In this month’s Citizen Enfants’ hotlist, we’ve got last minute December activities covered, we’re giving back and, alongside it all, we’re sustainable in our thinking.
GO HERE Warwick Castle Christmas
Historic Warwick Castle has transformed into a magical winter wonderland with festive flourishes at every turn. The 64 acres of grounds and gardens have been dressed to festive perfection, featuring ice skating and spectacular light trails. Meet Santa in the cosy castle library as you hear a story of festive hope and joy, followed by a stroll through the enchanting Christmas market. Make a weekend of it and book a stay with Santa Sleepovers. Wake up to the sound of sleigh bells with your very own elf wake-up call, as Santa’s cheerful elves bring presents for little ones.
USE THIS My First Smythson
Designed to inspire a new generation of story-makers, My First Smythson, the first ever diary collection by Smythson is a trove of inspiring prompts and creative exercises aimed at 8–11-year-olds. Help create a new generation of storytellers via the encouraging, positive, and motivational pages filled with thought-provoking prompts and activities. Young writers can pen a letter to their future selves or list their dreams, favourite things, loved ones, things that make them smile, and more. According to the National Literacy Trust, children who keep a daily journal feel happier and more creative. For a positive impact on children’s mental health, help your kids put pen to paper in this beautifully supple leather-bound tangerine dream, with a burst of rainbow ribbon details throughout.
TRAVEL WITH THIS Cybex Libelle
Could this be the world’s most ultra-lightweight (5.9kgs), easy-to-fold, and incredibly compact pushchair? The Cybex Libelle is the perfect companion for long-haul flights, day trips, and mini breaks. The Libelle is a breeze to assemble, performs like a dream on most urban surfaces, and collapses to the size of a handbag at the touch of a button – making it ideal for air travel. It’s also officially hand-luggage compliant. In spite of its dainty size, it doesn’t compromise on any pushchair elements including comfort, handling, and ease of use. We’re all about making those journeys with kids easier. Happy holidays mums and dads!
BUY THIS Nala's Baby
Nala’s Baby may be celebrating its first Christmas this year, but it’s been a sell-out since launching last June. This is a naturally-derived skincare and hair care range that parents can trust as their children grow. Launched by influencer mum, Sasha Ellese, Nala’s Baby scores a perfect zero rating on Think Dirty, a clean-beauty app which aims to help consumers understand the chemicals in their products. You’ll only find nourishing and soothing natural ingredients such as oats, coconut, shea butter and hibiscus here – plus it’s tear-free and cruelty-free. We have no doubt this will become a staple in your baby’s nighttime routine.
WRAP UP WARM IN THESE Baa Baby
Sheepskin pram liners, footmuffs, booties, mittens and more, Baa Baby has all you need to keep your babies snug this winter. Regulating a baby’s temperature is one thing you don’t want to worry about, and the naturally thermostatic sheepskin from Baa Baby is perfect for winter-warming as well as summer-cooling. An ethical brand, Baa Baby only re-uses sheepskin that would otherwise be destroyed. Our top picks? Toasty head, ears, and hands with this lambskin baby hat, luxuriously lined with merino sheepskin with a stunning chestnut suede outer, as well as these chestnut baby mittens made from 100% sheepskin, for babies up to approximately 15 months.
DO GOOD WITH THIS NSPCC letter from Santa
Your child may be writing a letter to Santa, but bring your little ones some Christmas magic with their own letter from Santa, via NSPCC. With eight designs – from a traditional Christmas to a North Pole Safari – add your child to the top of Santa’s good list, noting their name, age, hobbies, and what they want for Christmas. Plus, it will be addressed and posted directly to your child via sleigh mail. With an added donation to the NSPCC, you’ll help Childline be there for children who need someone to listen. Now that’s the true spirit of Christmas.
RENT THIS Baboodle
Baboodle is the UK’s first baby equipment subscription service, offering parents access to the best baby products – from prams and cots, to electric pumps and sterilisers. Browse the selection of essentials, then choose a delivery day for your items. After this, a monthly payment will be taken until you return your chosen items. Once your baby has outgrown them, you can swap items as and when needed. Current brands include Bugaboo, Elvie, Snoo, Egg, Medela, and BabyBjörn, to name a few. This means you can rent some of the best baby products on the market, without having to invest. First-time parents can also download Baboodle’s check list to make sure they have the essentials before the baby arrives.