(The BritMums reviewer was provided the products mentioned free to test and review. All opinions are the reviewer’s own.)
With half the world watching the news about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle having their baby this week, there are many questions on everyone’s lips. The whole world is speculating what the new baby will be called. Will he become a Prince? Will Meghan breastfeed? What are the ‘protocols’ for new babies in the Royal Family? Will Meghan follow the expected royal traditions? How will they decorate the baby’s nursery?
At BritMums we’ve also been wondering what gifts Harry and Meghan might receive and what the nursery theme for their new arrival might be.
We’ve witnessed the birth of many Royal babies over the years but Meghan, now Duchess of Sussex, is something of a novelty in the British Royal Family with her TV background and LA lifestyle. We’re fascinated to see how she and Prince Harry will handle new parenthood under the scrutiny of the British public and the media at home and worldwide.
While Prince William and Princess Catherine appear outwardly traditional in their parenting style, as the heir to the throne we can only presume that they adhered closely to Royal customs surrounding parenthood.
Prince George’s nursery was apparently decorated in a Beatrix Potter theme, a quintessentially English choice and one that many of us can relate to, having received Beatrix Potter gifts in our own childhoods. But what might Prince Harry and Meghan choose?
BritMums decided to look at some Beatrix Potter themed gifts that we would enjoy for our own or friends’ new babies.
Beatrix Potter licensed gifts from Enesco
Enesco have produced a wide range of officially licensed Beatrix Potter goods for babies, children and adults for over 30 years. I looked at four items, in anticipation of needing some unique and unusual gifts fit for a royal baby.
I chose a miniature figurine, two women’s neck scarves and a child’s dinner set.
Children’s 5-piece Organic Dinner Set – £22
This gorgeous plate, bowl, cup, fork and spoon set has an attractive Peter Rabbit design in matt finished bright and cheerful colours. I particularly like that the plate and bowl are round/oval in the centre while the outer edge is square. The two-compartment plate design includes the words ‘eating too much lettuce makes me sleepy’ in its pattern while a leafy-themed design edges all the items. It’s available in Peter Rabbit blue and Flopsy Bunny pink.
Officially recommended for age 18 months plus, this is an ideal present for children of any age for a birth or christening gift to ‘grow into’, as a gorgeous first dinner set for weaning age or a fun and durable picnic set for older kids.
Made of sustainable bamboo, the set is 100% biodegradable and BpA-free making it perfect for any plastic-conscious parent. It looks fresh and natural, and is dishwasher safe though not suitable for microwave or oven.
I can imagine a mini Harry or Meghan tucking into many a royal breakfast with this set!
Tom Kitten Miniature Figurine – £9.95
At 6cm tall this was a little smaller than expected although it is called a miniature! However it’s absolutely beautiful, perfectly detailed, brightly coloured and (my daughter’s teacher at school has banned this word) it’s super-cute! A lovely keepsake for a birth or christening present or a room decoration for older children.
It’s made from resin, hand-painted and taken from an original Beatrix Potter illustration. My daughter loves this one as it is very like her own cat!
All the figurines in the collection look beautiful and would make an appealing set for children or adults to collect.
Peter Rabbit Scarf, blue – £12
I like to buy presents for the new Mums in my life as well as for their new babies and this scarf, along with the pink one below, would make a great gift for a new Mum.
They’re also a perfect combination for Mummy-Daughter couture (I’m a bit of a cheesey parent sometimes and occasionally enjoy wearing similar things to my daughter. Meghan Markle, you saw it first here!) being the same but different and fun enough for a child to wear whilst good quality and stylish enough for Mums.
Made from 100% polyester the scarf is 180cm x 50cm long with a soft, floaty almost cotton-like, delicate feel. It has frayed edges and a pretty, single design at either end depicting Peter Rabbit among plant pots and flowers.
Peter Rabbit Garden Party Scarf, pink – £12
Made from the same fabric and the same size as the blue scarf, this has a repeating pattern (rather than a single one either end) showing Peter with flowers, bees, Miss Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddleduck.
With nearly 200 unique products in the Beatrix Potter collection there really is something for everyone, of every age.
Others items I like the look of and which are perfect for celebrating a royal baby include a Peter Rabbit soft toy in a Union flag bag, bamboo snack boxes and eggcup sets. The Peter Rabbit perpetual calendar is fun, and there are lots of mugs, toiletry sets and figurines.
The Peter Rabbit Doctor’s Bag looks delightful. It’s a plush doctor’s set – even the bag is fabric – and part of the proceeds go towards Great Ormond Street Hospital.
All in all I can’t fault any of the items we looked at.
They would make wonderful gifts fit for the new Prince or Princess in anybody’s family and I’m sure BritMums readers will agree. I wonder what Meghan would think and whether she’s already considering some beautiful Beatrix Potter memorabilia for her new Royal arrival?