You might see how the title includes the word ‘smart’ a few times. We think the SmarTfold 700 is nothing short of genius.
The new travel-friendly trikes cleverly fold down to less than 85% of their original size. The new smarTfold 700 has all the features of the already popular and award-winning smarTfolds, but also includes: a padded, bi-directional reclining seat, ideal for little ones snoozing on the go, even more storage with two accessory bags included and perhaps the best new feature of all…the smarTfold 700 is now suitable for little ones as young as 6 months (and will last them up til three years!)
Get this one on Santa’s list pronto: they are available now in Mothercare, ELC and Smyths Toys Superstores, RRP £149.99 (but look out for Black Friday deals)
The SnüzKot collection features four core style options: SnüzKot Luxe has a beautiful and timeless style, SnüzKot Skandi has a modern and minimal Scandinavian design, SnüzKot Rococo is a stunning twist on a classic design and SnüzKot Mode is bold and playful. Each style option is available in different colours, creating a total of 15 cot beds to choose from and changing the entire look of the cot bed, allowing parents to match their cot bed to their individual décor ideas.
As your child grows, so does SnüzKot, converting into a toddler bed for up to 4 years, and with an additional junior bed extension kit, it means children can keep their same bed for up to ten years of age. Even better, the team at Snüz have created a changing unit to match all 15 SnüzKots, so parents can turn the visions of their dream nursery into a reality.
Whilst they might be scarce in January (Granny used to say being able to put one’s foot on seven daisies at one was a sign that Summer was here) we can’t get enough of simple, chic daisies.
From the Marc Jacobs floral scent – which actually has its heart in gardenia and jasmine rather than the humble yellow and white bloom – to the Instagram of super hip Daisy Finetto (formerly lead singer of Mausi, now rocking some sultry solo French electro sounds), daisies can only make us smile.
Got a bump? Well you have a bonafide excuse to shop – and where better than a huge fiesta of all things baby; with hundreds of products from leading brands all under one roof.
Browse the likes of iCandy, Cosatto, Joie, Mothercare, Stokke and many, many more – plus some lovely boutique brands and cult products.
Advice is on hand by way of talks from baby experts such as Annabel Karmel, Jo Tantum and breast feeding guru Clare Byam-Cook, plus fashion shows and entertainment for little ones including play areas.
Get tickets now from http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/
Read Mothercare’s recommendations here – they suggest things like nighties, maternity pads, camera etc. Yeah yeah, very practical. But we think there are a few touches you could find room for that might make the experience a bit slicker…
Colourful baby blanket: Myleene Klass takes this opportunity to plug her Baby K range, but when the little one comes out in an NHS hospital they tend to just wrap them in a regulation white towel. So pack a nice blankie and not only with your newborn be snuggly, but those first pictures will look less ‘clinical’… Hillcrest Knitwear in Scotland make some gorgeous cashmere ones in a range of colours (from raspberry to teal to lime to chocolate) at a very reasonable £24 each.
Jurlique Rosewater Facial Mist: smells like Valentine’s Day in a bottle and cools whilst hydrating and softening. Spray it liberally on your brow, feet, nape of neck… Heck, give the tired nurses a quick blast too…
Contraction Master App: OK, not so much one to pack as to download, but let’s face it, who wants to faff about with a pen and paper and a stopwatch when you can track contractions on your iPhone. The App also plots a handy graph you can show the midwife when you arrive and is techy enough to keep your partner interested…
Bubble Popping Game: forget watching a romantic film or reading Tatler, what you really need is instant gratification. Try downloading an old skool game like this bubble wrap popping one: http://www.games.com/game/dragonsnare0/bubble-blaster
Hipflask: OK so not ‘hospital approved’ but Dads-to-be might find a little dram in the car park helps with the stress of a long labour. Just get a taxi home…
Post partum girdle: super skinny ‘blessed with good genes’ Natalie Portman may have emerged from hospital without a mummy-tummy but a good girdle not only helps keeping the wobbly bits tucked in but also gives a bit of back support.
Gifts from the baby to an older sibling: Aaah, the first time your little darling meets its nemesis, quite unlikely to go without screaming ab-dabs and general confusion. Reduce the drama with a petit cadeau – we’d suggest something non-projectile like this ‘Big Brother’ tee from Cafepress.
Lollipops: sucking on lollipops helps regulate breathing through contractions, provides you with a much-needed sugar hit and generally gives you something else to do with your mouth bar screaming, wailing and biting your husband’s hand… Keep it classic with fruity Chupa Chups.
Thank You cards: after your midwife has spent 24 hours mopping, coaxing, measuring your cervix via the medium of gloved hands and doing most of the above whilst being grunted at, you might like to scribble a little note of apology/gratification afterwards. Bizarrely, hospital shops don’t seem to stock anything other than ‘Get Well Soon’ cards – so come prepared. Smythson’s ‘Truly Wonderful’ notecards (£40 per set) say what you might be too overwhelmed to write…
And pack it all in this Travel Bag by Chamomile from not on the high st: gorgeously girlie, comes with a travel pillow, a blankie that doubles as a changing mat and notepads with crayons for you to scribble rude words on, this is the ultimate in calming, beachy-chic baggage.
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