Stuck for what to buy a Bristol mum for mother’s day? Know someone expecting a baby here soon? Here’s my top five gift ideas:
There are some mad hills here. To add some sense of security on the walk down Park Street, how a buggy strap like these from Buggy Tug. Makes you less fearful of pushing and parking up, and keeps the toddling kid safe on busy roads.
A head, neck and shoulder massage from the Clifton Relaxation Centre. Just under an hour of perfection in a totally unique atmosphere. The noticeboard in the lobby is also stuffed full of excellent ideas for further relaxation classes in both motherhood and pregnancy.
An annual membership to Bristol Zoo. An individual adult membership is £57.70. With a single adult visit costing just under £16, there’s excellent economies of scale to this, especially as once you’ve been once, you’ll see how easy it would be to laze about there on a sunny day, watching the world go by in the gardens if you’ve got a small baby to feed, or strolling round the enclosures with toddlers (under twos are free).
A return ticket on the train to Bath. It’s an easy journey with a sling or buggy, barely more than 10 minutes, and you’re straight out of the station into fabulous shops, beautiful buildings and many tempting snack stops. Try the Pump House if you’re feeling posh. Nothing like the sounds of an instrumental quartet from the confines of a fancy high chair, chomping on silver teaspoons, to make a baby feel special!
A book based in Bristol. How about The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer, winner of the Costa prize 2014? Or something more piractical – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson? Or a good nap time page turner like In Her Shadow by Louise Douglas?