Monthly Archives: November 2007

When you gotta go – Part 1

For the newbies. Stuff you need to know – like where to go when you need to go (W1).

metm141.jpgOur favourite clean, roomy and accessible baby-changing facilities in W1.

  • Parent Room on the Fifth Floor, John Lewis, Oxford Street – Recently renovated, this is the best changing facility in an Oxford Street department store. Automatic doors lead onto a suite with a large loo, change area, bottle-warming facilities and a feeding space. Great for days when you are wheeling (or is that wee-ing) solo.
  • Pain Quotidienne, 72 – 75 Marylebone High Street – Need to go after indulging in their famous hot chocolate? (We’re ignoring all the hazelnut spread you gorged yourself on). Located on the ground floor, it’s big enough for you and your bugaboo. Though not designed for changing, the spacious counter-top is ideal.
  • Parent Room on the Third Floor, Selfridges, Oxford Street – Well-stocked and frequently cleaned, there is a row of Dutalier baby-feeding chairs. Only drawback – there isn’t a large loo for you and baby.
  • Nouveaute Café, 1st floor Habitat, 121- 123 Regent Street – Like a haven above the madness of Regent Street, Nouveaute has great coffee, scrumptious cakes and great salads too. And the soft leather chairs were made for feeding while you rest your weary feet. The changing facilities are clean and easily accessible.

What Mini says:

As any kid will tell you, when you gotta go, you gotta go.

Mini-et-Moi is compiling a list of excellent loos for mums and tots – send your suggestions to timeforchange@mini-et-moi.com. Thanks!

Mini-et-Moi.com is the ultimate review site for London mums, babies and toddlers. Click here to read more about our reviews of classes, activities and great things for Mum and baby or toddler.

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Game, Set & Match

Classic wooden toy for small tots

It’s funny how with a cupboard full of toys, only a few truly capture a child’s imagination. And there’s no telling ahead of time which it will be. But, if it’s a Galt Classic, the odds are probably in your favour.

metm13.gifThis toy certainly caught junior’s attention and has done for months. Four brightly coloured little wooden men slotted into a small wooden block pop up and down on concealed springs. It’s perfectly sized for little hands to hold and manipulate (and makes good chewing for sore gums). At first our little ace would hold a man in each hand. Then, with pride swelling in our chests, we watched while he managed to hold two little chaps in one hand. With time, he was able to put the men in the block and now he loves to pop them up. I’m sure eventually he’ll know how to colour-code them too. But until then I am managing my OCD in other ways.

What Mini says:
Of course I know how to colour-code. But mix-up is the new match-up.

metm_28nov.jpgSuitable from 12 months up, our little poppet has enjoyed these since he was 6 months. The Galt Pop-Up Toy (SSP £7.99) is available at Fagins Toys, 84 Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, N10 3HN Tel: 020 8444 0282 and Snapdragon, 56 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, W4 1QP Tel: 020 8995 6618

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What’s in Mini-et-Moi’s Christmas Bootie?

– Only the best stocking fillers for your little elf!
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A Day in the Jungle by Green Means Go
Why? It’s time to shake that booty!

Gorgeous and Sophisticated Sophie
Why? She’s too big for her booties.

Bright & funky Pylones tambourine
Why? It’s time to jingle those bells!

Beautiful hairclips from Magpie
Why? They’re bootylicious.

Fantastic Construction Train by Pintoy (distributed by John Crane Limited).
Why? This is Pirate’s Booty.

How can you win the Christmas Bootie?

We have 2 Christmas Bootie Bundles filled with all the gorgeous goodies – that’s a prize worth £55 each for you and a friend.

Follow these easy steps to enter:

1. E-MAIL YOUR FRIENDS
E-mail your friends encouraging them to subscribe to Mini-et-Moi.com, the ultimate insider’s guide for mums and tots.

2. MAKE SURE YOUR FRIENDS KNOW YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS
When your friends subscribe, they must enter your e-mail address when prompted to do so – don’t worry, we’ll give them a gentle reminder when the time comes.

3. THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS
Keep your fingers crossed, hold thumbs or do whatever brings a little luck your way – the 2 lucky winners will receive their prizes in time for Christmas.

You can both go on to forward it on to other friends to enter again and again …

What Mini says:
Please! Please! Please can I have one …

P.S. The competition is subject to the rules on our website …

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Complete Madness

Heading to the West-End for a little seasonal shopping? Sidestep the Oxford Street mania to discover exciting changes at House of Fraser and John Lewis:

metm141.jpgHouse of Fun
Hamleys recently opened a concession on the fifth floor of House of Fraser. This compact area contains good toys for older kids and a cute selection of own brand wooden toys for tiddly-winks.

While there, check out the new whippersnapper’s department. You’ll fall in love with partywear from Burberry, Baby Gap, Ralph Lauren, DKNY and Elle. It must be love …

Our House
All new mums seem infatuated with the extensive nursery range at John Lewis. Don’t forget their own brand clothing, including cute Christmas attire, and the fantastic toy department.

If you’re feeling a little peckish, the newly refurbished café on the fifth floor has their classic kiddies’ section (who knows, maybe you’ll get to munch on something too?). Or drop into the basement where the sensational new Food Hall has an unusual (if small) assortment of baby food and is crammed with delectable Christmas treats.

Leave at dusk (yes that’s at 3:30pm) and both you and baby will be mesmerised by the Xmas lights which went up last night …

Christmas shopping – sheer madness.

What Mini says:
Insanity, they say, is all relative. What chance do I have?

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Vulture Culture

– Culture Kids classes for tots (NW3, SW3 & SW7)

metm9.gifSick of singing the same songs? Tired of tapping tattered tambourines? Feel like you’re picking at scraps? Drop the vulture act and get in on some culture with Culture Kids.

Inspired by extensive world travel (remember those days?), the Culture Kids classes stimulate imagination and creativity, with a different focus each week. Your tot will sing songs, play varied instruments and enjoy carefully chosen and themed props. It’s a whirlwind adventure of world culture.

The classes take place in well-chosen, warm and comfortable locations around London, making this a very (first) classy travel experience.

What Mini says:
I lapped it all up. But then I’m a real culture vulture.

Culture Kids runs in carefully-chosen venues in Chelsea, Hampstead and Kensington. Spaces are limited to ensure each child gets the most out of class. See the website for further details.

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Law and Order

– Coffee mornings for mums & babies (NW3)

It’s always the same. Endless debates about where to meet. Invariably you land up at a coffee chain (you know the kind – with those those minging chairs and mangy rugs). Remove the chaos and add a little law and order to your life. Well, on Wednesday mornings at least.

The Legal Café on Haverstock Hill is introducingmetm6.jpg Bumps and Babies every Wednesday from 10 – 12 am. They’ll provide rice cakes and bread sticks. It’s a great opportunity to sit in one of their soft armchairs while sipping a delicious Illy coffee and savouring something from their menu, like freshly-made panini, soups and salads or pastries and cakes. If you’re feeling gregarious you may even get to meet some local mums.

Now for the disclaimer (surely you’ve been expecting it?) – as with most things of this nature, some days are busier than others. So be prepared to meet new friends or enjoy a little quiet time. You’ll certainly be made to feel very welcome.

Hereinafter, the next time you’re called to the (coffee) bar, make sure it’s of the orderly legal variety.

Bumps and Babies, every Wednesday from 10 – 12 am at The Legal Café, 81 Haverstock Hill NW3 4SL. Tel 020 7586 7412

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My Christmas Bootie

– The best goodies for Christmas stockings

Click Here to Win 2 Christmas Bootie Bundles for You and a Friend

metm104.gifThere’s been more mayhem than usual at Mini-et-Moi as we’ve scouted out and tested the season’s best offerings. We’ve scoured the streets of London looking for the best stocking fillers for your little elf this Christmas. With one exception (which was just too irresistible), all are priced very reasonably at £10 or less, making this a very affordable stocking – unlike those Agent P’s you’ll be wearing.

Shake that Booty! with A Day in the Jungle
When the department stores have jangled one too many carols, grab hold of this metmx21.giffabulous CD from Green Means Go. With a mix of classic songs, new takes on nursery rhymes and original material, this is music for kids that adults will enjoy too.
metmx31.gifYule be shaking that @%$!

Buy it online for £9.95 plus P&P.

Too big for her booties
With a reputation as tall as her long neck, Sophie the Giraffe is now available in London. Enfin! (or is that Enfant!). Perfectly sized to be squeezed and squeaked by small hands, she’s also great for sore gums (and you can relax knowing she’s made with food grade dyes).

Find Sophie online for £8.00 plus P&P.

Shake it up, Baby!
We love the funky and fun designs of Pylones products, and we feel the same about the tambourine. metmx5.jpgBright, colourful and totally shake-able, it’s suitable from 12 months up. It’s time to jingle those bells and twist and shout!

The tambourine costs £8.50 from Octopus Stores around London. Call 020 7287 3916 for your nearest branch or to order by mail.

Bootylicious
metmx13.jpgUnique and handmade hairclips with a secret Velcro attachment that ensures they stay put in baby’s fine hair, these are just like pirate’s booty – to be treasured.

£5 per clip or £20 for 5 from Magpie Creations on 079 3125 8625. They also make bespoke hairclips for special occasions.

The Big Booty
Some treasures are irresistible. Stack ’em up on the fantastic wooden Construction Train. metmx42.jpgPerfect for every aspiring architect and evolving engineer, this train set with a difference will deliver hours of imaginative play on Christmas morning (and many mornings to come). It aids coordination to boot.

The Construction Train (RSP £22)by Pintoy is distributed by John Crane Limited. Call 01604 77 49 49 for your local stockists.

What Mini says:
They don’t call me Santa’s Little Helper for nothing.

Click Here to Win 2 Christmas Bootie Bundles for You and a Friend

 

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