The plastic-free bathroom: family style

For everyone dreaming of a new bathroom, here’s my (unsolicited) advice. Ditch those Pinterest boards bulging with contrasting Metro tiles and utilitarian hardware and instead, jump on the plastic-free bandwagon for the ultimate in eco-chic.

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Growing Towards Justice – A Curriculum for Kindness

The wonderful Jamey over at Their Good Beginning Blog recently treated us to a little preview of ‘Growing Towards Justice’, a year-long curriculum for families with children under 6. It’s full of the tools we all need to raise kind, fair, justice-minded kids who can stand up for what they believe in. Here’s how Team ToyDrop got on.

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Meet our friends: Wooden Story

Into wooden toys? Yup. Probably worth diving into this little read then. These guys were one of our founding store brands and would fly off the table at any market we took them too. They’re one of my very favourite baby gifts (unless you’re sending them overseas as they weigh a tonne) and look pretty great on display too. Let us introduce you to Wooden Story.

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Let’s Explore: Portsmouth

We’re setting sail for Portsmouth today with Raggy & Boo’s founder Anouska Parsons. Dive in to discover all the best spots to hang with your fam in this modern port city just two hours from London.

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My summer as a three-year-old

We get it, summer holidays are tough. They can feel like the longest, most thankless weeks of the year with a constant battle for authority and a laundry cycle that just. never. ends. Laura Smith decided this year would be different and instead of wearing the mum hat of practicality all summer, she embodied her inner three-year-old. Here’s how it turned out…

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How to Pet a Pup with The Zara DogDog Club

Whether you’re a dog or a cat person (or both, like us), there’s no denying that pets are amazing. Today we’re catching up with Anna Crichton of The Zara DogDog Club to teach us (and our little peeps) how to make pals with pups in the safest and most mutually respectful way, whether you’re out and about or soon to bring one home.

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Start ’em back sustainably

The celebratory ring of that first school bell is about to sound. School is ON. But if it’s crept up on you like this cheeky little wave of unexpected sunshine and you’re after some last-minute supplies, check out this selection of the most earth-friendly and socially conscious bits to get their mitts on.

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Back to School with Miss Stokes

Meret Stokes is assistant head at a state-funded primary school in Hackney, London. With a decade of teaching under her belt, she knows exactly what happens in each academic year of the primary days. I grilled her about what our littles can expect when they move up this September, whether it’s their first year or their last.

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Meet our friends: PARK Social Soccer Co.

When I ran the shop, I was always on the lookout for amazing toy brands that ticked the boxes of being beautifully designed, ethically made and built to last. Sometimes, though, I’d stumble across a brand that went above and beyond. PARK Social Soccer Co. is one of those brands.

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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.