With my daughter’s first Birthday fast approaching and Christmas just around the corner (I know, don’t mention the C word!), I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf, be organised and stop wasting money panic-buying plastic tat.
Starting early has given me the chance to source some really great stuff and has led to me discovering a few fantastic small British businesses bossing the toy business such as Floss & Rock and Retro Kids!
As someone who still thoroughly enjoys looking at /playing with children’s books and toys, I feel so lucky to get to be able to both relive my childhood and live vicariously through my daughter so I wanted to spread the love and share some of the lovely things I have found.
Ok, I’ll admit it. Most of the newer plastic dolls out there creep me out. There seems to be a trend for super-realistic features which I’m not fond of so I’ve been looking for something a bit softer and more whimsical.
Cue the adorable kawaii rabbit doll by Swedish brand Miniroom.se. Their Rabbit Dolls are soft enough for any child to snuggle into, CE marked and they also are suitable from birth. Best of all, they are machine washable for all those sticky finger marks.
(Also available in the range are Amelia Earhart, Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo)
Not only are these books a beautiful addition to any modern nursery’s bookshelf, they all deliver a positive message to little readers. The books tell the story of some outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists, all of whom went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream.
The first book follows Coco Chanel, from her early life in an orphanage where she is a genius with needle and thread–to her time as a cabaret singer, hat maker, and, eventually, international fashion designer. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Coco’s life at the back.
As a kid, I was obsessed with my little brown Fisher Price tape cassette player and record player which was handed down to me from a distant relative. Originally introduced in 1971, this endearing classic is now available again.
The Fisher Price Change-A-Record Music Box, more commonly known as the Fisher Price Record Player, is a favorite among those who played with it as a child. Complete with “playable” records that store conveniently inside the record player and a carrying handle for tunes on the go Features 10 songs on 5 records. Happy Days!
After looking for ages for a small tea set suitable for a toddler, I came across this gorgeous Rock & Floss set. The pretty ‘fairy unicorn” design, little reusable carry case and the lightweight but durable metal material makes this the perfect for a tiny tea party.
Whilst looking for some wooden play food to go in my daughter’s new Ikea play kitchen I came across this collection of 12 wooden pastries by french toymakers Vilac, which look good enough to eat.
We LOVE Jellycat in our household. They’re super soft to the touch and have a huge range different animals and sizes. My daughter and her two cousins all have a bashful rabbit each which they term their ‘Huggly’ and are permanently attached to them come bedtime. The Sugar-sweet in pink and white, Bashful Unicorn is super squish-squashy, perfect for little hugs.
(DISCLOSURE: I haven’t received payment for this blog post, I just wanted to share some lovely things I have seen.)