Nursery times

With the news of a new royal baby on the way we've picked our favourite nursery accessories inspired by Will and Kate.
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1. Hire an expert
Dragons of Walton Street, Chelsea, is said to be best nursery shop in the world, selling handmade bespoke furniture and holding the only licence to reproduce Beatrix Potter scenes in the country. It is run by mother-of two Lucinda Croft, who worked with her friend, Diana, Princess of Wales, to create the pale blue Beatrix Potter-themed royal nurseries of Wills and Harry. She also helped Fergie decorate the Flower Fairies nursery of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, using gingham and pale pinks.

Celebrity requests have come from Elton John and David Furnish (they wanted a crystal-encrusted Moses basket for their baby, Zachary), and Madonna, who wanted a huge mural for the wall of daughter Lourdes's bedroom. Find the firm at
2. Spitfire wallpaper
Fit for a prince who wants to follow in his RAF dad's footsteps, this aeroplane-covered wallpaper from PaperBoy costs £60 a roll. From
3. The BabyPing Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor
This will keep an eye on youngsters while you're in another room; £236.98 (babymonitorsdirect). It has a movement sensor, video camera and microphone, and will send an alert to your iPhone or iPad at the first sign of trouble. What's more, because it connects using the internet rather than by radio waves, you will never be out of range — no matter how big your palace.
4. Play soothing nursery rhymes
The UsTwo App (69p) can be downloaded to any iTunes device. For the technominded baby the Zeppelin Air — the ultimate speaker dock from Bowers & Wilkins — is £499.99 (
5. Hang a mobile
This one fits to a cot to entertain baby. The Little Bird Told Me Luxury Mobile, £40, is from John Lewis (
6. The quintessential teddy
An Asquith teddy bear is the perfect companion for any baby. Made in soft mohair they cost from £145 (

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