La Redoute Sleeveless Polka Dot Print Romper (1 month-2 years) £13.00 SHOP NOW 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.
Cath Kidston Blue Swing Cardigan (2-8 years) £28.00 SHOP NOW Just the kind of little girl’s cardigan I like. And love the duck egg blue. I have been looking for one to replace a trusty Mini Boden dusky pink one that Tabs has lived in, and I think I may just have found it… This navy ribbed cardigan from Jigsaw is another great (and tempting) option. Love the bows.
ps: can it be true that there is actually a navy pea coat for kids that I have yet to discover and share? Seems so. Just stumbled across this beauty as I was trawling the Jigsaw website, and it’s on sale (and fabulous!)!
Benetton Fairisle Cardigan (1-12 months) £18.32 (was £22.90) SHOP NOW 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?
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.
Joules Cream Baby Boys Knitted Cardigan (0-3 years)
This is another of those cardigans that is a bit more than a regular cardigan. It’s a cardigan/jacket hybrid. Warm enough to wear as a jacket in the Spring/Autumn months, and cosy enough to wear as a layering piece under a coat in the depths of Winter. Plus super-stylish of course (love the wooden buttons and the shawl collar, and the fact that it’s 100% cotton…). And yes, it’s another cable knit! Still loving them… £29.95 joules.com
Mini Boden Knitted Jacket (0-3 years) I have loved this cardigan since I first clapped eyes on it (months ago now), so I have no idea why I have left it so long to share. Anyway, it’s a cute as a button. I love the little ears (sometimes that can be over-kill, but not when it’s done right like this). And not only does this knitted jacket look adorable, but it’s so practical (double-breasted, hooded, knitted all = warm!), and well, useful. It also comes in duck-egg blue and navy, which I equally love. It would make a great baby gift too. But like everything I seem to like at Mini Boden at the moment, it’s selling out first, so get your skates on! £16.80-£18.20 (was £24.00-£26.00) boden.co.uk
Gap Cable Knit One-Piece (0-24 months) Now I love (ok, am obsessed with) cable-knit jumpers at the moment, and this cable kit romper is taking things to a whole new level. It’s so sweet. I love the idea of a chunky-knit onesie, and I love that it’s cream. Super-cosy. I also love this style of cardigan. Perfect for boys and girls; this ‘garter stitch’ is always so chic and stylish, plus it’s really chunky and warm. Tabitha and Marlow both had (and still wear) a very similar version, (but with hoods) from Gap last Winter, and they wore them constantly (they multi-task as cardigans and cosy jackets). They are so warm! Here are some more of my favourite pieces from the current babyGap collection… This floral sprig printed blouse (I just bought it for a friend’s baby – it’s so sweet); this fur trimmed flapper hat; this super-chic little camel coat; these plaid trousers, this star print corduroy romper (also bought for the same friend’s baby, and also super-cute); this colourblack cardigan; this marl grey hoodie and this plaid dress. As you probably know by now, I am taking part in a really exciting all-day event with babyGap on Friday at their flagship store at 376-384 Oxford Street (the one near Selfridges – don’t go to the wrong one!). I will be there all day with my friend and fashion photographer, Jane Mcleish-Kelsey, styling a really cool Holiday photo shoot with babies aged between 0-24 months (including yours hopefully!). I would love to meet you (and your gorgeous little ones of course), so please come along and join us (from 10.00am-6.00pm). As well as the photo shoot, there will also be a free monogramming service (I am completely obsessed with monogramming – my handbag collection is testament to this), and a chance to win £500 shopping spree for your little one. And here’s the most exciting bit… There is a chance for FIVE lucky Little Spree readers to win a guaranteed place in the queue for the photo shoot, and to be entered into a special prize draw to win a £150 shopping spree at babyGap, with me at the store at a later date, where I will help you put together a gorgeous mini capsule wardrobe for your baby. All you need to do is RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on Wednesday (27th) for a chance to win. Five winners will be picked at random, and emailed directly by Gap. Then the winner of the prize draw will be announced here on Monday 2nd December. For full terms and conditions please click here. Good luck! See you on Friday… £19.95 SHOP NOW
The Little White Company Knitted Peacoat (0-24 months)
If womens’ Winter coats/jackets are anything to go by, the best time to be buying one is right now, as the best ones are already starting to sell out. So if you have you heart set on a particular style for your little one, you need to hop to it. I always love a peacoat (for men, women and children), and this cute knitted, grey one really caught my eye because it’s not navy – the silver-grey makes such a refreshingly stylish change. I love the cute Peter Pan collar, and the little tabs on the cuffs. It will be perfect for the Autumn – cosy and cool (so fab with jeans), then you can bring out the hardcore Winter coat a little later on when a jacket no longer cuts it. This one would make a lovely gift for a newborn too. £45.00 thewhitecompany.com
Mini Club Boys Knitted Hooded Cardigan (6 months-6 years) Good old Boots has done it again! How great is this cardigan? I love chunky knitted cardigans like this, and find them incredibly useful. Last Saturday I had to bring Tabarlow back in the car from their grandparents and they were dressed in their pyjamas with cardigans similar to these (one from Gap and one from Mini Boden) over the top, and they were so warm and cosy (and less stiff than their coats). And the hoods came in very handy when I had to get them out of the car and into the house single-handedly in a freak hail stone storm. This one is 100% cotton (pretty incredible considering the price). And don’t forget, your Boots Advantage card will get a boost at the till (sorry, I know it’s naff to admit it, but I do love my Boots card…). £7.00 boots.com
Mini Boden Spotted Cardigan (1.5-14 years)
This is going to my last sale post of the season. To be honest I’m a bit over the sales now (I’ve seen too many gorgeous things for Spring/Summer – it’s time to look forward (and get excited!), despite the snow… But I couldn’t resist this fab cardigan. There aren’t many sizes left, but you never know, you could get lucky (or buy a larger size for next year?). I just love the grey and yellow combination (I think my yellow obsession is definitely growing…), and there is something about a large, graphic spot print that always feels a bit Marni-esque (i.e. expensive) to me. This would just look so great with the trusty jeans and desert boots combo… £23.80-£27.20 (was £28.00-£32.00) boden.co.uk
If you follow me on Twitter, I apologise, because you’re probably sick to death of me gushing over this collection already… Peter rabbit is 110 (and looking good on it!), and to celebrate Gap have collaborated with Beatrix Potter with this completely adorable collection for babies. I have to confess, I was slightly sceptical when I first got wind of it – how would such a collaboration even work? It just sounded a little gimmicky to me, and I suppose I just didn’t ‘get it’. How wrong I was. I first saw the collection on Tuesday in the Oxford Circus store when I dashed in to check it out quickly (in the name of research) on my way home. I was instantly smitten, and promptly scooped up two rabbit face jumpers (one with pink trim, one with blue) and his and hers packets of socks in the most gorgeous colours (I always find it a struggle to find good socks for toddlers…). Officially the age range is 0-24 months, but I wasn’t about to be defeated that easily, and on inspection of said items, endevoured to squeeze my two (who just turned three) into them. Bingo! Both jumpers (age 18-24 months) fitted, and the socks are perfect. Where there’s a will and all that… Fast forward to the official press launch breakfast this morning, and I arrived feeling like I had already seen the collection in its entirety. Wrong again. I had barely seen anything – this collection is huge! The colours are spot-on – lots of grey (oh yes!), navy, dusky pink, pale blue, saffron (which I’m loving at the moment – so easy to work into a neutral-ish wardrobe, and so chic) etc. It’s just the perfect mix of whimsical and cute. Stylish and so, so sweet. Here are my favourites (including the jumpers I bought for Tabarlow, and Marlow’s days of the week socks), but I also particularly loved the days of the week bodysuits for little babies (up to six months). They would make the lovelist gift for a newborn. The blue shawl-neck cardigan (or possibly jardigan?) is based on Peter Rabbit’s own ill-fated jacket (how cute is that?). Love, love, love… from £7.95 gap.eu
French Connection Knitted Cardi-Jacket With Scalloped Trim (0-18 months)
Yes it’s another ‘jardigan’ (jacket/cradigan hybrid). Always so useful – I’m a big fan. Anyway, all you really need to know is that it’s super-cute and in the sale, so get your skates on if you want to bag one! Here’s the boring (but always useful to know) bit: it’s 100% cotton and machine washable. What’s not to like? Go! £22.50 (was £45.00) frenchconnection.com
La Redoute Knitted Hooded Jacket (newborn-2 years)
This is such a great example of a classic French baby jacket. The ribbing, the pointed hood, the pom pom tassle… You can always spot the details. It’s just so chic. And so cosy and warm (check out the toasty sheepskin lining…). I love the chocolate brown and the sweet toggle buttons too. I found little cardigan/jackets (yes it’s a jardigan!) like this so handy when Tabarlow were babies. This is definitely one of the nicest ones I’ve seen. Would make a lovely gift (and a great price too). £21.00 laredoute.co.uk
La Redoute Unisex Baby Organic Cotton Wrap Top (0-2 years)
When it comes to dressing babies, top of my list is how cute they look (obviously!). But practicality always comes a very close second. When the twins were babies, I was constantly changing one of them (clothes, nappies, you name it…), so although I wanted them to look stylish (sorry, call me superficial, but I am a Fashion Editor after all…), I also needed them to wear things that were easy and quick to whip on and off. Enter the wrap top. I had a few similar ones to this (all French brands actually – must be a French thing) for the twins and they always looked so sweet. They always look great layered over tights or leggings, and are perfect for boys and girls. And obviously I love the grey stripes! Stylish and practical is possible if you know where to look. £11.00 laredoute.co.uk
Cyrillus Baby Cardigan With Raglan Sleeves (6-36 months)
I always love a grey cardigan (on babies, boys, girls, men, women…), and I just love the style of this one. The raglan sleeves, the mother of pearl buttons, the little flare at the hem… The perfect (chic-est), every day cover-up for the most stylish little ones… £23.00 laredoute.co.uk
ps: how relieved are you that I managed to get through that post without mentioning ‘that book’?
H&M’s ‘All For Children’ Collection
I loved it last time (I scooped up so many great pieces for Tabarlow), and it’s back again – H&M’s genius collaboration with UNICEF. These are just a few of my favourite things (how cute is that bow dress?), but there is much more (including a tent, wall stickers and magicians’ hats…). This time the collection is made up of cute fashion as well as fab dress-up pieces for both boys and girls (think Halloween costumes, but way cooler). The collection will be available from 18th October (tomorrow!) from around 300 H&M stores, as well as online. H&M will donate 25% of the sale price of every piece to UNICEF’s work in Bangladesh. Through this partnership, H&M and UNICEF aim to promote education and improve the health of children in slum areas around Dhaka in Banglasdesh. So you can shop up a storm and help a great, worthwhile cause at the same time. What’s not to love about that? hm.com
ps: sorry for the gap in posts, but I have had wifi issues in Miami. I hope all these lovely things have made up for it…
pps: please don’t buy everything!Leave some things for me! I’m not back in London until Tuesday…
Mini Boden Hotchpotch Cardigan (1.5-14years)
I just love the colours of this cardigan. Simple, but very effective. Dare I say it, a little bit ‘Crew Cuts’? I will be ordering one for sure (at the risk of repeating myself, I can totally see it with skinny jeans and tan desert boots…). Super-chic and super-cool. £28.00-£32.00 boden.co.uk
Les Tricots De Margot Cashmere V-neck Cardigan (0-18 months)
Looking for a lovely christening/baptism/naming ceremony present? Look no further. This amazing French cashmere company is my latest obsession (well at least it’s not nursery-related for a change…) and I have now bought this exact cardigan for two babies for two christenings in as many months (I know – not very original of me, but I just love it). Both times I bought the largest size (12-18 months), so that the baby in question could keep it to grow into. So why the obsession? Well, the quality is fantastic (100% 2 x ply cashmere), I love the classic design – the v-neck and the little pocket, the colour (it does also come in other colours, but this is definitely my favourite), and last but not least, the fantastic price (I’m not saying that £48.00 is particularly cheap for a baby cardigan, but it certainly is for a gorgeous cashmere one). It’s also equally perfect for a baby boy or girl. If you had the time or the resources, it would also be a nice touch to have the baby’s initials embroidered on it (know anyone handy with a needle and thread?). It also come beautifully wrapped in tissue in a pretty box (I just wrote on the box and added a ribbon, and I was done). Anyway, both cardigans were very happily received (I would have been more than happy to unwrap one of these myself!). £48.00 lestricotsdemargot.com
ps: while we’re on the subject of christenings, I would love to know where I can buy a decent, tasteful christening card? I have literally scoured dozens of shops (some well-known and some small, independent ones), searching and searching. Of the few that I did find, they were either too religious (sequinned crucifix? Not today thank you) or just plain naff. So I simply didn’t give one for the last two christenings. So any leads, gratefully received. One idea I did have though (after the event – really helpful!) for the next one is a card with a single initial on (Liberty stock them). Thought that could be a cute option? Any thoughts?
Cath Kidston Deer Baby Cardigan (0-12 months)
How sweet is this little cardigan? I don’t normally like pictures on clothes, but this is far too cute to ignore. Wear it with everything! £22.00 cathkidston.co.uk
ps: my eagle-eyed sister, Caroline noticed a mistake on yesterday’s post. The John Lewis baby cords are in fact £12.00, not £22.00 as advertised. Sorry about that. I’ve amended it now, so all is right with the world again.