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The Origin of Baby Gift Boxes

Interestingly, Baby Boxes are a gift than Finnish mothers receive from the government. Expectant mothers first started receiving these maternity packs in 1938 and all mothers-to-be in Finland continue to receive them to this day. They contain baby essentials such as a mattress, clothes, nappies, blankets, sheets and books. In order to receive the box mothers must visit a doctor or prenatal clinic prior to their fourth month of pregnancy.

These boxes are brilliant as they encourage women to visit medical professionals and provide mothers from all socioeconomic backgrounds with the basics that are required in the first year of the baby’s life. For low income families, these starter gift boxes are a life saver and equip babies with seasonally appropriate clothes like outdoor gear and a sleeping bag. Better still, the box that the gifts are received in doubles as the baby’s first bed and later comes in handy for storage! With a mattress that fits into the bottom of the box babies can sleep securely and safely until about 3 months old. The decline in infant mortality rates in Finland are attributed to these boxes.

Just as these Finnish gift boxes were designed with the aim to provide mothers with practical and essential items, Tiny Tush Baby Cakes was also created for this purpose. To provide gifts to new and expecting mums that are not only beautifully presented but ones which are practical and contain essential baby items.

As well as designing nappy cakes, we have also added ‘mum and baby’ gift boxes to our range. These include baby items such as bibs, booties and bodysuits with a little something for mum too. The boxes can later be used to store keepsake items.

Take the time, stress and guesswork out of buying a baby gift and impress the new mum or mum-to-be with one of our handcrafted nappy cakes or immaculately presented gift boxes. Visit our shop to view our range of nappy cakes and baby gift boxes.

Why Nappy Cakes and Hampers Make the Best Baby Gifts

Before I became a mum I would always struggle with what to buy for a new baby. My go-to baby gift would be clothing, usually a cute dress for a baby girl or a gorgeous outfit for a baby boy.

 Since becoming a mum I now realise what mums and bubs really need! Forget the cute little baby outfits and dresses! Although adorable they are just not practical and hardly get worn. Most of them are awkward to put on baby because they have annoying buttons at the back, are difficult to get over their head or are made of uncomfortable fabric. To get your wriggly, unsettled baby into these clothes presents another challenge! I still have a pile of little dresses that my daughter never even wore for these exact reasons. So next time you’re out shopping for the next baby gift resist the urge to buy that oh so adorable sailor outfit!

 So what would new and expecting mums really appreciate as a gift you ask?

 From experience, here’s my list of practical baby gifts that will definitely be appreciated by parents:

 1.       Nappies! Did you know that on average newborns go through approximately 10 nappies a day!? That’s 280 in a month and 840 nappies just in the first 3 months. You can never have enough!

2.       Wash cloths- these are another essential item that I used as a burp cloth or to wash bub during bath time. They also came in handy at meal times to clean baby’s messy face and hands.

3.       Muslin wraps- this is a multi-purpose item used to wrap baby and also used as a light blanket. I also used muslin wraps as a pram cover to shield the sun out of baby’s eyes or to reduce outside distractions to help them fall asleep in the pram.

4.       Socks- Even as adults we’re forever losing socks. This becomes even worse for babies who’s socks always slip off when they’re wriggling around while you’re changing them or when they’re in the car seat or out and about in the pram.

5.       Onesies- Babies pretty much live in these for the first 3 months or more. They are easy to put on babies as they don’t need to go over their heads to put them on, they can be pulled down if there happens to be a poo explosion and the ones with the zips make changing quick and easy- no push studs or buttons to contend with! Basically, a onesie means fewer items to put on a squirmy, crying baby. A win in my books!

 So what’s the perfect gift to take to a new mum when you’re visiting them in hospital or to bring to a baby shower?

 Nappy cakes! Our nappy cakes include these essential items and are presented in a beautiful way that makes an impressive and memorable gift. We use only the best quality items in our nappy cakes and they can be customised to suit the baby’s gender or baby shower theme. They also create stunning centrepieces at baby showers and complement the baby shower décor.

 View our customised nappy cakes and hampers or browse our shop to find the perfect gift for a new or expecting mum.