Friday, 15 March 2013

10 Perfect Gift Ideas for A Baby Shower


Whether you need a baby shower gift, a perfect present for a newborn, or something "just because" for a precious baby in your life, this list of 10 gift ideas from the team at iWishfor will help you give the perfect present that you can feel good about.

Skin care essentials. Look for gentle products with fewer ingredients. Purchase skin care products that are made without dyes, fragrances, phthalates and parabens. You can also find fragrance-free shampoos, washes and lotions, as well as irritant-free bubble baths. Use a gentle detergent to wash everything that touches your baby's skin. Include some soft and stylish towels and washcloths made from natural fibers. Help protect baby's skin when playing outside with zinc oxide sunscreens.


Tummy time. The joy of a play mat hath no end: vivid colors, a dangling monkey toy, teether, wind chime and a soft quilt below come together to create a mini play haven for tots. The pad is machine washable and the whole thing folds up easily, so you’ll will be happy, too. ($53.90, amazon.com)

Teething kit. Teething typically starts between the ages of four and seven months. Help parents be ready with a teething kit. Include gauze pads and soft organic washcloths to wipe gums, and homeopathic teething tablets, such as Baby Orajeltm Naturals Quick Dissolve Homeopathic Teething Tablets. These teething tablets use soothing, natural Chamomilla as the main ingredient, and they do not contain benzocaine, belladonna, or dyes. Learn more at www.babyorajelnaturals.com.

Her best friend. A nursing mom needs all kinds of support—including a comfy place for her sweetie to rest during breastfeeding. The Boppy is the ideal solution, as it fits nearly all waist sizes, comes in multiple fabric styles and can wash and dry easily in the machine. ($39.99, boppy.com)

Bath kit. For a gift that's both fun and practical, grab a baby tub and fill it with all the essentials a new mother will need to keep her child squeaky clean. Be sure to include baby shampoo, a mild soap that won't irritate a newborn's sensitive skin, a soft washcloth (or sponge) and hooded towel, and a bright yellow rubber ducky for good measure. A baby comb and brush are nice additions, as are a couple of simple bath toys, even though infants won't be able to really play with them for several more months. Toss in a bottle of bubble bath for Mom to use when her baby's asleep, and you're done.

Starter library. A shelf full of classic children's books is a gift sure to win any mom-to-be's heart. Reading them to her child will strengthen their bond, and the baby will begin to learn to appreciate the beauty of the written word. Some of the best are Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny, and Guess How Much I Love You?. If you love the idea of giving books, consider making it the theme of the shower: Have everyone bring their favorite with a note to the baby tucked inside. Be sure to mix some baby-friendly board books in with the traditional hardcover variety — that way newborns will be able to truly appreciate the sound and the taste of your gift.

Pediped Original Baby Booties. These shoes are beautifully crafted (leather soles and soft uppers in 75 different styles), making the Pediped Originals the perfect pick for the 0-24 month set. They’re designed to support growing feet and protect them when they take those first, tentative steps. ($35-$57, pediped.com)

Feeding helpers. When it's time to introduce food to baby, parents can prepare by purchasing a baby food maker. You can find models that steam, puree and blend, as well as reheat or defrost precooked foods. Some models come with BPA-free storage containers, as well. Also consider baby plates, bowls and utensils made from sustainable materials such as bamboo, bibs and burp cloths made from natural, organic or recycled materials, and BPA-free sippy cups.

New-mom note cards. She can pick out baby announcements, moving cards, thank-you notes or holiday greetings from the fabulous selection at TinyPrints.com. The styles are sure to please every taste (classic, vintage, contemporary) and the customer service and photo advice can’t be beat. (Gift Cards from $10, tinyprints.com)

Eco-friendly diapers. These days you can find all kinds of diapers that are good for both baby and the environment. There are chlorine-free and biodegradable disposable diaper options, diapers free from latex and dyes, and diapers made from renewable resources. As some helpful extras, add some gentle, chlorine-free wipes and a zinc oxide diaper cream. If the baby wears cloth diapers, consider chipping in with friends to pay for a diaper service to make life a little easier for the family.

Finding the perfect gift for babies is easier than you think. All it takes is a little bit of research and you will find everything you need. Save all your gift ideas for that next baby shower or create your baby gift registry using the free iWishfor. With iWishfor, you can save and share all your gift ideas quickly and easily.






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