Sunday, September 14, 2014

Great Gifts for Baby



I enjoy shopping for babies and seeing the look of joy and pleasure parents display. It does not matter how many children are in a family and whether or not many of the common items are taken care of. There should always be at least one new item to honor the newest member and the proud parents. I went into a temporary panic mode a few weeks ago when I was invited to attend a baby shower. My favorite gift, onesies, is always popular and definitely used.


I started thinking about other great gifts for baby that have survived the decades and jotted them down for next time.  

Assorted Types of Blankets
It’s important for baby to be comfortable and blankets fit the bill. Spread a large quilt across the carpet so baby can play on a clean surface without having to look through the sides of a crib or playpen. The quilt protects against bumps and bruises while the child learns the art of sitting up and experiences the unexpected dismay of falling over. Various weights of blankets allow parents to adjust the warmth of the covers.

Rocking Chairs for One on One Baby Time
Everyone loves a rocking chair. It is a comfort to move back and forth, resting against the high back and setting elbows on the arms of the chair. Mom and baby lose the tension from birth, visitors, and adjusting to a new schedule. Grandparents and other visitors have a nice chair to sit in while holding the newcomer. 

An Awesome Diaper Bag
What’s the greatest thing about diaper bags? The answer is that dads also pack and carry them. There is so much stuff to take along for even a short trip. Let your imagination run wild when looking through the selections online and at the store. It’s not unusual for a bag to be left at the home of close friends and relatives, in each car, and even daycare. 

Portable Crib
A small collapsible crib is convenient for picnics, overnight trips, and worksites that allow parents to bring their children to work. I enjoyed looking at the different materials they are made from, the various sizes available, and how convenient most are to set up and take down. Look for the safety rating on the label and compare your favorites.

Get Out of Jail Free Card
Actually, this is an offer to babysit without cost for a few hours when one or both parents (or grandparents!) have an important event to attend or just need to get away. Your time is precious and it is quite meaningful for you to gift it to make parents feel at ease about leaving their infant in safe hands. 

What is your favorite baby gift to give or receive?

36 comments:

  1. I have two baby showers in October - thanks for the gift ideas.

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  2. When my boys were babies, I loved my rocking chair. It was perfect for those middle of the night feedings.

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  3. I miss having little babies in the house! I always thought those thin blankets were the best gifts. They work great for wrapping up the baby and for wiping up spit up!

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  4. Great tips. The only problem with the "get out of jail free" card is that many people won't actually use it - regardless if they want to or not. I love the idea though!

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  5. I just sent our friends a monkey lovey that our son absolutely loves. It's something that we didn't consider ourselves, and it's been the best thing for him.

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  6. a great diaper bag is essential. we use it all the time so it must have enough storage and compartments for all the things babies need

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  7. My go-to baby shower gift is a shopping cart/baby restaurant chair cover. Keeps the kids out of the grime - it's washable and easy to tote around!

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  8. My favorite gift was swaddles! They last forever and through multiple babies! Totally amazing!

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  9. These are great ideas. The get out of jail free card is the best.

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  10. Yep, a diaper bag is a great gift for mom or dad to be able to use. And having two is a good idea too.

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  11. Portable cribs are a great gift for any parent. When the baby is cranky, bust out the crib!

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  12. Really great ideas. I like the babysitting one. All are fantastic.

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  13. Recently we gifted a Sams Club membership and a few boxes of diapers to a couple in our church who are adopting siblings.

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  14. Rocking chairs are really great for new parents. My daughter would only sleep when she was being rocked.

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  15. Awww, I loved receiving baby gifts! I think my favorite things were special books and the blankets that both my boys still love.

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  16. Great list! I love the get out of jail free card idea!

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  17. I loved my rocker. I still do.

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  18. I am super excited for baby stuff. My sister is pregnant (and due around the same time I had my daughter), so I'm excited to spoil my niece or nephew! :)

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  19. great gift ideas! My sister just had her baby shower and got a boat load of stuff!

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  20. I appreciated homemade meals! Not cooking with a newborn was such a blessing!

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  21. I have not 1 but 2 grand kids due to arrive by Xmas!! I'm so excited! I can't wait to start baby shopping again ;)

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  22. A pack and play was the best thing I received. We took that everywhere!

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  23. I like to give diapers and and a few gift cards to local restaurants. When the new parents don't have time to cook then they can get take out or go on a baby free date.

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  24. I could use a night out before my next son is born. You're right, something to honor baby is so important. I love shopping for my babies and I've already done a lot of shopping for my next born. Although he'll get a lot of hand-me-downs I still like buying him some new things.

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  25. I think the get out of jail card is a great gift. I could use that now!!

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  26. Great ideas! I always try to give practical gifts over sentimental ones. I know I appreciated the diapers and blankets over silver plated hair brush sets when I was pregnant!

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  27. One of my favorite and most used gifts was a rocking chair. I can't tell you how many nights were spent in that chair.

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  28. Great ideas! I don't think I could live without my play yard. It goes everywhere with us!

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  29. I think the "Get Out of Jail Free" babysitting card is great! That, coupled with a pack of diapers, would be a great gift.

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  30. An awesome diaper bag really is a great idea. It is hard to find one that meets all your needs.

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  31. So very sweet! My best gift was a crib, we needed it!

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  32. I always give something practical like blankets or diapers. I loved my rocking chair when my girls were little. I'm not sure if the rocking soothed them or me but it was a must-have.

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  33. We had a portable crib that could be used outside. It had a mosquito net over it. We used that thing so much! Blankets and clothes were probably my favorite gifts.

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  34. I love these baby gift ideas! I like to take a diaper bag and fill it with baby necessities.

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  35. These are all great ideas. My favorite gift to give is usually something more personal whether it be something monogrammed or something like that.

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  36. wow, that baby has some chubby little thighs! What a cutie!! Love shopping for babies!

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