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The best reads for burgeoning bookworms


Books and stories open the window to a child’s imagination, and it’s never too early to start building Baby’s first library to encourage a love of reading. Whatever kind of day you’ve had, the magical quiet time just before bed with its hushed tones, cuddles and a well chosen story is the ideal wind-down. It’s also a special bonding time between parent and child.

Here, in the first of our regular Bookshelf feature, we’ve selected our favourite, tried-and-tested stories that little ones will love to ‘read’ (ie, eat or attempt to pull apart). Some are well-known classics that just don’t age, like Peepo; others, like The Very Busy Spider, are sometimes overlooked – you might already have its more famous cousin The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

From touchy-feely, lift-the-flap andbath books,to chunky board books that are perfect for little fingers. And we had to include our personal picks from popular ranges such as the That’s Not My… or If I Were A…  So, are we sitting comfortably? Then let us begin.

Also see Bookshelf: Books for 2-3 year olds here

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The last of our Christmas gift guides! And there's something extra special about Christmas when there's a baby in the family, even if they don't know quite what's going on (and, let's face it, you're so tired, neither do you...). Here's our gorgeous selection of gifts, featuring small and unique Brands We Love so you can support the independents as much as we do.

Festive gift inspo for the little lords in your life. Whatever they're into, we think we've found something to bring a smile to their face this Christmas morning. Focusing on classic, quality gifts that will inspire curiosity and encourage creativity, these should keep them busy beyond Boxing Day.

Festive gift inspo for the little ladies

We love to review toys for Busy Bird - but sometimes the best review is just watching a child open the toy and play with it, that way you get their honest reaction. And this is just what happened when we were asked to be part of an 'unboxing' for recently. Let's just say Wet Head is no fun when it's Mummy's head getting wet...