So your friend/relative/work colleague/random acquaintance has had a baby. Fabulous news and newborn cuddles all around, but what on earth do you buy for new parents?
A good nights sleep, the option to spend as long as they want alone in the bathroom and the ability to read a baby’s mind would be amazing, but would also involve needing to have real magical skills.
If you don’t have magic to hand, then my biggest piece of advice for you would be to ask them what they want. A very novel idea I know, but believe me although it is so lovely when everyone buys you special outfits and baby grows for your newborn child, they tend in my experience to all buy you the same sizes.
Not only that, but when everyone buys you baby clothes, your newborn suddenly has a wardrobe that is so bulging that the main thing people have managed to provide you with is a trip to Ikea. A trip there to replace the wardrobe, that can no longer cope with you forcing things in and then shutting the door quickly before it all falls back out.
When my boys were small, they were fully kitted out by everyone else until the age of 6 months…. which was lovely really, but I wanted to choose some of their clothes for them to wear. It seemed a waste not to let them wear what people had bought, but often I would see that little outfit that I really wanted to buy for them and then not buy it as they had so many clothes already.
Looking at the George baby gift shop though, if someone has a baby later this year who I know then I may ignore my own advice and just get them the little bear hat with ears… who could resist that?!
Everyone is different though, and I was still so grateful for every gift we received. If people had asked me what I wanted, I would most likely have asked for bigger sized clothes or the basics like baby grows, blankets, nappies and muslin cloths.
In fact if you ask the person having the baby what would actually be the most helpful to them, then I suspect a lot would ask for more practical things like the muslin cloths, nappies, money towards a new high chair or a voucher for somewhere like Asda. A voucher would mean that they can stock up on baby essentials, or ready-made meals for the freezer. Both of which would help to make those first few weeks easier.
The best gifts I received for both my boys came from my Dad and Stepmum, when the boys were born they gave me a baby box. Inside the box was sudocrem, nappies, wipes, cotton wool, baby body wash and all sorts of other helpful essentials.
Whatever you buy someone with a new baby, I am sure they’ll be grateful. I suspect they’ll be extra grateful though, if you ask if there is anything they actually need or want. Be warned though, this could lead to you babysitting for an hour whilst they have a shower and an actual hot cup of tea, rather than them asking for a gift.
If your friend is having a baby why not check out How to be the Best Bestie when Your Friend is Having a Baby over on the George at Asda Life & Style blog and see how else you can make things a bit easier for your friends?
*sponsored post, but all thoughts as always are my own and honest*