by Kathryn McNally, Fashion Stylist for Kids & Owner of Poppys Collection
New moms often put together baby registries with all the staples, including onesies, baby bottles, and diapers galore. However, sometimes it's fun to throw in a few gifts that are a bit more out-of-the-box. Why not have some fun?
The same goes for those attending a baby shower. Many guests want to give a gift the mom is actually going to remember. Keeping this in mind, we've put together our list of unique baby registry items that will be sure to make a lasting impression, on mama and her new little one.
Babies love to grab onto anything within reach, especially when looking for tactile stimulation. This often means they’re grasping mom’s hair, shirt or jewellery and sticking them in their tiny mouths. Why not give them something safe to chew? The Little Lamb & Co. Teething Necklaces are made of food-grade silicone and will look cute on mom while occupying baby at the same time.
Why not get a baby bag that will work for baby and beyond? From the UK brand Tiba + Marl comes the versatile and trendy Elwood Baby Backback. It leaves mama's hands-free for a busy day out-and-about and is large enough to fit most laptops. It comes outfitted with an insulated baby bottle holder, removable cross-body dry/wet bag, and matching changing pad. Comes in black, camo, floral, pink and silver.
Moms often get shades or baby carrier covers, but what about a baby hat to keep the sun out of baby’s eyes? There are a variety of cute sun hats and baseball caps that will block out the sun and keep baby in style. This panda bucket has super strength sun protection with UPF50+ and it's coat with a clever built-in mosquito repellent. Two in one! Amazing.
It’s no secret that nighttime can be the hardest time for new parents as their baby struggles to find the proper sleeping and eating schedule. You never know what will comfort him or her, and a sleepsack might just be the ticket. With a comfy design that keeps their toes covered and warm throughout the night, it's also perfect for the little ones who can't safely sleep with a blanket just yet.
Whether pumping or feeding, it’s important for moms to have a high-quality maternity bra that’s both comfortable and easy to use. When welcoming a new life into the world, mom might not want to splurge on herself, but a great nursing bra is definitely something that she deserves.... and probably won't think of until after her little one arrives. Eek!
After the baby shower, there are a lot of thank you cards to write to friends, family and acquaintances who have worked together to give mom and baby everything they need for the early years. A unique gift for her to unwrap is a package of cute thank-you cards, such as this lovely Thank You Letter Set from Mr Boddington's Studio. Throw in some stamps and she'll be ready to write as soon as the party-goers have left! What a thoughtful gift.
Give mom something that’s comfy and stylish, such as the Mama T-shirt, showing off her new title and giving her another cute outfit option. Toronto moms and designers Frannie + Lilo donate a portion of every shirt sold to miscarriage, child loss and women's mental health charities. That's something every mom can appreciate.