Post # 1
They don’t know the sex, and I’m not very kid-friendly, so I don’t know what the most useful things are to buy a couple expecting their first baby. I always want to buy the fun toy looking things, but are bath things/washcloths/pacifers more desirable? They are going the cloth diaper route, so I can’t gift them lots of diapers or anything.
Post # 3
They will probably get tons of shampoo and little toys so I would skip those. The crib sheets, bottle, pacifers are all very useful. Do you mean they are doing cloth diapers? If they are ding disposable I always get a pack to go with my gift. If they are doing clot getting the covers and accessories would be helpful too. It really considerate to want to ge them something useful, I am sure they will appreciate it!
Post # 4
They will need a ton of wash cloths and bath products. Baby wipes and diapers will also come in handy too.
Post # 5
Most people get lot’s of basics (because like you said, they’re fun :))
A few things that are super popular right now and that people always like:
Necessities baskets stuffed with shampoos, paci’s, etc
A bathtub stuffed with bath essentials
Aiden and Anais swaddle blankets (you 100% cannot go wrong with these)
Moby’s (it’s a wrap that you wear the baby in insetad of a backpack thing)
Sophie the Giraffe
Oh and one thing I always get people is lots of links. They can go anywhere, be used multiple places, and the babies love them! Have fun!
Post # 6
Why can’t you gift diapers just because they going disposable? I really appreciated all the diapers we got during our babyshower. We had a mountain! It was enough to diaper twins for 6 months! I literally did not have to buy diapers until their 6th month! People gave varying sizes too which really helped.
I never used any of the shampoo/bath gels/lotions that anyone gave us. We were gifted a lot of Johnson’s products, which I would never use on my babies. Unless the couple specifically registered for those products, I wouldn’t get them.
Some people are anti-pacifiers, so I wouldn’t get those either.
I suggest diapers, bottles and accessories (ones they registered for) or crib bedding.
Ooh, I second the Bumbo chair! I loved mine!!
Post # 7
Onesies from 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months. Things that they’ll have for the future is good so they have ‘stock’.
Post # 8
I remember the first baby shower I went to I was a student and on a tight budget. The first time mom was also a student on a tight budget. Her registry hardly had anything on it! Her cousin is a nurse, and so she bought her all these “essentials” my friend hadn’t thought of/registered for (accessories, first aid stuff, etc), and she was REALLY happy. I went to Target and Walmart, and bought a couple of onesies at the 12mos stage, and a swaddle thingy, and she said it was perfect b/c the baby was actually born 10lbs! She ended up needing the bigger clothes right away!
Post # 9
I got tons of the “soft” stuff. Clothes, blankets, bibs, towels, washcloths, burp cloths, sheets, etc.
I would do either the stroller/carseat or the cloth diapering stuff. They are going to get used a TON and they are the biggest expense for the parents. I would have loved if someone would have bought any of these for me.
Post # 10
One of my gf’s just finished her 3rd (yes, third!) shower. She got a TON of blankets. And i mean a TON (50+) so those seem to be a popular gift. Diapers are great . She said she wished more people purchased the “essential” stuff off her registry and not just the cutsie things. Maybe that would help?
Also, she said she didn’t get almost ANY 0-3month clothes… all 3+ months. Another friend of mine said the same thing and the baby has been in the ONLY 0-3 month onsie she got since she was born 11 weeks ago. Not sure why ppl skip the 0-3 month sizes (fear of being too small?) but I now know 2 people who have to/ will have to do some shopping for the small/newborn clothes. I’d stick with onsie’s, sleepers etc…
Good luck & have fun shopping!
Post # 11
All the items listed are pretty fluff stuff, so I’d get her a piece of equipment she can use. Most of those things are basket filler type things and you usually get a ton of them.
Post # 12
I chose other. If you have a large budget and they need a lot of help, you could go in with a friend or family member to get a crib, carseat, stroller, etc. Clothes are always a big help – not neccesarily the newborn stuff, but even six and nine month clothes. They won’t get used right away, but babies are expensive and they grow fast. That would be something they’d really appreciate not having to spend money on when baby gets older.
Post # 13
I chose PLEASE HELP ME. lol
We just went to a baby shower, actually. Their registry was mostly online only stuff, so we ended up getting them a couple of sleepers and a very cute punk-esque outfit for 6-month size. They’re having a girl, and they didn’t want overwhelming pink, so I tried to find cute things that weren’t all pink all the time. Clothes are great, especially anything bigger than newborn. You never know how big the baby will be, and babies grow FAST. My nephew was born and almost immediately fit into a 6mo outfit I got him. This mama said she’s measuring 3 weeks ahead and the doctor said that the baby wasn’t going to be small, so she was grateful for bigger clothes. We also got a CUUUUUUUUTE very fluffy hooded pink giraffe blanket that I swear was on their registry (turns out that it was a different hooded pink giraffe blanket).
We got my nephew these (I call them chew toys lol), which his parents LOVED. They’re reclaimed and recycled wood, all natural. He loooooves gnawing on them.
Post # 14
Clothes & diapers in bigger sizes!! Almost everyone buys NB/ Sz 1 diapers & 0-3 months, 3-6 months clothes, but then they grown and the couple doesn’t have much! I really appreciated the little bit of bigger sizes that I got at my shower. Also a few people got toys and that was awesome too!
If it is a close friend and it is in your budget, the carseat/stroller would be an awesome gift!!
But I think the bigger size clothes & diapers, you can’t go wrong & the couple will really appreciate.
Post # 15
I’ve had several friends recently say they could always use receiving blankets. They use them for everything and never seem to have enough. The muslin ones apparently are excellent to have.
Post # 16
I wanted diapers, diapers, diapers! I also really appreciated “urp cloths” aka receiving blankets because I was constantly reaching for them and we went through a lot in a day. Let’s see, what else…
My SIL gave us a swing, that was awesome and I’m so mad we gave it away. It was seriously the only reason I was able to shower without Dirty Delete crying the entire time those first few weeks. Also a baby sling, I used ours all the time. Crib sheets (unless they plan to co-sleep), onesies, and if all else fails, a Target gift card! I LOVED going shopping with those gift cards!