Barometer: kids

GH Hurt & Son Superfine Merino wool christening shawl

If it’s good enough for Prince George … £45; (currently on pre-order)

Vintage-style red wooden pram

Perfect for a newborn’s nursery. £24, by Posh Totty Designs;

Billieblush mottled woollen baby coat

Keep baby chic and warm this autumn. £79;

Makers & Brothers willow rattle

Contains hazelnuts for an authentic acoustic. €15;

Boden babycord bloomers

Bright, fun and just the right side of kitsch. £18-£20;

The line-up Cookery books

Hats & Bells Children’s Party Cookbook

By Hatty Stead and Annabel Waley-Cohen

Six years after founding party-food business Hats & Bells, Hatty Stead and Annabel Waley-Cohen have created a compendium of their sweetest recipes. The ideas are simple, with cunning twists: Ritz biscuits added to the crumb coating for fish fingers, toffees melted with marshmallows for rice crispy bites.

Kyle Books (published September 12, £18.99)

The Kids Only Cookbook

By Sue Quinn

Food writer Sue Quinn created this useful guide with the help of her own two mini-chefs: Ruby, 11, and Ben, 8. With 50 easy recipes, the book promises not just an introduction to cooking for your little ones but ingenious methods to make it fun. Who knew you could make homemade ice-cream by kicking it along in a tin can?

(Quadrille, £12.99)

Meringue Girls Cookbook

By Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman

This book is replete with rainbow colours and delightfully silly twists on the classic meringue. With seasonal recipes, gift ideas and even interactive content, thanks to the book’s use of augmented reality, it is an injection of fun into your kitchen. Expect to wow the kids with the strawberry meringue ice lollies or meringue alphabet letters.

(Square Peg, £15)

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