I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
When I was pregnant with Jack, I stocked up on baby shampoos and diaper creams and detergents designed *just* for babies. After he was born, I remember letting a friend hold him. When she passed him back to me, he smelled (reeked??) of her perfume, and I kind of freaked out a little bit inside.
Chemicals! Smells! On my sweet baby!
Of course, as he got older, I worried less…but that was kind of a defining moment for me. I realized that I wanted my sweet, fresh-to-the-world little baby to live a life as chemical-free as possible.
I started buying natural and organic baby products, and I did the same when Claire was born.
Now, when buying gifts for friend’s babies, I try to buy products that are as natural as possible. Everyone has a different opinion about what is, and is not, okay to put on our children. But no one will argue with you that you *shouldn’t* use natural products on your child!
1. Diapers – All babies pee, and all babies poop. A lot. If you have a mom friend who wants to try cloth diapers, a couple of cloth diapers will be a very welcome gift (I promise!). But she doesn’t need to use cloth to appreciate a package of diapers, and most stores carry natural brands that are not only better for baby, but better for the environment, too. Don’t bring her newborn size, though…she’ll likely have plenty of that! Instead, opt for size 1 or even 2. She’ll thank you when she runs out of diapers a couple months down the road and has your stash on hand! Interested in cloth diapering? You can see my guide to using cloth diapers here.
2. Swaddle – Swaddles can be lifesavers, but the use of a swaddle extends well beyond actual swaddling. We used ours for everything! They were perfect for a light blanket, a nursing cover, a changing pad…they have so many uses.
3. Books – If you’ve ever had a baby, you know what it’s like to be home all day looking for something to do, an activity to break up your day a bit. I read a lot to both of my kids when they were babies. Books are always appreciated!
4. Nursing Necklace or Teething Jewelry – It might be a couple of months before baby starts to use his hands and mouth to engage in the world around him, but nursing moms and parents of teething babies everywhere will appreciate teething jewelry and other jewelry designed for baby to play with.
5. Baby Mantra skincare products – I started using Baby Mantra when Claire was a baby. I needed a shampoo that was natural, easy on the kids’ skin, and easy to wash off (hair washing can be rough around here). I love, love, LOVE me some Baby Mantra shampoo and skincare products for babies. I may or may not have hijacked them for myself on more than one occasion.
Baby Mantra was started by two sisters looking to create baby products that were safe for our little ones. Certified natural, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, these products are made in the U.S. and are full of ingredients that you’ll recognize!
I love all of the Baby Mantra products I have tried. To be honest, the Baby Calming Lotion kind of makes me wish I had a squishy newborn again that I could cuddle and give baby massages to before bed. Well, until I remember the part about where my kids never actually stayed asleep in their own beds for longer for thirty minutes at a time as newborns, and then I’m cool with a kindergartner and a pre-schooler again.
What gifts do you love to give to new moms for their newborns?