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New Baby gift Guide Giveaway!

June 23, 2017

To celebrate the birth of our new daughter, Bridget, I thought it would be lovely to show you some of our favourite things that we have received as gifts across the births of all of our children or used in the past but also somethings that we think would make great gifts too.
So, I’ve put together a range of ideas for any budget and would love to share them with you. What’s even better than that, is I will also be giving away some of these gifts in the give away at the bottom of the page.


I’m going to start with one of my favourite things that Dexter, Paisley and Bridget have received – A hand crochet blanket, made by Gemma at Woolly Creations . Gemma makes such lovely blankets and they really are a high quality. They wash well and are so soft, I would recommend them to everyone. We often get asked where we got them from when out and about. An absolute perfect baby gift and they can be made to any colour schemes with plenty of patterns to choose from.
Just how beautiful are these rainbow variations? You can message her for a chat and to discuss designs on her facebook page(above).

Milestone cards

These things are becoming all the rage and are a lovely way of remembering all of the babies milestones – 1 week, 1 month old, 2 months, first smile, first steps and all those other important firsts. We didn’t have any for Dexter and just had a free set for Paisley out of a magazine, but have this set from Belo and Me for Didge which have such cute designs on. I can’t wait to start using them. I’m sure the announcement card will be included in her upcoming birth story.

Coaching Cards

On the subject of cards, I also really love the idea of these Coaching Cards for new parents. Especially good if this is your first baby. Becoming parents for the first time can put a massive strain on your relationship. Especially when it comes to parenting differences. These cards are awesome for just pulling one out of the pack and using it as a conversation starter. By answering the questions on the card, you learn more about each other, and your opinions on how to handle various situations. Some questions are fun, some are a bit more in depth, but they are a great way of figuring out the way you want to do things in a minefield of advise. I reviewed these cards a while ago (which reminds me, I was going to use them as future blog post topics) so you can find more info here. Whats better is that the Coaching Cards have recently been shortlisted for the Lovedbyparents Awards 2017 in the ‘Best innovative gift under £50’ category.

Next to bed style cribs

I have and still occasionally do co-sleep with both Dexter and Paisley. (We do it safely and follow the recommendations) and I’ve found it so much easier. Especially with Paisley being born via c-sec. Having her right next to me meant I didn’t have to strain to lift her in or out of anything and with breastfeeding, I was able to dream feed her and not worry about me dropping her as we were both laying down. Safe sleeping is very important to me. With most of Dexters epileptic episodes having been at night too, we are very cautious when it comes to bed time which is why we now have the Chicco ‘Next2Me Dream’ for our new little one.
The mesh sides make it breathable as a stand alone crib and there are so many adjustable height levels that you can lower the sides to line up perfectly to your mattress if you want to use it as a co sleeper. Also, for refluxy or sicky babies, you can also tilt it to a degree that helps them keep their feeds down, preventing them from chocking.

Teething Necklace / Bracelet

For Paisley I had a necklace with turquoise silicon beds. For the new baby I have a silicon bracelet in grey so it goes with almost everything. Wearable and stylish for you but soothing for your babies gums and perfect for tiny hands, they make a lovely affordable gift for any new parent and are available in so many colours, styles and materials. Not just good for teething, they also double as fiddle beads to be played with while your baby is feeding. There are some beautiful ones available on apples and pips (which is where my bracelet is from)

Personalised Haynes baby manual.

We were gifted one of these back at the start of the year for Paisley from I Just love it. Based on Haynes’ ‘strip down and rebuild’ car manuals, this Haynes Explains Babies Manual is a tongue-in-cheek guidebook that will provide parents with hours of laughter. Personalised with the Baby’s Name on the cover and featured throughout the book, it will make a terrific present for soon-to-be parents and you can even leave your own advice on parenting in the form of a loving Message on the opening page.

Lap Baby

Easily one of the best ever baby products we’ve had! I’ve written a review of it here but in short, it’s a lap belt for sitting your baby on your lap but allowing you to keep your hands free. It has a toy clip and a removal lap apron and is perfect for keeping your baby close but still enabling you to eat, work or even entertain your other children. We got plenty of use out of ours with Paisley and once Bridget is big enough we will most definitley be using it again. I cannot recommend it enough.

Gratitude Journal

More for the parents than the baby, the Gratitude Journal is a lovely way of finding (or at least looking for) the positive in each day. I’ve started one recently on the day of Bridget’s birth so it will record 100 days of gratitude. With a lot of focus in the media on mental health lately it’s a great mindfulness tool and has helped me in those emotional moments that follow a birth when your hormones are trying to rebalance themselves and everything is a bit crazy.

Little Bird Quilt

I am absolutely in love with the Little Bird range by Jools Oliver and I REALLY want this quilt! With the bright colours you can help but smile when you look at it and the patchwork design is fun and retro. It features some of the classic Little Bird prints so is instantly recognisable and is great for both cot beds and toddler beds. The only thing is, I couldn’t pick a favourite child, so I would need three of them hahaha.


To mark the birth of our baby girl, I am giving away 3 items from this list. All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter form below to win

  • 1 pack of belo and me milestone cards
  • 1 pack of coaching cards for new parents
  • 1 teething necklace courtesy of apples and pips


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • Reply Sue McCarthy June 24, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I don’t have any kids but think the lap baby is an amazing idea! The Little Bird Quilt is lovely too

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 24, 2017 at 8:57 am

      The lap baby is one of my favourite baby products ever!

  • Reply Michelle smith June 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    A baby blanket knitted by a family member.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Hand made items are always special aren’t they?

  • Reply Aluce Dixon June 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    To be honest it was a home cooked meal. I got bought tons of baby stuff but my husbands grandmother came round after I got home from the hospital with a home cooked cottage pie, it was delicious and so great not to have to cook

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Ahhhh these things make such a difference, don’t they?

  • Reply EJ Dunn June 24, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I’m currently pregnant and the best present I have been given is a Silver Cross pram 🙂

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Thats quite a gift!

  • Reply Solange June 24, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    The one standout gift I can remember is a musical seahorse. I think it costs about £20 from Argos and you can get them in blue or pink. I started putting it on when I was putting my son down from when he was a few days old, and then as he got a little bit older, he just associated it with sleeping. It’s still in his bedroom and even now he will occasionally ask for it in bed with him.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Oh I know exactly the thing you mean!

  • Reply Leila Benhamida June 25, 2017 at 11:06 am

    The best present I received was a handmade blanket by my grand mother.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Yes! I’m a big fan of handmade blankets!

  • Reply Kim Neville June 25, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    An activity mat which was used every day and great for amusing baby

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 26, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Ohh those things are great!

  • Reply Katie Skeoch June 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    The tommee tippee perfect prep machine, a godsend at 3am!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 30, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Ahh yes, I’ve heard many agree with you on this

  • Reply Pat Collingwood June 26, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Handknitted garments

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 30, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Can’t beat home made gifts

  • Reply Claire C June 27, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I’m currently expecting and hoping we might receive some knitted clothing from the talented ladies in my family.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby June 30, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Ohh lovely! hope you get some nice bits

  • Reply Danielle Pooley July 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    A rainbow blanket that my mum made

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Awwww lovely!

  • Reply Sharon David July 3, 2017 at 6:01 am

    My friend gave me a breastfeeding pillow, saved my back!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 3, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Ohhh those are really handy!

  • Reply Lara Aleda July 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I haven’t had a baby but the gift I’ve bought friends with baby girls is ‘Blueberry Girl’ by Neil Gaiman – its inspiring and beautiful

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Oh I shall have to look that up

  • Reply Allan Fullarton July 6, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Love handmade blankets.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 7, 2017 at 10:29 am

      A popular choice it seems

  • Reply Tracey F July 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    A basket full of baby toiletries, I hadn’t heard of some of those things before, but turned out to be a godsend!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Oh yeah, it’s amazing what’s out there isn’t it

  • Reply Kirsty Woods July 6, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    A handmade blanket

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Very popular

  • Reply Dawn Brodribb July 6, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Not had a baby yet but the best gift my friend had was a gift card for primark – she saved it until all the first sized clothes (bought as gifts) were too small then bought a new wardrobe for her little one!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Good idea.

  • Reply AG July 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    My little one isn’t here yet, but my OH’s grandma gave us our first home knitted cardi at ten weeks 😀

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 8, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Awwww, so sweet!

  • Reply Karen Scott July 7, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I received a make your own scrapbook to store all bits and pieces from baby onwards….I actually managed to find the time to do it as it was quite a simple one and had great ideas about what to store 🙂 x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Oh wow, that sounds amazing!

  • Reply Natalie Crossan July 7, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    A bunch of flowers from my Mum xxx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Awww, that’s lovely!

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