PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am


Sling if you're happy

Sakura Bloom slings combine function and style for fashion-conscious mums. Made from Irish linen or natural silks, Sakura Bloom takes the basic concept of a baby sling and gives it a contemporary aesthetic. Naturally antibacterial, the single-layered linen version is a good option for Hong Kong's climate because of its breathability. And it has the advantage of becoming softer with age. The ring-sling style is designed to distribute a child's weight across the back but can be worn without the ring. The single-layer version comes in spice or driftwood shades. Double-layer linen and silk slings are also available. From HK$750 at

Contain your appetite

Yubo is a fun and functional lunch box designed to work for parents and children. The main box can hold three different-sized containers in varying configurations, making it easy to include a variety of snacks and foods. Changeable faceplates mean the Yubo's design can cater to the little owner's whim of the day, be it trucks, cupcakes or a personalised photo. Available in orange, green, blue, brown and pink. HK$249 at selected Dymocks including in the Gold Coast Piazza, Gold Coast, tel: 2940 2988, and Sai Kung, tel: 2791 9110

Jumbo sale

Traditional toys built to last are making a comeback, as parents seek an alternative to mass-produced toys with a short lifespan. Earthentree toys are hand-made in India from sustainable wood and painted with vegetable dyes, so they are free from lead and other toxins. A percentage of the sales is put back into the community making them. The ball on this elephant is sure to generate joy as the patterns twirl round. HK$220 at Sidewalk, 4-6 Gough Street, Central, tel: 2850 7299.

Sitting pretty

With a cool design and many functions, the Fresco Chrome chair by Bloom offers good-looking practicality. The chair can operate in three modes - fully reclining to hold newborns, semi-reclining for older babies and in the upright position for use as a high chair. And once a child no longer needs the straps and table, they can be removed and the Fresco used as a dining chair. The chair height is adjustable and has a 360-degree swivel option. HK$3,200 at BabyCentral, 7/F, BT Centre, 23 Wong Chuk Hang Road, tel: 2553 8000.