*This article was updated on 22/08/2022*
The birth of a new baby is a momentous occasion, a time for great joy and celebration.
Before we list our top 5 gifts for new parents, let’s have a quick look at how births are celebrated around the world…
UK & Ireland
Around 2 in 3 expectant mothers enjoy a baby shower before birth.
A baby shower – a relatively new concept - is a party held to celebrate the upcoming birth of a baby.
A fun and relaxed occasion, friends and family are invited and congratulation gifts for expecting parents are given.
Many families still practice the tradition of crossing the baby’s palm with silver.
A silver coin is placed in the baby’s hand (briefly!) If the baby grips it tightly it means the baby will be frugal with money but if the baby drops it he/she won’t be any good with money!
And ‘wetting the baby’s head’ (comes from the Christian Baptism ceremony) is very popular. After the birth people head to the pub for a celebratory drink and to congratulate the father!
New mums spend 44 days sitting by a fire applying hot oils and stones to their bodies to aid recovery. Very precise!
New parents offer guests who come to visit the baby a snack of cookies with butter and liquorice coated with either blue or pink.
On the 7th, 14th or 21st day a traditional naming ceremony is held. Many gifts are given to the baby.
Expectant parents prepare gift baskets to give to those who visit after delivery.
These contain candles, notepads, tiny bottles of perfume and much more, with a message thanking the person for coming.
All new mothers (since 1949) are given a maternity care package from the government containing many essentials, the principle being that all babies should have an equal start in life.
When a baby is one month old the parents host a Full Moon Ceremony.
Gifts are bought along and guests return home with red dyed eggs – red for happiness, oval for longevity and the egg representing the changing process of life.
In many cultures, including in Jamaica, new mums bury the placenta after birth as a symbol of the baby’s connection to the earth.
The area is then planted with roses and other plants.
Our top congratulation gifts for expecting parents
So far it’s been mostly about the baby. But what about the parents?
It may be a time for celebrating but it’s also a time to let new parents know you’re thinking about them at this exciting but exhausting time.
How amazing would it be for them to receive a hamper brimming with top-quality produce when they’re least likely to indulge themselves?
We have a large selection of luxury hampers suitable for new mums/parents. They’re also suitable as baby shower gifts!
All hampers are beautifully presented, hand-tied with ribbon and delivered with a gift note.
Whether you’re looking for gifts for mums to be UK or internationally delivered, we can help.
Below are just a few:
An alcohol-free, refreshing Elderflower Presse plus a delightful selection of sweet and savoury artisan treats.
A wonderful gift to receive and perfect as a baby shower gift as it has a celebratory feel whilst being non-alcoholic!
An impressive selection of luxury food gifts for the new parents and gorgeous toys for baby.
Measure their growth with a delightful wallchart from James Ellis and toast to the new arrival with a bottle of bubbly Ruggeri Prosecco.
A perfect hamper for those yearning for a little relaxation.
A little something to welcome the new arrival into the world.
This charming new baby gift basket has a gorgeously soft toy Octopus for the baby to snuggle up to and milestone cards so you mark those special first moments.
Also included are sweet treats for the new parents to tuck into during those precious first few days.
With a selection of handmade cakes, jams, teas and more this afternoon tea at home hamper is perfect for a chilled afternoon or anytime baby is sleeping!
A lovely way to treat new parents to a bit of luxury as they get through those first few weeks.
Did you know?
- Aristotle believed that the womb is divided into 2 halves, one for boys and one for girls.
- Every second somewhere in the world 4.45 babies are born.
- There were 464,437 live births in UK between January – September 2020 -a drop of 3.6% from the same period in 2019 (Office for National Statistics).
- Couples stopped making babies during March 2020 lockdown but got busy when it was lifted in the summer (ONS statistics).
- The rate for 2021 was estimated to be 1.53 children per woman – compared with 1.92 in 2011.
- The average weight for a baby in the UK is 7lb 8oz boys, 7lb 4oz girls.
- The average age of the mother at childbirth was 28.9 yrs old (England & Wales 2019).
And finally a few fun facts about childbirth!
- In most of the world’s languages, the word for ‘mother’ begins with the letter M.
- The world record for the most children birthed by a single woman is 69, a Russian woman between 1725 – 1765.
- There are more than 2 billion mums on the planet (nearly 30% of the world’s population).
- The most popular birthday is September 26th (England and Wales).
- The least popular days to give birth are December 25th and 26th.
- The most popular day of the week to be born, in England and Wales, is Friday.
- 105 boys are born for every 100 girls worldwide.
- In England, in 2020 the most popular baby names were Oliver and Olivia.
- The oldest living mother is thought to be Erramatti Mangamma (India) who in 2019 at the age of 74 conceived through IVF and delivered twins.