This weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge made her last public appearance at the Trooping of the Colour before her baby is born. This has inspired us to think about babies and decorating a nursery.
The Royal Baby is rumoured to be due on July 13th. William and Kate’s baby will be third in line to the throne. The order of succession will be: Queen Elizabeth II – Prince Charles – Prince William – Son/daughter of William and Katherine – Prince Harry – Prince Andrew.
A recent change to the law means a daughter born to the couple would become queen regardless of any younger male siblings she may have.
The royal baby is due in July. Other famous people born in July include Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela and Tom Cruise.
There is much speculation as to what the Royal baby will be called. According to William Hill, the most popular choices are:
Boy: Philip 20/1
Girl: Diana 4/1
For first births the standardised average (mean) age of mothers was 27.8 years in 2010, so Kate will be slightly above this at 31. Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of fathers were aged 30 and over in 2010 (excluding births registered solely by the mother) – William will be 31 on 21st June. In 2010, nearly half (48 per cent) of all babies born were to mothers aged 30 and over.
The Royal Baby is likely to be born in July, meaning it will either be a Cancerian or a Leo.
Cancer – 22 June – 23 July
Cancerian babies can swing from happy to tearful and back in the space of seconds. They love feeling safe and cared for. As they grow older they’ll enjoy dolls and teddies – don’t be surprised if they end up with so many in bed there’s no room for them!
They’re very intuitive and can take strong likes and dislikes to people. They prefer familiar family and friends to new ones, though their curiosity will ensure they grow more outgoing over time.
Cancerian children love: Swimming or splashing about.
Cancerian children loathe: Change. Altering their routine slowly works far better than drastic changes.
What parents should know: Your Cancerian baby could go through very clingy phases, but patience and reassurance will help them feel more secure.
Leo – 24 July to 23 August
Leo babies are natural leaders, fearless and noble, but they have fierce tempers, too. They know what they want and how to get it – and, as they’re also alert and take everything in, they will keep you on your toes from the very start.
Your Leo baby will reach almost every milestone ahead of their peers but they will also need lots of attention and truly thrive when they have you all to themselves. However, with a bit of encouragement they will become happy in their own company.
Leo babies love: Being the centre of attention.
Leo babies loathe: Being restricted – especially once they become more mobile.
What parents should know: Leo babies use up lots of energy in their daily investigations of the world around them. Establish a good sleep routine to ensure they – and you! – get the rest they need.
The Royal Baby will be born in the Chinese year of the Snake.
The snake symbolizes the character traits of intelligence, gratefulness and materialism. Snakes are very effective in getting their own way. Snakes aren’t great communicators but they can be very affectionate with those they are close to. Snakes prefer calm and quiet over noise and need plenty of time for rest and relaxation. Snakes are hard working but get bored easily. A snake will be creative, diligent and thrive under pressure. With an appreciation of nice things, babies born in the year of the snake will enjoy books, music and fine foods – and have an excellent memory and lots of good luck.
The Royal Baby’s birthstone will be ruby.
The Royal Baby’s birth flower will be larkspur or water lily.
Here are some facts about babies!
•600,000 babies are born every year in the UK!
•A baby is born somewhere in the world every three seconds.
•Wilma Flintstone was the first animated character that was portrayed as pregnant.
•Fewer than 5% of babies arrive on their estimated delivery date.
•The longest animal pregnancy is the Alpine Salamander of Southern Europe, which is pregnant for 38 months. Possums have one of the shortest pregnancies at 16 days. Elephants are pregnant for 22 months.
•One in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth.
•In the UK about one in 80 babies is born a twin or triplet.
•There is no truth in the pregnancy myth that a hairy belly means you’re having a boy.
•Morning sickness is experienced by as many as 85% of women.
•Pregnancy cravings affect 90% of women.
•Among the weird items pregnant women have been known to crave are sand, soil, soap, matches, sandpaper and rubber!
•The egg is the largest cell in the human body, while the sperm is the smallest. A single egg weighs the same as 175,000 sperm.
•Babies recognize their mother’s voice at birth but it takes 14 days for them to recognise their father’s.
•Around a quarter of women have an epidural during their first pregnancy.
•The eggs of rabbits, gorillas, dogs, pigs, whales, mice and humans are all the same size.
•The average length of a name is six letters.
•The average child shares their birthday with 9 million people.
•The most popular day of the week to give birth is Tuesday.
•An average labour for a first-time mum is said to be 12 hours.
•Giraffes are born with the mother standing up, on the lookout for predators. That means a long drop of 5 to 7 feet to the ground – long enough to break the baby’s umbilical cord!
•A baby is born with very sophisticated hearing and can work out where a sound is coming from just 10 minutes after being born. Psychologists have found that babies as young as just 2 days old can recognise their mothers from a tape recording of only one syllable.
•In the UK, most women leave their placentas at the hospital for them to dispose of it. In other cultures, it plays an important part. In some cultures, the placenta is eaten.
There is much speculation as to whether the Royal baby will be a boy or a girl. There are many old wives’ tales that are supposed to predict gender!
It’s a boy if…
• You didn’t experience morning sickness
• Your extra weight is round your front
• The bump is low
• Your areola (around around nipples) has gone very dark
• Your feet are cold a lot
• You crave protein
• The father is gaining weight too
• Add your age at the time of conception to the number of the month you conceived. If the amount is even, it’s a boy.
It’s a girl if…
• You experience morning sickness
• Your hair turns reddish
• Your bump is high up
• You crave sweets, fruit and orange juice
• You have mood swings
• Add your age at the time of conception to the number of the month you conceived. If the amount is odd, it’s a girl.
Finally, some strange celebrity cravings!
• Britney Spears – dirt
• Victoria Beckham – smoked salmon
• Jennifer Lopez – salsa, M&Ms and orange soda
• Katie Holmes – cupcakes
• Davina McCall – Coca-cola, sponges
• Amanda Holden – Guinness
• Catherine Zeta Jones – Branston Pickle
Decorating the Nursery
When deciding how to decorate a nursery, there are lots of decisions to make!
Here are some of our favourite options for nursery curtains.
We think that the Rosings curtains range would be lovely for a nursery. This is because these curtains are thermal foam backed curtains, which have various benefits. One of these benefits is that the majority of light will be blocked out, leading to a better quality of sleep. Also, outside noise will be reduced inside the nursery when the curtains are drawn. The Rosings curtains will keep the nursery warmer in the winter months and cooler during the summer months, which sounds perfect for a nursery to us! The design comes in a range of colours – pink, cream, latte, wedgewood and green.
The Lavenham Curtains range is also ideal for a nursery. These curtains have a lovely polka dot design and would work in a nursery for a boy or a girl. The design comes in a range of colours – powder blue, red, rose, sage and taupe. These are blackout curtains so will be perfect for a nursery.
Made to measure curtains are also perfect for a nursery as you can have the curtains made in a colour that works with the rest of the nursery decor – this option is brilliant if you have opted for a patterned wallpaper and simply want some curtains to complement this.
We particularly like these colours – the Milano Buttermilk Curtains, the Milano Candy Curtains, the Milano Sky Curtains and the Milano Apple Curtains.
Which are your favourite nursery curtains? If you have a nursery, how have you decorated it? Let us know on our facebook page, our google+ page or tweet us!
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