The first visit after childbirth is a unique event – both for newly baked parents and their guests. A gift for an infant is something inherent, it is not proper to come empty-handed. Don’t know what to buy for an infant? We hope our hints help you make your decision.
A gift for an infant – not always an obvious choice
It seems simple: buy something for the first visit. It is enough, however, to enter the first better store with children’s products, and it turns out that the task is not easy to do at all. On the shelves, we will find a lot of things, after a few moments our head can be unmolded. What should we remember when choosing a gift?
buy items adapted to the child’s age, choose 0+ instead of e.g. 36+
do not buy things from unknown sources, they should have relevant information – first of all, it is CE marking and EN 71 standard as well as information on age
try not to choose mascots, although cute, they are not the best idea for a toddler who takes everything in his mouth, dust accumulates on them and more
forget about trinkets, although porcelain figurines may seem like a great souvenir to you, the child will not use it, and parents do not have to be satisfied
it’s supposed to be something symbolic. What counts is the gesture, not that you buy half the store
What gift for a baby?
We already know what not to choose, so what to buy for the first visit to an infant? Diaper cake is something that will work not only during a baby shower, its elements will also work as a gift for a baby. On store shelves search for:
- educational toys adapted to the child’s age
- toy trolley pendants
- contrast books
- bath toys (the best will be those without holes, made of one piece of material so that no water collects inside)
- cotton diapers
- clothes – do not choose shirts and tulle dresses, but rather reach for the body, half-rompers, rompers, and sleepers (find out what size of clothes the child is wearing)
- bibs – they are useful not only while eating, but they will also be appreciated by parents of a toddler who is intensely drooling
Find out what diapers your toddler uses and buy them. Doesn’t that seem like a cool idea to you? Parents will definitely appreciate this gesture. However, do not buy diapers in the dark, which ones may not suit your toddler, have already been tested and did not work, etc. – it’s best to ask, then you will find out which diaper to buy and which size to choose. Similar rules apply if you want to buy wet wipes, skincare cosmetics, etc. Parents will certainly be satisfied, it will relieve your home budget but remember one rule – ask them what exactly to buy.
The best gift for an infant?
How many people, so many opinions. In my opinion, a book with dedication will work perfectly (choose something from the classic, something that can be read goodnight, dedication will first move the parents, they will like it and the child in a while), for which you can choose something useful, e.g. diapers or a supply of refills into … the diaper basket.
Which books should you choose? Poems. Jan Jan Brzechwa or Julian Tuwim, you can also choose a collection with various poems for children. The reading that the kids will like one day is, for example, “Winnie the Pooh”, “Little Princess”, “Children of Bullerbyn”, “Moomin”, “Bear Uszatek” – baby books will definitely need more contrasting books, but a book with dedication will definitely it will also be read, in addition, it is an excellent souvenir (in my opinion, a book with dedication should be the basis of a gift for all occasions).
Again: how many people, so many opinions. In my experience, the worst gifts are those with which there is nothing to do. The rocking horse is great, but the baby will not ride on it for some time, and you have to keep the toy somewhere. The winning toy melodies are fun … until you have to listen to them most of the day. Gifts that interfere with the interior design of the apartment, such as paintings based on a photo, in a large format, with a frame that cannot be changed, will not work either.
What to buy a child’s parents?
Visiting newly baked parents we can not forget … about them. Usually, we remember about the child, but his parents will certainly be nice when we think about them. However, do not buy stretch marks cream or freezing containers. It has to be something for them that is not related to the child. Their favorite coffee, bubble bath, a record of their favorite band. Surely you knew them before the child appeared, you know what they like and what they will enjoy.
When is the first visit?
I write about “baby”, not about “baby”, because it seems to me that the first weeks are best left to the family to play. It is not even about germs and the like, but about establishing a common rhythm, finding yourself in a new reality. Of course, if you are invited within four weeks after delivery, use the invitation. Just. The invitation is key. Parents choose the moment when they want someone to visit them, do not come in. You will definitely meet the toddler, but it should happen when his parents decide to do it.
Gift for newborn and mom? If you’re visiting your toddler in the first month of life, the rules are the same as above. Choose age-appropriate items and even something for her mother.