I’ve clearly got babies on the brain. Having a baby is an exciting time in anyone’s life. If this is a first-time baby, there can be a lot of information swirling around the parents-to-be’s brain and the process of prepping for baby can be incredibly overwhelming. Whether it is you that is about to be blessed with a little bundle of joy or you are in need of coming up with the perfect gift for the baby shower, one sure-fire tip for success is to think practically.
The baby industry makes billions of dollars each year because let’s face it – who can resist the cute outfits, cuddly toys, and the sweet décor that goes along with baby fever…?There is so much to consider when it comes to new baby gear that people tend to go overboard and practicality is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. Baby stuff is expensive, even when you just consider the essentials, so when selecting a gift or compiling a baby registry, do your best to keep your wits about you. I know, easier said than done;)
Why Practicality Matters
It can be all too easy to get wrapped up in baby stuff madness, it is important to approach the subject with a level head. Practicality is important because new parents will need to have certain essentials for the health and safety of their infant. Basic needs obviously need to be met which include food, shelter, clothing, safe crib and playpen, and appropriate travel gear.
Once the basic necessities are taken care of, many parents are then overwhelmed with all of the stuff they could never possibly use. As babies tend to grow rather quickly, many well-meaning gifts become unusable.
Practical Gift Ideas for New Babies…
Even if this is your first baby or grandbaby, it can certainly be cost-effective and help you keep your sanity to think and shop practically. Regardless of how great everything in the stores looks, it’s time to face facts that there are just some things the baby can live without. Here are some ideas of practical gifts that will make new parents happy and won’t blow your budget out of the water.
If you have no idea what the baby or the new parents need, get a gift card to one or more department stores, pharmacies, or online business. This allows parents to get what they need as they need it. Cash works the same way but may be spent for other reasons so you may feel more comfortable buying a gift card. Be creative and buy a little tree decorated with gift cards, and then the tree can even be planted in the family’s yard to honor the new baby.
Next Size Up
Many new parents get hoards of newborn sized everything. While practical outfits and blankets are a great idea, it is an idea most other gift-givers have. Babies grow fast so consider buying clothing and other items the next size up so parents have a nice inventory of useable goods as the baby grows. In many cases, parents are overly stocked for the first few months and then have nothing of use for the following months without purchasing it on their own. They also end up with a ton of items still with price tags they were never able to use. This is also a good idea for diaper purchases too. Invest in a packages of tiered sizes so there is always the right size pack available to busy parents. Also, some babies are just born big and they quickly grow out of the itty-bitty newborn sizes.
Thinking outside of the box, you can create a baby coupon book for new parents. Spend some time clipping coupons for diapers, gear, and other baby necessities you see in the Sunday paper. You should also consider the other needs of the parents including coupons for safe cleaning products for the home, laundry soap safe for baby, and other relevant items not specifically meant for baby but which would help new parents save some money.
Photography Gift Certificate
Who doesn’t love baby pictures? Invest in a gift card for a local photographer’s service. New parents often take multiple professional photos of their babies as they age throughout the first year and such a generous, creative gift would certainly save them money and motivate them to capture the earliest months on film to share with family and friends.
If you are really on a budget, make up some handmade coupons offering your babysitting services if you are local to the family. New parents especially could use some downtime away from the baby but may be reluctant to ask for help. You could also add coupons for a number of things you are willing to do such as cook a meal, clean up their home, or do laundry – tasks that often are ignored with a new baby taking up all of the time and attention around the house.
What are your favorite practical gifts to give for new babies?