From bottles to baby wipes, massages to midwifes, we’ve scoured the city for our favourite baby finds. By Zoe Belhomme, Sarah Fung and Tanya Hodgson.
True to its name, this friendly new addition to Hong Kong’s baby scene offers up any and all of the essentials needed, from furniture to toiletries.
Unit 701-703, 7/F, Lansing House, 41-47 Queen’s Road, Central, 2311-1048, babybasicshk.com
Founded by two enterprising Hong Kong mums, online store Baby Central is a godsend for busy parents, with a huge selection of products with next-day delivery service available.
From biodegradable nappies to chemical-free washing powder and organic baby formula and food, June stocks a range of carefully curated eco-friendly brands without nasties and toxins. Delivery is free and so are their helpful articles about choosing family-friendly ingredients.
This online store specialises in a wide variety of supplements and natural food products designed to take you from those early pregnancy days right through to the terrible twos.
For those big ticket items Our Baby stocks international brands such as BabyZen, Cybex and Stokke, often at discounted prices.
For premium baby items that are perfect for gifting, Babylicious’ online store stocks baby favourites from brands such as Aden & Anais, Cuddledry and Skip Hop. They also have an impressive range of furniture, bedding and feeding products.
PICKED BY POPPINS
This user-friendly online shop, created by HK-raised mum Madelaine Lambe, covers all baby essentials for the discerning modern-day mum. With an eco- friendly ethos, Picked by Poppins not only stocks many sustainable brands but also uses recyclable packaging and even gives some proceeds back to local charities. Free delivery on orders over $500.
With more than 1,500 baby, toddler essentials and accessories, this online retailer is a one-stop shop for families looking for quality, international brands at decent prices. Catering for newborns through to young kids and everything in between. Free delivery when you spend $300.
Specialising in Australian and Japanese brands, Wonder Babies offers a wide range of baby supplies at competitive prices. Expect to find nappies and infant formulas and toiletries not always available on the HK high street.
A MOTHER’S TOUCH
This maternity specialist offers a variety of massage outcall services, including treatments designed to induce labour naturally – perfect for fed-up, overdue mummies! Rates start at $1,300 for 60 minutes, or $1,500 for 90 minutes.
THE BODY GROUP
This wellness clinic offers a huge variety of treatments, including a prenatal massage that combines Swedish and lymphatic drainage techniques.
14/F Prosperous Building, 48-52 Des Voeux Rd., Central, 2167-7305, thebodygroup.com
THE FOUR SEASONS SPA
The Spa at the Four Seasons is wildly popular with mums-to-be, and with good reason: their massage treatments take place on a special cushion that allows you to lie face-down for full access to achy muscles. Don’t miss the postnatal treatment, which uses a rose and lavender poultice on the abdomen and back. 8 Finance St., Central, 3196-8900, fourseasons.com
THE MANDARIN SPA
A haven of relaxation for mummies-to-be, The Mandarin Spa uses Aromatherapy Associates products for its prenatal treatments, which take place on special cushions that accommodate a bump and allow you to lie face-down. Pick the Mellow Mummy for a 90-minute massage, or a Body & Bump, which includes a mini facial and hair mask.
5 Connaught Rd., Central, 2825-4888, mandarinoriental.com/hongkong
SUTHERLAND CHAN CENTRE
Focusing on clinical massage, Sutherland Chan Centre takes an anatomical approach to prenatal massage to ease aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Also offers breast massage for women experiencing discomfort during breastfeeding.
Rates start at $725 for 45 minutes. 19/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley St., Central, 2544-5838, sccentre.com.hk
ZU SAN LI
Many foot massage parlours are leery of accepting pregnant clients as they believe that certain pressure points may trigger labour. However, the no-frills Zu San Li offers a special pregnancy foot massage that helps to ease water retention and soothe aching legs whilst avoiding trigger points.
Room 1902, 19/F, Haleson Building, 1 Jubilee St., Central, 6991-0881, zusanli.net
MATERNITY SUPPORT/ MIDWIFE SERVICES
One of the first practices to offer midwife services in Hong Kong, Annerley is beloved by expecting parents for its friendly and honest advice on the city’s hospital network.
LG/F, Century Square, 1 D ́Aguilar St., Central, 2983-1558, annerley.com.hk
DOULA BIRTH STORY
Doula Birth Story offers a variety of services, ranging from antenatal classes to breastfeeding advice and placenta encapsulation.
THE FAMILY ZONE
Experienced British midwife Yvonne Heavyside and her team of lactation consultants offer home visits to help you establish breastfeeding.
LA LECHE LEAGUE HONG KONG
The Hong Kong chapter of the international breastfeeding support group. Get in touch with them for breastfeeding resources, meetups and helpful advice.
THE MATILDA HOSPITAL
This storied private hospital offers state- of-the-art equipment and facilities, and the views aren’t half bad, either. They’ve recently launched postnatal midwife services that enable new mums to book home visits from the experienced team for up to eight weeks after delivery.
41 Mount Kellett Rd., The Peak, 2849- 0111, matilda.org
This Hong Kong-based online consultancy is run by experienced midwife Sophie Jacobs. It offers online antenatal courses and consultations, all from the comfort of your computer.
PRE- AND POSTNATAL FITNESS
THE YOGA ROOM
The Yoga Room has always offered prenatal yoga and Pilates, but their recent addition of postnatal yoga classes is a yogi mum’s gamechanger.
Xiu Ping Commercial Building, 104 Jervois St., Sheung Wan, 2544-8398, yogaroomhk.com
Like its name suggests, this Mui Wo studio is all about slowing down and enjoying the present. Pause has recently started to offer prenatal pregnancy yoga for mums-to-be looking for a little peace and quiet.
G/F, 8 Ngan Kwong Wan Rd., Mui Wo, Lantau Island, 9708-0187, pause.hk
BARRE 2 BARRE
A super friendly studio in the heart of Central featuring the BarreAmped method. Most classes are suitable for pre and postnatal – just make sure you tell the instructor who’ll give adaptations to suit your needs.
4/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Bldg. 37 Cochrane St., Central, 9688-3503, barre2barre.com
Cult favourite H-Kore has adapted its Lagree Fitness Method to help pre- and postnatal women stay fit and strong through their pregnancy and beyond. Don’t expect an easy ride – classes are challenging and will work up a sweat. Available at Central and Taikoo locations.
3/F, 39 Des Voeux Rd., Central 2441-9000; 12/F, Dorset House, Taikoo Place, 3107-1144, h-kore.com
AQUA TERRA PERFORMANCE
Led by certified pre- and postnatal specialist trainer, Esther Bland, this little studio in Stanley runs personal and small group training and stand-up paddle boarding classes that are ideal for pre- and postnatal women. There’s even nursery facilities so you can bring your baby with you while you train.
14 & 14B Stanley Main St., 6774- 5883, aquaterraperformance.com
With locations in Central and Wong Chuk Hang, this premium boutique studio runs a range of classes dedicated to pre- and postpartum ladies. From yoga and pilates on and off the reformer, expert trainers take clients through movements that will support full body health and wellbeing at all stages of pregnancy and beyond. Personal training also available.
3/F and 4/F Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham St., Central; One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Rd., Wong Chuk Hang, 2813-2212, flexhk.com/pre-post-natal