If you are new to the world of baby and baby shower shopping! Most times you have no idea on what to buy or even where to start looking, you’ve come to the right place. By the time you’ve reached the end of this page you will be able to pass, baby gift buying 1.01, with flying colours.
All gifts are gratefully received, but some are more so than others. A bunch of flowers may seem like a fail safe gift, but after the sixth bunch turns up at the hospital, many new mums feel the money could have been put to better use on a practical gift
One of the bonuses of shopping for babies is that it can easily be done online. So before you order those flowers online, remember there are plenty of other options that can also be ordered, delivered and paid for with a click of your mouse.
Here are a few baby gift ideas and pointers:
Practical Bits and Bobs: It’s guaranteed that hooded towels, blankets and toiletries will all be greatly received. Do remember to check that the fabric is cotton or organic and that the toiletries are extra mild so they won’t irritate the baby’s delicate skin.
Clothing: A perennial favourite and one where you can oohhh and ahhh at all the cute outfits available at stores like Baby Gap. If you do choose the clothing option, make sure you include a receipt so the parents can exchange the outfit, and don’t be offended if they do. It can be a good idea to check with the new parents in advance on what they actually need. They may have ample amounts of newborn clothes but then nothing for when baby is three to six months old. While the cute fleecy 100% polyester outfits may look lovely, they can also irritate a baby’s skin, so always try and buy 100% cotton. Organic clothing can also be a good option to reduce the amount of irritants in fabric.
Jungle Gym and Mat: As far as baby gifts go, this is the only one which is an activity toy and one that a newborn can enjoy; it can also offer some relief for tired mums and dads. Baby can be occupied for up to 30 minutes by lying underneath the play gym and being entertained by the tangling toys.
A Musical Mobile: A musical cot mobile can be a wonderful way to help calm a baby down when crying and it can also act as a cue for sleep time.
Cuddly Toys: Try to steer away from cute cuddly toys as a newborn will have little interest in them and most parents find that even toddlers will only have one or two favourites, disregarding the rest.