A newborn baby entering the world is a beautiful thing, and always a cause for celebration. But for loved ones, it can also raise an often stressful question: what on earth should I buy as a present? If you’re here, you’ve most likely asked yourself this very question repeatedly over the last few days or weeks.
But don’t fear, for I have you covered with this handy list of gift ideas for newborn babies, covering all the bases with a wide range of helpful presents for both baby and parents.
So without further ado, let’s dive straight into my top five gifts for newborn babies!
If there’s one thing any baby can’t have enough of, it’s clothes. Without going into too much detail, we all know that as much comes out of a baby as goes in (and sometimes it seems like a lot more!) Constantly washing clothes can be exhausting, so the more they have to wear, the better. What’s great about baby clothes is that they don’t take up much storage space!
Onesies and pajamas are always a good choice, as are socks, hats and mittens. More extravagant options include a nice warm winter jacket, or maybe even a snowsuit! Shoes and booties are also a safe bet.
Research suggests that the sooner you start reading to your child, the more positive an impact it will have on their overall life. For this reason, many experts take an “It’s never too soon” approach, and recommend reading to your baby as soon as he or she is born!
Personalized books featuring popular characters like Peter Rabbit and others like the ones found here are great because they feature the child’s name on the cover and inside, making them a thoughtful gift to cherish for years to come as well as being educational.
The other obvious gift for anyone under the age of ten (or in some cases, forty-five – mentioning no names!) is toys. The possibilities are endless here, from cuddly teddy bears and balls to rattles and teething rings. Use your common sense, and stay away with anything with potential choking hazards or sharp edges.
Depending on your budget, you can really level up in this category with a play mat or even a foldable playpen, which can often accommodate more than one infant – perfect for playdates!
In the excitement of bringing a child into the world and getting everything ready for their welcome into the family home, some small but very crucial items can often slip the mind. These things, while somewhat unglamorous, can often become the most appreciated gifts of all.
On the larger end of the scale, you have things such as a safety seat for the car, baby monitors and an infant bath tub. Smaller items include a night light, medicine spoons, nasal aspirator, nail clippers, thermometer, a sun shade for a car window and a soft-bristled hair brush.
Baby-proofing gear is something important that can easily be forgotten as it won’t be needed until around the four-month mark, but having it in advance will mean one less job that needs doing later.
5. Something Creative
You know the old saying: it’s the thought that counts. You don’t always have to spend big bucks to give a great present to someone, and a lot of the time the most cherished gifts are the most unique, with the greatest amount of consideration behind them.
Personalized artwork or prints to hang on the wall will be a welcome addition to any nursery. If you’re a particularly creative person, you could create your own artwork, write a poem or song, or even knit your own clothes for the baby! The possibilities here are limited only by your own imagination, so follow your heart and go wild!