African Safari Vest Top
Also available in Heather grey, this vest top from our friends at Tootsa MacGinty is pretty wild. Machine washable, it is for little people from birth up to the age of eight.

Striped Swimsuit
An online exclusive from Swedish Lords of the Stripes, Polaryn O Pyret, this swimsuit – machine washable at 40 degrees – is perfect for the beach (or local leisure centre).

MINI Rabbit Quilted Leggings
Available for 3-18 months, these rabbit print quilted leggings from Topshop’s MINI range are incredibly sweet for tiny boys and girls.

XO Sunglasses Noir
OK, so they cost the earth – but we are in love with these kids’ specs from Canadian brand Sons + Daughters Eyewear™, so forgive us. They also protect against 100 per cent of UVA and UVB rays, making them a practical choice, of sorts.

Pelican Jumpsuit Grey
Our favourite jumpsuit of the season, hands down, this Pelican print number from Scandi kidswear favourites Mini Rodini is also made from organic cotton, so it feels as good as it looks. (Which is pretty good indeed.)

La Coqueta Baeza Bonnet
Infant heads don’t take kindly to heat. Thankfully, the Baeza Baby Bonnet from La Coqueta is at hand to keep them shadey, while looking ever so pretty.


Blah Blah Tee
Part of the excellent Donna Wilson for John Lewis collection, this 100 per cent cotton ‘Blah Blah’ print T-shirt is suitable for kids aged 1-8. It certainly fits our family dynamics.

Holiday Sandals
In sizes 27 – 39, these leopard print Holiday Sandals from Mini Boden are way too cool for school. Also available in three other patterns, they are the perfect footwear for summer days.
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Mac n Cheese Packable Fluro Orange
Because a rain shower is never too far away… This lightweight pac-a-mac from London label Ruff and Huddle is 100 per cent water resistant and slips into any bag for those all too regular emergencies.


Boys Monkeys Swim Shorts
Available in sizes from 3 months to 14 years, these swim shorts from Sunuva are across-the-board winners for the monkey in your life. With a drawstring waist (for when they’ve consumed too many ice-creams), a velcro flap back pocket and UPF 50+ fabric.

Fifi Lapin Grey Neon Speckle Sweater
Part of the awesome collaborative range from Mamas & Papas and blogger-slash- It Bunny, Fifi Lapin, we love this bunny sweater, which comes in sizes from birth to 4 years. We also love the price.

Llama Print Cotton Shirt
Made from 100 per cent Peruvian Pima cotton, this incredibly cute llama print blouse from Waddler Clothing is for little ones aged 1 to 4, and soft to the touch.

Toddler Authentic Shoes
Kids shoes are a rip off. Now we’ve dealt with that fact, we can take in these ridiculously cute toddler Vans with a more open mind. Available in various eye-catching colours.

Floral Treggings
These cute floral trouser-legging hybrids from H&M are Spring all over, and are available for those aged 18 months to 10 years. If only they’d make them a *little* bit bigger.

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