Buying baby gifts is so exciting! I used to love going shopping and buying newborn clothes for family and friends expecting.
Since becoming a first time Mum, I realise what gifts work best. Gifts in newborn sizes rarely fit or get used for long. Especially with me, as my daughter was nearly 9lbs at birth. A lot of newborn clothes are mainly ideal for babies under 8lbs, even then, they may grow out of these clothes quickly.
Below I have listed the baby gift inspiration ideas, based on the best ones I have had. My dream items are also there, under the useful section.
1. Edible. Bring a meal or bake a cake.
If you provide an edible gift, it will stand out more than any other fancy item received. Why? When someone has a newborn, time is so precious. It is so valuable to have anything that is pre made or quick to prepare. This allows parents, to make the most of precious moments with their bundle of joy.
Babies are newborns for such a short period of time. Nothing could have prepared me, for how short that time would be. I am forever grateful for those that brought cakes, meals and cooked for my husband and I during those precious weeks. It gave us time to focus on spending quality moments together.
2. Cinema vouchers. Offer to babysit.
Parenthood is exhausting yet fulfilling. New parents will totally need a well deserved date, when the time comes, that they can manage to be away from thier baby.
It’s been 11 months and my husband and I, haven’t had a date night since our daughters birth. Trust me it will be so memorable, when it does happen.
The gift of something thoughtful, like Cinema vouchers and offering to babysit will be priceless.
3. Mobile pamper voucher for Mum
It is hard to imagine getting out of the house to a beauty appointment, as a Mum who is exclusively breastfeeding. My daughter also naps on me, so I am with her 24/7.
One of the best gifts I have been given is a pamper voucher, where a mobile beautician can come to me. Perfect. This voucher has everything from a massage to getting your nails done. What a thoughtful gift!
4. Bio Oil
Bio Oil is a wonderful gift for Mums. It is lovely to receive something for yourself, self care makes all the difference after having a baby. My stomach was darker than the rest of my body after having a baby, stretch marks appeared last minute. The bio oil has worked wonders on the stretch marks, plus getting my tone even again.
5. Knitted Item
I absolutely adore all of Birdie’s knitted cardigans, jumpers and blankets. Knitted gifts are such a nice touch, so unique, special and adorable. The amount of effort that goes into making such a gift, makes it all the more memorable.
6. Mum & Dad mugs
Parents cherish getting a moment to relax with their favourite hot drink. A mug that celebrates your new title is a must have.
7. Thermal bottle
A thermal bottle is a great way to keep water cold or hot drinks hot. This will help a busy mum out for sure!
It is hard to drink a cup of tea before it goes cold. Yet enjoying a hot tea, sure will become a great part of relaxing. I find my thermal bottle is ideal when I am exhausted and my baby is restless. I can make it and leave it for as long as needed, then still enjoy it hot, when I get a chance.
8. Baby Towel
One of my most practical and well used gifts, is a good quality baby towel. Baby towels are quite expensive and it’s not so easy to stock up on enough in advance. A baby towel sure does make a great gift.
These premium microfibre bath towels are so handy. Personally, I like to place them on the bed, ready to lay my baby on, once she’s out of the bath.
9. Hooded Towel
Hooded towels are nice and snuggly to use straight from the bath. Keeping baby warm, while absorbing moisture straight away.
The cute Koala towel above is a luxury soft towel, which is 100% bamboo. This towel is big enough to use for many months after the newborn stage. You will pleased to know that it stays soft after being washed. The Koala hood gives it such a cute finish, this would make the most practical and adorable gift.
Muslin cloths are very much needed, when it comes to looking after a baby. Muslins make a great gift because they will get used a lot! Plus there are so many adorable designs.
Baby bibs are so cute. Whether you get general bibs or dribble bibs, they will be a useful gift.
These bibs are very absorbent, making them ideal for babies. I found them useful while my daughter had reflux. Now they are great under weaning bibs to keep my daughters neck dry, even when she spits her drink everywhere.
12. Teething Toys
It’s great that there are so many toys, that double up as also having teething elements. Teething toys are definitely needed! Plus you can’t beat having a recommended teething toy.
13. Bibado Weaning Bib
Bibado bibs are the best weaning bibs I have ever come across. They are expensive, while totally worth it! A Bibado big will make a great gift because it is unlikely, it will be a priority to buy in advance. Plus it can feel too costly to buy a lot when weaning comes around.
Bibado bibs attach to the highchair and table. They are one size fits all and last a long time. I love how drenched my daughter gets using these bibs, then being amazed seeing how dry she still is underneath. Overall, they are such a wonderful invention that every weaning baby needs.
14. Weaning plate
There are so many cute weaning plates around. It would be so personal for you to choose a weaning plate, that you think will be great for baby. When it gets to 3 meals plus snacks per day, as many weaning plates as possible will be needed.
15. Weaning storage containers
If you are going for a weaning themed gift package, then these stackable food storage containers, will make a great addition.
Nuk baby containers are microwave and freezer safe. I use these on a daily basis for weaning. Whether it’s to warm some baby food in a bowl of hot water, store or freeze some food. I had weaning storage supplies as a gift and now I know how thoughtful that gift was.
16. Baby clothing
Go for clothing at least 3-6 months in size.
Amissz clothing is lovely quality, there are beautiful designs for baby girls.
Baby booties are so handy. They are nice and soft and sock like to keep baby’s little feet warm while out and about.
Scratch mittens are a must have as well as warm mittens during colder seasons.
19. Hole Blanket
I received a lot of baby blankets, that I didn’t ‘t get to fully use because they don’t have holes. A blanket with holes is ideal, it is breathable which baby can sleep with. They will make a essential gift.
It is best to choose an extra soft cellular baby blanket, which is 100% cotton. These are warm enough for babies, great for sensitive skin and easy to wash.
20. Gro bag
Grobags are ideal because it is most likely that babies will kick blankets off, ending up cold while asleep. Grobags have been my main go to and you just need the appropriate tog for the season/ room temperature.
Tommee Tippee is a great go to brand for safe baby items, especially baby sleep bags. This Grobag is designed to help little ones regulate their temperature. There is also a great zip design to help with night nappy changes, while keeping baby warm. What a great gift, to actually help parents have easier nights.
21. Child’s Farm Shower gel
There hasn’t been any shower gel that is as gentle and ideal for sensitive skin as Child’s farm.
The little gift with travel sizes is super adorable. I was over the moon to receive one. Guess what! I have actually used them all.
22. Electric nail file
I used to struggle with keeping on top of my baby’s nails, from fear of catching her skin with the baby nail clippers. Baby’s have such soft skin and they can move their hands and fingers unexpectedly. I thought that the answer was a baby file, but I was wrong. The file would be time consuming and getting my daughter to sit for the time it takes was impossible.
Everything changed when I bought an electric nail file. I love this nail file because it has different speeds and comes with 10 file heads, which are textured in 3 different colours, indicating which age they are suitable for.
A diffuser helps when baby has a stuffy nose and is all congested. It is also useful for mum to relax, with it releasing fragrant oils (if added) and lighting up.
24. Milestone Book
A milestone book is so lovely. It is a great place to record, remember and cherish all of the milestones. It’s a must have gift. I love mine and have kept using it!
25. Black and white book
High contrast books are perfect from the newborn stage and beyond.
The pictures in this book relate to everyday objects and the contrast is with a black background one side and white the other. I love how it unfolds so it can be placed out, for baby to see during tummy time. It is so long when unfolded.
26. Musical Owl
My daughter adores her musical Owl. The lullabies helped her to sleep as a newborn. White noise soothed her to stay asleep during sleep progression. Now her face lights up to see her Owl, she likes to press the buttons herself.
I can’t believe that within 11 months, I have only had to charge the owl twice, yet it is on nearly most days. Maybe because my baby doesn’t use the cry sensor. It really is amazing.
Ollie the Owl has 6 natural soothing sounds and 3 lullabies. It even has an option to switch a cry sensor on so it can respond by playing soothing sounds or lullabies for 20 minutes, helping to soothe baby. There is a lovely heart shaped comfort night light within the Owls’s tummy. Aaaw it is so lush!
27. That’s not my Penguin
Such a sweet book with great touchy feely patches. The story is very engaging for babies and the pictures are captivating.
28. Tummy time rattle
A tummy time rattle is a cute gift that will provide a lovely sensory experience for baby.
These attach to the wrists and ankles of babies for a rattle tastic tummy time experience.
Remember Mums usually get bought baby clothes, so either buy a bigger size, or opt for something different all together. I totally get it though, baby clothes are too adorable to not buy!
I hope you enjoy shopping, whether it’s online or in person.
Thank you for reading! Enjoy your day!