Barometer: kids

And so to bed

L’Ours Acrobate Wall Sticker

This charming Polar bear provides fuss-free decoration. £39,

Felt Fox Rug

This fantastic fellow is handmade from Tibetan wool. £48.95,

Flensted Moomin Mobile

A Scandi classic. £21.50,

Etagère “Alaska”

Give your child’s trinkets a scenic home with this mountainous shelf. €48,

Lampe Dowood, Colonel

Bright colours and simple shapes make for the perfect bedside lamp. €129,

The line-up: Birthdays

Hugo & Adele

The typical British children’s birthday party is really not as fun as it should be, according to London-resident actor Gwyneth Paltrow, writes Natalie Whittle. But if you can’t stretch to a petting zoo, there are still some stylish solutions. Hugo & Adele has a sweet range of seaside-striped and spotty paper cups and straws, mini ice-cream vans and the rest. For ready-filled party bags try Carousel.;

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Bob & Blossom

Bob & Blossom’s Breton-striped cotton T-shirts, numbered from 1 to 5, provide a simple solution to birthday present dilemmas, with plenty of colour options (from £16.95). For the young prima donna who wants to dress up for the birthday celebrations there is a full rainbow of tutus.

Bob & Blossom, 140 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG, open Sat & Sun only, 0207 739 4737;

Pomp de Franc

Pomp de Franc is a London-based business set up by Katie Franklin, designer and maker of ornate and imaginative cakes. She has made coconut swans, sushi-shaped petits fours, and can bake to order. Franklin offers flavours from traditional (vanilla and homemade raspberry jam) to novel (lemon, goji berry and pomegranate). An 8in rainbow cake, to serve 15-25, costs £65., 07861 380 945

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