If you have a new baby in your family, whether as a parent, aunt or uncle, or grandparent, then coming up with gift ideas can be quite tricky. Let’s face it – a newborn is far too young to appreciate the usual presents such as a train set, nerf gun, barbie or a dolls house, and really they wouldn’t exactly get any use to them anyway (at least not for a couple of years). The reality is, that they probably have no idea what is even going on, but not getting anything isn’t really the answer either!
Babies grow so quickly too, so you want to ensure it is useful and in some ways lasting. This is a fantastic article on how to demi grow single to double stroller if you were considering buying a big-ticket item – a stroller, cot or carrier could be an incredible gift to give as a parent yourself or a grandparent.
We however have a small budget for the 2 new babies in the family this Christmas. Like others with babies to buy for, my initial thought was – what on earth should you give to a baby (that’s both lovely, useful and not too pricey)?
We have always bought minimal on their first Christmas, and I can assure you that the parent’s probably don’t expect much at all either (if anything). But, if like us there is a baby on your gift list, then don’t let this stress you out. Here are some ideas of sweet gifts to welcome a new baby, and little ideas to celebrate them this Christmas (or on their birth). Paying special attention to details can go a long way and handmade baby gifts always feel extra special too (so get those knitting needles out!).
New Baby Present Ideas
Rattles and similar toys help new babies learn about the world whilst also being entertained and having fun. This is a very traditional present and as the child grows they will become more inquisitive about them. They come in a range of colours and styles and it is a good idea to get one that fits in with the earliest age group possible.
Wooden rattles especially make for a beautiful gift, though colourful ones too capture babies attention. We had a lovely crocheted one that Alice got for her first Christmas and it was so unique and lovely.
Any parent will tell you how fast a baby grows and how quickly you are needing a new wardrobe for them. Within only a month of birth, the average baby has outgrown most of their new-born clothing and so by getting good quality baby grows as a gift, will not only delight most parents (especially if they are a size too big) but will keep baby look cute and snug! In Winters, and with a new baby, babygrows are so lovely and useful and with the options in terms of design being limitless, it will be a great gift! There is an enormous variety; from the most classic with florals or pastel colors to other more striking and bold. You can get posh ones, neutrals or lovely variety packs from the supermarkets. The high streets are packed with lovely baby grows so you will be sure to find something for everyone’s taste!
It’s also a nice touch to go for organic soft fabrics as they have a nicer feel and things that look a little more special are truly treasured and reused with other babies too!
On the same theme of soft fabrics are the gift of blankets (especially sheepskin blankets) these make the ideal present for a new baby. Handsewn patchwork baby quilts, knitted or crocheted shawls or blankets, are all really lovely and also very personal gifts. They are super useful for both parents and baby and many of them can be folded like a rug when at home or out and about and therefore are a lovely gift.
A newborn baby is happy to lay on the soft texture and just be a baby, or swaddled and snug in their car seat or pram!
Hats, Coats, Snowsuits
New babies need to be protected from the cooler weather and winter hats, coats and snow suits for cold weather become invaluable when you are out this time of year. Again, softer and organic fabrics are better, and you can again get some lovely snuggly ones right now. There are plenty of colours and designs to choose from and I have loved all of my kids little pram suits and snow suits.
Babies in bobble hats or hand crochet hats, look absolutely adorable, as well as it being a gift that is super useful.
Teething toys – especially wooden ones – make for a great new born gift too. There are the popular giraffe toys, which are available in most babywear shops, but also handmade ones make lovely personal gifts too. There are many options for teethers, and this again is really useful and not too over the top!
Whilst a new born baby isn’t going to be sat looking at books, a book for a baby is wonderful and timeless gift. As a new parent it is great to be able to start building your little ones library and sharing stories with them! Reading to babies and tots is a wonderful thing and sharing family favourites with a baby, will build imagination and bonding with parents for years to come!
Touchy feely, board books and flap books, are all a good place to start (as they will reach these first) but buying story books too will soon be loved and treasured!
Although it may seem difficult at first to find presents for a new baby, it’s not impossible and one of these things will be greatly received by new parents this Christmas!