Searching for the best baby gift ideas around? Look no further! Mighty Mommy has ten cool picks for that new baby in your life.
1. Tree Garden (Adoption Gift)
When we adopted our daughter 21 years ago, people didn't know what to buy us for a gift to welcome her home. Today, there is a growing selection of meaningful and personalized gifts to choose from. One of my favorites is the Tree Garden, which showcases a gorgeous family of trees with a sweet new tree in the middle to represent a new child. The print is available from Etsy. You can personalize it with the name of family members or a quote.
2. Practical Needs
While toys, clothing, and baby gear are popular gifts for baby showers, the first few weeks of an infant's life require many essential items the parents may overlook. Put together a gift basket of receiving blankets, burp clothes, diaper wipes and disposable diapers. Add medical basics such as a nasal aspirator, nail clippers, diaper rash ointment, nursing pads for breastfeeding moms, and a baby thermometer. These items may not seem very exciting as gifts, but they will be much appreciated by new parents lacking the time or energy to run to the store for these necessary supplies. Check out www.diapers.com for an easy selection of diapers, formula, and wipes that can be delivered to their door.
3. The Mommy/Delivery BFFLBag
BFFLCo, “Best Friends for Life,” makes products that help patients recover from surgery and other medical treatments. The Mommy/Delivery BFFLBag® is the ultimate hospital bag for women preparing for childbirth. It is chock-full of all the essentials for C-section or traditional birth. It’s made of lightweight, stain resistant pack cloth, has metal feet to keep the bag off the hospital floor, and is roomy enough for clothing and other essential personal items. It contains: BFFL's specially designed axillapilla® pillow for recovery and nursing support; perineal ice packs; soft, washable nursing pads; Bio-Oil® scar and stretch mark treatment oil; and much more, and each bag is accompanied by a handwritten note card.
4. Infant Massage
Infant massage helps a parent soothe an upset baby or bond through physical touch. The parent can learn the technique through a gift of an infant massage DVD, book, or paid class. The techniques are simple to learn from DVDs or books, but for a more complete and hands-on learning experience, give a certificate for a class.
5. Birth Year Box
Create or purchase a wooden or cardboard birth year box, personalized with the year the baby is born, along with their name and birthdate. The box is the perfect place to keep the baby's first pair of booties, a favorite toy, a letter you write to the baby during their first year of life, or pictures from their first year.
6. Books for Baby's Library
One of my favorite gifts for new babies are books to start their own library collection, and I always include the classic Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. Don't forget great parenting books, either. One of my favorite recommendations is Baby Meets World by Nicholas Day, a dynamic new story about how babies make their way in the world—and how grown-ups try to make sense of these tiny, inscrutable beings. Catch Mighty Mommy's interview with Nicholas Day as they discuss the wonderful world of babies.
7. "To Go" Items
Once a new baby arrives, traveling even to the grocery store can become a complicated process if you're not prepared ahead of time for unforeseen accidents, spills etc. Gift the new parents with a portable "to go" basket or tote bag with practical comfort items they might need when they are out and about. This might mean essentials like hand sanitizers and lotions, wipies, towels, and stain sticks, or snacks like granola bars and small bottled waters.
8. Items for an "Older" Baby
Baby shower gifts often revolve around the newborn, but this phase goes by so quickly that many of those cutesy new outfits that are purchased are barely worn. Buy outfits for when the baby is 12-18 months or older to save for later.
9. Baby Fortune Cookie Booties
I've given these baby fortune cookie booties to several of my new mom friends, and they have all adored them. Each slipper curls into a delectable cookie shape when not in use. They come with two thoughtful fortunes: "From small beginnings come great things" on one bootie, and "An amazing adventure awaits you" on the other. These are the ultimate treat for your little sweet.
New parents are overwhelmed with adjusting to their bundle of joy, so one of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of a hearty meal. Casserole-type meals like lasagna or chicken pot pie are easy to prepare ahead of time and freeze well. If cooking isn't your thing, a gift certificate to a nearby pizza place or other take-out restaurant is sure to be a big hit.
What are some of your favorite new baby gifts? Please share your ideas in the comments section at my QDT page, or post your ideas on the Mighty Mommy Facebook page. You can also connect with me on Twitter @MightyMommy or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit my family-friendly boards at Pinterest.