Whether you need a crafty gift for a baby shower, or simply want to spoil a new mom, a homemade gift basket will do the trick. You can show off your creativity while customising the gift to follow a baby shower theme, work with colours in the baby's room or celebrate one of baby's firsts -- such as eating solid foods. Remember, not all gifts for a new baby should focus on the newborn years.
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Dinner Time Basket
Every parent looks forward to the wide-eyed expressions of a toddler trying their first foods. A picnic basket filled with plastic bowls, sippy cups and rubber-coated utensils will get plenty of use when the breast pump, formula and bottles get put on the shelf. For an extra special gift, include a collectable first bowl and cup set to display in the child's bedroom. Coordinating the colours or theme of the dining set with the baby's room will score bonus points with mom.
Toy Bin Basket
Presenting a baby gift in a child-theme toy basket serves a dual purpose -- gift wrap and storage for later. Choose toys that span the entire first year of the baby's life. Include pacifiers, wrist rattles and blinking toys to attach to a baby car seat during the infant stage. Cloth books, hand-held rattles and a bouncy chair equipped with colourful toys will keep the baby happy as they begin to discover use of their fingers and legs.
Diaper Bag Basket
At one time or another, every new mom forgets something at home when travelling with the baby. Build a secondary diaper bag (in lieu of a basket) that she can leave in the car, advises babycenter online. Fill the bag with emergency items including diapers, rash cream, infant aspirin drops, hand mittens, bootees, a blanket and onesies. Other items to stuff in the diaper bag include pacifiers, a toy, an extra set of car keys, a can of formula and safety pins.
Building a gift basket to make bath time fun starts with a novelty shaped baby bathtub. An Inflatable duck or heavy duty plastic pirate ship painted with bright colours will capture the baby's attention during the bath. Fill the bath-theme gift basket with baby shampoo, towels, hooded baby cover-ups, water-safe toys, puppet wash mitts and a soft baby hairbrush.
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