Okay, confession time. I may or may not have started to cave on buying baby items. I wouldn't call it baby fever, but in order to curb my desires to find good deals and cute itsy bitsy items I've started a new "hobby." This new enjoyment of mine has resulted in me building baby baskets and trunks.
I honestly love the whole process. I like the shopping, getting deals, arranging items to really showcase them, then donating them to the church or school for auctions. Baby baskets always make great auction items. Plus, I get the satisfaction of knowing they're going to go towards a mommy-to-be who will continue to enjoy all the cuteness!
And of course it's great to make them if you're attending a baby shower! New moms love getting baby baskets since every item, including the basket/trunk, serves a purpose! Plus, it's a blast to create themed baskets. If you didn't already know it, I L-O-V-E themes. You can match the themed basket to the theme of the baby shower, or go with the classics. Such as, Stripes & Polka Dots, Safari, Ducky, Elephants, Neutrals, etc.
Just this week my 10th graders and I made baby baskets for the nearby Pregnancy Center! With everyone chipping in we were able to create three adorable and useful baskets. I used the list below to spurr purchase ideas for students. It was definitely an eye opener for those that had no idea the price associated with certain baby items. We thought that with Thanksgiving coming up, the pregnancy centers can be passed over with more focus turning towards food shelves, so we made this our November project. And of course I forgot to snap pics, but I can atest to their cuteness.
Below I included a list that make great items to put in baskets. Baskets that include a variety of items that serve different purposes are always more popular so it's best to mix a few from each category.
* Sleep Sack
* Receiving Blankets
* Burp Cloths
* Wash Cloths
* Bath towel
* Stuffed Animal
* Plush / Mini Toy
* Crib Sheets
* Changing pad cover
* Lotion / Shampoo
* Soothing Music CD
* Canvas art / quote
* Baby's Firsts Calendar
* Baby's handprint / footprint kit
* Monthly Growth Stickers - for monthly photos
* Frame for baby's sonogram
* Frame for first 12 months pictures
* Christmas Ornament