Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Perfect Baby Gifts

Baby Gifts: How to Make Yours the One They Remember by Stephanie Gallagher

Why do some baby gifts stand out from the crowd and others seem to get lost in the recipient's memory, never to be found again?

Surprisingly, it has little to do with cost of the baby gifts. Rather, it's the little, thoughtful touches that make all the difference.

Some tips:

  • Add an Element of Humor

    You don't have to spend a lot of money to give baby gifts that are memorable. Try putting together your own "Nursing Survival Kit," with breast pads, Lansinoh cream, frozen peas (to ease nursing soreness), and a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.

  • Put Together a Creative Baby Gift Basket

    Create a "Sleep Like a Baby" baby gift basket with a soft baby blanket or lovey, a white noise CD (vacuum sounds are great!) and a Miracle Blanket (for easy swaddling).

    Or transform a simple baby book into a "Remembering the Moment" baby gift basket, by adding a copy of the local newspaper from the day the baby was born, copies of Time and People magazines from the week the baby was born, a current postage stamp, and a sales flyer from the local grocery store.

    Twenty years from now, the parents and grown child will have fun looking back at everything from the price of a dozen eggs to who the hot celebrities were back when junior was a baby.

    For more clever baby gift basket ideas, check out The Baby Gift Basket: How to Choose One That's Guaranteed to Wow Them

  • Include Everything the New Parents Will Need to Make It Work

    Nobody likes extra work. So do whatever you can do to make it easy for the new parents to enjoy your baby gift.

    For example, if your present requires batteries, include a small package of batteries (the correct type, of course,) with it. You don't even need to give the whole pack -- just the right amount for the item you've given. You'd be amazed how grateful the new parents will be.

  • Put it Together For Them

    The best baby gifts for new parents are those that require no work on their part to enjoy.

    However, this is a strategy that's best used when you are absolutely positive the new parents want what you've gotten them. Remember, baby gifts that are put together aren't so easily returned. So do this when you're buying something off the registry or when the recipients have specifically asked for what you're giving them.

  • Include a Gift Receipt

    They may love what you've gotten, but they may have also gotten two or three baby gifts just like it. Make it easy to return yours, and they'll be grateful.

  • Include Your Full Name and Address on the Card

    After 36 hours of labor and two weeks of sleep deprivation, a new mommy can't be counted on to remember her own last name, let alone yours. That's true even if she's your sister or best friend. So make it easy for her by writing your full name on the card. Including your address, too, makes it easy for to write the thank-you note.

    Stephanie Gallagher, a.k.a., The Shopping Mom, is the author of several parenting books and Editor of The Shopping Mom's Guide to Baby Gifts,

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  • Personalized note cards and photo baby birth announcements are also a nice gift.

    Friday, March 03, 2006

    Why Baby Birth Announcements

    Why Birth Announcements?

    Baby birth or adoption announcements are a thoughtful way to send a memento of your new baby to family and friends. Many new parents find that birth announcements are an easy way to let family and friends get to know and see their new arrival. Beautiful birth announcements often will be prominently displayed in the homes of those that you send them to, showcasing the beautiful baby they are announcing.

    There are many different styles of baby birth announcements at Polka Dot Box, from very simple (our classic birth announcements) to a bit more elaborate (our Vellum
    Overlay Birth Announcements
    or Photo Birth announcements).

    We strive to bring you high quality birth announcements. Please let us know how we can help you!

    Wednesday, March 01, 2006

    walking the weight off

    What’s A Pedometer And Why Would I Need One? What a great way to walk off some of the baby weight you gained during pregnancy! nothing strenuous, just make sure you get your minimum 10,000 steps!

    What’s A Pedometer And Why Would I Need One? by Susanne Myers

    A pedometer is a great inexpensive exercising tool that tracks your progress and keeps you motivated to stick to your daily workout. Let’s take a look at what exactly a pedometer is and why you need one.

    A pedometer is a small electronic device, about the size of a pager or smaller. The basic function of a pedometer is to track or count how many steps you take. Most models will also convert our steps into the number of miles you walked and calculate how many calories you have burned. More advanced models will save several days worth of date and some will even connect to your computer so you can chart your progress through software provided as well.

    So the pedometer helps you keep track of how many steps you walked. I find that I'm much more motivated to take a little walk through the neighborhood, or park a little further when I'm running errands when I'm wearing my pedometer.

    A recent study by the University of Minnesota shows that people wearing pedometers tend to walk more. The study split people up in two groups who were both encouraged to walk each day. Only one group was given pedometers to track their steps.

    Those with pedometers increased their steps by about 2100 per day, or 20 minutes of steady walking, a 30% increase in daily steps. They walked almost twice as many blocks as those without pedometers. People using a pedometer also tend to stick much longer with a walking routine.

    To get the most out of your pedometer, set daily and weekly goals. Start by setting a baseline number of steps. To do this, simply wear the pedometer for a few days. Don’t try to aim for a certain number of steps. All you are doing at this point is measuring how many steps you take in a normal day. Calculate the average number of steps you take any given day. Next you want to start taking 500 to 1000 steps each day. You can easily accomplish this by taking a little walk around the block, parking a little further away during errand and at work, as well as walking to a college’s office instead of calling him or her. Each week, or every two weeks increase your steps and additional 500 to 1000 steps until you reach a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. If you are walking to lose weight, work yourself up to 12,000 to 15,000 steps per day.

    Walking is one of the easiest ways to exercise every day and a pedometer will help you track your progress and motivate you to keep walking. All you have to do is put on some comfortable shoes, clip on your pedometer and put one foot in front of the other. I encourage you to give walking and using a pedometer a try.

    Susanne Myers is an avid walker herself and encourages others to do the same with her website. She provides you with great resources to walk off the weight, including articles on healthy eating and walking, low calorie recipes and product reviews. Visit to learn more and to sign up for her weekly tips and encouragements to keep you walking off the weight.

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