Post # 1
My Maid/Matron of Honor is due a few months after our wedding; this will be their first. Her husband is our best man – needless to say they’re pretty good friends of ours!
I’d like to get her a kick ass gift – I was just looking at carriers online, and was thinking maybe those, but then I thought that might be something she’d research and choose for herself.
I don’t have kids. I don’t know what parents go through.
I want to get her something that she will really appreciate – a good quality, well designed, modern product that will make parenting easier for her. Something she might not get otherwise, you know? Or maybe something that she’d get some mediocre product at Baby Mart or whatever, when she could have something amazing.
As parents, what are the products you’ve found have revolutionised the way you do life with a baby/toddler in tow?
Post # 3
Not a mom but I know moms who would have loved a nice, stylish diaper bag. And then you can fill it up with some diapers, perhaps not newborn diapers though because I hear you don’t need those for very long. That way she has something that looks nice for herself and is practical. I find that people who are parents LOVE practical things. hehe.
Post # 4
2 things have made our lives better. One is Lovey Duds baby wearing wrap. (So awesome that I have two of them!) and the other is our yoga ball. I couldn’t get through a single day without these!
Post # 5
My favorite gift ended up being diapers. Lol I was like “oh…thhhannks.” at my baby shower, but after I had him. Soo grateful.
I really loved my boppy pillow for feeding him in the hospital.
But I think sceeder is on the right track.
A super soft cozy blanket /nightgown /slippers for the mom too.
Post # 6
My 2 go-to gifts for new parents are the Boppy pillow and the diaper genie. Both are fantastic and SO useful
Post # 7
Just as a counter-point, I hate my boppy and never use it! Oh but, classic keepsakes are always good, like a silver Tiffany rattle, etc.
Post # 8
I think things like swings, slings, vibrating chairs, etc – anything useful – run the risk of not being AWESOME gifts because babies are so different. You get the best sling, but then it turns out the baby likes to sit in a vibrating chair, so your awesome swing isn’t a great gift for THIS baby. They’re also likely to get a 100 soft blankets…
What’s their design style? You could do something with the baby’s name for the nursery.
Post # 9
My sister got a ridiculous amount of things as gifts when she was pregnant with my neice. Her favs were the Boppy pillow (and the extra covers she got – very useful to be able to switch out) and a baby food maker (it steams fruits and vegetables so you can make your own organic baby food – obviously she saved this for a little while before using it!).
The only thing she really wanted and didn’t get was a rocking chair for the nursery.
Post # 10
Boppies are awesome – a good one and some great covers is a great idea. My son absolutely lived in his swing but PP is right that every baby is different. My son also loved his exersaucer. They have a new one now that the baby moves around (instead of sitting in the middle).
Post # 11
my friends are having their 1st any day now i agree with diaper bags but i got them one from etsy *oh how i love that site* that clips onto the stroller it’s smaller and can only hold a little but it’s perfect for short outings
Post # 12
It depends so much on the person. Someone got us a certain brand of diapers, and a lot of them! But DS just peed right through them. We have found only two brands that work for him. I loved my boppy and our video monitor, my son hated the sling, and barely used a pacifier. Bath stuff and baby medications are always good to have!
Post # 13
Hmmm… I guess I was thinking something that would grow with the kid a little more – like a stroller that can be used until he’s … however old kids are when they stop using strollers, or a carrier backpack thing that the kid can sit in, or … I don’t know. Isn’t there some universal magic product that every mother needs? Hahaha…
I guess I’m just thinking I’d like to get her a really awesome gift that no one else will get her. I’m not afraid of dropping a $100-150 on it. 🙂
This boppy deal seems to be popular – how long does that get used? Are the covers purely asthetic or does the kid end up spitting up on it so it NEEDS to be changed regularly?
They’re not finding out gender until s/he comes out, so I can’t really go the sentimental route (and that’s not my style anyway – I’m more into the newest, latest, most stylish thing, haha).
Post # 14
This is a stroller that grows with kids. My SiL has one and loves it.
ETA: But lots of new parents get their heart set on a stroller they pick out. Does she have a baby registry set up yet?
Post # 15
I vote for a gliding rocker like this:
It will be great for nighttime feedings and as baby gets older it can be used as a bedtime story chair. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like their gliding rocker.
Post # 16
@ddw: a stroller or travel system would be awesome if you have the $$ for it. The travel system comes with a stroller and infant car seat. Every child needs that. We still use the boppy and my son is 12 months. Heck, it even makes a nice neck pillow for the parents. Hehe.