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Skiing with kids - a survival guide!

Lydia Mansi

Pic credit: @mylittlewildlings

Pic credit: @mylittlewildlings

If you are gearing up for a ski holiday this season and you have kids in tow, here are our top tips for hitting the slopes with smalls.

Think beyond skiing
If you want your kids to fall in love with skiing as much as you - don’t overdo it. While your enthusiasm will be infectious - if they’re booked into ski school for the morning, ensure you fill the afternoon with downtime. In short - leave them wanting more. If they overdo it too soon it will put them off. Pack lots of cosy activities in to balance out the day - cosy movies in the chalet, hot chocolates on the terrace… apres ski with kids may be more tame than you remember, but it is much needed!

Wear wool
You can read more about why wool, and specifically the merino wool we use in our hats, is the perfect natural fibre to wear while skiing, or in cold weather in general on our ‘benefits of merino wool’ page.

Skiing burns 400 calories an hour - if you want to avoid hunger-related meltdowns at the summit make sure you take enough breaks and re-fuel frequently! Also make sure you have plenty of easy, quick comfort food suppers up your sleeve for the end of the day to help them re-fuel.

Safety first
You may have learnt to ski without a helmet - but it was probably the 80s and you were probably wearing a questionably coloured salopette/ski jacket combo - are we right? Times have changed and a good helmet and googles to protect their eyes are a must. We love Little Skiers for all things snow-related for kids.

Face the fear
They are going to fall, faceplant and fail. The three F’s of learning to ski. Make peace with that and teach them that the wipeouts are all part of the process (and the fun!). That said, ensure you all have a plan in case you get lost and they are carrying your chalet address and contact details with them at all times.

Pack way more gloves/socks/hats than you think you’ll need. They’re always the things that they get wet and want to change most often. Also ensure you can attach their gloves to their ski jacket in some way - it will save you with the lost glove hunt on repeat!

We’d love to see your ski season snaps - make sure you tag us and your Lala & Bea goodies on Instagram - @lalaandbea

Plastic-free gift ideas for kids

Lydia Mansi

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2018 has felt like the year that ‘ditching the plastic’ has gone mainstream. There have been HUGE strides forward in how consumers, and big retailers, are thinking about their plastic usage, but the children’s toy industry is still rife with plastic, throw-away toys. This Christmas we wanted to champion the toys and brands that offer something different - innovative use of materials, classic heirloom toys that won’t end up in landfill when the batteries wear out and genuinely brilliant design that don’t just look good, but children will love:

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Mini Filli offer a beautiful edit of contemporary toys for babies and children, from Scandi and European brands - we love the Wobbel, it can be used as a fun balance board to build their gross-motor skills and burn off energy, or as a mini rocking chair for TV watching or reading when they need some downtime. (Wobbel board, £96)

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Rather than a traditional Christmas Eve box, we’ve put together a ‘Sleepover’ bundle for Christmas - one of our organic cotton drawstring bags with ‘Silent Night’ (maybe wishful thinking where sleepovers are concerned!) perfect to stash their teddy, toothbrush and pyjamas… on which note, we’ve included a pair of our award-winning ‘Design Your Own’ pyjamas, a great Christmas Eve activity to keep them busy whilst you peel the sprouts! Finally, we’ve included a bedtime story from the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ collection of inspiring women to complete the bundle. (Sleepover bundle, £59)

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History Heroes are the perfect stocking filler for fact fans - think Top Trumps crossed with brilliant inspiring true history icons - choose from historic women, inventors, scientists, children and more. (History Heroes cards, £9.99)

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A great ‘after lunch’ game for all the family - Junior Draw It is a tube of dipsticks, simply choose a stick and draw it, whilst your team members try and guess what you are doodling. (Junior Draw It, £7)

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Ottie & the Bea is a modern children’s toy shop, stocking one of our favourite imaginative play brands, Maileg. There is a whole world of characters, accessories and worlds for little minds to create (think soft, beautifully made fabric Sylvanian Families). This ‘Book House’ opens up to reveal a 5 room house with kitchen and furniture (Maileg Book House, £62).

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From mini microscopes to crystal growing activity sets and Dinosaur egg excavation kits - the National History Museum has a brilliant online shop for fun, practical, activity-based gifts. We love this card star projection lamp. (Night Sky Projection kit, £15)