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Grab a Gift That's Sure to Be a Hit - Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Grab a Gift That's Sure to Be a Hit - Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Our dear friend Christine Yeargin from the popular blog Cake for Breakfast shares her favorite baby shower gifts. You too can be a rockstar gift-giver and knock the baby bootie socks right off that mama-to-be with a must have gift she didn't even know she needed. Read on my friends! 

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Hi! I'm Christine and gift giving is one of my love languages. Throw in a baby and you’ve got my my entire focus and attention! I love babies and I love even more when my friends have babies. I recently went to a baby shower and thought it would be a good opportunity to show off some of the things I consider great baby shower gifts that a new mom may not necessarily know about yet, but will definitely appreciate. Bonus, almost all of these can be found on Amazon! Get that free shipping, y’all!

Mali Wear has wooden toys and natural teething solutions. The more I learn about the harmful chemicals in plastic toys, the more I advocate for wooden toys! We make sure our tupperware and drinks are bpa free, why not our toys also?

baby shower gift wood teether

If mama-to-be is having a girl, consider a sweet piece of jewelry like this darling newborn bracelet. Kate Marie Designs has some of the cutest pieces that can be matched with older siblings or mom! There is nothing sweeter than jewelry on babies (under supervision obviously, especially if they’re at the age where everything goes in their mouth).

baby shower gift for girl bracelet

Wash It Later. YOU GUYS! This one is a must for new moms (seasoned moms too). They don’t know what they’re in for when it comes to blowouts. Instead of tossing outfits (bye bye $$$) put the blowout clothes in one of these soaking bags and wash it later. Helps with stains and saves your diaper bag!

baby shower gift guide

Puracy is an organic, all natural, vegan brand of baby skincare products. It’s easy to forget our skin is an organ. We need to be aware of what we’re putting on it and making sure they’re quality, clean ingredients. ESPECIALLY with our littles. They’re they most vulnerable of us all.

puracy baby shower gift guide

Abby & Finn is our favorite diaper brand and we’ve experienced minimal blowouts (sometimes an entire trash bag wouldn’t hold everything in) with this brand. Diapers are a good thing to stock up on, but more important is stocking up on the RIGHT diapers. These are hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, For every month you subscribe to Abby & Finn, they donate a diaper a day to a family in need.

abby and finn baby shower gift

Bambi Bamboo is a brand I used with Kingsley and can’t wait to use with our new baby. I’ll always suggest their towels as a gift option because they’re INCREDIBLY soft, hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and made from organic bamboo. If you haven’t noticed a pattern yet, you will. I love organic products. This lemon towel is DARLING (Kingsley has one), but they also have this new floral towel that I have my eye on for the new baby we have coming.

hooded towel baby shower gift

Super soft baby wash cloths go perfect with the above purchase of baby skincare. In those early days especially, wash cloths are like socks. You can never have enough because they end up disappearing somehow. I’m convinced dryer lint is the cremated remains of socks and wash cloths.

muslin baby shower gift

If you follow me on Instagram (@christineyeargin) you know that I have talked about the Eli & Ali Tush Swiper multiple times. It’s a convenient way to apply diaper cream to a baby’s bottom without getting it all over your hands and under your fingernails. It screws onto almost any tube squeezed diaper cream, is antimicrobial, bpa free, dishwasher safe and is perfect for your diaper bag or changing table!

tush wiper baby shower gift

Simka Rose is one of my favorite small shops. They have bpa-free silicone bibs with the cutest sayings on them, bpa-free suction plates (hellooooo plate that never leaves the table) and really fun nursing covers

nursing cover baby shower gift

Mr. B’s Necessities has some great all natural products including these candles via Vellbox. I prefer soy candles over paraffin wax because they’re better for us, so naturally I would gravitate toward natural candles as a gift for mom. We can’t leave mom out! Vellabox is a subscription based candle company, guaranteed to keep your house smelling great throughout the year.

candle baby shower gift

In lieu of a traditional gift bag, consider putting your gifts in something mom & baby will actually use like a sweet Moses Basket style bassinet by Tadpoles.These are easy to transport around the house, take on a picnic, or even travel with. You certainly won’t disappoint in the creativity department if you nix the traditional bag and use one of these as your bag/display and an additional gift. Hey, you’re even saving the trees, right!?

moses basket baby shower gift

The Snuggle Me Organic is another way to get creative and use a gift as the display for any other gifts you may be giving. I love doing things a little less traditional and more on the creative side. The Snuggle Me Organic is something I have heard GREAT reviews on and snagged one for myself to use with the new baby. I like to think of it as baby lounging/sleeping in a hug. Doesn’t that sound like a dream?!

snuggle me organic baby shower gift

Made by Mary is another go-to gift idea of mine in general, but this beautiful and subtle rainbow made it perfect for a baby shower gift. I bought it on the mini zola disc. If you happen to know the baby’s name or if the shower is more of a “meet the baby” party (after baby is here) you can get the name or the birth date on it. They have birth month flowers and all sorts of things. You can go through their Instagram page @madebymarywithlove for more ideas.

 

For more great posts check out Christine and her growing brood of ADORABLE children at cakeforbreakfast.life

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What is Baby Led Weaning? (& How to Get Started)

What is Baby Led Weaning? (& How to Get Started)
What is Baby Led Weaning (BLW)?
Simply put, baby led weaning is skipping the purees, mashes and spoon feeding and starting with solid foods that your baby eats independently. At around six months old you can begin offering appropriately sized foods and let your baby lead the way in deciding which foods to eat, how much to eat, and when to stop eating.
Baby led weaning simplifies meal time for busy parents by allowing us to share from our meal (provided we are eating something healthy) and save time by not preparing, freezing and storing dozens of purees each week. However, it's not just the convenience that is leading so many parents away from spoon feeding. Baby led weaning offers many other benefits, as well.

 

Benefits of Baby Led Weaning

  • Teaches appetite control and prevents overeating. When your baby is in charge she determines how much to eat and lets her intuition guide her when to stop eating.
  • Establishes family meal time. When your baby feeds herself, the entire family can sit and eat together. Babies also learn by watching and imitating so as you eat together you are showing her mealtime behaviors, routines, and manners.
  • Allows your baby to experience different tastes and textures which may influence later food choices and reduce the chances of having a picky eater.
  • Provides an opportunity to practice fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Baby led weaning also gives your child the opportunity to learn to chew and through the process develop better strength, coordination and the ability to eat more complex foods.

 Getting Started 

Six months is a general guideline, but not all babies are ready to start eating solid foods at this age. Before getting started, make sure your baby has also reached these milestones.

  • Can sit upright without help
  • No longer has the tongue thrust reflex (does not automatically push food out with tongue)
  • Has developed the fine motor skills to pick up pieces of food
  • Shows interest in eating solid foods. Baby will start to pay attention to what others are doing at meal times and may begin reaching for food.
Once your baby is ready, getting started is simple. All you need is a safe place for baby to sit and a good bib. Another great tool are these food scissors that make cutting up all those tiny bites so easy!. One drawback of baby led weaning is that it can be messy so an under highchair mat comes in handy to protect your floors and makes clean up much easier. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin adding solid food to your baby's diet:

 Keep your current nursing schedule. The majority of your baby's calories and nutrition will still come from nursing or bottle feeding. Do not make any adjustments to your current nursing schedule and continue to breast or bottle feed as usual.

Start small. In the beginning, offer a few bites to your baby at meal times. More than that can be overwhelming.

Don't expect too much. At first, your baby most likely won't eat much, and that's ok since most nutrition and calories are still coming from breast milk or formula. Allow your baby time to explore, learn, and even play with food, and soon enough, your baby will be eating plenty at each meal.

Avoid making assumptions about your baby's food preferences. As long as it is unprocessed, easily chewable (or easily smashed with toothless gums) and cut appropriately offer it to your baby. Offer a variety of colors and textures and give your baby at least three exposures for each food offered so it can be fully explored. You may be surprised what foods become favorites!!

There may be some gagging. Gagging is part of the process as your baby learns to chew, swallow, and manipulate food. Gagging can be scary, but it is different from choking. At six months baby's gag reflex is farther forward in their mouth than adults and is the body’s defense against choking. Gagging involves lots of coughing and does not require intervention, which can force food further down the throat. Choking occurs when a piece of food has moved farther back and is blocking the airway. Choking is often silent or accompanied by high pitched sounds and requires immediate intervention. As with all new milestones, supervision is key to maintaining safety.

Cut food into thin strips. At 6 months old it can be frustrating to try and pick up small bits of food. Cut food into thin strips that your baby can hold with a fist instead. Choose foods that are soft but hold their shape. If you can smash foods between your fingers, then they are appropriate for your baby. Often you can simply slice up something from the meal you are already making.  

simka rose suction plate for babies and toddlers

Wondering which foods to try first? Check out the chart below for some easy to make, easy to eat food options. Pinterest is also a great resource for BLW recipes, tips and more!

Let's Talk About Food Allergies

Some professionals will say to avoid foods that account for the majority of food allergies (dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy) for the first 2-3 years of life and many parents still choose to follow these recommendations. However, things have changed a lot in the last few years, and it is now believed that introducing these foods early and often might prevent food allergies. The key is to offer these potential allergens as early as six months, one at a time and wait at least 2-3 days before giving your baby another serving. During that time, watch for signs of an allergic reaction such as diarrhea, rashes, facial swelling, or vomiting. If you notice any of these and suspect your child has a food allergy, speak with your pediatrician about diagnosis and treatment.

Starting solids can be overwhelming but it is such an exciting step in your baby's life. It sets off a lifelong relationship with food and giving control to your little one starts it off on a positive and fun note!! So relax and enjoy the ride - you've got this one mama. 
Have you tried baby led weaning?
Let us know your favorite tips, tricks and recipes in the comments.
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