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Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia Practice for Parenthood by Babysitting Nieces and Nephew

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Princess Sofia and husband Prince Carl Philip are getting ready for the arrival of their firstborn next year by watching their tiny nephew and two toddler nieces.

“Yes, we’ve been babysitting,” Princess Sofia told the Swedish journal Svenskdam on Thursday night.

“It’s a little more difficult now that [Prince] Nicolas and [Princess] Leonore are further away,” she said, referring to the couple’s niece and nephew, the children of her sister-in-law Princess Madeleine, who recently moved to London with her children and financier husband Chris O’Neill.

Sofia and her husband now spend more time looking after Princess Estelle, the high spirited 3-year-old daughter of Crown Princess Victoria.

“We’re more than happy to babysit,” Sofia said.

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With Crown Princess Victoria due to give birth in the new year, and Princess Madeleine raising her own young family, there’s no shortage of advice for the couple, who are first-time parents. The best tip?

“Take it easy, and take it as it comes,” Princess Sofia said, laughing. “And don’t listen to too much advice!”

The princess, who earlier in the day addressed the Global Child Forum Leaders’ Summit at Stockholm’s Royal Palace, talked briefly to reporters before heading into a sponsored supper to support her charity Project Playground.

Accompanied by Prince Carl Philip, the princess said the supper would help launch the charity in Scandinavia.

“It’s about newly arrived Swedes and how to integrate the children who come here,” said Princess Sofia, who spoke on the issue of migration in her first solo public appearance. “What an enormous responsibility we all have.”

Pressed on the sex of her baby, due around April 2016, the princess kept her lips sealed.

“It’ll be a surprise,” she said with a smile.