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What to expect when you’re expecting

From baby showers to gifts and apps - it’s all about the babies

By Catherine Harper
2 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
  • Sapore Di Bice.

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Three baby shower options

Italian style

Where: Sapore Di Bice, City Walk and JBR
How much: Dh250 for every two guests
Details: The popular Italian eatery has recently launched its baby shower package offering a tempting afternoon tea to celebrate with the mum-to-be. The menu features an array of delights including finger sandwiches, scones, mini pastries, cakes and home-made cookies along with a wide variety of fine teas and soft drinks. The venue, food and accessories will be colour coordinated in pink, blue or gender-neutral purple. 04 344 2550/04 551 6349.

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High tea

Where: Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek
How much: Dh130 per person inside, Dh160 per person outside
Details: Choose from a selection of set menus for a smart afternoon-tea baby shower at the Park Hyatt. Featuring traditional fare such as sandwiches, savoury finger foods, petits fours and mini cakes – accompanied by a wide selection of teas and coffees – your baby shower can be held inside in the lounge or bar area, or outside on the pretty terrace overlooking the Creek. Included in the price is a pink or blue (or neutral) baby shower cake that’ll be enough for 12 guests. 04 602 1818.

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Home comforts

Where: A venue of your choice
How much: Prices vary according to requirements
Details: If mum-to-be would prefer to celebrate in familiar surroundings, why not hire a company to come in and do the hard work for you? Local party organisers Craft Studio will rock up at your home – or a venue of your choosing – bringing with them table styling, decor, games, party accessories and favours and, of course, catering according to your preference. They’ll set up and manage everything, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the party! www.craftstudio.ae, 050 558 6061.

Free baby boxes

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Marhababy

Local company Marhababy has launched a unique service for pregnant women and new mums. Sign up online and you’ll be sent a personalised voucher to exchange at Babyshop for a box packed full of sample goodies from the likes of Huggies, Johnson&Johnson and Palmer’s, as well as discount vouchers for local stores and stacks of info on everything baby-related. There’s even a free Aquarius mag in there for good measure! Online, you’ll also find a Mom’s Offers section – featuring up-to-date deals around town – as well as info, articles and advice on everything from pregnancy and wellness to newborn care and raising children in Mom’s Knowledge. www.marhababy.com.

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Stroller souk

Confused about which stroller or travel system to choose? Wondering what kind of product will suit your lifestyle? Pop along to the first Stroller Souk, a new monthly event held by BabySouk at its Al Quoz warehouse, on February 9, where you’ll get access to expertise and advice on the various options available, as well as be able to try out a wide range of international brands including Phil&Teds, Mountain Buggy, Baby Jogger and more. You’ll even be able to take advantage of event-specific discounts and pre-orders of the latest brands and models coming to the UAE. www.babysouk.com, 04 321 4328.

Baby gifts

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Pamper hamper

Luxury British store Fortnum & Mason is now offering gift hampers for new babies, featuring a selection of items from its upmarket ranges. Full of super-cute goodies including teddy bears, rabbit booties and keepsakes as well as practical but still luxurious items such as head-to-toe baby wash and cashmere blankets, the hampers can also be customised according to your preference and gift tags can be personalised with initials. Dh1,700, Fortnum & Mason 04 388 2627.

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Build a basket

Baby boutique DbBabies will custom-make a basket of gifts for new arrivals featuring your selection of products from its funky ranges. Choose from newborn essentials such as towels, blankets and sleepsuits as well as fun and quirky gifts, soft toys and keepsakes. The baskets come in different sizes and are white with either pink or blue fabric lining, embroidered with baby’s name. They’ll even be delivered beautifully gift-wrapped. www.dbbabies.com, 050 600 3199.

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Appy eating

There’s a handy new tool in the weaning world. Trusted baby food guru Annabel Karmel’s advice is now available at the touch of a button. Her Essential Guide To Feeding Your Baby and Toddler app (Dh20.99)is packed full of weaning advice and tasty, nutritious recipes for meals that will suit both small diners and the rest of the family, as well as hints and tips to get your little ones eating a wide range of healthy foods and developing an appetite for a wholesome diet. The app includes video demonstrations, step-by-step instructions and handy cooking tips, and there’s even a notes section to customise recipes to suit your family, and a meal planner function so you can organise yourself for the week ahead. www.annabelkarmel.com.

By Catherine Harper

By Catherine Harper