Capturing memories: 6 gifts for first time mums

First
time mums and their child will be bombarded with a huge selection of
gifts and presents at this special time of their lives, and as a
friend or family member you won’t want to be left out of the
present-giving. Here are six ideas for the new mummy:

 

Personalised
necklace

 

It’s
rare that you’ll be away from your baby in the first year; indeed,
for most mums time apart from your cherub will be practically
non-existent.

 
However,
should your little one not be within eyesight – such as when
grandparents or friends babysit for your first nights out in what
seems like an eternity – then a personalised piece of jewellery with
names of your partner and the little one shows everyone that you are
a proud mum. Examples include hearts,
charms
and initials.
 

Photo
book

 
Thanks
to social media it’s never been easier to find photographs of the
new arrival and his or her parents, so a photobook is relatively easy
to create. Enlist friends, family and hubby to dig out pics as well
if necessary, especially ones of mum as a newborn, baby or toddler
herself. Personalised photo gifts
such
as a hardback book will give parents time for a moment of reflection
when junior settles down.
 
 
 

Canvas
print

 

A
giant print of your baby in the early stages of his or her life,
perhaps in monochrome, is a treasured memory forever preserved. Don’t
be afraid to experiment and snap away, or create a collage of several
pictures.

 

If
you know any friends who are photographers then this is the time to
call on a favour, because it also allows all the members of the
family to enter the picture, rather than needing one to operate the
camera.

 

Pamper
set

 

It’s
easy to forget that the snoozing little bundle of joy in front of you
was responsible for an immense amount of stress and bodily trauma.
Mum might not feel back to her best for some time, until she’s lost
the baby bump and found some measure of routine in a frenzied part of
her life.

 
The
remedy? A pamper kit,
possibly including towels, bath gels and bombs, shampoo, perfume,
fresh flowers, skin crème, candles, and anything else that sets mum
on the road towards rejuvenation.
 

Ornament

A
vase, figurine, bowl or similar gift denoting life, motherhood,
exuberance and new beginnings will be an individual gift with
long-lasting merit.

 

Just
make sure that in a year’s time, when the little one has found his
or her legs and wants to pull, push or taste everything in sight, the
item is placed too high for tiny hands to grasp it.

 

Practical
gifts

 

A
slight diversion from the sentimentality for the last of the six
ideas, but one which will solve problems elsewhere in the world of
the new mum, leaving her with more chance to spend time with little
one.


These
gifts include vouchers for stores, scratch mittens, blankets, pocket
bibs, and clothes of a larger size. After a mum has hung up a dress
or sleep vest for the 50th
time,
and piled another toy or rattle into the box, they’ll be grateful
for gifts that are filling in the gaps elsewhere.
 
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