I have a whole host/gaggle/storksack full (what IS the right term?) of new babies to buy for. It appears that a lot of my friends got VERY excited by The Olympics last summer as there are six little people making their appearance this coming May. So what to buy? I have first babies, second babies and third babies to think about; a mix of boys, girls and soon-to-be-discovereds. The world’s baby departments are my oyster. This is what I’ve come up with so far (pregnant friends look away now).
Do let me know what you think. One person’s perfect present is another’s Oxfam give-away.
Aden + Anais giant muslin swaddles
You can’t go wrong with these. They are genius in every way. Use to swaddle your newborn for the first few weeks and then throw over your buggy as you march around town desperately willing them to sleep and your thighs to get thinner. Great for first babies.
£29.95 for two, £17.95 for one. (Although search around on the internet as you can find them for cheaper).
Jellycat soft toy
While you certainly won’t want this for your first baby, you will LOVE it when someone gives you a soft toy for your second, third or if you’re aiming for an Empire, fourth child. First babies are drowned in presents, they have teddies coming out of their ears. Second children have nothing but their older sibling’s to play with. I can’t imagine what fourth children get given (if anything at all). An oyster card and map to the job centre?
Bashful Bunny soft toy, £16, Great Little Trading Co.
Flensted Swans mobile
So chic, so Scandinavian, so perfect for the parents wishing they lived in Stockholm rather than Sevenoaks. Made in Denmark, these simple, yet beautiful mobiles are designed to move yet remain in balance. Delightfully retro and a great antidote to all those plastic toys they’ll be tripping over in the future. £11.71. Little Fashion Gallery
So soft, so pretty and who doesn’t love a star motif? The perfect first blanket for a baby. £36, The Little White Company.
Sophie the Giraffe
Is there anything less fun than teething? This plastic bundle of spots will feel like a godsend to tired parents. The baby will love chewing it and when she’s finished with it, pass it on to the dog. £12.99, Mothercare
Alphabet Canvas Bag
This large grey shopper monogrammed with the first letter of the new baby’s name makes the perfect nappy bag. There’s lots of space for nappies, wipes, toys etc and a rather fabulous fluorescent yellow zip to brighten things up. Accessorize with a matching make-up bag in which to store cream, Calpol or biscuits. £15, Oliver Bonas
Totally unnecessary and overpriced piece of clothing
Most parents won’t buy expensive clothes for their children, so if you’re feeling generous or making a bid for godparent status, a beautiful jumper or designer romper will be much appreciated. Always buy at least size 3 months up as when they’re wee they’ll just be in sleepsuits. Striped Tommy Hilfiger jumper, £48, Alex and Alexa. Silver cardigan by Tartine et Chocolat, £65, Alex and Alexa
Of course, everyone knows that what a new mother really appreciates is a present for herself. Check back soon for our top presents for a new mum.