There’s nothing like the imminent arrival of a new baby to provide the perfect excuse for a celebration! Whilst traditionally baby showers are only customary in North America and Australia, recent years have seen them become increasingly common on UK shores – a trend we are fully behind!
More than any other event in pregnancy, baby showers provide expectant Mums with a unique opportunity to rest, be merry and spend time with their loved ones. As well as family-bonding, the essential purpose of a baby shower is to help Mums-to-be acquire the mountain of supplies they’ll need for their baby’s early years. In fact, although it is little known, the term “baby shower” was developed to mean that during the celebration of her pregnancy, an expectant mother should be “showered” with gifts! Then, if you have a baby shower coming up, ensuring you rock up with a good present is a must! However, choosing the right gift is often difficult and when shopping around there are a number of important things to consider. Read below for our top tips on choosing the best gift for the Mummy-to-be in your life:
SELECT A GIFT WITH LASTING POWER
Without a doubt, the most common gifts expectant Mums receive are newborn baby clothes. Although there is almost nothing cuter than tiny baby shoes, such items often fail to make good gifts due to their limited lasting power. Newborns grow at a rapid rate and in general will be unable to fit into their first set of clothes after only a couple of months. Then, instead of presents with such a short shelf life, we recommend selecting items that infants can enjoy during and after their first year. For example, one particularly good option is blankets. A high-quality, well crafted blanket can be used for a variety of purposes, including as a comforter, as a light nap covering and as stylish bed decor. In this way, both Mums and babies can get plenty of use out of them, in plenty of situations. Our ultra-soft 100% cashmere blanket is particularly special in that it comes in a range of adorable shades and can be personalised for free – the perfect way to wrap little ones up in a cuddle of luxury.
KEEPSAKES ARE ALWAYS MAGICAL
The arrival of a new baby is one of life’s most magical moments and nothing can help better capture the unique sentiment of those incredible early days than a special keepsake. Since they come in a range of shapes and sizes, a keepsake can be carefully selected to perfectly suit the Mother and baby you’re gifting. Furthermore since keepsakes are most generally unisex, they are an ideal choice if you will not know the sex of the little one you’re gifting until after the baby shower. Here at My 1st Years, we offer a range of keepsakes, including our best-selling baby bangles in silver and gold, both finished with a diamond heart. Also special, is our unique imprint kit, which enables Mums to immortalise their little ones hand and footprints in delicate plaster. Making sure those early special moments can be viewed for a lifetime. Like our blankets, all our keepsakes can be personalised for no extra charge, helping to make them extra special.
TREAT THE MUM-TO-BE
Whilst tradition dictates that baby shower gifts be focused on the soon-to-arrive baby, there is nothing wrong with breaking the rules and treating the expectant Mum instead! Since most baby showers take place when mummy-to-be is in her third trimester, a little treat is likely to be exactly what she needs as she gets increasingly achy and tired. When buying for an expectant Mum, we recommend focusing on items that will allow her to de-stress and unwind. Our spa-like, bright white waffle robe is luxuriously cosy and a great accessory for Mum’s to unwind in after a long day.
If you’re still stuck for what to buy, sometimes the best inspiration can be found in the moment!. Specifically, today is the start of the Lunar New Year, ushering in the Chinese Year of Dog. Then, if you are expecting a new arrival at some point this year, a thoughtful gift idea would be an item related to this Chinese zodiac. In particular, soft toys provide the perfect companion and lots of cuddles particularly when in puppy form!