Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Whimsical Newborn Baby Gift Sets

There is nothing cuter then seeing a newborn baby dressed up in an adorable matching layette gift set. Baby Aspen's new line of whimsical baby gift sets includes nursery rhyme favorites and playful games that will bring back cherished memories.


The newest arrival is the Patty Cake Nine Piece Layette Set which is available in pink or blue. This impressive tower of hatboxes features the complete Patty Cake nursery rhyme and is filled with beautiful bibs, soft blanket, bodysuit, and more.



The classic Mother Goose nursery rhyme comes to life in the Mother Goose 7 piece gift set. Tucked away in her hidden compartment are three memorable nursery rhyme characters, perfectly sized for baby's tiny hands - Humpty Dumpty, This Little Piggy and the Hey Diddle Diddle Cow that jumped over the moon. This adorable baby gift set is sure to become a treasured favorite for many years to come.

Other sets include Five Little Monkeys and Pig in a blanket which features This Little Piggy nursery rhyme. Any of these baby gift sets would make a great baby shower gift or newborn gift.

We all have cherished memories of nursery rhymes and childhood games that we have carried through life. These unique baby gift sets are the perfect way for the new parents to share these joyful and cherished games with their newborn baby.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Baby Layette Checklist: Basic Baby Needs for the First Weeks

Getting ready for a new baby can be so overwhelming! There are so many baby products available and some of them are so cute. It's hard to choose the best basic layette needs for baby's first weeks. When choosing layette clothing items, keep in mind that a newborn baby grows quickly and will outgrow them before you know it.

What is a layette exactly? A layette is defined as a complete kit of clothing and equipment for a newborn baby. This baby layette checklist includes the essential baby needs to get you and baby through those first few precious weeks of life.

Clothing:

  • Disposable diapers or Cloth diapers - 10-12 per day. If you are using cloth diapers you should purchase at least 2 to 3 dozen depending on how often you want to do laundry.

  • 6-8 Diaper covers (for cloth diapers)

  • 6-8 Sleepers and/or gowns

  • 8 Onesies

  • 2-3 Shirt and pants sets

  • 6-8 Pairs of socks

  • 2 Caps

  • If you live in a cold weather climate - 1 sweater, 1 coat/snowsuit


Bedding:

  • 4-6 Receiving blankets (for swaddling)

  • 2 Sleep sacks (safer for baby to sleep)

  • 3-4 Crib or bassinet sheets


Bathing/Changing:

  • 2 Hooded bath towels

  • 6-8 Wash cloths - if you are using wash cloths instead of disposable wipes for diaper changes then you will need at least 2 dozen wash cloths.

  • 1 large box of disposable wipes

  • 2 changing pads (waterproof)

  • Natural shampoo and body wash

  • Natural baby lotion

  • Diaper rash ointment


Feeding:

  • 6-12 Bottles, depending on whether you are breast or bottle feeding

  • 10-12 Burp cloths

  • Formula (if bottle feeding)- start with 1 weeks supply

  • Bottled drinking water or sterilized, boiled water (to mix formula)


Grooming/First Aid:

  • infant nail clippers

  • Thermometer

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Alcohol swabs (to clean baby's belly button)


Nursery Equipment & Baby Gear:

  • Crib or bassinet

  • Diaper bag

  • Car seat



There are tons of adorable baby products for everything you can possibly think of, but these basic baby supplies will be all you need to get you through your first weeks without a worry.