When Babyology editor Mandi asked me to put together my top five posts from the past year I had to think carefully – my top five favourite finds? The five posts that got Babyologists talking? The top five most innovative things I’ve come across over the past twelve months? The five posts that I had the most fun putting together? Basically my dilemma was this – so much great stuff, how to choose?!
For pure fun, Woolly Duck felt play food is superb. My younger children spend a huge amount of time play cooking and creating ‘cafes’ and our play food pantry is bulging with everything from sushi to hamburgers but none are as lovely as Woolly Duck treats – Smartie cookie, anyone?
Last year, I also fell in love with the gorgeous, personalised paper dolls from Mini-Me. Creator Hannah Stevenson also offers divine paper doll party kits and an ‘outfit of the month’ club.
I love photo blogs and dare not think how many hours I have spent trawling through their pages and enjoying the witty captions added by blog curators. I have reviewed a number of photo blogs on Babyology over the last year, including Little People, Baby Mila’s Beautiful Dreams, My Parents Were Awesome and Back to the Future but without doubt, my favourite is Awkward Family Photographs – this blog never fails to make me laugh.
I was recently asked what activities I found really, truly ‘fun’. Given a moment of free time, I would always choose to read. For me, reading is fun, whether curling up alone with a novel or reading aloud to my kids. So I can’t put together a top five without including a book. It was difficult to narrow it down to a single favourite, especially given that Too Purply, The Quiet Book and Vegetable Glue are all regulars on our bedtime story roll call. However, the one book that left a deep and lasting impression on me (and my older children) was Where Children Sleep. It’s not a warm and fuzzy bedtime tale – it’s real. It will make you think. It will make you count your blessings. It’s a special book.
Lastly, when I think back over the posts that I have most enjoyed putting together a few stand out – notably the Royal Wedding round-up of all things Wills and Kate and a review of amazing designer cubby houses. However, it’s the celebration of Miffy’s 55th birthday that makes my top five – I love all things Miffy and thoroughly enjoyed telling my husband that I was ‘working’ when I was poring over Dick Bruna’s collected works.
And although my brief was for a ‘top five’, honourable mentions must go to the see-through Castor & Chouca bassinette, the Dior rag dolls, Agnes Valentine swimwear and the preppy collection for boys from Fore.