(Closed) Invite to baby shower. I'm clueless :/

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Is she registered anywhere? I always buy off the registry so I know the mom-to-be is getting something she wants/needs.

I went to two baby showers this year and I got one mom the Pack n Play she wanted because they’re ridiculously useful, and for the other I got a bunch of feeding supplies from her registry – Playtex Drop-Ins bottle starter kit, bottle liners, breastmilk storage bags and a bottle drying rack. I also included a couple of cute outfits since she knew the gender.

Post # 4
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Milo:  Can’t go wrong withwipes, receiving blankets, and maybe some onesies in a bigger size. SIL will probably get lots of infant/new born clothes, but might not get so many bigger 9-12+ month clothes. Those are my typical go to shower items

Post # 5
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Definitely purchase something off of her registry if she has one.

But if not, I suggest a boppy. 

Post # 6
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

She is probably registered. Get her something practical, not something decorative. Avoid clothing. Bottles, receiving blankets, swaddling blankets, diapers, etc. are good options.

Post # 7
1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Congrats on becoming an aunt!

I agree, practical gifts off the registry are best.

If for some reason she’s not registered, I suggest muslin swaddling blankets, bottles, diapers, books, etc. I’d probably avoid clothes, even though they’re adorable.

Post # 8
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Check to see if she’s registered. If not, a gift card to Babies R Us would be beyond helpful. Or, if you want to bring a physical gift; then aden + anals swaddle blankets, bath tub with a sling, bouncer, or a changing pad with cover. She will probably get tons of baby clothes in tiny sizes because they’re so cute, but not a lot of people gift burp cloths, so maybe find a cute set of those instead.

Post # 9
3082 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

All of my coworkers kids love vulli Sophie the giraffe. It’s this teething toy that babies love. It’s on toys-r-us’s website. 

Post # 10
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Did the invite not have a registry card in it? I highly suggest a hardwood teether from ecotottoys–their etsy shop is gone, but there’s actually a NZ site that sells one. I don’t know why it’s so expensive, since they’re definitely not $30USD, but they’re beautifully made and people love them.

Post # 11
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

First, check her registry. I always get at least part of the gift I give off the registry.


As a new mom (DS is 4 months old), here are some items that I love:

  • Boppy, whichever pattern cover they registered for – also get a water resistant cover, I always keep the water resistant cover on under the regular cover, saves the pillow itself from needing washed as much
  • Infant gowns (don’t have to do any snaps to change a diaper), and they can wear there a very long time, my baby is 4 months old and still wears the same infant gowns as when he was a newborn, I just put BabyLegs under them now because the gown isn’t as long as it used to be and it’s cold here now
  • BabyLegs or BambinoLand legwarmers (don’t have to remove pants to change a diaper, very handy!) – Note: Amazon is usually cheaper than the company websites.
  • Fisher Price Seahorse, comes in blue and pink
  • Sophie the Giraffe
  • Aden + Anais blankets, make sure the get the big ones 47×47

A note about diapers and related items: Make sure you know if she’s going to use disposibles or cloth. A lot of diaper products (for example, Desitin & ButtPaste) cannot be used with cloth diapers.

If you do want to buy some clothes, skip NB & 3month.  Give size 6, 9, or 12 month.

Things I wouldn’t bother getting:

  • baby powder – nobody uses it anymore, and the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against it because if baby breathes it in, its dangerous and sometimes even fatal
  • baby oil – another thing people rarely use anymore
  • hooded towels, baby washclothes – most hooded towels are too thin to be useful, and they will probably already be getting a ton of baby washclothes
  • small receiving blankets – worthless for covering a baby past newborn size, I use ours for burp clothes now instead of blankets
  • shoes – Shoes for infants serve no purpose, my son is 4 months old and has never worn shoes, and he won’t until he starts walking in public places where he needs his feet protected. Also they can hinder proper development of the feet, baby needs to learn to use his feet bare-footed. Another thing, the newborn shoes I was gifted never fit my baby, his feet were too big from the day he was born!
  • bulb syringe aka aspirator – they’ll get a couple at the hospital, and those are 100x better than the ones in stores
  • wipe warmer – just more clutter, and promotes bacteria growth on the wipes
  • bottle warmer – again more clutter, a glass of hot water works just as well

Post # 12
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I usually go with a bath-time theme with baby shower gifts that includes something from the registry ( sometimes a tub) and then a few wash clothes, a bath toy, maybe a rubber ducky, baby shampoo, etc. really whatever is in the bath aisle lol

Post # 13
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Milo:  My FSILs swore by the bop breast feeding pillow. It is my go to shower gift and people love it. They are always surprised that it would come from someone childless and how much they use it.

Post # 15
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Milo:  Think about practical baby items – like a changing pad (and covers), nightlights (ones that auto turn on at night for the hallway), outlet covers, bottles, baby first aid kit, diapers, wipes, etc. Swaddle sacks are nice as well. Check BabiesRUs, BuyBuyBaby (if you have one nearby) and Target to verify there really isn’t a registry. Sometimes people register and don’t tell others. It’s always good to at least check.

I avoid clothes when it comes to buying for others, unless they specifically register for something. Let me tell you, I’m expecting my first in about 7 weeks and already had one baby shower. It was tons of clothes.. I have SO many already as hand me downs that I don’t need anymore. Anyone that asks me what I’d like I tell them to buy something off the registry. Mother-In-Law asked if I would prefer clothes for 12+ months and I told her that no, I want registry items. Why? Because baby doesn’t need 12+ month clothes right away, but I have to buy registry items in advance as I’m going to need the. Why store more crap when I need something else right away?

You could always ask if there is something specific they want.

FYI – make sure you give a gift receipt in case of duplicates.

Boppy is great – plus Boppy covers. January is usually clearance month for Target – may want to go through their baby section. I just picked up Boppy covers $7-$8 (vs $20-$25 at BabiesRUs) and a protectice cover for like $4. Also got our high chair for $40 off.

Post # 16
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

One of my favorite shower gifts to give is the Skip Hop ProntoThis is a very useful item and all the moms I know that have it, love it!  If they are using disposable diapers, people can always use that (If they are using cloth diapers, there are tons of cute ones out there!). 

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