I always compile a wish list in the middle of January, mainly because my family ask for one in time for my February Birthday, but also because it adds some frivolous cheer into an otherwise dreary time of year. And today being ‘Blue Monday’ – supposedly the most depressing day of the year – it seemed particularly appropriate.

  1. Zoeva Rose Gold Make Up Brushes
    I’ve always bought brushes in bits and pieces, picking and choosing from different ranges/brands because sets always seemed to include a large quantity of items I didn’t want. Not this one. Each and every piece of this set would easily find a slot in my make up routine, and the fact they’re easy on the eye doesn’t hurt, either.
  2. Pocket Pouch by Als
    These metallic accessories are all handmade in London and stocked exclusively by The Royal Academy. I would use mine to house all those loose odds and ends that float around at the bottom of my handbag – hair grips, lip balms, mints etc.
  3. Nomad Pouffe by Bombay Duck
    I love pretty much anything from Bombay Duck, but can see this embroidered pouffe sitting very nicely in our sitting room.
  4. Fresh Brown Sugar Perfume
    Aside from my trusty Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, this is hands down my favourite scent of all time. I first discovered Fresh in New York in 2009, and the smell of this perfume always takes me straight back.
  5. Bee Pewter Key Ring
    I love to have a pretty collection of charms attached to my keys, and this little fellow would be a lovely addition to the mix.
  6. Portland Mirror by The White Company
    To my husband’s dismay, I have a bit of a habit of moving furniture around and changing the layout of a room on a whim. Having recently got itchy feet with our sitting room, we now have a lovely section of wall that’s crying out for a mirror, and this would be just the thing.

 

I am quite particular about my surroundings. It’s not that I’m a germaphobe, I just like things to look nice. Quite simply – it makes me that little bit happier, albeit in an entirely frivolous and superficial way. 

As a mum, I’ve struggled with the idea of entirely sacrificing my carefully curated home in favour of cheap plastic and jungle themed paraphernalia. Of course I’m keen for Caspar to experience shapes/colours/textures etc, but I believe this can be done by and large through books, a few toys, sensory classes and simply getting out and about. That said, I’ve really struggled to find things that we have actually needed in the house (high chairs, bouncers, playmats etc) that are visually appealing – so much of what I find in British shops is covered in brightly coloured cartoon imagery. The US, Australia and Scandinavia seem to do a better job – brands such as The Land of NodThe Honest Company and Stokke do parent and baby friendly designs beautifully.

So here are a few items I’ve found that I personally feel strike the balance between being visually appealing, practical and (somewhat) affordable, a few of which I own and some of which I covet:

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  1. Mamas and Papas Stargaze Play Mat & Gy
    Caspar has enjoyed using this play mat daily from just a few weeks old. It offers sounds, a colourful light display and a multitude of textures perfect for tummy time, all in a pleasing palette of yellow, grey and purple.
  2. Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair
    Available in a whole range of colours, the Tripp Trapp is Norwegian design at it’s best. We are just on the cusp of weaning, so although I can’t attest to it’s practicality just yet, our all-white version fits effortlessly into our modern kitchen.
  3. Sebra Interior Play Gym
    I would pair this wooden baby gym with a sheepskin rug underneath for a super soft and gorgeous looking play area.
  4. Snuzpod Bedside Crib
    Although Caspar has now sadly grown out of his, this lovely crib offered us safe co-sleeping and a compact design for our small bedroom for several months.
  5. Mamas and Papas Buzz Bouncer
    We actually have a version of this with more features, but I think the basic premise of an ergonomic chair with an activity arc is all baby needs from a bouncer, so why spend more?
  6. My Babiie Changing Mat
    We keep two changing mats in the house, one downstairs and one up, and as much as I would like them to be neatly tucked out of sight, in reality most of the time they can be found adorning our bed or sitting room floor, so it’s worth choosing one that looks as good as this.

Do you know of any (ideally affordable) brands available in the UK that offer practical yet aesthetically appealing baby kit? Please do share with us!