Post # 1
We are expecting our first grand baby. Lordy, it’s weird to write that. Any way, they are 23 and have nothing. DH and I want to spend $250 on a nice gift for them but don’t know what they will get the most use out of. Should we go for a stroller/car seat combo, maybe a nice pack n play, or spend a little more and get them a nice convertible crib? I’ve only bought cute outfits and such for 20 years so I’m a little out of touch for what is out there and what they might get the most out of. These kids haven’t registered yet, I’m taking the girl out in a few weeks to do so as she has no idea how or what to register for. To be honest, most of what they do get for the baby, as they have no money, will come from the showers or us.
Post # 2
I would probably get them the travel system, or maybe a convertible car seat that can be rear facing and forward facing so that they can use it for a longer period.
Post # 3
tksjewelry: Congrats on the grandbaby! I vote for gifting them a stroller/car seat, or a maybe even just buying them a good car seat by itself. They can always go to a consignment store for a decent crib or a pack-n-play, but a car seat is something that I personally will want to get brand-new. I’m 15 weeks pregnant and plan to invest some money in getting a high quality one with a high safety rating, but if that’s not something they can afford, I think it would be great to give that as a gift.
Post # 4
So, I’m not a mom yet, but here’s what I would do (for what it is worth): Wait until any showers are done and see what they still need. Shower gifts can be unpredictable, and other people may be set on what they want to buy. Since you are flexible with a bigger budget, I would just see what they still need toward the end of the pregnancy. If I were in their situation, I think that is what I would appreciate most, instead of risking getting two high seats or two strollers, and no crib or vice versa.
Post # 5
Cory_loves_this_girl: didn’t know there was a difference. That’s extremely helpful.
NeverMoreLenore: didn’t think about consignment shops and there are a ton around here too!
Pingwing: DH is leaving for three months so he really wants to get something for them before he leaves. Plus I’m throwing the showers and our family is way into texting and communicating bridal/baby shower gifts. We have another shower for dh’s cousin coming up and ill bet I have two dozen pics of gifts bought for a shower I don’t even have the invite to yet. Lol.
Post # 6
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tksjewelry: I second the vote for some kind of car seat. I know parents who make do with that and have their baby sleep in it when they are without a crib, so I think if you go for a stroller/car seat combo, that will cover so many bases for them.
If you are still tempted to buy cute clothes, get some for 6 months and on. Many people at baby showers buy the newborn and younger month outfits, so when those no longer fit, they will be grateful to have more clothes.
Post # 7
gingerkitten: I usually go with older cloths, too many of my cousins were born as toddlers, lol. I’ve seen to many adorable infant cloths go to waste. I’m thinking you are probably right, the combo kit might be the way to go.
Can anyone make a recommendation for a good one? Ill probably order from Amazon if that helps.
Post # 8
tksjewelry: Congratulations! I think that’s a great idea, but I don’t know what to advise about that gift, as our first grandchild is now 7. (How did that happen!) But I also got consignment gifts and washed them up-for both their home and mine, strollers, pack n play, and clothes, etc. It really helped out a lot. Some things I could still give away when they “outgrew” them. I still keep some toys and a few clothes for the girls at my house for when they come to visit. I was sooo happy to have them over all last week! ;D Have fun, they grow so fast.
Post # 9
creativeplannertobee: thanks lady! They grow way too fast don’t they? Wish they’d stop that already,lol.
Post # 10
Give them the cash and help them scour mom swaps, garage sales, etc. for stuff. You can get clothes of all sizes dirt cheap, and all kinds of strollers, pack n plays, toys, diaper genies, furniture, etc. for a fraction of retail.<br /><br />When you have nothing, quantity over newness.
Post # 11
I definitely think that a convertible carseat is a great idea but I think it’s probably best to talk with the mum-to-be about what kind of seat she’d like. Not all seats are suitable in all cars and she might have already done some research about the type of seat she’d like.
Post # 12
What will they do for nursery furniture/crib? That’s what I’d get them and fill in with essentials after the shower. I bought the crib, mattress and dresser for the baby’s room (as well as a million other things while I was at it).
Post # 13
tksjewelry: definitely the car seat! They need it, it’s expensive and they’ll use it a lot. Congrats to you!
Post # 14
I loved the stroller car seat combo with both my kids. Chicco used to make the best one, but check consumer reports for what’s best now. My youngest is 6!
Post # 15
Stroller/car seat combo is a great idea & will get lots of use and as a gramma will make you feel good that baby is safe. I know my parents & in-laws were really happy to see us with a good car seat & ecstatic that we knew how to install & use it properly.