When you’re preparing for a baby, there are loads of sensible things you need to have to be organised for the inevitable arrival of bub.
But there’s also plenty of lovely nice-to-haves as well; the pretty and useful things you’d love to receive from excited family and friends to mark the birth of your precious baby.
So maybe just quietly share this list around, and then you can act all surprised when you get to unwrap these gorgeous items that really celebrate this special moment.
1. Organic Bamboo Change Mat
You never realise until you have your own baby, just how important having a great change mat will be. What you need is something that’s hardy, versatile and can be folded up small enough that it can easily travel with you.
Ticking all those boxes is The Wiggle Tree’s Nappy Off Mat. An organic bamboo change mat that’s waterproof, saving your carpets, bed and upholstery from unwanted leaks during bub’s much needed (and loved) nappy-off time, it can also easily be folded up and brought with you everywhere.
2. Baby Gift Box
Soul Baby Gifts take baby gifting to the next level. Not only can you build and customise your own gift hamper, but you can also package it all in a gorgeous monogrammed bag or suitcase that you’ll be happy to use time and time again.
And the gifting can all be done in five easy peasy steps: Choose your packaging and monogram your suitcase with your choice of font. Choose from a wide range of beautiful baby gift items. Add a gift card message. Checkout. Done!
How easy is that?
3. Milestone Age Blocks
These awesome milestone blocks from All4Ella are a fun and creative way to keep celebrate those first days, weeks and months of your new baby’s life.
This gorgeous Insta-friendly set includes three blocks – two blocks with number combinations and a third block displaying the words ‘weeks’, ‘months’, ‘years’ and ‘grade’ – that you can easily combine to complete that perfect photo of bub.
What better way to share these special milestones with friends and family?
4. Baby Prints Tin
One thing you learn pretty quickly as a new parent is that babies grow so quickly! Before you know it, you’ll be planning that first birthday party.
So before they get too big, capture and cherish your little one’s prints forever with Pearhead’s My Little Babyprints Tin. The tin comes with everything you need to make a cute set of footprints and handprints that you can keep as a memento of this precious time.
5. Soft Activity Book
Busy babies are happy babies – and this lovely Vibrant Village Soft Activity Book from Skip Hop will definitely keep your baby’s attention!
A two-in-one cloth activity book, this peek-and-play toy folds into a stand-up 3D playhouse with crinkle pages, a baby-safe mirror, open-and-close windows and more. It encourages visual development with bright, bold colours and high-contrast black-and-white patterns so is sure to become a firm favourite for little hands and minds.
6. Growth Wall Chart
We know kids grow super fast – one minute they’re a squishy little newborn, the next you’re buying school uniforms.
Now there is a stylish way to measure and keep track of your little one’s growth. The Wee Gallery growth chart features distinctive high contrast black-and-white images.
The growth chart is ethically and sustainably made in India using screen printing on organic cotton canvas and finished with a leather hanging cord and stylish fringe end. It also comes in a special keepsake bag with a place for your child’s name and birth date.
7. Hooded Towel
Is there anything more adorable that a damp, fuzzy baby straight out of the bath, all snuggled up warm in a hooded towel?
No, we don’t think so either. So you’re going to love this hooded towel from Purebaby. Made from 100 percent organic cotton in absorbent terry towelling and measuring 80cm x 80cm, it comes in this stylish grey stripe as well as pink, blue and white.
8. Musical Cot Mobile
Having a mobile to swing over the cot or bassinet is part of the essential nursery decor. So choose a pretty mobile that you (and baby!) will be happy to look at in the months to come.
This Lolli Living Sparrow Cot Musical Mobile is made with 100 percent cotton knitted birds and deer and has a musical box that will soothe and entertain your baby with the Cradle Song, a lullaby by Johannes Brahms.
9. Baby Book
If you know (and love) the children’s classic, Guess How Much I Love You? you are going to adore this glorious baby book inspired by the picture book.
Set against the beautiful illustrations, this is a truly endearing keepsake that invites parents to enter firsts, favourites and fondest memories of their little one’s life.
Starting even before baby is born, parents can share excitement while expecting, then capture moments from birth to age two – from the most personal details to world events – in words, pictures, footprints, memorabilia and more.