A dear friend of mine had her first baby recently and I was excited to put together this little gift set for her, complete with a few of my favorite books for a new momma.
I think people often overlook books as a gift option for an expectant mom. Unfortunately, books are associated more with school-aged readers, when the reality is that kids don’t just suddenly become readers when they reach a certain age. We, as parents, have the power to help our children develop a successful reading life long before they are putting sounds together to make words. The first step in that process is reading to your child in infancy and throughout his or her life.
Books are such an awesome gift, whether for a baby shower or other celebration. In addition to a few of my favorite books, I’ve included a couple other favorite items in this set.
One is a gorgeous grey swaddle blanket from Babies4Babies. I love to support companies that go the extra mile in spreading love and light. Babies4Babies absolutely meets the mark. These swaddles are made ethically and environmentally responsibly in America. Plus, every blanket sold funds a kit of birth and newborn essentials for a refugee mother. Giving a beautifully crafted staple baby item while at the same time providing lifesaving care for mothers and babies in need? Yes please, sign me up.
Another is Kiki, the Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Elephant. Lincoln absolutely LOVED this teether as a baby and he still loves it. It’s always nice when you have personal experience to lean on when selecting products for a friend. Hopefully her sweet little boy will enjoy this teether as much as Lincoln did!
A few other finishing touches, (thank you cards – a new momma can never have enough, and a gift card to help round out her baby registry) and it’s is all ready to deliver!
I thought I’d share this little gift set with you today, as well as a list of some of my all-time favorite books to give as gifts, particularly for new babies/baby showers. You cannot go wrong with one of these!
- Brown Bear Brown Bear – Eric Carle
- You’re Here For a Reason – Nancy Tillman
- On The Night You Were Born – Nancy Tillman (awesome for a baby shower!!)
- First 100 Animals – Roger Priddy
- I Love You Through and Through – Bernadette Rossetti Shustak (Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church)
- I Am a Bunny – Richard Scarry
- Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
- Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney
- Harry The Dirty Dog – Gene Zion
- Baby Bear Sees Blue – Ashley Wolff