There’s a universal truth when it comes to traveling with kids: you WILL end up carrying all their luggage (and, probably, the child too). So here’s a little something that might make trekking through the airport a little easier: meet the Trunki. It’s a suitcase first and despite weighing less than 2kg, it has an impressive 18kg capacity!
But here’s the really smart part: the Trunki has wheels and is designed so your little one can actually ride on it, and there’s a detachable tow strap for parents. Recommended for kids aged 3 to 6 years. From R1 199 per Trunki – you can shop online HERE.
Little Mama online store
Parents of picky eaters will (understandably) go to great lengths to encourage their little ones to eat, so we’ll let you in on our little secret: just about anything you buy from the www.littlemama.co.za online store will take your child’s lunchbox (or any regular meal for that matter) up a notch and make it far more appealing. From sandwich and fruit/veg cutters to quirky fruit forks (they even have a fork that looks like an ant is carrying your baby tomato and a fruit pick that gives your strawberry googly eyes), chick egg moulds (with legs!), gorgeous lunch bags and boxes and loads of other great bits and pieces.
Hands up if you hate shopping for swimwear? That’s all of us, right? Well, founders of Essiebess swimwear, Caylee and Andrea, might just have made it a little easier and definitely less stressful. Their range of locally-made swimwear was designed to fit and flatter and offers decent coverage too (so you don’t have to worry about ‘accidental exposures’ while running after your kids on the beach!).
Plus, you can mix and match their bikini bottoms and tops because they’re purchased separately. From simple designs in solid colours to more adventurous prints, you’ll find what you’re looking for at their online store. From R790 for a one piece.
Pura Kids Juice
Who says soda can’t be tasty AND healthy? Well, actually it can. Pura launched their range of better-for-you sodas, which are low in sugar, contain no preservatives or colourants and have a light, natural flavour, a while back and top of our Love-It-List are the Lemon & Elderflower Soda and the Pomegranate Soda. But here’s what we REALLY love: they’ve also come up with a healthier range of juices for kids!
Pura Kids juices come in four flavours – pink apple, peach, lemonade and mixed berry – that won’t have your little one bouncing off the walls with a sugar rush afterwards – and did we mention how cool the packaging is? Available in 200ml boxes (from R39 for a 6-pack from Takealot) and 1l boxes (from R71 for a 6-pack from Takealot). Also available at selected SPAR, Pick n Pay and Checkers stores. Find out more by clicking HERE.
Nivea Sun babies & kids 5in1 sensitive skin protection
The new Nivea Sun babies & kids sunscreen ticks all the right boxes: very high factor 50 protection, extra water resistant, fragrance free, suitable for even eczema-prone sensitive skin – and, of course, it has been approved by a paediatrician! So now there’s one less thing for you to worry about while on the beach or at the pool. From R295 for 270ml spray bottle from Takealot.
Zola Nene’s Simply Seven Colours (Penguin Books)
Beloved South African chef Zola Nene has done it again: she has launched another bound-to-be-a-bestseller cookbook. But this time, she’s done it a little differently: the book is broken down into chapters – or ‘colours’ – so you can mix and match dishes from each chapter to create a seven-colour meal that’s designed to be shared with friends and family. What a brilliant way to encourage people to ‘eat the rainbow’, isn’t it? A brilliant gift for foodies – or to add to your own kitchen! From R368 at Exclusive Books.