Post # 1
Hi ladies! A friend from HS is having a baby (boy- Jack, though he was originally a girl – Lainey – til the ultrasound was done again!). Anyway, I want to make her a gift basket with all of the little things she will need but won’t register for, typically receive as gifts, etc… I am also crocheting him a blanket.
I need recommendations on what sorts of things to put in the basket. Not a mama myself (except to my beagle) so I don’t really know what to get/what’s really useful.
I’m thinking things like:
outlet cover thingies
Basically, things which, while not expensive by themselves, might add up when she needs to buy them.
Got any suggestions for me?
Post # 3
Diapers and baby wipes are the things you can never get enough of. When I had my first child the best gift I got was actually a case of diapers…was very much appreciated. Other things to consider though, little mitts so the baby doesnt scratch himself. thermometer (they make a great one now that is a pacifier), bottle brush, and always nice to through something in there for the mom…a nice bath set with candles so she can have that relaxing bath once in a while.
Post # 4
That’s great advice, I’ll definitely include something for the mama too. I know just what Yankee Candle is her fave too, lol.
I could do a first aid/safety theme…
Post # 5
A lot of the toiletries stuff can be purchased all in one kit- which she may have registered for.
Here are some other things that I’ve found useful:
A pacifier or tiny bottle for administering medicine.
A bottle of Pedialyte (because you always need it at 2 am)
A bottle of baby Tylenol
A bottle of Gripe Water
Butt Paste (diaper rash cream)
Bathing stuff (like lotion and soap- I really like the Burt’s Bees baby stuff)
Bath thermometer (so you know the water isn’t too hot)
Lansinoh lanolin cream (for sore nipples)
Post # 6
Thanks, Rosy! I don’t know what some of those things are but I hope I can find them at Target, lol!
Post # 7
This is what I got for the boy’s little sister who is preggo. I packed it all into a plastic basket that she will be able to resuse it for storage (in the bathroom or wherever):
Size 2 diapers (I heard that these are really useful to have on hand)
Baby lotion, wash, and powder
and a rubber ducky because it was cute
Post # 8
Aww, babyboo! I love it! I even love the Target brand packaging! l’m saving this for inspiration for sure.
Post # 9
I actually registered for all this practical stuff, but I’d recommend:
- Outlet Plug Covers
- Bath Luve fish in pink
- Grooming/Health kit (w/ brush, comb, emory boards, nail clippers, nail aspirator, soft tip med. dispenser, & med. spoon)
- Gerber NUK breast therapy balm (or Lasinoh breast cream)
- Tylenol cherry drops and Motrin infant drops
- Hand Sanitizer (for all the strangers wanting to hold the baby)
- Mylicon non-staining drops
- Johnson & Johnson first touch gift set OR J & J Bathtime essentials git set
- Rectal thermometer or forehead thermometer (when baby is sick, she is probably crying, so trying to get her to hold a pacifier in her mouth is near impossible. I don’t recommend the pacifier thermometers.)
- Travel size vaseline (for the rectal thermometer)
- And diaper rash cream
- Talc-free baby powder
- Pacifier holders / bags / covers
Post # 10
i agree with everything that has been said! but for sure go for bourdeaux (i forget how to spell the brand, but its not in front of my face, lol) BUTT PASTE!!! That shit is amazing! i would die without it! That’s an awesome idea, and I’m laughing, cause my youngest son is named Jack!
Post # 11
What a great friend you are! You will do great
Now I need the emergency stash needs for the Bride’s basket!
Post # 12
I will add the little storage baggies for breast milk
the inserts for bottles
Post # 13
Oh what a great idea!
I have a one year old so these things are still fresh in my mind. If I were to assemble a gift basket, I’d include the following items:
A small pack of size 1 Swaddlers diapers (newborns grow quickly and Swaddlers are amazing!)
An underarm thermometer
Infants Tylenol and Motrin
Butt Paste (this brand was fabulous)
And for mom, if she plans to Boyfriend or Best Friend, I’d include some nursing pads and Lansinoh lanolin cream (my two LIFESAVERS for the first few weeks home)
PS – If you’re looking for any specific bath items such as shampoo/body wash/lotion, I HIGHLY recommend Method Baby. Not only does the scent (marshmellow and rice milk) make for a totally yummy smelling baby, they are all paraben free and so very gentle on baby’s skin. I just finished the bottle I bought in September…a little seriously goes a long way. I LOVE Method Baby!
Post # 14
I’m not a mamma, but all my mamma friends RAVE about Butt Paste like they cannot live without it. Seriously. It’s apparently the hot thing going for new mammas.
Post # 15
You are so thoughtful! These things do add up or run out quick and you need them! Might I suggest going on what you have thought of already, I am a nurse and when I worked in a Pediatrics office one thing I did for new moms or babies still on formula or a baby that was teething or had a fever was give our trial or travel size tylenol and formula. It seems odd but tylenol in our office did not last and one thing about the travel size is they throw it in their purse or diaper bag so they always have it when they are out. With the formula there are kits out there for traveling moms that are already premeasured in to go bottles so all you do is add water. Kind of like a back up bottle in the purse or diaper bag again.
Post # 16
What about teething gel. That stuff is really expensive but really necessary.
Also, my friend who just had her baby loved the box of swaddlers but she actually ended up with an extra box! She is just saving them for the next kid though!
Also, she got this really cool motion sensor hand sanitizer dispenser. They have it sitting at their door for all the guests. They say the pumps on those things get really germy!