Pregnant Chicken's Gift List for Babies
Babies don't need much of anything but you try telling that to a bunch of grandparents that are itching to go nuts.
Because of that, I tried to pick gifts that had lasting appeal and could be enjoyed by your baby now and down the road. I've got a pretty good span going because your baby could be brand new or almost a year old this holiday so keep that in mind.
There's no reason why baby can't have something that makes mamma look good too.
My kids each got a personalized like this and I use it all the time. I've used it to for toys, extra clothes for preschool, and overnighters. Be sure to get the zip top so it doesn't tip over and you have little socks everywhere. LL Bean also makes one so be sure to check them out to compare styles.
This little guy seems to be a big hit with babies because he lights up and plays lullabies -- what's not to love. Personally, I'd get the blue one because it's more gender neutral than the pink.
These DVDs are a great way of introducing other languages (including English) to a baby in a fun, easy way. Kids love the bright, calm videos and it doesn't make you want to punch someone in the neck like you do listening Dora (maybe that's just me).
Nothing says that an ABC book can't be tasteful and lovely, dammit.
Handmade cuteness that I can barely handle.
Yes, this is the equivalence of a hippy-whittled-Parisian-giraffe teether, but they are handmade and one of those keepsake things that they'll hold onto. (Throw me a bone, man : )
Okay, so these are a little fancier than your usual run-of-the-mill sorter, but how lovely is this? They sell cheaper ones but I thought I would mix it up a bit. Shape sorter regardless of price is a good baby gift -- they go through a put-things-in-things-face to say the least (it usually includes an air vent or a toilet too).
I am a big fan of books. You can never go wrong with them. I also love board books because they are durable, wipeable and typically pretty short to match everyone's attention span at bedtime (including mine). I'm going to put a whole list together of books I recommend but I Am a Bunny is my hands down favourite for babies.
Okay, so I don't know where the pound sign is on the keyboard.
Oh, yes and isn't this Christmas sack amazing?!
I'm a big fan of getting pajamas for Christmas but I'm not a fan of Christmas pajamas because they seem sad in April when they may still be in the rotation. I also like zipper pjs (fast - fuck you snaps) and no feet to prevent the 'luge look' if they have a growth spurt. I also think frogs rock it hard.
Somebody bought my son these as a gift and both the boys still play with them. They are nice and soft so they are good to just roll around until you can stack. They can just be put back in the bucket (the all go through that crazy put-it-in-something stage. Best of all they don't hurt if you step on the (I'm looking at you Lego) or fall on them.
These are fantastic. I got one for both of my sons and it really is something how they actually record your kid's name into the song and it's not all shit like with "If you're 'insert robotic name here' and you know it". It really does sound seamless. I think it's especially great for kids that have unique names and aren't going to find the preprinted mugs with their names on it anytime soon.
These seem so simple yet you just know they will have lasting power. Who doesn't love the feel of a bean bag?! First it's all about picking them up, then it will be all about hiding them and feeding them to your bear, then it will be about whipping them at your sibling. $15 damn dollars of fun, that's what that is right there!
Kids love bath toys and these are great for playing with and washing hair. These also don't have those little holes that you just happen to squeeze after a bath to have some kind of black gunk come out of it *after* your baby has been sucking on it for the past week of baths. Good times.
Holy shit, is there anything Walmart can't find and sell it for 25¢? You can never go wrong with basic down the road clothes and you just can't beat 9 pieces and organic for 20 bucks.
I found this quilt and scrolled to the bottom thinking, "please, please, please be for sale." but it just tells you how to make it. So if you have a sewer in your life that would like to make your baby an exquisite keepsake, get them on this. (Tell them to make me one too.)
You know how I love the idea of this kind of gift. Instead of getting a gift for your newborn who is happy to stare at jingling keys, why not get them something that will save kids in other countries? Some people may not like the "no gift to open" factor on this one, but some may love the gesture this brings.