Swears by: Mumsnet recommends April
Mumsnetters are the best shoppers around, so we've tapped into their wisdom to source the stuff that really works: the comfiest winter boots, the skincare that delivers astounding bang for your buck, the cleaning product that actually does what it says on the tin.
From fashion to books to inflatable seagulls (don't ask), here's what everyone's buying this week and where to find it. It's updated every seven days, so come back often and sign up to our weekly Swears By email. You need never be the last to know again.
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Joyoldelf Packing Cubes (set of seven), £12.99
utter chaos and carnage stress out of packing for the whole family this summer.
“Packing cubes are your best friend. You can either pack a few complete outfits into a cube, or pack similar items together (so tops in one, bottoms in another, underwear in another etc). At the end of the holiday, you can then repack all dirty washing in the cubes ready for laundering, so all colours in one, and whites in another.” Soontobe60
“Packing cubes rock. We have two cheapy sets of three cubes and three zip pouches each, and that does all four of us.” MySecondBestBroomstick
“Packing cubes, packing cubes, packing cubes!” Sinead100Buy now from Amazon
Next Mom Jeans, £28
The elusive comfortable mom jean, brought to you by Next.
“I’m just getting into the idea of mom jeans as I love a high waist, being an hourglass. I bought a fab pair from Next – slightly cropped, straight leg which is perfect for rolling up, a button fly, slightly stretchy, thick, old-school faded denim. I feel trendy! Well, trendy for a 31-year-old mum of a toddler anyway." KnitFastDieWarmBuy now from Next
Joseph Joseph Rubbish and Recycling Bin, from £158.99
This magic bin has a compartment for everything.
“I’ve had the Joseph Joseph bin for three years and it’s still perfect. It’s expensive for a bin but once it’s bought, it’s bought." GoandplayBuy now from Amazon
M&S Pure Cotton School Uniform Playsuit, from £9
Ideal for girls who want to do handstands in the playground.
“Lots of places do those gingham jumpsuits. My girls switched to them last year and love them. They're a more comfortable option when it's hot than cycling shorts.” ZinniaBuy now from M&S
Tu Clothing Premium Leather Jacket, £99
Try this classic wardrobe staple in a new springtime colour.
“I’ve got a Sainsbury’s leather jacket. I love the fact it's nice soft leather (and the fact I got it for not much more than a decent high street pleather one).” 40andfeelingit
“My Sainsbury’s leather jacket is in year three now. It gets softer over time and still looks good.” QueenofLouisianaBuy now from Sainsbury's
M&S Lily Slim Leg Jeans, £19.50
If skinnies are just a bit too tight but you're not quite ready for the baggier mom jean either, slim leg jeans are the perfect middle ground.
“I have recently bought a pair of slim jeans from M&S which are just bloody fab and only £19.50, so I bought them in a faded black, too. They have a bit of stretch but are proper denim jeans. They're mid-rise and just the right width at the bottom to make them not too skinny. I couldn't recommend them more!” BrilliantYouBuy now from M&S
Office Safari Cross-strap Sandals, £35
Have Mumsnetters found the holy grail of summer sandals?
“I’ve got these in brown, white and rose gold. They’re great, soft leather with a comfy, shaped, supportive footbed and non-slip sole. I’ve got wide feet and fat ankles, so I had to go up a size as I couldn’t do up the ankle strap in my usual 7! Love them though.” AllMagicComesWithAPriceBuy now from Office
No7 Protect & Perfect Facial SPF50+, £15
Give your skin some TLC with this non-greasy facial SPF.
“This one soaks in really well, I use it as a base to makeup every day. Even without makeup, it leaves a nice fresh look to your face. I've tried many over the years, but this is much cheaper and better in my opinion.” everlovingBuy now from Boots
Munchkin Quack Bath Toy Caddy, £14
Bath time is chaotic enough – this toy tidy should help keep everything a bit calmer.
“I've tried a few and this is the one that revolutionised our bath.” TimeforDuggee
“This is amazing.” amazingbananaramaBuy now from Amazon
L'Occitane Hand Cream, from £8
Keep your mitts in tip-top condition with a spring-scented hand cream.
“I've got the L'Occitane hand cream tubes in my handbags, at the side of the bed, in the bathroom, and in the living room. It's the only thing that makes my hands soft, makes them smell nice, and doesn't leave them greasy. A little bit goes a long way.” HappyEverIftarBuy now from L'Occitane
Boden Talamanca Swimsuit, £60
A supportive (and damn stylish) summer swimming cozzie.
“I just got a Talamanca swimsuit from Boden and I love it! I have a c-section-shelf mum-tum but find it very flattering – it puts my boobs back where they should be after two years of breastfeeding.” pigletpie2177
“The Boden ones are the most high-control swimming costumes I've ever had! They are a bit of a faff to get on and off, but they actually give me a waist, so I love them.” CheesePuffTheMagicDragonBuy now from Boden
Fitflop Rally Leather Sneakers, £80
Freshen up your spring look with a new pair of trainers.
“I live in these. I wear them every day to and from work. They're not going to last 10 years or anything, but I'm on my third pair in three years.” HaventGotAllDayBuy now from Fitflop
H&M Boyfriend Jeans £34.99
Opt for a looser fit this summer – you won't look back.
“I bought my last pair of jeans from H&M and they are fab. They are very casual, throw-on-for-the-supermarket-dash wear.” AnyFuckerBuy now from H&M
Lisap Ultimate Straight Fluid (two pack), £13.86
Protect your hair and leave it smelling oh-so-fabulous.
“I use Lisap Keratin Spray. It smells gorgeous and isn't too heavy for my fine
damaged hair. It seems pricey but it lasts forever!” RoryGillmoresEvilTwin
Next Linen Blend Wide-leg Trousers, £24
Keep cool this summer with some breezy linen.
“The £24 ones from Next – the bollocks they are. They're so comfy, I live in them with plain white tees in summer.” HaventGotAllDayBuy now from Next
Roman Originals Cropped Bengaline Trousers, £22
Flattering (and reasonably priced) cropped trews which come in more colours than you can shake a stick at.
“These are the best trousers I have found for yonks. They're like leggings in that they need an arse-covering top, but the ease of wear is something special. They're really flattering, wash well, and come in a whole array of colours. They're not sheer at all either. Oh yes, and they make my legs look thinner too!” PaulHollywoodsleftbollockhair
“I bought a plain black pair of these and I have never had so many compliments – they made me look like I had gone down at least a size, held it all in, and didn’t wrinkle or need ironing.” JaceLancs
“Mine just arrived and they are indeed most flattering. I'm off to order some more (if Mumsnetters haven’t already wiped out stocks).” HariboHippoBuy now from Roman Originals
John Lewis & Partners Wheeled Laundry Hamper, £38
Make lugging your overflowing laundry bin round the house a breeze.
“Someone I know has one with wheels from John Lewis & Partners, and it's very strong. Have a look online – they have very good reviews.” kazzaF21Buy now from John Lewis
Hush Hever Canvas Trainers, £39
The perfect pair of spring trainers (with a cheerful rainbow pattern to boot).
“I have these. They're so comfy and have a splash of colour. I've also just ordered them in plain white, as the rainbow stripe won't go with everything and I'd like a pair of white trainers that I can wear with prints and patterned dresses and skirts.” EllapaellaBuy now from Hush
George Elasticated Waistband Jeggings, £12.50
A pair of skinnies you can add to your online shopping basket.
“I've always bought mine from ASDA, ever since I was pregnant (which was years ago) – they've got an elasticated waist, they're around £12 and they're also so comfy.” mamamia999Shop now at ASDA
Clarks Flat Shoes, £69
These leather or suede flats are perfect for work or, preferably, sunny strolls around the park.
“I tried them this afternoon and didn't want to take them off.” sassansbelle
“I like them. I think they'll match most outfits, be comfy and they look absolutely fine.” BlueMerchantBuy now from Clarks
If you want even more recommendations, check out Swears By for January or our round-ups of Mumsnetters' top buys:
Best menstrual cups | Best leggings and jeggings | Best cleaning products | Best trainers | Best dresses | Best maternity dresses | Best trousers | Best jeans | Best raincoats | Best beauty boxes | Best beauty dupes | Best bed sheets
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