Reposted from a sweet mama over at Avery Lane on Etsy...
Baby showers are one of the ways to celebrate the anticipated birth of a new baby. It is also an excuse to pamper the mama to be and help her with the overwhelming amount of baby supplies she will need, especially when it will be her first child. Friends and relatives get together to socialize, play games, and share many, many memories.
Through the numerous showers that I have attended, I've noticed that the gifts given often reflect the gift givers’ style, interests, and parenting emphasis. I have often given handmade gifts as baby shower gifts, and have seen others doing the same. Giving handmade gifts, whether it is made by you or someone else, shows thoughtfulness and the gift is often unique, which is always appreciated. After all, each person is truly unique, biologically and in personality, so it is so appropriate to express your uniqueness with the gifts that you choose to give, as well as appreciating the uniqueness of the mom to be and her baby.
Many first time moms have to make important decisions they have never had to think about, like "cloth or disposable," "bottle or breastfeeding," and "natural versus plastic toys". Your gift can open up a wealth of natural alternatives and sustainable choices to the recipient as she embarks on her child rearing journey.
From natural teething rings to cloth diapers, mama pads to diaper bags, first toys to nursery décor, one need not look farther than Etsykids. Here are some of the many products that I would love to give to an expecting mom, all of which help support sustainability, handmade, and individuals instead of corporate CEO’s.
Reading to your baby can foster a secure attachment and emergent literacy. Touchable cloth books also offer sensory stimulation, which promotes cognitive development. This one is lovely by WoodenPondDesigns: http://www.etsy.com/listing/68581175/woodland-fabric-soft-and-quiet-book-for
Wooden teething rings by BirchLeafDesigns are not only a natural choice for baby, but will also help strengthen those finger muscles: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62396830/wee-wooden-teething-ring
MaggieSueDesigns offers some adorable diaper bags that allow mom to not give up her stylish ways while toting around the assortment of diapering supplies and necessities. http://www.etsy.com/listing/12248581/timeless-tote-or-diaper-bag
Babazoobee offers an upcycled choice for those that appreciate sustainability: http://www.etsy.com/listing/43979472/upcycled-wool-and-cotton-messenger-style
KeikiBoutique has some modern looks in compact diaper bag accessories: http://www.etsy.com/listing/10074387/rts-posh-pouch-diaper-and-wipes-holder
Let’s not forget mom. So often a new mom doesn’t know that certain things are helpful, until they are needed.
TheCrazyElephant offers many such items. This shop even has an entire section dedicated to the mama. Making sustainability stylish: http://www.etsy.com/listing/67965857/1-set-of-elegant-elephants-nursing-pads
Etsykids member DeniseJacobsohn creates privacy covers for mom, using beautiful fabrics, as well as makes shopping easier with her gift sets. Any new mom would be so lucky to receive one of these: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56882679/baby-shower-gift-sets-perfecting-when
Nursery Art is important for baby and often overlooked. WeAndTheBean has some beautiful designs that encompass the mother child bond. I especially love this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/59725343/night-papa-monkey-8-x-10-childrens-art
With all the strollers and car seat research to do, nursery art can be a comfort to the mom to be as she and her baby will spend many hours together in the nursery. A nursery lamp, mobile, or picture can stay with a child for years. I still remember my Peter Pumpkin Eater musical lamp fondly. Giving such gifts can help build fond childhood memories for child as well as mum.
Another etsykids artist who does extraordinary work is MyArtsyBaby: http://www.etsy.com/listing/67667585/penelope-owl-birds-and-butterflies
Babywear: There is so much to choose from Etsykids! With warmer months coming and ease of dressing, snap bottom tees are the staple for a new mom.
Greensies make some really creative and unique designs. I love her momma and baby giraffes snap bottom tee: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62990202/giraffe-looking-up-to-you-onesie-size-3
OR for lasses: http://www.etsy.com/listing/9543938/felted-flora-jane-baby-shoes
For those who like sew gifts themselves for a new baby, FunkyFriendsFactory has a large assortment of wonderful first friends or lovies. I know each of my children has a favorite stuffed animal that has been with them for as long as they can remember. Here’s just one of the many patterns available in her shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62618152/lamb-plush-toy-pattern-pdf
Hope this gives you some inspiration for the next time you are lucky enough to be invited to a baby shower or know someone who is expecting a special little bundle of joy.