Keeping kids buckled in and entertained on summer travels can be a mighty task. We’ve got the solution for you.
Mums-to-be and new mums are covered with this rental platform revolutionising the maternity wear market, winter sun decisions are made and we are refilling tired mamas with the happy hormone. August is looking optimistic. This is what we are loving in this month’s Citizen Enfants hotlist.
USE THIS For The Creators
Meet the pioneering maternity rental platform revolutionising the maternity wear market. For The Creators launched in 2020 by Lyndsay Mason, a first-time mum on maternity leave frustrated at the lack of postnatal ranges that suited her personal style. Instead of having to invest in expensive “maternity” styles that ordinarily would never be in your wardrobe, or resorting to buying poor quality fast-fashion items that just ‘did the job’, Lyndsay wanted to create a rental service with cool, stylish, well-made outfits from brands we love, avoiding falling into the trap of fast-fashion. Sustainability is a key founding pillar of the platform: renting 1 x £100 dress (instead of buying) can save the equivalent CO2 of that produced by travelling 245 miles in a car. You won’t be short of options since For The Creators works with leading independent brands such as With Nothing Underneath, Desmond & Dempsey, Reformation, Sézane, Albaray and many more and has since expanded into beauty, launching ‘mama must haves’ including belly bump oil care, pregnancy safe supplements and more. This is the clothing subscription designed to take you through every trimester and beyond.
STAY HERE Scott Dunn Explorer Kids Saadiyat
Scott Dunn’s new Explorers Kids Club at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas raises the bar for luxury in-resort kids clubs offering fully immersive experiences for children from as young as 6 months up to 11 years. Opening in September 2023, the club offers a huge indoor air-conditioned space divided into two separate areas – one for under 5s and another for over 5s, equipped with everything from indoor sensory games to a dedicated Sleep Room. Children are cared for in different groups according to age – Mini Globetrotters (6 – 18 months), Globetrotters (18 months – 2 years), Adventurers (3 – 4 years), Voyagers (5 – 7 years) and Pioneers (8 – 11 years). There is a dedicated splash pool for under 4s with a shaded outdoor play area, as well as a separate pool with waterslide and lazy river for the older kids with lifeguards always on duty. Activities include tennis to padel to crazy golf, beach games to yoga classes, mocktail making to football, and a host of water-based activities including kayaking and doughnut surfing down. But don’t stay indoors the whole time. Take venture out to the cultural escapades offered in Abu Dhabi, with the likes of the Louvre and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and incredible family-friendly activities including Warner Bros World and Ferrari World, not to mention the pristine natural white sand beaches which are a nesting ground for breeding hawksbill turtles each year. The Scott Dunn Explorers Club will be a firm family favourite for winter sun.
BUY THIS Owlet Babycare
For a new way to monitor your baby, the next-generation Owlet Cam 2 video gives parents a view of their baby from anywhere. Once you’ve downloaded the Owlet app to your device (and to any handsets of people who look after your baby), you can now monitor your baby’s subtle cues and behaviour patterns by watching video clips that capture them before they cry, wiggle or fuss, as you are notified of any crying, movement. The best thing? The app runs on your phone in the background and will only kick in if you select it, or if your baby needs you, allowing you to get on with your life but also allowing you to check in frequently – something all new parents will appreciate. The camera has a swivel base providing an optimum view of the crib with a 130 degree field of vision. It comes with high definition picture quality, switching to night vision as the sun sets and curtains close. Alongside existing features like room temperature and humidity level monitoring, 4x zoom, two-way talk, and night vision, the Cam 2 is available in a brand-new colour, Sleepy Sage, in addition to White. A digital babysitter you say? This camera gives parents the rest they need.
SUBSCRIBE TO THIS Lovevery
A summer of travel means parents buckling up is probably not your toddler’s favourite part of going on a trip, so parents are having to find screen-free activities to keep children happily occupied on a long flight or car journey. Look to The Play Kits by Lovevery, designed to engage a child’s attention and their developing brain, no matter where they play. Starting from newborns, Lovery provides kits so they can be entertained with high-contrast black-and-white images as they begin recognising objects. As they grow, move to the play kits featuring textiles and interesting photos and books for small hands to help pass some time away. Restless toddlers have plenty of things to keep busy hands occupied from The Companion Play Kit, a hands-down favourite item to travel with including threading beads sharpening their concentration and focus and enriching their fine motor skills, to non-toxic paintsticks and colour-coordinated pockets in the Anywhere Art Kit for the artists. Our favourite part? Lovery has now introduced the Book Bundles, delivering the right stories for every stage supporting some of the big moments in your child’s early years, like going to the dentist, potty training, and the challenge of sharing with a sibling.
BOOK THIS ilapothecary massage
Postpartum hormonal shifts can leave many new parents feeling down and not like their usual selves. ilāpothecary, one of London’s best kept secret wellness hideaways in Kensington, is a popular celebrity urban escape offering a selection of healing therapies, remedies and workshops to help you counteract stress, hormonal imbalances and fatigue. The Happy Hormone Equilibrium Massage offers a powerful massage using essential oils to help balance the female hormone system using a powerful adaptogenic Castor Oil to support your kidneys and reproductive system. Along with the Castor Oil, they use Shatavari, which contains natural phyto-oestrogen hormone precursors that help women to strengthen the uterus, regulate menstruation, all while activating your happy hormone. In addition to Shatavari, the use of Rhodiola Rosea optimises the levels of serotonin and dopamine so you are sure to leave feeling like the renewed, revived and revitalised.