The Kate Effect is well documented in the fashion world. But now that she’s started shopping for baby clothes and we’re bracing ourselves for the imminent arrival of the royal baby, we’re all very interested in which London-based baby boutiques and specialists she’s given her seal of approval to.
This week we’re hearing from bloggers who’ve been following where Kate’s been shopping and what she’s been buying and have put together a handy guide on where to go shopping for your baby in the capital.
Kate is said to be having her baby at the exclusive St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, west London. She’ll be given top medical care and stay in a hospital room which comes complete with a fridge, daily newspapers, a TV and even a wine list for the happy parents to order from, should they want to toast their new arrival. We just hope William makes it to the birth and isn’t caught up in his military duties.
Kate’s style hasn’t suffered a bit since she’s been pregnant. She’s known for mixing up high street favourites like her Hobbs Dalmation print coat with designer pieces, to her powder pink Alexander McQueen coat (which Kate fan Carly Wood has documented on her Kate Middleton Style blog).
To get her look, check out the Seraphine maternity concession in Peter Jones on Sloane Square. And we also imagine she’d appreciate the collection of designer maternity clothes at the Blossom Mother and Child outlet at Harrods on Brompton Road.
There is only one pram for 2013 babies to be seen in: the Bugaboo. Members of the so-called Bugaboo Brigade include Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gwen Stefani. Kate Middleton is expected to join them once her baby is born.
But with a £1,200 price tag, they aren’t the cheapest model out there. Head to Peter Jones on Sloane Square if you’d like to pick one out of your own.
Baby clothes and accessories
Kate and her mother Carole have been spotted shopping for baby clothes and accessories at Blue Almonds.
And while they may be less common these days, Kate has been spotted buying a Moses basket (a light and portable bed made from wicker), so expect sales of them to start going up too.
Trisha Watts, an American blogger who pens the A Petite Princess blog, has been following Kate’s choices throughout her pregnancy and has this prediction:
“We already know that Catherine has been shopping at high end boutique Blue Almonds and that she purchased a Bugaboo stroller. I think it is safe to say we will see the wee royal one in some of the most cuddly cashmere, but that he or she will be no stranger to brands like Baby Gap”.
Best haircuts for the little ones
Kate has been spotted in Trotters before, and it’s possible that she may take her child for his/her first haircut here, where little ones are given an oh-so-cute certificate of bravery. Why not take your child for a haircut while you browse their children’s accessories and clothing collections?
When it comes to picking out soothing interiors for a child’s nursery, Dragoons of Walton Street are the go-to people for the Royal Family.
This family-run business is renowned for their quality furniture built by British master carpenters. What we love is the adorable Beatrix Potter designs and motifs which are lovingly hand-painted onto the furniture.
Keeping mum healthy
For sporty mums-to-be, staying active while you’re pregnant will be a priority. And while you could go to an exclusive yoga class for mums-to-be, keeping fit doesn’t have to cost a single penny: make like Kate and head to Kensington Park for a walk or run and maybe even try your hand at a few early-morning yoga poses.
To make sure you’ve got the very best kit, pay Asquith of London a visit. Their tops and bottoms are made from ethical bamboo jersey and are incredibly soft, stretchy and will last a lifetime.
Treats for mum
But that’s not to say that, like any mum-to-be, she hasn’t been giving in to a few of her few cravings. Kate’s apparently had sugar on the brain and has been craving anything containing chocolate.
If you’re craving a sweet pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon like Kate, an afternoon tea in central London at the Royal Horseguards Hotel (which has been given an Award of Excellence by the Tea Guild for a second year in a row) is just what the doctor ordered.
Where do you like to shop for baby clothes and accessories in the capital?