As I have now been on both ends of the new baby gift situation, I thought I would share some advice!
First off think about who you are gifting to, how much you want to spend and if there is a special reason to gift something in particular.
Above is a photo of the gifts for our most recent neice, Maple. Along with the crocheted blanket (made by a friend) and the seaside Joules romper we also gave a set of books and some chocolates for mum and dad. Although I wouldn’t normally buy clothes (the most common gift) the romper was chosen because of the seaside holiday we would all be going on together. Her older sister, Winnie also received a blanket and a set of books along with a jellycat sheep to go with her farmyard nursery when she was born.
I think you can go one of two ways with baby gifts, either a hamper of must haves – always useful, very thoughtful and a good option if from multiple people; or, something useful that will help with babys development that the parents are unlikely to have bought already.
Here are my top inclusions for a baby hamper:
- Baby wipes
- Nappy bags
- Nappy cream
- Bath bubbles
- Bath sponge
- Sun cream
- Cotton wool
- Hand gel
- Hooded towel
I got given a few mini hampers including many of the above and I have found them to be so handy and I really appreciated the time spent in putting it all together.
Other gift suggestions for baby:
- Sensory toys
- Play mat
- Bouncer chair
We got given a lot of blankets, cuddly toys and clothes. All of which we were greatful for, but are maybe things that are more common as gifts (and are all things I gave before having Wilf). If you do want to give one of these, I would suggest:
- A homemade blanket (much nicer and even if you can’t knit or crochet, chances are you’ll know someone that can).
- Pricier cuddly toys that are suitable for little ones (jellycat are always a safe bet).
- Clothes for newborn / upto 1 month or 6-9 months. We had to go out a few times and buy clothes for the early days and it is surprising how long they wear these sizes. Everyone gives 0-3 and 3-6 months so avoid these sizes.
Also please, please, please don’t forget mum. She is exhausted, hungry, unable to move much and is unlikely to receive as much attention as baby.
I would suggest a mini hamper of goodies to see her through the early days. You can also include food/drink that she won’t have consumed during pregnancy. If the new mum is a close friend, you might want to include some of the more personal items. My top suggestions are:
- Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
- Alcohol (her favourite pre-pregnancy tipple)
- Brie, sauscion, stilton, any foods that she loves but couldn’t eat for nine months)
- Bath soak/bombs
- Breast pads
- Lanisoh cream
- Maternity sanitary towels
- Did I mention chocolate?
Some of the items above might not get consumed or used for a while but they will still be appreciated, trust me!
What do you think of my suggestions? Have I missed anything? What do you buy for new parents/babies?