When my third child arrived only a few months ago, I was terribly excited to receive a new mum gift bag in hospital. Until I opened it and saw it was mostly stuffed with useless brochures for all sorts of bizarre baby products that I didn’t want or need (bronzed wall hanging of baby feet, anyone?) Not so this new mum and baby bag from Your Cheeky Monkey.
Quite frankly, it’s everything a baby gift bag should be. So expect to find nothing inside except lots of very useful bits and pieces for newborns and their mamas. Among the offerings contained in the hand-sewn reuseable tote bag are a set of non-leak cloth breastpads, a burp cloth, a newborn appliquéd singlet or beanie (depending on the season), a wrap to keep baby snug, a face washer with hand-crocheted edging, a BubbaLog baby journal for keeping track of feeds, sleep times and nappy changes as well as handmade goat’s milk soap that’s gentle as can be on delicate skin for bathing your little one.
With all that usefulness, we weren’t surprised to learn that a real-life mum is behind the idea. Mother-of-two Monique Nickalls makes each bag – and most of the delightful contents – to order herself using shades of pink for girls, blue for boys or neutral tones for surprise arrivals.
Bags cost $95 each plus $7.95 delivery. To bag one for your pregnant self or as a gift for someone else, go straight to Your Cheeky Monkey.