So I decided to put together a DIY Baby Shower Basket of my own! One that reflected all of the basic necessities and thoughtful gestures I wish I had been privy to in my pregnancy.
Baby Wrap: I’m pretty passionate about baby wearing, I wish I knew more about it when my oldest was born. I had an Ergo carrier and loved it, although even with the newborn insert it didn’t quite fit right until he was at least 5-6 months old. For this reason wraps work great for smaller babies. The benefits of baby wearing have long been studied and there is plenty of research pointing to the positive hormonal effects it has as well as the increase in lactation for the mother. The Solly Baby Wrap has long been on my radar as one of the most stylish and comfortable baby wraps around. Their adorable patterns and soft lightweight material make it perfect for South Florida weather.
Nursing Cover: A good nursing scarf is a great gift for the breastfeeding mom. The Nuroo Baby scarf is by far the most innovative and stylish scarf I’ve come across to date. It’s unique snap enclosures allow for multiple ways to wear this and make it optimal for discreet nursing in public.
Maternity/Newborn Photo Session: What better way to celebrate a new bundle of joy than giving the gift of memories. A Maternity or Newborn photo session is on the “to do” list for most new parents these days. The miracle of pregnancy and the celebration of life is something we want to look back on and remember with detail. For this basket the highly talented Jennifer Reina Photography offers a unique baby shower gift certificate good for one maternity or newborn session. She presents it beautifully in a complimentary picture frame with details on scheduling and a free print. This is a wonderful gift for anyone who is expecting.
Photo Props: It doesn’t hurt to throw in an adorable little striped crochet elf hat to include in their newborn shoot. Couldn’t help myself!
Blankie Pillow: This cuddle pillow was featured in my MOABS Recap, and for good reason! If your babies suffer from acid reflux or silent reflux, then you know what a necessity a pillow like Blankie Pillow is. This comfortable pillow is ideal for propping baby up after feeding to avoid any spit up. It also converts into a toddler pillow as your baby grows! I wish I had one of these in my early days of motherhood! It comes stuffed in this awesome little sack. As a rule I pass this one along to all expecting mommy’s I know!
Onesies: What new mom doesn’t need onesies? These aren’t just any onesies, The Little Boss has the cutest selection of newborn / infant and toddler necessities for your new “little boss in training”.
Rattle: This montessori inspired hand crafted wooden baby rattle from Essential Montessori is an awesome addition to this basket. Baby’s first rattle is sealed with a custom beeswax/olive oil blend and tinted with all natural homemade dye that’s safe to the touch. Perfect for baby’s first grip and safe for teething.
Baby Moccasins: These are just plain adorable! Although they do serve a purpose as they are great for keeping those teeny toes clean and comfy while they take their first steps. They are also thin and very natural to the touch so as to keep babies feet firmly planted on the ground.
Gift Cards: Gift Certificates to be redeemed at a later date are an awesome shower gift for expecting parents. It gives them a gift to be excited about after the baby has arrived. In this case I presented them with a gift certificate to Budsies, one of my new favorite companies. I first featured this company in my Ultimate Mom’s Night Out article, for their ability to foster creativity and bring it to life. They will print a physical doll from your baby’s first drawings!
Protection: Once the baby arrives, there will be no shortage of well meaning family members wanting to come and meet the newest addition to the family. Unfortunately, they bring with them a host of germs, allergens or any outside carcinogens that are picked up by the average adult in every day life. However, the new little bundle is not yet equipped to fight off such pathogens. The Kuddle Coat is the perfect gift for the overprotective parents or germophobe in your life! It keeps any harmful chemicals or harsh perfumes from coming in direct contact with the adorable bundle of joy.
Relief: I first learned about Motherlove all natural organic salve with my second son. This absolutely saved my life! It really helps aid in healing and is completely safe for ingestion so there is no need to wash in between nursing.
Books: Books are a wonderful gift for any occasion, especially baby showers! This particular shower requested a book on the invitation, this is a growing trend. It’s a great way to get a good start on a wide reading selection and encourage a love for reading. You can never start reading to your children too soon, I started at about 3 months old and I have two boys who would rather sit and listen to me read a book than watch television. I first got this idea from my friend and fellow blogger Lindsay from You Are The Roots, she bought this book for her son Ethan and decided to have all the teachers he has over the years sign the book at the end of each term. This way he has wonderful memories to look back on highlighting his educational career and how far he’s come. It’s a sweet tradition and makes for an amazing gift!
I decided to deliver these gifts in a canvas basket instead of gift bags or wrapping the presents separately, ensuring they could also use as storage or a baby hamper. I hope that this DIY Gift Basket has given you some helpful suggestions on some functional necessities for a new “mommy-in-training.” It sure made this mom to be happy!
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The holidays are in full swing and gift ideas are everywhere. I do most of my shopping online to avoid crowds, but there are a few items I like to personalize, so I pick them out myself. Gift baskets are a wonderful way to show someone you care and put a little extra effort into understanding what it is you think they may need.
Since a few of my friends have recently given birth, we have quite a few new moms in my circle. I thought back to what I needed in my first few weeks of being a first-time mom, and put together some gift ideas for the postpartum mama’s in your tribe.
Food is always a good idea. Around the holidays there are plenty of festive cheese platters, baked goods, and even meat platters to choose from. Any and all food is acceptable for a new mom. It takes the pressure off of her to cook and really allows her more time to relax and bond with her new family. There are also some pretty cool meal delivery companies that can provide meals for an extended period of time. Even if you would like to prepare food to freeze and drop by with a sweet note and a gift tag, food is always appreciated. I’ve even put together a basket of all of my friend’s favorite guilty pleasures and dropped it off. The holiday season is a wonderful way to get creative with this thoughtful gift. Plus, who doesn’t love wrapping a big ol’ basket of love? Restaurant gift cards for establishments that offer delivery services, or pick-up window options are also ideal.
One of the things I missed most after giving birth, was my self-care routine. I would get a manicure / pedicure, touch up my hair, and make an afternoon of it. The ritual allowed me some free space to decompress and gather my thoughts. This little self-care habit was sorely missed after giving birth when I could no longer make my way to the salon. A happy and healthy mom is a good mom, that is a fact. This was a need, not a luxury. Creating a self-care wellness basket for a new mom is a great way to show her you care about her well-being. I like to include the Amope Pedi Perfect™ Extra Coarse Electronic Foot File and the Amope Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Nail File along with some cozy items. It gives moms the gift of soft, beautiful feet and naturally shiny nails, who doesn’t want that? I always include a favorite shade of polish, or some festive slippers, or even an ornament that includes baby. Any comfort you can provide to a new mom is appreciated. She is at a point in her life where she is giving more of herself than she ever imagined. Why not show her you care, by taking care of her for a change.
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Finally, time is the ultimate gift. We no longer live in small villages and help raise each other’s children. A sense of community had died in our culture, and new moms can often feel isolated and alone. While sleep schedules are upside down and life is more unpredictable, it’s nice to stop by or plan to meet every so often to help keep her included on everything that’s happening outside of her four walls. Bring a little bit of the outside world to her with some of her favorite coffee, or magazines. Catching up without having to waste the energy of fitting back in is helpful in and of itself. Also, donate your time. Whether it’s babysitting other children she has, or offering to just sit with the baby while she showers or naps is a great help. As a new mom I wasn’t really ready to leave my baby at home for a date night, but it would have been great to just get in a nap, or eat lunch while someone else rocked him to sleep. It may not be accepted at first, but you can write a coupon and decorate it for your friend or family member letting them know they can cash in on it any time day or night. Sometimes just knowing the offer is there is enough to make anyone feel loved.