Since hitting 30, I find myself attending a lot of baby showers. I’ve got kids myself, so I feel like I’m a good present-buyer for expectant mothers. I was very kindly been gifted some items to help me create a gorgeous gift guide for newborns.
I’ve included presents at a variety of price ranges because the lady from the adjacent booth in the call centre is unlikely to spend as much on you as your auntie Julie.
A Gorgeous Newborn Gift Guide
For this newborn gift guide, I’ve tried to think of what was useful to me, when I had a newborn. There are so many products on the market aimed at newborns, it can be hard to know where to start – so I’ve started with the most useful!
Colourful Muslin Squares
In case you didn’t know, babies are kind of messy. They dribble, they do lots of tiny baby sicks and just generally make a bit of a mess. Muslin squares are a godsend because they can be used for all sorts of spills. Pop them over your shoulder when you’re burping baby to protect your clothes, or just have them on hand for various baby-mopping tasks!
No Newborn Gift Guide is Complete without Beautiful Bibs
For all the same reasons as above, babies need lots of bibs. I like to use the bibs as a fashion accessory too, so I always go for something stylish. This one is the picture is handmade by my sister, who sells handmade baby clothes on Facebook under the name Pickles & JJ. She knows a thing or two about baby stuff since she’s got five kids of her own!
A Feeding Pillow
I’m not sure if these didn’t exist when I had my first, or if I was just much worse at life when I was 22, but discovering feeding pillows the second time around was mind blowing.They help you get the baby exactly where it needs to be in order to feed and not make you feel like your back is breaking!
Feeding cushions are usually firm but squishy and make a huge difference to feeding. I breastfed both of mine, but found it harder with my first because it was so uncomfy. I’d pile up the scatter cushions underneath her in an effort to position her right but it just didn’t work. I cannot stress enough what a game-changer the feeding cushion was!
A Car Seat
Having a car seat is essential, whether you’ve got a car or not. It gives you the freedom in those early days to be picked up, dropped off or just get a taxi because your feet are tired! Kiddies Kingdom’s range of car seats for sale is a great place to start looking. Kids legally need to be rear facing for 18 months, but studies show that rear-facing seats used beyond that age are still much safer, so it’s worth the higher costs.
Chicco Baby Bear
If I told you there was a magical, light-up bear that played calming music and soothed your baby to sleep, you’d want it, wouldn’t you? Of course you would! Luckily it exists and you can have one too! The light projects stars onto your ceiling while classical music plays and your little one drifts off.
He’s also got a friendly face and super soft fur. Very cute. Very useful! He’ll make a lovely gift, but remember to give batteries too because he doesn’t come with any!
Ewan Snuggly – All Babies need a Snuggly!
Every baby needs their own special toy that they’ve had since birth. You know the one, it’s the sort of toy they love so much that they’ve turned it into a grey rag and they’re still dragging it around with them six years later. Both my kids latched onto small cats. My daughter had a pink leopard called Mabel, while Greg had a tiger called Enid.
This sheep is super soft and safe from birth, so you baby can meet him from day one.
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