The Little White Company Hydrocotton Baby Robe (0-12 months)
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Tabitha and Marlow had these hooded towels as babies (I loved that they came in two sizes, so you can just size-up when they get too big for the smaller ones), and they were just brilliant – they looked adorable all wrapped up in them, but they were just that bit more practical than a regular towel. And now you can get a dressing gown version (above), which is equally cute and snuggly. Here are a few other dressing gowns that I have seen and like…
This Vertbaudet boy’s one; this Little White Company hydrocotton girl’s one; this Cyrillus boy’s one; this Mothercare baby girl’s one; this Mini Boden striped boy’s one; and this Little White Company striped boy’s one (sorry, didn’t find many girl’s ones that I liked…). Tomorrow: my edit of the best pyjamas on the High Street…
ps: check out this fab Mini Boden competition that’s running at the moment. It’s a chance for your little ones to design their very own Mini Boden catalogue cover, and have it printed and sent to them! The closing date is 7th March, so you’ll need to get your skates on. The 10 favourite entires will win a £500 account credit, an iPad mini and a framed copy of their cover. Not too shabby! Tabitha whips the Mini Boden catalogue off me before I’ve even had a chance to look at it, so I will definitely be getting her on the case… Details here.
Betty Bramble Liberty Print Buggy Liner (universal design to fit most 3 and 5 point buggy harnesses)
£39.00 SHOP NOW
I LOVE this idea. Move over sheepskin, it’s all about the Liberty print buggy liners now!! How chic and totally gorgeous! I particularly love this classic Tana Lawn Liberty Arts print (equally for girls and boys). And it’s reversible – printed cotton on one side and luxurious navy corduroy on the other side. Genius. It’s padded with a hypoallergenic filling to give your little one the most comfortable ride, and it’s 100% cotton and machine washable. Perfect for adding a little extra style to your buggy. There is a more girly print too, and you can also get a blanket to match. They would make wonderful presents for a stylish ‘mummy-to-be’ (practical, but beautiful), and the prices are really reasonable too. I also love the fact that all of Betty Bramble (love the name too – sounds like a Beatrix Potter character) products are designed and manufactured in Britain, and the quality is amazing. I only wish they had been around when Tabarlow were babies…
La Redoute Sleeveless Polka Dot Print Romper (1 month-2 years)
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This super-cute romper may look a little Summery, but with a little bit of layering it could be totally adorable right now (and frankly, why wait?). Just add a cosy cashmere cardigan, some soft knitted tights, a gorgeous bow (you’ve got to have a bow right?), and you have yourself one very stylish baby. Then come Summer (if it still fits, which it should if you size up enough now), you can show off the pretty crochet detail on the sleeves (which I love). I squeezed Tabs into rompers like this for as long as I possibly could, I just loved her in them so much. Sadly no more. But how cute is this Bambo frilled bodysuit? And totally practical too – no extra fabric to ride up when your little one is on the move…
ps: just had a bit of a ‘mini spree’ in Zara this morning. I bought these boots, and this blouse for Tabs (plus one in age 13-14 for me – yep, another white blouse, but it is so pretty…); and this sweatshirt and these sandals for Marlow. Love them all.
Next Ochre Printed Sweatshirt (3 months-6 years)
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I love pretty much everything about this sweatshirt, but specifically the colour (that gorgeous golden-yellow that always looks expensive) and the fact that it’s 100% cotton. In fact, Next had quite a few cool pieces that caught my eye when I was browsing recently. I like these boys’ boots too.
I have been getting requests from mums of little boys who refuse to wear jumpers, despite the recent temperatures. Marlow can be tricky about jumpers too (I think it’s all the charging around they do – they get so hot…), so I try to buy long sleeved ‘tops’ that are a bit warmer than a regular long sleeved t-shirt, and will almost always layer a cashmere cardigan over when we go out. His Cos charcoal cashmere one is still my favourite, but sadly seems to be unavailable now – I will endeavour to hunt out a replacement, but this Brora navy one is the closest I could find today). So here are a few tops that are a bit more substantial than just a long sleeved t-shirt, but aren’t too warm… Starting with this Mini Boden long sleeved top (I like the grey and the navy); this Alice a Paris fine knit sweater (should be light enough to avoid a morning meltdown); this Cos double-layer sweatshirt (I’ve seen it in the store – it’s a sort of sweatshirt-t-shirt hybrid); this John Lewis striped sweater; and I love, love love these Henley style sweaters from Mango (I will be buying both colours for Marlow).
Little Cloud Liberty Print Fabric Garland
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I can never get enough of Liberty print, it’s just such a design classic, and always so pretty, no matter what. I found this name garland when I was cruising for baby gift ideas, and it’s just brilliant. Such an amazing price for such a pretty, personalised (I always love a personalised baby gift – it just shows so much more time and thought, plus your new baby’s name is such a novelly for those first few months…). Love.
ps: if you don’t necessarily want to go down the personalised route, this more traditional bunting from The Little White Company, inspired by a vintage eiderdown, is another sweet option. It would look adorable strung up in a nursery or bedroom. And how cute are these Liberty print Milk Two Bunnies hair clips?
Monsoon Baby Heritage Jacket (0-3 years)
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This jacket is just adorable. I love everything about it (especially the pom pom trim!). It’s the prefect Spring cover-up. It will also work well when you want to jazz up a plainer outfit underneath. This will definitely give your little one’s mini wardrobe an instant style boost. This Mango version is great option too.
ps: just bought this cat print dress for Tabs from Gap (they still have 30% off online). Looks really great with charcoal or navy knitted tights and a cardigan. I just love the print – very Miu Miu…
Woodstock Liberty Print Rabbit Ear Head Band
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My lovely Red colleague (and ex Glamour colleague), Sarah told me about this label. All the mums of little girls at Red are already hooked! Just a beautiful, whimsical collection of hair accessories and head bands. This Liberty print bunny ears version is definitely a favourite (how pretty is the tiny print, and the backs of the ears are grey baby cord), but I love the cat ears too. I also love this bow headband from ilovegorgeous (currently half price); and I always love a pretty flower garland (and in fact, just shot one for my Florals story for Red – out in the May issue).
ps: M&S has 20% off thermals today. My favourites are these striped ones for boys and these heart print ones for girls. I also really like these thermal leggings (great for boys or girls). Brrrrrr…
ps: and whilst I was snooping around the M&S website, I found this super-cool leopard print jersey dress, which I love!
Zara Flecked Trousers (3 months-3 years)
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I bought Marlow a pair of trousers from H&M a few months back that are not dissimilar to these. Wary at first (his mother’s son…), he has now embraced his ‘slounge pants’ as I call them, and can’t wait to slip into them for a bit of r&r and an Octonauts DVD… It makes me laugh how much he loves them, but I totally get it. Sometimes there’s nothing nicer than changing into something comfy when you get home (I daren’t even tell you what I am wearing on my bottom half as I write this for fear that you may never log in again). But the best thing about these trousers (and Marlow’s) is that they also look really cool, so of course, it’s totally fine to wear them outside the house too.
ps: don’t forget: tomorrow it’s all about us with the second instalment of Mama Spree!
Next Contrast Denim Dress (3 months-6 years)
£10.00-£11.00 SHOP NOW
Just love this (and would rather like one in my size please!).
ps: bought these for Marlow in Gap the other day. Now let’s see whether he will entertain the concept of a skinny (erm, girls’) cargo pant…
pps: news flash! So this dress does come in my size (thank you Heather)!! It goes up to age 16!! Good news ladies! It’s an impromptu Mama Spree on a Wednesday!
Alice a Paris Boiled Wool Pea Coat (3-36 months)
£37.00 (was £54.00) SHOP NOW
I LOVE this French brand. All the pieces are beautifully simple and well designed, and just have that inexplainable ‘French factor’. The colours are neutral and expensive looking (but the prices are anything but), and they stock the same styles season after season (this definitely appeals to my ‘repeat offender’ shopping habits). And it’s equally fabulous for boys and girls. And look what I found in the sale?? Another pea coat! But how gorgeous (and so French!) is this chocolate brown boiled wool version with a plaid lining? Beyond gorgeous in fact. And on sale. As one Little Spree reader put it: “it’s the guilt-free Bonpoint”. I couldn’t have put it better myself.
ps: ilovegorgeous has a great sale on at the moment. And talking of coats, how cool is this teddy boy style for girls?
Toffee Moon Baby Blanket & Hat Gift Set (sizes 0-24 months)
£35.00 SHOP NOW
This is a great price for a lovely, good quality (100% cotton) baby blanket and matching hat. And it comes gift wrapped too, so one less thing to worry about. Blankets are one of my favourite newborn gifts because they look chic (if you choose the right one anyway); stand the test of time, feel luxurious (even if you don’t necessarily splurge on cashmere) and have multiple uses. I have mentioned them before, but when the twins were born their ‘New York Granny’ bought them a beautiful grey cashmere blanket each. I loved and cherished them, and used them straight away in their pram; when we were out and about; in the car, everywhere… Now Tabitha uses hers to play with her baby dolls, and Marlow’s is, er, currently being used in our kittens’ bed (see, still useful!)… So they have been used constantly for over four years now. And I still love them. The gift that keeps on giving…
ps: I’ve also just seen this lovely cloud mobile from The Little White Company which would also make a gorgeous baby gift.
Paddington Bear For Baby Gap Rain Parka (0-24 months)
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As one of my all-time favourite childhood characters, Paddington Bear is definitely worthy of a collaboration of his own. And we know that Gap can work a collaboration like no one else. Forget naff gimmicks and cartoony motifs, the execution is always spot-on, and the pieces always have that ‘want it right now’ appeal. Pus we know that the pieces are always going to be totally affordable. The collection is primarily made up of red, white and blue, with a few splashes of yellow. This parka is one of my favourite pieces – love the toggle buttons and the striped lining. My other favourites are this super-cute embroidered dress (love it!); these classic yellow rain boots; these days of the week bodysuits; this quilted floral print jacket (if you have a daughter and you haven’t bought one already, you have to buy her a cotton quilted jacket for the Spring – there are so many cool ones around); and this bodysuit. And no need to journey to Peru to buy them…
ps: Tabarlow and I spent a lovely (rainy) afternoon with our friends Nicky and Bailey at Maggie & Rose in Chiswick today. For anyone living in West or South-West London who doesn’t already know about it, you need to. It’s a little (well, not so little – 12,500 square foot actually) haven for anyone with young kids, hidden away in deepest W4. The amazing soft play area has been designed like a cool farm (complete with with mini barn, not to be confused with a mini bar) and horses, and is over looked by an all-day family brasserie open seven days a week serving healthy and delicious food (so we can catch up while they play where we can see them). There is also a walled garden with a tree house and a vintage double decker bus; a cinema snug, mini allotments and loads more… It’s basically an amazing place to hang out with your little ones (regardless of the weather), where you can all have a lovely time. It’s a total win-win. I’m hooked.
pps: just spotted this fab checked blouse from Miller. It’s 70% off and so cool…
Stella McCartney Grey Rabbit Jumper (9 months)
£40.50 (was £58.00) SHOP NOW
I’ve always loved this jumper (this is the back view by the way – the front is completely plain, making it all the more adorable), and although it’s not a huge reduction in price, it makes it just that bit more affordable (I have a mental block over £50.00 unless we’re talking about shoes, coats or something very special). It would be an ideal purchase if you are pregnant (as tempting as it is, it’s actually a good idea not to only buy newborn and tiny sizes – also buy some cute things for a little later on – it’s so lovely when you unpack them when you’ve come through the fog of those first few months (or in my case the first year!!) once you’ve got your mojo back, and can really start enjoying styling up your little one/s). I like to apply the same method to buying gifts for friend’s newborns too – buy bigger, wear later. A few friends did this when the twins were born, and I was so glad that they did. I also bought LOADS of the fabulous Stella Kids collection for Gap when I was pregnant in various sizes, and just packed it away accordingly (you also forget what you have, so it’s a lovely surprise when you do find it). Sadly this jumper is now only available in age 9 months, but it’s such a cute sale find, I would definitely recommend snapping one up if you can make it work. And still on the subject of the sales and jumpers, I also love, love love this beautiful orchid pink angora jumper from Caramel and this boys’ star jumper from The Little White Company. Marlow’s new boots are coming tomorrow…
Gap Leopard Peplum Print One-Piece (12 months-5 years)
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As I sit here typing this, all I can see from my window is wind, rain, and the onset of evening (it’s 4.30pm). Hey ho. But as I skipped through the Gap website just now, all I could see was this, completely adorable all-in-one (I’m filing it under ‘beachwear’) that is simply too cute for words. And all it makes me think of is the Summer and holidays… So although it may be completely inappropriate right now, that just makes me love it all the more! We all need a few daydreams to get us through this never-ending Winter. I will be snapping one of these up for Tabs, hanging it up on display in her room, and dreaming of Summer…
ps: whilst I was busy daydreaming, I also found this gorgeous ‘baby bubble’. Roll on Summer (although this would look super-cute now layered with knitted tights and a cashmere jumper/cardigan)! This is also the perfect time to buy a few baby gifts if any of your friends are pregnant (or perhaps you are?). You can get some amazing things (and not to mention bargains!) in the tail end of the sales, and just stash them away until the due date/s.
pps: and talking of sale bargains, these fab boys’ cashmere crew-neck jumpers from Mango that I posted a while back are now half price. And this striped onesie from The Little White Company was one of my best buys of the Winter (Marlow is already on his second one – he grew out of the first). And it’s now an incredible £6.90 (yes really!) in the sale!! I’m tempted to buy him another one for next Winter…
Benetton Fairisle Cardigan (1-12 months)
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I always love a bit of fair isle, and what I really like about this particular cardigan is the the muted colours. It feels like a vintage find – all a bit faded (but in all the right ways). I particularly love babies in the kind of fair isle, and this would equally good on a baby girl as a baby boy. How cute would it be layered over a Liberty print dress/blouse?
Monsoon Baby Bunny Balaclava (0-3 years)
£12.00 SHOP NOW
For those (super-chilly) days when you just need a little extra coverage…
Mini Boden 2 Pack Ribbed Tights (0-3 years)
£9.60-£11.20 (were £10.20-£11.90) SHOP NOW
I’m very fussy about Tabitha’s tights. Not only do they have to look right, they have to feel right too (she complained last Christmas about a particular (quite pricey) pair that were ‘itchy’, so they had to go…). So nothing too ‘nylon-y’ thank you. I love these Boden ones with the contrasting toe/heel detail, and I love the colour combinations, particularly for babies. And I definitely have my favourites for everyday – John Lewis’ pack of two pairs of cotton knitted tights (I always buy the grey and the navy, unsurprisingly). They never let me down (or go baggy in the crotch – never a good look, at any age). I also like these Uniqlo spotted ones; these charcoal M&S ones that also keep your legs cosy; these Little White Company ones for a bit of added sparkle; these cashmere ones from Mango; and lastly, these colour blocked ones from Cos.
Les Tricots de Margots Cashmere Baby V-neck Cardigan (0-2 years)
£55.00 SHOP NOW
Christmas would not be Christmas without a little (or ideally, a big) sprinkling of cashmere. Les Tricots de Margots has been one of my favourite go-to places for beautiful baby/kids cashmere since the twins were tiny (and I have bought countless cardigans, just like this one, for various new babies since), and this is one of my favourite pieces. You simply cannot go wrong with a cashmere cardigan, and I love the v-neck and little patch pocket on this one. And it’s a great price for really good quality cashmere. I’m actually a little sad that Tabarlow are too big for them now. And if you’re really hunting for a bargain, this cute grey cardigan from M&S is now in the sale for only £24.50.
Wild Things Funky Little Dresses Mouse Play Dress (6 months-7 years)
£44.00 SHOP NOW
As you know I normally hate anything ‘gimmicky’, or worse still, ‘novelty’. But you have to admit, this is cute. Love the little pockets. Just make sure you keep the rest of the outfit simple – plain jumper/long sleeved tee layered underneath, navy tights, boots… And if you’re not sure about the mouse, there’s always the cat!
ps: I recently bought these for Tabarlow’s bedroom, and they are so great. The actual stars are quite tiny, but they look so fab strung up over a window. I love that they are felt (they remind me of Fuzzy Felt – anyone else remember that?). I’ve got the dark grey. And perfect for a gender-neutral room like Tabarlow’s.
Mon Marcel Rose Charlie Hat & Scarf (6-12 months)
£26.26 (was £35.00) SHOP NOW
Two in one (which means only one thing to potentially loose). Love.