When new parents celebrate the arrival of their little bundle of joy, it’s not just a baby they’re welcoming into their life. A newborn baby heralds the inevitable arrival of armfuls of gifts. Now as lovely as receiving that third silver-plated picture frame or cuddly giraffe may be, they’re just, not, well, that practical. As any new mum would testify, receiving gifts that are gorgeous yet useful are the way to go. From natural teething rings to beautiful bath essentials, here’s five practical baby gifts that will form part of any new mum’s indispensable arsenal.
Burp spit-ups, leaked milk, impromptu nappies – the mop-up opportunities for muslin cloths are endless. An essential tool for every mama, these lightweight blankets are fool-proof practical baby gifts. Despite the fact they’ll end of covered in all manner of grub, be sure to choose one with a beautiful design, like our muslin baby blanket’s pretty botanical print. Made from bamboo and organic cotton, it’s a naturally wonderful way to swaddle, and mop up baby’s messes.
When weening time comes around one thing mamas can never have enough of are bibs. They also come in super handy when teething is approaching and baby is dribbling 24/7 - or when they start to get creative (messy?) with paints. Coming in two lovely mint or rust colourways, our soft bibs are made from 100% cotton and handmade in Antwerp, Belgium.
Teething is a nightmare process (for baby and mum) because let’s face it, sore gums and subsequent sleepless nights are not fun. Teething rings can make a great difference, allowing baba to gnash away ‘til it’s content. What’s more, they’re a fun toy and great for polishing up those fine motor skills. Pick a natural teething ring like ours made from beechwood and organic cotton, free from solvents, chemicals or varnish.
They may not be the most glamourous of gifts but baby wipes are always going to be needed – and in industrial quantities. Many baby wipes are made from synthetic fibres which don’t decompose and harmful to the environment, so eco-conscious mamas will love Naïf’s all-natural baby wipes. Fragrance free and made in the Netherlands from eucalyptus fibres, they’re as kind to delicate bottoms as they are to nature.
Babies love bathtime, so why not make it extra special with some more fragrant fun? As any new mum would love to receive a load of blissful bath products for herself, she’ll be equally happy to get some for baby. Tots will adore splashing about with a natural fizzy bath bomb or getting into a lather with Le Pavé Nature’s ultra-soft soap which is odourless, colourless and made from organic sunflower oil. Once bathtime’s over, mum can wrap baby’s skin in softness with Organic Baby Miracle Balm. Handmade in the UK with nourishing Shea butter and jojoba oil, it’s perfect for the most sensitive of skins.