Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

There’s nothing quite like having your first baby. Everything is so new and exciting. You’re overwhelmed with every single emotion possible and in awe of just how epic this whole experience is. There is no shortage of advice on what to do and what to get and your home slowly becomes a shrine to all things baby. Getting a gift for someone on this momentous occasion is relatively easy. You take a cue from the registry or get some cute-non-hand-me-down looking clothes for the new bundle of joy. But now your friend has her second baby….is getting something personalized the only good option? Well, we here at BeautyNewsNYC don’t think so….

Baby’s First Book from Rag & Bone Bindery

It’s easy to keep meticulous notes on all your first baby’s ‘firsts’. It’s also easy to get a little lazy when doing the same for your second. So, make sure that doesn’t happen by getting your hands on Baby’s First Book from Rag and Bone Bindery. Using the 24 fill-in pages prettily bound with ribbon, you can record important moments leading up to and throughout your baby’s first year in this unique and beautiful keepsake. Rag and Bone Bindery also offers a multitude of gorgeous handcrafted books for any occasion. There are journals, guest books, growth charts and picture albums, all of which make for the perfect gift. Visit http://www.ragandbonebindery.com.

Cid Pear Stationary

Framed artwork for the nursery is always a thoughtful gift, but why not give it that extra-personalized touch by having the baby’s birth announcement professionally framed? The unique style and whimsy of Cid Pear Stationery’s birth announcements is truly ‘awwww’ inspiring and if you order your birth announcements from them, you also receive a gorgeous matching piece of artwork. The intricate and timeless designs from artist Tina Givens have a magical quality. Each envelope is lined and each card gives the impression of being hand painted with watercolors. Visit http://www.cidpear.com.

Outerwear by North Face

Even if your friend has a baby of the same sex as her first, chances are pretty good that the clothing sizes don’t line up with the seasons and hand-me-downs only go so far. So, why not bundle that baby up for the winter with a funky and stylish jacket or snuggly infant bunting from the snow pros at North Face? With their super cozy and comfortable one-piece made from high-pile Sherpa with foldover cuff booties, the cold can’t stop you and your baby from enjoying those bucket swings at the park! Visit http://www.thenorthface.com.

Wee Décor

Create that unique designer look of a hand-painted mural with wall decals from Wee Décor. Bring nature indoors with their best-selling Nature Wall Decal Mural or personalize the baby’s wall with the letters of her name! Easy to apply and totally removable and reusable, Wee Décor decals are the perfect gift – especially for those otherwise bare walls behind the changing table and crib! Visit http://www.weedecor.com.

Johnson’s Natural Baby Products

Any second time mom will tell you that you can never have enough bubble bath, bath wash, diaper cream or baby lotion on hand. So, why not evoke a feeling of nostalgia with products from Johnson’s? Their new Johnson’s Natural product line supports the growing number of moms looking for natural products that they can easily incorporate into their daily routine. The line is formulated with a unique combination of 98 percent natural ingredients, the iconic ‘No More Tears’ formula and a proprietary Allerfree, naturally-derived fragrance that is free of known allergens and irritating essential oils. The line includes Foaming Baby Wash, Baby Shampoo, Baby Lotion, 2-in-1 Kids Hand & Face Foaming Wash, and 3-in-1 Kids Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash. Visit your local food, drug and mass retail stores to purchase.

Lauren and Lola

If I thought shopping with one child was hard, shopping with two is almost impossible. Fortunately some of the most personal and unique gifts for the second babies in your life are just a few clicks away. The website Lauren and Lola offers a wide array of personalized gifts. From burp clothes and onesies to lunch boxes and step stools, there is no shortage of adorable options from which to choose. Visit http://www.laurenlola.com.

True Womb

I’m sure we all have our supply of Swaddle Me’s and Miracle Blankets on hand from our first babies, but that’s only because the True Womb didn’t exist back then. This revolutionary Sleeping Swaddle, which received the JMPA Innovation Award for 2010, actually replicates the sensation of being inside the womb. It controls the movements of both arms and legs while still allowing mobility and enabling babies (not to mention the parents) a full night’s sleep. And with a newborn around, what better gift is there than sleep? Visit http://www.truewomb.com.

Despite our homes being overrun with baby gear, heaps of baby clothes and countless toys, there always seems to be room for more. And besides, doesn’t a second baby deserve just as special and thoughtful a gift as the first?

Originally published March 2011
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