Why Baby Books are the Best Baby Shower Gifts
Once upon a time, you have cards at baby showers. But new mums and dads have started a new trend of asking for baby books instead. You can write something sweet and sentimental inside, directly to the baby, and forgo the sometimes unnecessary thought of a card. Sometimes those cards simply end up in the bin. Whereas, baby books usually find their way to bookshelves around the house. And they are especially popular as bedtime stories.
In the great, quirky, wise words of Dr. Seuss, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book.” Past studies, and lots of parental experience, has proven that kids who grow up with books often have a higher level of comprehension, a bigger imagination, and a more opened mind towards change, acceptance, and tolerance. And baby books are a great place to start.
We at the Baby Gift Store have a huge selection of great baby books, but there are two kinds: ones that you read to babies, and ones that parents write in as keepsakes of a baby’s growth and childhood. Either would make a beautiful gift for both baby and parents-to-be.
Baby Books for a New Mum and Dad
“Books are better than anything.” Some baby books are handcrafted with new mums and dads in mind. For example, our Welcome Baby books are keepsakes that parents pack with memories of their little one’s childhood. From newborns through the first year of life, mum and dad keep mementoes, write milestones, and track their sweet bundle of joy through the entire first 12 months. It is a beautiful, memorable gift that a child can read later, but a parent can enjoy for a lifetime.
Other books, like Letter to You collection, are keepsakes that allow parents to leave thoughts, emotions, and letters of love to their children. There are 18 letters for the 18 years from infancy to adulthood. Mum and dad use each year to write lengthy, beautiful letters to their children, documenting the past 12 months with new memories, and even a few words of wisdom. When the time comes, parents can gift their now-grown kiddo with a book of cherished moments.
Remember parents, in a few more words from Dr. Seuss: “You are never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
The Best Books for Babies
When it comes to the best books for babies, keep in mind what a youngster would like through the first, second, and third years of their life. For example, 6 month olds and up are learning to grasp, grab, feel, and recognize different colors, textures, and pictures. The best baby books are packed with educational, but simple, elements. For example, the Sophie Pop-Up Peekaboo Book is page after page of sensory stimulation. The story is a sweet one about Sophie La Giraffe and her birthday. So, of course, there are colourful pop-up pictures of cakes, decorations, and Sophie herself.
We also offer book collections in sets and hampers. For instance, the Peter Rabbit Baby Hamper contains 4 board books, all about the tales of Peter Rabbit. These much-loved stories are broken into categories for easy learning and reading comprehension, such as shapes, numbers, and colours.
The best baby books are ones that teach by being engaging and attention-grabbing. And, best of all, baby books give parents and children the opportunity to read together and bond through a shared interest in stories. As author Emilie Buchwald said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
What Should I Write in a Baby Book Gift for a Baby Shower?
As we mentioned before, baby books are making a comeback at baby showers in favor of traditional cards. They have more sentimental value than simple greetings cards. And parents often want their guests to write something sweet and heartfelt inside the baby book for the baby to read when they get older.
So, what is the best thing you can write in a baby book? Aside from the usual “welcome to the world,” and “we love you,” try a special quote, such as one of the quotes in any paragraph of this article. Or, search for your own quotes that might make a difference in the childhood and life of a little boy or girl. Strive to instill a love of reading through awe and wonder, with quotes like, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” Courtesy of Walt Disney.
Whatever you write, most importantly, make it heartfelt and thought-provoking. After all, every time mum, dad, or youngster reads that book, they will think of you first before delving into the story.
Other Stuff You Should Know About Us
We at the Baby Gift Store offer free shipping, Australia-wide, on orders over $99AU. We also offer gift vouchers in the amount of your choice if you can’t decide on the perfect baby gift for your gift recipients.
How do the gift vouchers work? The new mum and dad can search through our website, find some things they think their new baby will love, and use the voucher at checkout. Simple and easy. For orders that might exceed the gift voucher amount, we take the total from the gift voucher first. Then the gift recipients can pay the remaining balance with their own credit or debit cards.