6 great gift ideas for your friend’s new baby

You have got an invitation to a baby shower. Or one of your friends just had a baby. You have no idea what to get them. Of course, if they have a gift list, it makes your life easy. But more often than not, there is no gift list and they already got loads of presents from other people.

I have been there. Choosing presents is not easy! So I asked some mum friends and here is what they told me.

Idea 1. Books

monkey_puzzleA book is an under-utilised gift for a baby shower. It is a shame because this is one present that can never go wrong. There is so much to choose from! There are picture books for prams that can be used from birth, there are books for bath. There are books for babies and toddlers (for inspiration check out 40 books to read before you are 4). And you can always get them an illustrated book that you enjoyed as a child (Winnie the Pooh? Pippi Longstocking? Mary Poppins? Alice in Wonderland?). Parents will enjoy reading them together when babies are a bit older.

Idea 2. Clothes

This is pretty much a default option. Which means that everyone else also thought about it.

Pretty cotton sleepsuits always go down well because one cannot have too many. Another good idea can be to get something for 6 months plus because everyone usually goes for newborn size, 0-3 months or 3-6 at most.

For a baby girl you can get a gorgeous headband like this one. Baby girls often get mistaken for boys and parents find that the only way that stops the questions is the headband. Yes, you won’t believe it, even when you dress them solely in pink, some people still ask “Is this a boy?”

Things to avoid:

  • newborn clothes that go over the head (t-shirts, jumpers, etc). Since the baby cannot hold their head yet they are difficult to put on.
  • 0-6 months size of hats and boots. Baby can be born with a big head so the hats may never fit. And they won’t need boots until they are at least 9-10 months.

Idea 3. Cute and soft bathing towel

Like this one.

Idea 4. Aden+Anais muslin and swaddle blankets

New mums say that you can never have enough muslins. Aden+Anais ones are gorgeous and soft and have beautiful designs.

Like this and this.

Idea 5. Rattle (or maracas)

Rattle for baby isolated on white background without shadowThis is the best value for money toy. Babies love rattles. Ideally you want something that can be tied to a pram because in the beginning it is going to be dropped a lot.

There are many varieties: wrist rattles that you can put on a newborn, rattles that they need to hold like this one and this one.

Things to avoid:

  • Soft cuddly toys – with the baby’s arrival these just seem to multiply in our house. And baby doesn’t play with them. Some parents put a comforter  - soft cuddly toy – into the baby’s crib, but they tend to choose it themselves and get at least two of the same (because once the baby likes their comforter it is used well into toddlerhood so it will need a backup or two).

Idea 6. Toy TV remote control

The toy TV remote control seems to be  a hit on every playdate we go to. In general, toys that resemble everyday objects (like mobile phone or keys) tend to be very popular with babies from 6 months plus.

 

There are a few other things that make very practical gifts. Activity mat, mobile, nappy changing bag, white noise machine. If you get one of those, ask the parents if they already have it. Experienced parents also often give a parenting book or a sling/baby carrier – but with these presents you need to know what you are getting, so I am not even going to go there.

For more inspiration check out my post Things you will need for a newborn.

 

Do you know of any other great and unusual baby shower gifts? Have you been given something your baby really enjoyed? Let us know in the comments!

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One thought on “6 great gift ideas for your friend’s new baby

  1. Great ideas! I have bought lots of books for new babies too – such lovely presents. I also second the idea that muslins are a good idea, particularly the nicer ones that mums might not feel they can justify buying for themselves. I bought the Faye and Lou rainbow muslins for my friend (and some for myself too!) as they are lovely bright colours (not the usual pastels), really large so can also be used to swaddle (or so I’m told), and great for parents to be who are waiting to find out the gender of their baby http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faye-Lou-Rainbow-Muslins-Pack/dp/B005KLEGFY/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1404988501&sr=1-1&keywords=rainbow+muslins

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