You’ve of course heard by now that England’s Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton recently gave birth to a boy, Prince George. This got me wondering: What would be a good gift for a new prince? I was stumped but did find this fun quiz on the BBC website –“Royal baby: What gift would you give?”
Anyhow, some friends of mine are expecting a baby soon, and even though they aren’t royalty, I’ve been pondering what to give them. A search on Amazon said these were their biggest sellers for baby gifts at the time I made my inquiry:
- 1. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
- 2. Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night
- 3. Munchkin Fun Ice Ring Teether
- 4. Philips AVENT BPA Free Classic Infant Starter
- 5. Sassy Ring O' Links Rattle Developmental
Hmm, nice, but none of those really grabbed me. British Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly gave the Royals a box set of Roald Dahl books. Again, that’s a nice gift, but it’s going to be awhile before Prince George can appreciate them, isn’t it? I wanted to know what do babies really NEED? I decided to be completely practical and so consulted the experts at Giggle.com. Here’s their Top 10 Must Haves of baby essentials.
1. A Brand New Car Seat: Experts all warn against hand-me-downs on this one for safety reasons. In fact, in many states it’s illegal to employ used car seats.
2. Clothes: Get lots of stuff they can sleep in, since that’s mostly what babies do. Make sure they’re comfortable, east to get off and on, and have a chemical-free finish.
3. Swaddle Blankets: You can’t have enough of these as they’re used for everything; holding, warming, sleeping, changing, playing, and of course, swaddling.
4. Burp Cloths: Guess what? Babies spit up, a lot. You’ll need a ton of cloths to protect them and clean up. Just like all things that will touching baby, make sure they’re chemical-free.
5. A Bed: Yes, baby needs one, but should you go with a co-sleeper, cradle, bassinet or crib? I crossed this one off my list and decided to leave that decision to the parents.
6. Diaper Barrier Cream and Wipes: Babies need these. No explanation necessary.
7. Bodywash: Get something mild, hypo-allergenic, anti-allergen, natural, or organic.
8. A Baby Monitor: As much as you might want to, you can’t be in the room with baby all the time. A baby monitor is perfect for alerting you to what baby is up to when you’re not there.
9. Delicate Laundry Detergent: Get something plant-based, non-toxic, and biodegradable. Use it on your own clothes, too.
10. A First Aid Kit: You have to have a fully-stocked one of these available at all times, just in case.
See? Don’t all of those things make sense? They’re sure as heck more practical than giving a sold gold rattle, IMO. I’m not saying that Prince George got one of those, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Plus, all of the things on that list are easily purchased with a discount, and that’s what I did (except for the bed).
When my friends’ baby is old enough to understand, I will explain that to them because it’s never too early to teach the important, life-long benefits and lessons of frugality.
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