It remains the popular tradition to celebrate the birth of a baby with a gift. Expectant parents are celebrated with baby showers, and a formal birth announcement traditionally requires acknowledgement in the form of a gift. Throughout the centuries, sterling silver has been the most popular way to mark the arrival of a new baby. There are several reasons why:
Foremost, it is an heirloom in the making! Parents will keep a sterling cup forever, whereas baby clothes are quickly outgrown, and plastic toys and feeding accessories are discarded after use.
Secondly, here is an interesting “who knew?” Beyond its value and aesthetics, sterling silver has antimicrobial properties, and does not allow germs to breed. It is safer for a baby to mouth or handle a sterling silver teething ring than a rubber or plastic toy. The same is true for feeding a baby with a silver spoon. Which means that the saying “born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth” is as much a statement on health as it is on wealth!
Sterling is sturdy. Parents should not be afraid to let their baby use a sterling item. A silver rattle, spoon or cup may acquire some dings and dents from use, but those marks of loving wear become the most cherished and “personal” thing about them!
And sterling is practical! Some feel that new parents should not get silver because it requires extra work. This is not true! Even though it is considered “fine”, sterling baby items are just as easy to maintain and clean as a plastic toy!
Which prompts us to speak to the general falsehood about sterling care being time-consuming or difficult. The Truth? Sterling silver does NOT have to be polished often. You can easily maintain your silver’s shine if you simply rinse it after each use in warm soapy water. Don’t allow eggs or salt to sit on your silver. You do NOT have to wash your sterling by hand, it can go in the dishwasher (though knives prior to WWII should be hand-washed). Just use non-citrus detergent and avoid the heated dry cycle. How easy is that?
Sterling silver has been a favorite gift for a baby’s birth as well as for special occasions throughout a child’s life. We have many items for baby including baptismal shells, tooth fairy boxes, Christmas ornaments, frames and other gifts that can be personalized with hand engraving for many different milestone occasions. There are gifts in many different price points and we carry both new and estate pieces. Many collectors seek antique baby sterling for decorative purposes, given its exquisite and storied detail and personalized inscriptions and monograms.
Here are some popular items we feature in the BABY section of our website:
Cups (one- or two-handled)
Short handled spoons and forks (for self-feeding)
Long-handled infant feeding spoons
Feeding sets (fork, spoon and food pusher)
Comb and Brush sets
Youth set (knife, fork and spoon) in many flatware patterns
Tooth fairy boxes
Note: Christmas ornaments are offered in the ORNAMENTS section and are categorized by year of issue as well as by pattern. Every year we offer several different “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments from which to choose!
We have been helping customers with their baby, gift, and wedding registries for over 40 years. Our personalized service sets us apart. Call us at 404.261.4009 or 800.270.4009; visit our website’s registry page at www.beverlybremer.com/registry/registry.php ; or visit us at our Atlanta store.