When you’re about to become a parent even the little things in life can become quite overwhelming.

Between baby-proofing the home, juggling medical appointments and reading countless birthing books, the last thing new parents want to contend with is clutter. But if well meaning friends and family aren’t switched on to the kind of presents that will actually come in handy, that’s exactly what Mum and Dad-to-be be will be left with after the baby shower.

While stylish outfits and cute toys might seem like a good gift idea, in reality a pile of fussy frocks and rattles is probably the last thing anyone will want to contend with when they’re up to their knees in nappies during those first daunting weeks of parenthood. Next time you’re invited to a baby shower, shop smart and avoid creating clutter with these handy gift ideas available at Forrest Chase.

Bonds Wondersuit

Whoever invented the Bonds Wondersuit deserves a medal. Designed with a two way zip to make nappy changes a cinch – you don’t want to be fussing with teeny tiny buttons at 3am – plus clever cuffs that fold out to become mittens and socks (genius!), the Wondersuit ticks all of the boxes.

Bonds Wondersuit sizing runs large. We recommend purchasing size 00000 or 0000 for a newborn.

Not sure what bub’s gender will be? Play it safe with neutral tones like white, cream and grey or go all out with Bonds’ signature bold patterns in bright colours.

Bonds Spot Terry Wondersuit, $24.95, Myer Forrest Chase.

 

Newborn Nappies

Newborn nappies aren’t the prettiest present but they’re certainly the most practical. Whether kept in the car for diaper disasters when Mum, Dad and bub are out and about, or unpacked for everyday use, newborn nappies will never go to waste!

Head to Woolworths for trusted brands including Huggies, Little Ones, Thank You and Baby Love.

For bonus brownie points pair your favourite brand of nappies with other newborn toiletries to create a hamper.

Make a bee-line for the baby aisle at Woolworths and stock up on products including nappy cream, bibs and baby lotion, then display your purchases in a cute box or basket… pretty and practical!

Huggies Ultimate Bulk Infant Nappies 48pk, $16, Woolworths Forrest Chase.

 

 

Linen

Babies can need their sheets changed just as many times as their diaper in a 24 hour period which is why it’s vital to have bulk bed linen at hand.

Help reduce the frequency of washing loads by gifting blankets and sheets in high quality bub-friendly materials such as bamboo and organic cotton.

Myer stocks a wide range of mini manchester by brands including Weegoamigo and The Little Linen Company.

Assorted Weegoamigo linen available at Myer Forrest Chase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bubbles & Brie

After nine months of sobriety and a diet devoid of soft cheese, no flavours will compare to mum’s first postpartum glass of bubbles with a slice of something delicious and decadent. And after holding her hand through childbirth, dad will likely benefit from a treat too!

Help the new parents unwind and celebrate in style with a special bottle of bubbles from BWS and an extra creamy King Island Dairy Ash Blue cheese from Woolworths.

Whether enjoyed in hospital or at home once their bundle of joy is counting sheep, this present will go down an absolute treat.

King Island Dairy Discovery Ash Blue, $12, Woolworths Forrest Chase.