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Baby Gifts and Birthing Gift Ideas.

Updated on July 26, 2014
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Easy to Make Baby Hats

If you know anyone that does needlecraft, a good birthing gift is a hand made newborn's hat, with or without a baby blanket made with the same yarns. Some gift shops, children's stores and department stores carry these items; and, they may be ordered online from craftspeople.

I was surprised at how appreciated handmade baby gifts have been when I gave them. One of my students and her husband had a baby recently and as a gift, I crocheted a set of four baby hats for them from a soft natural fiber. When the child becomes older, she can use them for her dolls!

I also make larger hats for the child as she grows. It's fun to do and does not take a long time.

Below are some pictures of baby hats I have made fo rchildren of my friends and students and their families. Some of the pictures are of a friend's cat modeling some of the hats!

Most recently, I made a large batch of baby hats, ponchos and blankets and sent them to the local Ronald McDonald™ House at Children's Hospital. There, the families of sick children are able to find shelter, good food, and fellowship at no cost if they cannot afford accommodations.

I have made many of this style hat in several colors.

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The hat you see pictured to the right is one that I have crocheted in a number of natural fibers, including wool, cashmere, cotton, and others.

A newborn's hat takes about an hour to crochet, and I change each one slightly in its pattern stitches so that it is unique to the baby that receives it.

Sometimes, I make a matching hat for the mother as well, or a baby blanket of matching fibers.

However, there are times that the mom-to-be could benefit form something special for herself, especially in the last trimester when the waiting can make her impatient.

A special store for gifts that pamper moms-to-be is located at The Doula Store, located at christiandoula.webs.com/apps/webstore/

Free Crochet Pattern For a Baby Hat

Written Instructions for Another Hat.

Materials

  • 1 skein three-ply baby weight yarn, your choice of color. (I use natural fibers for baby garments.)

Chochet Hook

  • Size G

Instructions

  • Round 1: Ch 3 and join with a slip stitch to make a circle. Chain 2 and make 11 HDC (half double crochet) in the circle, but do not join rounds. (Total count is 12 HDC, because the CH 2 counts as 1.)
  • Round 2: 2 HDC between each HDC; (total: 24 HDC) and place a marker at the beginning stitch with plastic stitch marker or even a twist tie.
  • Round 3: *1 HDC between next st, then 2 HDC between next st* and repeat pattern around (total: 36 HDC).
  • Round 4: 1 HDC between ea HDC around to the beginning marker.
  • Round 5: *1 HDC between each of the next 2 st, 2 HDC in next space* and continue pattern to the beginng marker. (total: 48 HDC).
  • Rounds 6 thorugh 21: HDC between each HDC around to desired length of hat.
  • Finish off.

(My note: Baby hats are said to be made to fit an orange if the child is premature and a grapefruit if the baby is full-term.)

Instructions for a flower for the top

  • Round 1: Ch 5, join to form a ring with a slip stitch in the 1st ch.
  • Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as the first DC) and make 9DC in the ring, join at the top of the ch with a sl st (total: 10 DC).
  • Round 3: *Ch 2, work 3DC in next st, ch 2, slip stitch in next st* five times.
  • Fasten off.


The original pattern is offered by 1) The Idea room theidearoom.net and 2) Teresa Richardson: public domain as per Goggle search advanced search settings.

Birthing Gift Options

The following stores and online shopping sites offer birthing gifts for mother and child from a wide array of perspectives and viewpoints, from serious to whimsical and cute.

I did not have a baby to model this warm hat. :)
I did not have a baby to model this warm hat. :)
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I admit it - I made this especially for the cat."That Cristmas pudding was not the best."
I admit it - I made this especially for the cat.
I admit it - I made this especially for the cat.
"That Cristmas pudding was not the best."
"That Cristmas pudding was not the best."

Tiger Woods Receives Baby Gifts

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from North America

      I'm glad it all made you smile, Robin!

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      Robin Edmondson 10 years ago from San Francisco

      I love the newborn hats, and your cat hat is hilarious! Loved it! Thanks, Patty! ;)

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from North America

      That's true, Princessa; moms are often forgotten in the excitement of the coming baby. I saw some pretty nice gifts for moms at some of the links I listed above - like bath mineral gift baskets and some lovely jewelry. My pastor's wife received a nice gift just for herself during her last pregnancy - a brand new car. :)

      Thanks for posting a comment!

      Patty

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 10 years ago from France

      Nice, but as a mother I really prefered a present for myself rather than practical stuff for the baby. People usually "forget" about the mother just when we are at our most sensitive state.