Soon after Ameli was born, my friend Kesia sent us a massive gift box filled to the brim with baby products, books and a whole bunch of gorgeous bits and pieces for her. I popped everything relating to the pregnancy, birth and the next few months, into the box and when she was about 7 months old, I finally had chance to go through the box and keep those items that would have sentimental value, and get rid of the bits we didn’t need.
In the box we kept Ameli’s New Baby cards, her receiving blanket, the first outfit she wore, two newspapers from the day of her birth and so on. It’s something I treasure, and I’m sure in time to come, she will too. And I’d love to do something similar for Squidge.
Freya Designs do wooden boxes for jewellery, money, sewing, trinkets or storage. They have First Holy Communion boxes, wedding boxes, Christmas boxes and, fit for my purposes, baby boxes.
We received the Blue Pram Keepsake Box from Freya Designs for review, and they are really nicely made. The box is about shoe-box size, 27x17x14cm, so not really big enough for storing everything I have in Ameli’s box, but still a nice size for quite a few new baby bits -and probably a lot more practical for storage purposes.
The workmanship on them is really good.
To start with, they arrive in a Freya Designs box, wrapped in bubble wrap
The boxes aren’t suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts, and as Ameli managed to pull the ribbon off in two minutes, that’s probably something to keep an eye on if you have it accessible to children.so they’re nice and protected. If you’re storing it for the years to come, it won’t hurt to keep it stored in those, for safe keeping.
The topper, in this case a blue pram, is really nicely finished off, and there’s a smiley baby inside. There’s also a plaque with the words -My First Memories’ on it. The larger box has a clasp to close it, but the smaller box doesn’t.
On the inside is another wooden plaque with Name, Date and Weight on it, with space for you to add that information.
Often with these things the outside is lovely but the inside is a bit unfinished. This isn’t like that at all. It’s all smoothly and perfectly finished.
As a product I think it’s really gorgeous.
But I do think the range is very limited. There are only generic pink and blue, so if you don’t know the gender of your baby you’re stuck. Some of the other ranges have a beautiful green which would add a nice option for those of us who don’t equate a sex with a colour, or don’t find out the sex till birth.Â Also, apart from the photo box which is lovely, all the boxes feature babies in cribs or prams, so if you’re a parent who co-sleeps and baby wears, as we are, you may feel they’re not ‘relevant’, as we do.
I think the box itself is such beautiful quality and craftsmanship that a little variety and less ‘generic’ baby stereotypes would be a wonderful addition.
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