I love taking my kids out to eat. Someone else is responsible for cooking the food, clearing up our dishes and scrubbing the floors. The only downside to taking the kids out to eat is that the kids come too… and with them brings noise, unquestionable eating habits, constant random chatter and “is the food nearly ready yet” which penetrates my skull like a sledgehammer.
Dining out with children brings unique challenges for parents and can be a nightmare experience if you don’t select a restaurant that caters specifically for kids. It’s not easy finding a restaurant that balances a good experience for the kids (and therefore the adults) and decent grub (and, most importantly, good wine). Last year we ran a feature about our best child friendly restaurants (of the non-high street variety) and now we’ve caught up with Lucy Taylor, head of restaurant relations at toptable, the leading consumer destination site for restaurant reservations in the UK, to pick her brains about her choice of top ten child friendly restaurants in London. Continue reading…
Being a mum is draining. When you have a baby, you have to feed ‘em, burp ‘em, change ‘em, clean ‘em, entertain ‘em… and lug ‘em around 24/7. Now obviously there are many upsides to having a baby too – I just can’t think of any right now (oh wait, you get free NHS prescriptions for a year and err, oh yes, children bring you a insurmountable amount of joy and happiness).
Luckily, the geniuses at Solid Design have designed a fabulous new pram that allows us to have a little rest when out and about. The Pony Stroller is slightly unconventional in so far as, it’s not just the baby who gets to sit and watch the world go by. When the parent needs to rest, Pony can provide a seat. So if you need to have a serious discussion with baby or to feed them on the go, have a seat and relax. No need for stooping down or swatting.
“Where is the seat?” I hear you cry. Well Pony’s handle section can be transformed into a seat. When the parent needs to rest, the security lock in the handle can be disengaged. Then the aluminium bar can be pushed down and hey presto – a seat! There’s also a really handy storage bag (which is fixed beneath the cot) and the cot itself can be detached for hand carrying, and converted into a baby seat for car travel.
I love the sound of this and can only hope that the guys at Solid Design hurry up and put it into production because I think this is gonna be a winner!
We like this, it’s a bit different. The award-winning Hoppop Original Shoulder Bag and Booster Seat is a nappy bag that converts into a booster seat in just a matter of seconds, putting an end to the juggling act of trying to carry around a baby, booster seat, changing bag and handbag, etc. This seems like a good alternative.
It’s machine washable and has a plastic hard-shell inside to protect contents and provide seat support for your child. It comes with a changing mat and has an insulated side pocket which is even accessible when being used as a booster seat. It’s quite a neat idea and comes in a variety of colours and costs £46 from Amazon
Spoil your tot (and be the envy of other mothers) with this funky (Philippe) Starck Travel Highchair by Maclaren. Not only does it reek of style but it’s washable so it won’t actually, er, reek!
It looks great and is billed as the smallest and lightest profile available. It comes with a carry bag and full-size dishwasher-safe feeding tray, has a 5-point harness, is simple to take apart and pack up, has a compact 3d fold and removable silver legs. The £122 travel highchair from Maclaren comes in tangerine, charcoal and vanilla and weighs about 11lb.
Other stylish-looking products in the Maclaren by Starck collection include a buggy, travel cot and changing bag.