Ellie & Melissa, The Baby Planners Love... Go-To Newborn Gifts!
We generally agree with the old adage that it's better to give than to receive… especially when there's a new baby involved! We love these 10 go-to newborn gifts, which continue to give long after the wow factor has rubbed off.
There’s nothing sweeter than seeing a sleeping baby all bundled up like a little burrito, and to get that yummy effect, we love swaddling blankets. Swaddling has been soothing and calming babies around the world for countless generations. When worn properly, these soft, breathable and lightweight blankets mimic the cozy feeling of Baby in the womb, and is the perfect way to ease into a restful sleep.
It makes no difference if the parents-to-be are going green with baby diapers, or if they’re all about disposables, cloth diapers still make an essential gift for every new parent. Often overlooked as “plain” or dare we say, “boring!,” cloth diapers are in fact, an incredibly multi-functional and underrated item. They’re great as bum wipes, nose wipes, burp cloths, and so much more.
If you want to make a splash walking into any baby shower, “diaper cakes” will do just that. These fun and creative layer “cakes” are made up of diapers typically ranging in size from newborn to 2. They look adorable and make a fun welcome home gift. Of course, they are designed to be easily dismantled so sleep-deprived Mom and Dad can quickly convert it into a mountain of much-needed diapers and supplies.
Whether it’s the latest teether or a fun, plush toy, keeping Baby happy and entertained while out and about is the key to maintaining mom and dad’s sanity. With so many fun and fab stroller toy options to choose from, pick a variety of textures, noisemakers, and even mirrors that can easily attach to the stroller via stroller hooks. Pick a bundle, wrap ‘em in a bow, and voilà—a more than presentable present!
Books make the perfect gift for any newborn! The size is always right, and the message clear—that the benefits of reading are far-reaching and everlasting. Whether you’re a fan of the classics like Goodnight Moon, or into more modern fare like, Olivia the Pig, reading to Baby promotes listening skills, stimulates their imagination and senses, and also provides quiet, bonding time between parent and Baby… an act which words just can’t describe.
There’s nothing wrong with going for the gold, but when it comes to Baby, silver is best. Whether it’s a picture frame or a simple cup, silver is a keepsake of the luxurious kind that never goes out of style. While the costs vary, there’s something to be said about baby teeth impressions on a silver spoon—adorable and sure to be a keepsake that lasts a lifetime. A classic spoon from Tiffany & Co. never disappoints!
We love baby socks as a gift that you can really have some fun with. From socks that look like shoes (ballet to baseball!) to socks that make a fashion statement (leather and lace trim!), you can buy them in pre-packaged (and adorable) gift sets or use them as “garnish” on a bigger gift. Trumpette socks in particular are off-the-chart adorable.
Bath Books and Toys
From stacking and storing to floating and entertaining, when it comes to bath time, there are so many gift options! Look for non-toxic, brightly colored and of course, water-proof varieties of everything from bathing mits, to rubber duckies, to the ABC’s! You can also find some wonderful bath scoops to keep the toys organized (check out the Boon Bug Pod).
Whether it is a blankie or a bottle, a bowl or a unique piece of wall art, there is no mistaking who this special gift belongs to with Baby’s name printed, painted, embroidered, stenciled… you get the idea… on it! One of our favorites is a personalized children’s step stool—a great item to grow into! Personalized baby items will always “step up” a basic gift, and adding Baby’s birthday to the item makes it even more unique.
While the sound of Baby cooing is music to everyone’s ears, some classic lullabies simply are not! That’s why we’re fans of modern music that’s “baby-fied” so that parents with more sophisticated taste can keep their sanity while soothing Baby with sounds. From Justin Roberts to Barenaked Ladies, check out some of BabyZone’s favorite children’s music. Sounds like the perfect gift to us.
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