Everywhere I look I seem to see pregnant women and new-borns; there must have been something in the water last August/September.
With Kim Kardashian having baby North West early and Kate Middleton due any day now, not to mention more than a few friends in the same trimester, I’ve been whiling away far too much time looking at gifts for babies. I’ve found more than I can afford but these are my favourites. So far.
Me&I Babygro – £26
How have I had two children and not come across Swedish brand me&i? Their stuff is SO cute! Its’ like Polarn o Pyret before everyone started wearing it. Think of it as hipster clothes for babies and children. A lot of their range comes in adult sized clothes so perfect for full grown hipsters too. While I doubt the Duchess will be dressing the future king/queen in it, me&I is made for babies whose parents wear Hasbeens, drink coffee from Monmouth and holiday in Cambodia. I love it all!
Aubrey Satchel from Storksak – £140
My husband hated carrying around my bright red baby bag and things have certainly evolved from seven years ago. This Aubrey satchel from Storksak is unisex, holds everything bar the kitchen sink, is made from durable, wipe clean canvas and luxurious leather and is big enough to hold most laptops. The bag has a large top flap which closes with two strong magnetic snap poppers, making the main compartment easily accessed with one hand – perfect for juggling baby and everything else. It comes with a padded changing mat and a thermo-insulated bottle holder. Perfect for stylish new Dads, it would make a great baby shower gift for him for a change! Either way, Mum and Dad will be happy to carry this one.
aden+anais muslins – from £40 for a 3 pack
Aden+anais was started by a mum who was looking for the kind of cotton swaddling muslins she grew up with. She couldn’t find them so decided to produce her own. Fast forward a few years and her swaddling cloths have been used by Gwen Stefani, Ashley Simpson, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie. Traditionally used for swaddling, the cloths can also be used as burp cloths, nursing and pram covers, portable cot sheets, stroller and car seat liners, tummy time blankets or change table covers. They come in a variety of prints and designs for both boys and girls. My favourite is the Mod About Baby set – who can resist animal print?
Inch Blue Print Stardom Babygro, Hat & Shoe set – £44
This little outfit is so sweet I almost (almost!) want a baby to dress it in. While I wouldn’t put a baby in it all at once, the print certainly beats a pack of white babygros. Inch Blue is a family run business in the south of Wales that make gifts for the more discerning parents. They are best known for their soft leather shoes; hand stitched in Inch Blue’s own workshop in Wales and made using Chrome 6-free leather. The shoes are from 0 – 6 years and retail from £18 – £20.
Baa Baby Kaiser Sheepskin Liner in Natural- £54
With its gorgeous soft pile, babies love to snuggle in this Kaiser Sheepskin Liner. Due to the natural insulation properties of sheepskin these liners will keep your baby cool in the summer and warm in winter in the car seat, carrycot or pram. Like all Kaiser lambskins they are extra soft and have been tanned under strict environmental regulations. They are suitable for most 5 point harnesses and come in natural, anthracite and white.I think my 19 day old nephew has done a great job modelling here!
Imagodei Organic Cotton Sleeping Bag – £29.99
Sleeping Bags are perfect for babies who move around a lot as it gives them plenty of room to move around while the padded sleeping bag keeps them warm and snug. The Imago Dei bag is made from 100% organic pima cotton and is super soft against baby’s skin. The zippered bottom makes nappy changes easier when they’re asleep and the easy-to-use shoulder poppers keep the 2.5 tog bag in place as baby gets a good night’s sleep. The bag is machine-washable, anti-microbial, hypo-allergenic and soft on skin.The packaging is adorable, no?