(Closed) Cousin is having baby soon, need your input:

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 4
6019 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

@regit45:  there is no such thing as “everything for the baby” she may have all the basics or things on her registry but there are things that she will have to buy all the time like diapers, lotion, bath wash, onesies, blankets, etc. I would make a little care package of some basics and then include a gift card for dinner for mom and dad. That way you do give something small for baby but also direct your gift at the adults who will appreciate that gift card whenever they do have a chance to use it. I sent my friend who lives out of state a package with lotion, baby detergent, wash towels, bath wash, butt cream, and little mini medicines to carry in the diaper bag. She loved it, and her and her husband were really well prepared for baby’s arrival.

Post # 5
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@regit45:  Hmmm, maybe she won’t ve quite ready to leave her baby for a while now? How about you get her something that’s for her as well as for the baby? Something like this: 


Post # 7
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

She definitely doesn’t have everything she needs for the baby.  A gift card to babies ‘r us may be better than a gift card to a restraunt..which may expire before they’re able to use it!

Post # 8
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had to wait about 10 months before we could leave the house together without baby haha, so in the meantime they may very well loose the card. But most of my friend went out as a couple in the first month, so what do I know!? Had I been able to go out sooner, I would have appreciated your gift.

A gift card from a baby/toy store could be a nice idea as well, so they can choose what they want. I too thought I had everything I needed before baby arrived… Was I wrong hahaha.

Post # 9
2604 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@regit45:  Hmmm.  It might be awhile before your cousin can have or even wants a date night.  Maybe a gift certificate to a local carry-out place?  Or maybe to a spa where she can get a message or other pampering?  That way her husband could watch the baby but again, it still may be awile before she could use it.   I do like your idea of getting something for the Mom but it depends on your cousin.  She’ll either love that or not.  

Post # 10
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

What about calling her after she is home and settled, and ask if there is a night that week you can order a pizza to be delivered to her house?  I did that when my cousin had her baby (but I totally forgot to add in the tip!) and she returned the favor a month later when I had my baby.  She at least remembered to add in a tip though.  Derp.


Post # 11
7651 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@regit45:  I would do the gift basket, and perhaps within it you could include a small amounted gift card for dinner…a just for mommy and daddy gift 🙂

Post # 12
6349 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@regit45:  I agree with getting a few essentials, plus also getting something for the parents.

Our ‘standard’ gift when friends of ours have a baby is:

Something cute for the baby eg a cute outfit, but, we always buy something in a bigger size (eg 6-9 months) as a lot of people we know get a ton of new-born/0-3 month stuff, then nothing until the baby’s 1st birthday, so it can be handy to have things for the ‘in between’ time.

A gift card for a supermarket/grocery store. Totally unexciting, but it can be used to buy bits for the baby

Chocolates and wine/champagne for the new parents, to enjoy whenever they get time


That way we kind of cover all bases lol. I like the idea of getting the parents something as personally, I think it’s really important that couples have time together after the arrival of the baby.

Post # 13
2780 posts
Sugar bee

Baby clothes/diapers in bigger sizes are always nice..

Post # 14
1151 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@regit45:  Does she have a registry? If so you could check out her registry and purchase anything that’s still left on there, or a gift card to where ever she’s registered at. When people ask me what I need for baby I say “i’ve got her needs covered (I mean the big ticket stuff, carseat, nursery done, stroller, pack n play etc.)” but i could still use some sleepers, more diapers, socks, caps, cute little girl headbands etc. I used my SIL’s baby registry to buy my niece’s xmas present this year. I figured if they wanted it back in July for their baby shower the odds were that they’d still want it come xmas time =) 

Of course, you could always just call/text your cousin and ask her if there’s anything she wants for baby. 

Post # 15
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@regit45:  I’d love to get that! I’d also love a gift certificate to a spa or something.  That’s typically my go-to gift for new moms.  Everyone is always thinking of baby, but mom needs some love too!

Post # 16
9550 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I like the idea for gift cards but I’d choose restaurants the deliver or that are close and easy carry-out! Pizza is always a great option. Movie tickets might have to wait awhile.

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