Feed the world
If you’re tempted by another soft toy this month, make sure you plump for Plumpy. According to non-profit organisation Feed, almost 400 million children around the world go to bed hungry every night and a child dies every five seconds due to malnutrition. Proceeds from sales of the bear will provide kids with Plumpy’nut, a life-saving high-nutrient paste used to treat acute malnutrition. Give Plumpy a home and you’ll be providing five children with five treatments. Take Nut too and another three kids will get the treatment. Available from The One, the furniture store also sells funky Feed bags, proceeds of which help supply school meals to hungry kids in Rwanda. Check out www.feedprojects.org and www.wfp.org for more information.
Plumpy Dhs249, Nut Dhs149, bags Dhs299 from The One (04 345 6687).
Every little girl wants to be like their mum. Some days this will manifest itself through them trying out your Dior lipstick or your Kurt Geigers, but other times it’s more basic (and far less irritating) than that – they play with their dolls and copy your perfect parenting skills: changing nappies, taking them for baths, reading them a story. Now it’s dolly’s turn to copy her ‘mum’ with this summery pink duo of child’s and doll’s dress. It takes cute to a whole new level.
Dhs340, Favourite Things (04 434 1984).
Good for the soul
We’re flipping out over Havaianas’ flip-flops for babies and kids. Ideal for beach babes, they stop the hot sand toasting those tootsies, while the ankle strap makes them sturdy on the souls. Check out the soccer, karate and monster robots for little dudes and cute animals for the girlies. Hate getting sand in your toes? Try the Havaianas flip-flop sock based on Japanese ‘tabi’ socks... whoever thought socks and sandals could be cool!
Dhs90-115, ZaZeeZou (04 344 0204).
Cupcakes for a cause
As if we needed an excuse, Sugar Daddy’s will be baking special-edition cupcakes, complete with pink and white frosting and ribbons, throughout the month of October. Doing their bit for international Breast Cancer Awareness month, the cupcakes will be sold for Dhs15 each with part of the proceeds going to the King Hussein Cancer Foundation in Jordan.
Dhs15, Sugar Daddy’s Bakery, Village Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 8204).
Peg a picture
When the kids come home from school proudly clutching their day’s work in sticky fingers, it’s nice to be able to display it without investing in a frame and nails. Help is at hand: these funky wall pegs are perfect for drying or displaying those mini-masterpieces.
Dhs60, ZaZeeZou (04 344 0204).
Bargains and blowouts
To say we’ve been inundated with top togs for tots to tweens would be the understatement of the century (but possibly the most alliterative one). Whether you’re saving the pennies or ready to splash the cash, there’s no excuse for scruff-muffins in our midst.
1. Boy’s T-shirt, Dhs42; jeans, Dhs69. Babyshop (04 266 1519).
2. Girl’s jacket, Dhs79. Babyshop
3. Boys’ long-sleeved T-shirts, from Dhs85-Dhs95; shorts, Dhs115; jeans, Dhs130; slip-ons, Dhs80; trainers, Dhs130. Pumpkin Patch (04 341 3633).
4. Girls’ cotton top, Dhs110; croc combo, Dhs85. Marks & Spencer (04 206 6466).
5. Girl’s coat dress, Dhs1,275. Escada, Younly (04 327 9175).
6. Girl’s ‘Mini-Me’ brown dress, Dhs700. DKNY, Younly.
Paint a polo
That’s a polo shirt of the Ralph Lauren variety – not, as we first thought, a polo mint... that would have been tricky. The RL designers have brought out a kit in a can concept, where kids can get creative, using a classic white polo shirt as a blank canvas. Let ’em loose at home or join in a community painting event – complete with balloon benders, face painters and the Polo Ralph Lauren bear – at the Ralph Lauren children’s store in The Dubai Mall on October 3, 2pm-6pm. All proceeds from sales of the cans go to local art charity Start.
Dhs395 Ralph Lauren children’s store, The Dubai Mall (04 330 8601).
We would definitely cross the road to reach this chicken. This is quite possibly the only baby toy your little ’un will ever need: it’s got buttons, poppers, zips, buckles, velcro, a handle, that crinkly material babies can’t get enough of and – best of all – a baby chicken in a pouch. In spots, stripes and checks in every imaginable colour, this Educhick, made by Dushi, will delight kids aged 12 months and over and give those fine
motor skills an egg-cellent workout.
Dhs210, from www.babysouk.com.
Sea them eat
You’ve got broccoli bouncing off the walls and spaghetti slithering down the table leg. Maybe it’s time to instill some table manners into your messy mob? Perhaps some posh kiddie cutlery will do the trick. We’re quite taken with this NewWave set from Villeroy & Boch. Following a sea-dwelling theme, the fish-shaped knife ends with a smiling dolphin, the spoon is a fish and the fork is an octopus with tentacles as prongs.
Coming soon to Villeroy & Boch, Dubai Mall (04 339 9676).