Although the stroller and playpen boxes might dominate the gift pile, the small box contains a gift that will make a giant impression. The homemade baby quilt inside the box is a lasting reminder of the giver’s thoughtfulness and care.
Why do handmade baby quilts top the typical presents at a shower?
- Something Personal Is Always Most Cherished
It’s safe to say that something personal is going to mean a lot more than something generic. A mass-produced sun suit or pinafore may be cute, but nothing about it sends the message that the gift was chosen to perfectly match the family’s character.
Yet a handmade quilt with an underwater design might be just the perfect way to introduce the newborn to a family of fishermen. Or a design with little sailboats gliding on a blue and white polka-dotted sea could launch the newest member in a boating family. Does Mom teach biology? What better inspiration for her offspring than a baby girl handmade quilt of little leaping frogs?
- Hand-made Baby Quilts Have Staying Power
The gift-givers gathered around the soon-to-be mom at the shower will immediately recognize that the handmade baby quilt will continue to be enjoyed long after the gifts they brought to the party are history. Those tiny outfits will be outgrown in no time, and many of the stuffed animals never survive the washing machine. But a hand made baby quilt plays a large role in a baby’s life, and the person who presented it will not be forgotten.
- Unique Homemade Baby Quilts Are Versatile
Baby quilts are soft, cuddly crib companions. The soothing flannel and textured minky fabrics ease the road to dreamland, while the warmth keeps baby cozy on cool nights. Because they are so light and portable, baby will find a familiar environment when there’s a visit to Grandma’s house or a stop in a motel. And later, when there’s lots of playtime on the floor, the hand made baby quilts make great play mats, protecting baby from the floor underneath and protecting the floor from baby. Still later yet, a well-loved, hand made baby quilt might be passed on to a new brother or sister, or packed away to be treasured as a keepsake by newer generations of the family.
- These Baby Quilts Will Outlive Other Gifts.