“If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.”
~Vincent van Gogh
What to Get for a New Baby?
My go-to gift for new babies is Pottery Barn Kids Chamois Stroller Blanket. It is the best! One of my best girlfriends has three little ones, and she swears by this blanket. In fact, around her house, it’s known as “the magic blanket”. I have given this blanket as a baby shower or, when I lived down South, a sip & see gift to nearly every expecting friend I’ve had over the past five years, and I still hear rave reviews.
The PBK chamois stroller blankets are ideal: practical and personable, affordable and durable. Unlike a lot of other baby layette gifts, which are precious, but quickly outgrown or reserved for special occasions, this blanket can be used and used often. These blankets are incredibly soft, perfect for a newborn’s delicate skin, yet sturdy, so this favorite can last well past toddlerhood. They can be embroidered with the child’s name or monogram and birth date, making them a perfect keepsake. If you know the gender of the baby ahead of time, and the parents have chosen a name, a personalized blanket makes a perfect shower gift. Of course, sonograms aren’t 100% reliable and names can change, so you may decide to wait until after the baby makes her debut to place your order. The blankets come in a variety of colors, from super feminine pink, hot pink, and lavender, to blue, to more gender-neutral green and ivory. There’s also a selection of complimentary embroidery thread colors and a variety of font options. It’s a nice gesture to select a color combination that works with the nursery decor, if you know it, or make your choice on the style of the parent you know best.
In addition to being adorable and snuggly, these blankets are a great value. For less than $40, you can give a thoughtful, versatile, and practical gift. And once you mention to the new mama that this blanket can be washed and dried, you’ll be henceforth known as the giver of the magic blanket.