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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 ūüėČ

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 Рin 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

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 Рso 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 Рmaking 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‚Äôs 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 Рlife 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.

Boutique Focus… Mon Breton

When we saw Mon Breton’s range of classic Breton tops with unique quirky emoji details the concept really made us smile.

So we were delighted that Creative Director Isla Cunningham took the time to chat to us about her brand.

 kuola and tree

SM: What advice on weight and stripes would you give to someone choosing their first Breton top?

Isla Cunningham: The beauty of the Breton is that you can’t go wrong. It looks good on everyone, so you can wear it with confidence! For a Breton beginner I would want a classic “Navy on White” heavyweight long-sleeved shirt. The equivalent of our “Bardot”. The original, the classic.

SM: You have some quite ‘out there’ emoji options, have you been surprised by the choices of your customers?

Isla Cunningham: Haha, Yes! Well, I think the aubergine has caused a few raised eyebrows! All our customers have chosen designs close to their heart. That’s what makes Mon Breton so special. My favourite is probably the matching dachshunds I made for a grandmother and her grandson. They look adorable.


SM: Which emojis do you have on your own top?

Isla Cunningham: I obviously have a few but the top closest to my heart has a Koala & Tree on it (pictured above). I’m the Koala and Charles my fianc√©e is my Tree.¬†We’ve even got a little song but you’ll have to buy me a few martinis before I break it out! We are getting married New Year’s Eve; I’m thinking¬†stripes might feature quite heavily! We’ve actually just had an order from a bride who wanted unique gifts for her bridesmaids. She asked for their initials on each of the tops. Very cute.


SM: And how do you personally accessorise a Breton?

Isla Cunningham: Great question. The Breton is SO versatile – with skinny jeans and loafers or ballet flats is a classic look, but for work I often pair mine with a chic lace pencil skirt.¬†Next week¬†I’ll be wearing one on the beach over a neon bikini.

SM: There are many celeb Breton lovers, but who would your dream customer be?

Isla Cunningham: I would say Alexa Chung. Her style is effortless.¬†Bretons are perfect for babies,¬†they are hard wearing, wash well, classic, versatile, unisex¬†and¬†I can’t deny that¬†seeing Prince George wearing one would be a delight! As for Charles, I think¬†he would say Natalie Portman.

SM: What’s next for the brand?

Isla Cunningham: Getting our name out there! Mon Breton is¬†still under 6 months old and the feedback has been so positive we are really grateful to all our fans who are spreading the word. A menswear collection can’t be too far away. Charles is desperate to get his James Dean look on! We have had some interest from Asia, the Far East and the States so this is just the beginning and we are so excited.

Find out more and order your personalised Breton now from www.monbreton.com