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Baskets and baby gifts

January 30, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Adam

Assessing what new parents might want or need and coming up with new baby gift ideas can sometimes be a headache. With this in mind it’s sometimes nice to get a few ideas and pointers as to what might be an easy present. One that is not over fussy or too personal.

Gifts like teddies are very good as they are non gender specific and look cute and cuddly. Just a simple gesture to say, ‘congratulations’ to the happy couple and to celebrate the baby’s birth is sufficient sometimes. You may want to personalise it a little by buying a neck scarf with the new baby’s name on it and placing it around the teddy’s neck.

A newborn baby gift basket is also very touching and considerate. You can buy neutral baskets that are not pink or blue. They have cow motifs and plain white collections that can be bought before the baby is born and you know whether it is a boy or a girl.

There are beautifully put together ‘hand puppet’ style baby gift baskets which add an element of play to parenting experience and also, it has the function of perhaps enticing a toddler into bath time. All these gifts would make wonderful additions to the parent’s collection.

Double up when you buy gifts

January 29, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Diane

Don’t they grow fast? No sooner have you told everyone what a beautiful little baby you’ve than they’re bouncing about showing off to anyone and everyone in sight! By the time that your baby is just a few months old, you will start to realise that they have a few preferred activities.

Speak to parents and these ‘activities’ differ from one child to the next. Some parents guarantee you that their baby just loves their swing- and that they couldn’t think of a better way to help the baby relax- until it is time for a snooze.

On the other hand some parents couldn’t think of a worse scenario before bedtime! For them it’s a few rocks in a pushchair and that’s it-they’re away (the baby, not Mum and dad!) little cherubs.

Here’s a thought for those of you that have found their baby liking certain activities, when people ask you if they can buy baby gifts for you then ask for a duplicate of what the child likes.

Now, we’re not saying huge swings or expensive pushchairs but rockers or little baby bouncers. For those people that look after your child regularly like grandparents it’s often a good idea to get duplicates. This helps to provide peace of mind and all the comfort your baby needs.

Calendar boys and girls

January 28, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Diane

Here’s another brilliant baby gift idea. Now you can create a unique calendar using your own photographs! Whether you’re a parent or a friend you can create a calendar for a loved one to mark the arrival of a new baby.

What about a magnificent gift to celebrate a first birthday? The brilliant thing about presents like this is that they are long lasting, never-to- be-forgotten presents that are not usually replicated by others.

Additionally, the recipient can make copies to send to far away friends or relatives. These A4 calendars are usually made from good quality paper with spiral binding and a metal hanger. They’re not garish and celebrate the birth and life of an infant in a loving way.

Most companies inform you that some imperfections blown up to a4 size will be slightly more noticeable but that’s part of the present’s charm.

They do say that landscape images fill the page better and that non digital photographs might need cropping. That said it can be difficult to buy newborn baby gifts sometimes so creating something unusual is the answer.

You can order these kinds of calendars online sending in the photos you wish to make up the months. What a first birthday surprise this would be!

Home alone with baby

January 27, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Kelly

Being with your baby at home for the first time is a wonderful experience. You may feel a little anxious about the responsibility you have taken on and this is a very normal feeling. Parents that are experienced at looking after children still have that apprehensive feeling with a newborn baby so don’t worry.

A look around at all the cards and new baby gifts will reassure you that there are people that love and support you. You should see this as a special time, a time where you can really get to know your baby. You will spend a lot of time just looking at him/her anyway.

The great thing about this time at home is that you can learn how your baby behaves. You can learn the sleeping patterns and the feeding times. You will get to know what works and what doesn’t when comforting your loved one. All you are looking to do is to learn how to keep your baby safe and well.

A well baby will behave in certain ways. They will initially sleep a great deal and be settled. Their wake ups will invariably be about feeding and once fed should be contented.

When fed, babies tend to lie awake for a while before falling asleep again. They often cry because of hunger, loneliness or discomfort and you will attend to these displeasures naturally. A newborn baby is beautiful thing and learning to live with one is a challenging but very uplifting experience.

Rockers for babies

January 26, 2009 — Category: Baby Products — Written by Diane

A great gift for new parents is a baby rocker. As new baby gifts go, it might be something that others haven’t thought about and they make perfect surprise presents.

A baby chair or rocker provides the ideal spot to soothe and rest a tiny baby or one that can’t move around much yet. There are all kinds of different shapes and sizes of baby rocker out there so getting the right one as a baby gift could prove a challenge.

Rockers and chairs go from the top of the range, all-dancing versions to basic versions. The top of the range versions are ones like the Baby Björn Babysitter which is designed for tots and toddlers up to two years.

Interestingly baby rockers and chairs make excellent places to feed your baby their first solids. This is because they are comfy and baby can fall asleep immediately after a feed, once winded of course!

There are all kinds of gadgets available for baby rockers and chairs so you might want to think about the size of space that is going to be needed.

Check whether it is a travel rocker or whether the cover is washable. Some rockers need batteries to rock them so if you are thinking of buying one as a baby gift then remember the batteries too.

How to get baby to sleep?

January 25, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Adam

There is unsurpassable joy at having a newborn baby around, you just can’t stop looking at them and you can’t believe how small their tiny hands, feet and noses can be.

When they cry it’s easy to blame yourself and become worried that you haven’t done something right, but don’t feel this way, babies haven’t much option but to cry and there are plenty of ways to soothe them.

Tired babies will often cry through lack of sleep. An over-stimulated baby may get tired and need rest and you may try to sing, talk and jiggle your baby to sleep although this may not always work.

You could try putting them in an environment that they are used to. Training your baby to sleep in prams, cots and cribs may be the answer to getting them off to sleep.

Someone may have given you a crib as a new baby gift and it may be just a matter of getting your baby used to sleeping in it.

Massaging your baby can be an excellent way of soothing your baby to sleep. Soothing massage oils which keep your baby’s skin soft and protected could be used to calm your baby to sleep.

Soft toys for babies

January 24, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Kelly

Ensuring an imaginative playtime for little ones whilst protecting them from any risk is a fine balance. This is where soft toys are such great fun. Playing with soft toys can help build up a baby’s reflexes and develop their hand-eye coordination.

Skills developed during play will help develop infants that are more prepared to move around independently. This inquisitive nature will hopefully grow into a richer appreciation for the baby’s environment.

Selecting a soft toy as a baby gift can mean choosing from anything from balls to dolls puppets and teddies or maybe a soft book for baby to explore? There are soft rattles too which can be used without the risk of any accidental injury.

Cloth toys make better choices for baby gifts rather than soft toys made out of fake fur or hair as these can become choking hazards when the infant explores the present.

Similarly try not to select gifts that have hard buttons or eyes that can easily be bitten or pulled off. Indeed, before selecting your baby gift you must check it over for any hazards or design flaws that might have been overlooked.

Shopping for a soft toy as a baby gift is an exciting and thought provoking event, made all the more meaningful when you see the child at play.

Cots for newborn babies

January 23, 2009 — Category: Baby Products — Written by Diane

Cot toys offer a means of exciting your baby’s senses whilst they rest and provide some amusement for your baby in an otherwise sparse location.

Whether you are a parent or a friend shopping for baby gifts there are a few things you should remember.

Did you know that newborns are short sighted? They can only focus on objects that are about 10 inches away with everything else a fussy haze.

Some experts say that newborn babies prefer to look at patterns that have high contrast, light and bright colours are more stimulating and different object can help to develop their vision.

Numerous cot toys include striking elements to their design which in turn helps your baby to carry on learning while at rest.

Also, babies learn a fantastic amount about their neighbouring environment through the feelings created by handling items.

They favour soft, warm sensations to hard cold objects and choosing cot toys that encompass diverse textures and materials will stimulate and the baby’s sensual development.

New baby gifts that are specifically for the cot or pram should also encourage your baby to stretch and reach towards them enabling different kinds of physical development.

Shop till you drop?

January 22, 2009 — Category: Baby Products — Written by Diane

What price a long lasting new baby present? Well we all know the importance of buying a good quality baby gift and there are some great products to show someone how much you care. The great thing is that now purchasing gifts online allows you to shop without feeling like you want to ‘drop’ at the end.

For example have you thought about a delightfully presented baby gift basket? You can buy a hamper for twins too which looks charming and arrives with two teddy bears that can be for two boys, two girls or one of each and are soft and cuddly to touch.

Also, you should get some personalised clothes in the hamper: body suits, and cotton bundles together with a cute looking hat. All of the contents are wrapped and are presented in natural bamboo. They can be delivered (if you buy online) with your own personalised message.

Buying online can take a lot of the hassle out of baby gifts and there are so many beautifully presented baby gifts to choose from that you’ll have a great time selecting the perfect gift, one that will stay with the child and in the memories of the parents forever.

Photographic memories

January 20, 2009 — Category: Baby Ideas — Written by Kelly

What a brilliant idea for a new baby gift. Babies develop and grow every day but now you can watch your baby grow in pictures and capture once in a lifetime memories with an incredible baby photo shoot. The amazing thing is that you have created a keepsake you can cherish forever.

A baby gift of a professional photo shoot that seizes those delightful early months would be a present any parents would love. If you’re thinking of buying a shoot, you should look out for deals that make the family feel very special on the day.

They should be greeted by someone representing the company; the parents should be given an opportunity to choose a location for the photographs and a chance to look at previous photographs to get some idea of what they might want.

Remember that it is an ‘occasion’ and if you’re buying this as a newborn baby gift you might have to find out information for the photographer. They might need to know the baby’s exact age, sex and whether the family have any special interests or requirements.

The whole day is designed to make the family feel wonderful and a gift of this sort would make a great alternative present to the ones usually bought for parents. These occasions last in the memories of people and leave a lifelong impression in the hearts and minds of the parents.

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