When you’re expecting, it’s always nice to receive gifts from friends and relatives. Receiving clothes and accessories for your little one can help alleviate some of the financial burden associated with having a new child. And yet, as any experienced parent can tell you, sometimes your friends and relatives get a little wrong. More often than not, you’ll end up with a wardrobe full of oversized onesies and bulky toys more suitable for toddlers than newborns.
In this week’s article, we’re going to take a look at the most helpful gifts to give to those expecting a newborn. From nursing accessories to nappy changing bags, these are the gifts that soon-to-be parents will be genuinely grateful for during those first few months of parenthood. Take a look.
1) Onesies and Jumpsuits
Some of the most popular gifts to give to soon-to-be parents are the onesie and the baby jumpsuit. One familiar problem for many recent parents, however, is that many friends and relatives forget to buy clothes that will fit a newborn baby. So, if considering buying clothes for your friend’s newborn, pay special attention to the size and age recommendations.
Another important thing to remember is to try to buy onesies or jumpsuits that open from the front - and not from the back. When trying to change your newborn, you’ll find yourself struggling to help them out of their onesie if it opens from the back - and they themselves might find the process difficult and uncomfortable. So always aim to buy onesies and jumpsuits that have buttons or snap-ons in the front.
2) Hats and Booties
It might seem obvious, but a nice warm hat is a great gift for a newborn baby. Because newborns are more sensitive to the cold than older babies, they will often need hats to keep their heads warm - particularly during winter months, or if you live in a colder climate.
Socks and booties are also great for keeping a newborn’s feet warm. When buying, however, also keep in mind the size and age recommendations.
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It might seem a bit dull - not to mention unconventional - to present soon-to-be parents with a supply of nappies as a gift, but you’d be surprised at how useful this is. When it comes to caring for a baby, you can never really have enough nappies in the house. You’d be shocked at how quickly parents go through these. So why not help ease the burden?
Also, for the more environmentally conscious, re-usable fabric nappies are a great option. Although some parents find these burdensome - due to the extra hassle of washing and drying - they are a wonderful option for the more eco-minded. They also save considerable money in the long run too!
4) Nappy Changing Bag
A great gift to buy for a soon-to-be Mom or Dad is a nappy changing bag. These are an extremely practical way to carry around all the items necessary for baby changing. Not only that, but most baby changing bags come in a variety of styles and colours these days. Here at U Mamma, in fact, we stock a wide range of them:http://umamma.ie/store/baby-changing-bags-accessories.html
5) Nursing Blanket or Cover
Another useful item for a soon-to-be mother is a nursing blanket or cover. These specially designed accessories are used to help mothers breastfeed their babies in public, or anywhere outside of the house, without feeling too self-conscious. They also come in a wide variety of styles, shapes and colours.
6) Nursing Pillow
Similar to the nursing blanket, the nursing pillow is designed to help mothers during the act of breastfeeding. By providing proper support for both mother and baby, nursing pillows reduce the risk of back-pain and discomfort for nursing mothers and make the process of breastfeeding as comfortable as possible.
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