I’ve always been hands-on when it comes to gifts for little ones, and if I can make it myself, I prefer the personal touch. For a while after my first son was born, I went through a phase of creating custom scrapbook pages for fellow new parents. It was therapeutic and a great way to have a little time to myself, especially after spending most of the day (and night) with a newborn.
Later, I discovered the simple joy of putting together baby-to-be and new baby gift baskets. Using novelty items like teddy bears, weaved in with necessities like body and bath products, it was a great way to add a personal touch to gift giving.
Although it’s been some time since I’ve created a baby basket, the principals remain the same! Pictured above, a “Welcome Baby” basket from The Basket Company.
If you’re creating your own baby-to-be or new baby basket, here’s what you need to do.
1. Select a theme. It can be as simple as girl or boy-themed, or a little more imaginative, like a “Baby Essentials” basket for new parents or perhaps a “Calming” basket to promote good sleep vibes. Choosing a theme for the basket will make it easier for you to decide on the contents and establish a spending budget.
2. Decide where to splurge vs. save. Some items, such as baby boots, bath toys or washcloths, can be procured from dollar or discount stores, whereas you’ll want to splurge on keepsakes, stuffed animals, clothing and/ or feeding items.
3. Choose quality baby care products. I’m a big fan of AVEENO BABY – the #1 pediatrician recommended baby brand in Canada. From moisturizers to washes, AVEENO Baby products with ACTIVE NATURALS ingredients keep baby’s skin looking and feeling soft and smooth. Plus, they have targeted products for all needs, like Eczema Care, Soothing Relief and Calming Comfort.
4. Be in balance. Although it’s tempting to fill a baby basket with cute and novelty items, you want to ensure that you focus on practical newborn must-haves. Make sure you have at least one item from the following categories: baby grooming, baby clothing, skin and bath care, plush toys and diapering.
5. Add a personal touch. If baby has already arrived, consider a personalized memento such as a monogrammed blankie or an engraved keepsake. For a baby-to-be basket, you can customize based on baby’s gender or theme of the baby shower.
However you decide to assemble your baby-to-be or new baby basket, have fun with it!