Great ideas and sound advice that will make choosing the perfect newborn gift simple, easy, and fun.
The birth of a baby is a wonderful and special occasion. Whether it’s a friend’s baby, a relative’s, or a co-worker’s, you’ll want to choose a gift that reflects that. A thoughtful gift will not only benefit the baby, it will also be appreciated by the parents, and wow your friends. But what ARE the best gifts for newborns? This article will answer just that, providing you with great ideas and advice. For your convenience, we’ve divided the articles into categories: Newborn baby clothes, toys and accessories, and gifts for parents. Read on to find your perfect newborn gift.
How to Choose the Perfect Newborn Baby Clothes
Buying newborn baby clothes can be deceptively difficult. The clothes size for newborns (NB) is meant to represent an average newborn baby (about 43-54 cm and 2.2-3.6 kg). However, some babies are born bigger than that, and most will outgrow this size VERY quickly. A good idea when buying newborn baby clothes is getting a few items that are NB sized, and then a few that are one size up (0-3M).
You should also choose clothes that are looser around the neckline and leg openings, which otherwise can cause irritation. Clothes with front-facing snaps or zippers are another good idea, as these will make changing the baby much easier. Finally, avoid clothes with buttons, bows, ties, and loose decorations, as these all pose safety hazards.
More Clothing Ideas
When most people think about newborn baby clothes, the first things that come to mind are bodysuits and pajamas. However, newborn fashion is actually much more diverse than that. There are many other cute and useful newborn clothes items out there, many of which will make for perfect gifts. Some items to consider are soft, warm socks; cute, stylish shoes; bibs (cotton or fleece are best); or warm, fuzzy hats (especially for babies that were born in winter).
Toys and Accessories
A clever toy or a handy accessory can be the perfect gift for a newborn baby. When choosing toys, look for ones that promote development by stimulating the baby’s senses. These include rattles, activity blocks and balls, and pop-up toys, among others.
Books for newborns also make great gifts, guaranteeing hours of fun for the baby and parents. These books are made from soft yet hardy materials, and feature large, colourful illustrations. Books showing faces are specially popular, and babies seem to love them.
Pacifiers, cozy blankets, dolls, and loungers are all excellent accessories to buy for a newborn.
For the Parents
Parenting is hard. By buying a gift for the parents you’ll be showing your appreciation, AND you’ll be making life easier for them. A baby wrap carrier, changing pad, or baby bathtub are all useful gifts that parents will be grateful for. Gifts for parents don’t have to be purely functional – sentimental gifts can be just as good, or even better. A memory book or milestone cards are gifts that will keep on giving for years, or even decades to come.