When shopping for your growing bump or baby in and around Luxembourg, specialised baby & maternity shops, scattered all over comes to mind.
To name just a few:
Orchestra Premaman in Howald with probably the most disappointing level of customer service, Abitare Kids in Junglinster offering the best versatility and taste when it comes to nursery decor, Baby Center, by far probably the most expensive baby shop in the Greater Region and a hidden gem with a great variety and friendly service, Studioland in Contern.
A lot of parents decide to jump borders and shop at Baby One in Trier (DE) offering a huge variety at best prices, while others opt for Bebe9 in Thionville (or Mont Saint Martin) (FR) and lastly not to forget DM in Germany for your baby staples.
If you’ve already completed mission stroller, car seat and nursery furniture, you’d be surprised at just how much you’ll be able to find in the baby section of other non baby specific stores.
Boutique style with hefty price tags for sure is what you’ll find in the city center, whereas making a day trip to the Gare may just surprise you…
If you’ve missed Gare Shopping, baby! – Part I, hop on over right here.
Veritas in Avenue de la Gare mostly offers women’s accessories but if you scoot over to the back section on the left you will find cute hair accessories for baby girls, arts and craft items (to liven up the baby nursery) and swimwear, sunglasses, hats etc for baby boys and girls.
I have to add that there is a little boutique called Z, a few shops down. The prices are also more in line with boutiques in the city center. Each time I’ve been there I promise myself never to return, as the service or lack thereof is appalling. There is just something about a cashier continuing a personal phone conversation, regardless of customers lining up and ready to pay, that gets to me. But maybe that’s just me.
Then just around the corner, a French department chain Monoprix ,opened its doors early 2014 in Rue du Fort Bourbon. I won’t discuss the details of how my innocent baby shopping was side tracked by their clever marketing displays in the women’s section in front and how they tricked me into buying a few items (think bags!) but I will rather guide you to the baby section in the back of the store, on your left.
It’s refreshing for a change to see French baby clothing styles other than Petit Bateau. They completely had me with their Africa inspired leather summer sandals for older babies.
Other than clothing you will also find baby food, infant & follow on formulas, diapers, wipes, 100% cotton fitted cot sheets, baby bath essentials, even an Ergobaby baby carrier (€119) and a travel seat (€20) for babies that can already sit unaided. (Not the very best in quality but for €20 what do you expect. For superior quality, durability and sleek design you can buy an In the pocket baby for €45.)
We all know that mama’s cooking is best for baby when it comes to variation in taste but baby foods in Europe are strictly regulated, so a good option when you’re “on the go” or on hectic days when cooking isn’t an option.
They have some great organic (“bio”) options if your baby had enough of German brand Hipp’s organic jars of food (huge selection available at Auchan).
By now, your bump and/or baby in tow must be famished, which is why we are heading next door to Exki.
We all know organic is best for bump and baby, well everybody actually and that’s just what you’ll find here.
Cafeteria style (meaning no reservations possible), scrumptious and healthy soups, salads, sandwiches, quiches, tartelettes made from fresh, natural organic produce in season.
Their range of coffees and teas are also not to be forgotten and for those that drink on the job, wine is also offered. (It counts as 1 of your “5 a day” doesn’t it?).
There is another branch in the city center as well as in Auchan but what I love about this one is that it’s attached to a book/gift shop.
If you need to breastfeed your baby, I would head upstairs, where it’s more private, comfortable and spacious, complete with comfy soft chairs. The ambiance is also much more relaxed and if you’re like me, not keen to flaunt the nursing episode, once upstairs and facing the upstairs seated area, choose a window table in the corner to the left and seat yourself facing the window, with your back to the audience. This will give you plenty of opportunity to quench baby’s thirst without making eye contact with onlookers. I have to say though that the crowd at Exki, normally are quite tolerant of babies, regardless of the volatility they most often bring to the table…
You can safely leave your stroller downstairs in a corner (remove all valuables though). I would just ask the staff to keep an eye.
There is a restroom upstairs but to change diapers you will have to do the deed downstairs in the refreshingly clean disabled/changing restroom. (Ask for the key at the counter.)
The setup is self-ser
ve and with baby on your arm plus a tray of food you simply have to ask the staff whom will gladly offer to help you carry your lunch to the table. Remember to be good and clean your table when you leave.
Once baby can sit unaided
(around 6 months) you can use your fabric travel seat to secure baby safely to a comfy chair so you can have both hands free for a change.
More about the author
As mother of two darling babies, Certified IMPI Holistic Sleep Coach, Baby Planner and Happiest Baby Educator, Marise Hyman provides worldwide maternity coaching for expecting/future/new parents through Marise Hyman Maternity Coaching – setting them up for success, so they can sail into their new lives with confidence!
She is also the founder of the Luxmama Club & ParentPrep, an edgy non-profit organisation raising awareness for green, natural & holistic parenting alternatives, birth rights and postnatal mood disorders by offering a variety of inspiring social and educational events in Luxembourg