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18th October 2014

The best bags for mums – and the best accessories to go in them

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I decided I didn’t need a nappy bag. ‘I’m not giving up my collection of designer handbags“, I mulled. “Why do I need separate compartments and a washable interior?” My friend, who was already a mummy, snapped back: “Would you put poo-stained clothes in your designer handbag?” I recoiled. Of course I wouldn’t. And with that, I purchased my first changing bag and have rarely used anything else since.

As a child gets bigger, of course, you don’t necessarily need the compartments or the washable interior – but you do need space, whether it’s for spare clothes during potty training, snacks for hungry toddlers, or activities for keeping them entertained during boring moments.

If I was shopping for a new bag, I would definitely take my pick from the 10 below. And within it, I would stock up on the useful 12 accessories below that (keep scrolling!). Happy bag shopping – and have a lovely weekend!

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1. Poppy Navy Changing Bag, £89, Storksak at John Lewis (click here to buy)

2. Chevron Changing Bag, £61, Skip Hop at John Lewis (click here to buy)

3. Star Print Rucksack, £22, Next (click here to buy)

4. Coral Changing Bag, £70, Storksak (click here to buy)

5. Dome Rucksack, £35, Accessorize (click here to buy)

6. Sophia Leather Bag, £189, BabyBeau at John Lewis (click here to buy)

7. Navy Mirano Changing Bag, £99, Paca Pod (click here to buy)

8. Navy Spot Satchel £35, Babymel at Mamas and Papas (click here to buy)

9. Leather Satchel, £74.95, GAP (click here to buy)

10. London Buses Changing Bag, £95, Cath Kidston (click here to buy)


1. Travel Bottle Warmer, £8.40, Tommee Tippee at Boots (click here to buy)

2. Mini Portable Soother Steriliser, £5, Milton at Boots (click here to buy)

3. Bugs Snack Pots, £9, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (click here to buy)

4. Sheep Changing Mat, £19.99, Zara Home (click here to buy)

5. Hand Gel, £1.45, Cussons at Boots (click here to buy)

6. My Buggy Buddy Pram Clip, £4.79, Amazon.co.uk (click here to buy)

7. Printed Nappy and Wipes Holder, £12, Not on the Highstreet (click here to buy)

8. Wet and Dry Bag, £13, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (click here to buy)

9. Disposable Bibs, £5.49, Tommee Tippee at Amazon.co.uk (click here to buy)

10. Ladybird Food Flask, £15, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (click here to buy)

11. Pack Away Pocket Highchair, £14, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (click here to buy)

12. Baby Formula Mixer, £19.99, Amazon.co.uk (click here to buy)

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8th September 2014

London, baby!

We are back in Dubai and I am in a grump. It’s insanely hot, the traffic around our apartment is  awful due to roadworks, and both boys are missing the outside life (and our dog) already. I absolutely love this city when the weather is cooler and I know it wont be long before I fall back in love with the place (see this post about why I love bringing up my kids in Dubai), but in the meantime I am pining for the place I call home.

So to celebrate what an amazing place the UK is – and most specifically, the city of London where my heart well and truly belongs, here is a shopping guide of London-themed buys for your boys (and girls too, as there are plenty of unisex buys for once!) (and on the subject of London, here is a London SEO expert success story you’ll never believe).

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1. Le Toy Van Wooden London Bus, £45, London Transport Museum (click here to buy)

2. London Bus Backpack, £28, Cath Kidston at John Lewis (click here to buy)

3. Melt and Make Chocolate London, £12, Not on the Highstreet (click here to buy)

4. London Underground Tent, £32.50, Amazon.co.uk (click here to buy)

5. This is London Book, £9.29, Waterstones (click here to buy)

6. City of London Wooden Train Set, £39.99, London Transport Museum (click here to buy)

7. Hello London Book, £9.99, Oliver Bonas (click here to buy)

8. London A-Z Print, £35, Not on the Highstreet (click here to buy)

9. London Print Sleeping Bag, £30, Boden (click here to buy)

10. London Taxi Toy, £2.99, Crest of London (click here to buy)

11. London Colouring Book, £7.50, Paperchase (click here to buy)

12. London Guard Jumper, £30, The White Company (click here to buy)

13. London T-Shirt, £12.99, Mango at John Lewis (click here to buy)

14. London Guards Cushion, £82, Jan Constantine (click here to buy)

15. LEGO Creator: Tower Bridge 10214, £190.78 (click here to buy)

16. London Print Wellies, £19.95, Joules at Cheeky Monkeys (click here to buy)

17. London Foam Shaped Bath Shapes, £12, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (click here to buy)

18. London City Map Maclaren Stroller Liner, £20, Boots (click here to buy)