Gift ideas to help tick off that new baby checklist
Whether you’re looking for baby shower gifts or newborn baby gifts, buying for new arrivals and parents can be tricky. There is so much choice out there and, unless you’ve already experienced life with a baby, it can be pretty confusing. So wouldn’t it be helpful if you knew what they wanted beforehand? To give you some inspiration, moms and dads let us in on the best gift they received for their baby.
“I loved wearing my baby and I bought myself a beautiful wrap, which I used almost daily,” says Laura. “I gave a good friend the same baby carrier. It feels lovely giving something that can foster that nurturing relationship of parent and baby”
With so many things on the newborn checklist whirring around a new parent’s mind, baby toys are easily forgotten – so they can make great gifts. “When I was expecting, my concern was to have the room ready and all the baby clothes washed, and I completely forgot the baby needs toys!” says Yasmine, mom of two
Practical presents are popular too, such as a fluffy and soft baby towel, paired with Baby Dove Rich Moisture Head to Toe Wash and Shampoo. Lucy, mom of one, shares her story: "The hooded baby towel I was given, was in regular use for many months with my son. It's such a useful gift, and pair with baby bath products... it made bath times that bit easier." Plus, all Baby Dove products are hypoallergenic and gentle enough for a newborn's first bath
Something for mom and dad.
Often with a new baby around, new parents put themselves right at the bottom of the priority list – but it’s important they look after themselves too.
You could help them do this, as Craig, dad of a newborn, explains: “I would make some delicious meals, ready to stick in the oven – there’s no time to cook properly in the early days and it’s important to put your health and comfort first at times.” Many moms and dads might also love five minutes’ peace and a soak in the bath – a great way to unwind and care for skin at the same time
Something for the kids.
The arrival of a new sibling can be a challenge for the older brothers and sisters, too. So gifts for them can be very touching, as Laura, mom of two, remembers: “When our second child was born, friends and family sent small gifts for our eldest too. Not just so he felt included, but many of the gifts kept him occupied while I was feeding the baby”