Is there any happier sight than that of a new baby? The ooohs, aaahs and gurgles make the transition to parenthood all worth it! I’ve brought home two babies in my tenure as a parent, and while much of those first weeks is a warm, fuzzy blur, I cherish those memories. My family and friends showered me with gifts during these times. Many were fabulously helpful as I navigated the waters of motherhood. Seriously, I could STILL sing the praises of these swaddle blankets from the mountaintops, and my “baby” is 3 now! Here are some of my favorite baby gifts and new-parent lifesavers!
Robe and Slippers: Great for bath time. Also great for water play or at the pool!
Aden Swaddle Blankets: Large size makes “escapes” from swaddles harder. This item is truly multi-purpose and can be used as a stroller cover, sun shade, grass blanket, nursing cover, burp cloth, napkin, and swaddle blanket. The breathable fabric keeps baby comfortable.
Rattle Balls: Great for little hands to grasp. Hand crocheted.
Bamboo Mobile: Earth friendly. Sustainable! Easy to repurpose as décor or play pieces, great avenue for parents to introduce animal noises to baby.
Sophie: Great for molars. Can really chew to soothe sore gums. Awesome texture, too.
Baby Rattles: Easy to hold, great early nutrition message.
Wooden Wall Plaques: Sentimental value is priceless.
Winkel: Multi-purpose: rolling, catching, shaking, teething
Tower of Babble Blocks: Great talking point for parents and kids, helps to develop early literacy and vocabulary development.
Impressions Handprint: They’re never this size again.
Giraffe Puzzle: Fine motor skills. Colors. Shapes. Matching.
Land of Nod CD: Children’s music helps to strengthen a range of auditory skills. Clapping to rhythm helps brain development.
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By Jayne Mangione
Jayne has a lot of experience with children as a former elementary school teacher and a mom of two kids. In her job as a customer service specialist at Nod, she offers advice to customers on our wide array of products, 90% of which she and her family already own. A Chicago native, she’s mastered multiple seasons, often in one week, while being able to cite 90’s pop culture and musical references at the drop of a hat. Speaking of hats, ask her about the time she looked like Blossom.