When a friend or family member has a baby, it is a special time for everyone. Taking gifts is customary when you go to visit the baby and new mother, but it can be difficult to know what to get. Flowers and clothes are very common presents, but there are other longer-lasting options too.
Here are some of the best baby gifts you could get for a newborn close to you:
Clothes are a temporary gift for a baby because they grow at a remarkable rate. If you buy new baby clothes, then they will be worn, at best, for intervals in a 2-month period. Clothes are an essential part of caring for a baby, but a new mother will be almost inundated with clothes to dress their child in. To offer a standout gift of clothing, you will need to go all out and do something really special.
Flowers are an excellent present for a new mother for several reasons. Flower arrangements have been shown to improve the mood of those who come into contact with them and this is a hugely important factor for a new parent. Lack of sleep and an abundance of stress both mean that anything to brighten the day will do wonders. Flowers also provide sensory stimulation for the baby and this is good in helping them to develop their cognitive processes.
Baby toys are basically a pointless endeavour. Whilst some sensory toys can be beneficial, babies will largely be happy with any toy that you give to them. A new mother will undoubtedly have many toys and another will do little to improve the experience of the child. Buying toys will be a nice gesture but, in reality, you will just be cluttering the home of your friend or family member.
4. Personalised Items and Memorabilia
Whilst there is little chance of buying something unique for a new baby, you can go above and beyond the norm by personalising items. Personalising towels, clothes or toys with the baby’s name will make it all the more special. A personalised item is also likely to be kept for posterity and will have a longer-life use than an impersonal item.
Another option is to get a present that is designed and intended simply to be put away and kept for reasons of memory. Engraved tankards and other items commemorating the birth of a new baby make excellent keepsakes for the parents, and for when the child grows older too. Investing in memorabilia will mean that you need to spend more, but it will also make it more special for all involved.
5. Love and Support
The best gift that you can really give to new parents is that of love and support. Having a baby is a difficult challenge, and your friends or family will need your support. Whether this simply means being at the end of the phone when they need you or vacuuming the house and cooking to relieve the stress does not matter. The important thing is that you are there for them and are ready to support them if they need your help.