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Gift Guide: New Baby

Darling Clementine rounds up the top five gifts every new baby should own.

Gift Guide: New Baby

We’ve long been fans of Lindsay Meyer-Harley, the lovely owner of children’s shop Darling Clementine. With her well-curated shop -- and wonderful Pinterest skills! -- we knew she’d be a great person to discuss all things style (for baby or mama). Which is why we couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce her as our latest Well Rounded NY contributor.

When stocking Darling Clementine’s inventory, Meyer-Harley, mom to 3.5 year old Juliette, says, “I choose pieces I would want for my own daughter, and things I wish I could have for myself! I never add anything to the shop I don't absolutely love. I try very hard to stay at a reasonable price point. It's easy to find gorgeous clothing that costs a ton. What's harder is finding special pieces that aren’t going to cost too much.”

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Clearly we were eager to get Meyer-Harley’s suggestions for gifts for a new baby. “Always stick to the registry if you can,” she says. “While it's fun to shop on your own, parents put things on their registry they really need. If you want to add something on (like I do!) buy something from the registry, and then pair it with a find of your own, but always include a gift receipt if possible.” She points to “slam dunks” like soft organic swaddles (you can never have enough), and handmade soft toys. If you're gonna go the clothing route, “splurge on something the parents might not shell out for themselves, like a darling wool sweater for winter or leather moccasins they'll go crazy for!”

This week, Meyer-Harley mined her own shop for her top five gift picks:

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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