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Newborns are so special, aren’t they? Their sweet little lint-filled hands. Their quiet coos and grunts. Their warm, snuggly bodies. Their smell.
I didn’t realize how much I missed that wonderful newborn smell until I had Simon. In those first few weeks, I spent a lot of time holding him close and just smelling him. Writing that out makes me feel like a complete weirdo but I know that all you other mamas out there can relate. Having a newborn really is a magical time and it goes by way too fast.
^ He’s thinking “man I smell so good”…oh wait…that’s me
Our little Simon Earl is three months old and already not so little. He has outgrown all of the newborn- 3 month outfits that we had prepared for him and has moved on to six month stuff. Luckily, all of his clothes were either bought second hand by his Mimi or passed down to us by gracious friends (seriously, I didn’t buy anything) so I don’t feel too bad about having to pack it away already. In fact, I am looking forward to passing on these items to other expecting mamas soon.
^ See what a big boy he already is?!!
When preparing hand-me-downs to be gifted, you always want to start by making sure they are in good condition. Newborn items are easy because baby isn’t doing much yet. Lots of sleeping and eating makes for pretty clean, not worn out clothing. However, all mamas know that those blowouts are serious business and sometimes leave clothes with stains that you just can’t get rid of. Give all the items a once over and check for any big stains or holes. Make a “giveaway” pile and another pile for items that you can find another use for (old onesies make great cleaning rags)
Once you have a pile of “good” items, you want to run them through the wash so that they are ready for the new baby to wear right away without having their mama do any work. I recently started using Snuggle® Ultra Blue Sparkle fabric conditioner and blue iris bliss Snuggle Scent Boosters® in all of our laundry loads. By layering the two Snuggle products in the washing machine, our clothes come out smelling fresher than ever and I find myself wanting to just snuggle up with our laundry instead of folding it. (When I’m not snuggling Simon, of course.)
The snuggle scent boosters come in small, convenient pods that pack a serious punch. The instructions on the package make them very easy-to-use leaving your hand-me-downs extra soft and smelling fresh – perfect for all of those new family snuggles that are bound to happen.
The best part is that once the newborn smell fades away, you (and the families that you pass your hand-me-downs to) can continue to use the Snuggle Ultra Blue Sparkle fabric conditioner and blue iris bliss Snuggle Scent Boosters to bring that smell alive and transport themselves back to the special moments of newborn bliss.
The last step in preparing newborn hand-me-downs to be gifted is to package them up. Like with anything, presentation is key so instead of just throwing all of the clothing into an old grocery bag and dropping them at their doorstep, take the time to write a nice love note to the new parents. Share with them your congratulations as well as your best piece of advice for surviving those first few crazy weeks. I also like to throw in a well-loved toy or book for the new babe. Tie them all up with a pretty ribbon and you are good to go!
You can find both of the awesome Snuggle® products mentioned above at your local Sam’s Club in the laundry/home care aisle. Be sure to check your March Instant Savings Guide for exclusive deals.
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