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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

First Ever Baby Shower + Gift Ideas!

This past weekend I went to my first ever baby shower, and I have to admit I went a bit crazy with the gifts. Granted, I am going to be related to this baby, and it's the first baby on this side of the family since me, so I suppose my excitement is warranted. Ever since we found out about the baby, I've developed another shopping sense: the baby boy shopping sense. So, when I came across a handmade Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt at a craft fair this summer, well, I couldn't leave without it. And of course, the next logical step was to purchase a brand new copy of the classic Eric Carle book. As you can now see, I'm all about themes when it comes to gift shopping, especially baby gift shopping!  

The rest of my gifts (yes, there are more!) didn't quite fit in with the caterpillar theme, but I guess not everything can have a hungry caterpillar on it... Oh well :) I had really wanted to get a baby sling, so I took to Etsy. I was surprised to find a wide variety of slings on there, and a lot of price ranges! I didn't think spending an arm and a leg on a simple ring-style sling was too prudent, since at the base it's still a piece of cotton. My main issues turned out to be finding a store with good enough feedback, and finding a colour/pattern that I thought my cousin and his wife would both like and be able to wear. 

I ended up finding what I think is the perfect baby sling - a slate grey ring sling from an Etsy shop called RaspberryBaby, for only $40. The shipping was a bit slow, but I think this may have been because the slings are made to order. So I won't hold that against them :) The sling came really nicely packaged, with an information sheet including care instructions and how to use the sling, something I imagine would be very useful, especially to first-time parents who have never used a baby sling before!  As I didn't want to take the sling out of the packaging, I didn't get a chance to get a good photo of it. But if you're curious about what a baby sling is, or how it works, the Etsy shop I linked to above has loads of photos! 

The final little bit I found are these football legwarmers. How adorable are these? My cousin is a big New York Jets fan (ew) so I feel like football will be a running theme with our new little boy. I can just imagine these legwarmers on chubby little baby legs. I'm already grinning at the thought of it! And those chubby little football legs under a little baby sized football jersey?! I can't wait! I have a feeling I'll be needing to learn some restraint when it comes to shopping for this baby, though. Or else I might end up in the Poor House - and not from shopping for myself. Who'd have thought?! 

xo Chloë

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