Post # 1
Okay, I have no children and haven’t really been around babies too terribly much. My friend is having a baby shower in FOUR DAYS and I was wondering…
What is the most difficult part of caring for a newborn, and what did you get that made it easier? She will be a single parent, so I’m trying to be extra thoughtful, but I am on a budget. Any thoughts and feedback are appreciated.
Post # 3
Diapers! I got my Maid/Matron of Honor 3 packs of diapers and it has helps her sooo much. I did more for her like I made her some blankets, got her some onesies, little toys. Hope this helps.
Post # 4
The most useful things are stuff like burp clothes, bibs and receiving blankets. Those are also things you can’t really have too many of. Diapers, wipes, baby shampoo/lotion all fit into this category too. If she’s nursing, you can do something like nipple cream and breast pads. Why not put together a small little gift basket and include a few things?
Another route would be to get her something for herself. My college roommate got me satin PJs and some yummy lotions as a baby shower present. You could just as easily get her a small spa gift card, make a mani/pedi kit, or give her a gift card to somewhere like Victoria’s Secret/Sephora/Bath and Body Works/etc.
Post # 5
I would get her diapers as others have said, but get a size up. The baby will grow fast and she will probably get diapers from other people for her newborn so I am sure she will love to have a stash of diapers for the next size up… when people stop giving you baby presents.
Post # 6
You guys are amazingly helpful!! Thanks so much!! Keep ’em coming!!
Post # 7
Think of the most un-pretty present, and get that. Seriously!
She will get dozens of fluffy bonnets and boots and singlets and socks and toys and when it comes down to it, most of these pretty items get worn once, puked/pooped on and then they get ruined, lol!
I’ve had a baby, trust me!
Get some diapers in a size up like lefeymw said, and maybe some top quality all natural baby products. Splurge out and get quality, chemical free natural ones. There are SO many cheap and nasty baby products that are just packed with un-pronouncable ingredients and are made in China. When I had a shower I did receive quite a few bottles like that and I never used them.
Post # 8
Diapers, sizes 2 and 3 (everybody buys newborn and 1), wipes, gift cards to get essentials later on, like formula. They’re not the “fun” gifts, but they will be used!
Post # 9
Make a diaper cake, it’s inexpensive, soo easy to make and trust me, will be a hit! Here’s link to show an example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuibjjzW93I&feature=related
Post # 10
A diaper cake is a great idea! And a gift card would be really helpful too. I agree with no clothes, so many people will give her clothes and babies outgrow them so quickly.
Post # 11
I agree Diapers are needed. Also burping clothes, onesies…those can be rolled up and stuffed in diaper cake. Other instruments that are inexpensive to include in diaper cake…baby thermometer, rash cream, socks, socks, socks. GOOD LUCK.
Post # 12
if she is planning on breastfeeding, nipple cream and breast pads.
i know it is a very unglamorous present, but those are the things that women really need that no one wants to buy them.
she will get dozens (if not more) of outfits and pink frilly things (if it’s a girl) so get her something useful!
bottles, pacifiers, burp cloths, receiving blankets, diaper rash cream/baby shampoo, and other practical items would work great too.
Post # 13
Cloth diapers to use as burp cloths, a gently used Ergo or similar carrier (I have given a couple as gifts and a month or two after regular use the mom’s call and send pcitures because they can clean their house while the baby naps in the carrier, they can shop without a stroller, etc…)
Oooh, a new favorite, the mesh teething sacks… teething happens quickly in the grand scheme of things and it is helpful to have some teething tools on hand…
Post # 14
check to see if she has a registry
Post # 15
Pick something off the registry or even a g.c to Baby R Us. Also, sometimes a keepsake gift is nice. For example, baby bracelet or bunnykins place setting.
Post # 16
Agreed on the registry.
mesh teething sacks? Please elaborate! 🙂