|Everyday stuff... on Sep 29, 2008 @ 03:06 pm|
A lot of people get clothes and toys from showers, so much that you can barely use it all. For my best friends baby shower I decided to get her a bunch of everyday items. Stuff that you're always running out of and having to stock up on. You can create a gift basket and fill it with stuff like:
- Diapers (a variety of sizes, maybe bigger than what they're in now. They will get used!)
- Wash Clothes
- Bottles, bottle liners and nipples
- Baby shampoo and lotions (Johnson's baby products are great!)
- Wet wipes
- Burping clothes
- Baby powder
That's all of the stuff I can think of off the top of my head. I'm sure some of the moms around here can give you even bigger lists of items they used and loved to have around.
|thanks on Sep 29, 2008 @ 03:28 pm|
while waiting for a reply thats exactly what i was thinking about...everyday items;especially cos its twins.she is gonna need that extra help
thanks a lot
|Cute Baby Shower gift on Aug 03, 2011 @ 02:21 am|
Cute Baby Shower gift: www.babystepsbook.com :)
It's a sweet baby Journal/Album and memory book.
|a little bit of everything on Aug 03, 2011 @ 10:28 am|
I think the idea of getting everyday items are great. But do not buy too many of the same thing: think of the gift basket as a sampler.
I like Nik's ideas on bibs, wash clothes, burping clothes and even little onesies are great because babies go through so many of these things.
Items I'd be careful with:
- Baby powder: not recommended for babies anymore. They don't need it.
- Products like shampoo and soap: babies don't really get that dirty and therefore, they don't need soap. In fact, soap can dry out their skin very easily. They may only need it at first to wash off all the gunk they are born with. If you are buying soap, try to buy as natural as possible because babies may have sensitivity to chemicals and fragrances.
- Diapers: I found different brands of diapers will fit the babys' bodies differently. Sometimes parents have preferences on the brands (I know I do). Also, sometimes baby developes sensitivity or allergic reaction to certain brands. So don't buy too many packages of them.
- Bottles and soothers: Babies have preferences on the shape and feel of the nipples and soothers. My kids did. I have friends who have kids that will only take 1 very specific type of nipple or soothers or formula, even from day 1. So once again, maybe get a few of different shapes or types, but don't stock up.
Items I like to buy for new parents:
- sleep sacks (size 6-18m): this will be the size they stay in the longest. Younger babies than this may prefered to be swaddled (or not).
- muslin baby blankets: I LOVE these. The babies will get a lot of blankets but these are the best blankets. I use them all the time and it's pretty much the only blankets I use in spring/summer/fall.
- gifts for mom like maid services, or gifts certificates for meal preparation places, or just gift certificates for the spa (make sure there are no expiry dates)
- bowls, utensils, sippy cups, spoons for solid feeding
- gift certificate for parents to buy anything they need.
The most important thing about baby gifts is the gift receipts. Always include the gift receipts if possible. That way, the parents can return/exchange the things they don't want.
|fantastic tips! on Aug 03, 2011 @ 11:05 am|
I LOVE Bubblybunny's insight here - in my experience, it's absolutely true about the diapers, nipples, and soaps. You definitely want to tread carefully there. If you want to get them everyday supplies, may I suggest a gift card to their usual retailer (Walmart, Superstore, Babies 'R Us)?
I received 1 month of weekly maid services after my last baby, which was a lifesaver since I had a C-section and was not allowed to do any heavy work like vacuuming, etc. Gift cards for restaurants are great, but try to pick places that deliver or at the least have carryout and are close to their house.
For one friend (before baby was born), I went over to their house for a day and cooked up a storm of lasagnes, calzones, and pot pies that I froze in their own casserole dishes so they could have the homecooked meals at their convenience and not have to worry about remembering to return dishes or bake ware. I also washed all their baby laundry (you are supposed to launder everything before baby wears it to remove any dirt from the factory and store) and sanitized the toys and bottles they had on hand.
If you would like to offer a day of help as a gift for after baby's born, just know that their schedule is going to be unreliable at first and they may just want to rest rather than have someone puttering around. If you offer your help, allow them to guide you in what they need done. It might not be laundry or vacuuming; perhaps it's yard work or washing windows.
|wow great idea!!! on Aug 04, 2011 @ 09:17 am|
mamaluv I love what you did for your friend with the cooking and washing of baby clothes!! That is truly so thoughtful! Hmm...wonder what I'd have to do to get someone to come over to my place and cook up a storm? :)
|Love mom-invented gifts! on Aug 22, 2011 @ 11:27 am|
Those were great ideas above! I bring a mom-invented baby shower gift now because they're usually unique but also really practical for the new mom.
Here's a list of my faves, too: http://www.squidoo.com/best-baby-shower-gifts-2011