Jade Holland Cooper has opened up about being a new mum during the coronavirus pandemic, describing her baby daughter, Saphaïa, as ‘a dream’.
The fashion designer, 34, and her husband, Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton, 55, welcomed their first child together in November 2020 and the first-time mum has shared her experience of becoming a parent in a pandemic.
Revealing that there have been some surprising advantages to being a new mum during lockdown, the lifestyle and fashion brand creator said the couple have been enjoying getting to know their newborn.
“It was perfect timing," Holland Cooper told Hello! magazine. "If it hadn’t been for COVID, there’d have been so many people here every five minutes coming to see her.
“As a new mum, it’s important to have time as a family to bed in. Having that solely with her has been magical.
“She’s a dream. She’s the smiliest, most content little person. An absolute joy.”
Meanwhile Dunkerton said he has loved seeing his wife become a first-time mother, saying: “I’ve been working from home, which gives me an opportunity in between Zoom calls and meetings to see Jade and Saphaïa, which is wonderful. I feel incredibly fortunate.
“I have absolutely loved watching her become a mother.
“She was really worried pre-birth – however, she has taken to it so well. She is the best and most loving mother any child could ask for.”
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Holland Cooper added she has also enjoyed seeing her husband with their new daughter, saying: “He’s a natural with babies, and to have somebody as equally besotted as you is wonderful.
"It’s one more thing that we can share and love together.
“She’s in a very privileged environment so our task is to make sure she’s grounded."
“Hopefully she will aspire to do something herself, she will want to achieve, and will understand the value of being driven to do something every day. But the most important thing is to have a proper childhood.
“I spent all my time outside, on the farm, with ponies and chickens, making dens. That’s what I want for her – not to obsess about material things, but to find enjoyment from simple, outdoor things.”
Holland Cooper shared the news of her daughter's arrival on Instagram alongside a black and white photo of her breastfeeding her newborn.
"Welcome to the world my darling, Saphaïa Isabella Dunkerton, Weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces," she wrote.
"I can’t describe the overwhelming feeling of joy and love. And so the next chapter of life begins."
The fashion designer originally announced the pregnancy with a picture of herself, holding up a scan of her baby girl, with the caption: "I could not be happier. We are having a baby girl and I am going to be a mummy.
"It has been such a blessing in an otherwise difficult and gloomy time. To have been able to spend my first three months of pregnancy at home has been amazing.
"Hats off to all the pregnant ladies out there: it can be a rollercoaster of emotions, but we are super excited for the next phase."
The full interview is in Hello!, out now.
Additional reporting PA.