Special Edition Liberty Collaboration Armadillo Stroller, £299.00
1. Liberty Wiltshire 4 Piece Shirt, Trousers & Braces Set, £46.00 2. Liberty Wild Flower Tunic and Knitted Leggings Set, £36.00
Mamas & Papas have collaborated with Liberty London to create the prettiest collection of children’s fashion, interiors and strollers (with matching accessories) in not one, but six different gorgeous Liberty prints. The exclusive range from two great British brands combines the trend-led style of Mamas & Papas with the British heritage of one of our favourite department stores and creators of some of our all-time favourite prints for children, the mighty Liberty. What’s not to love? Could this pushchair we any cuter (or chic-er for that matter)? Ok, so it’s definitely more of a girls’ collection than a boys, but surely every little boy could do with a Liberty print bow tie in their lives? We also love this blanket; these cushions; this musical cot toy (a lovely, inexpensive gift for a new baby); this reversible buggy liner (if you don’t want to go the whole hog with the pushchair); this dress; this rocking horse; this pram suit; and last but not least, even the humble bib has had a Liberty makeover.
The Little Taylor was one of our favourite brands at the Bubble exhibition in the Summer – such adorable things. This is a gorgeous blanket (and big!), and it won’t break the bank either. It also comes in pink (a pretty soft pink, naturally), grey and cream. Quite a few of you have been asking for a post on baby blankets. So here you go! The only problem? Which one to choose?? Gap cable knit; Miller cashmere (pricey, but gorgeous); Natures Purest cable; The Little Taylor again (this time with a cosy fur lining); Stella Kids bunny; this Numero 74 one’s not officially a blanket, but would be great for baby to lie on, or for the pram/buggy – and we love it…; ditto this Numero 74 sleeping bag; The Little White Company knitted patchwork; Olivier Baby cashmere; Sheridan Parker cashmere cable knit (currently reduced from £229.00 to £140.00); Jo Jo Maman Bebe striped; Betty Bramble Liberty print buggy blanket; and Lilly & Sid cable knit.
Have you been into the baby department at M&S recently? It’s had a bit of a makeover (I had a tour of the newly refurbished kids department in the Westfield store, and I have to say, I was pretty impressed). Forget just popping in to grab a pack of white cotton sleepsuits after a mad dash around the food hall – you are going to want everything! The ‘baby shop’ now features everything you could ever need for your baby from stylish clothing (we are obsessed with the cashmere all-in-ones – we challenge anyone not to fall in love with the grey one) to gorgeous, chic nursery furniture (who knew?). We’ve rounded up our favourites (above), but here are some other things that we couldn’t cram into the pictures, but that we’ve also seen and loved:
This two piece cotton knitted star top and joggers; this 5 pack of pure cotton star bodysuits; this 4 piece pure cotton assorted t-shirt and leggings outfit; this fabric giraffe; these knitted poufs; this star print snowsuit; and this knitted elephant soft toy. You can even buy brands such as Baby Bjorn (baby carriers, bouncy chairs, travel coats…); Avent (bottles, breast pumps, thermometers…) and Dr Brown’s (sterilisers, bottles…). And check out this chic high chair (and such a great price)? It really is a one-stop shop.
ps: Nicky popped in to the M&S Spring/Summer 15 press day today. She has posted a few pics on Instagram (@littlespree) if you fancy a sneaky peak of what to expect next year…
H&M Home Baby Blanket £12.99 SHOP NOW The famous baby blanket is back, and this time in this lovely ‘mole’ colour, which I love every bit as much as the grey. For anyone who doesn’t know about it – it’s the perfect ‘buggy blanket’. Cosy and warm, and machine washable. My two grey ones are still going strong…
H&M Home Baby Blanket
I have been wondering (with crossed fingers) whether these blankets were ever going to make another appearance on the H&M website (I have seen them in store a few times since buying mine at the beginning of the year), and sure enough… I have been wanting to post it for months, but they had completely sold out. Ok, so it’s not your luxurious 7 ply cashmere baby blanket (I wouldn’t necessarily go to H&M for one of those…), but it’s a brilliant blanket, and I’ll tell you why. It looks fab – grey, great vintage-y look; is really warm; can be machine washed, and is 50% cotton, 50% wool (so no naff/nasty polyester thank you very much). It’s perfect to layer up over bedlinen on a cot or bed, or to hang decoratively over the end of a bed; makes the perfect ‘buggy/travel blanket’ (I keep two under the buggy at all times, which have proved invaluable on unexpected chilly day trips); and it’s just fifteen pounds!! Have I convinced you yet? £14.99 hm.com
ps: and the best thing about buying inexpensive blankets is that you’re not precious about them, so you can take them anywhere. Of course, I’ve never lost one yet! As for the cashmere ones…
The Black Rabbit Striped Blanket It might be because I’ll be on a plane tomorrow, but my thoughts have turned to blankets (and this one definitely won’t make anyone’s hair stand on end, I promise!). I always think a lovely blanket makes one of the best baby presents ever. They come in so handy in those first few months, and then, if you look after them, they will last for years. Tabarlow are sound asleep upstairs as I write this, with their gorgeous grey cashmere blankets that I bought them (courtesy of their lovely Granny in New York) when they were just a few days old, still in their cots. And they love them (they call them their ‘silver blankets’). I love that they were wrapped in them when we brought them home from hospital and are still tucked up in them now. I feel the same about baby quilts, but more about those another time. I also love the colours of this one. It would be great for a boy or a girl, and is not too ‘baby’ (if you know what I mean?). It may not be cashmere (and this is reflected in the price), but it’s 100% lovely lambswool, and machine washable. It would look super-chic in any pram. £55.00 shopatsweetpea.com
ps: I am flying to New York tomorrow to shoot a Knits story in The Hamptons for the November issue of Red magazine. I must confess, I am looking forward to a bit of down-time on the plane (these days it is the only place where I can truly switch off). I will, as always, try my best to continue posting daily, but please forgive me if I am not able to. I will be back on Friday anyway, so you may not even notice I’ve gone!
One of most useful items in your baby bag has to be a baby muslin, and they don’t come much chicer, or more versatile than the ones from Marloe London. Due to their generous size they can be used not only as a swaddle, but also as a blanket, pram cover, changing mat sheet, breast-feeding cover and even a play mat. They’re made from organic cotton/bamboo and come in a variety of beautiful colours and can also be monogrammed. We love the dip-dyed ones. All in all, the perfect gift.