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Newborn gifts that make a difference

Newborn gifts that make a difference
February 26, 2019 Sonia van den Berg
In Gift Ideas, On the Blog

newborn baby boy gift hand loomed blue baby blanket and crocheted barbell soft toy rattleNewborn gifts that make a difference

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.

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    Cheeky Bear Rattle – soft orange

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    Cheeky Bear Rattle

    Who could resist this cheeky bear rattle in soft orange? Full of character, and with a gentle rattle sound, it will bring a smile to any baby’s face.Perfect if you fancy a change from the more traditional pink or blue. And it coordinates beautifully with some of the other items in our 100% organic range.


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    Musical instrument rattle maraca


    Musical instrument rattle maraca is a must have musical rattle for every child, beautiful and tactile. It is hand lacquered in safe, non toxic vegetable colours and sustainable wood.Fair trade product. Appropriate for all ages.

    This product is handmade and the artisans that create the product receive fair wages and are given safe working conditions. The maraca is also made without any input of child labor.

    $20.00 $16.95

    or 4 payments of $4.24 with Afterpay

    $20.00 $16.95
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    Baby Inkless Footprint Kit 

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    Baby Inkless Footprint Kit makes taking your little one’s foot prints easy! No ink or paint, mess or fuss – just perfect prints of your baby in seconds. Must have for the hospital bag and a great gift for new parents.

    Your baby’s detailed prints are created by simply wiping over baby’s foot or hand with the non-toxic inkless wipe and gently pressing onto the magic paper. Within seconds the print magically appears while your baby’s foot stays clean and dry. Truly Amazing!

    This inkless footprint kit enables you to take up to 4 sets of baby handprints or baby foot prints. Your precious print is permanent and can be digitally scanned for thank you cards, scrapbooking – ideal mementos for your precious baby book.

    The Inkless Print System is safe and easy to use from birth and is used in maternity hospitals across the USA for newborn identification.

    A welcome baby gift for any new parent!

    Kit Contents:

    • 1  Non-Toxic Inkless Wipe
    • 4 Treated Paper
    • Keepsake Tin
    • Instructions

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