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The Art Of Gift Wrapping

The Art Of Gift Wrapping

If you’re planning on giving the new mommy in your life a luxury gift, the presentation must be just as beautiful as the gift inside.

This can be especially difficult if you’re struggling to wrap plush cashmere baby gifts or a soft baby blanket set. 

Here are some essential tips to make your gift wrapping — almost — as good as the present inside.

Choose great wrapping paper

Your premium baby gifts deserve the best wrapping paper on the market. Thin wrapping paper is prone to creasing or

wrinkling in unexpected places, or even tearing. This often ruins the entire presentation of your gift. 

Thick wrapping paper with a beautiful design is the best option to present your baby blanket gift. It’s easier to control creases

during the wrapping process and won’t tear like other flimsy gift wraps. On top of that, the thick paper will feel rich and

luxurious to the touch when she opens her present. Just be sure to place your baby blanket gift on the paper before you cut —

this will give you the perfect amount of paper to cover the present. Using too much wrapping paper is a common beginner’s mistake.

When in doubt, use a box

If you’re wrapping a difficult object like a cashmere wrap for babies or a breastfeeding cover, you might want to put it

in a box before you wrap it. Loose gifts made from cashmere are more prone to tearing and puncturing the wrapping paper.

This can be a huge detriment to both the overall look of your gift and the surprise gift inside!

Avoid the potential for punctures by placing flexible or fragile items in a rigid box. Not only will this give you a clean crease

when you wrap your present, but it will also be easier to transport if you have to travel for the holidays.

If wrapping a box is still beyond your gift wrapping capabilities, then use the Internet to your advantage. Video sharing sites

like Youtube have thousands of video tutorials with easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions.

…Or use a bag!

Bags are a wonderful gift option because you can play with different colors and patterns. They’re easy to carry and you can fill

a bag with just about anything. This makes them a great option for last-minute gifts or multiple items for twins. While twins

only occur in four out of every 1,000 live births, this is still a great option for any new mom. Try experimenting with different

paper tissue to create a fun look for the holidays.

The new mom in your life will love it when she opens her new premium baby gifts. When you have trouble with the art of gift

wrapping, try these tips to improve your presentation.

Best Luxury Baby Shower Gifts: Introducing Penelope the Poodle

We’re thrilled to introduce the world to our dreamy young pup, Penelope the Poodle; She is the newest face of our premium cashmere baby blanket family, and one of the best luxury baby shower gifts in all the land. Ooo la la! Isn’t she adorable? Penelope joins our stars Gavin the Goat, Kiwi the Cat, and other newcomer Liam the Lion, who are already making names for themselves as some of the best high end baby gifts out there.

Meet Penelope

You won’t find another pup like Penelope the Poodle in average animal stories. No, Penelope is one of a kind! She hails from France, the land of yummy baguettes and tasty croissants. With her head in the clouds, Penelope spends her days dancing with butterflies through meadows and glens. But one day she wanders much farther from home than she ever intended, and finds herself in a strange new land.

 

“Mon dieu!”cried Penelope, “this isn’t France!”

 

Penelope is scared at first, not knowing how she’ll ever get home. She’s also a bit concerned about a familiar rumbling in her tummy.

 

“Follow us,” said her friends, “there’s a café ahead.”

They drank chocoláte and split a fried churro,

then asked the way home from a nice Spanish burro.

 

Grateful for her friends, the butterflies, and for the nice Spanish burro; Penelope returns home weary from her adventures. Like any great traveler, she was happy to be home and ready for a good night’s sleep cuddled up with her favorite cashmere baby blanket.

 

Penelope Cashmere Baby Blankets are the Best Luxury Baby Shower Gifts

Penelope the Poodle comes in our signature machine-washable, Hermes quality cashmere. The soft colors make this blanket as beautiful as it is snuggly. Dainty from her head to her toes! Penelope struts around Paris with purple bows in her hair and a super-chic purple and red collar. This detailed hand-embroidery work makes Penelope come to life, complete with a butterfly atop her nose. And of course, colorful pom-poms dangle from this gorgeous cashmere baby blanket to encourage sensory play for baby (as well as providing something perfect to cuddle when dozing off to sleep).

 

Because we know Penelope will be a friend for a lifetime, the cashmere baby blanket comes in our unique baby keepsake box. Not only will this box provide a safe place for Penelope to be kept long after blanket snuggling years, it also has unique features designed to keep other precious baby memories, like a lock of hair from baby’s first haircut or baby’s first photo. Searching for the perfect luxury baby shower gift for a special new sweetie in your life? Our baby keepsake box needs no gift wrapping! A simple ribbon can make this box an elegant addition to any baby shower gift table.

 

Why Animal Stories?

As with all of our cashmere baby blankets, the story of Penelope the Poodle comes included as part of our unique baby keepsake box. Just like the babies in our lives, the faces on our blankets each have their own special story. These sweet animal stories encourage imagination and exploration to the little ears that hear them. They make the faces on our blankets come to life and help establish a bond that can last a lifetime. Not only does baby enjoy the cuddliness of the softest cashmere in the world, they also get a friend who can go on great adventures with them. Because at 10to12 Baby Lounge, we believe that the best baby gifts are the ones that help make lasting memories.

 

Best Gifts for First Time Moms

There are not many things more intimidating than being a first time mommy. It can seem like the only way to learn what to do is to pretend like you actually know what you’re doing for the sake of your baby and the sake of your own sense of personal balance. Fake it ’till you make it, right?

Luckily, there are some new items at 10 to 12 Baby Lounge that can make the first time mommy life a little bit easier and a whole lot cozier for the loving new mommies and babies in your life. Our timeless cashmere pieces for mommy and baby make the best gifts for first time moms, perfect gifts for baby showers or for no occasion at all! In fact, go ahead and indulge yourself in them as well. Once you give one as a gift, no doubt you will want to covet them for yourself and your own little one too. From the ultimate baby security blankets to heartwarming gift sets with unique pieces like cashmere baby booties, here are a few of our favorite best gifts for first time moms!

Swaddle Blankets

Swaddling is one of the most important things to master as a new mama. There are countless reasons to swaddle your baby, and do it correctly. It stimulates sleep continuity, which is a major goal for a new mom. When swaddled the right way, your baby will likely sleep better and longer. Because they will be all bundled up, they won’t be able to startle themselves awake with a flailing arm or the twitch of a leg. It is also a very effective soothing technique. While they may fuss a bit initially, research has shown a large reduction in crying when babies are swaddled properly. The most important reason for swaddling is that it reduces the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. When swaddled, a baby has much smaller chance of somehow covering their heads with a pillow or blankets, or rolling over onto their stomach, both of which can potentially be fatal.

10 to 12’s new ‘Stretch Me’ Blanket Set includes the perfect swaddle blanket for little ones. It is made of the highest quality cashmere, silk, and wool, creating the ideal stretchiness, warmth, and comfort that a baby should get from a swaddle blanket. The vast benefits of the Stretch Me blanket are actually in its name! The majority of swaddle blankets are restrictive and reinforce sleeping in an unusual position, which can put an infant at risk for hip dysplasia and impeded breathing. The Stretch Me blanket stays secure while allowing for natural joint mobility, meaning that baby gets all the benefits of swaddling without the potential hazards of most swaddle blankets. Not only that, but the set also comes with a cashmere plush Gavin or Kiwi toy that can accompany a little one on all sleeping endeavors. This is by far one of the best gifts for first time moms. Her baby will literally be a bundle of joy!

Security Blankets

Baby security blankets are of large importance of their own. They are the ultimate transitional objects for babies to grow their independence, meant to mimic the effects of a mother’s womb for the baby. Particularly during the “fourth trimester,” what we call months 10 to 12, a baby can start to feel confused and overwhelmed by the stimulus outside mommy’s belly, deeming baby security blankets ideal gifts for first time moms to comfort their little ones.

You may know of 10 to 12 Baby Lounge’s Gavin the Goat and Kiwi the Cat timeless cashmere baby blankets, but 10 to 12 Baby Lounge has recently introduced two more friends to the family! Meet Liam the Lion and Penelope the Poodle. These are the same beautiful, 100% machine-washable, non-toxic cashmere blankets, with exciting new friends to choose from to match each little one’s personality. These baby blankets include unique personal touches; each comes with a story booklet about the character on the blanket, hand embroidery and bright pom poms that promote sensory play, so baby can learn about their new friend as they grow up together!

Cashmere Baby Booties

New mamas are naturally protective and careful about their babies, and therefore want them to be as warm and protected as possible when going out into the big, new world. 10 to 12 Baby Lounge’s new Stepping Out Deluxe Cashmere Gift Set has everything little ones need to be cozy and comfy, and it comes in both Foggy grey and Ivory white. This too-cute-to-be-true set for newborns includes a Baby Wrap, Baby Hat, Baby Mittens and 10 to 12 Baby Lounge’s NEW gold or silver bottomed cashmere shoes. Our cashmere shoes are lined with butter-soft genuine leather with an adjustable strap, and all shoes are made in Portugal still following 10 to 12 Baby Lounge’s strict standard for eco-friendly production. All of these clothing items are a blend of the finest cashmere and cotton, ensuring the most comfort and lounge-chic style for little ones. These all-inclusive sets have everything a new baby will need for their first adventures out into the world, making them genius gifts for first time moms. Can you think of a more keepsake first pair of shoes to gift?!

And with that, we hope you feel more prepared to provide your friends and loved ones with the best gifts for first time moms. The options don’t stop here, though. 10 to 12 Baby Lounge’s new fall line is full of luxurious new products for mommies and babies alike!

Why Baby Security Blankets Are So Important

Babies are warm, snuggly little things that look even cuter when bundled up in warm, snuggly little blankets. Sometimes you feel like you’re 6 years old again, toting around your little baby doll all wrapped up in a cozy package. But no, now your babies are real, and there are real, important reasons for them to have baby security blankets that go far beyond simply looking cute and cozy. Here are the top reasons why baby security blankets are a necessity.

Transitional Object

Around three months old, a baby will start to realize that she and her mother are two separate beings. Before that, the baby sees her mother as an extension of herself. Because of this, the baby will likely panic and get upset when their mother leaves. Baby security blankets will help ease this process of the baby transitioning from dependence to independence. If the baby is holding their security blanket while their mother is holding them, the baby will begin to associate the blanket with their mother. It is a source of comfort and a symbol of mommy’s presence. When mom leaves her baby’s side, the baby is likely to panic and cry less because they have the security of the blanket and the reminder of mommy.

This transitional object will stay with your baby for years, as the transition process becomes more drastic while little ones are growing up. While they may not need the security blanket like they did as infants, it is common for children not to let go of their attachment to the transitional object until their pre-teenage years; some even keep them around as keepsakes or sentimental items to save for their own children.

Sleep!

Separation anxiety between baby and mama, especially at night time, will start hitting hard around six or seven months. This is another reason to introduce baby security blankets closer to three months; the baby will feel significantly attached and comforted by the blanket by the time the separation anxiety moves in.

Unless there is something truly wrong and the baby needs to be cared for, baby security blankets will do the trick when the baby wakes up upset and looking for mama. Instead of mom having to go comfort the baby, the little one will find that she has the security blanket that they associate with her mom, and they’ll likely be soothed back to sleep.

General Adjustments

Believe it or not, baby security blankets can also improve a baby’s temperament as they grow up. Research has shown that infants that grow up with a security blanket or object are better adjusted when it comes to happiness, attention, and impulsivity than those without security blankets.

Some parents do have concerns, like baby security blankets leading to habits like thumb sucking or too much of an attachment to their security objects. However, these are just habits that pass with time. They are stress coping mechanisms for little ones, and as they grow up, they will replace these mechanisms with new, more mature ones.

Check out 10 to 12 Baby Lounge’s line of cashmere baby blankets, a perfect source of security for your precious little one. They are all 100% cashmere, machine-washable, and free of dyes to ensure your baby is getting the very best.

 

New Addition Liam the Lion to the Cashmere Baby Blanket Collection!

We are so excited to introduce the world to our playful young cub, Liam the Lion; the  newest face of your premium cashmere baby blankets. Don’t you love his sweet face?! Liam joins our stars Gavin the Goat and Kiwi the Cat, who are already making a name for themselves as some of the best baby gifts out there.

Meet Liam

Liam the Lion is not your average Lion, of average animal stories. No, Liam is quite special. Liam loves to travel! Liam seeks culture! He hails from the great Mozambique in Africa, where he likes to spend his days frolicking in the vast savanna and splashing in cool creeks. While enjoying his beautiful homeland one day, he came across some visitors who introduced him to a scrumptious treat: an oatmeal cookie! Eager for more, and always up for a new adventure, Liam boarded the next plane to New York City.

 

So busy! he thought, but still oh so pretty!

He followed his nose to a bakery shop

and ordered six cookies, he ate without stop!

 

Having satisfied his curiosity, and his appetite, Liam headed back home (but not without some more cookies for the long journey, of course!) As with many a weary traveller, Liam was happy to return home for some much needed rest. Rest that was best accompanied by his favorite cashmere baby blanket.

 

Liam’s Cashmere Baby Blanket

Liam the Lion comes in our signature premium machine-washable cashmere. The soft colors make this cashmere baby blanket as beautiful as it is snuggly. Never far from his new foodie obsession, Liam is seen with a stack of hearty oatmeal cookies by his side. Detailed hand-embroidery work makes Liam’s face come to life, with a bold, savanna-inspired red. And of course, colorful pom-poms dangle from Liam’s feet to encourage sensory play for baby (and something perfect to cuddle when dozing off to sleep).

 

Because we know Liam will be well-loved wherever he roams, the cashmere baby blanket comes in our unique baby keepsake box. Not only will this box provide a safe place for Liam to be kept long after blanket snuggling years, it also has a special place to keep other precious baby memories, like a lock of hair from baby’s first haircut or baby’s first photo. Buying a security blanket as a gift for a special new sweetie in your life? Our baby keepsake box needs no gift wrapping! A simple ribbon can make this box an elegant addition to any baby shower gift table.

 

Why Animal Stories?

As with every cashmere baby blanket in our collection, the story of Liam the Lion comes included as part of our unique baby keepsake box. Just like the babies in our lives, the faces on our blankets each have their own unique story. These sweet animal stories encourage imagination and exploration to the little ears that hear them. The faces on our blankets come to life and help establish a bond that can last a lifetime. Not only does baby enjoy the cuddliness of the softest cashmere in the world, they also get a friend who can go on great adventures with them. Because at 10to12 Baby Lounge, we believe that the best baby gifts are the ones that help make lasting memories.

 

First Mother’s Day Gifts: Best Presents for New Moms

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and for new moms this day is full of novelty and excitement. Their introduction to sleepless nights and compounding loads of laundry, mixed with the sweetness of bringing new life into the world is a drastic change in lifestyle for new mommies. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show these admirable women extra appreciation. Whether you are stuck on finding a perfect luxurious first Mother’s Day gift to treat your friend, sister, wife or partner, here are a few unique and thoughtful ideas for first Mother’s Day presents from a first-hand mom herself.

Top First Mother’s Day Gifts

Poncho

If there’s anything a new mom needs, its a soft, warm cover when she feeds. With our 10 to 12 Mama Cashmere Ponchoshe’ll feel amazing and her baby will melt in her arms as they lounge peacefully on a cloud of luxurious, machine-washable cashmere. Our cashmere poncho can be easily slipped over the baby’s head, comes in a keepsake box to preserve all of baby’s special milestones, and functions as a soft baby blanket too, making the perfect first Mother’s Day gift.

First Mother's Day gifts 10 to 12 cashmere ponchoSkincare

The new momma in your life has just carried another human being inside her body for the past nine months. Not only has she gone through the pain of pregnancy, but she’s experienced weight gain, flux of hormones, stretch marks and little sleep in the process, which can be a huge confidence shaker. What she probably wants is something to help her feel beautiful again. What better first Mother’s Day gift than skincare?

Natural Oils: Beauty experts swear that oils are the best for skin hydration and renewal. Coconut oil and argan oil help to replenish the skin with nutrients and repair damage from sun, dehydration and exhaustion.

Anti-Aging Products: Finally we have been let into a little French skincare secret; start using anti-aging products before you see the signs of aging to preserve your healthy glow! The added benefit of a spa-like routine at home is a cherry on top. Ingredients like peptides, antioxidants and Retinol are some of the stars to look for when scouting the right products. Revision Skincare is one brand that is proven to be known and trusted for its quality, so you can be sure it is worth the investment. The Mom in your life will be thrilled as soon as she experiences the difference of its products. Our suggestion for an extra-special, pampering gift is Revision’s One of a Kind gift set. Included in the set is the silky-soft Intellishade Matte tinted moisturizer that will make putting on daily SPF feel like a luxury, and blends into most skin tones with anti-aging benefits.

Face Masks: Face masks are always a great Mother’s day present because not only do they replenish the skin, they provide the perfect excuse for your new mom to just take twenty minutes to sit back and relax after a long day.

Leggings

In the first year or so after giving birth, comfort is a huge priority for new moms when it comes to clothes. She’s not going to want to wear jeans around the house when she’s feeding or holding the baby — Leggings are THE go-to lounge wear. She also might be trying to shave off the last few pregnancy pounds and get back on track with her workout schedule. Leggings are one of the most practical first mother’s day gifts that you’ll be sure will be put to good use.

First Mother's Day Gifts leggings

 

 

Personalized Jewelry

If you’re looking for something more meaningful or thoughtful, personalized jewelry is always a good idea. Getting her a custom engraved ring or necklace as a first mother’s day present is great because it’s something that will last, and something that really memorializes this big day. Etsy is a great resource for handmade personalized jewelry.

First Mother's Day gifts Etsy jewelry

 

 

Tote Bag

Tote bags are both practical and cute and can make the best bonus Mother’s Day presents. First time moms will realize that with the new baby, they suddenly have so many things to carry around, be it bottles, handkerchiefs, or diapers. Getting her a light, roomy, machine-washable tote bag with a cute design is a perfect first mother’s day gift.

First Mother's Day gifts tote bag

 

 

Lap Desk

New moms know that there’s nothing more convenient and comfortable than being able to journal or work while sitting in bed. Imagine being able to write a card or type an email while patting your newborn to sleep next to you! Rest assured, there’s no better Mother’s Day present than a nice, comfy lap desk.

 

First Mother's day gifts lap desk

 

 

If you have any other suggestions for First Mother’s Day gifts, feel free to contribute and share in the comments below!

Signed,

A New Momma

 

Please enter “MothersDay30” at check out to redeem your 30% off gift from 10 to 12 Baby Lounge with any purchase for a limited time. Happy Mother’s Day!

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