Pregnancy, birth, and new life are all things that we love to celebrate. After all, what’s not to love about a joyous little soul entering the world? But with celebrations come presents and sometimes it can be a little difficult to choose the right gift for the people who will soon be having a child or who have just welcomed their little one into the world. There are only so many baby grows any child will ever need, so you don’t want to add to the never ending pile that these people are likely to add to each time they unwrap a gift. But at the same time you want to get them something that will actually be useful, rather than shoved to the back of a cupboard. Not to worry. Here are a few of our firm favourites when it comes to the baby gifting department!
Posture isn’t something that the average person tends to take into account. Good posture is ingrained, or we completely neglect it and stand, sit, and lie exactly as we please. However, during pregnancy, the balance of a pregnant person’s body will be offset by their bump. Much more of their weight will be placed on their front, which puts more pressure on their back, which can result in pulls, aches, and pains. Now, there’s plenty advice for pregnant individuals out there regarding posture – some of which you might want to pass on verbally. When standing, they should keep their head up straight with their chin in, attempting to feel as though they are stretching your head towards the ceiling. They should keep their knees straight without locking them and their buttocks tucked in, while avoiding tilting their pelvis forward or back. Now, your gift can come in handy when it comes to sitting and lying down. Pregnancy pillows are specially shaped pillows that can be used to make lying down or sitting a more comfortable experience by supporting different parts of the pregnant person’s body. They should sit on chairs with good back support and use the pregnancy pillow by placing it near the lumbar of their back for additional support as and when they need it. It can also be used if driving. When sleeping, they should (of course) avoid sleeping on their stomach (which would be dangerous and uncomfortable) or on their back (which puts more stress on their heart, especially during the third trimester). Instead, they should lie on their side, using the pregnancy pillow to support their head!
Now, if you don’t have little ones of your own, you might not be familiar with the concept of swaddling. In short, swaddling is an ancient practice which involves snugly wrapping your baby in a thin blanket. This is said to help your baby to feel safe and secure, as they can’t move around excessively or roll over easily. It can help to soothe your baby and even reduce excessive crying (which will doubtless appeal to new parents who are desperate for a decent night’s sleep). It’s not all too surprising that it still proves to be an extremely popular practice today! So, if you’re looking for a great but low cost gift, swaddling clothes might be a good option. Muslin options are great, as the material is soft and great for a baby’s sensitive skin. Remember that this gift is great for newborns and might not be entirely appropriate for older infants, as a stage will come when the baby will need to start transitioning from swaddling. You will be able to tell that if the intended recipient of the gift is ready to give up swaddling by observing their behavior. If they seem desperate to escape their swaddle, fidgeting, and wiggling, it may be time to ditch the swaddling and consider an alternative present.
When babies are newborn, they tend to wear baby grows which cover their feet and remove the need for socks and shoes. But as little ones grow, their parents are more likely to put them in trousers, shorts, or skirts, and thus they need shoes to cover their little ones’ feet. But seeing as the little one isn’t walking or running about yet, more comfortable alternatives to hard soled shoes are preferable. This is where Olive and Bean Baby Moccasins can come into play. These handcrafted, soft soled shoes are an adorable addition to any baby’s wardrobe and will keep their feet warm without proving too imposing. They are soft, flexible, and comfortable!
Sure, the baby’s parents might have already invested in a whole bunch of bibs, but nothing can quite prepare you for how frequently a baby will be sick on their bib or spill food or milk down it. New parents can find themselves washing multiple bibs on a daily basis in order to keep up with demand for fresh ones. So, there’s no such things as too many bibs. Invest in cute ones with fun designs, but remember to make sure that they are soft and padded around the neck to avoid rubbing or discomfort.
Teething is an uncomfortable experience for children. Not only do you want to alleviate the discomfort that comes hand in hand with this inevitable process for the child, but helping to ease the pain will also give the parents more peace as the child will cry less too. So teething toys are a win-win gift! There are so many different teething toys on the market that it can often be difficult to choose one over another. So, to make the decision a little easier, consider teething toys that can be frozen. The cooling sensation on the infant’s gums will soothe the pain more than simply chewing or gnawing alone.
These are just a few different gift ideas, but each should prove and absolute triumph! Just remember to keep the child’s age in mind when purchasing gifts. If you are unsure, buy a gift for a child that is a little older than they are. This way they can grow into the gift.