I recently posted a blog about beautiful baby shower gifts. I would like to continue the theme of gift-giving, by writing about gifts for newborns.
When a new life enters our world, we want to celebrate. We want to show our love and affection, and support both the baby and their parents. A thoughtful and meaningful gift is always appreciated, and even cherished for many years to come.
So what makes the perfect gift for a newborn? Some parents say they already have everything they need, and babies will receive so many gifts! Hopefully these ideas will help you find the perfect present that everyone will love.
Eco-friendly toys and clothes
Eco-friendly gifts for newborns support the environment, the community, and also baby’s health. Eco clothing is soft, adorable and fashionable. The natural fibres reduce the risk of irritation against sensitive newborn skin, and help maintain a consistent and comfortable body temperature.
Eco newborn baby clothing makes an excellent hand-me-down, or can be sold once the baby outgrows the gift. This is sustainable practice and helps other children and families.
Eco products are made from natural materials that are durable and long-lasting. The Sustainability Centre says purchasing items from non-plastic materials helps avoid landfill, reduces your footprint, and protects the ocean from plastic pollution.
Eco-friendly toys will grow with the baby. They are often open-ended, meaning the child can use them in a variety of ways. Open-ended play is excellent for baby and child development as it promotes imagination, questioning, and problem solving.
A newborn baby may listen to the sound of their mother shaking a wooden rattle. As they grow they will learn to grasp at and hold this rattle. Later, they will shake and make their own music independently. A small and simple gift like a wooden or organic cotton rattle, will become a wonderful childhood memory.
Memories to keep
Little keepsakes are thoughtful gifts for a newborn baby. These may help capture a moment in time, like a baby inkless footprint kit. Those tiny hands and tiny feet grow so fast, and this gift will turn them into an artwork that can be kept and cherished as the child grows old.
Toddlers and preschool children are fascinated by their own growth, and are very interested in babies. Seeing the prints of their own newborn feet, will be magical to them. The child who receives your gift, will appreciate it more and more as they grow up.
So many gifts for newborns are offered with love and good intentions, but are quickly forgotten as the child outgrows them. The perfect gift for a newborn baby, is one that lasts a long time.
Everyone loves handmade gifts
‘When my daughter was born I appreciated her handmade gifts the most, and I think she did too because they were more interesting,’ says Keeta Williams, a family photographer in Adelaide. Her work includes newborn photography, and she asks parents to include their own baby’s toys and clothes in the photographs. She says, ‘handmade toys and blankets, or dresses created by an artist, make the photos more personal’.
Hand loomed blankets made from organic cotton, will keep baby warm and comfortable. They can be used in a variety of ways – as bedding in a cot or pram, a floor covering, or just something nice and cosy to snuggle into.
Sharing your philosophy
When you share an eco-friendly or handmade gift with a newborn baby, you are also sharing a positive philosophy. Children benefit from being surrounded by items that reflect quality, love, and sustainability. When they have these concepts in their life, they will learn their value. Young children who learn to respect their world, will create a better future for themselves.