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Thoughtful Gifts for Welcoming a New Baby

Written by Linda Zubairi

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Posted on May 28 2021

When someone you love announces that they're expecting a new bundle of joy, it's an exciting time for both the expectant parents and their loved ones. As you prepare for the upcoming baby shower, you need to think of the perfect gift that will make their transition into parenthood that much easier. But did you know there are ways you can do this as well as taking care of the planet? Wooden baby toys and reusable baby products are on the rise, and they make for the perfect, unique gift.

The toys and products we choose for our children is highly important; they play a part in their development, and by opting for eco-friendly gifts, you're also setting an example for the generations to come.


Toys and Rattles

It may be a little early to start thinking about toys for a newborn, but gifts such as rattles and comforters make great choices when looking for something fun for the latest addition to your family. As mentioned in our previous article, rattles help babies improve their coordination, and the sounds they make can make them more alert to noise. As the baby grows, comforters can help them transition into independent sleep, something their parents are sure to be grateful for.

Here at Thought & Style, we have a collection of classic wooden toys and rattles perfect for the new arrival. The wooden key rattles from Plan Toys are cute and colourful, and are made from entirely sustainable wood. For more cuddly options, this sweet baby elephant is suitable from birth and made from 100% organic cotton. Also, this gender neutral baby comforter is made from cut offs from  baby clothes, so nothing is wasted.


Cuddly Toys

All gifts and products, from wooden baby toys to cuddly teddy bears, help a baby's sensory and visual development. Cuddly toys, especially, help babies recognise colours and shapes, and provide comfort whenever they feel distressed or anxious. As they grow, they allow babies to pretend play, developing their social interaction skills in the process. They're not just cute little additions to your baby’s cot; they're incredibly versatile and can help your child in more ways than one.

Pebble toys have a wide variety of cute soft toys and rattles perfect from birth. This regal crocheted swan soft toy is handmade as part of the Fair Trade scheme, helping families in countries such as Bangladesh, providing women with work in their home villages, so they don't have to leave their families. By looking towards the Pebble Toys brand, you can shop with a conscience, all the while providing any new arrival with a new toy that they'll love.


Cutlery and Plates

It might not have the same appeal as a toy or rattle, but plate and cutlery sets are often forgotten about when it comes to buying gifts for a newborn. They won’t be used right away, but they'll be there when the time comes, leaving the parents with one less thing to worry about. There are plenty of sustainable options out there to lower your carbon footprint, with cute designs to match.

The Jellycat range is a great option to turn to if you're looking for eco-friendly goodies to buy for your new arrival. From cute clothing to cuddly toys, they're the perfect brand for impressing at the baby shower. This Jellycat avocado bamboo plate and cutlery set is beautifully illustrated and is great for environment, and makes for a more unique choice over your typical baby bowls and plates.

Here at Thought & Style, we stock a collection of sustainable toys perfect for children of all ages. From wooden baby toys to cuddly rattles, you're sure to impress both the child and the parents, as well as lowering your carbon footprint in the process. To view the rest of our toys, please visit us here.