Present Buying For Children

Alexandra enjoyed the Christmas presents, but mainly loved the food.

Before having children, I used to love buying for my friends’ little ones but I’m not sure now whether the selections I made were good or not. Now I’ve got one (and a half) of my own, I definitely have a firmer idea of what I’d want and hopefully have got better at present buying for children. Having just had Christmas (where we got lovely stuff from all our family and friends for Alexandra), it brought to mind a few pointers that I thought I’d share:

  • If you’re planning on having children of your own in the future (or already own some) then beware, people could return the favour if you always buy super noisy toys! (I did actually buy a couple of noisy toys myself this year but most the ones we got were quiet, result.)
  • I found while I absolutely loved getting clothes for Alex when she was born, some of the presents which were the most helpful were full of useful little bits I might need along the way but have forgotten to get (or not known about). Now if a close friend or family member is having a baby, I like to put together a little pack with things like Calgel, Snufflebabe and other products we’ve tried and loved.
  • Buy bigger sizes. Whilst having lots of newborn outfits is absolutely adorable, it’s great when you also get some bigger sizes, firstly because they grow out of the first size stuff so quickly but secondly because it can suddenly be a big expense when they get to six or nine months and you’ve got nothing as everyone bought tiny stuff.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask. I’d much rather someone ask me what Alexandra wants or needs then end up with something she won’t get a lot of use out of. My sister said at Christmas that one of my friends always buys Alex really great presents – it’s because she asks me what she wants!
  • Don’t overuse the selotape – Alexandra is just getting to the age where she can help unwrap her own presents, but it’s much easier when the person has only used a couple of bits of selotape rather than the whole roll. Someone said to me they used to put their kids’ stuff in tissue paper which I think is a fab idea as they’d love ripping it all up to get to the present.
  • I just asked Dylan what his top tip would be and his response was: ‘buy an empty box. The kid will be love it and you’ll save a ruck of money’.

Harriet, Alexandra and bump x

Baby Bits

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about my pregnancy is getting to buy little bibs and bobs ahead of our daughter’s arrival. I’m one of those people who’ve always loved shopping for friends’ babies so getting to do it for our own is majorly exciting for me. Although we’ve slowed down what we’re purchasing as we don’t want to have loads of stuff we’ll never use, we have seen some adorable stuff in the past couple of weeks which we haven’t been able to resist!

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This gorgeous swimming costume was just £2 in Primark! I’m on the lookout for some tiny cossies for her as we want to take her in the water as soon as possible, this one’s 9-12m so she won’t be using it til next summer but I can’t wait until she fits into it!

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I picked up this beautiful long-sleeved bib in Boots for just £2.50. I was drawn in by the cute design and then when I realised the price I just couldn’t leave it there! Then I saw this pack of two bibs in Aldi at the weekend, which again are long-sleeved but these are a kind of towelling material on the front. So baby is getting well stocked up already for once she starts weaning!

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This set again won’t be useful until she starts weaning but it was just a couple of pounds from Aldi and contains every from spoons and plates to snack pots and sippy cups. I like the feeling that we’re well prepared for those early feeding days!

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This was actually a gift from my mom, who’s become obsessed with buying teddies! This is a gorgeous little rattle from Next and I love the fact it’s an elephant as bump’s first (in utero) holiday was to Thailand! It also keeps reminding me how much I want some stuff with ‘born in 2015’ on as that’s what the label says – I’m hoping we’ll find at least one outfit for baby with the same on it.

Harriet and bump x