Gifts for Newborns – Plus Giveaway!

A friend of mine had a baby the other day. The baby was rather early and weighed a petite 5lb1oz but is an absolutely gorgeous and healthy little man. Seeing pictures of him on Facebook made my mind wander back to my own newborns, particularly when the triplets were born since of course they were my smallest babies. (Read about the triplet’s birth story)

Having a newborn in your life is such a special time of life. The long lingering moments you spend just staring at the new life lying before you. The awe as you contemplate that a tiny human was once nestled within someone’s (or your own!) tummy. The snuggles as that precious bundle falls asleep on your chest. The wonder of siblings as they meet a person who will forever change their life.

Newborn Trent

It’s also a tiring time for the family as late night feedings begin and the weariness of finding a rhythm with the newest addition to the family. And if there are cholic and reflux in the equation or other such newborn maladies, well life is all the more complex.

I love getting gifts for newborns. The mixture of a gift celebrating a new life beginning and comfort because life isn’t easy makes giving at this time delightful.

Gifts I have given newborns include:

  • A special money box with a name engraved on it.
  • Fine china child’s plate
  • Melamine Peter Rabbit gift set
  • Board books. (This is a good one for new parents who often do not have a library for the child yet.)
  • Clothing, but I’m always careful to do the math and make sure the size will be for the appropriate season.
  • Clothes in larger sizes (eg. size 1. Not only does it not matter what season it is if it’s size 1, sometimes I buy the gift and then it takes me forever to give it away to the recipient, in which case, I know it’s still going to fit by the time I finally do!)
Recently I was introduced to Angelic Baby Boutique a beautiful online baby boutique that has a stunning selection of gifts to give at baby showers, newborn babies and even first birthdays. The gifts include thoughtful and classy hampers and unique keepsakes.
As a special treat for Caitlin’s Happy Heart readers, Angelic Baby Boutique is giving away a hamper to the value of $60 with product specially selected by Sylvia. You will have the choice of whether it will be made for a boy or girl.  
This would be just perfect if you know someone who is about to have, or has a new little bundle of joy in their lives. Or perhaps it is your own newborn child that you would love to spoil.
To enter, head over to Angelic Baby Boutique and tell me which baby gift you think is particularly special. I’d also love to hear why you think newborns are so special. It’s not mandatory, but I would love it if you would also follow Caitlin’s Happy Heart on Facebook.
1. Competition only open to Australian residents.
2. Competition is a game of skill and will entries will close on Friday September 12, 2014 at 8pm.
3. Prize will be mailed to either yourself or a recipient of your choice. Winners will be contacted by email. If there is no response by Monday 12am, a new winner will be selected.
4. An email address must be included with your entry.

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Good Night Sleep Tight

Back in my teaching days, by far the most outstanding professional development workshop I went to was presented by Mem Fox. She was an absolutely charming presenter, full of helpful advice, (from her own days of teaching and her experience as a children’s writer), funny stories and anecdotes. But the most overwhelming emotion I walked away from the seminar that day was with an increased passion for quality literature and reading aloud to children.

I had already long been a fan of Mem Fox’s children’s books. I had also read her book for adults, “Reading Magic”. (Which is well worth a read if you want to also be inspired by the importance of reading aloud to your child and how to do it well.) But it is always so inspiring when you listen to someone who is eloquent and passionate about their topic.

When I was contacted and given a copy of her latest book, (although, if you read here you’ll discover she actually wrote this story awhile back), I was very enthusiastic to host a giveaway.

I was thrilled, upon reading the book, that “Good Night, Sleep Tight” contains well loved nursery rhymes. When I was teaching early childhood, I was often astonished how many children were not familiar with popular nursery rhymes and fairytales. After all, these classics are often early literacy at its best. Mem wrote this book, in response to a statistic stating that, “Children who know six nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four are usually in the top reading group by the age of eight.” So, to be on the safe side, “Good Night, Sleep Tight” contains seven rhymes. I think that statistic alone encourages me to keep reading this story, many, many more times!

“Good Night, Sleep Tight”, is full of Mem Fox and Judy Horacek magic. Bonnie and Ben are being put to bed by their very attentive favourite babysitter. He tells them a series of nursery rhymes that his mother taught him before insisting that they go to sleep. It is a story small children find compelling, full of repetition and bright colourful illustrations that capture the imagination. My own children have loved it, especially T-Star, who insisted I read it again immediately after I finish. The first time I read it to him, I continued to read it to him four times consecutively. (The only reason it wasn’t a read a fifth time was entirely to do with me declining the opportunity to do so.)

J Boy has been particularly interested in the prospect of giving away THREE copies of this book. He has accepted the position to be the official judge deciding who the books will be given too.

The judge and his sidekick.

So, if you would like to have a little fun and win a copy of “Good Night, Sleep Tight”, write us a rhyme telling my six year old something (it can be anything!) you have learned from your mother, or in the words of Skinny Doug, “I’ll tell you another I heard from my mother”. It need not be long, 2-4 lines should be sufficient, but it must be appealing to a six year old boy! Make sure you let me know your email address, so I can contact the winners on the 23rd of January. If I get no reply from you, I will choose another winner the next day. You must have an Australian mailing address in order to win.
***NB. This competition is now over.

And the back cover!
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