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Gifts for the Perfect Slumber

November 6, 2008 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Diane

Newborn babies spend a large percentage of their day sleeping so if you’re looking for baby gift ideas then the area of slumber and snoozing is a good one to start.

Due to spending nine months cozy and secure in the uterus of their mother, babies initially prefer small, confined sleeping areas such as Moses cribs and bassinets.  There are coverlets and sleeping sacks available to cover the baby in a variety of styles and colours.  Try to avoid using blankets until the baby is older and can safely roll from side to side.  This prevents the danger of suffocation.

You’ll also find a wide selection of toys available for the crib.  Make sure they are newborn friendly and are recommended for crib use.  Avoid buying anything that is battery operated for a newborn as batteries can leak in the crib exposing the baby to toxic chemicals.

After three months of age babies start to be awake a little more.  Between napping, babies of this age need toys to stimulate their sensory development.  Musical toys are a great idea and can also sooth the baby to sleep after feeding.

Like adults, babies sleep better if there are no stimuli in the room.  Nightlights are a great way of throwing some gentle light on the room but avoid keeping the baby awake.  There are also relaxation tapes available that can mimic the sounds of the womb to help lull the baby to sleep.

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