The birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child was met with world-wide interest and speculation. Despite the fact that the royal couple wanted to maintain the tradition by announcing the birth via a quaint bulletin placed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, the world-wide demand for royal baby news finally won out and the announcement of the birth of the new prince was made via a press release emailed to journalists. Will and Kate’s healthy royal baby is officially named H.R.H. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
A royal name steeped in history
Naming a baby is always difficult – more so when he will probably end up on currency throughout the Commonwealth! As one would expect, tradition won out in the end, with a name that echoes down the royal line.
“George” was the name of Queen Elizabeth ІІ’s father, King George VI (brought to attention recently in the Oscar-winning movie "The King's Speech"). The name "Alexander" is a feature of the Dutch royal family, while “Louis” was the first name of Lord Mountbatten, uncle of the baby’s great-grandfather H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and mentor to H.R.H. Prince Charles.
So with the job of naming their son out of the way, first time parents Kate and Will now get down to the even more intimidating job of looking after their newborn. While there will no doubt be many caring hands they can call on, they will discover that, royalty or not, all babies have similar needs in the first few months of life.
Tips for Kate and Will – or any new parent …
The first few months following birth are often delightful. But there’s no doubt they can also be exhausting. For Will and Kate, now is the time to call on those close family bonds and garner the support of grandparents and siblings with some spare time on their hands to watch over the little prince occasionally, so that the new worn out Mum & Dad can snatch some precious moments of sleep.
No silver spoons – at least, not for now
Feeding is obviously of paramount importance and if breastfeeding, new parents should seek the expert advice of a lactation consultant about how to latch the baby on. A general rule is it’s wise not to let the newborn go more than three hours between feeds (the three hours being from the beginning of one feed to the beginning of the next feed).
It’s also important not to let the baby become overtired. By week two or three most babies can stay awake an hour or so, but longer than this can lead to a baby becoming irritable and throwing a royal tantrum or two. To combat this, keep visitors to a minimum during the first couple of weeks so as to allow time for the couple to get used to the new baby – and to the reality of being parents!
Equally as important as the baby feeding regularly, of course, is that mum should also eat her three healthy meals a day. Routinely eating nutrient-rich foods throughout the day will maximise the little energy a new mother has, ensuring her the stamina she needs to be the best mum she can be.
Check out plenty of other handy hints and tips on caring for newborns to help make sure your baby gets the best care.