5 Worst Baby Gifts To Give (or Receive)!

By Adeline Woo

It’s the gift-giving time again!  This time, it’s to welcome a new baby in the family, or for a baby shower / baby full month celebration.

As you, the gift-giver, ponder over the perfect baby gift, here’s a guide on what NOT to buy for your pregnant friend, colleague or relative!

5 Worst Baby Gifts

#1 Life-like baby dolls

Take a look at the picture below. That isn’t a real baby. Nope, it’s a really life-like baby doll that is “anatomically correct” and includes “lifelike RealTouch skin.” To me, that is just too creepy.   And  those plastic dolls that open and shut their eyes when you lift them up and put them down? I used to hate those when I was a little girl too!  As a mom, I would say I already have a real and super adorable baby, I don’t need a plastic substitute!

Life Like Baby Dolls

#2 Gifts that smell like cigarette smoke

Us pregnant women have an extremely acute sense of smell.  So wrapping your baby gift while chain smoking a packet of Marlboros is a definitely no-no.

Baby gift with cigarette smoke

#3 A bag of “vintage” baby clothes

Vintage may be a hot trend in design and fashion—but vintage (read: very old) baby clothes are not welcome.  Hand-me-downs are different, like when my elder sister would give me some baby clothes from her now teenage girls.  But those shouldn’t be the only baby gift, definitely not appropriate as a gift for a baby shower or full month party!

Baby-Swap

#4 Personalized gifts that are misspelled

Sure, getting a personalized or customized baby gift is nice, but always make sure you double and triple check the spelling!  We don’t want any embarrassment at the baby shower when the presents are unwrapped, and your gift has the baby’s name spelt wrongly!

Misspelled Baby Gifts

#5 Gifts for the wrong age

Buy baby gifts that are suitable for a baby, not those that are to be kept a few years down the road so baby can grow into it! A good example would be socks for 4-6 year olds.

Avoid buying bulky gifts like a bicycle for a newborn baby. Not only is it not appropriate for the baby, it takes up too much space!

Baby Gifts that are appropriate

Have you received a baby gift so bizarre you were slapping your forehead and saying “what were they thinking?” Add a comment below with your story!

How To Make A First Time Dad Feel Involved

By Adeline Woo

As  a first time mummy, you might at times, have this huge tendency to want to do all the baby’s preparations on your own.

Whether it’s scheduling your ultrasounds, preparing the baby’s room or making arrangements for the baby shower, don’t neglect your hubby!

Here are some ways to make sure your hubby feels appreciated, important and involved during this whole crazy process.

First time daddy

BEFORE THE BABY IS BORN

Announcing The News

Announce the good news of the baby’s arrival together.    Skype together when you break the good news to both your parents, tag him on Facebook when you share it online or schedule a photo shoot of both of you together for a printed “We’re expecting!” announcement card.

Scheduling The Doctor’s Visit

Put all your doctor’s appointments on his calendar, especially the big ones like the first ultrasound, or the one when your baby’s gender will be revealed).  Make sure he is available before scheduling for such appointments, so he can be there to hear the heartbeat and see his baby too!  This will make him feel that it’s important that he be there too.

Preparing The Baby Registry

Work out the list for the Baby Registry together, and try not to be a control-freak!  He might prefer some items that you don’t think is necessary, and vice versa.  The point is to do it together as a team, so don’t shoot him down for his wants.

Throwing His Dadchelor Party

Make sure he gets a “dadchelor” party by throwing so hints to his close guy friends.  You will be getting your baby shower, so let him have his fun too at some man-centric event!

Decorating The Nursery

Let your man be involved with decorating the nursery (not just with the wall painting and heavy lifting stuff), and give him some bragging rights to his friends after that!

 

 AFTER THE BABY IS BORN
Avoid Hovering
You might be cringing every time your first time daddy holds, feeds, burps or bathes baby. But as long as he’s not doing anything that could be dangerous, try to remain silent.  If you don’t give him the chance, he won’t ever figure out how to take care of his baby in his own way. Congratulate and help him along – don’t hover.

Give Him Some Fun Duties
There are certain baby things that most of us loathe doing (like the late night diaper change), but resist the urge to delegate to your hubby every single one of them. Instead, give him some fun activities to do, like singing baby a lullaby or giving her a bath. These aren’t just things he’ll enjoy doing – they’re things that will help him and baby bond.

Take A Class
We know – it’s tough to find time to get away. But if you’re taking a weekly drawing, swimming or fitness class, you’ll have a regular schedule of getting out of the house (and feeling like your old baby-free self for a little bit). And your man can have some quality time with baby to bond!

 

Jessica Alba Gives Gwen Stefani Diaper Cake

By Adeline Woo

Last Saturday, singer Gwen Stefani, who is expecting a baby boy, hosted a baby shower at Hotel Bel Air.

Joined by close family members and A-List pals of the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba and Rachel Zoe.

Gwen was “baby showered” all right, with baby gifts from her celebrity friends, including a “huge diaper cake made up of Honest skull diapers” from Jessica Alba (see below).

Jessica alba with Diaper Cake

The baby shower was also decorated with a beautiful table with blue doughnuts and sweets, laid out in bowls shaped into the word ‘baby’ as well as huge bouquets of white roses which Gwen described as “heaven”.

gwen baby shower

How sweet!

What To Buy For The New Parents

By Adeline Woo

outside-of-the-box-gift-ideas-for-new-parents-e1361771930669

Pregnant women in their last trimester should treasure the final months of attention from their family and friends, cause once the baby is born, all the attention will shift to the little bundle of joy!

A classic example will be the gifts that most new parents receive at the hospital , baby showers and full month celebrations.  How many of those gifts are meant for the baby? And how many are for the new Mommy and Daddy?  = )

My personal experience is that most of the gifts I received, if not all, were for my little one.  Which isn’t a bad thing, I must say, given that baby stuff are getting more and more expensive these days.  Plus, baby things are so much cuter!

Nonetheless, it’ll be nice if the new mummy gets a little attention even AFTER the baby is born, you know?

So the next time you receive an invitation to a baby shower of full month celebration, don’t forget the mummies and daddies too!

Here are some suggestions on gifts to consider for the new parents:

Towels

Luxurious towels, bed sheets or pajamas
Having to get in and out of your bed are unavoidable when there’s a baby in the house. So look for the softest and most comfortable towels / pajamas you can find for the new parents.

It probably won’t help much for the sleep deprived parents, but I’m sure they will appreciate the extra comfort when doing the milk feeds at night or walking around the house with a bawling baby. Super comfy bed sheets would be much appreciated too, when they can finally lie down to catch a few hours of sleep!

Babysitting voucher

This will cost nothing but your time.  However, it’s valuable time away from a demanding newborn that you will be giving to the new parents. You can help the new parents better plan their schedule by specifying when you will be coming to babysit.

You don’t have to offer a few hours or several days of babysitting.  Sometimes, new parents just need to catch a breather and have some time out together alone.  Also, make sure you have at least some babysitting experience, lest the offer be rejected!

 

Baby chewing on ipad
Gadget protection
Babies and expensive gadgets are not a good combination. Not with all the drooling and unsteady hands.  So probably a gadget protector of some sort will help put the new Daddy’s mind at ease!

One night in a hotel
The idea of an uninterrupted night’s sleep is heaven for most new parents.  So be a pal and get them a hotel stay voucher somewhere near their home – to cut down on travel time and the separation anxiety that (some) parents suffer on leaving their children behind.It doesn’t have to be a posh hotel room with a view – the sight of the bed alone with no baby will be cheering enough.  Combine this with the offer above to babysit and you’ll really make their day!

Massage

Spa Voucher

Let the pampering continue after the baby is born! Give the new mummy the gift of relaxation—a massage, facial, or a full day of pampering at a local spa.  A voucher for one of those Jamu postnatal home massage to get rid of the tummy would be both practical and thoughtful.

Cleaning voucher

With a new baby as the priority, all other things in the house (like housework) goes to hell.   You could consider getting hourly paid professional cleaners to help clean up the new parents home at an agreed date and time.  This simple gesture will be much appreciated, especially for the clean freak mummy (like me)!

Tonics or Herbs

Tonics and herbs to help the new mummy recuperate or just to stay awake enough to breastfeed the baby also make a great gift.  The most common being chicken essence or tonic wine like Yomeishu, DOM etc.  To make it more presentable, these tonics and herbs now come in gift baskets wrapped nicely with flower bouquets to brighten up the mummy’s day.

For a great combination of gifts for mummy and baby, get our Diaper Cakes PLUS a gift basket for the new mummy!

Call us for a quote at 9766 0661 or email us at contact@DiaperCakes.com.sg

What To Eat While Breastfeeding

By Adeline Woo

New mummies – are you currently breastfeeding?

Because what you eat will eventually be consumed by your baby through your breast milk, it is very important to watch your diet.

Here’s a useful table for watching your diet while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Diet
Remember, certain foods like those in the right column can cause indigestion and gas for baby AND mom.

So watch your diet and enjoy a healthy breastfeeding journey!

Source: healthfulmama.com

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

By Adeline Woo

Attention preggies in your last trimester!

One important thing to do when getting ready for your baby: Packing the hospital bag, or some call it the labor bag.

Here’s a summary of what to bring and pack for mummy, daddy (or support person) and baby!

Mom Hospital Bag

Mummies, remember to throw in some nursing bras for ease of breast feeding as well!

 

Dad and Baby Hospital Bag

For the newborn baby, i would recommend bringing your own disposable diapers else you will be stuck with whatever the hospital gives (and charges) you!

Optional Hospital Bag

Some hospitals provide yummy confinement food, but if you’re not bound by the traditional rules of confinement like most Chinese women are, go ahead and indulge in your favorite snacks!  I’ll have to stick to my red date tea and ginger infused dishes…

 

Source: pinkpistachio.com

New! Mini Diaper Cakes Baby Gifts @ Noel Gifts

By Adeline Woo

It’s been a busy weekend!

We are proud to announce that our adorable Mini Diaper Cakes are now available at Noel Gifts Singapore!

Available in both Mickey and Minnie Mouse designs, these cute little Diaper Cakes are all hand made with love, intricately wrapped in clear plastic gift wrapper, and finished with a little matching ribbon bow at the top.

To order your Mini Diaper Cakes, please call or email:

65 6299 1133

salesorder@noel.com.sg

http://www.noelgifts.com/page/ContactUs

Noel Gifts Mini Diaper Cakes Baby Boy

Noel Gifts Mini Diaper Cakes Baby Girl

Noel Gifts Mini Diaper Cakes 6

Noel Gifts Mini Diaper Cakes 4

 

 

New! Two Tier Diaper Cakes @ Xpress Flower

By Adeline Woo

Freshly baked two-tier diaper cakes for our customer Xpress Flower!

Check out our 4 new baby boy and baby girl designs in our trademark purple and white premium packaging box!

These new designs will be available at the following Xpress Flower retail stores, as well as on their online store www.xpressflower.com

– North Point

– Jurong Point

– Causeway Point

– NUH Medical Center

– NEW OUTLET @ West Gate

3 Gateway Drive

#02-37 Westgate

Tel:6465 9175

A unique and practical baby gift for your next baby shower, baby first month or full month party, Diaper Cakes are made up of disposable diapers and other useful baby items.

To place an order, visit www.DiaperCakes.com.sg

 

Xpress Flower Diaper Cakes 2  Xpress Flower Mickey Baby Boy Diaper Cake 2