The Perfect Baby Gift

‘Tis baby season! Yep, especially during years when the winter has been hard, September is one of the most popular season for babies. I am a September baby, as is my oldest daughter, her great grandmother, my mother- and sister-in-law. There’s just something about winter, cuddling and a few days off, right?

So: The perfect baby gift. Everyone has their registries, and that’s all well and good, especially if you don’t know them that well or think they really need baby nail clippers and a wipe warmer, or some other item that BabyCenter.com says they need. But, if they are someone special, you probably want to do a little better. I know that the handmade gifts—of any quality—were especially treasured by me, and I bet other moms feel the same.

Here is a cute handmade gift any beginner sewer could put together—and even if you don’t sew but want to put something a little more personal together, you can find these items on Etsy and still end up with a very personal gift. Plus, this gift also includes some of mom’s needs (whether she knows it yet or not!) so that makes it especially fabulous to me. After all, mom’s the one doing all the work!

Nursing Station Baby Basket:

Start with an adorable fabric basket. These one-hour baskets from Kelby sews are stupid easy to make, and the pattern is free. You literally only have to be able to sew a few straight lines to make it. If you want to be fancy, you can applique or have someone embroider the name or monogram on the side. If you’re not crafty, order them in a variety of fabrics here.

Fabric Basket - Baby Gift3

Now, what goes in the basket? Well, whether mom is nursing or not, she’s likely exhausted, hungry and a little absent-minded. So I like to include items I remember running around the house for right after I had a baby.

  • Baby blanket: This 10-minute baby blanket is also really easy—just sew four straight lines! Can’t go wrong.Fabric Basket - Baby Gift
    You can also purchase these super-soft lovies if you don’t sew, and I love that they come in pairs in case baby gets super attached to them. Blankets are great for swaddling, burping, and covering mom while she nurses if she feels like it.
  • Giant water mug: Nursing moms need a ton of water. A ton. Moms who aren’t do too, just because any mom with a new baby is generally forgetful that they have needs too. Grab a giant water mug (32 ounces or more) that’s double insulated to help them to remember to stay hydrated. These hospital mugs aren’t the prettiest, but they don’t spill and they don’t sweat.
  • Granola bars: While we are on the subject of helping mom meet her own needs, a box of granola bars is a great addition to this basket.
  • Burp rag: Oh, moms need SO many of these. You generally only need them until about 6 months or so, but while you need them you simply can’t have too many. Use scraps leftover from your fabric basket or baby blanket to create a cute, coordinating set. I love this simple tutorial on Made by Rae.
  • Diapers and wipes: Grab a few diapers and a small pack of wipes, and your basket is complete! Mom can even throw the basket in the floor of the backseat near the baby seat so she’s always prepared.

Perfect Baby Gift - Fabric Basket

So there you go! Whether you sew or not, this is really a can’t-go-wrong baby gift.

Mom will thank you, I promise.

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.
Erin Hayes Burt

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Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.


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