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You and your gifts

January 10, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Diane

If you’re having a new baby, you want to make sure that everyone knows so they can buy you the kind of baby gifts you want. There’s no point being coy about gifts because everyone will want to buy you something. So you might as well be specific about what you want rather than be the recipient of unwanted gifts.

You should make a list of gifts that would be of help and value to your baby and you should include one or two treats for yourselves as parents. There’s nothing wrong in asking for newborn baby gifts that might include a bottle of bubbly for the happy couple is there?

There are some brilliant new parent gift baskets that include teddies and blankets plus something for Mummy and Daddy. If you’re into fitness or if you’ve got a hectic lifestyle, you could ask for a jogger or stroller that will enable you to keep moving quickly, whilst also keeping baby comfortable.

As general rule of thumb, ask for gifts that are designed to make your life easier. Also, you might be able to ask your friends and family to help decorate the nursery now that would be helpful!

Go Organic

January 9, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Kelly

With such an environmentally aware nation as ours it’s comforting to know that some manufacturers cater for parents that want to keep things organic. Sometimes it can be difficult to buy presents for new parents but an organic offering can show a sense of kindness and thought for the child’s future.

What organic presents are on offer then? Well, there’s some really nice and comfortable 100% organically grown cotton PJ’s that look really cute and cuddly when worn. They come in a set with some lovely tiny slippers and a bathrobe. You can find them online and they make great newborn baby gifts for parents to be.

Another way of presenting the gift is to buy an organic greeting blanket and card. The blanket is made from sustainable bamboo cotton beautifully presented in a high quality box. You can personalise the gift set by pre-ordering the blanket and you can find other organic clothing to go with the blanket and card.

Otherwise there are some lovely organic gift sets with flannel and aromatic balms to soothe a baby’s skin. Also, organic shampoo with lavender and chamomile infusions will keep a baby’s skin protected and you can get a soothing cream to go with the shampoo.

Basket call

January 7, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Diane

If you’re thinking of buying a gift for new parents and are not sure what to give then why not put together a new baby gift basket? You can seek out a few small items that will say something about you and how happy you are for the new family.

A new baby basket might include a handmade personalised memory box. You can buy these in several colours and have them personalised to say the name of the newborn baby on them. Parents love these boxes as it gives them somewhere for keepsakes and photographs.

Another good present to help fill your new baby basket might be a birth candle. They are easily packed and come with personalised information on them such as the child’s name, time and date of birth, plus the baby’s weight. They usually have lovely decorations on them like cuddly animals making them cute to look at too.

Here’s a lovely idea that’s catching on, why not send the couple their very own magazine cover with a photograph of them holding the newborn baby on the front? They look really professional and not many people think about getting this as a baby gift so you shouldn’t worry about duplicating presents.

Soothing ideas

January 6, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Adam

Why do some babies cry so much? It could be a whole host of things: the baby could be hungry, tired or need company, just to name a few. We understand that it can be upsetting and frustrating when your baby cries, especially for a new parent.

The good news is there are several things you can check to help ease the situation. Try checking the baby’s nappy for example, true, you’ve only just changed the last one but babies have a habit of going when it suits them and this can mean as soon as you’ve changed the nappy.

You could check to see if your baby is hungry or that they are not too hot or cold. Babies cry for a reason and it is not always obvious as to why they are doing it so it’s worth checking they need an extra blanket or need one removed. Are they in direct sunlight or in a draft?

Calming your baby with kisses and pats will help you bond with them and soothe them. Rocking them can be an excellent way of calming the baby as it simulates the motion felt when the baby was in her mother’s womb. If you have had new baby gifts such as a pram or rocker then use this to help soothe your loved one.

Walk this way…

January 5, 2009 — Category: Baby Products — Written by Diane

Babies love to be wriggly. It won’t take long for your little one to take pleasure in movements such as jumping, bouncing about and rocking away. It is an excellent idea to try and encourage your babies’ natural need to move around– not only will this help them to develop their bodies, but they will start to link activity with fun, which is a nice link to make.

A tried, tested and recommended piece of activity apparatus is the Fisher Price Kick and Play bouncer which has a great action to soothe and entertain your baby with fun songs and sense games to stimulate your baby’s curiosity. It works on a kind of reward basis in that the curious your baby is the more noises and colours the bouncer reveals.

Baby walkers are also a good investment for stimulating little limbs and curious minds and they have been popular with parents for decades. Some parents prefer their baby to play with stationary centres instead of the more traditional mobile walkers because it looks safer.

The thing with mobile baby walkers though is they help to develop limbs and a sense of adventure. Walkers will normally engage babies for longer periods of time than stationary play centres. Try the VTech First Steps baby walker which is suitable for babies from 6 to 30 months old.

Beautiful books for babies

January 2, 2009 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Diane

Baby gifts should be well thought out presents, ones that will last and add meaning to a couple’s experience are often the best baby gifts to give. Try purchasing a beautifully designed baby record book for example.

These books often have adorable illustrations and easy-to-fill pages which help encapsulate the special moments of the baby’s early life making it a document to treasure forever.

Often the book will have pages that record baby’s ‘firsts’ in which all the little growing memories can be captured in a few sentences and a photograph showing when your baby first smiled or laughed.

Books that are bright and engaging with teddy bears or something cuddly for the child are ideal, some books are three dimensional affairs partially made from soft material.

Gifts such as this will help the couple share in the beauty of bringing their child into the world and provide a lasting memory for them. They are unique gifts that will be cherished by the parents for many years.

You can get baby record books complete with gift box and via special delivery which is very handy if you live far from the couple or you want to surprise them. The books cost anything from £15.00 upwards and make spectacular loving presents.

Shed Those Baby Pounds

December 31, 2008 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Diane

After the birth of your baby you will naturally be sporting a few extra pounds. You can camouflage the extra weight by choosing flattering clothes. Avoid trousers with pockets for example as they will only add inches to your hips or bottom. Dress in dark single colours for a slimmer silhouette and make sure the clothes are comfortable. Many of your pregnancy clothes will still be useful in the first weeks and months after the baby but slowly start to replace these with clothes that make you feel slimmer.

Don’t feel you have to run out and buy loads of breastfeeding tops. Loose fitting tops and shirts will do the job just as well.

Avoid colours that drain you and make sure your clothes fit well as tight fitting clothes will only make you feel worse. Hit bargain stores to get some clothes to fit in the interim months or borrow clothes from a friend. Be realistic about how long it will take to shed the pounds. After all it will have taken up to nine months for you to put the weight on, it won’t disappear overnight.

Incorporate some exercise into your programme each day. Walking the baby will help and there are plenty of post pregnancy exercise DVDs that can help you. Put some DVDs on your baby gifts wish list so after your post birth check up you can start working out.

Give Mum some ‘Me Time’

December 29, 2008 — Category: Baby Ideas — Written by Adam

After the birth of a baby it’s perfectly natural for the mother to feel down in the dumps about her post pregnancy shape and feel frustrated at the sheer lack of ‘me time’ that she has for herself. Most people concentrate of buying baby gifts rather than considering the mother. In pregnancy and post birth women can feel they have lost themselves somewhere along the way. Their shape will take some time to recover after carrying a baby for nine months, their energy levels will be low due to lack of sleep and the demands of the baby and they may feel constantly dishevelled!

When considering gifts think about buying something for the mother as well. Make sure it is something personal to her and not baby related so she can feel herself again. There are many pamper products available such as bath oils, skin care treatments and scents and perfumes. If you’d like to make sure she gets some quality time to herself how about booking her in for a spa treatment or massage? It will give her a break from the baby and help her to reconnect with herself.

Other ideas are organising a night out with her girlfriends, or encouraging her to go to a local fitness class to help her get back into shape.

Food Hampers as Gifts

December 27, 2008 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by Kelly

Much thought goes into trying to think of baby gifts. You want to make sure the gift is relevant and practical and perhaps unique to you. If practicality is important then skip the silverware products and only consider them at the time of the Christening, if indeed the parents are having one.

There is a great tip when it comes to buying gifts for the baby; simply get a token gift for the baby and choose something that doesn’t matter if someone else duplicates it such as baby grows or nappies. Then focus your attention on the mother and father and come up with a gift that will be appreciated by them in the next few months. No matter how well the new parents prepare for the new arrival, the birth of their baby will without doubt turn their lives upside down for the first few weeks and probably longer. They will have only a vague idea of what day it is, sleep will be something that is in extreme short supply and meals will grabbed on the run!

Why not put together a food hamper or take round a homemade meal such as a hearty casserole? They might not get the chance to tuck in straight away. It might take some days before they get round to it, but at some point perhaps in the middle of the night your lovely lasagne will seem like heaven to them!

Don’t Forget Dad!

December 25, 2008 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Diane

It can often be the case that in the excitement of a new baby being born the dad often gets forgotten in all the fervour and fuss surrounding the mother and baby. Family and friends will descend upon the new parents in a rugby scrum of activity bearing gifts for baby and mum but sadly forgetting the poor dad who often finds himself relegated to making cups of tea for visitors.

When looking at gifts and ways to help consider the father as well. Gone are the days when dads take a back seat in child care. Most are involved in sharing the feeds, rolling up their sleeves and changing nappies as well as mucking in with the household chores. Although it’s natural for the mother to dominate the upbringing of the baby in the early months and years dad is becoming more vocal in his opinions of how the child should be raised and has the benefit of having a more objective view.

There are some great books aimed specifically at dads which make lovely gifts when the baby is born with advice on how to deal with the experience of perhaps becoming a father for the first time, milestones in their baby’s development and how to support mum.

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