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.
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?