Three of my favorite things are colliding today! Babies, the Royal Family and the news! As Kate Middleton’s spring due date approaches, everyone is back on baby watch. Whether it’s her ball gowns, maternity wear or even her sweats, anything the Duchess wears spurs a retail frenzy known as the “Kate effect.” And it doesn’t stop with Mom – there is even an entire website dedicated to what Prince George wore. With baby #2 on the horizon, all eyes are on the royal family for baby gear that is fit for a king.
My love for the royal family runs deep! Between my Mom’s shrine to Princess Diana in our home (I wish I were kidding) and my study abroad in London, I’ve been a royal family junky for yeaaars. With my pregnancies almost exactly coinciding with the duchesses I have once again followed the royals every move. I have loved learning about her baby buys and trying to either pinch my pennies to buy the same ones or find royal baby gear for a fraction of the cost.
Today, I’ve compiled an AMAZING $1,200 giveaway for one lucky CSP reader full of my favorite (and some dream) products that are fit for a royal. All of these items will be featured this morning on NBC’s Charlotte Today at 11:00 am – don’t miss it as I waddled around with my HUGE 9 month pregnant belly to share the ideas with my favorite local news ladies. 🙂
Without further ado, here is the Smarty Royal Swag!!
Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair ($300)
Prince George was spotted using this gorgeous, modern high chair while on vacation in Australia. A royal family favorite, this high chair is made of solid beechwood and allows baby to eat on a tray and eventually grow to eating right at the table. It is so beautiful it is even featured as part of the collection at NY Museum of Modern Art.
4moms Mamaroo Baby Swing ($239)
The new modern swing mimicks the bounce and sway of Mommies! I imagine the Princess Kate Mommy bounce is very similar to the commoner Mommy bounce and mimicked perfectly by the Mamaroo. It can be controlled by our Bluetooth phone, plays music and has five different bounce movements.
Hart to Hart Photography ($200)
The Royal Baby photos spurred an absolute frenzy when they were first released. Every Mom knows that documenting those first few days and months are so crucial as they grow so quickly. One of my favorite Charlotte photographers has a real regal style. Showcasing lots of natural moments and beautiful light. She is giving away a $200 gift card which is about the cost of a maternity or newborn shoot.
Solly Baby Wrap ($65)
One of my favorite things about Prince William and Kate is that they have tried to cut costs and live a more “normal” life than some of the past royals. With two babies in tow, the Duchess is certain to need some more hands just like the Solly Baby Founder Elle, who created a way for Moms to carry their newborns AND care for their toddlers. They are beautiful and functional. You will LOVE this product. Solly Baby Wrap is giving away one free wrap to CSP readers!
Stay and Co. ($45)
The duchess is allll about the organic clothing/blanket trend! She was recently photographed buying several organic baby layettes in London, spurring a flurry of organic clothing purchase by new and expecting mothers (myself included). Two Moms who have a love of fashion, soft clothing and children founded this amazing company Stay&Co.. You can checkout their darling blog here! They are giving away one of their incredibly soft, organic navy modal blankets.
Freshly Picked Moccs ($45-$60)
Prince George is a huge fan of the soft souled shoes of olden days. Soft souled shoes have made a big comeback in the states as well with the launch of the Mama founded Freshly Picked Moccs and their feature on Shark Tank. These moccs have been spotted in nearly every celebrity magazine and are a favorite of the American royals – the Kardsashians (ok, kidding, almost). We love their story and are thrilled that they are giving away a free pair of baby moccs to one lucky reader!
Sticking with the organic theme, one of the biggest trends in baby gear right now is all natural soap baby bath/diapering products. It is absolutely appalling what chemicals we have been lathering our babies with over the last 20 years. Thankfully, darling Jessica Alba made it her personal mission to found a company where parents can find all natural products for their babies and children. Honest is giving away one free “Baby Arrival Gift Set.”
Puj Tub ($45)
We all know how much the British Royals love a good bath, and their babies are no different! The Puj Tub is my #1 recommended baby shower gift. Another product designed by Moms – for Moms, this bath lays flat for storage and folds up to fit right in your sink. It’s sleek, modern and fabulous. My favorite feature is that the water constantly drains out keeping baby nice and warm. Puj Tub is giving away one free tub!
Flutter Bunny Boutique Mobile (1 free baby mobile)
The classic mobiles are back! With a modern twist, nearly every regal nursery is bound to have a mobile. I was looking for a mobile for my newborn and found Flutter Bunny. I instantly fell in love. They are gorgeous, handcrafted mobiles that have a modern look yet classic flare. I love the wooden design which so perfectly picks up everything on par with the royal style. Flutter Bunny is nice enough to be giving away one free baby mobile!
Like/follow Flutter Bunny on ONE of these social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Hopi Little Ones ($25)
Every Mama knows that a swaddle blanket is an absolute MUST HAVE items when shopping for baby. And not just one, you need a whole slew of them. I have been gushing over these beautiful, hand-dyed organic swaddle blankets made by a soon-to-be Mama friend of mine. Swaddle blankets traditionally have some pretty hideous designs – which led the Hopi Little Ones founder to strive for a gorgeous new take on the traditional blanket. Aren’t they stunning? Hopi Little Ones is giving away one free blanket!
Like/follow Hopi Little Ones on Instagram.
While nursing Annie I had one of those old nursing covers that was always flapping open and causing me grief. This cover acts almost like a shirt – covering you allllll the way around your body. It is genius! And a double bonus, it doubles as a carseat cover. Feed your baby under it, then slip it right over them in the carseat to keep baby safe and sound while sleeping. Covered Goods is new Moms must have nursing cover! Covered Goods is giving away one cover to a CSP reader.
While on royal holiday (as the British like to call vacay) Prince George was photographed sipping back a Plum Organics pouch in his Stokke Highchair. I was thrilled to hear this as Plum Organics is one of my all time favorite baby products! Created by parents, these pouches are the easiest, mess free way to pack your child full of fruits, veggies, grains and even meats! Plum Organics is giving away A bundle of goodies from their baby line, including an assortment of their Stage 2 pouches, Super Puffs, Little Yums Teething Wafers and their new product Hello Meals.
There you have it! Those are the giveaway items! Now, just as an aside, I am also featuring the Bugaboo Donkey on the Charlotte Today show. While it’s not in the official giveaway, I didn’t want you to miss out on getting more deets on this one.
It is a well-known fact that Princess Kate is a huge bugaboo fan! The duchess toted around Prince George in the gorgeous bugaboo Chameleon, which has a modern spin on the traditional pram style stroller. Her stroller pic was flashed on nearly every magazine, sending the oh-so popular Bugaboo into the most coveted stroller position. It is the must have stroller of EVERY celebrity. Our money is on Princess Kate making the jump to the even more beautiful and brilliant Bugaboo Donkey, which can expand to tote either one, two or even THREE children. It is sleek, easy to fold, light weight and the top of the line stroller! I’ve heard it referred to as the sexy mini-van stroller as it both stunning AND can comfortable take your family on any adventure.
Here’s how to enter the Smarty Royal Giveaway
1. Follow/like ALL 12 of these companies on ONE of their social media outlets.
2. Leave us a comment below telling us why you should win and that you have entered.
BONUS ENTRY: Repost the royal graphic tagging Charlotte Smarty Pants on either Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
One winner (yep, winner takes ALL!) will be chosen by random and announced March 1st! Entrants do not have to live in Charlotte.
Best of luck to all who enter!