Your first reaction on hearing that someone you know is going to have a baby is usually one of joy. This is often followed closely by a second reaction of panic as you realise that you will have to try and come up with the perfect baby shower gift. Buying for an unborn baby is
Your first reaction on hearing that someone you know is going to have a baby is usually one of joy. This is often followed closely by a second reaction of panic as you realise that you will have to try and come up with the perfect baby shower gift.
Buying for an unborn baby is always a bit tricky; after all, you have no idea what sex the child will be or how the parents intend to raise their newborn. First time parents will probably have already found themselves swamped with well-meaning advice from friends and relatives by the time the baby shower comes around, so a parenting book which sets out the main points will probably be much appreciated.On the other hand, some parents may be offended that you thought they needed a parenting book in the first place. If you don’t know the proud parents-to-be very well, it could be wiser to steer clear of anything which is seen as giving unwanted advice, including buying a helpful book.
Toys always seem like the perfect present for children, but most parents will find themselves with piles of stuffed animals by the time their precious bundle arrives and not many practical items. After all, there is plenty of time to buy the child fun gifts as they are growing older; presents at a baby shower are more about helping Mum and Dad. As anyone who has had kids will tell you, you can never have enough outfits; babies are always needing changed, in more ways than one, and a plentiful supply of all-in-ones, t-shirts and other clothing essentials will always come in handy. It might be an idea to buy clothes a couple of sizes above newborn, just in case Mum has a larger baby. Even if she gives birth to a tiny boy or girl, the slightly bigger clothes will come in handy one day.
There are many more practical gifts that helpful friends and family can buy for new parents; a pram or pushchair is a big expense for Mum and Dad to deal with just as their weekly bills start to go up, while helping to kit out baby’s room with a new cot or even just a set of bedding will be a gift not soon forgotten. Baby monitors have become the latest must-have gadget for new parents, with some of the more expensive models even featuring tiny video cameras.Not every friend can afford such extravagant gifts at a baby shower, but there are always the traditional options of a simple piece of jewellery or a decorated crockery set to fall back on, if you want to think of something that will be treasured.Failing that, High Street stores are just as likely to be selling bath sets for babies as they are for adults these days, with baskets featuring bubble bath, shampoo and, of course, a couple of toys to keep children amused while they splash about in the tub.