La Redoute Baby Knitted Cardigan (1 month-2 years)
This is such a gorgeous little cardigan. Lovely and cosy, and looks expensive. I particularly love the colour, and the handmade feel. And it’s a multi-tasker! It can be a cardigan or a chic little jacket (does that make it a ‘jardigan’?), depending on the weather. And is it just me, or could you see Harper Beckham wearing this?
Gap Chambray Bubble Romper (0-24 months)
I love any kind of all-in-one/playsuit/romper for baby girls. They always look super-cute, but are always super-practical too. They keep your little one ‘together’, so that they can crawl/run around without losing bits of their outfit as they go. And I always love anything in chambray because it feels/looks a bit more special than regular denim, but still has the same casual, laid-back feel. This one has poppers around the legs, so nappy changes are quick and easy. I love the oversized bows on the shoulders and the pretty embroidery at the neck. Just pop a Breton striped long sleeved t-shirt underneath if it feels a bit bare and breezy. It would look great with sandals, such as the John Lewis white cut-out ones or the Jo Jo Maman Bebe floral ones that I have featured in previous posts.
Vilac Red Piano
This is one of the best presents that the twins have even been given. It was a gift from their nanny, and it has been a huge hit. They love it because it’s fun to play and they are obsessed with music and all musical instruments (they can sit and ‘play’ it at the same time). I love it for all the same reasons, but also because it looks really cute and stylish, and actually sounds quite tuneful too. So it’s a win-win! It is made from lovely laquered wood, is very solid and sturdy, and has 18 keys. So if you’re looking for a beautiful, stylish present for a toddler that will appeal to kids and their parents, you’ve found it.
Tootsa MacGinty CND Sweatshirt (3 months-5 years)
Love this! I always love a CND/peace symbol and I am slightly obsessed with grey sweatshirts, so this was a no-brainer post for me. Such a cool item to have in any little boy’s wardrobe. Would look great with jeans or shorts. It’s also 100% cotton, which is always a big tick in my book too. Would make a really fab present.
Zara Crochet Dress (2-10 years)
I want this dress for me! How cute is it? The perfect Summer dress. I can definitely see both Tabitha and my gorgeous niece, Holly wearing this. I love the pretty crochet, simple shape, and the cool zip at the back. All you need is some simple flat sandals and some sun!
M&S 2 Pack Cotton Sun Hat (6 months-6 years)
I don’t know about you, but I am constantly losing my kids’ sun hats. I got through no less than three of the John Lewis striped one last Summer! It’s so annoying having to keep buying the same one over and over, so here is the solution – buy a pack of two. These are great because they are completely plain, and made from lovely cotton. They will go with everything, and the price is fantastic for two hats! I might still need to buy two (packs of two) though. Just in case.
Baby Joule Elroy Elephant T-Shirt (3 months-3 years)
As you know, I have a slightly irrational phobia about pictures on kid’s clothing, but I do make exceptions, and this is one. I just think this is such an adorable t-shirt for a little boy. So sweet.
Cyrillus Baby’s Dress With Dot Print (6-36 months)
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will undoubtedly know by now what a huge fan I am of French children’s clothes. And I’m not just talking about the ones you might find on Sloane Street either. There are a few French labels that are very affordable, but still every bit as chic and gorgeous as their high-end neighbours. Cyrillus is yet another fantastic example, and if they are not on your radar already, they will be now. How unbelievably pretty is this dress? I love that it is neither overly frilly or that pink – it’s just that perfect ‘understated pretty’, which is definitely out there, but just takes a little extra searching to find.
Boden Ticking Stripe Jacket (3-14 years)
I always love a classic jean jacket, and they are having a bit of a ‘moment’ right now. This one (although not easy to see from the picture) is a little different because it comes in a ticking stripe, which is something that I always love on pretty much anything! So it’s still cute and girly, but cool and tomboy-ish at the same time. It is hailed as ‘going with everything’ and I would have to agree. Personally I would love it with a Liberty print sun-dress and sandals, but equally with jeans and a pretty cotton top. Some sizes have already sold out unfortunately, but I still wanted to share it with you because I have had my eye on it for it a while now (and Tabitha already has it in her wardrobe – naturally!).
from £19.50 boden.co.uk
Mini Club Boys Slimfit Jeans (6 months-6 years)
I noticed that the Next grey skinny jeans I posted a couple of weeks ago have sold out. So these are another option if you didn’t manage to get your hands on a pair (I think all little boys need a pair of grey, skinny jeans in their wardrobes right now). This pair from Mini Club are really great (don’t be put off that in the picture they look a bit like something Simon Cowell might wear), and are made from 100% cotton, and are lovely and soft. Plus they have the all-important adjustable waistband, which I am always a big fan of. In fact, I actually bought a pair for Marlow this morning, and have just tried them on him and they look really cool (the shape is really good). Give them a little turn-up to make them a bit more 3/4 length, particularly when wearing them with boots. One thing I would say though, is that their sizing is often quite generous. I bought these in size 1-1.5 years for Marlow and he’s almost two and a half! And he’s not exactly what you would describe as skinny either. So bear that in mind when you’re buying. And don’t forget, you get your Boots Advantage points too!
Du Pareil Au Meme Floral Bikini Bottoms (12 months-3 years)
These just remind me of those unbelievably gorgeous little French girls running around the beach on holiday. So stylish and cute! The colours are so pretty. I’m going to buy them for Tabitha as soon as I’ve finished writing this post!
Caramel Lunch Box Bag
This post was a suggestion from my lovely friend (and super-stylish mummy with an eye for a bargain), Annie. Such a simple idea, but so cool. A stylish alternative to a bulky, plastic lunchbox for your little one. Would also make a great bag for mums of babies when you’re out and about with their puree-ed lunch and snacks. Love.
Jo Jo Maman Bebe Floral Sandals (sizes 3-10)
I bought these for Tabitha a few weeks ago, and I can’t wait for her to wear them, but I’m still waiting for the sun to come back! They are so cute. They are real little girl’s sandals, which I love, and the Liberty-esque print is so sweet. They actually look much nicer in the flesh than in the picture, so you’re going to have to trust me on this one. They will look adorable with a looser fit jean (a nice change from a skinny) and a little smock/striped top. And they are really comfortable for running around in (you’re going to have to trust me on that one too!). They are selling out fast though, so you’d better be quick if you want to get your hands on a pair.
Next Orange Stripe Crew-Neck Jumper (3 months-6 years)
I know I keep saying it, but Next really are doing some brilliant things for kids at the moment. How cool is this jumper? They were never even on my radar before, and now they are permanently on it! This jumper will look fab with a pair of skinny jeans and navy desert boots (I’m still loving the Jones Bootmaker ones). And you can’t argue with the amazing price!
Marc By Marc Jacobs Eliz-a-Baby Tote
Don’t get me started on the subject of baby/nappy bags! I could literally dedicate an entire blog to the subject. Why is it that people assume that just because you have a baby, you will automatically want to start running around town with a naff, brightly coloured bag (that may or may not match your pram/buggy)? Just because you now have a small person in tow, why would you suddenly want to start accessorising like Mr Tumble? I wouldn’t be seen dead with one of said bags (and you know the ones I’m talking about!), and neither should you. Now I know this one is not cheap (please don’t hate me!), but you need to factor in how much you will be using it (every day for a minimum of two and a half years, which ‘cost-per-wear’ works out at 26p a day). This is one of the best I have seen (and I only wish it had been around when I was pregnant). I love that it’s navy (one of my favourite colours as you know, and much chic-er than boring old black), and comes with all the important trimmings that you would expect/need from a practical (not my favourite word, but one I can’t ignore as a mother of twins) baby bag – handy pockets, foldaway changing mat etc. But the best thing of all? The simple fact that it doesn’t look like a baby bag – it’s just a great bag.
Cos Spotted Girl’s Blouse (2-6 years)
This is so sweet. I like that it is a little boyish. I would style it either with jeans or navy leggings (and a slightly shorter, chunky cardigan over the top for chilly days). And I would definitely buy a bigger size for a looser (more ‘smocky’) fit (and to last longer!). Super-chic.
Zara Home Kids Star Cushion
I have to confess, I am slightly obsessed with Zara Home, and love Zara Home Kids too – they do such gorgeous things. This cushion would make a great present. It looks really stylish and cool, but still fun/cute enough to appeal to kids. Would look equally great in a cot (for older babies) or on a bed. You can also buy a number five, so the perfect gift for a three or a five year old!
H&M Baby Sandals (sizes 1-5)
How sweet are these? So old-fashioned, but in all the right ways (no naff cartoon characters in sight for one thing). Ok, so they’re not leather, but for shoes this cute at this price, I’m not going to start complaining about that…
Vertbaudet Baby Boy Sleepsuits (newborn-18 months)
The French definitely know what they are doing when it comes to kids’ clothes – even their sleepsuits are stylish! I’m not normally a fan of pictures on kids clothes, but these are so tasteful and cute, I would definitely buy them for a friend’s baby (my own are now officially called ‘toddlers’ sadly). I love the colours. And it’s always lovely to have something from time to time that can’t be found on the high street. These are an amazing price too (you get all three for £15.00).
Delphine Manivet Bridesmaid’s Dress (2-10 years)
This is one of the most gorgeous bridesmaid’s dress I’ve ever seen (if you’re not into frills and lace, which I’m sure you know by now, I’m not). So simple, but so pretty. This is the back view – the front is completely plain, with two (very useful) pockets. For any cool, stylish brides-to-be out there (or mums of little bridesmaids-to-be), trust me, this is the dress you need.
Autograph Cotton Straight Leg Corduroy Trousers (3-24 months)
I always love cords on little boys, and these are a great example. Love the (expensive looking) colour, and the fact that they are so soft and comfortable to wear. Give them a little cuff for that extra cool/cute detail. Oh, and I know I always say it, but they would look great on girls too!
Mothercare Coral Striped Playsuit (3 months-3 years)
I’m so fed up with this dreary weather. But this super-cute striped playsuit instantly cheered me up. Ok, it’s not exactly suitable to wear at the moment if you happen to live in rainy London (and definitely not if you live in snowy Scotland!), but it’s always nice to daydream about the Summer and holidays… This is just too gorgeous to miss out on, so I would suggest snapping it up now, and putting it away until the sun reappears.
Tootsa MacGinty Rabbit Jumper (3 months-5 years)
Love this jumper! Tootsa MacGinty is a fab kids brand that I have recently discovered. Once you’ve got the name straight, check out their website – it’s crammed with gorgeous things. This is just one of my favourites.
Petit Bateau Baby Boy Double Breasted Cardigan (3-24 months)
This is the perfect transeasonal piece for this tricky weather. Too mild for a full-on Winter coat, but still chilly enough for some kind of cover-up/jacket? This gorgeous cardigan will solve all your problems and look fab. Great for girls too.
Lily Rose Smocked Swimsuit (6 months-7 years)
I literally swooned when I first clapped eyes on this in the store. It’s beyond gorgeous. The vintage style, the classic Liberty print, the smocking, the frilled skirt, the fact that you can also buy a matching hat… I could go on…
John Lewis Denim Hat (8-12 years)
I have had a few requests for good sun hats for boys recently, and this is one of my favourites from last year that I noticed is still being sold. The only downside is that it’s from last Summer’s stock, and is now only available online in larger sizes (but if you happen to be near a John Lewis store, it’s definitely worth looking – I got Marlow one in a smaller size in Peter Jones just last week). It looks great with everything, and isn’t too boyish, if that makes sense. Now we just need the sun to come back!
Was £8.00 Now £4.00 johnlewis.com
Du Pareil Au Meme Printed Blouse (1-23 months)
This is one of my favourite tops that I’ve ever bought for Tabs. I bought it from one of the DPAM stores (love, love, love this store!) in Paris last February during Fashion Week, and she is still wearing it now (it’s size 18 months, and she was two in January!). It’s such a pretty print and always looks cool with jeans or leggings. I always buy this style of blouse in a much bigger size, then they can evolve from little dresses worn with knitted tights to tunic/smock tops, to, erm, tops that are probably a bit on the small side, but still look cute… Oh and by the way, I know on the website it says that the sizing is not in months, but as a rough guide, that’s always worked for me. I’m so excited it’s still available! Wear with…
1. Du Pareil Au Meme Printed Blouse £14.00 dpam.com
2. H&M Spotty Leggings £3.99 hm.com
3. Bella’s Bows Hair Bow £3.99 panachekids.com
4. Hampton Classics Nantucket Sandals £14.99 trotters.co.uk
Sew Heart Felt Rabbit Slippers (sizes to fit 0-3 years)
It’s not too late to buy something special for your little ones for Easter that’s not necessarily egg-shaped. How cute are these slippers? And unlike chocolate eggs, these will still be around after the bank holiday. I couldn’t decide which colour I preferred, so I had to post both. Perfect for twins! And here’s the science/global bit – they are made in Nepal from Tibetan lambs wool (yes really), and no chemicals are used to make them (always a bonus). They even come in a lovely organic cotton drawstring pouch.
Reddirect Pull-Along Elephant
As far as I’m concerned, this is the perfect toy (and gift). It looks gorgeous and kids love it! What more could you ask for? I bought Tabitha (coral) and Marlow (turquoise) one each for Christmas and they instantly loved them. But amazingly, they are still loving them (and regularly playing with them) now. In fact, they have started insisting on taking them with them on various outings, which is not always particularly practical (but admittedly very cute). Today, on the way home from the park (as Tabarlow walked along, happily pulling their respective elephants behind them), we were literally chased down the street by a man, wanting to know where we got them from (I kid you not)! It’s handmade from 100% cotton, and sits on a wooded base. It’s pretty sturdy too, as I’ve discovered from these recent outings on pavements, cobbles and grass! I know they are selling out fast (sorry – only the coral one featured here is available now), so get clicking!