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London: Are you waiting for your first bundle of joy and not sure what on earth to buy. Fret no further and book in to the John Lewis nursery shopping session. Basically it’s like going on a wedding list browse with someone who tells you exactly what you need, the options out there e.g. how [...]

London: Bored of xmas pressies, too cold to go to the park, need some light entertainment… catch a show in town eg lion king followed by an entertaining lunch at the rainforest cafe or Aladdin at the 02 and a steak for you at the gaucho. Fun day out for the family in bleak mid [...]

Okay mummies autumn is upon us which includes sheeting rain, mad hair and a terrible school run look.  So, what we need is the perfect parka. Options include a cheap but cheerful one from uniqlo, gap has a few, but not sure if actually mad london weather proof. You could go for a north face, [...]

Magical toyshop

Berlin: Imaginarium, a Spanish toyshop, has a lovely branch in the Quartier 206 arcade (the basement floor) on Friedrichstrasse.  With a separate entrance for the little one (a big arc door, a little arc door!), the shop is full of wonderful goodies for babies to toddlers.  It can be pricey but hard to resist.

Berlin: www.windeln.de is the one-stop online shop for all things baby-related.  No need to go to DM then Rossman and then failing that, to travel to one of the bigger baby specialist stores looking for that particular bottle/ teat/ bathseat etc. etc.  This site  has it all, including a wide range of ready-made formula at [...]

Fancy holiday with kids

Portugal: Martinhal resort is a swanky, extremely kid-friendly resort in western Algarve. The best thing is the 2 bedroom modern ocean houses (2 floors, 2 bathrooms, tv , kitchen, high chair, own patio, modern interior…) overlooking a breathtaking coastline. The village square is perfect at the hub of the resort to eat al fresco while [...]

Topnotch food delivery

Berlin: For tired parents of babies, Bloomsburys.de is a godsend. You can’t go out to restaurants so Bloomsburys delivers the restaurant to you! Go online, give in your postcode and you’ll find all the restaurants (we’re talking proper restaurants, not kebab shops and the like) you can order from. www.bloomsburys.de

Giraffe – The ubiquitous, child friendly eaterie is a godsend. Reasonable, cosy tex-mex grub with child-friendly staff offering balloons, crayons and unlimited patience for bored children.

Pregnancy clothes – Don’t spend too much! The high st has a lot to offer. Zara has a minute section but slightly edgier than some of the floral monstrosities elsewehere. GAP is good for work basics. Top Shop maternity for the odd going out top (if you feel like going out). For the slightly higher [...]

GAP – Larger stores eg Oxford St. have a sales rack most of the yr. Best time to go is the first day of the sales to a larger store and stock up. V cute and durable, a definite staple for any baby, toddler, child.