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Top Parent-pleasing places to take your baby or toddler in Brighton


Fashion and lifestyle blogger Hannah Crosskey on the most stylish places to take your baby or toddler in Brighton…

On England’s scenic south coast, seaside hotspot Brighton has plenty of family-friendly hangouts. It can get busy (especially in the summer months) so if you’ve got a baby or toddler in tow, you might want to avoid the most touristy attractions.

We’ve teamed up with Brighton-based mama-of-one Hannah Crosskey to give you the inside track on all the most stylish places for brunch, shopping, strolling, and playtime with your little one.

The fashion and lifestyle blogger is known for her minimalist style and her beautiful self portrait photography. Together with her husband, she is currently renovating her family home in Hove – a Victorian semi, that she describes as being stuck in the ’70s.

Hannah recently took her one-year-old daughter Blake out-and-about in Brighton in the BABYZEN YOYO² with the new Olive colour pack. Read on to find out about their favourite parent and baby friendly places to go in the city with their YOYO².

Shopping in The Lanes

Home to all the coolest independent shops and cafes in Brighton, The Lanes is high up on our list of places to take your baby or toddler in Brighton. The bustling, cobbled streets might not seem like the best stroller terrain, but don’t let this put you off. Super lightweight, compact, and easy to manoeuvre, YOYO² is ideal for navigating The Lanes’ narrow and uneven pavements.

Your little shopping buddy will be super comfy in YOYO²‘s cosy bassinet, newborn pack, or padded 6+ pack from 6 months old, whilst you potter about the many antique stores and boutiques. Any shopping you pick up can be stored in YOYO²’s roomy basket, and mama essentials can be kept safe in the zipped back pocket.

One of Hannah Crosskey’s favourite spots is floral design studio Phohm. She says: “Located in the lanes, Phohm is easy to get to, and wide enough for us to get the buggy through. I love picking up a dried bouquet for the house.”

All the colours and textures at Phohm are really sensory stimulating for little ones. Phohm also hosts floral design workshops, which are great for a mama hangout when you do get some baby-free time.

You can view a video of the day out here.

A brunch stop

Refuelling at one of Brighton’s many independent cafes is a must. However, as most parents know, busy cafes can be tricky with a bulky buggy. YOYO² stroller folds and unfolds in a moment and the compact size means it can easily be stowed under a chair, or beside your table. When you fold YOYO²’s handlebar, wonderful things happen, you can turn your stroller into a space-saving high chair in a busy restaurant in 6+ version.

On Hannah Crosskey’s must-visit list is plant-based vegan restaurant Botanique. She says: “I’m a sucker for interiors so this place fits the bill. But I also find it super relaxing. So I like to pop in here for a coffee whilst Blake naps.”

The greenery-filled interior is plenty spacious enough for for families to spread out in and they do a great plant-based roast on a Sunday. Brighton is known for its delicious vegetarian and vegan food.

A stroll along the seafront 

Brighton’s picture-perfect seafront is lined with candy-coloured beach huts as far as the eye can see. A long walk past the Brighton Palace Pier, and other iconic buildings including the Royal Pavilion, and Sea Life Brighton is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon whilst your little one naps in YOYO².

Both the bassinet and the newborn pack have lie flat ability, which is the safest sleeping position for newborns. The stroller seat has a multi-position backrest, head support, and a secure five-point harness to keep little ones over 6 months old comfy as they snooze. There’s also a viewing window in the canopy, so you can keep an eye on them, and the fabric is UPF 50+ to keep little ones safe in the sun.

Hannah Crosskey says: “We stroll the seafront daily with YOYO², wind or shine. Nothing beats Brighton beach! Blake loves pointing at the coloured beach huts and playing with the pebbles.”

The seafront is the perfect place to enjoy an ice cream or Brighton’s famous fish and chips. You can also take in the view of the two piers, one of which is in full swing and the other now derelict, but still an iconic landmark.

Hannah Crosskey X Babyzen

Playtime at the park

If you want to avoid the touristy spots, then one of the city’s family-friendly parks has got to be on your list of places to take your baby or toddler in Brighton. Preston Park is the largest park in Brighton, and has a brilliant children’s playground and a duck pond. The beautiful gardens and views of Brighton also make it a great spot for a picnic.

If you’ve got a toddler in tow this summer, it’s also worth checking out Brighton’s paddling pools and splash parks. Kids will love the traditional Hove Lagoon Paddling Pool, which has a play park nearby and a cafe.

Travelling to Brighton’s parks is easy via bus or car. YOYO² fits effortlessly in the boot of your car, and is perfect for taking on public transport. Super lightweight, it has a handy padded shoulder strap to keep your hands free for carrying your little one.

One of Hannah Crosskey’s favourite hangouts is Queen’s Park. She says: “We love walking around the pond, Blake especially loves feeding the ducks and watching the swans swim by.”

Queen’s Park also has a wildlife garden, which is great for little ones, as well as a cafe which is open daily in the summer.

This is a sponsored post created in collaboration with BABYZEN

See more things to do with little ones here.