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Archive for September, 2009

Importance of Baby Gifts

Monday, September 7th, 2009

There are all sorts of occasions for giving a baby gift. From new arrivals to baby baptisms and christenings, from baby birthdays to celebrating a baby’s first steps. Baby gifts can be given at a baby shower before the baby even arrives. And baby gifts are particularly special when they are given for no occasion at all. Whether you’re a new parent, a favorite aunt or grandmother, a doting uncle. a next door neighbor or “just a friend,” baby gifts are a great way to tangibly demonstrate your love and affection for the baby.

Baby gifts can help a baby learn about the world, but unlike some lessons, baby gifts educate in an entertaining way. Certain types of toys, like foam spelling blocks, baby books, and puzzles with large, soft pieces can all teach babies how to relate to their surroundings. Mobiles hung above a baby’s crib help the baby learn how to visually focus and build attention span. Baby spoons assist a baby in learning how to eat with utensils like a “grown-up.” And soft, cuddly plush toys and dolls help a baby learn how to show affection and attachment to others.

A baby shower is a traditional event that is held some period of time before the baby’s arrival. Typical baby gifts that are given at baby showers include baby blankets, diaper bags, lotions and powders, carryalls and totes, sweaters, hats, onesies, layette sets, socks, and baby booties and shoes. All of these types of baby gifts help the prospective parents get ready for their baby’s arrival and to be prepared for bringing their baby home from the hospital after its birth.

A keepsake baby birthday gift such as a bangle or bracelet set with the baby’s birthstone, a beautiful music box that will delight the baby for years to come, or a photo album filled with pictures of the baby, can all become treasured possessions. The same is true for baby christening or baptismal gifts such as a child’s first Bible, a christening gown or a baby’s first tiny cross or rosary. These types of baby gifts are cherished family mementos, often kept for dozens of years, and sometimes passed down from mother to daughter or from father to son.