Post # 1
Hi Bees, one of my coworkers who has also grown to be a very close friend is expecting her first baby, so exciting! I could bring a gift card to her shower, they’re always useful, but I wonder if there’s something else you use a ton as new parents, or a gift you woundn’t have thought of yourself that ended up being super useful? I don’t have kids yet and literally no one in my friend and family circle have had kids in the last 20 years so I don’t know who else to ask!
Post # 2
keikochan : does she have a registry? One thing I absolutely loved were adan and anais burpy bibs and they make a cute shower gift! They have a ton of patterns and I think they bridge that useful/adorable gap really well without being expensive.
Post # 3
Honestly if I’d have been given a variety of pajama types (sack, wrap, footies, whatever) I’d have been initially confused but later thrilled. We went through so many options to figure out what worked for our baby and with any new one, their preference will likely be completely different. It’s aggravating to get that wrap your sitter recommended, then go get something else later because that didn’t work, then yet another thing. I’d have been happy to have it all on hand.
I received at least 8 blankets, both homemade and store bought. Love them, but no one gave swaddling blankets and those were best in hot weather or later when he was safe sleeping with one.
I think those are my top two. I didn’t object to anything else I received except baby decor that wasn’t at all to our taste. Leave the picture frames and footprints up to them!
Post # 4
LilliV : no registry, but I will look into those bibs, thank you!
and I love the swaddling blanket too! Since we’re going to TTC in 2020 I told her she has to product test everything and give me her reviews. Haha!
Post # 5
Books. My sister bought me a lot of board books – high contrast, high contrast animals, sensory, and rhyming/funny ones. Since one of the first and critical stages of reading is playing, chewing, slobbering on and dismantling the book she advised me not to buy them used. The first books she bought I thought were too primary as they were high contrast images and didn’t have stories but they’re really good for brain development and my son (now 15m) absolutely loves them.
Post # 6
Has your cowoker expressed that she will be nursing?
If yes a great gift for a working, nursing mom is things that make her life when she gets back to work and is pumping easier.
Pump part wipes
A cute sign to hang on the door of the office if need be to ensure privacy
You can put these all in a cute tote that is convenient for her needs.
Post # 7
So I believe that it’s bad luck to give a gift for baby before baby is safely here. It’s one of the many reasons I dislike baby showers.
so I would buy something for mum. Either some bath products or a gift certificate for a mani pedi or something like that.
Post # 8
keikochan : I love my boppy and use it for all daytime feedings but you can’t go wrong with a gift card and a bag of diapers. Does she have a registry?
Post # 9
Some of the must-haves on my baby registry list include: diaper caddy (to carry various diaper/baby supplies to different rooms in the house), boppy changing pad liners, car window shades, first aid/grooming kit, white noise machine, night light, extra boppy cover/mattress sheets and such. Gentle baby bath products. If you search on Amazon you can find some highly rated items. I just recommend you include a gift receipt.
Post # 10
I usually buy something in a larger size that the baby will wear later. They usually get more cute small size clothes than they can wear. Be mindful of the time of year that they will need a certain item.
A snow suit with side zippers that can be done up after baby is securely strapped in to the car seat.
A pair of jeans,tee shirt, hoodie and their first underwear for when they are out of diapers, and cute sneakers.
A bathing suit, beach towel, sandals and sunscreen that is safe to use for an older baby.
Post # 11
Burp cloths! We received so many lovely gifts but not many burp cloths and we ended up buying a bunch after baby was born. Like 16-20. Between my oversupply and DS’s spitting up, we were constantly going through them. I also recommend board books, we had book “cards” rather than regular greeting cards at my shower and they get used every day!
Post # 12
Books for different ages and stages!
Post # 13
Clothes are always cute, but I used nothing but *zippered* footed one pieces for 3-4 months. Just recently I started using onesies and pants… and have yet to wear a “real” shirt/sweater/any of the really cute stuff except for one special occasion and a few photo ops so those were all a waste of $. So if you get clothes, I’d def get some bigger sizes (though that can be hard based on season) but definitely keep in mind how easy/hard it will be to wrangle a kid in or out of it for diaper changes and in general.
In the begining I found I couldnt have enough burp cloths or bibs. I didn’t end up using any of the large rectangular swaddles (and had 8-10! – but now i just use it to toss all over the house on the floor to lay him on), but liked the velcro ones (once again, ease of use).
Books, no one got us books and now I find I have to buy a ton.
Infant toys… I didnt get a lot of those and am buying a bunch now too.
Post # 14
I love to give books, Aden and Anais swaddle blankets (especially those made of bamboo- they are SO soft), and 3-6 mo clothes. Othwrwise, agree with PP to check the registry.
Post # 15
One friend got me a good sippy cup (the miracle 360 one), a great stain remover stick (bunchafarmers stain remover – works on everything and smells great), and one of those O-Ball toys, which were awesome to not have to research myself. Another friend got me one of the nasal sucker kits. Nothing flashy but good useful things to have. Face cloths are always good to have a ton of, a multi pack of those is always good. Agree that bibs (either drool or food) are also good. In the winter my son loves flannel crib sheets. I really liked getting useful things that you might not think of, because so many people give clothes (which obviously you also need, but they are also fun to buy yourself too :))