T.B. asks from Avon, OH on February 19, 2010
Good Gift for Mom Expecting Number 2! - Olmsted Falls,OH
My sister in law is expecting her second (another girl) in a couple months. My husband and I wanted to get the new baby something, but cant decide what. She has a billion girl outfits (from the first one) and toys etc etc. We are throwing her a "sprinkle" (a shower for a second that consists of meals that can be frozen and diapers instead of gifts) but being as its our brother and sister (in law) I wanted to get her something more. We have decided to get her a small gift cert to a portrait studio for pics, but what else should we do? Anything that you found you needed when you had your second (we only have one so Im not sure what would really be needed)
C.B. answers from Cincinnati on February 21, 2010
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on February 20, 2010
I like the idea of meals. Either a schedule of who will bring meals when or a bunch of frozen meals.
Google "Blessingway" and through her a Blessingway. Ask that all attending bring a frozen meal, or a bag of diapers. I also love when people bring a bead and a story about why they picked the bead. Then you make a bracelet or necklace for her to wear while she gives birth (and every year after on baby's birthday is cool).
J.G. answers from Cleveland on February 20, 2010
My second girl was born 10 yrs after my first, so I had to pretty much start over. I then had my 3rd (a boy) when my 2nd was only 15 mo old... so we needed doubles of everything, since my 15 mo old was still in a crib & in my veiw was still a "baby" eventhough she was starting to walk. My 4th was born 2 yrs later... with him I needed a new paypen, a few new bed sheets (since mine had gone through 2 kids already & were starting to get holes in them), and a new high chair/booster (since my other 2 were still using theirs). Other then that I asked for diapers (size 1 or larger), baby laundry soap, bath products (I loved the calming lavander), baby wipes, new nipples for the bottles (eventhough I mainly breastfeed - it's nice to have a bottle around for daddy to use if momma got stuck in traffic), new binkis if she uses them w/ the kids, and anything else she might use to take care of the baby on a daily basis. He also got a cute little blanket bear (the head of a bear w/ a blanket for the body) - he slept with it for the first year almost 2, he did get a replacement at his 1st Christmas just incase, because we couldn't get him to sleep without it.
I'm carring #5 right now... I feel as if I'm starting over w/ almost nothing this time. Both the cribs I have were on the latest recall list, the infant carseat I had stopped latching correctly when my 2 1/2 yr old was about 19# (it lasted through 4 kids - 3 of mine & 1 of my sisters), the bassinet is on it's last leg (it lasted through the same 4 kids) - although I do have TONS of baby clothes... I have been going through them all and will be taking a lot to the Goodwill or Salvation Army. I am hoping to get a few new things for the baby... some new crisp sheets, unstained burp rags, an outfit or two (it's nice for everyone to have something new not all hand-me-downs), a special blanket, a binki just incase (I've had 2 that like them & 2 that wouldn't take one), new nipples for my Aven bottles, diapers, bath products, laundry supplies, reusable nursing pads (my sister is making me some - she sells green baby products), and I also need a new nursing night gown.
Altought I don't need much I did set-up a registary at Wal-mart & Target with stuff I'd like to have for the new baby... if your sister-in-law has time, maybe she can do this. That way people know what she thinks she need or the "theme" for the new baby... mine has kinda changed with each one.
Good luck finding the right gift & congratz on the new little one coming into your life through your brother & sister-in-law.
K.J. answers from Columbus on February 20, 2010
Anything that she'll be using lots of. For example...diapers in various sizes, wipes, diaper ointment, baby wash, baby lotion. The cost of diapers adds up fast and I'm certain she'd be ecstatic to have a big stash in her baby's closet. Or, you could get them a variety of giftcards to different restaurants that they could either order takeout from or go to. Some people in our church did this because they feared our freezer would be inundated with too much food and we really enjoyed it. A baby wrap (we have a sleepywrap that I LOVE) or a sling might also be a good idea. She'll be able to wear the baby and still do things with her other kiddo much more easily than holding the baby in your arms. You've gotten some good ideas in this list. Just think of ways to save her time or money. Every mom wishes she had a bit more of both of those! :)
D.R. answers from Cleveland on February 20, 2010
I love your idea of a 'sprinkle'! That is awesome! Since you got a gift certificate for the portrait studio--what about an certificate for an engraved frame once the little one is born or a digital frame. Other than that, what about a Gerber Life policy, starting a savings account (with small beginning)or a piggy bank. My personal favorite is a savings bond. The EE series, which matures in 7 years, you only pay half of the amount that the bond is for--ex., you pay $50 but the bond is for $100. However, I just remembered you do need the childs social security number so maybe you could make a cute promissory note if that would be the way you would want to go! Good luck!
T.N. answers from Cleveland on February 22, 2010
Diaper cake. This is such a great gift. You just roll them up and place them in rounds, use adorable ribbon, some travel size baby items, rattles, bibs, hats and mittens, socks, bottles,stuffed animals and even blankets can all be put on it. In the center you can even put a bottle of wine to hold it all together. I use a wooden dowel but have heard of doing this instead. You can google how to make a diaper cake and get lots of ideas and just personalize it yourself. I have even made these for wedding shower gifts with towels and kitchen utensils.
S.T. answers from Kansas City on February 19, 2010
I know we never have time but how about a little bath/shower kit for her.
J.C. answers from Fort Wayne on February 20, 2010
I would get her a basket with a few things in it, with babysitting vouchers sticking out! It would be so cute! You could make them really cute and print them off the computer. For the other things in it, your idea for the portrait studio is good, but how about going in and getting her a club card where she never has to pay sitting fees? I had a friend get me one, think it cost her about $30, maybe a little more, but it was great because it was good for 2 years and saved me lots of money. Cute new burp rags are always good for the 2nd, since the used ones are usually worn out. Also, how about a journal or scrapbook? Something for her to write in easily about the baby, since it's harder to find the time with your second child.
L.W. answers from Boston on February 20, 2010
so many great answers. The other Moms have things covered. I just had my second boy. With my first child I realized how much easier gowns were with the sleep sacks at night. I only had a couple for my first and was constantly trying to wash them so I could use them again. I was thrilled to get a big bag of hand me downs from a friend that had a bunch of sleep gowns and sacks. This was SO helpful. It allows for middle of the night changes with your eyes closed. My point is even though they might have lots of girl clothes- they might need something simple like this.
Your sister in law is lucky to have you :)
M.B. answers from Lafayette on February 20, 2010
A gift certificate for family pictures -- from Penney's or a local place that you like. It's something most people don't give, but well worth it! =)