Gift Ideas for Newborn Baby Girl

Newborn Baby Girl

A newborn baby girl 1 day old in her crib in the hospital
A newborn baby girl 1 day old in her crib in the hospital | Source

Newborn Needs to Consider when Gift Buying

When a new born baby girl arrives, it's an ecstatic moment and we naturally want to give a beautiful 'welcome to the world' gift to her.

Before rushing out to buy the first gift that you think she will like (because you love her and the gift so much), this article has some practical suggestions about what a newborn baby and her family needs.

I seem to be surrounded with newborn baby girls at the moment and so here is what I can pass on from what I've learned through waiting for them to be born, visiting them at the hospital and baby sitting the little one who is at home - waiting for her sister to arrive:

  • Tips about what to take into consideration, before you give a gift to a newborn baby girl.
  • How to get the gift 'just right' - (make sure you get the the correct size) and how best give it to Mom and baby girl.
  • Good useful ideas for gifts for a newborn baby girl.

What a Newborn Baby Needs

The birth for Mom may have been a difficult birth, a Caesarean section, or it could have gone as easy as pie. Whichever type of birth Mom had, she is going to be very tired and also very busy taking care of her newborn baby girl who needs breast feeding, washing and has oh-so-many-more needs.

It's important to consider what's going on at the hospital where this infant has just been born, (or is due to be born soon) so that the gift is appropriate and helpful, as well as being the loveliest of gifts. Here are some things to think about:

  • Space in the ward, or room is cramped - compared to their home.
  • What are the hospital or clinic regulations regarding flowers, gifts, foods being brought in?
  • The life of her family (possibly other children) and husband is in upheaval whilst Mom and their new baby girl spend their first few days together at the hospital - and asking them to do 'one more thing', such as take care of the gifts, could be asking too much of them. Helping them on the other hand makes a great gift.

Having a baby is a family event, so it's friendly and loving to consider everyone's needs.

Once you've considered everything, (and everyone and everywhere!) you will have a much better idea for a gift for a newborn baby girl - a gift that will be just right for her. That giant pink bunny rabbit might just have to wait until she is two.

How to Give a Newborn Baby Girl Clothes

Wash the baby clothes with a special infant washing product before giving the gift so the newborn baby girl can wear it in hospital straight away.
Wash the baby clothes with a special infant washing product before giving the gift so the newborn baby girl can wear it in hospital straight away. | Source

Organic Cotton Baby Clothes and Receiving Rug

Useful Gifts Ideas for a Newborn Baby

If you want to give a newborn baby girl an item of clothing to wear, then wait until the last minute to find out how big, or small she is before you purchase your gift because sizing for a newborn varies from 0 months, to 0-1 months, to 0-3 months.

If you don't want to disturb the immediate family to find out the baby's size, then contact a grandparent, or someone you know who has close contact with the newborn - and you'll get the perfect fit!

After buying your special gift of clothing (or a useful organic cotton receiving blanket), it's a really good idea to hand wash it in a soft baby-washing product, dry and iron and re-package before taking it to the hospital so that the clothing can be worn or used straight away and is immediately useful. If you think the packaging doesn't look right, then invest in a small pretty basket or box and package it up freshly. Containers of that sort are always useful. Ribbons are cute.

Newborn baby garments are best bought in pharmacies, or stores which can give you advice on where the cotton comes from, (is it organic), soft, doesn't have a hard label on the neck (at the back)?

Can Flowers Stay in a Hospital Ward?

Flowers can't stay in the room!
Flowers can't stay in the room! | Source

Flowers for Baby

Flowers make such a beautiful gift for any female because they are so pretty and so fresh, so about 'precious life' and petals and blooming - but flower bouquets and gorgeous flower arrangements aren't a good idea to have delivered to the hospital or the clinic! (They take too much oxygen out of the air in the room). These lovely blooms (beautiful wishes) will spend their prettiest moments outside the ward door.

The best thing to do is to have flowers delivered to the newborn baby's home a day before she is due to arrive there, if you can arrange this with the florist, (so as not to disturb Mom and a sleeping infant) and perhaps send a personalized card to the hospital.


Organic Stuffed Animal for a Newborn Baby Girl

Though stuffed animals and cuddly toys make for the happiest gift for a baby girl, (I know because I just bought one for my baby grand daughter because I couldn't resist it), it's best to chose one that is not too big; one that fits in the corner of her crib - one that is so, so soft for her to touch, eventually.

Most hospitals and clinics don't allow stuffed animal toys near a newborn baby because they take up too much space in their cribs or cots.

If there are other small children at home, a stuffed animal for them is an excellent PR move and tells them that ALL 'you' children are just as special as 'your little sister is' - and always will be to you.

Insecurity is running rife back at the home-base and it's a smart move to address it and do something about it with a lot of love and a cuddly gift!.

Gifts for First Baby

Really and truly, the best gift ideas for your newborn baby girl are the ideas which help new Moms and Dads get all that they need for her. Offering to go shopping with them, or writing out a check towards a cot or a stroller, or baby bath, or whatever they don't have yet will go down well, for sure!

A gift voucher to a store they trust will get over any embarrassment there! And gift vouchers can be personalized to look cute. An Amazon gift voucher has a selection.

A fellow writer, who's written a very helpful hub on practical and useful gifts for first time Moms, is linked here to the right and is a great resource worth clicking on.

Because new parents have to spend so much money on buying, (or finding) so many items for their newborn baby girl that a gift, no matter how small, or big, if well thought out, will be appreciated - even if you give the newborn baby girl a few of the clothes that your baby used to wear when she was a newborn. Especially if you give her some of your used clothes! In fact all those tiny vests and jackets and hats would come nicely packaged with ribbons and bows - or even some home made apple pie, soup or roast chicken.

And for Mom while she is still in hospital? She'd like some pureed pear or apple in a nice container with a spoon and a lid because, I don't know why, but hospitals just aren't offering that sort of healthy food regularly yet. Mom needs to take care of herself as well as she can because this is what makes the world go round.

It is the thoughtful gift that is the important gift, that hits the spot, and there's no price on that gift idea at all!

© 2012 Penelope Hart

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Janis Goad 4 years ago

Great ideas for a new baby girl. It is such an exciting moment. The best gifts I got were a contribution to a stroller, baby clothes for after the new born stage is outgrown, around 6 months, and a gift certificate for a diaper service, which I ended up using for two years!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

These are great tips for buying a gift for a baby girl! I love that you think of the older brothers and/or sisters too. When I had my daughter, my favorite gifts were the matching Big Brother and Little Sister shirts or stuffed animals. My son loved being a bog brother who got just as much attention, and in turn, he was very loving towards his new baby sister.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Yes, I think the brothers and sisters do well out of it in the end, but we have to be so careful to get it all right don't we? This baby's elder sister is only 2 but she adores her new baby - and all her Daddy's spoiling. Thanks for dropping by here; its such an honor.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

After having given birth to two baby girls in less than 16months a piece I couldn't have written this one better if I tried. Wonderful advice and tips here. Many people truly don't know about flowers not being a good gift to a new mother because of the oxygen issues, as well as perfume allergies too. So you really did cover all the bases here. Have voted and shared all over too Penelope!!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Congratulations Janine! I'm so pleased you approve of the suggestions; it's so easy to say go out and buy this that and the other, but actually it really is an intimate family matter which friends and family need to treat with kid gloves. Thank you so much for you votes and shares. So appreciated.


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi Goodlady,

These are all wonderful and well-thought out suggestions for new families of baby girls. My favorite things I received as a new mom were diaper service, home-cooked meals from friends, and a plush animal that hung from the crib or door knob that played music. When a ring was pulled on the bottom, the plush toy extended and played a 3 min. lullaby.

Loved this hub. thank you!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

I'm pleased you mentioned home-cooked meals from friends here. That's something I could have talked about more. Hopefully your comment will be read by someone! Your plush animal sounds perfect - it's so hard to get toys right. Thanks for your comments.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Great ideas! I (as a grandmother of six) was especially taken with the idea of washing the baby clothes before gifting them...I never thought of that but it is such a great idea. It saves the mother the time of washing them!

This hub is filled with lots of good information...great job GoodLady!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Congratulations on being a grandmother to six! Many thanks for your kind comments and votes. Appreciated.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I am a grandmother to eleven little ones plus another on the way!!!

Take care and have a wonderfu day.

Eddy.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Just seen your comment Eiddwen. Happy tweflth grandchild! What a team. You must be incredibly busy. x


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very useful guide to gifting a newborn baby. Voted up and sharing it.


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ARUN KANTI 4 years ago from KOLKATA

While appreciating the great ideas on gifting a new born you could include a plan for life coverage of the baby by way of an insurance policy.Thanks.


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Gayatrirk3 4 years ago from India

interesting and cute ideas..voted up..


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

rajan jolly. Appreciate your comment and for sharing and voting. Thank you.

ARUN KANTI. An insurance policy for life coverage is an excellent idea and I'm so pleased you have mentioned it here in the comments. Thank you for your comments.

Gayatrirk3. Thank you.


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wilderness 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

I'm never good at buying gifts, and to buy one for someone I don't know is impossible. We have a new baby coming into our extended family soon and this will help - thanks!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

So pleased this was helpful and congratulations on your new baby. May life be good for you all. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Can't wait to become a grandmother and I sure hope it happens some day. I will keep all of your gift ideas in mind for grandchildren as well as for any new baby girls.


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

As a first time mother I remember being terrified of breaking our daughter when trying to get her in and out of some of the very beautiful clothes people sent! My husband brought her a small baby-friendly teddy on her first night - she still sleeps with it now (shhh - don't tell anyone, she's nearly 13!)


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Hope you discover you're a grandmother soon then Susan. It's beautiful but complicated if you're the mother of the father because the real relationship goes down when the baby is the baby of the daughter! It takes a lot of diplomacy. Perhaps diplomacy is the greatest gift of all.

JudiBee. What is the name of this teddy? I'd love to know. He/she sounds quite a character. It's those 'particular' gifts that you'd never know would mean so much that end up being the special gift. I bought my grand daughter a cute soft toy but I've never seen it in any photograph, but noticed other soft toys that have been given to her. Perhaps my soft toy to her will mean nothing. Perhaps it won't. Who knows? So pleased your daughters toy came from her Daddy. Someimte Dads feel left out!

Thanks so much for your kind comments.


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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

What great timing, my best friend just had a baby girl 2 days ago. You've listed a lot of great gift ideas. I'm thinking about ordering those organic baby clothes from Amazon. Thank you!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

That'd make a super gi. Best best wishes for the new baby and many thanks for dropping in to comment. I do appreciate it.


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aesta1 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

My friend is going to have a baby girl so I want to send her a gift. I think organic baby clothes will be my choice.


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GoodLady 22 months ago from Rome, Italy Author

You can't go wrong arsta1.

Thanks for your comment.

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