Sourcing the most wonderful items for celebrating the milestones in life is our passion. We like to create unique quality gifts with meaning and tradition that are useful as well. We are delighted to share our Baby Milestone gift collection along with the inspirations for the contents all focused on bringing good fortune!
Discover the inspiration for the Milestone Baby Gift Set
Coccinella – The ladybug is known as a porta fortuna or bearer of good luck. In Italian culture, they are thought to be very good luck for new born babies, and so depictions of the lovely little creature can commonly be found in nurseries. The story goes that, in Medieval Europe, farmers were desperately trying to defend their crops from garden pests. They prayed to The Virgin Mary for help, and soon they began to see small red beetles with seven black spots in their fields. The presence of those beetles seemed to miraculously save their crops, and the farmers named their new little friends “Our Lady’s Beetle” in reference to The Virgin Mary, as she is commonly depicted wearing a red cloak. While maybe not a miracle, their presence was definitely fortunate. The Ladybug, as it is now called, is a natural predator of harmful garden pests such as aphids, and are still used as a natural form of pesticide in gardens! So you will note this lucky little creature is a thread throughout our collection
Camicino della Fortuna – “Good luck shirt” is a classic Italian tradition. It is believed that dressing a newborn in the shirt soon after birth will bring the baby good fortune and saving it without washing as a piece to be passed down through the generations was common historically. Our camicino della fortuna is made of 100% cotton and hand embroidered with care by an Italian seamstress.
Bavaglino – Italians of course are fashion centered, even for their bambinis! Our matching bib is terrycloth and once again hand embroidered for a cherished item with functional purpose.
Confetti di Nascita – Italian tradition has “confetti “for all major events especially marriages and births. This confetti is made of coated Jordan almonds placed in small bags. The number is always odd, not even and it is said for births it should be three representing the parents and the baby. The custom is for parents to share with visitors after the arrival of the baby.
Murano charm – Created of handblown glass from Murano artists, our ladybug good luck charm is a keepsake for the ages.
Ceramica – Gifts from the earth created by the artist. Our plate and cup set is designed for durability and with the ever present ladybug; one even hiding in the cup!