Hands up if you’re a parent or will be very soon, and have more size 00 jumpsuits than you know what to do with? Hands up if you know someone who’s expecting but the world of parenthood may as well exist on another planet, and purchasing a baby shower gift is looking a tad scary?
Well, you’re all in the right place. We’d like to help both parties out with a few tips that will inspire you to think ‘outside the cot’ next time a baby shower invite comes your way, and give your dear friend or relative something they will truly appreciate.
Think a few years down the track.
Parenthood is a wonderful time, but it’s also a stressful and expensive time. So naturally friends and family want to help out as much as they can by showering parents with things they need right away. But people aren’t talking about their rose garden when they say “they grow up so fast, don’t they?”
The truth is that there’s only so many newborn-sized clothes and swaddles the little bundle of joy needs before they’ll be bursting out of them. Think a few years down the track instead, and purchase a cute toddler outfit or beautiful quilt cover set that mum and dad can put away and save pennies on down the track.
Consider parents’ needs as well as baby’s.
Being at the beck and call of a tiny human around the clock isn’t an easy job. So, what do parents want more than anything else in the world? Time and sleep! Date night or a day at the salon are just some of those little luxuries that dwindle once two become three. And, while you can’t put sleep in a box and put a bow on it, what you can do is give new parents a baby shower gift that’s just about them.
We love the idea of making a personalised pamper pack with luxurious bath, skin and hair products so mum can indulge in an at-home spa treatment. Take this one step further by volunteering your time to babysit while she pampers herself.
Shop beyond the cot.
If you’re not confident with bibs and breast pumps but you happen to have a knack for interiors, consider buying something to spruce up the nursery instead. This is particularly thoughtful if you know that the parents-to-be haven’t had the time or resources to do much more to baby’s room than purchase a cot. A few finishing touches will go a long way to making the nursery feel like a sanctuary and promote feelings of well-being when things get tough.
Keep costs down with framed paper prints, cushions, bunting and cute cubbies for storing baby’s essentials. If you’d like to splurge, a soft, comfortable chair for nursing bub is something any new parent will adore. Take note of their existing home furnishings if you can, and choose decor that complements their style.
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