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TV producer and radio personality Klara Doktorow on being pregnant with her third child, the law of Jante and kexhocklad in the delivery room

Klara Doktorow joins us for this week’s Friends of Babyshop. You might know her best as a popular podcaster and radio personality who brightens up our days with her trenchant reflections about life. She has more strings to her bow, however, for example a book about relationships that she wrote with a psychologist. We wanted to know all about this, of course: pregnancy, style and the skills she hopes to pass on to her children.

HI KLARA! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BABY, HOW ARE YOU DOING?

"It’s getting better all the time! I’ve felt pretty bad with nausea and headaches but now I can see some kind of light at the end of the tunnel. However, I’m finding it very psychologically stressful to be expecting a third child. You wonder how the hell everything’s going to go!"

NICE THAT YOU CAN SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF TUNNEL. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF!

"I’m a TV producer and radio nut who loves history, interior design and my family. We live in a turn-of-the-century house in Fullersta outside Stockholm. I’ve written a book about relationships as well, mostly because I’m pretty bad at being with someone and I needed a book on it! The relationship advice, however, comes from a real psychologist and the book is called The Relationship Bible."

BACK TO THE NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILY, WHAT ARE YOU INVESTING IN?

"Actually, I’ve already sorted out the essentials with the help of friends who are starting to get rid of baby stuff. My husband Kjell is the kind of guy who sells things you haven't used since yesterday, so we hardly have a single piece of baby clothing left except for some with sentimental value. So we need clothes! And then we need a small and flexible buggy that reclines. We happened to rent a car for three years before I got pregnant and we have a dog that takes up the entire boot. So I’m thinking of a Bugaboo Bee 6 and getting a roof box! For trips to the woods, we already have a perfect bicycle cart from Thule that we love. The Bee feels like a light and flexible city buggy for my husband who will take all the parental leave and loves to go out for coffee."

WHICH OF YOUR OWN SKILLS DO YOU HOPE TO GIVE YOUR CHILDREN?

“Ha! Some of my sense of humour? And spontaneity. I used to think that I had to keep the children humble, but then a friend of mine said that life tends to knock people down anyway so it doesn’t have to be my job to teach them Jante law, [a set of cultural norms that emphasize collective wellbeing]. My parents were great parents in many ways but they were verrrrrry jante and I’ve always felt seriously awkward when people praise me. It’s a bit sad really.”

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY’S TASTE IN STYLE?

“Very vintage. My husband is excellent at bargaining, for furniture and for clothes. He just has this knack of rummaging around crappy car boot sales and finding gold. So we have a nice mix with some new stuff, I’d say. And it should be timeless, we’re not that bothered about trends. My husband would never let a pair of chunky sneakers or a bubbly pastel mirror into our home, ha!”

“SOUNDS GREAT! DO YOU THINK ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY WHEN YOU SHOP FOR YOUR CHILDREN? IS IT POSSIBLE TO SHOP SUSTAINABLY?

“My husband usually buys clothes for the children, usually on Sellpy or Tradera. On the other hand, I buy outerwear and shoes, and so far I’ve managed to hide my eldest’s stuff from my sales-fixed husband, so the second could inherit. I prefer not to buy used boots and shoes. I have heard that it’s bad for growing feet but I don’t know if that’s true. Sustainability is difficult because you don’t have a macro perspective, nor do you know what is good or bad overall. But we are quite stingy, so then you usually become a little more sustainable automatically, I think. Second-hand is cheap!”

WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND ALL NEW PARENTS TO INVEST IN?

“A suitable pram. I’ve worked selling prams and car seats and yes, they are ruinously expensive. But a buggy that works with your ‘lifestyle’, and above all your height/back/muscles, makes those first two or three years so much easier. Life with a baby is sweaty and messy as it is, so your pram should make life easier. And go for quality, then it’ll last even if you buy second-hand.”

YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDREN’S CLOTHING BRANDS?

“Mini Rodini, Minories, MarMar Copenhagen and Bobo Choses.”

WHAT DO YOU PUT IN YOUR DELIVERY ROOM BAG FOR THE THIRD TIME?

“Kexchoklad! That’s all I need.”

“HA! THANKS KLARA, GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING!”

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