If you’re looking for new baby gift ideas – we have you covered!
There’s nothing more magical than the arrival of a new little bundle of joy. Choosing a new baby gift can be a tricky business. Especially if you don’t know the mum-to-be very well and have no idea what they already have. Each and every gift I received was much appreciated, but looking back there were some that were particularly useful, often unexpectedly.
So we’ve put our thinking caps on and come up with a foolproof(ish) list of presents that will be gratefully received, however well-prepared the expectant parents are.
Our essential new baby gift list
1. Good quality baby blankets never go out of fashion. They’re both practical and beautiful and can be used far beyond the tiny baby stage. The ability to be bunged in the washing machine is a prerequisite.
2. A baby record book. Although finding time to write things down is always a challenge for new parents, it is lovely to look back at all the milestones. Babies do something new almost every day and all those moments are easily forgotten. Photo albums are also great; as kids get older they love looking at pictures of themselves as babies. Children often find it hard to believe that they were ever that small!
Teething toys and toys that ‘do’ things. ‘Sophie the Giraffe’ seems to be a firm favourite for sore teeth. ‘Doing’ toys are brilliant for amusing babies and toddlers for the five minutes required to make tea. Smaller toys – that can be thrown in a changing bag for when parents are out and about – are super handy too. They come in especially useful when attempting to dissuade small people from having meltdowns in restuarants and whilst shopping! Toys that flash, jingle, rattle, talk to you or play tunes are usually a winner.
Clothes that are comfortable, and preferably in a bigger size. It’s generally best to go for a few months too large, unless you know that they really need newborn clothes. Clothing in sizes 6-9 or 9-12 months are good. Clothes that are relatively easy to get on and off are the way forward – poppers are a blessing. Avoid fiddly buttons where possible! A day where an outfit isn’t changed at least once is a rarity. Some little outfits look incredibly cute, but if they requite too much wrestling on and off, then (sadly) they’ll probably end up in the back of a cupboard.
A breakfast set. An essential for when baby isn’t quite so new anymore. These definitely need to be plastic since they’ll repeatedly end up on the floor along with the food, and the parent’s will to live.
New Mum Presents
If you want to make a new mum happy, here’s three ideas of what she might appreciate:
An insulated mug. Never underestimate the joy of a hot beverage. Babies and small children tend to equal tepid drinks, and that’s just no fun. I still recollect that the shock of my return to work being eased by the realisation that I could drink hot tea again.
Food. Lots of lovely food. I had no idea how hard it would be juggling a newborn and basic food preparation. It turned out that I was extremely grateful for the stash of home cooked dinners people gave us. It meant we had something nice to eat in those first few weeks. I also found having a handy stash of sweets helped when things were really hectic. A fruit basket would be a lovely idea too, in case the new mum is not a fan of the sweet stuff.
Pyjamas, of the comfy and pretty variety. For when showering and dressing are just too much to contemplate.
We hope you found our suggestions helpful. Please do let us know if you’ve given or received any amazing new baby gifts!