After spending last week at my desk watching the leaves blow off the trees outside our house (did I mention I jacked in my job and went freelance? No?? There’s a post on that to come…), I spent this morning sifting through the kids’ wardrobes, sorting all their summer gear into piles and digging out their winter clothes. I’m well aware this probably means we’re now due a week of blazing sunshine, but it had to be done at some point. Plus, I can now actually shut the wardrobe doors, which is a bonus.
Top of the pile of next-size-up bits were two animal hoodies JoJo Maman Bebe very kindly sent us a few months back, when the weather was a little less autumnal. I’d forgotten all about them, so today was the perfect day for the kids to wear them to the park for a spot of conker-hunting between rain showers.
I don’t do much actual shopping any more – our local twice-yearly NCT sale is about as much as I can deal with – so most of our clothes are ordered online. JoJo Maman Bebe actually started out as a mail-order company, much like Boden – another brand I’m a big fan of and have written about in the past. These days there’s an online JoJo shop as well as 70-odd stores in the UK and Ireland, so business would appear to be booming.
A quick scroll through the website shows a range of baby clothes, childrenswear and maternity clothing, with lots of chunky knits as well as classic Breton styles – a nod to founder Laura Tenison MBE’s early stint in France. The thing I love most about the childrenswear in particular is that it’s colourful, childlike and quite often unisex, despite the fact it’s not labelled as so on the website. Although the fox zip-up hoodie is from the girls’ section, for example, I’d say it’d be fine for a toddler boy. And although the raccoon hoodie is in the boys’ category, my littlest will definitely be wearing it when she’s big enough.
The jumpers are thick and warm, feel like great quality, and come up fairly big – my littlest is quite dinky at almost 2 and the sleeves on the 2-3 size needed to be rolled up a couple of times, whereas my eldest is almost 4 and the 4-5 was just right, with a bit of room to grow.
The raccoon has already made its way to the washing machine due to a butter incident at tea time, and I’m pleased to report they wash well, too. They’re priced at £20 each and available in sizes from 0-3 months up to 6 years. There’s even a third style – a rabbit – featuring the same applique animal design and little ears if you’re in the market for something a little more girly, not to mention a bunch of animal-themed accessories if you really want them to blend in with the wildlife. Visit www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk for more info and to see the full range.
Disclosure: JoJo kindly sent us these jumpers for free. As always, all views and opinions are our own.