MRP (short for Mr Price) is a recent retail import from South Africa. You could go nuts in here. Cute baby T-shirts start at $5.99 and the most expensive thing we could find was a padded jacket for $39.99. MRP’s kids’ stuff is pretty much fast up-to-the minute fashion.
Cotton On clothes for grown ups are colourful, robust, cheap and on-trend. Same goes for its kids’ wear. You can wash it and stick it in the tumble drier innumerable times and it’ll still be in good nick.
It’s our go-to for all staples – T-shirts, cardies, sweaters, hoodies, rain coats, socks, jocks – and same applies for children’s wear. Great quality for a super reasonable price. The limited range collection for kids includes Liberty of London prints – sweet, floral tunics and tees for less than $15 and onesies so cute ($19.90) they hurt the eyes.
Nest stocks baby clothes (hats, $19, T-shirts, $29) and baby bedding and wraps ($49-$79) and they are effing adorable. Unisex too; grey, white and red with hand-drawn doodles of a monkey, owl or an elephant.
Who wouldn’t want to dress their kid in bold, colourful Finnish super-cool prints and interesting shapes?
The Aussie designer who reintroduced a generation of women back to the joys of a frock has a line for girls called Little Leona. This season features pretty cotton print dresses ($50-$60) and fluffy jackets ($89-$99). Perfect if you need to drag a little person along to a special occasion.
Melbourne's best kid friendly bars and pubs
When searching for the best pubs to bring the littlies, we had a few criteria in mind: whether or not the pub has children's entertainment, the quality of the kids' menu and space for prams and high chairs, for a start. We were pleased to find that Melbourne is full of family friendly watering holes; these are our favourites. For more insight into the city's best kids' activities, browse our best activities for kids and our top toy stores.