore the range from Laurence King Publishing, such as ‘To the Moon, the World’ Tallest Colouring Book’. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHALAURENCEKING
Doona: this carseat-come-stroller really has broken the mould when it comes to practical design and out-of-the-box thinking. Laura Hamilton told us “this is one of my all-time favourites.  It is so convenient for travelling or even if you need to pop out quickly.  So many people comment on it when they see it because it’s such a clever invention.” To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHADOONA
Nappy Grab bags: wipes, cream, nappy and mat all in one pocket-sized solution. Biodegradable, simply roll it all up and bin it afterwards. Keep one in the car, under the buggy, in your coat pocket – life suddenly got a whole lot simpler! To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAGRABBAG
Splashabout Wetsuits: the brand that brought you Happy Nappies now has a range of wetsuits for children and babies (including one that integrates the famous nappy pants), meaning that kids will stay in the water for longer without getting cold – and easing the transition from warmer baby pools to regular/outdoor pools (or English seaside paddles!). Adorable designs and a range of lengths/sizes – Beyonce’s daughter loves the ‘Apple Daisy’ one. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHASPLASHABOUT
Smalls: layer up with these merino wool tops and leggings that are so pretty they work as outerwear or PJs too. Brilliantly breathable, your kids will be warm and toasty (but not uncomfortable or sweaty). Merino stays cleaner for longer (less washing) and it doesn’t sag, bag or shrink. Fab underlayers for flights, camping trips and puddle jumping…To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHASMALLS

We hope you like our selection and will show your support by giving your favourites some social media love. The votes will be counted on August 4th and the final ten winners announced.

One last thing: we have two extra award categories this year, both of which will be voted for by our editorial panel and guest judges. They are Buggy Love (our stroller category) and Better World (our charity and ethical partnership award). Watch the site for more details on both of these.

Shop our picks from the Lilly and Sid AW15 collection

As a MMHA15 Winner, it goes without saying that we adore the great designs, ‘built for playing’ durability and comfort of the Lilly and Sid range. Witty, quintessentially English – and with fantastic attention to detail (part of what has won them countless design awards to date), Lilly and Sid just seem to get better and better.

Here’s our pick of their new collection…

Zippy Monster Sweat: what little boy won’t be enthralled by this monster, with a pocket for a mouth… Feed him a daily diet of sticks and snails…

Dolls House dress: this girlie (but not awfully so) two piece will inspire little imaginations as they ponder who lives in these quirky applique houses.

London Jam blanket: honk honk goes the traffic, but Zzzzz goes the coolest, cosiest baby in town…

Dress Circle insert dress: perfect for booty-shaking and easier to wash than a tutu. We wish they made these for big girls too…

Panda Knit sweater: supersoft Happy Panda is in the boys’ range but we think little ladies will love it too…

Order online from http://www.lillyandsid.com/

#Boutique Focus… Lilly and Sid

We’re recent newcomers to the childrenswear craze that is Lilly and Sid. From their concession in Harvey Nicks to their plethora of product and design awards (vote for them also in our #MMHA 2015) the brand has grown through word of mouth and happy customers. Not to mention adorably dressed children!

We caught up with Emma and Imran from Lilly and Sid for our Boutique Focus interview…

SM: How did Lilly and Sid come about?

Emma & Imran: We had worked as Head of Buying and Design for leading retailers for many years, always with the dream of running our own business together at the back of our minds. After having our daughter, we found it really difficult to find trend led clothing with a fun twist which was also affordable. 3 years later we had our son and found it even more difficult to dress him so we decided to set up our own brand named after our first two children- Lilly + Sid.

SM:  Where do you get your inspiration for collections?

Emma & Imran: Our design team are always looking for new ideas. We have a weekly design meeting where we gather all the new things we have seen during the week and add these to our trend boards to include in collections. As a British brand we are very lucky to have access to amazing archives and exhibitions and are particularly fond of the V+A. Most of our collections have been inspired by our heritage and have included British Artists, Pantomime, Punch and Judy and Fairytales. We are also greatly inspired by children and look at life through their eyes when designing, making sure we don’t take ourselves too seriously and that our collections are fun.

SM:  What is your best-selling item?

Emma & Imran: We change our collection each season, with very few carry over lines. Our customers like newness and to buy into the new trends. Our best selling items usually have a unique twist, like our sunsafe swimsuits each with a L+S character or our boys sweatshirts with an integral mask to the hood. We design all our own prints and fabrics in-house too and as each one runs for one season only, they are limited edition and often our best sellers. Our customers know that we don’t repeat stock in-season so our best sellers can sell out within the first few weeks launch.

SM:  Which items do your own children like best?

Emma & Imran: Our two eldest are now 12 and 9 so don’t fit into our collection, but our 12 year old daughter does still cosy up to one of our knitted blankets she has had for years. Our 9 year old is into the Liverpool Football Kit- eek! Our youngest child, Sami, is our chief muse and test runs many of our clothes- favourites being the colour green and comfy joggers.

SM:  What have been the biggest challenges of running the business?

Emma & Imran: The biggest challenges we face are managing time and money. When you run your own business, especially a husband and wife team, it is very hard to take time out and switch off. We also like to work around the children , and our initial business strategy included ‘ never miss a sports day’ and we have kept to this- the consequence often being midnight finishes once the kids are in bed, bathed and homework done ! We are a self-funded brand as we want to keep 100% control of our business and this holds its own challenges at every stage.

SM:  And your proudest moment…?

Emma & Imran: there have been a fair few- from our launch range being bought by our hitlist of ideal stockists including Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, to seeing someone wearing Lilly+ Sid for the first time to more recently the amazing support we have had for our charity fundraising. We are very lucky to have won lots of awards, our most treasured ones being those voted by our customers, who are without doubt the most important part of our journey.

SM:  What’s next for L&S?

Emma & Imran: we’ve got lots of exciting things in the pipeline and see lots of growth opportunities over the next few years, but ultimately we will continue to enjoy growing our boutique brand.

Editor’s pick: how lovely and cheerful is this knitted blanket? And it is machine washable too…

Celeb Mum Becky Mantin’s pick of our #MMHA 2015 Shortlist

At SM we are big fans of Becky Mantin’s style, attitude and general joie de vivre – so were delighted when she cast her thoughts over our Mummy Must Have Awards Shortlist.

Stand outs for Becky included Kozikidz rainwear“These look great and the perfect cover up for playing in the rain or going to Forest School without worrying about a change because of wet, muddy knees. Without trying, it’s hard to say if they are durable and comfortable but the idea is good and the designs are very nice.”

Kozi Kidz Essentials Rain Sets Lifestyle

Lilly and Sid Sunsafe Suit: “These are very cute and seem practical too with the hood. I like that the front zip seems long enough for easy on and off and that it’s SPF 50+”

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And of course her own amazing Nappy Grab Bag (once you’ve tried it you’ll wonder how you lived without it!):

“Fabulous of course! Sure to be a worldwide hit! This should definitely win! ;)”

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Follow our Instagram to cast you own vote in the Mummy Must Have Awards and read more of Becky’s opinions on our Shortlist.

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How to do… Easter Bunny Chic

Think bonnets and plastic daffodils are a bit tacky? Want to avoid sugar and eggs this year?  Kit your little rabbits out in style with our pick of Easter bits and bobs:

– Do Easter style all year long with this grey cotton romper from Etsy which is designed by Spencer Hansen and is super hard-wearing, for play-hard toddlers.

– You’ll be charmed by this choc-free gold bunny from Links of London. Bribe them with something special for going without sugar?

– Cute up a crib with this set of shabby-chic embroidered mint green and taupe bedding from the Peter Rabbit store. Easy to convert into pillowcases when they’ve grown out of them as sheets and coverlets.

– Dress a beach-bunny and keep the UV rays at bay with this gorgeous sunsafe Martha Bunny suit from Lilly and Sid.

– Or frame a vintage Alice in Wonderland quote, for a little bedroom wall conundrum pondering…

Editor’s Tip: thinking about getting the little ones a real live Benjamin Bunny? Read Save a Fluff’s tips…

How to wash a beloved stuffed animal

‘There are many reasons you need to wash stuffed animals: the attack of the stomach bug, they can be dusty from sitting on a shelf, a little too much love from the owner, lice or other varmints, or frequent washing for kiddos with allergies and asthma.’ says dedicated site Mama’s Laundry Talk.

Creatures stuffed with a cotton or foam based fabric can most likely go in the washing machine, but anyone filled with beans, horsehair, voiceboxes/growlers, or made with glass eyes, glittery fur, detachable limbs etc probably needs more specialist treatment.

If washing in the machine, use a wool or cool cycle – ideally with no spinning – and put the animal into a net bag or pillowcase to prevent it catching on the drum.

If hand washing in the sink use a delicate detergent and hand up to dry by the feet (the inverted weight will help it to air dry quicker), then give it a bit of a ‘massage’ to re-fluff the limbs.

If the toy will withstand a sponge bath, try the advice of Michael Vercelletto, product manager for OxiClean in Princeton, New Jersey:  “You can use a multipurpose stain remover to spot-clean stuffed animals. Mix a color-safe, multipurpose, oxygen-based stain remover with warm water. Be sure the powder is completely dissolved and apply it to the stain, saturating it. Rub the fabric in small areas and wait up to 10 minutes. Don’t allow the solution to dry on the fabric. Blot it with a white towel and repeat the procedure until the stain is no longer visible. Then rinse it with clean water and blot until dry.”

Or if it is surface dirt, try baking soda. Baking soda absorbs oil from stuffed animals’ fur, giving them a fresh, clean scent, according to Clean Stuffed Animals. Use about a tablespoon of baking soda for a small animal. Cover it with a light coating of baking soda and place the little guy in a pillowcase. You can clean more than one animal at the same time in a large pillowcase. Close the bag and shake it vigorously. Leave the animal in the bag for about a half hour so the baking soda can absorb the oil. Wipe the powder off the stuffed animal with a damp paper towel. Empty the pillowcase and place the stuffed animal back into it. Toss it in the dryer for a few minutes, then fluff your furry friend’s fur with a soft brush or use a small vacuum attachment.

Our Slick Mummy Tip: Many dry cleaners will be sympathetic and you could make the trip into a game, suggesting maybe that Mr Furry Friend is going to the spa or the hairdresser…

Editor’s Tip: we love these washable Alf bears, made from jersey fabric – currently on sale at Lilly and Sid – so grab an adorable bargain!                                  

(No animals were harmed in the making of this post…)

 

The Best baby blankets

As Winter draws in and there’s a chill in the air, wrap the little ones up warm with our pick of the chicest, softest, snuggliest blankies out there:

  • The iCandy Cableknit: we love this striking orange and grey colour combo and there’s a button to fasten it to the stroller…