If your baby is born this month, he or she might share a birthday with the new, British royal prince or princess, whose official due date is tomorrow (Jul 13). While the traditional royal choice is the iconic Balmoral pram, by Silver Cross, the Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly opted for a Bugaboo, in this season’s jewel blue colour, now sold out. Despite the hefty price tag, the trendy, all-terrain stroller, which comes with a flat-fold carrycot, remains the buggy of choice for many Irish parents.
* Bugaboo Cameleon3, €940; tonykealys.com
If you would like to decorate your nursery in royal style, Silver Cross (official suppliers to the royal family) also offer a range of six furniture suites, including the shaker-style Porterhouse collection, which is the most popular in Ireland. The Porterhouse cotbed is €599, including mattress. When you order two or more items, Silver Cross will also deliver and assemble your furniture and remove all packaging.
* From www.silvercross.ie
Nelson’s Arnicare also conducted a survey on childbirth and found that 90% of women surveyed wanted their partner to be with them at the birth. Homeopathic arnica pillules and cream can be used to help with bruising and soreness after childbirth. However, you should check with your doctor, before taking anything during pregnancy and post-labour.
* Nelson’s Arnicare 30C clikpak is €8.25, and cream is €7.25 www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com
Like most modern dads, Prince William plans to be at the birth of his first child. Here, in Ireland, 97% of fathers were there for their babies’ birth at the National Maternity Hospital, in Dublin, and a study of 1,000 dads found that 80% attended antenatal visits, and nearly 90% were there for ultrasound scans. Commenting on the findings, Mothercare marketing director, Laura Ward, said: one nursery product that appeals to fathers at Mothercare’s Baby & Me events is the Angelcare AC1100 3-in-1 baby monitor, which not only detects tiny movements and sounds, but also gives you the opportunity to view the baby with the digital-touch screen, €329.99; www.mothercare.ie