For all those with a bun in the oven out there, here’s Sassy Mama’s one-stop guide to some of our favorite and best loved brands, services, specialists and more who can help make your nine months a bit of a smoother ride. The best baby sleep trainer, where to find hot maternity jeans, which pre-natal massages have that lovely maternity bed (the one with the hole for your tummy!), the go-to online shops for when you’re not quite fit for public viewing…it’s all here.
PRE-NATAL PAMPERING + WELL-BEING
Bliss Spa at the W
One of our favorite prenatal massages out there is the “Great Expectations” treatment at this super hip spa. It’s muscle-melting and aaaaah-inducing.
9a.m to 10pm. (last appointment) daily
The W Hotel, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon | Tel: 3717 2797
EDS Day Spa
There are lots of places in HK that give great prenatal massages…but the key here, ladies, is the special bed specially designed for expecting moms that allows you can be on your tummy. Their mother-to-be massage is 50 minutes of pure bliss.
Monday to Friday 10a.m – 10p.m, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10a.m – 8p.m
9/F, Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central | Tel: 2521 6660
Feel Good Factor
We love the NYC style mani/pedi at this Sassy Mama favorite, but it was their 90 pregnancy massages on that special maternity massage bed that had us coming here all throughout our pregnancy. And for you new mums, the salon is exclusively yours every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 2 – 5p.m. There’s plenty of parking for prams and free wifi. Also taking into account Shop Yummy’s FEATURE DEAL – 50% off pregnancy pampering – how can you not go?
Monday to Friday 11a.m – 8p.m, Saturday 10:30a.m – 7:30p.m, Sunday 10:30a.m – 6:30p.m
2nd Floor, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham Street, Central | Tel: 2530 0610
The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
We’re talking 25,000 square feet over two floors of serious luxury at this awarding winning spa. The New Life Ritual treatment offers total relaxation for frazzled mums-to-be: a gentle body scrub, nourishing cream treatment and gentle body wrap, following by a scalp massage. Yes, please…!
10a.m – 11p.m daily
15 Queen’s Road Central, The Landmark, Central | Tel: 2132 0011
We all know the benefits to staying in shape when you’re expecting. High on our list of trainers and classes: Pure Yoga’s pre-natal classes are among the top in the city; for private workouts at home call Beth Narain for pre-natal pilates and Eddie Chambers for personal training.
STYLE FOR MUM + BUB
Bralicious is the go-to for sexy maternity and nursing lingerie (yes, it exists). They also offer bra-fitting services. (Check our our Q&A with owner Nicki here.)
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11a.m – 6p.m, Saturday 10a.m – 1p.m. Call Nicki on 9772 3864 to make a personal fitting appointment outside of these hours.
Room 105, 1/F Hollywood Centre, 77-91 Queens Road West, Sheung Wan
A super resource for some comfy yet stylish basics that will take you all through your pregnancy. They offer a range of lovely wrap dresses, easy tops, great simple pants, sleepwear and undergarments.
An online shop with a wide selection of fashion-forward tops, skirts, dresses, sleepwear and more. Find pieces for work, weekend and hitting the town (including, no kidding, a leather maternity mini dress – hot mama!).
A great shop for stylish maternity wear, as well as nursing tops and lingerie. They also have maternity bathing suits, a great selection of denim, and cute dresses.
7/F, 118 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 7966
Lulu Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s first ever ethical fashion store has a great selection of guilt-free, eco-chic maternity fashion including Hong Kong’s own Jolie Maman, a line of uber cool and comfy bamboo fabric dresses and tops. They also carry the cute Charlie Banana reusable nappies.
Hey Psst: Get 30% off Lulu’s Eve Ikat Peace Silk Dress at Shop Yummy now!
Check out the hours of various private sales here.
25/F Workington Tower, 78 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan | Email: [email protected]
The brainchild of ex-model Karen Page, Nine Months is the place for super chic designer maternity wear. A top pick for cocktail dresses for when you’re expecting – ditto for designer jeans. In addition to their Central boutique they also offer online shopping.
Monday to Friday 11a.m – 7:30p.m, Saturday and Sunday 11a.m – 6p.m, Public Holidays 12 – 5p.m
5/F Tung Yiu Commercial Building, 31A Wyndham Street, Central | Tel: 2868 5988
Italian for “I am a vessel”, Sono Vaso’s line offers a great mix of maternity basics. We love their aptly-named Essenziale line of must-haves (including the perfect maternity tank top and leggings), as well as a wide selection of classic tunics, dresses, jackets, pants and more that will take you all the way through your pregnancy (and post-baby as well, when you’ll want forgiving silhouettes and stretchy fabrics).
Sono Vaso is available at Bumps to Babes, as well as on their website, www.sonovaso.com.hk
GEAR, GIFTS + DECOR
Baby Central’s website is jam packed with all your baby needs – toys, gear, food, clothes – from top brands you trust. We love that you can get delivery free in HK and Kowloon if you place an HK$800 order before noon (that’s so speedy!!!).
Email: [email protected]
Bloom and Grow
Bloom and Grow is Asia’s leading distributor of some of the best and most-loved baby, nursery and maternity products around. With names like ERGOBaby Carrier, Grobag, Bambino Mio, the Bumbo, and Skip Hop, these guys have you covered with nursery decor, gear, and more. All of their products are found at top baby stores in Hong Kong including Bumps to Babes and many can also be ordered on their website.
Bumps to Babes
Bumps to Babes is Hong Kong’s largest mother and baby super store, offering a large range of maternity, baby and kid products. Just about everything under the sun can be found here – baby food, toys, cots, prams….you get the idea.
Go here for various store locations and hours.
An superstore with popular and cutting-edge brands from the US, Europe, the UK and Scandinavia. You want it, it’s probably here. Hit their website or pop into their new store in Central.
9/F, The Loop, 33 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong | Tel: 2905 1188
Eugene Club Centre
Eugene offers a giant selection of baby products, furniture, and gear – and specializes in (cool) Japanese baby products. We love love love their extremely well-organized giant stores.
10a.m – 9p.m daily
4/F, Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Rd Central | Tel: 2628-3777
With easy-on-the-wallet prices and cool designs, Ikea’s a great stop when kitting out your nursery.
Click here for their locations (Causeway Bay, Shatin and Kowloon Bay) and respective hours.
This UK brand offers a whole range of things for baby – bedding, toiletries, gear and furniture – as well as maternity clothing (and underwear!). We love their own branded products as well.
Click here for their locations all around Hong Kong.
In addition to being an online baby superstore with loads of brands you know (SkipHop, Peg Perego, etc), Our Baby also stocks hard to find Euro brands – if you’re hunting for some innovative playroom décor or the latest cutting edge car seat, pram, or cot this place may have just what you’re looking for.
MORE STORES WE LOVE: Sweet gifts, toys, decor and more can be found at: Hocusadabra.com, Hiplittlebubba.com, Not in the Malls, Petit Bazaar, StoryTime, and Tickitey-Boo.com
. Looking for sterling silver baby gifts or keepsakes? Check out Silver Magpie – they ship to HK (love!).
MUMMY + BABY ACTIVITIES
The Baby Signs
The Baby Signs Program helps children develop both language and cognitive skills. Studies show that babies who sign actually develop speech sooner and have larger vocabularies when they do start talking. Gigi offers a number of Baby Signs classes around the city – and will even organize private workshops for you and your friends at your home.
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 5174 0112
Music Together is an internationally recognized music program for infants through kindergarteners – and their grown-ups! In 1987 it pioneered early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult movement, and continues to be a leader today in nurturing the musician in every child. All Music Together classes are taught by Carla Pahl, a qualified Music Together Teacher/Director and Just Juniors Director.
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 26182466
Kindermusik by Catherine
Offering music playgroups for babies through little kids up to 7 year olds since 1999, Kindermusik by Catherine’s classes are held all around the city and at many private clubs (LRC, Clearwater Bay Golf Club, American Club…). It’s fun for baby and mummy!
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 2518 4840
Harry Wright Infant Aquatic program
This is serious swim business. Since 1975, generations of the Wright family have been developing a philosophy to do with introducing infants to swimming. Today the Harry Wright Infant Aquatic program offers unique Parent and Infant lessons – there is no better place for your little one to be in the water.
Email: [email protected] | Tel:2575 6279
Panda Junction is an active learning program for infants, toddlers and young children. Their activity room is a child’s ultimate playroom and consists of wooden and soft form-foam equipment – it’s an ever-changing room aimed at developing fine and gross motor skills and creativity. Their focus is on sensory perception programs that involve learning about the world through all the senses. We also love that they clean all our equipment after every class with hospital grade Chlorhexidine Hibicleans solution.
Wyndham Place, 20/F, 44 Wyndham Street, Central
Developed in Prague several decades ago, PEKiP is a child development program aimed at facilitating the development of babies in the first year, through play and movement. This highly effective child development course is run by Anne Knetch-Boyer (who we love!) for babies from 6-8 weeks to a year old, including those with special needs. Limited to 8 babies and 8 mothers, a PEKiP program consists of 8 to 12 sessions, each lasting 75 minutes, throughout the year.
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 2573 6623
For babies from 6 weeks to 18 months, Sensational Baby offers a unique play experience stimulating little ones’ eyes, ears, sense of touch and movement and provides a real development opportunity involving all the senses. The sessions offer the chance for babies to socialize and interact with each other and their parents or carers and to spend some precious time together relaxing and having fun.
Email: [email protected]
MATERNITY and PARENTING SERVICES + SPECIALISTS
A Mother’s Touch
Based in Central and Discovery Bay, A Mother’s Touch offers a whole range of pregnancy and childbirth services under the umbrella of Bump, Birth and Beyond. Their services include those for fertility, pregnancy, and parenting support.
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 9521 2347
Annerley Maternity and Early Childhood Professionals
Annerley offers a wide range of services for pregnant women and young families in Hong Kong. They have a comprehensive set of courses, plus they offer individual consultations and specialized services covering antenatal care, the postnatal period and the early years of parenting. We especially love them for their sleep clinics which are a lifesaver. They also offer midwife services, birth-breathing workshops, hypno-birth courses, CPR, helper trainer courses, and more. And they now offer a regular breast-feeding support drop-in service with the Baby Café each Friday afternoon.
Address: 17f Tak Woo House, 17 -19 D´aguilar Street, Central
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 2983 1558
Many a pregant mum sings the praises of Jonine Nash and her ability to address all sorts of aches and pains, pelvic alignment issues, and more.
Address: Suite 2101 Queen’s Place, 74 Queen’s Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 2151 2528
Run by Sarah Sanesi, a holistic health practitioner, a certified baby planner and a greenproofer, Baby Bloom offers a wide range of services for expecting couples and young families and provides support and guidance to help make your transition into parenthood as stress-free as possible. She can tailor her services to your needs and gives you the resources to make the right choices for your family, whether you want to find a healthcare provider, to discover the ways you and your baby can live as eco-friendly an existence as possible, or to find a childcare service that suits you.
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 9167-2737
The Family Zone
The Family Zone is your one stop centre for professional help with just about anything having to do with babies and kids. Yvonne Heavyside is a genius and will solve all your problems – from lactation issues (she is the go-to for questions and issues breastfeeding) to sleep training and more. She also does home visits and offers first-aid helper training courses – she does a helper assessment and lets you know how your helper can improve in terms of a being caregiver to your child. We also love their home safety assessment service.
Tel: 9887 3235
Infant Sleep Resources
Run by Deborah Taylor, a UK trained paediatric nurse and health visitor who has lived and worked in Hong Kong for the past 9 years, Infant Sleep Resources offers a range of sleep services and packages to suit your infant and toddler sleep and settling challenges. Deborah’s methods are personalized to your parenting style and to your baby or child’s particular sleep challenges, and consultations can take place face to face, by telephone, skype or email, whichever suits your lifestyle and availability.
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 6409 2725
In Safe Hands
Need a maternity nurse, night nurse, or nanny? Call Sue Beers at In Safe Hands, a popular maternity and childcare agency. They also can place one-off casual babysitting services, or can place a regular babysitter for your family.
Email them here or call 2323 2676
Mrs Chee, Director & Lactation Consultant, Everdawn Midwives
Mrs Chee is a godsend for mums with lactation issues and her devoted following sing her praises up and down the block.
Room 11A, Kiu Yin Commercial Building, 361 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 2705 9322 | Mobile: 9417 6366
We love Panda Li who specializes in top notch pre-natal physio, including pelvic issues and lower back problems. (Physio Motion also has great post-natal pilates classes).
Room 401, 4/F, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central
Email: [email protected] | Tel: 2525 8168
Rent-A-Mum has a long history in HK and today is owned and operated by Shirley Robinson, a qualified nurse and English teacher, who bought the company back in the 80’s. They offer a comprehensive range of services ranging from full-time nannies, to maternity nurses, to ad hoc daytime childcare and babysitting. They also offer temporary live-ins (ideal for parents who wish to go overseas without the bambinos) and “mother’s helpers” (perfect for those who have just arrived in HK and need an extra hand until a helper can be processed).
Address: 4/F, 33 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels | Tel: 2523 4868
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