Theo Vickers is a good-looking boy, and he knows it: profiled in a lavish full-page article in Britain’s Daily Mail, he vamps for the camera with the offhand charisma of a natural aristocrat. Sophie, on the other hand, is a simple part-time admin worker from Tyne and Wear who’s lost both her head and most of her bank account to Theo’s seductive charms. Strangely, Sophie’s partner, a quiet carpet-layer by trade, has no issue with Sophie’s spending £17,000 on clothes and toys for Theo, including £4000 in shoes alone.
Theo is, it must be noted, their son.
From the Daily Mail:
He already has 40 pairs of trousers, 40 pairs of shorts, three leather jackets and 40 T-shirts – all from designer brands.
Miss Vickers admitted: ‘Theo is spoilt. Just one pair of my favourite shoes for him, baby Doc Martins, can cost £120, but I can afford it so why not?
‘Buying things for Theo gives me pleasure.’
She added: ‘It doesn’t mean he won’t know I have to work to give him a good life.’
It is not clear how Miss Vickers, who is a part-time administrative assistant from Tyne and Wear, and her carpet fitter partner Chris, 25, can afford such a lavish approach to parenthood.
Psychologist Dr Funke Baffour said she was stunned at Miss Vickers’ behaviour.
She added: ‘The baby has become a trophy. It’s about how Sophie’s feeling, not the baby who doesn’t know or care if his shoes are designer.
‘Spoiling a child means they don’t learn what life’s really about. She’s setting him up for failure, even at this early stage.’
Miss Vickers is planning to throw Theo a huge first birthday party with fifty guests and plans to spend hundreds on presents for him including a quad bike and trampoline.
She said: ‘I’m always going to want to give Theo everything. Chris would like another child, but I’m not sure. If I had more kids I wouldn’t be able to lavish so much on Theo.’