Post # 1
- Wedding: St. petersburg, FL
My SO’s SIL is having her first at the end of December (hello, xmas baby!). SO built them a changing table, and I got the pad and covers for it. However, that was our big gift to them. The shower has already happened, and she really did get pretty much everything she could possibly need for baby at the shower.
I am wondering, though, if there is anything that you bees that have gone through the newborn phase that REALLY was a lifesaver for you. She already has the pillows and pacifiers and typical baby things. I’m wondering about things you wouldn’t necessarily have thought of before but a new mom might appreciate.
I was thinking of the little rubber duck thermometer that changes color based on the temperature (blue, too cold – green, just right – red, too hot) and shows what temp it is. Little things like that that I can get the baby for christmas (she has so many clothes in different sizes already, and tons of diapers, etc.).
Help a bee out! TIA!
Post # 2
Not a new mom yet (will be soon though!), but one of the big things other parents have told me about is to have a bunch of just plain white onesies. You’ll be amazed at how often there’s a diaper leakage or a blowout or whatever and you have to change their clothes. Having a bunch of plain onesies makes it easier.
Post # 3
I have 2 kids, one of the things I used most was pre fold cloth diapers as burp cloths. The actual burp cloths don’t absorb anything, but a pack or two of the pre fold cloth diapers are amazing!
Also, both of my kids loved Little Einstein cds.
Post # 4
When my son was a baby I wanted to kiss the inventor of the automatic rocking swings 😁
Post # 5
Honestly–gift cards for take out would be amazing. I received a few when each of my kids was born–and it was truly the best gift. Or do some make ahead meals that can be frozen and then just thrown in the oven or a crockpot.
Post # 6
What we have bought more of since our baby was born: diapers, wipes, and burp cloths. I’m sure they would appreciate any of these!!
“Nice to have” gifts for baby – books, the large swaddle blankets from Aden & Anais or Little Unicorn (pricey but can use them forever & for multiple uses) and clothes in 3-6 month or bigger sizes….just try to stay seasonally relevant for clothing. Ie, a Christmas baby won’t need fleece sleepers in 6 month size.
“Nice to have” gifts for parents – takeout / delivery gift cards, a basket of healthy easy to eat snacks (string cheese, nuts, dried apricots, protein bars). A wonderful gift if you live close by would be to bring dinner every Sunday night for the first month, something that reheats so they can eat the leftovers for a few days. There is no time to cook with a newborn!!
Post # 7
Nosefrida Snotsucker and Hydrasense nasal spray! You never know when you’ll need it but it’s a lifesaver to have on hand. Noone is happy when baby is stuffed up.
Post # 8
I completely second the PP and would say meals and/or other helpful stuff that will make their lives easier once baby comes. Gift cards to takeout places nearby would be awesome and so would a couple of frozen meals they can pop out of the freezer so they don’t have to cook. I’m not sure how close you two are, or if she already has one or even if she’d want one, but one cleaning from a cleaning service would be nice if you know her well enough for that. I’m not a mom yet (due in January) but my husband went through a major surgery this summer and the stuff that helped the most was getting stuff off of our plate that we had to do like mowing, cooking, dishes, laundry, etc.
Post # 9
Diapers, extra washcloths, DEF a nose frida. But the food is the absolute best thing. I was SO grateful for anyone that brought food. I had a lovely friend that brought homemade muffins, bean salad, and fruit salad. I remembered that far more than any gift.
Post # 10
Fall_In_Love22 : What clipclop1023 : said. All the burp cloths all the time. Pre-fold cloth diapers are the best, but mass quantities regardless. And maybe some Dreft.
ETA: Ask if they got enough washcloths too. Somehow my daughter ended up with no baby washcloths. 6 adorable hooded towels but no washcloths.
Post # 11
we have one of those thermometers but seriously just sticking your elbow (hands sometimes aren’t sensitive enough) to test the water is enough.
food and snacks for mama, or hire a cleaning person to come are probably the best gifts you can give.
i was a minimal mama and didn’t want a million things. if she got everything she wants at her shower, i’m sure she’s taken care of.
Post # 12
- Wedding: St. petersburg, FL
These are all amazing ideas. The mom to be in question literally has everything you could ask for and a lot of the stuff that is named above (all good ideas, but she has a TON of it – no joke, there were at least 80 people at this baby shower :O ).
She has the snot sucker, and lots of bibs and burp cloths. I might get her some extra wash cloths if I get her the ducky thermometer (it might be extra, but she’s extra, so she’d like it). She got a few duplicates of the baby johnson & johnson bath sets – do those come with the cloths??
We don’t live close to her (about 1.5 hours away), but her parents and my SO’s parents are both within like 15 minutes of her, so she will have PLENTY of food. Her husband is also top notch at keeping the house clean and tidy and doing the lawn.
These are all great ideas!
Post # 13
For me, Halo swaddles, footie pajamas that zip or snap down the front because putting things over her delicate little head freaked me out, Fisher Price swing, nursery glider, all the diapers ever, and breast pumping bra (though you can’t really gift that), were my must-have items.
Post # 14
I loved getting things that were handmade and/or personalized with my baby’s name. My best gift from my mom was a portrait membership program with our wedding photographer that got us multiple photo sessions and a photo album from baby’s first year. Less expensive but equally awesome might be a gift card to shutterfly or similar photo gift website.
My Mother-In-Law made us weeks worth of freezer meals and that was also the best thing ever. For months, if we didn’t want to make dinner, we could just pick something out of our huge selection of tasty things she made for us. I also loved shopping for baby things so I loved getting gift cards to baby stores.
We watched a lot of tv in the first few weeks while feeding baby/snuggling/putting baby to sleep/pumping, so seasons of tv shows would also make great gifts. I watched all the harry potter movies, all of That 70s show, and all of How i met your mother during baby’s first months.
Other items I loved were halo sleepsacks, my baby book, those little “month” photo stickers, and even a little handheld fan my mom gave me shaped like a popsicle that I used to dry off my babys bottom when she kept getting diaper rash at a couple weeks old! Seriously you never know what will be useful!
Post # 15
This isn’t for baby but after I had my last baby my mom got me magazines for me to read. I loved having sweets to snack on when baby blues kicked in. My mom also bought me a massage that I could get at any time. It was lovely to get some me time after baby.