Friday, December 30, 2016

Getting Organized for the New Baby – Pt. 2

framed birth announcementYour empty nest is about to become full, so there’s not much time left for prepping and organization! after your little one arrives.
Make sure to complete these to-do’s before life becomes more hectic after your little one arrives.

Spring Clean: Many of us postpone our spring cleaning, but now’s the time to tackle it (for the sake of you and your baby’s health and safety). Dust behind furniture, clean the floors, and vacuum under the couch and tables, etc. Remember to stay as close to the floor as possible, as this is where your baby will be! Now is also a great time to ditch clutter such as magazines, old clothes and unwanted gifts from the holidays. Some of these tasks can be exhausting, so ask your partner or friends for help.

Do Laundry: Washing everything that doesn’t make it to your weekly loads, such as throw rugs, towels, and pillow shams. Make sure to also stock up on detergent and stain remover, because you’re soon to be washing lots of onesies, pajamas and baby blankets.

Order Birth Announcements: You can order these online so they’re ready as soon as you know your baby’s final stats. Address the envelopes now so they’re ready to be mailed, and don’t forget a framed birth announcement for hanging in the nursery!

Make the Who-to-Call List: It’s best to set this list up now so your partner knows who to inform of your new arrival. You can even set up a call chain (i.e., enlist three people who will each call another three people).

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Getting Organized for the New Baby – Pt. 1

hanging diaper stacker
“Nesting” is a soon-to-be parent’s instinct to prepare their “empty nest” to become full and busy; and with this generally comes organization, cleanliness and preparation. After all, you’ll need to make plenty of room for that new bundle of joy and all his/her necessities! If you’ve been hit with the nesting instinct, its best to make the most of it now before life becomes more hectic after the baby arrives.

Stock Up on Essentials: Although they’re tiny, babies go through endless diapers and other essentials. Load up on baby soap, bottles, bibs, baby powder, etc. Basically, pick up everything you won’t want to run out of during a busy day.

Load Up the Pantry: You likely won’t have much time for grocery shopping when the baby comes, so it’s best to stock up now on non-perishables. Load up on healthy, convenient foods such as trail mix, crackers, brown rice, healthy sauces and broths, etc. Make a space for baby food, cereal, formula, spoons, and bowls.

Prepare the Nursery: Keep the necessities you know you’ll need close at hand. This way, you can avoid having a naked, messy baby on the changing table when the clean diapers and wipes are across the room. We suggest investing in a handy hanging diaper stacker. Now’s also a great time to organize the closet and drawers.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Rise of Personalized Gifts

personalized baby blanket
Whether it’s Christmas, a baby shower or a birthday, a personalized gift is a great way to show a new or expecting mom just how truly special she is. Personalized gifts from Purple Pumpkin are a perfect way to stand out in a crowd, and they can make an average present into something meaningful that is cherished forever. There is much truth to the saying ‘It’s the thought that counts”!

When a gift for a new mom or baby has been custom-made or personalized, there’s no doubt it will become a keepsake. Once the baby shower or baby’s first birthday party has ended, Mom will go home and sort through her large pile of new gifts. She will likely find items she already has plenty of, duplicate gifts, or gifts that don’t match her or her baby’s needs. It’s likely they will be returned to the store, be donated or even collect dust. However, a precious gift such as a personalized baby blanket or a personalized toy chest possesses more meaning, as it was tailored specifically for her.

The most important aspect about the art of gift-giving is showing that you know the recipient really well, and that you care about them. Practicality of the gift is important to consider as well, but it’s amazing what a little bit of customization can do to make a special day or event even more memorable.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Preparing for a Flight with Your Baby

Many of us travel to see friends and family for the holidays – babies included! It’s crucial to prepare adequately for your little one’s first flight, but as a first-time parent (or even for the seasoned parent with their newest bundle of joy in tow), it required a lot of preparing and planning just to take a stroll at the nearby park. Trips in general, whether they are day trips or an extended stay, can be a stressful time – especially when you consider everything you need for your baby.

The first step to reducing your travel stress is by packing the right diaper bag essentials for your baby or toddler. Starting your trip stressed and disorganized is not a good sign for the upcoming adventure! Give yourself a head start in preparing and start with the number one essential: the diaper bag.

Your everyday diaper bag may be smaller in size in order to accommodate wipes, diapers, a spare change of clothes, a bottle and an extra pacifier. However, your travel bag should be larger to allow for extra essentials to get you through a day of flights, layovers or car trips. You don’t want to lose precious travel time by running to a store en-route because you forgot a necessity.

As for the contents of your diaper bag, here’s a list of the must-have’s that will help make your trip a success for both of you!

• Diapers (one per hour, or training pants for potty-training toddlers)
• Wipes
• Diaper rash ointment
• Wash cloth, burp cloth and a hand towel
• Two to three personalized baby bibs
• Bottle(s) or sippy cup (one sippy cup is generally sufficient, but you’ll need more than one bottle depending on the length of your trip and your child’s needs
• Formula, milk or breast milk — prepared and chilled
• Baby food with baby-safe utensils
• Bottled water
• Snacks (you can keep snacks for you or older children in your baby’s diaper bag)
• Extra clothes for baby (two or three bodysuits, shirts and bottoms)
• Baby/toddler-safe toys (don’t overstuff, but choose at least one or two you know will keep your child entertained and happy)
• Hand sanitizer
• Two pacifiers
• Travel-size first-aid kit

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fun Facts About Piggy Banks

Piggy banks have been around for a long, long time. The material often used for them is called Pygg. It dates back to the Middle Ages, and it was originally used because it was cheap. It is an orange color and was used to make pygg jars and pots. During the 18th century, pygg banks were introduced. From personalized piggy banks to generic versions, these keepsakes would come in handy whenever folks could save an extra coin or two.

Even though we no longer make coin holders out of the orange pygg clay, the banks are shaped like pigs to pay homage to this historical fact.

Great for Gifts!
While most people associate personalized piggy banks with childhood, you can enjoy them at any time in your life. Companies often make them to be used for promotional purposes. These personalized piggy banks make popular gifts for people of all ages. They make fun keepsake gifts that can be used by children to adults.

We offer different shapes and designs of piggy banks that you can personalize to make the perfect gift. Choose from painted pigs, elephants, tigers, airplanes, or trains to get the right look for your little money saver. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Making Bath Time Fun

Though that first bath with your newborn may seem a bit tricky at first, bath time can become a great way to bond. For guaranteed fun, try these games and activities on your little one and see which ones make him or her smile.

Jump In: Is your baby still wary of the water? Slide into the tub with her, and she’ll feel secure as she adjusts to the sensation of the water.

Break Out the Toys and Bubbles: There’s endless bathtime toys out there to guarantee fun in the tub. Rubber ducks and other water animals encourage imaginary play, and plastic sups will teach him about filling and pouring. Or, use bubble wands or a powered bubble blower and he’ll be sure to love watching them float through the air.

Tickle Her Senses: When its time to dry off,your baby will get a kick out of touching the soft washcloths and towels. Our fluffy
monogrammed hooded towels will add even more fun as they’ll feature her favorite animal or pattern.

Sing While You Soap: For a baby, the simple act of bathing is a big sensory experience. Add a song or any soothing sounds, and you’ve got yourself a bathtime hit. With a mashup for for-the-tub tunes like “Rubber Ducky”, your baby will love it – even if you’re way off-key!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Personalized Gifts Available From Purple Pumpkin Gifts

Purple Pumpkin Gifts is a one-of-a-kind specialty children's boutique that focuses on quality, excellence, and affordability. Located in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, we are proud to have the best selection of perfect baby gifts for any and all occasions. We can help you design customized decor and find the best pieces for your baby's room, with everything from personalized piggy banks to monogrammed baby blankets.

With an excess of 25 years of design, decor, and production experience, we take pride in providing parents to be with the best options for their baby room needs. Our desire and our goal have always been to be local and available for those who need a little help and guidance for their decorating needs.

We started small and humble and have grown to be one of the leading boutiques for infant and toddler decor and personalized items. Our commitment to quality has never wavered and we have continued to hold customer satisfaction as the highest marker for success.

There is nothing cookie-cutter about our boutique — we are all about offering personalized items that are worth something and mean something to the family receiving it. Whether you or someone close to you is expecting or has welcomed a new arrival in recent days, we know that few things make a new mom happier than seeing their child's name on a beautiful decoration piece.

Decorations such as personalized baby clothes, personalized piggy banks, baby blankets, wall decor and art, birth announcements and more make great gifts to give to any new family. Come see our unique selection of items for yourself and see the amazing diversity of personalized items that can be found in our boutique.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Great Gift Ideas From Purple Pumpkin Gifts

Purple Pumpkin Gifts is a one-of-a-kind baby gift boutique that is based in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. For years, we've been providing unique and high-quality products for infants, babies, toddlers and kids of all ages.

We also offer adorable personalized home decor and monogrammed baby gifts to help make the new baby’s room absolutely perfect. Our detailed baby registry service allows customer to sign up and search to find the perfect gifts for a baby shower, new arrival, first birthday, or for any gift-giving occasion.

Customization options are also available on many products, allowing customers the opportunity to make each gift truly unique to the recipient by choosing features such as color, personalizing, engraving, and more — and as always, free gift wrap is included!

Whether you or someone in your family has recently had a new baby or there is a special occasion coming up for your little one, there is nothing more wonderful than beautiful personalized decor and baby items. Monogrammed baby gifts combine practical gifts with the unique flare of a personalized item.

Decorations available from Purple Pumpkin Gifts range from personalized piggy banks, to monogrammed baby blankets, personalized birth announcement, and much more! It is easier than ever to add a fun and personal touch to the nursery and any gift you buy for your little bundle of joy. Your little one will love the gift, as will the rest of the family.

So stop settling for run-of-the-mill gifts and decor and instead choose quality and excellence. You do not have to break the bank to find personal and meaningful gifts to give this season. Check out Purple Pumpkin Gifts and get the perfect personalized home decor and monogrammed baby gifts today - You and your little one will be glad that you did!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

When Is the Best Time to Have a Baby Shower?

Having a baby shower is always a highlight of a woman’s pregnancy, especially if this is her first child. They’re a lot of fun to plan and attend, but one of the most common questions is about the best time to have one.

Although baby showers can be held at any time, they are often held early in the third trimester (around 32 weeks). This is because the mother is now out of the riskiest part of her pregnancy. Also, the sex of the baby is typically discovered at this point, which will influence her registry decisions. At the same time, she’s not so far progressed for there to be a possibility that she may go into labor.

Of course, there are various reasons that could warrant having a baby shower much earlier. Multiple pregnancies such as twins are more likely to be delivered earlier than the due date, so the mother may wish to have the shower earlier to ensure she will not miss it. Religious beliefs can also play a role – for example, some Jewish couples consider it taboo to obtain any baby-related items before the delivery, such as personalized nursery décor. Lastly, if family members are spread apart geographically, the baby shower may simply be held at a time and location that makes it most accessible for others to attend.

The time of the baby shower is ultimately the mother’s decision – however, they generally should not be held before the fetus is 20 weeks old.

When do you think is the right time to have a baby shower?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Welcome to Purple Pumpkin Gifts’ Blog!

Welcome to the official blog of Purple Pumpkin Gifts! Based in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, we’re an online children’s boutique providing adorable and affordable personalized home décor and gifts for your child’s room or baby’s nursery. Our selection includes newborn gift packages, nursery décor, personalized toys and birth announcements. We also offer customization of the colors or artwork of our products whenever possible. If you’re seeking personalized baby shower gifts, we're your one-stop shop!

In this blog, we’ll be posting fun gift and baby shower ideas, product highlights, nursery décor ideas and more. Whether you or someone close to you is expecting a baby, we want to help you prepare and take part in the excitement! We know that there is nothing more delightful to a new mom than decorating the nursery. We’ll be updating regularly, so be sure to check back with us often.

At Purple Pumpkin Gifts, we value our customers and their satisfaction; so feel free to contact us here with any questions or comments, and someone will be glad to assist you. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday until 4:00 p.m.