51 Reasons That Arts Education Must Stay

It is National Arts Education Week

Happy National Arts in Education Week! My kids wanted to make everyone a banner to help celebrate, but their school did not think it was important to designate part of their budget for crayons. Or canvas. Or, for that matter, dance, drama, photography, or music.

If that sounded hyperbolic, you might be disheartened to learn that it is very much a real practice in our modern school system. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not like every principle in the world woke up one morning and decided to go on an Arts Education witch hunt. The fact is that schools are notoriously underfunded these days, and money that is available is often put towards focusing on academic classics, like math or science, and on improving test scores. Why? So that those improved test scores lead to better funding.

You see our problem here, right?

Look, “core” academic classes are the cornerstone of education and a significant part of future success. We need the next generation to be able to do math and to have excellent reading comprehension skills; no one is trying to argue otherwise.

But what 93% of Americans are saying is that the arts, too, are a vital part of our kids’ educations, and they say this for a good reason. WeTheParents.org has put together a comprehensive infographic that lists 51 benefits of Arts Education, and you will be downright amazed at some of them.


Benefits of arts education

For more info on this infographic, go check out the article on 51 benefits of Arts Education

In this day and age, parents need to pick their battles. I promise you; this is a battle to pick. Our kids need Arts Education to remain in their schools so that they know there is more to life than filling in the correct bubble with a sharpened Number 2 pencil.

These 51 benefits of Arts Education was a guest post by Neve:


Neve and Keane of WeTheParents.org

Neve blogs alongside hubby, Keane, at WeTheParents.org. There she empowers and educates new parents while he, erm, messes about reviewing kids toys!

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Is this the best way to get your crying baby to sleep?

Baby crying? Don’t know what to do? Try this

is this the best way to get a crying baby to sleep?

Your newborn is so dependent on you, he really can’t help himself.

Sometimes they cry because something is bothering them and sometimes they cry even though they don’t even know if something is bothering them.

And here you are. Desperate. Don’t know what to do. Just in case you landed here because you have an emergency, I’m not going to make this post too long because we must get that crying baby of yours peaceful and to sleep.

So how do you get a crying baby to sleep?

There are lots of methods you can try like singing,  cradling your baby or pushing around in a stroller.

But always remember – if you start it, you must be willing to do it for months to come because it starts becoming a habit for your baby.

Never start something you would not like to continue for the next few months and then have to struggle to un-teach again.

I found this method recently and I think it’s amazing.

As the comments come up, read them, there are some amazing tips.


And if you can’t “om-ing” like him, why not try to play this to your baby and see what happens?

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Crafts and educational toys

Some great Crafts and Educational Toys ideas you can try

Does your child love to draw and make things?

With these Crafts and educational toys ideas, you and your child work together making crafts and spending quality time together.

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Art and Crafts

Most children love to draw and make things, but there are some children you can see since they are small that they have a bigger talent for arts.

These kids try to find artistic materials to make things and they are so proud of their artwork and love to give it to someone as a present.

Start your child off with crafts which are simple, challenging and fun. These crafts inspire them to learn new skills.

They will learn coordination, how to be creative, counting and reading too.

The amount of skills they learn depends on what they are making.

Not only is craft time great time to spend quality time with your kids, crafting can become a way of having fun at any age, but the best time is around 5 years old.

Start small, after they mastered one skill, move over to the next.

Here are just a few craft and educational toys ideas you can try out.


How about trying weaving as a craft and if you don’t know how, it’s quite easy to learn too.

You can also find beginner’s kits at most craft stores with all the supplies to make your project. But if you don’t have time to go to the store, why not take a look at Craftsy and shop online? And why not buy double, then you both can learn something new together.

Your child will learn how to count stitches and reading instructions with illustrated pictures that makes it easier to follow.

If you do go to Craftsy, you can check out the online weaving courses to start learning today.

2) Games

Ever considered making your own Tick-Tack-Toe game so they also learn to recognize Xs and Os?

After they made the Tick-Tack-Toe game themselves, they can learn that losing is not always bad either.

How to make your own Tick-Tack-Toe game:

What you will need:

Felt – 3 different colors.

Cardboard or carton




  • Preferably one of the colors of felt should be white which you can use for your game board.
  • Stick the white felt onto cardboard or carton.
  • Draw your square boxes.
  • Make your Tick-Tack-Toe shapes to fit inside your squares from the other two colors of felt.
  • Use one color for Circles and the other one for Crosses.
  • You can draw them first with a pencil to make sure you make them all the same and big enough (or small enough) to fit into the boxes.
  • Remember to make them nice and fat and no need to make to Os a hole in the centre, except if you really want to.

Play over and over again.

3) Make a plate

Have you ever considered doing the following for a special unique gift?

Let your  child draw a special picture for grandma or grandpa.

Go to your nearest printing shop that does plate, mug and T-shirt printing.

Take the picture with and have them sublimate the picture onto a plate (or how about a set of plates).

Or you can search for a company that does it online in your area, upload the picture to their site or email and they send you your order.

Imagine how much your child will enjoy visiting grandma and eating out of a plate he/she created.

4) Make potholders

Teach your children to make potholders.

Let them be creative by mixing their own colors together and see how their creativity blooms.

Making potholders is also great for coordination.

And best of all, they’ll love seeing mom use their creations at dinner time.

5) Telling time

Teaching your child to tell time can be a fun project for them to make and learn.

What you will need:


Pictures of animals


A cheap wall clock

  • Buy a cheap clock and take off the top.
  • Remove the hands to you can get the plain backing off.
  • Let your child cut out 12 pictures of different animals.
  • Let them glue the animals next to the numbers.

This fun project helps to teach your child to remember where the numbers are as well as how to use scissors and glue.

When the project is done, hang the clock up in their room and teach them to tell the time on their own personal creation.

6) Suncatchers

You and your child will love this idea to make suncatchers. Not only is it cheap, but easy and can be cute to make too.

What you will need:

Different foam shapes


(actually, anything you want to use to decorate)


2 old CDs

String or yarn

  • Glue the 2 old CD’s together (shiny sides outside) with a piece of yarn or string in the middle that is long enough to hang up where you want to.
  • Use the foam shapes and glue them on the one sides.
  • Let your child be creative and make whatever they would like.
  • Hang them up at te window.
  • You can even make a few if you have that many old CD’s to spare and bind them together at different heights.
  • Remember they should not cover the entire CD, otherwise there will be no “suncatching”

This teaches your child to be creative and make decisions as well as plan ahead.

They also learn to see what colors go together and which might not work at all.

Art and Craft supplies

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How to baby proof your whole house

When babyproofing a home, you have to baby proof your whole home. It’s not enough that you baby proof the area where your baby’s going to sleep in. You have to literally baby proof the entire house. This is especially true when your child already knows how to crawl or walk. But even if he’s not at that point yet, there’s no harm in taking care of babyproofing your entire home right now.

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You have to start right now. While it’s true that most babies start crawling at around 6 to 10 months, starting right now can help so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

How to Baby Proof your Entire Home

Here are some of the things that you have to do:

  • Use furniture straps.

Strap up! Use furniture straps to secure your furniture and appliances like your TV. For heavier items, you should use anchor bolts. On the other hand, straps should be sufficient for TVs.

  • Use outlet covers.

Make sure that all outlets in your home are covered. Make sure to use the screw type variety of outlet cover. It’s harder to remove and doesn’t present as a choking hazard.

  • Install edge bumpers on edges of furniture.

You’ll thank yourself once your baby starts walking and bumping into things. These sharp points can cause a serious injury so make sure to cover them with edge bumpers.

  • Use baby gates.

Use them at the top and bottom of the stairs for obvious reasons. You should also use them to secure rooms that your child shouldn’t have access to.

  • Install window guards.

Window screens are not enough. Use window guards to prevent your child from falling through the window.

  • Unplug appliances when not in use.

This is to prevent accidents and injuries. In addition, plugged appliances are easier to pull since your child will have access to the cord. On that note, keep cords away.

  • Install smoke and carbon dioxide alarms.

Your child won’t be able to tell you if there’s smoke or carbon dioxide in the air so these are a must.

  • Use pinch guards on all doors.

There are far too many kids getting pinched by a door. Pinch guards are simple but very effective in helping avoid this.

  • Keep ash trays out of reach.

This is especially true if you’re using it. Once you’re done, make sure to empty it.

  • Remove all choking hazards.

As a general rule, anything that can fit through a toilet roll insert is considered to be a choking hazard. What you can do is get on all four so you’ll be at eye level of your child. Look around your home for potential choking hazards that your child may see and get access to. Remove them.

Other Steps to Follow

These are just some of the babyproofing steps that you need to do to baby proof your home. There are a lot more that you need to know. Know them with the help of this babyproofing infographic. {check it out, it’s really amazing}

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Educational toys and computers

Give your baby an advantage with educational toys and computers

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These days, everything is run by computers.

Everywhere you go, there is a computer that helps you achieve the task at hand.

At schools there are computer classes and when you visit the library, you will always find a child or two sitting at a computer doing their research or homework.

Almost all jobs today are working with computers.

These days, children are learning to use a computer from as early as 2 years – this gives them the advantage of learning new skills.

Click on the link above and you can check out all kinds of different keyboards to hook up to your PC at home.

These keyboards are colorful with animated characters on them making it educational and entertaining for them to learn and grow with the times. Special software can be bought to add as your child advances to the next level.

These laptops are created especially for children.

And don’t forget your baby’s first laptop

Some of these computers even have adapters to plug in a printer.

You’ll find some of the computers for kids that are just as advanced as the computer you’re working on.

The animated pictures are colorful and they will talk back to them teaching them anything from color, shapes, math, and reading, putting their learning into a game to make it more fun.

You can give your child an advantage as they learn and play games at the same time.

Laptop games with book of different subjects are designed to teach your children pre-math, pre-reading skills, phonics, numbers, and ABC’s.

These games turn learning into fun times for the whole family to enjoy while giving personal time to you child.

My son started off with Jumpstart Preschool and it was such a huge advantage to him above all of his peers.

He is already 15 and you can see that he played more educational games than his sister and he has a huge technical and mathematical advantage above her.

An early education is the best gift you can give your child.

Give a gift of adventure to your loved one, whether it’s your own child, your Grand Child or a close family member’s child. Give them a jumpstart, it can be played from age 2 and up.


Handheld computer games are great for traveling.

Be sure your buying for the right age group.

There are many different styles, shapes, and sizes with different age groups in mind.

Handheld games come with cartoon characters teaching coronation by using the controls.

Word games come in handheld styles as well for the different age groups teaching them to read and spell.

Some are musical for the toddlers to listen to and can be attached to the car seat.

And then there’s the most popular PSP.

There is no limit when it comes to buying educational toys for your children.

Getting your child prepared for the life ahead is the best thing a parent can do for them.

Learning and knowledge will take your precious gift a long way in managing his/her life and get him/her prepared for all the new technology that comes out everyday.

Having fun with your children and teaching them new things is the greatest reward a parent can have.

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The First Pair of Baby Shoes

Tips to help you choose the First Pair of Baby Shoes

tips for the first pair of baby shoes

I’m sure that you’ll agree with me, there is nothing more adorable than baby shoes that looks like the big ones, just in a very small version, like these:

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But when your baby starts walking there are some tips to know about for The First Pair of Baby Shoes

The first steps

Any parent will tell you that nothing beats the excitement of watching your child take his/her first steps.

When your little one starts to stagger around upright for the first time, there are some things that flash through your mind.

Something like: “Please, don’t fall, oh, please don’t fall”

or maybe: “oh-oh, the out of baby reach shelves need to be adjusted to be a bit higher.”

Then the thought comes “it’s time to get this little one some shoes” and just after this thought, the hunt for baby shoes begins.

When is it time to buy baby shoes?

Once your baby starts taking those first precious steps, it’s definitely shoe-time.

While it is perfectly acceptable (and actually quite helpful) to allow a new walker to go barefoot while learning to balance and stagger around effectively, there are situations where shoes are a must due to hazardous or unsanitary conditions.

Here’s a good rule of thumb:

In the house and on the carpet barefoot is okay.

On tiled floors and out of doors shoes are the way.

Walking barefoot helps babies learn to use their little feet and toes effectively to balance.

On surfaces that may contain hazards, shoes are a must.

When they are riding on their motorcycle in the driveway – definitely shoes.

I can still remember when my son was small, he scratched his toes against the bricks on the driveway. Although he was a strong boy about it, from that day on, he had an obsession about shoes. He always wanted to wear shoes and never wanted to go anywhere without them. In the morning before he got out of bed, he would first put something on his feet to protect them.

It was a small thing, that was huge to him.

What to look for in a baby shoe

Baby shoes should be comfortable and flexible so that your child is encouraged to walk in them.

Look for shoes that are made of breathable material so that your little one’s feet don’t get too hot or sweaty.

There’s nothing sadder than a toddler with a case of athlete’s foot.

The soles should offer some traction but not be so thick that your baby can’t feel the floor beneath his/her feet.

Nothing will make your baby take a header more quickly than a pair of shoes with thick heavy soles.

Remember that baby shoes are not the same as those for adults and older children.

They should not need to be “broken in” by your baby because that simply isn’t going to happen.

Baby shoes aren’t worn long enough to be worn out or broken in.

When fitting the shoe, make sure that it doesn’t rub your baby’s feet the wrong way and that there’s plenty of room to grow.

Now that you’re buying baby shoes you should be prepared to buy them often.

Babies grow faster than you may realize and you’ll probably be looking for new baby shoes approximately once a month.

For your baby’s first few pairs of shoes, you may want to look for pairs with Velcro fasteners rather than laces.

Believe it or not, it’s easy for babies to untie shoelaces, which will have you either retying them repeatedly or constantly worrying that your little one is going to trip over a loose shoelace.

As your baby ages and grows up, however, find some point to switch to laces.

Just because Velcro shoes are available up until adult sizes doesn’t mean you want your child to be unable to tie his/her shoe until he/she’s thirty.
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In advance

Here’s an easy video to that will help you to teach your kids to tie their shoes when the time comes.

Knowing this in advance will help you when you need to know how to teach them.

I was scared to teach my kids to tie their shoes because the method my father taught me was very difficult, but with this easy method, no fear, just do it:

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Most adorable newborn gifts

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Are you looking for the most adorable newborn baby gifts for a special new arrival?

That new bundle of joy on the way.

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Whether it is for your own special baby, a baby shower or your grandchild, everybody is sure to love the new bundle of joy in one of these adorable outfits.

All the gifts below will be great for a baby shower, mommy can never have enough of either of them.

Is it a boy?

Whether you know if the new baby in the family is going to be a boy or a girl, you can take a look at the tigers – although they are under the category for boys, they will work for girls as well.

newborn baby gift for boy tiger hooded towel


Just imagine how many great bathtimes baby will enjoy with this baby hooded towel.




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This is the most adorable, gift from Grandpa, and the words on this bodysuit just perfect: Grandpa makes me happy.




Most adorable newborn gifts pull-on pants



Don’t forget to add the pull-on pants to go with this adorable body-suit.





Or is it a girl?

Is the adorable bundle of joy on the way a girl?

You are sure to find the most adorable newborn gifts like the ones below.

With all these, if you are buying them as a baby shower gift, it is not something that a baby outgrows quickly, it will be used for months to come.

Most adorable newborn gifts burp clothes


Any mother will tell you that there can never be enough of these. If you are buying a gift for a baby shower and you buy these Burp Clothes, your friend will always remember you when she and her clothes are protected against those blups that happen so regularly.




Most adorable newborn gifts giraffe hooded towel


Hooded towels are the best for bathtime and with this Giraffe hooded towel, just imagine how adorable your baby will be.





Most adorable newborn gifts giraffe lovey


If there’s one thing that every person who gives a gift wants, it is for that gift to be super special.

Although we cannot force any baby to love anything more than anything else, I do believe that if a baby has this lovey sleeping next to her since birth, she will grow to have it as her most favorite.

Looking for a lovey for a boy? Go to Gymboree, there are tiger lovey’s for boys too.



These are just some of the most adorable newborn gifts that are now released at Gymboree. Be sure to take a look and shop for the most adorable new born baby gift.


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Great idea

What happens to baby’s clothes as he/she grows?

You must read this article about ideas on what to do with the clothes that a baby outgrows so fast.

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Three Kinds of Baby Clothes

In essence, there are only Three Kinds of Baby Clothes you need to concentrate on.

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When you want to buy baby clothes, whether as a gift or for you own baby, suddenly, you are overthrown with multiple choices that can become a bit confusing and overwhelming.

Let’s take a look at some popular questions:

  • How many cute and adorable outfits does your baby actually need?
  • How many Onesie body suits are enough?
  • For little people that grow up so quickly, there are certainly a wide variety of clothing options, but how does a new parent know what to get?

To help settle the dilemma and answer these questions, you need to keep in mind a simple “rule of three.”

Babies need three kinds of clothes.

Clothes are needed for:

  • daytime wear
  • going out
  • sleeping

Most probably, your baby’s sleepwear will outnumber the other varieties, since sleeping is what babies spend most of their time doing in the beginning. But the numbers of each outfit will vary in direct relation to the number of times you are willing to do laundry.

Be sure to read the article about tips from an expert to help you choose as well.

Baby Daywear

You baby’s everyday day wear that he/she hangs around the house in, should be comfortable, easy to access for diaper changes and simple.

These are the clothes your baby will spend most of his/her time in and they’re bound to get dirty.

When your baby spits up, spews strained beets all over the place, crawls around on the floor or does any of the other relatively messy and somewhat disgusting things that babies do, these clothes are going to bear the brunt of abuse.

Most probably, you don’t want these things to happen while your baby is wearing the beautiful Baby Dior outfit that Granny gave as a shower gift.

The best clothes for these day to day needs are simple body suits with snaps at the crotch.

Onesies are a brand name of these items, but the term has pretty much entered the language to mean any article designed this way.

You’ll probably want anywhere between five and ten of these on hand.

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Baby Sleepwear

Your baby’s sleeping should meet some of the same specifications as her/his daywear in terms of comfort and accessibility.

Obviously if you live in a colder region or it is in the middle of Winter, you’ll want heavier articles than if you live in Phoenix and it’s July.

Babies can still be messy when they sleep, but are usually nowhere near as messy as when they’re up and about.

In warm enough climates the same style of Onesies that are used for baby’s daytime activities can double as sleepwear, but if the temperature is cooler, you’ll want heavier knit PJs or similar sleepwear.

Dressing up Baby

This is where you really get to shine. Here is where you can utilize the cute and adorable stuff that you received as shower gifts or those adorable clothes you just couldn’t resist picking up during a routine trip to Wal-Mart.

These items should still be examined for practicality, making sure that straps, snaps, bows and such do not interfere with diaper changing or cause discomfort to your baby.

Also, always keep your baby’s safety when wearing clothing in mind.

But you’re allowed to show off.

After all, everyone wants to coo over your adorable baby.

When your adorable baby is adorably dressed, the cooing is so much sweeter.

How to dress your newborn baby

Your newborn baby is still highly dependent upon you, even to put his/her arms and legs through the clothes.

Take a look at this video to help you to know how to dress your newborn baby.

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What Do You Do When Baby Outgrows His Clothes

Since your baby is already one month old, you will already start asking What Do You Do When Baby Outgrows His Clothes?

ideas of what to do when baby outgrows clothes
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You recently had a baby, your joy of life, your gift from heaven.

It’s been a few months now, and the baby has outgrown virtually two full wardrobes.

Sure it’s expensive, but there’s a whole other issue at hand.

What is a mother to do with all of this extra baby clothes?

There are a number of ways to deal with this problem.


First of all, there is the donation route.

If you don’t have close friends with similar aged babies, you can put aside certain things for when they do, or in the event that you have another.

The rest of the clothes can go to the Goodwill or Salvation Army.

This is also a great place to find gently used baby clothes for incredible savings.

Memory box

Special occasion attire like baby’s coming home outfit, first Christmas, and Baptism can be saved in a special place for passing on to a next generation.

A great way to do this is by creating a memory box.

Get a small trunk at a craft store and decorate it however you’d like.

Fill it with small mementos like the baby’s hospital bracelet, first outfit and blanket.

As the baby gets older you will have more things to add to it.

This is a great way to preserve memories that your child may not have the foresight to think of now, but will appreciate very much later.

Just hide that from your kids until they are big enough to appreciate it, or you can give it to them as a 21st gift. I did not hide my daughter’s box far enough and almost half of the things are gone – remember, they can’t be replaced.
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Old to new

Using material from old baby clothes to make new baby clothes is a great way to save money and get a little more use out of the items that your child quickly outgrows.

Making t-shirts into cute patchwork dresses, and pants into shorts are some quick fixes to pinch pennies.

Stuffed animals

Another way to use up material from old baby clothes is to make stuffed animals.

Do you have a favorite t-shirt of your baby’s that his or her little arms just don’t quite fit right in anymore?

Using the material to make a little stuffed bear is a great way to preserve that memory for yourself and pass something very special on to your baby.

The same thing can be done, if a hobby persists, with socks and jeans as well.

Soon all of your friends will be begging for little stuffed dolls made out of your baby’s old clothing.

Memory quilt

If you are in fact creatively inclined, another great way to reincarnate your baby’s clothes is by creating a memory quilt.

Save bits and pieces of your baby’s clothing and use it to create a full sized patchwork quilt for when your baby gets their own big bed.

That kind of sentimental value also makes a great gift for a graduation or a wedding (if you can wait that long to show off your handy work).

The next baby

If you’re planning on having another child, you have a built in way to get rid of all of the extra clothes.

You can put away the clothes that your baby grows out of in a storage area.

Just make sure you launder everything when it comes back out for round two.

Sure, it stinks to get hand-me-downs, but it is unlikely your infant will notice, let alone care.
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What Should I Buy For Baby—An Experienced Mom’s Advice

In what should I buy for baby you receive advice from an experienced mom for when baby comes home

what should I buy for baby - essentials you need when baby comes home the first time

Looking for a gift?

If you are looking for a gift for a baby shower or your grandchild that is on the way, take a look at this list of essentials to have if you want to know what should I buy for baby.

Most of these things there can not be too many of.

Buying any of these will be a great help to the expectant couple you’re buying it for.

All through this post there are specials on bulk items too.

Baby’s coming home soon

Have you got what you need to take care of your little angel properly?

By now, you know that you need footie pajamas and onesies, baby towels and bibs, but how many is enough?

The advice you’re about to receive comes from an experienced mom who has done the bringing home a new baby – 5 times.

In her words:

Please hold the applause and gasps of shock – I consider myself a bit of an expert on bringing baby home to a prepared household.

She says that most estimates of what you need for baby are a bit off according to her opinion.

Having brought baby home both with and without a handy washing machine, here are her recommendations for what the well-equipped baby should have at home before he/she leaves the hospital.

The following is this mother’s expert advice in her own words:


Four to six undershirts – the usual recommendation – is actually plenty.

You’ll find you use them far less than I did when my oldest was born – pre-Onesies days.

Skip the tank tops, as cute as the little midge might look in one just like daddy’s, and go straight for the lap-shoulder t-shirts.

They slip on easily, and if you buy them a size or two too big, they’ll be long enough to tuck into sweatpants or bottoms.

Sleeping gowns are underrated.

They make a great second layer over onesies, and are cool, loose and comfortable for baby in the summer.

If you’re bringing home a summer baby, pick up at least 6 or 8 sleeping gowns.

They’re much more comfortable in the heat than stretchies.

You can never have enough onesies.

Whether you use them as the bottom layer in winter outfitting or the only thing baby wears in the summer, you’ll go through several a day.

If you have a washer at home, you can get by with 6-8.

Otherwise, pick up even more.

An even dozen isn’t really too many at all.

Buy bulk and save: Gerber Unisex-Baby 15-Piece Onesies in 3 Sizes

***Experienced mom’s note:

DO use them in the summer. They’ll keep your baby cooler than being in a diaper alone because the cotton absorbs moisture and wicks it away from the skin.

Stretchies are the second handiest baby invention ever.

Stick with 100% natural fabrics like stretch cotton or cotton terry for the summer.

For the winter, fuzzy jammies should go OVER a pair of onesies rather than against the skin to prevent irritation.

6-8 stretchies should be enough for baby’s first few months.

Pick up one or two sweaters or sweatshirts to keep baby warm in wintertime or on cooler spring/summer evenings.

Four to six pairs each of booties and socks should be plenty. Cotton stretchy ones will be far more comfortable for baby than nylon.

One special take-me-home outfit and a few cute everyday ones.


baby washcloths as baby gifts

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Half a dozen baby washcloths are a must.

They’re far thinner than regular adult washcloths, and less likely to irritate baby’s skin.



baby hooded towel as a baby gift

Want to buy hooded towels as a gift?







I never used more than three or four hooded towels, but your mileage may vary.

They’re awfully handy for wrapping a baby up from head to toe after a bath, especially in a cool house.


baby bibs as baby gifts

Bibs are another of those things you just can’t have enough of.

baby bibs as baby gifts back pictureDrool bibs are fine for tucking under baby’s chin to keep drool and spit-up from staining clothing.

You won’t need the bigger bibs for feeding for a while, but pick up one or two to have on hand.




receiving blankets as a baby gift idea

Buy these Receiving blankets as a very special gift

Receiving blankets make great all-purpose you-name-its.

They’re the perfect size for swaddling baby under a crib blanket, tossing over your shoulder when you burp the munchkin – or for privacy while you nurse him. You’ll use them as towel substitutes, to toss on the floor or on a changing station before you put the baby down, spread them over the stroller or baby seat in the sun – in other words, for just about everything.

6-12 certainly aren’t too many.

It’s not like the baby will outgrow them – my toddlers used them as bath towels for years.


Even if you’re using disposable diapers, pick up a dozen or so cloth diapers.

They’re simply the best burp rag ever made and when they are old and ugly, they’re the best cleaning cloths too. Just cut them in 4 and you have 4 big enough cloths for dusting and cleaning your house.

disposable diapers size 1

It is also safer to buy disposables size one only one pack

At least two packages of disposable diapers (size newborn and size one) if you’ve decided to use disposables.

Some baby’s grow out of newborn size quickly, even before you’re finished with the pack. Other’s might finish 2 packs of newborns before they’ve outgrown them. But when you get close to the end of the pack and they still fit your baby, it’s better to go buy another one, rather than having to give away an entire pack of disposables.

Disposables are a matter of personal choice, but the biggest, most famous brands are Huggies and Pampers.

Some people love Pampers more and other’s Huggies.

Huggies was my personal favorite.

huggies disposables newborn

Don’t buy more than one pack of newborn disposable nappies











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Whether you’re buying for your own little bundle of joy that is on the way or for a baby shower (for a friends baby gift or family member’s baby gift) I am certain that you found something of value here.

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wishing you all the best in finding the perfect baby gift