10 of the best: IKEA for kidsAugust 17, 2016
Yesterday I was at the launch event for the new IKEA catalogue for 2017, where guests were not only treated to great food (seriously, try the new pulled salmon sandwich) but we were walked through the new products, even using virtual reality to make dinner in a digital kitchen. I know. Very cool. And once home I got lost in the catalogue for more time than is probably deemed healthy.
I’ve loved IKEA since it opened in Gateshead when I was 10, and the mini pencils were just about the most exciting thing to arrive in the North East. I was all about the bright duvet covers and lamps, and not much has changed since. Apart from the fact I have a whole house to fill, and not just my bedroom. Hurrah.
There’s also a child to factor in (her nursery is decidedly Scandi) so I wanted to offer up my edit of the new catalogue, from nappy bags to furniture. There are some great new products (I want all of the FLISAT range), some prices have been reduced and the message is bang on brand for me – forgetting about perfection and saying goodbye to expectation e.g. embracing mismatched plates, and not photographing your meatballs. Ahem.
I don’t know a single child who isn’t totally entranced by this classic.
Add your own touches like paint or wallpaper, or just use it to display little goodies.
Great for storing baby products, sending swimming things or spare clothes to nursery or using for laundry when travelling.
An easel on one side, and a whiteboard on the other, with rolls of paper available.
LOVE this! Useful for pushing, pulling and storing.
All you need for playing shop.
Hours of car fun (you can buy the wheels here)
A super cute way of displaying books at kiddie level.
Encourage them to tidy up their mess, then carry it back to where it belongs…
A uni-sex nappy bag with as many compartments as any self-respecting organised European requires (e.g. lots).
And then an ice-cream to finish!!!