Post # 1
hey baby mammas,
what is the BEST shower gift you got? most inventive, most thoughtful, most needed, etc?
i have a couple showers coming up and i would rather not give the norm but rather something a bit more thoughtful…
Post # 4
Edit – just saw this is for BABY showers, so never mind previous answer!
Post # 5
I don’t have any babies. But a couple things I have been told are called SWADDLES. They are designed to wrap the new born tight the way they do in the hospital but they have velcro on them. It’s more like a shaped sleeping bag (but fleece) that you can lay the baby in and only wrap one side over the other and it will stay in place. They say most babies sleep better in these because they can’t jump and wake themselves up. This is more convienient then doing it with just a blanket the way the hospital does because it doesn’t get loose.
I’ve also bought things off of registries and then wrapped them in recieving blankets instead of paper. I use little hair clips or diaper clips to hold them instead of tape on paper. Or you can wrap the presents in paper and then take one recieveing blanket and wrap one gift like it’s in a diaper. I also usually buy a baby book instead of giving a card.
Most moms will also tell you that you can NEVER have enough Diapers!! So you can never go wrong with stocking up on the necessities like formula; diapers wipes. They may not really apprieciate it at the shower as much as others (first time moms); but they will once they get home with the baby and have the back ups so they don’t have to run to the store!!
Just a few things I’ve done in the past!
Post # 6
My own shower isn’t until May, but I was just talking to a friend who recently had hers. Of course, anything off her registry was well-appreciated, as were those items you can never have enough of- like diapers and wipes. She also appreciated clothes in LARGER sizes… she got some things in 12 and even 24 months. She was excited for those outfits because by the time baby is that old, the gifting phase is long gone and parents have to buy most/all of baby’s clothes themselves. On the other hand, she also received a TON of newborn to 3 month outfits… more than that baby will ever be able to wear before it outgrows them. The larger sized-clothes were actually much more appreciated.
Post # 7
I often get children’s books for moms-to-be and they always say they are the first books they received. Also I saw a cute idea today for a shower, they had a children’s book and everyone at the shower signed it like a guest book. Something for the mother and child to have as a keepsake.
Post # 8
No kids here! But one of my friends recently had a baby. Her favorite shower present was comfy nursing pj’s for her! At a time when the baby gets so much attention, it’s nice to show the momma some lovin too!
Post # 9
@fallflowers I love that idea 🙂 so smart!!
Post # 10
At the time of my shower, I really, really wanted people to stick to the registry since I had done SO MUCH RESEARCH on what I wanted to purchase for our son…including wipes, lotions, toys and diapers.
I would say that the best gift we received in retrospect, although I know I didn’t necessarily appreciate it at the time, was pre-folded cloth diapers to be used as burp cloths. EVERY kid spits up. EVERY ONE OF THEM. And the cute little burp cloths you can buy are just that…cute and little, but completely ridiculous. As soon as your kid has any head control, you need a burp cloth that is as wide as your shoulder so you aren’t trying to play ‘aim the Condor’ after every meal. Plus, they’re diapers so they are absorbent so the spit up doesn’t just drip off the end of it onto your clothes, but rather absorbs it before it can do damage to the couch.
Post # 11
I personally don’t have kids, but my go to shower gift lately is made by a company called Skip Hop and it is called the Pronto http://www.skiphop.com/product/202000.html. It is a portable changing station. My sister got one when her first child was born and she said it was one of her favorite items…came in VERY handy. So, now it is my go to shower gift. Also, not to $$ at about $30. I think it is something that most new moms don’t really think of. I also love the PJ idea, or something nice for the mom…maybe a gift certificate for a massage?
Post # 12
At my sister in laws shower, a group of girls from work got together and bought a hamper and filled it with so many cute little stuffed animals, teethers and a couple outfits. It was a great group gift!! If your friends are into organic stuff and like DIY, get them a baby food maker (they have them at Williams Sonoma and Im sure other places)
Post # 13
Marzipan- great idea- I might use that for my sister-in-law’s shower. FYI, the black one is only $19.99 at amazon and qualifies for super saver shipping. Reviews are great too. Love Amazon! Thanks.
Post # 14
A cute gift is a black T-shirt or onesie,a black knit hat, black Robeez and a copy of the book Urban Babies Wear Black by Michelle Sinclair Colman.
Post # 15
Definitely the Swaddle, couldn’t have lived without mine for the first 3 months.
Diapers and wipes are always great, but I absolutely recommend getting them in at least size 1 unless you KNOW the baby is going to be tiny! Newborn diapers are only good up to 8 or 10lbs.
And PLEASE always think about how old the baby will be in what season. Don’t buy a cute little sundress in 6 month size if the baby will be 6 months at Christmas time! We have un-useable and unworn clothing just because the size was wrong for the season.