How to find a cool baby gift
Finding the perfect gift for new parents could be tricky especially if you are close to the parents. You get to share their emotions and even be part of the whole birth process which adds a little pressure when trying to come up with a meaningful gift for the new bundle of joy.
Unfortunately, no matter how many options you can have both online and offline, finding just the perfect present could prove to be quite the struggle. Fighting between being innovative and getting something actually useful is what will occupy your thoughts for the next few days.
This time-consuming process of buying a gift for such a small creature could be more pleasant if you decide to take into consideration our comprehensive shopping guide. We promise our tips and tricks will decrease the amount of time you will have to spend in stores looking for the right gift and may even give you some thoughtful ideas about what to buy to the new parents.
Bear in mind that no matter the occasion, it is always better to give some thought to the needs of the gift receiver, as well as their taste or hobbies. In this case, we do talk about the tastes and personal preferences of the parents so you may want to ask them first before buying anything.
How we chose the coolest baby gifts
Finding the right baby gift could actually become a positive shopping experience if you are ready to read about our tips and tricks.
Ask the parents first
As previously mentioned, before deciding upon an item, since we are talking about a newborn, you might want to ask the parents first. Since they will become parents for the first time, it is only natural that they will be extremely emotional and anxious so they might slip a couple of needs from their minds.
Although you may think it is a little bit rude to ask the parents before, it is always better, especially if you are close to them. There are plenty of baby gadgets and accessories which won’t get to be used more than a couple of times, so there is no point in spending important amounts of money on useless items.
Avoid buying clothes
Although it may seem like a natural gift for a newborn, how original is that at the end of the day? Take a little moment and think just how many other friends, family members or acquaintances coming to the baby shower will bring pieces of clothing. Exactly our point – one too many. Apart from being the most predictable gift, you risk buying something that won’t fit. Thus, unless you are really sure of the baby’s dimensions, we suggest you avoid shopping for clothes.
In fact, there are numerous reasons why baby clothing shouldn’t be your number one item on the gift list, among them the following: all baby clothes must be washed and sanitized (usually by boiling) before putting them on the babies.
Babies have extremely sensitive skins; thus, even the slightest fabric inconvenience could cause a rush. Secondly, you have to guess the right the size of the clothing. Some babies are born bigger than average, which is why the newborn clothes may not fit. Thirdly, you will probably end up paying a significant amount of money on pieces of clothing the little one will never get the chance to wear.
If, however, you decide to go against our tips and buy clothing for the newborn, please bear in mind that you need to follow some simple rules. First of all, make sure all the fabrics are organic, pure cotton and free from chemical dyes. As we previously mentioned, baby skins are prone to rashes. Secondly, we suggest you always buy a couple of sizes bigger than the newborn section. Newborns develop differently and some of them grow faster than others.
Moreover, bear in mind that the child will probably only stay inside in the first couple of weeks, and so there is no need for fancy costumes or princess dresses. Also, we suggest deciding on the season. Think ahead of things to realize which season will come after a few months and buy accordingly. If the little child is born during winter there is no need to buy small warm clothes but rather opt for t-shirts and breathable onesies which are suitable for spring or summer.
Think about the usefulness of your gift
As we encourage our readers to opt for other types of gifts instead of clothing items, we also consider you should think about your gift’s usefulness and applicability in real life. An animal mobile made out of colorful and plush little animals could be a nice addition to all baby cribs.
They are cool, made from non-allergenic fabrics and will certainly stimulate the baby’s imagination and even get a few smiles. Another great type of mobile is one shaped as a cloud which will certainly create a peaceful and welcoming environment so that the baby will have a good night sleep.
Another useful item you could think of buying is a baby blanket. There are literally thousands of options available in stores but we again suggest you choose those made from natural and breathable fabrics, thick enough to keep the baby warm during the night or on a walk in the park.
A wall-mounted changing table could prove a life-saver, especially for inexperienced mothers. Since most of the house will probably be packed with child items, a space-saving device is always welcomed. The product is perfect for crowded rooms or small apartments, is easy to install and will provide a safe environment for the baby to be changed. Moreover, the soft exterior design is specially customized to meet the needs of a small child.
Although not extremely useful, but extremely cool, we couldn’t end our shopping guide without mentioning the fortune cookie-shaped booties. They come in different colors and sizes and will display heart-melting messages for the little ones.