Have you noticed that most babies these days own some pieces of baby jewelry? Almost all babies these days, seem to have at least one baby bracelet or bangle, perhaps a charm bracelet strung with baby charms, or, if they have their ears pierced, as is increasingly the case, starting their own collection of baby earrings!
Not too long ago, perhaps a generation ago, we rarely saw babies wearing jewellery. The very fortunate babies might have been given some special item such as an exquisitely engraved baby bangle or ID bracelet as a Christening gift, but most babies did not own a piece of jewelry.
We all want our gifts to the newborn to be something special. We want to show how welcome the new baby is, how thrilled we are about her arrival and we want to give something that will receive a lot of use, and not just worn for a few weeks until outgrown, or worn out, or stained, or scuffed, and then thrown out. Yes, we are a throw-away society - especially when it comes to babies. These days, babies seem to come into this world with new cot, new bedding, new clothing, new toys, whereas not so long ago, things were kept and passed on, either within the family or to neighbours, friends or friends of friends.
The great thing about a piece of baby jewellery is, we can be pretty sure that, even when it's outgrown, it will not be thrown out. It will be kept for the baby for when she's grown up, perhaps for her own children, or passed down to her siblings as they arrive.
The family portraits will record your gift so it will never be forgotten.
Your little jewelry gift will be worn for longer than a jumpsuit, last longer than a little toy, won't become so unwashable that it is put in the rubbish, and won't date like her first dress or pair of shoes.
And when it is outgrown, it's likely to be placed in safe storage, in wait for when the baby has grown up and given back in time to celebrate the arrival of her own baby.
Which makes the purchase of that little baby jewelry gift, an excellent value gift!