Bablands guide to the summer holidays

There’s no avoiding it, guys. School’s officially out next week. So whether you’ve got six weeks of perfectly mapped out adventures or are more inclined to just wing it each day, here’s the only guide you’re going to need in London with our friends at Bablands.

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Let’s Explore: Reading

Reading is just 30 minutes from Paddington and perfect for a little day trip if you’re keen to get out of the capital. Sitting at the end of the new Crossrail line, the prospects for commuters are looking pretty sweet too so if you’re thinking of moving out, here are some reasons why to consider Reading…

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Meet our friends: Candylab Toys

There are some toy brands that you will never grow out of. Candylab is one of them. I bought our first car (the Pioneer) on a trip to the States back in 2017, when Arlo was way too young to appreciate it. It was one of the very first brands I knew I needed to stock and have loved ever since.

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ToyDrop on Tour: Ammos Hotel Crete

We recently got back from the wonderful Ammos Hotel in Crete, a boutique family resort accidentally tailored to young families. Here’s my rundown of our week in the sun and all the reasons you should get on that booking button pronto.

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Surprise Twins with Terri Whitaker

Who doesn’t love a good birth story? Not me. This one’s particularly dear to my heart as it’s from my mother-in-law back in 1972, when scans weren’t that common and surprises were a little more…well, surprising. It’s basically the perfect plot twist in an otherwise textbook pregnancy.

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Meet our friends: Oli & Carol

Oli & Carol were one of the very first brands to come on board with ToyDrop. Back when we were getting the shop off the ground, I realised we’d ticked all the right boxes for wooden toys, organic cotton toys, even fair trade alpaca wool toys but bath toys were another matter. 

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A Little List with Anna Whitaker

I feel it’s only fair to introduce myself here before I delve into the many lives of all the awesome parents I know. So I’ve rounded up a few products that are essential (and some less so) to my life as a mum of two beautiful boys.

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The Best Outdoor Toys for Toddlers

If you’re lucky enough to have access to a garden this summer (or even if you don’t – some of them work equally well/better indoors) I’ve rounded up my pick of the best active toys for toddlers all with an ethical twist.

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Meet Mama ToyDrop

Anna Whitaker is the London-based mum of two behind ToyDrop. She launched the site after her original store (selling beautiful, ethical toys) closed down in early 2019. Horrified by the amount of flimsy, flashing plastic that went hand-in-hand with babies, her first mission was to find a stylish and sustainable alternative to their toys. Today this ethos takes a more holistic approach as she learns the ropes of green parenting and teaches her boys (Arlo and Rudi) to tread as gently as possible in this big wild world.

Copywriter by trade, she also works part-time for one of London’s leading advertising agencies, running ToyDrop as a passion project out of the loft in her Walthamstow terrace.

Meet Mama ToyDrop

Anna Whitaker is the London-based mum of two behind ToyDrop. She launched the site after her original store (selling beautiful, ethical toys) closed down in early 2019. Horrified by the amount of flimsy, flashing plastic that went hand-in-hand with babies, her first mission was to find a stylish and sustainable alternative to their toys. Today this ethos takes a more holistic approach as she learns the ropes of green parenting and teaches her boys (Arlo and Rudi) to tread as gently as possible in this big wild world.

Copywriter by trade, she also writes part-time for one of London’s leading advertising agencies, running ToyDrop as a passion project out of the loft in her Walthamstow terrace.

What we’re all about

Raising awesome humans

The very foundations of our existence. ToyDrop was born out of a personal parenting strategy to shape kind, happy, socially-conscious kiddos. It’s a work in progress that keeps an open mind and a caring heart. It embraces imperfection on the regular and is the basis of everything we do here.

Inspiring a lifetime of curiosity

It’s a cliché but there’s a big old world out there just waiting to be explored. From physical places to fresh ideas, endless lessons to innovations, our challenge is to soak it all up and share each discovery with a positive, progressive approach that’s relevant to the modern family.

Curating a beautiful childhood

It might sound superficial but ToyDrop has always prioritised style. We believe that simple, thoughtful design makes the world a better place and we want our children to grow up with the same ethos. It’s why we only share products, places and lifestyles that match our playful vibe and commitment to conscious consumption.