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For busy mums who don’t have time to trawl the stores, we’ve curated the nicest online shops to explore here.
For eco-friendly and f fair trade toys
CHLOE’S TREASURE CHEST www.chloestreasurechest.com Set up in October 2013 by mum of one, Lee Ching Ching, it specialises in eco-friendly toys made from recyclable materials. There’s also a selection of handmade fair trade toys that promote local sustainability for workers in d developing countries. W We love… • The adorable Beginner’s Puzzle – Forest Babies ($18.50), a set of four puzzles. Once your little ones conquer the threepiece puzzle, they can move on to the four-, five- and six-piece ones.
• Your children can build model cars, animals, houses and more with Playmais (from $16). These building blocks are made from maize – just add water, which works with the grain’s natural starch, and the blocks stick together.
• Made by Filipino artisans, the fair trade Oskar & Ellen fabric play castle ($60) includes a princess, prince, white horse and dragon.
The site also carries a wide selection of wooden push and pull toys; art and craft kits; and colourful play sets like doll houses and farmhouses. Delivery Free delivery for orders above $75; $6 flat fee for purchases below that. You can also pick up your purchases at Farrer Park MRT Station.
For good discounts
FOXY SALES www.foxysales.com This local website offers daily flash sales for products catering to mums, babies and kids – with u up to 80 per cent off retail p prices. Founded in 2011 by A Alexia Sichere, a mum of two, F Foxy Sales has new sale events ev every day, each lasting a week; ce certain items can be pre-ordered. W We love… That there’s something new every day, from toys to kids’ clothes and shoes, and baby-care products. We spied interesting finds like made-to-measure leather sandals for little girls and mums, Wikki Stix (reusable yarn pieces that can be bent into different shapes), and Deuter backpacks.
Don’t worry if you miss a particular sale – popular
brands like Mega Bloks, Scholastic, TYR and Kenzo Kids pop up now and again. To start browsing, sign up for free membership. Delivery Free local delivery for orders above $100; $5.90 flat fee for orders below that. Or pick up your buys from their office at #04-01, 118 Joo Chiat Road. Payment Via Paypal and Asiapay. For organic clothes and products
TINYDIPITY www.tinydipity.com Laurel Tan set up Tinydipity in 2012, after she went hunting for organic kids’ products for her son, who has sensitive skin, and found nothing. It stocks eco-chic designs sourced from the United States, United Kingdom and Scandinavia. We love… That the designs appeal to both kids and adults, such as a cool backpack made of durable and easyto-clean nylon. You can even pick up a crazy-cute iPad case ($54.90) for yourself.
Tinydipity also has a good selection of mealtime supplies – tin lunch boxes ($39.90), washable snack bags ($19.90) and water bottles ($31.90) – all recyclable and made from non-toxic materials that are certified food-safe.
Their apparel, for kids from babies to six-year-olds, is made from organic cotton which is gentle on sensitive skin, and uses dyes that have no lead or other heavy metals. Delivery Free local delivery. Payment Via Paypal. For school supplies, partyware and unusual finds
PUPSIK STUDIO www.pupsikstudio.com Su Ling Zagorodnova, a mum of two, started Pupsik Studio in 2008, first specialising in baby carriers and slings. She mostly caters to parents of babies – baby toys, feeding supplies and pre- and post-pregnancy must-haves – but also has items for older kids. We love… The eclectic options we haven’t seen at other online shops. You might have to dig a little, but we found: non-toxic nail polish and nail art pens for kids (from $14.90 each), which come off with just soap and water; themed partyware (Brave Knights, Princesses, Peter Rabbit), Skip Hop Zoo Backpacks ($36) and personalised stickers, iron-on labels and bag tags (from $22.95).
Among their featured products is Kinetic Sand ($29.90) – sand with a non-toxic binding agent that can be shaped and leaves no sandy residue – fun without the mess! Delivery Free local delivery for orders above $30; $2 flat fee for orders below that.
Payment Via Paypal or bank transfer.
For a one-stop toy shop
LAMKINS www.lamkins.com.sg From selling on Ebay and mummy forums, Angela Lam set up Lamkins in 2008. It looks like any other toy shop at first glance, but the sheer range – for babies up to kids of nine years – is why it’s worth bookmarking this website. We love… Angela has popular toy brands such as Leapfrog, Thomas & Friends, Fisher-Price, Trunki and Skip Hop – and stocks each brand comprehensively, saving you the trouble of searching from store to store. For instance, if your kids love arts and crafts, you’ll be pleased with the variety of Alex products they offer. If you have time, visit the Lamkins showroom, where you can pick up more gems not listed online. Delivery Free local delivery for orders above $60; $5 flat fee for orders below that. Or pick up your buys at their showroom at ICB Shopping Centre, 8G Yio Chu Kang Road. Payment Via Paypal, cheque or bank transfer. Or cash on delivery. SH
Puzzle – Forest Babies
Nail polish and nail art pens, $14.50 each
Katsuma Moshi Trunki,
Blafre stainless steel Red Cat water bottle, $31.90, and tin Cycling Girl lunch box, $39.90