Monthly Parenting Magazine

Nursery Notes this July


Colour your own play mat and an anti-allergy mattress for baby

Rest Easy



The Simba Cot range is sympathetic to the needs of a growing baby, with mattresses that promote thermo-regulation, are free from harmful toxins and feature an anti-allergy sleep surface.


Colour Wheel



Colouring-in kings Omy have turned their talents to this toy bag. Not only can you colour in the boldly graphic designs, it also unfurls into a circular play mat. Multi-purpose and creatively inspiring, we’re big fans. £33;


Dream Weaver


•Olli Ella•

A beautifully simple idea, this shallow woven basket functions as a changing mat until your little one is out of nappies – after which it can be used as anything from toy storage to a floral display. £55;

Olli Ella

Dolly Good


•Camomile London x Severina Kids •

These limited edition dolls by artisan brand Severina have been created in collaboration with linen company Camomile London, and feature clothing made from the latter’s signature fabrics. Sweet. €97.50 each;

Severina Kids

Give Me Space


• Lorena Canal •

Budding explorers will love this cosmic carpet, which features rockets, planets and stars in a cool monochrome colourway. Parents, meanwhile, will love that it’s washable – and thus sure to be longer-lasting. £250


Brand Focus: Flexa


Words Helen Baron

Every now and then a brand comes along that does what they do so perfectly, you can’t help but desire every item they make. Flexa is one such brand.

Founded in 1972 in Denmark, Flexa specialises in children’s furniture in sturdy yet minimal style – but it’s their new toy range that has really caught our eye (and imagination).

Centred around a wooden shop, kitchen and workbench, each crafted from birch, plywood and MDF, the pieces are painted in muted shades of sage, pigeon-blue and rosebud, and feature a range of matching accessories to help little ones make the most when playing pretend.

Wooden groceries, a dinky cash register and a construction set that can actually be assembled in hundreds of different configurations will keep kids busy and creative for hours on end. And there are even colour-coded aprons for budding cooks, craftsmen and shopkeepers.

Retro charm in a rigorously designed modern package, we’ve already earmarked one of the sets for a centrepiece birthday or Christmas gift. Take a look, and we’re pretty sure you will too… From £24