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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.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Kids - BY CH­ERYL LEONG

For eco-friendly and f fair trade toys

CHLOE’S TREA­SURE CHEST www.chloestrea­surech­ 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 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 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.pup­sik­stu­ 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 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

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