Absolutely Mama dig out the top 10 nursery essentials for your little one, including baby shades, a toucan towel and nursery goodies galore.
1. SUNNY DAYS
Sons + Daughters
Spring has sprung and Summer can’t be too far off: time to dig out the sun hat and baby shades. Cool examples of the latter can be tough to find – but we love these snazzy ones from Sons + Daughters.
2. SWEET DREAMS
Rabbit & Sons
A small, independent homeware company, Rabbit & Sons uses recycled leather, 100% wool felt and Finnish pine to make these authentic Scandi-modern mobiles and gender-neutral nursery accessories.
Prices start at £18.99; rabbitandsons.com
3. SPECIAL DELIVERY
Don’t Buy Her Flowers
Don’t Buy Her Flowers is an alternative gift service that does away with the idea that new mums need something else (ie flowers) to take care of. Add Cook vouchers or champagne for a thoughtful touch.
£41 for the Recovery Package; dontbuyherflowers.com
4. ALL THAT GLITTERS
Ace + Spades
Made from Italian leather with rubber soles, these sparkly numbers for babies are made by hand in a family-run factory in the heart of Mahon, Menorca – and are based on a classic Menorcan sandal design.
5. HEADS UP
Wild and Soft
Little shark enthusiasts will love to see this ornamental plush shark’s head from Wild and Soft jutting out over their heads. There’s a cool range of animals to choose from, but this is the most off-the-wall for us.
6. TOUCAN GESTURE
Nine in the Mirror
Bath towels don’t come much cooler (or warmer, as it were) than this toucan-printed number from Anatology. Made of 100% cotton poplin and with a built-in hood to keep Baby’s head snug.
7. TWO BY TWO
Great Little Trading Company
Wee ones will play for hours with this delightful wooden Noah’s ark from Great Little Trading Company. Designed to encourage shape recognition and fine motor skills, it’s as educational as it is fun.
8. BRIGHT FUTURE
Roksanda Ilincic’s entry into the high-end kids fashion market continues apace: her new Blossom range is packed with runway-worthy pieces for littles, further closing the gap between child and adult styles. Mini fashionistas will love the bright colours, fun stripes and girly prints.
Available at harrods.com
9. SWADDLE ME THIS
What’s more of a must for a mama than a muslin swaddle? A swaddle stylish enough to also serve as a scarf, a buggy cover, a sofa throw and a sarong. How versatile can one item be? Good work, Marloe.
From £49; marloelondon.com
10. TOTES AMAZE
This is one tote you’ll want to tout about this season. Sporting a sweet cat-and-hat design by the clever folk at Darling Clementine, it’s most definitely on our Summer wishlist, and is perfect for hols abroad.