If there is no “Baby Registry”, then what to buy? 10 gift ideas

 




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Either one of your family members or one of your friends are having a baby and they don’t have a baby registry? Or they have a baby registry, but you want to buy something special for them. There are many many options out there; classic ones (baby clothes, bedding, or a silver keepsake (rattle, spoon, frame, etc.)) or something a little mote creative. Here is a list of ideas that you can go for… Hope you will find something that fits to you and your budget.

Babyโ€™s first photo album (or electronic frame)

The new parents will be busy with photo taking at the beginning โ€“ a lot. You can buy them a photo album that they can use for the years to come. They will always remember you and your kind gift. Or maybe you can buy an electronic frame; for the busy parents who wonโ€™t have time to develop films. New parents can easily upload photos to the electronic frame, and enjoy them without losing time with developing films.

You can find photo albums a little as $10. If you want an expensive one, sure you can find; there are really expensive models – which costs couple of hundred dollars. This one is more than $600 (with %57 discount!) – unbelievable ๐Ÿ™‚

Electronic frames cost you between $30 – $150. If you want to buy a good one, you will need to spend around $100.

Sleep kit

How to make little ones sleep through the night starting from the beginning? This is a huge problem for most of the parents (if not all), and there are many resources for this (you can check our sister site http://howtoputababytosleep.com). Nobody can answer that question, but we can suggest a basket of things to make nighttime easier. Create your own gift kit with a comforting nightlight, an entertaining mobile, and some soothing music made just for babies. Check this article for specific suggestions on this one :ย http://howtoputababytosleep.com/3-must-have-sleep-friendly-toys/

Baby support pillow

If your budget is not big; you can go for a baby support which is actually two gifts in one. Not only a new mom can use one while breastfeeding to keep the infant at breast-level, but can these soft crescent-shaped pillows help support a baby just learning to sit up at later stages.

This one will cost you between $20 – $40.

Cash (to be used in the future ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Maybe you may want to go ahead with a little different gift : When it comes right down to it, you just can’t go wrong with money. Investing in a savings bond, mutual fund, or depositing cash in a tax-free college account for a baby now, means s/he will have a neat little nest egg when s/he’s older. If you can, make it an annual (or semi-annual) birthday gift -even better-, s/he and her parents will appreciate it when it comes time to pay for her education.

Box full of items for any travel needs

You may want to help the newborn on your gift list (or to help your friends/family members) when they hit the road by giving her/him a travel kit filled with all the necessities (or maybe with some of them – budget issues…). You can just bundle a car seat with a sun shade, car toys, and maybe even a pair of baby-sized sunglasses, and s/he’ll be ready to go. Most new parents will have already invested in an infant car seat to bring their baby home from the hospital, if this is the case you can look into models for older babies (typical weighing 22 pounds or more). Her/his parents will thank you for the toys, which will help keep the little one busy while they concentrate on the road, and the shade and glasses will shield her/him sensitive skin and eyes from the sun.

Bouncer/Rocker or Swing

You can buy something to keep a newborn and his parents happy. Maybe with a bouncer / bouncy seat โ€” the baby can wiggle and jiggle without getting into trouble, and his parents can do their own staff knowing s/he’s safe and entertained. This baby gear features cheerful fabric stretched across a metal or plastic frame, with straps to ensure safety. Some models are battery powered for a rhythmic and more soothing bounce, or have additional features such as music, calming sounds, and toys.

The bouncer/rockers have price tag between $25 – $75. If you have a little more budget, you can go with a swing – which will cost you between $50 – $150.

Starter library

Books are always great gifts. So; you can go ahead with a shelf full of classic children’s books. Some of the best are Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny, Guess How Much I Love You, and More More More Said the Baby. You can add some baby-friendly board books in with the traditional hardcover ones.

The books start from about $5. With $100, you can buy enough books to keep the little one busy for a long time ๐Ÿ™‚

Baby gym

Babies are fascinated by their surroundings in general, but you can make it even more fun with a baby activity gym โ€” a contraption that typically includes a cloth mat and several toys suspended from soft bars or arches. Colorful mirrors, noisemakers, and other objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors… They are portable and lightweight, which means they are travel-friendly, whether you’re shuttling between rooms or across the continents.

The price tags for these items are between $20 and $50. I would suggest not to go for the cheapest ones; usually they are small and cannot be used for a long time.

Toys

Let’s accept it, babies and kids love toys. There are many toys specifically designed for babies; with bold colors and black-and-white patterns and designs will engage a newborn and encourage her/his still-developing eyesight, and activity mats and mobiles will help her motor skills later on. A good supply of soft, resilient chewable toys will also help the baby in couple of months, when the time comes for teething (a real headache for the babies and parents…).

Jewelry

How about Jewelry? If you have capability to spend a little more and if you want to buy something that will always be kept and can be passed along as an inheritance, then jewelry is one of the best selection.ย  The child can wear as they get older on special occasions and will never forget the person who gave it to them.

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