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The business of baby

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News of the royal baby's birth called for an impromptu toast and celebration inside the British Isles gift shop in Rice Village.

"We believe everyone is safe and healthy and we're thrilled," a store clerk said as she popped open a bottle of champagne.

Elsewhere in the store, Laura Zavala snapped up a royal themed tea towel for a pregnant friend.

"I figure she would like this since she's so close to having her baby with the royal baby," she said.

Nursery china is on the way, but for the most part commemorative items are limited since no one knew if the birth would result in a future king or queen, and the royal parents didn't immediately announce a name.

That didn't stop people from shelling out cash, placing bets on everything from delivery dates to gender guesses.

"I lost ten dollars actually," said Guy Streatfeild, owner of British Isles. " I thought it was going to be a girl"

 

An estimated 380 thousand children are born somewhere in the world every day. They can't all be "official" royalty, but with enough money, they can sure sleep like one.

The staff at Doodles baby gifts and more specialize in helping new parents create custom made nurseries.

"I think it's just really classic. I think would be sort of royalesque," said Connor Burnam, when asked to point out a crib fit for a future king. Burnam chose a four post iron bed.

The bedding selection is also a bit "royal," with items made of silk and other high end materials.

"You pick every little facet about it: the side fabric, the cording, the sheet, the dust ruffle," he said.

Modern designs have replaced cartoon character themes, and three piece furniture sets at Doodle's can cost upward of 4 thousand dollars, though the store does carry less expensive options.

"The baby business is booming," said Rick Leviton, owner of Previous Baby Protectors. "People are spending more money on their children now, on their babies."

Leviton's company baby proofs homes and outdoor swimming pools.

"Twenty two years ago when we were doing this, we were doing one or two houses a month and still working a full time job," he said. " And now we do five to ten houses a day. A lot of kids like to escape out of front back doors, especially if you live on a main road or in a palace (like the royal baby). You don't want them run over."

Leviton uses special locks designed to keep the little ones in and bad guys out.

He also uses semi-permanent mesh fencing to safeguard swimming pools, or in the case of a palace, "I'm sure they have a couple ponds. Water safety is a real big issue," he said.

The average pool will cost about 18 hundred dollars to secure, which is a lot less than what folks are forking over to bookies playing the royal name game guess, British or not.

"I think it's great and I think anybody who has a child born in 2013 will always relate to the royal baby because people love babies," Streatfeild said.

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