New baby gifts can be a great way to congratulate anyone that has recently had a visit from the proverbial stork. Newborns are both a blessing and a source of great stress, especially for the first time parent. Aside from basics such as food and water, successful child rearing requires many other items, such as a crib, stroller, bassinet, and a host of other pieces of equipment. Purchasing every needed item can put quite a financial strain on new parents.
Fortunately, much of this stress can be alleviated by new baby gifts that are given by friends and family. Baby showers are often the ideal setting for this kind of gift giving, and are where most mothers-to-be receive many of the basic items needed for raising a baby. However, there are many more expensive items that are needed and these items are often overlooked at a baby shower.
Baby furniture can be some of the greatest new baby gifts that can be given to new parents. Cribs, bassinets and changing tables are often some of the most expensive pieces of baby-rearing items, and as such are usually the greatest financial burden for the parents. In some cases, these items are purchased new from a baby-specific retailer, which is often the ideal way to go. However, new furniture isn’t necessarily required. Many parents receive their first baby furniture as a hand-me-down from older siblings or friends with children.
A crib is one of the most common new baby gifts. Every child needs his/her own crib, and as such most retailers carry a wide variety of options. Baby cribs can vary significantly in price, depending on the manufacturer, materials used in construction, and accessory options. For even a modest crib, one should expect to pay at least a couple of hundred dollars if one wants quality baby furniture. If you have the budget, many of the higher end cribs can often cost over a thousand dollars, although these usually include a changing table. Whichever way you choose to go, the important thing is that the crib provides a safe, comfortable place to rest and play for the child.
Other pieces of nursery furniture can also make great new baby gifts. No new mother should be without a quality rocking chair. Rocking chairs have been used for centuries by mothers from all walks of life as a means of quieting and bonding with their new baby. They are a traditional baby gift that is always appreciated. Changing tables are also important parts of any nursery. While it is certainly possible to change a baby’s diaper on any flat surface, having a dedicated changing table next to the crib can be a real convenience. These pieces of furniture also make an ideal storage facility for everything from diapers to bottles.
If you’re working with a limited budget, clothes will always be great new baby gifts. Nobody goes through clothes faster than a newborn. Between messy meals, messy burps and diaper accidents, these clothes can become worn out fast. And if they’re not worn out, they’re simply outgrown every month or two.