Shopping for babies in Dubai

Where to buy cots, clothes and a whole lot of cute stuff in Dubai

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Baby stuff

Babyshop: One of the most diverse product ranges in the city: baby rockers, booties, bibs, rattles and bottles.
04 266 1519. Abu Hail Centre. Open daily 9am-11pm. Other locations: Mall of the Emirates; Karama; Reef Mall; Centrepoint, Trade Centre Road; The Dubai Mall; Oasis Centre.

Babies R Us: Situated in Toys R Us, Babies R Us houses furniture, car seats, strollers, feeding equipment and toys. Also has a ‘Baby Registry’ service.
04 206 6564. Toys R Us, Festival City. Open daily 10am-10pm.

Bumblebee: Stocking leading European brands, this innovative one-stop shop caters for design- and fashion-conscious parents and includes a maternity wear section.
04 330 8160. The Dubai Mall. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight.

Cacharel: This traditional store’s collection will take you back in time.
04 339 8661. The Dubai Mall. Open Thu-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun-Wed 10am-10pm.

Carrefour: Hectic hypermarket with low prices and an extensive range.
04 295 1600. City Centre. Open Sat-Wed 9am-midnight; Thu-Fri 9am-1am. Other location: Mall of the Emirates.

Chicco: Italian children’s brand including Mamma Donna essentials.
04 434 0845. The Dubai Mall. Open Thu-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun-Wed 10am-10pm. Other location: BurJuman.

Favourite Things: A great baby boutiqe stocking quirky and useful items for mums-to-be.
04 434 1984. Dubai Marina Mall.

Goodbaby: Brands include Maclaren, Maxi Cosi, Quinny and Phil & Teds.
04 397 5653. Trade Centre Road, opp Spinneys. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 4.30pm-10pm. Other location: Abu Hail.

Jacadi: Beautiful furniture and accessories for babies and kids.
04 339 8422. The Dubai Mall Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight.

JustKidding: Upmarket store stocking brands such as Jottum, Bugaboo and Boon. A dozen real nursery showrooms showcase beautiful baby furniture and experts are on hand to answer your questions.
04 341 3922. Interchange four, 26th Street, Al Quoz. Open Sat-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri 2pm-8pm.

Mamas & Papas: A classy UK store with expert advice, beautiful nursery furniture and a gorgeous range of stylish, practical maternity wear.
04 344 0981. Mercato Mall. Open weekdays 10am-10pm; weekends 10am-11pm. Other locations: The Dubai Mall; Wafi City.

Mothercare: Mothercare is reassuringly economical and stocks everything from car seats to clothing with a practical maternity wear range.
04 368 5921. Ibn Battuta Mall. Open Sun-Wed 9am-10pm, Thu-Sat 9am-midnight. Other locations: Al Ghurair Centre; BurJuman; Deira City Centre; Lamcy Plaza; Spinneys Jumeirah One; Spinneys Jumeirah Two; Mall of the Emirates; Dubai Mall.

Prémaman: Chic maternity gear plus an extensive range of baby products.
04 339 9680. The Dubai Mall. Open daily 10am-midnight. Other location: Uptown Mirdif.

Theophile & Patachou: Popular with celebs, stocking stylish furniture and clothes for one-month-olds upwards.
04 339 8870. The Dubai Mall. Open daily 10am-midnight.


Maternity wear

Blossom Mother & Child: A haven of gorgeous clothes and accessories, deck your bump out in designer clobber from the likes of Anya Hindmarch and Clements Ribeiro.
04 434 0103. The Dubai Mall. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight.

Debenhams: Stocking the latest UK fashion trends for expectant mums, Debenhams offers a wide collection in various high street brands.
04 294 0011. Deira City Centre. Open daily 10am-midnight. Other locations: Ibn Battuta Mall; Mall of the Emirates.

Destination Maternity: Stockists of the Pea in the Pod collection sported by Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek, this stylish mum-to-be store also has skincare, fitness and nutritional products.
04 330 8460. The Dubai Mall. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Other locations: Mirdif City Centre.

Dorothy Perkins: A small yet cute maternity range from this affordable UK retailer.
04 334 0734. Lamcy Plaza. Open daily 9am-10.30pm. Other location: Debenhams, Mall of the Emirates.

Formes: Style is equally as important as comfort with elegant maternity wear from this French brand.
04 324 4856. Wafi City. Open daily 10am-10pm.

H&M: Affordable, colourful fashion for trendy mums-to-be.
04 341 5440. Mall of the Emirates. Open daily 10am-11pm. Other locations: Deira City Centre; Ibn Battuta.

JeansWest: Perfect-fit maternity jeans.
04 339 8602. The Dubai Mall, Open daily 10am-midnight.

Jenny Rose Maternity: For mums-to-be who refuse to look frumpy.
04 341 0577. Mall of the Emirates. Open Sat-Fri 10am-10pm. Other location: BurJuman.

Mamas & Papas: Latest fashion trends for mums to be at this upmarket UK store.
04 344 0981. Mercato Mall. Open weekdays 10am-10pm; weekends 10am-11pm. Other locations: The Dubai Mall; Wafi City.

New Look: Affordable maternity clothing from the UK with casual options for mums to be.
04 355 6578. BurJuman. Open Sun-Wed 9am-10pm, Thu-Sat 9am-midnight. Other locations: Deira City Centre; The Dubai Mall.

Red Herring: Essentials for mums to be including lingerie and funky outerwear.
04 368 5911. Debenhams, Ibn Battuta Mall. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Other locations: Debenhams, Mall of the Emirates.

Topshop: Styles that reflect changing trends – Topshop tweaks its other collections to make mums trendy.
04 339 9790. The Dubai Mall. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Other locations: Arabian Plaza Mirdif; Deira City Centre; Ibn Battuta Mall; Mercato; Wafi.


Nursery furniture

Bellini: Designer baby furniture from America’s leading baby boutique.
04 438 9539. The Walk, JBR. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm.

Ikea: A range of mini-person furniture with everything you need for a nursery, bedroom or play area.
04 203 7555. Dubai Festival City. Open daily 10am-10pm.

Kidz Inc: Kidz Inc stocks high-quality furniture and accessories for children and babies. Everything available complies with stringent European or US safety standards, and is made of the highest-quality materials.
04 340 5059; info@kidzincdubai.com. Al Quoz. Open Sat-Thu 8am-6pm, closed Fri.

K.Kids: Designer Sawsan Haber makes wooden furniture specifically to your requirements. They also have a selection of linen, curtains, paint, flooring, lighting and accessories. Staff are on the ball and obliging.
04 344 4753; kkids@eim.ae Jumeirah Plaza Mall. Open Sat-Thu 10am-9pm; closed Fri.

Pottery Barn Kids: Pretty products and beautiful furniture for nurseries and play areas.
04 606 2710. Mirdif City Centre. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight.


Specialist shops

Alpina: Gourmet chocolate store offering chocolate favours and other gifts for newborns.
04 349 4014; www.alpinachocolate.com. Jumeirah. Open Thu-Sat 10am-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm.

AnnaPi: Handmade slings, breastfeeding pillows and cushions.
055 649 1400; contact@annapi.com; www.annapi.com. Available online at www.souk.com.

Baby Bling: Clothes, gifts and accessories for high earners, with customisation options, the firm also organises baby showers and hospital decorating.
04 344 1115. The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road. Open daily 10am-10pm.

babysouk.com: Essentials for hip little ones with brands including Grobag, Tiny revolutionary, Heimess, Dushi, and a range for premature babies. Next-day delivery in Dubai.

bubsboutique.com: Contemporary, organic baby clothes and accessories sourced from around the world for their luxury, durability and practicality.

Coochy Coo: Handmade clothing, kindergarten bags and birth pillows in Coochy Coo’s simple style.
055 657 7982; shop@cocchycoo.net; www.coochycoo.net.

dubaibabies.com: All sorts of adorable baby products including gift baskets you can fill up with handmade patchwork blankets, organic baby toiletries, clothes and toys.
050 457 9698.

Favourite Things Mother & Child: A spruce play centre with a novelty boutique.
04 434 1984. Dubai Marina Mall.

NooNoo: Deluxe comfort blankies for toddlers, so soft that you’ll be tempted to get one for yourself.
Contact Lissy on 050 553 5142 or email amorris@emirates.net.ae.

Rent-A-Crib: Rent car seats, cots, strollers, high chairs and more. Free delivery.
050 253 2535; www.rentacrib.ae; info@rentacrib.ae. Equipment hire from Dhs30 per week (car seats, cots, high chairs and buggies from Dhs90 per week).


Understanding Underwear

During your pregnancy, Invest in at least two maternity bras, two sleep support bras and two nursing bras. Get fitted every trimester as you’ll be changing rapidly, and opt for non-underwired in a cotton mix for comfort.

Mothercare and Marks & Spencer both have very comfortable options, while Just Kiddings’ Nopples range is a stylish choice.
Grey bra and pants, by Nopples, Dhs220 bra (with insert and detachable strap for easy breastfeeding), Dhs105 pants (with high waistband). both from Just Kidding.

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