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"It is a good idea to look as though you're…"
It is a good idea to look as though you're not quite at the stage of being fully 'up and about' in the weeks after your baby is born.
Otherwise, when people come to visit, they may be under the misapprehension you will want to make them tea etc.
A dressing gown kept near the front door can be a good disguise.
Also, once you have a baby to lug around it's much harder to keep a towel wrapped around you once you get out of the bath.
The White Company do a cashmere one that is lovely, but I expect a decent cotton one in a neutral colour would be fine.Read moreLess
"It is easy to guess someone's dressing gown size so…"
It is easy to guess someone's dressing gown size so you don't need to peer at labels in their clothing etc.
I would advocate a cashmere or silk dressing gown as a gift. This is because, in the days after the baby is born, it is of great strategic importance to look as though you are not 'up and about' or else you will be roped into running an NCT coffee morning 6 weeks postpartum or a similarly dreadful fate.
This period used to be called 'lying-in' and can now be referred to as a babymoon.
It is great to walk about instead of lying down, but a nice cuddly dressing gown makes it look as though you aren't quite ready to pop to the shops while MIL takes the baby 'for you' and if it is beautiful so much the better.
Silk and cashmere are lovely for nightfeeds.
A supplementary gift might be a booklet with 5 coupons for your hand-washing services, although silk and some cashmere will go in the machine, and I even have a cashmere sweater that goes in the tumbledrier.Read moreLess