By Allison Ellis / Special to Sunday Market
There’s nothing quite as exciting as a baby on the way, and shopping for a newborn is a major part of the fun.
Whether you’re the parents-to-be or a shower guest, here are some playful and practical pieces to help you gear up for the sweet new arrival.
Welcome Baby home with cozy must-haves, including newborn clothes, blankets and baby-care items.
Designed by Seattle mom Jennifer Porter, the Satsuma Designs Hello Baby Bento Gift Box ($48) is packed with a bamboo jersey swaddling blanket, hat, flannel burp cloth and an all-natural, sustainable-wood rattle. Add-on the maple Satsuma Designs Natural Teething Ring ($12, both at satsumadesigns.com), which comes with an attached organic velour pouch.
Designed for babies who are ready to transition from the swaddle, the Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit ($40 at amazon.com) is a cozy getup that gives infants that “contained feeling” they crave.
New parents go though a lot of washcloths and wipes, so surprise them with the whimsical BabyBinkz Pea Pod Washcloths ($11 at etsy.com/shop/BabyBinkz), cleverly packaged into “pods” of four cloths.
CurlyMonkey’s Supersoft Organic Baby Wipes ($23 for 12 at etsy.com/shop/curlymonkey) are reusable cloths made of hemp and organic-cotton fleece, with finished edges in bright rainbow colors. The versatile cloths can sub for disposable wipes, or be used as washcloths or burp rags.
Avoid digging around for a binkie at the bottom of your diaper bag with a BooginHead PaciGrip ($5.50). The handy clips from the Issaquah-based company feature a strong clasp that adheres to Baby’s clothing or clips around your wrist. For a gift, pair one with a personalized NUK styled by BooginHead Create Your Own Pacifier ($10, both at booginhead.com) and add a personal message or monogram.
Help new parents streamline their gear by choosing innovative products that offer multifunctional style.
The modular design of the Prince Lionheart 2-in-1 diaperDEPOT ($20 at diapers.com) creates a handy way to organize diapers into multiple configurations. It even has handles, allowing for easy transport to Grandma’s house.
Provide a safe and comfortable place for Baby to relax with the Babyhome Wave Wooden Rocker ($179 at Target), which is also easy to fold, recline and transport from room to room.
For a sharp-looking stroller that’ll take tykes all the way through the toddler years, consider the Cosatto Supa Pushchair Stroller ($400 at Nordstrom). It has tons of bells and whistles, including a UPF 50+ sunshade, Cosy Toes attachment to keep laps and feet warm and dry and a multimedia gadget pocket with built-in speakers.
Make it easier for new parents to get out of the house by providing practical items for care and cleaning.
Turn any bag into a diaper bag with the Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station & Diaper Clutch ($30.50 at Target). It packs all the diaper-changing necessities — removable changing pad, mesh pocket for diapers, compartment for wipes — into one compact design.
The California Baby Calming Newborn Tote Set ($20 at Bed Bath & Beyond) includes tools to keep baby clean and fresh: shampoo, lotion, rash cream, calendula cream (a natural soother) and sunscreen.
Perfect for babies ready to work on those restaurant skills, Mini Maniacs Bib Slicks ($24 at minimaniacs.com) come in a variety of whimsical designs, and are made with easy-to-clean vinyl coverings and a mildew-resistant backing.
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If the parents-to-be seem to be well supplied, consider a less traditional gift.
A series of mom and baby yoga classes will get the pair out of the house and provide a moment or two of much-needed Zen. The 8 Limbs Yoga Centers’ Post Natal Yoga Classes ($120 for eight at 8limbsyoga.com) are held on Capitol Hill and Phinney Ridge, and in Wedgwood and West Seattle.
Registration to PEPS ($150 at peps.org) is a gift that will last for years to come. The nonprofit is devoted to early parent support, with groups based all over King and Snohomish Counties. Groups meet for 12 weeks with facilitation by trained volunteers.
Take grocery shopping off the new family’s to-do list with a Smith Brothers Farms Food Delivery (prices vary; order at
smithbrothersfarms.com). The site offers fresh milk and a wide array of local products, including eggs, bread, cheese and granola.
A keepsake that will last a lifetime, “The First 1000 Days: A Baby Journal” ($16 at buyolympia.com) is beautifully illustrated by local artist Nikki McClure.