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When a new arrival is imminent, it can be such an exciting time – there’s so much to prepare, from putting together the nursery to picking out adorable tiny outfits. It's no wonder that we want to shower our bundles of joy with gifts as soon as they arrive! If you know someone who is expecting a baby, or has recently had one, a handmade gift is the perfect way to show just how much you care. Who knows, your gift may even inspire the baby to become a crafter when they grow up!
While they won’t be able to drink from it, a papercrafted baby’s bottle is a super cute craft to make for a new baby. It looks adorable sitting on a shelf in the nursery, and could even double as a ‘Welcome to the World’ card if you write a sentimental message on one side. Why not hold a crafty baby shower and make these with the guests as an activity? We’ve got a great step-by-step tutorial here, so even the less experienced crafters can get involved.
This floral wind chime by Carla Bagshaw makes a lovely addition to the nursery, especially if you’ve decorated with a delicate pastel theme. Try adapting this project by switching up the colours and textures of the papers used, or even adding beads and charms between the paper flowers if you wish. Just remember to hang the mobile away from the crib – safety first!
Every newborn needs a whole collection of blankets. Knitting a cosy cover to keep the pram nice and war, is a gift that will be welcomed by both the baby and the parents! For an extra-special personal touch, try embroidering the baby’s initials onto one corner – that way, the blanket is truly unique and can be treasured as a sentimental keepsake. Check out our handy tutorial for a Bernat baby blanket if you don’t know where to start.
A newborn baby may still be too small to play with cuddly toys, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them as a gift. A cute crocheted animal like the TOFT Alexandre the Cat Crochet Kit can look super sweet on a shelf, and in a few years the baby will have an adorable stuffed toy to enjoy – perfect for inspiring imaginative play.
When kids are this small and don’t have a say in the matter, it’s a great time to dress them in super-cute (and sometimes silly!) outfits that they may refuse once they get a bit older. Handmade options are perfect for this scenario, as you can choose whatever fabric you like to suit the occasion. This romper pattern by Simplicity is a classic shape that will never go out of style, but you can update the outfit by choosing patterns and prints popular at the moment.