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Finding gifts for babies can be really fun but yet mind-boggling. With hundreds of
baby items available in stores and online, it's no wonder that you can't decide on
the best baby gifts.
We ran a recent poll on our website, asking first-time moms whether they'd prefer
to receive practical or luxury baby gifts. Most moms-to-be appreciate practical gifts
that can help lower baby expenses and allow them to save for other costs. So for
practical reasons, I suggest you opt for useful baby presents that will go a long
way toward meeting the needs of a newborn. Here are some good value gifts for a baby
boy that will create a lasting impression.
Practical Baby Gifts for Baby Boys
1. Picture Frames and Photo Albums
New parents love to take pictures of their newborn so an infant picture frame for
the baby's nursery or the family living room is an ideal gift to capture beautiful
Check out Images by Ellyn, which offers unique baby sonogram picture frames that
are specially designed for a baby's first ultrasound "photo".
2. Cute Baby Blanket
Baby blankets, especially swaddle blankets are extremely useful to new mothers and
come in handy on many occasions such as calming down a crying baby, soothing a baby
to sleep, and also serve as a keepsake to pass on from generation to generation.
You can opt for personalized baby blanket with baby's names, birth date and a special
message embroidered onto the blankie. Check out BabySlumber or Cozy Cocoon; both
offer a wide selection of good quality swaddling blankets to fit all budgets and
they ship worldwide.
Most mothers say that diapering a newborn is one of the biggest baby expense so giving
diapers is a great option. However, instead of giving several packages of baby diapers,
why not get crazy and make a diaper cake (nappy cake)? Diaper cakes are a fun way
to turn simple items into a creative and unique baby shower gift. There are tons
of free baby diaper cake instructions/tutorials online.
Alternatively, you can make a homemade baby gift baskets (baby gift hamper). Purchase
a blue baby bathtub from your local mall, and fill it with baby necessities such
as a baby bath thermometer, newborn nail clippers, infant comb, and baby pacifier.
You might also want to throw in a few baby boy toys – infant toys that emphasize
different sounds ( rattling, crinkling, or jingling) and texture.
Complete your homemade baby gift basket with a cute royal blue polka dot satin ribbon
and attach a gift tag. If you want, include a little surprise for the mom-to-be!
4. Baby Changing Mat
Another functional and useful baby gift that can personalized with baby photos or
baby's hand prints and footprints. Baby changing mats are very affordable and they
will easily last a long time.
Check out musical changing mats and fashionable changing mats with the sound effect
feature in your local baby store.
This amazingly innovative product is fast becoming an essential baby item and they
had great reviews from parents all over the world. Babies love to rub their feet
together and kick their feet off socks fast. Sock-ons socks are designed to keep
baby's socks on no matter how hard he tries to pull them off.
Sock-ons come in many different interesting colors – baby blue, navy, orange, lime,
lemon, turquoise, blueberry, grape, chocolate and charcoal – and are available at
Creative Kidstuff. You can also purchase sock-ons online, including Amazon.
By Martha Sanders
My best friend is expecting her first baby in 5 months and everyone is really excited
about the new baby boy! I've a few baby gift ideas in mind but still undecided over
what to get for a newborn baby. I'd love to hear your suggestions. What are some
ideas for baby shower gifts for first-time moms? I'm a college student with a limited
budget so affordable baby presents that are really inexpensive would be perfect!
– Jaimee, Minnesota.