With the arrival of a new royal prince on Monday, we’re all thinking about babies. Knowing what to give a newborn can be a challenge – especially if you don’t have children yourself. Here new mother Chiara Allsup shares the gifts she’d put at the top of her wish-list:
Kissy Kissy Pima Cotton Babysuit Set
Many designer children’s clothes – however sweet they are – are too difficult to get on a newborn. When they’re wriggling and screaming a babygrow is the easiest thing to get on. This sleep suit has poppers between the legs and can go in the washing machine but it’s also pretty and smart enough for visitors. Plus Kissy Kissy makes the softest cotton ever.
Cologne and Cotton Jacquard Cot Covers
These cot covers are beautifuly jacquard woven and look much more expensive than they are. The soft, charming and playful designs would suit every nursery.
Flensted Mobile Danish Lucky Storks
A mobile is an essential for the nursery – hang it over the changing table to distract baby and avoid tantrums. Christian Flensted’s super stylish Scandi mobiles were designed in the 1950’s, and there are lots of styles to choose from. The classic and neutral ‘Lucky Storks’ would make a particularly lovely newborn gift, and our baby loves ‘Giraffes on the Savannah’.
From £11.50 scandinavianshop.co.uk
Heimess Dancing Ducks Gym
Jungle gyms made from plastic tend to lean towards the garish side. Heritage German brand Heimess sells gorgeous wooden toys for babies, like this Dancing Ducks Gym that uses bright primary colours, simple shapes and bells and rattles. It’s well made and the chic design isn’t an eyesore on the sitting room floor.
The ultimate gift you can give the parents of newborns is food – best of all make them something yourself. Failing that a delivery from Potage is most welcome, as well as the proper homemade meals like spag bol, their snack size fruit salad pots and mini chocolate brownies are ideal for a mid-feed sugar kick. A Cook voucher is also great and their delicious meals are a lifesaver to have stocked in the freezer. Cosy comfort food that’s easy to prepare is what’s needed in the initial weeks.