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Gift suggestions wanted for when my niece or nephew is born in July!

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Initial post: 26 May 2011 17:58:31 BDT
A.B. says:
My sister is due in the first week of July, and has elected not to find out the gender. She has specifically requested that if we give gifts, that we don't give clothes because they grow out of them so quickly and they've already bought the basics. Does anyone have any suggestions on gifts- i.e. things you've either given or received in the past that's perfect for a newborn? I have no experience of babies so haven't a clue what to give as a gift now that clothes are out!

Posted on 26 May 2011 18:46:53 BDT
Dr K Hindley says:
One of my friends really appreciated the Brora cashmere blanket I bought for her- she said the great thing was that so many people bought clothes that he grew out of but the blanket is so soft and lasted a long time!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2011 22:48:38 BDT
B. L. Moran says:
The "Sophie La Giraffe" range of toys/teethers etc are classic gifts that I think every baby should receive. Our baby

Posted on 28 May 2011 16:14:08 BDT
poppycat says:
tiny love classic mobile my baby loved it with the black and white parts good when tiny and 3 tunes to select - gave me the chance for a shower whilst she watched it. At 6 months still finds it soothing and can take the mobile part off so they can just have the music. Also agree with sophie the giraffe my daughter has also loved this since birth, if want something for mum and baby a maya wrap was so helpful for me to give a bit of support whilst holding /carrying / feeding and can be used til toddlerdom. Or theres always the gorgeous white rabbit range of pottery night lights.

Posted on 31 May 2011 14:14:26 BDT
Rika says:
Avoid clothes for new borns and 0-3 months. People always give those and they fit for such a short period of time and you end up with more than your baby can wear! A special blanket or baby photo album is nice. My baby likes the Lamaze soft activity puzzle. A baby gym is also a good idea if they don't have one. Most mothers have a good idea of what they want for their baby so maybe it would be better to ask the parents if they are planning on getting something specific eg a changing bag, sling etc... I also like the Noonoo comfort blankets but not sure if my baby does yet!

Posted on 31 May 2011 23:19:27 BDT
I have given two of my friends the little potty like rubber seat, which I have for my own baby also, as it is handy to take on journeys and we love to have our little one on the table at meal times and she is able to make eye contact with us and is so happy - so my reccomendation is the Baby Bumbo Babysitter and you could buy it now as it comes in an aqua colour which would go for either sex.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2011 21:04:50 BDT
Steve says:
We now sell a number of fine Christening Gifts which you may be interested in. This one in particular springs to mind
A cup or as it was called in the olden days a 'can' is a traditional gift for a new born child and int he last couple of hundred years became a very popular birth or christening gift. We see very fine gift version of these, and can engrave your message to the child on the front of the cup. People seem to like them because it is something to treasure and the child/parents keep it as a real keep sake of the time when the child was just born.
Just a thought. Hope it helps

Posted on 9 Jun 2011 20:13:21 BDT
M Anderson says:
Some of my favourite things are:
1. A Cuddledry bath towel - as a First time mum this made bath times less daunting due to the apron style towel free-ing up my hands and its so lovely and soft.
2. Lamaze Captain Calamari -colourful,multi textured, crunchy and rattles with a clip for prams buggies etc and a baby safe mirror on his belly.
3. Jellycat Skiddadle Zebra, great for a newborn the stripes catch their attention and it has a loop great for attaching to prams, moses baskets etc
4. Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse, soo cute softly illuminates and plays lullabies to soothe baby to sleep.
Hope this helps

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2011 00:49:51 BDT
james mallen says:
Gund 25.5cm My First Teddy for Newborn and Above (Pink)

Posted on 11 Jun 2011 17:57:47 BDT
RainbowGirl says:
How about a personalised changing mat with a message or picture, or even embroidered blankets or sheets from

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 14:14:56 BDT
Zoobenny says:
I'd definitely say blankets are a good idea as there's no age restrictions and it doesn't matter if somebody else buys a blanket too. I have many and use all the time. I got given far too many clothes and wish I'd had other presents as I can buy baby clothes dirt cheap in the car boot sale.

Posted on 22 Jun 2011 23:13:57 BDT
looby lou says:
The Fisher Price Jungle Gym is very popular with all the babies at the breastfeeding group as is the black and white" Art For Babies" book.

Posted on 27 Jun 2011 16:49:29 BDT
NICK says:
We always give something to do with bedtime as a gift, such as a Baby Comforter toy, Kaloo make lovely ones and the Cuski doll is British and recommended in books. Try

Posted on 28 Jun 2011 20:03:52 BDT
juicygem says:
These bibs are worth considering. The are perfect for both girls and boys and are really practical and fun at the same time. I have given these to my friends at baby showers recently and they went down a storm. The come in a nice gift box and are really unique.SillyBibs soft silicone baby and toddler bib with crumb catcher - Shark

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 16:44:51 BDT
Miss Laverty says:
My daughter was born last July. I no it could be classed as clothing but I found sleeping bags for Lily to be invaluable. from the moment she was placed in one she slept all night. To this day she doesnt go to bed without one! i started using one from maybe a month or 6 weeks plus they definitely get their use.

what about a nice projector or mobile. My daughter had these:

from Lily was a few weeks we loved her play gym. I had a mamas and papas one but this one looks cute: Infantino Lil Unicorn Explore and Store Travel Gym or something along those lines.

Lily also lay in her ring from the ELC and slept for hours when she was a newborn:,default,pd.html. This was one of the best gifts a family member gave us.

Lily loved "Baby Tad" and My Pal Violet. she still is amused by these. From 3 months she loved to look at the Leapfrog baby counting Pal, i just strapped it onto her car seat.

I am just giving suggestions to the things my daughter got the most use out of and that helped her. Lily also loved a few books i purchased on amazon: Baby sees spots and dots, used this from she was a few weeks, Amazing Baby Boo, Baby's very first book Faces.

I have a lot more suggestions but dont wanna bore you lol.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2011 18:30:25 BDT
J. M. Nairn says:
Take a look at Easy Gift Solutions we stock baby Gifts and our delivery would be with you in 1 -2 days find us on amazon. Pink Elephant Money Box just a suggestion encourage them to save early. good luck!

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 11:34:05 BDT
Suzycat says:
Best buys for my baby were-
Fisher Price soothe and glow Seahorse
Tippitoes doorway bouncer
Tiny Love play mat

Posted on 12 Jul 2011 07:03:40 BDT
Munchkin duck bath
Fisher Price Rainforest Jungle Activity Mat
Tomy Talking Photo Frame
Sophie the giraffe
Baby sleeping bag
Usborne 'Thats not my...' series of books
Brio bell rattle
Tiny Love Play Mat
Whoozit toys

Posted on 14 Jul 2011 07:44:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Aug 2011 12:22:24 BDT
S Morshed says:
The Pebble Toys are great. There's a lovely selection of rattles. They are hand made by a fair trade organisation and are helping women out of poverty as well as being really great toys and gifts. Search for the Pebble octopus rattle and you should find them. They come in turquoise or pink but the turquoise works well for boys or girls if you don't know the sex yet.

Posted on 14 Jul 2011 08:08:27 BDT
id go with the bumbo!

Posted on 18 Jul 2011 22:25:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jul 2011 22:26:18 BDT
lou100 says:
Most people gave us clothes, many of which were once once or never, so your sister is right.
Best buys that I purchased myself for my baby (now nearly 7 months) were:
BT 150 Digital Baby Monitor - used from day 1
Babytec Autofade Bedside Lamp - useful to keep room dimly lit when feeding and changing at night
Mothercare bath support - used from about 2 weeks. Best way to bath baby as both your hands are free and really entertaining watching a 2 week old baby lazing in the bath and making a splash. Only just outgrown it this week now he can sit up unsupported on his own.
East Coast Gymini Lights & Music Activity Mat - used from 4 weeks and still uses alot every day, even though he's now sitting up. This is a must have!
SlumberSac Baby Sleeping Bag. My big baby was in size 6-18 Months from 14 weeks.
Lamaze Freddie The Firefly - a constant companion in the car seat from about 3 months
Fisher-Price Baby's First Blocks - used from 5 months
Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner - used from 18 weeks

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2011 20:26:49 BDT
Clux777 says:

I received a book from a friend called 'your baby week by week, the ultimate guide to caring for your baby' by simone cave and dr caroline fertleman. Picture of baby feet on the cover. It will from now on be my gift to every new mommy. It was spot on every week and takes you up to 6 months. Priceless!

Posted on 27 Jul 2011 22:46:28 BDT
I had my little boy in April. Luckily my friends and family were quite sensible. I was bought clothes from 3 months up to 12 months. I can't tell you how grateful I was for the different age ranges as he quickly grew out of the 0-3 clothes that I had.

My work colleagues put together a gift basket containing a brush set, bibs (you can never have too many), talc, lotions, creams, many wipes (again very much needed), cotton wool balls (I can't begin to tell you how many I got through that first week), a blanket, a plate and spoon set (for later on), baby grows, and other bits.
I had another gift basket with cotton wool balls, booties, a beautiful baby book to fill in, a pram blanket, nappy bags (a god send), a photo album, a travel changing mat, hand sanitiser, mini detol spray, and a picture frame. I thought this was a fantastic idea and I am currently putting together a basket for my brother (whose baby is due in December).

The other things I was given that I really couldn't do without is hooded towels (you can never have too many as accidents occur!), sleeping bags (it's takes away the added worry of a blanket accidently covering the baby's face. This made me sleep a little more soundly at night), and a gro egg. I was constantly worried that the room wouldn't be the right temperature. I couldn't have coped without the gro egg.

Posted on 1 Aug 2011 08:08:51 BDT
L. McTavish says:
I had a little girl in January. The Bumbo seat, Sophie the giraffe and the fisher price jungle gym are all fantastic. All seemed quite expensive as i got them but have proved priceless. Would love to have received them as presents.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2011 22:10:18 BDT
essdee says:
A "SnoozeShade" brilliant invention which allows the baby to get all the fresh air when out walking but keeps him/her cool and most importantly with no sun getting into new eyes - has saved my sanity a few times whilst walking a grumpy grandson...!
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