Newborns treated like royalty with first cuddly toys

NEW ARRIVAL From left, Henry Stunt, Tahera Yasmin and son Kayan Khan, and Amy Goodsen
NEW ARRIVAL From left, Henry Stunt, Tahera Yasmin and son Kayan Khan, and Amy Goodsen
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THEY’RE one of the first things any newborn child gets when they open their eyes for the first time – a cuddly toy to call their own.

And since the as-yet-unnamed royal baby was born on Monday at 4.24pm, babies in the Portsmouth area have been getting special cuddly presents to mark the occasion.

Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, arranged for two children which attend its Tops Day Nursery to make a special delivery to baby Kayan Khan, who was one of the first baby boys to be born at QA following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son.

Kayan was born 55 minutes after the third in line to the throne, and was presented with a special bear by pre-schoolers Henry Stunt and Amy Goodsen, both age four, yesterday.

Kayan’s mum, Tahera Yasmin, from North End, said: ‘I was overdue and was coming in for a check-up and I never expected to leave with my baby.

‘The teddy is so lovely, as are the children. Thank you very much.’

Kayan isn’t the only newborn to benefit from sharing the royal baby’s birthday.

Lynda Harding, from Waterlooville, who is the woman behind a cuddly sheep which helps babies and young children sleep has also developed a limited edition toy to mark the occasion.

Lynda’s personal experience with her youngest child, Bradley, gave her the idea for Ewan the dream sheep, a sleep aid designed for babies and toddlers.

When Bradley wouldn’t sleep she found that holding him up so he could hear her heartbeat helped settle him and that nugget of information created the basis for Ewan.

She has given away her sheep free to 20 babies born in the Cosham hospital on Monday.

Mum of six and Ewan the dream sheep’s inventor, Lynda Harding, said: ‘I’ve been planning on producing a royal commemorative Ewan for some time now.

‘The birth of the royal baby is a joyful occasion, not only for their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but also for the whole nation which is buzzing with excitement.

‘Donating a small flock of royal Ewans to local parents for their very own prince or princess is a great way to mark this historic moment.’

Gill Walton, director of midwifery, added: ‘We are delighted to be able to celebrate the birth of the royal baby with a present for babies born the same day, and we would like to thank Lynda for her kind donation.’