baby shower madness

on Jun 20, 2008 @ 06:36 pm

So I'm going to a baby shower in a few days, and am wondering if anyone has ideas on original, useful presents. My budget is $30.00. The mother is due at the end of this month, so I'm hoping to get something for age range 0-3 months.

I'm planning to go through Babies R Us. I browsed the website already. I found a lot of the products to be full of very flashy colours.. and I'm not sure if this is 'normal' or if it will frighten the baby.. I have very little experience in this area so I'm not sure what to make of flashy colours/faces/limbs on baby toys.

I think I'll go for something with soft pastel neutral colours (oh yes, the gender of the baby is unknown), and I would like to be sort of original with my present.

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gift for mom on Jun 20, 2008 @ 07:07 pm

If you are looking for something useful, you can always get her a gift certificate for maid service. I don't know how much it costs or even where to get it but I hear new mothers love it, especially if they will not have family around to help.

If you are looking for something for the baby, then you can get toys or clothes, which they will probably use but very special. Babies love anything that makes noise, flashes light, anything that can stimulated their senses. I have one of those hand-held vibrating massage thingies and my friend's baby LOVED it!!

Something to keep in mind when you are shopping, it's nice to get something for a new born baby but they grow so quickly and they are really too young to really enjoy/love anything you buy them. So it's best to give them something they can use later on when they are older. Most people will get new born baby things; you wouldn't believe how many outfits I have right now for my baby and I'm sure he'll outgrow them within weeks. When I shop for other people's babies, I also aim to get things they can use when they are 6-18 mo. old and avoid the 0-6 mo. period.

Ali de Bold
Oops! on Jun 20, 2008 @ 07:46 pm

Wish I'd read this sooner! I just got back from buying a bunch of baby stuff for 0-3 months. Ahh well. Babies need to be changed pretty often from what I hear!

As for the maid comment, I think that is an excellent gift for every occasion baby or not. I would love maid service for my birthday. And anniversary. Oh, and Christmas! Heck, throw in St. Patty's day too. It's so hard keeping up working psycho hours. My apartment is looking rough these days. Sigh...

Superstore and shopping sprees on Jun 21, 2008 @ 07:43 pm

Great idea bunny!

If you live in Canada, Superstore has the cutest clothes for babies, kids (and me too!)
I bought my girlfriend this cute shirt for her 4 month old there the other day and it was $2.94.
Do you have other friends or family going? I love going in with others and getting gift certificates for large amounts so they can go for a spree.

Indigo on Jun 21, 2008 @ 08:32 pm

If you're running out of time and want to get something quick, the larger Indigo stores have baby toys section (who knew!!). Although they're limited, they're extemely cute and chic.

Have you considered reusable baby diapers? They're environmentally friendly and they come in great colours.

Also, my friend got a diaper tower for her baby shower...something to consder.

Baby Ty on Jun 21, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

I forgot to mention... Every baby I know has a Baby Ty and every baby who has one LOVES their Baby Ty:

Two of my friend's babies have a yellow duck named Puddles and Puddles is their favourite (among other Baby Ty). They loved Puddles so much that I went out and bought one for my baby too! Of course, I couldn't stop at 1 toy, I ended up going home with the brown baby bear as well. You can find Puddles at Chapters. I bought mine at 1/2 price ($5).

thank you so much!!! on Jun 21, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

I see a great bunch of ideas here, this has been very helpful!!!

reply to several comments on Jun 22, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

Miaka - babies love bright colors, especially contrasting patterns. Their eyes can't focus really well in the early weeks, so the different colors are something they can notice. They are not afraid. Also, don't worry about getting realistic designs; ie. a cartoony duck goes over better than a real duck. Large eyes, big smile - these are things they can recognize with their blurry vision and things they see from mommy. Think Elmo (although I personally dislike him, but my kids all loved him).

Bubbly - my dad got me a once-a-week maid for 8 weeks. Best present ever! Also, you are totally right about 0-6 month clothes. Buy 6-12 or even 12-18 month (just don't get something really seasonal because you don't know how big the child will actually be and they won't want to wear shorts in November).

MissChickie - Babies do need to be changed a lot, and mostly underclothes. People are so fixated on buying cute overalls that they forget moms need undershirts and pajamas!

Everest - Diapers, whether reusable or disposable are always welcome (although it won't get you the satisfying oohs and aahs at the shower). Make sure you find out from the mom-to-be first if she's the type to use them, otherwise she'll be ticked off by the extra work reusables require.

My friend has a Bumbo seat she swears by. It allows babies to sit (somewhat) unassisted. It's also one of those items that many moms don't get around to buying because it's not an essential.

Feisty Redhead
registry on Jun 23, 2008 @ 04:09 pm

Thought I'd pop in and mention something I haven't seen anyone mention yet. I know lots of soon-to-be-moms who register for things they want for their new baby at various stores that carry things for baby. Going that way is a sure way to know you're getting something they'll want and use, if they've taken time to register anywhere.

I also agree it's always a good idea to get the new mommy something to pamper herself (don't forget the new daddy too... though mommy comes first for all the obvious reasons LOL) or better be pampered by someone else in some way. (I love that maid service idea.) Even if you can't afford the maid service if YOU are close enough and willing you can offer up a few homemade "coupons" so mommy and daddy can have a couple nights out/in just relaxing while you babysit or cook/tidy up etc.

Not gonna bother to say anything else that's already been said, other than I agree. No point saying it all over again. ;-)

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