How to make a baby hamper new parents will love

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Making a baby hamper for a new or expecting mum is a sweet way to collate some of the must-have bits and pieces they’ll be needing for their new arrival. Don’t worry if the items aren’t especially exciting; basic essentials that need replacing often are relied upon in the early months of parenthood. To make it more special, don't forget about gifts for mum who will relish any moment to treat herself.

When making your selections, it can be a good idea to focus on one specific area, such as essentials or toys or clothes – especially if you know that the family is well stocked in certain items. If it's a first baby, however, it's likely mum and dad will have a considerable shopping list to get through, so a general selection of treats will surely be helpful. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve outlined some suggestions for putting in your new baby hamper below.

Baby hamper with essentials

With a newborn to care for, limited sleep and little time to do anything for yourself, having a range of baby essentials handy is a blessing. There are plenty of bits and bobs that mum will need an endless supply of such as muslins and breast pads. It might not be as cute as a hamper full of cuddly toys, but it is practical and will be relied upon day after day.

Baby hamper with clothes

Stick to basics that can be used every day. Babies grow so fast that if you splash out on a fancy party dress for your friend’s new little girl, for example, it’ll likely not get much use. Instead, treat baby to a selection of cosy essentials – babygrows, bibs, little hats and socks. A cute romper is easy to put on and take off, too. Above all, make sure any clothing items are easily washable and it's often a good idea to buy a size up. The items might be roomy to start with but they will last that bit longer.

Baby hamper with toys

Now for the fun bit. At around two months old, babies outgrow the newborn stage and start exploring everything for the very first time, so give them something that will stimulate their senses and help to keep them entertained on pram trips or car journeys in the coming months. They’ll be delighted with snuggly soft toys or anything that’s textured or lights up.

Premade baby hampers

If you’re short on time before the baby's arrival and don’t have time to purchase a variety of individual products, don’t worry. There are plenty of pre-made hampers available – with boys, girls and unisex options. These tend to be arranged beautifully, so may be a good choice if presentation isn’t your strong point. We’ve put a selection of our favourites here.

Baby hamper for new mums

Whether you're buying toys or adorable clothes, the gift options for a new baby are endless, but when it comes to celebrating a new mum, where should you start? Think of ideas that are both useful and comforting. Tucking into a box of luxury chocolates or biscuits is always a welcome treat, or find a new pair of comfy slippers that mum can live in at home. Herbal teas can do wonders for an instant pick-me-up and practical presents like an insulated mug means a cup of tea can be enjoyed while it's still hot. A novelty for any new parent.

Baby hamper with personalised gifts and mementos

From special books that can be treasured forever to decorative pieces for a baby's new room, personalised presents and special mementos are the ultimate thoughtful gift. A hamper of gifts that include the baby's name is sure to cherished by the parents, while items like keepsake boxes and milestone cards are perfecting for marking the newborn's journey. See a few of our favourite gift options below.

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