E. asks from Dayton, OH on April 25, 2007
Advice/Suggestion On Baby Shower Gifts
Hi...My workplace is having a combined baby shower for three women who are expecting this spring. All three are having their first, all are having boys, and all have had other baby showers. The registry items at Babies R Us are all too expensive, especially considering I have to buy three of everything! I would really like to get something original and something they will use or need. Any suggesttions or things YOU got at showers that were special, memorable, or especially thoughtful?
L.G. answers from Cleveland on April 26, 2007
4. answers from Toledo on April 26, 2007
At this point, practical gifts are the best. Packages of diapers and wipes are a great start. Gift certificates to Giant Eagle, Kroger, Meijer, Target, etc. (for more diapers! ha ha) are great and easy to wrap.
Some other things I appreciated getting were: bottles of Dreft for washing the baby's clothing; bibs in bigger sizes for when they're eating baby food; videos like Veggie Tales, Pooh, Little Einsteins, Wonder Pets, etc.; disinfecting hand wipes in a stylish travel pack for diaper changes on the road, when it's hard to find a place for Mommy to wash her hands; and ibuprofen-the big bottle for mom.
If you know these women well enough, you could also put together a "Pamper Mommy" basket with lotions, shower gel, etc. in fragrances that they enjoy.
Hope this helps! Good luck!
L.G. answers from Cleveland on April 26, 2007
This was the best present i have given at a baby shower....Baby Detergent and dye/fragrance free dryer sheets. Its not expencive but all mothers now you have to have it. I love the Baby ALL. Its just as good as dreft but a lot easyer on the pocket book.
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S.H. answers from Cleveland on April 25, 2007
the best gifts I got were packs of diapers! They'll need them for years! Or, you can get each a pack of diapers and a gift card to kiddie kandids - it's a wonderful, child/baby centered place to get pictures! They do a fantastic job and you know that they will be getting their baby's pictures taken every 3 months!
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M.B. answers from Dayton on April 26, 2007
The one thing that I get for people is the Nojo Secure Me Seat. It helps little ones who can't sit up on their own sit in a highchair or shopping cart. It's great for that time when they are too big or don't want to be in the infant seat but can't yet sit on their own. It's about $15 at Babies R Us.
K.M. answers from Columbus on April 26, 2007
I LOVED the diapers and large box of refillable wipes I received! They are necessities that my husband and I didn't need to spend money on for awhile. You might want to buy size 1 diapers instead of the newborn size, though since babies outgrow these sooo fast.
If any of the moms plan on using cloth diapers, you can get a package of those for pretty cheap as well!
Let us know what you decide!
A.C. answers from Bloomington on April 26, 2007
I agree with everyone who mentioned diapers and wipes. A new mom can never have too much of those! Something you can add to the diapers and wipes (if it's not already on their registries) is a fold-up travel changing pad. A college friend of mine gave me one made by Fisher Price. It's blue with fish on the front, and it comes with a plastic wet wipe case. It rolls up very well, has pockets for the wet wipe case and diapers, and a plastic pocket for wet items (I also keep my Desitin and antibacterial hand cleaner in the plastic pocket). Unfolded, it looks like a great big triangle with good sized "changing area" between the pockets. Everything is right there at your fingertips. It has probably become one of the gifts I use the most besides the essentials. I always make sure it's filled with diapers, so I just have to grab it and throw it into my purse, rather than take the whole diaper bag. It was great on a recent trip, too, because I found a lot of bathrooms without changing stations. The changing pad allowed me to change my son on the floor without worrying about germs!
J.G. answers from Cleveland on April 26, 2007
I have family memebers asking me now what I want for gifts - eventhough I'm having #4 in June (I currently have a 12 yr old girl, 3 yr old girl, and 22 mo old boy). I'm not planning on a babyshower... since I had one with my 12 yr old and 3 yr old - we got rid of everything after 10 years of not being about to have another one.
But anyways... I have been asking for diapers (not the newborn ones - but the 1-2 diapers... babies grow out of the newborns so fast), lavander baby bath or lotion... it smells much better then the regual and it does calm the little ones, diaper wipes, diaper cream is a maybe... there are so many and everyone seems to like a different one, rattles or carseat toys (we found my boy didn't like care rides till we got him a toy that attached to the carseat), baby powder (? so kids have issues with powder and it can affect babies if they have breathing troubles), baby laundry soap... basicly the stuff you use for everyday care. It may seem weird, but the more useful it is the better.
One thing that I didn't think about before having the little ones, was hats/caps. You may get one at the hospital, but a few extras never hurt... they get dirty just like everything else they wear. And all of my little ones were born without hair so there little head got cold, I used the little caps till the two littler ones were almost 3 months old.
I know shoes are cute, but I never used shoes on my little ones till after they started walking. I have read and been told that putting kids in shoes before they walk can affect their balance when they start walking and growth... so personally I wouldn't get anyone baby shoes.
I do hope this helps a little... I'm sure you will get lots of advise on this! Take care & good luck!
J.B. answers from Cleveland on April 25, 2007
I got a few things "off" the registry that I use all the time. The first is the Bumbo chair -- that thing is great! I know they have them at BJs and I think I've seen them at WalMart. I can't remember the price, but it may be around $20. The second was those mesh food holders. Everyone that sees my baby with one asks where we got it. I think they're at Target. The best thing was the BabyDaze schedule keeper -- you can order it online. It was my bible for the first 3 mo. to keep track of nursing, dirty diapers, naptimes, etc. I just got one for my friend who just had her first.
If you're crafty, a friend made me one of those hankie/bonnets and put a poem in it about how baby can wear it as a baby or use it as something "old" on her wedding day. I'm sure there's info online about that too. Good luck!
C.M. answers from Dayton on April 26, 2007
The best gift is a book called, The Momager (Mom & Manager) Guide: Empowering Moms to Leave A Loving Legacy! It shows you how valuable mom is (over $142,000 per year), gives you lots of tips to be your own best mom, and how to live a more balanced life. You can buy it online ($15) at www.momager.com.