Blinged Out Baby Accessories
Celebrities seem to love nothing more than spending vast amounts of money on things that seem of little to no importance to the rest of us. And the rest of us seem to love nothing more than spending vast amounts of attention on what celebrities spend their vast amounts of money on.
So, to satisfy the curiosity in all of you, here is our list of the seven most blinged out baby accessories!
7. Cherubini Cribs -£3,580
The Incredible family looked very different in real life.
Although there are no confirmed figures of the amount spent on these celebrity twins, it is certain to be terribly large. Thousands of dollars in fact, some of the items purchased include (super rare) plush stuffed animals and matching Robert Cavalli outfits. There was a slight hitch when it came to figuring out which baby the mini-suits belonged to though.
The aptly named Cherubini crib.
Mariah also pimped out her little delights' nursery with the equally delightfully named Cherubini crib. Quoted as 'stunning', the crib is slightly rubbed with gold paint to give it an antique and elegant allure.
Cost: Cribs, £3,580 (£1,790 x2)
Baby Bling Score: 3/10
6. Swarovski Tub - £4,550
Baby isn't happy unless its bathtub is Swarovski.
What comes to mind when you think of Beyoncé?
- Understated, subtle minimalism?
- The perfect application of a 'less is more' philosophy?
- Over-the-top ostentatiousness that would have even the richest Wall Street Banker's eyes watering?
Congratulations to those of you who went for option 3.
Welcome to the weird world of celebrity - where a sparkly purple baby bathtub can fetch £4,550. To be fair to the super-rich couple, it was a gift from X Factor legend and former Destiny's Child member, Kelly Rowland.
Baby Bling Score: 6/10
5. White Gold and Diamond Pacifier (Dummy) - £11,050
There are two things we love about this. Firstly, it is so over the top it actually borders on bizarre. You have to wonder if any of the designers have ever actually seen a real baby slavering all over the carpets and floors, putting everything but the kitchen sink in its mouth and vomiting every few minutes for good measure. Hardly the height of glamour and elegance.
Secondly, it appeals to our inner magpie. It's made from 14 carat white gold, and is encrusted with 278 tiny diamonds. The diamonds come to over 3 carats, too. On top of that, you can select any colour of diamonds you want. And, just in case a diamond encrusted white gold dummy wasn't enough, you can have your baby's date of birth and name engraved in it too.
Baby Bling Score: 8/10
4. Floating Bling - £16,250
It's £16,250. Island not included.
Rock-a-bye baby in this floating baby bed, it'll set you back £16,250 but it's true to the rhyme - well, insofar as it'll rock your baby. Just not in a tree. It is designed to look like an 'ancient sailing ship', one of which the Greeks would be proud.
David Trubridge is an impressive man. Not only is he a sailor, but he has also designed a vessel which can both travel over water and happily house a sleeping baby. Whether many mothers will risk this combination is yet to be seen, but we tip our hats to David nonetheless.
Baby Bling Score: 6/10
3. Diamond Encrusted Pram - £32,500
For £32,500 you get a pram that looks... well, quite frankly, a lot like a pram.
The Gods may not have been smiling on little Blue Ivy Carter when his parents were thinking up names, but they sure as hell made up with it when it came to... well, just about everything else!
One of the most impressive items on this list - in monetary terms, at least- is this pram.
Anyone who is happy to have a thousand-dollar pram covered in sparkly bits and sold to them at fifty times the value gets our bling vote. Not that anyone expected anything less of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, though.
Like this pram, they just never cease to dazzle us.
Baby Bling Score: 9/10
2. Solid Gold Rocking Horse - £400,000 ($600,000)
Is it ugly? Yes. Is it made out of solid gold? Yes.
Does the child care?
Few of us were lucky enough to have a rocking horse as a child - jumping around on the sofa may have been the closest we ever got. Not so Prince Hisahito, heir to the throne of Japan. Not only does this kid have a rocking horse, it's made out of 24-carat gold.
One common theme among these fantastic items is their obvious lack of practicality. 24 carat gold is rarely used for jewellery; it's too soft and bends easily - quite how a rocking horse made of the stuff is going to survive vigorous riding sessions we have no idea.
Still, there's only one thing more impressive than owning a £400,000 solid gold rocking horse: owning a £400,000 solid gold rocking horse that doesn't work.
Now THAT's bling.
Baby Bling Score: 11/10
1. Baby Mansion - £650,000
Little Daddies' boy...
Elton John has never been one to back down from a spending spree. True to form, the man responsible for Candle in the Wind breaking all sorts of records hasn't held back with his little boy.
Where most blinged-out babies might thing they're cool with designer shoes, beds or even a rocking horse, the catchily named Zachary Jackson Levin Furnish-John got his own mansion.
John and Furnish bought the mansion for their son right next door to themselves. Talk about never wanting him to leave the nest.
Say what you want about a solid gold rocking horse, it's unlikely to be the focus of an entire MTV Cribs episode. Bling!
Baby Bling Score: 9/10
Looking at the cost of all this 'baby bling', it is obvious that these are only for the extremely rich. For the rest of us, when adding up the cost of baby items such as a pram, cot, clothes and toys, it can still put a dent into our bank balances.
This is why, if you are expecting and are buying all the necessary items (minus the diamante) for your new born, then it would be wise to declare all these new items to your home insurer.
You will need to raise the amount of cover (or the sum insured) for all these additional baby items so they are protected by your contents insurance policy. This will protect them against the cost of damage, loss or theft, making sure that if the worst were to happen you wouldn't be left out of pocket.
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