Baby Gift

Updated on May 25, 2009
M.C. asks from Las Vegas, NV
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Hi everyone! My good friend is having her 3rd baby in June. She has a daughter (8) and a son (5). She's having another boy. She isn't having a baby shower but I want to get her something. She says that they already have everything. Any suggestions would be very welcomed. Thank you and God Bless

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Thank you everyone those were some awesome ideas! I picked her brain a little bit and she says she has too much clothes & would rather do things as a family. Thanks again for all the great ideas! I've got a lot to choose from.

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M.P.

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Books are always a great investment for any one with kids. And becasue she is saying that she doesn't need anything this will be something fun and special that will give her time with her kids. You could even get a book for the older kids as well as the newborn.

I am an Usborne Children's Book Consultant and would love to help you pick out book sthat would be great for her and her family. You can email me for suggestions or go take a look at my site at: www.UBAH.com/J2416

Hope you find what you are looking for!

M. P.

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V.A.

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Hi Michelle, I have a new web site that I believe has exactly what you are looking for! My web site is still under construction, but should be ready to do business next week sometime. You can find the web site by typing www.gobabybee.com in the web bar. If you find something you are interested in just e-mail me at [email protected]____.com and we can work something out. Take care, V.

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F.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Michelle,

I would like to offer three suggestions:
1. A photography gift certificate. Who doesn't want photos after the new baby arrives?
2. Color-coordinated shirts for the children to wear for a photography sitting.
3. A few home cooked or home delivered meals.

Good luck!

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J.S.

answers from San Diego on

I agree that your own services as a Pampered Chef would probably be very welcome to her especially when the baby first arrives.
Otherwise, you can always gift her a gift certificate to a Bliss Nine baby planner, www.blissnine.com :-). I'm a baby/pregnant mommy concierge and do anything to make the family ready for baby. I have a client now who is welcoming her third child. So your friend can choose anything she needs or wants. Mommasource people get a 20% discount too.

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W.S.

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Get her a mommy gift for the hospital... When I had my 4th. child I was given a basket from my womens bible study that had a nice nursing night gown, a pair of slippers, some little yummy snacks and a few magazines, it was awesome!!!

God bless you!!

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K.M.

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www.iseeme.com sells beautiful & unique personalized hardcover storybooks. If you or anyone decides to order something, you can use my free shipping code fsd12725 which gives you free US standard shipping on your entire order and lets them know I referred you. The code does not expire.

For boys (and girls) they have My Very Own Name where animals that start with the same letter bring each letter one by one to spell out the child's name with a cute story and personal ending. They also have personalized board books which are great for babies & toddlers, however I like the other books because the child will never outgrow it and there is more personalization with the bigger books. They have a matching personalized giant floor puzzle available as well.

Both of my daughter's have My Very Own Fairy Tale (fairies of the same letter bring the child's name and crown her the fairy princess at the end) and we love these books which is why I joined their sales rep program.

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S.W.

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Since she says she already has everything. I would get her something different. I am a consultant for a company called Heritage Makers. It is a digital storybooking company. You could get her an account and purchase a storybook credit. Then she could make a digital storybook about the pregnancy for about the new baby. Check out my website at www.BindingFamilyStories.com. You can e-mail me at [email protected]____.com if you have any questions. The website will list the products but there are always great specials. Right now there is a special for 8X8 storybooks running at 39.95. It is a different type of gift that would be fun and she gets to make it personal with her own story.

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D.O.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello Michelle my husband and I went to a babyshower yesterday and we gave an Arrival gift album. You choose the gift album you want to give in this case it would be the baby album(Arrivial) and your friend pick out the gift she wants from a collection of name brand gifts. Check it out at www.lwoods.ordermygift.com. These gifts are also perfect for mothers day.

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K.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Michelle,

I make diaper cakes. Some just have diapers and wipes and others have useful gifts like pacifiers, travel hand sanitizer, bottle brush, books etc. That type of stuff. I do custom orders and work with any budget. Check out my website at www.bearbottomdiapercakes.etsy.com. Nice part is, I am local so you can pick it up... and they are so cute most moms don't want to take them apart.

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F.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Offer to babysit for a few hours every week so she can spend one-on-one time with her older kids. It's so inportant to spend personal time with older kids when a baby comes and it's harder to find someone to watch the baby. As far as stuff goes- check out www.onestepahead.com for unique and creative gifts. Also, the store Homegoods often has high quality, neat toys for a lower price. I find a lot of toys there that I usually only see in magazines or expensive boutiques. Good Luck!

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H.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Michelle,
As one of my baby shower presents, my sister got me a one year membership to Picture People. You get coupons and every month have special deals for being member. I thought it was great. My son had his pictures taken once a month for his first year of life. I loved it. Along with the membership she got me a very cute photo album. It was one of my favorite presents.
Hope this helps, take care,
H.

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A.A.

answers from San Diego on

DIAPERS DIAPERS DIAPERS. You can't go wrong. And if you don't know the brand I'd get her a gift certificate to diapers.com. They deliver!

A.

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S.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

GET HER A MASSAGE. You take care of the kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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D.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Michelle,
I am a gift giver by nature. With the 3rd child it it nice for the mom to be able to get her own choice of diaper brand ect....
So, here is my suggestion. Get the baby a little something, and then get the mom a gift card to a fav store and even offer to go redeem it with her choices. I have 4 kids and I KNOW it is hard to get out just for the smallest of items. If you would like, I have a couple of adorable baby items on my website at http://www.miniinspirationsfarm.com/Baby_Plush.html
Free shipping!
You sound like a wonderful friend!
D.

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K.H.

answers from Honolulu on

Does she have a baby carrier? If not, the Ergo Baby Carrier is by far the best. However, it is around $100 so if you have a friend/s to go in with you on it, it would make it easier. have fun!

K.A.

answers from San Diego on

We're excecting our third child in June as well :) I have a slightly different situation in that my first 2 are boys and this one is a girl so right there some new girlie things are nice things to have...but even without that. We saved the things we liked from the other 2 but have found that some things are better off replaced and there are some things we just don't have any more.
Diapers, wipes, shampoo, diaper creams, hair brushes, nasal asperators and the like are one thing we found a lack of or increased need for and registered for for our upcoming baby shower. Nursing or bottle feeding supplies are always in need of updating or replacing. Personalized, special things just for the baby are always nice. I always get my friend's babies (and my kids too of course) dream catchers for their rooms for instance. All my children have these cute little beanie babies for the Chinese Year they were born in (Snake, Sheep & Ox). You can always look for something special just for the baby along a personal vein like that. Some new outfits are always nice as well. Even though my first 2 are boys and are just shy of 3 years apart it was nice to have something new for my second now and again, and there were some things from my first that were just too stained and worn out to pass on which was nice to have replaced. If they're born is different seasons you'll run into not having enough of the right weather appropriate clothes. My 2 boys are winter babies and this one is a summer baby so even with hand me downs a good deal isn't going to be wearable, boyish or girlish aside.

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M.

answers from Las Vegas on

You could make a basket with baby items such as diapers, shampoo and wash cloths. Did she save all of her other son's baby clothes from 5 years ago? If not, you could always get a few outfits ranging in different sizes. Does she need a scrap book or photo album? How about any decorations for the room? Another option is to spoil mom and get her a manicure or a pedicure or a prenatal massage. Even better, you could baby sit the kids and give her a night out with the hubby - that's priceless!

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S.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

You could always give her a gift certificate, i have no doubt she will find something that she could use for the baby. Or with 3, maybe a gift certificate to a place like olive garden just for them when the baby is old enough to leave.

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M.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

I would have to say Diapers, very useful can't go wrong with that! Good luck!

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A.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

gift card for somewhere like dream dinners (you go there, use their food to make a frozen dinner and take it home to put in the freezer. I've never done it but it sounds fun, like having your own kitchen open to other moms for the same thing.

baby carrier.

cloth diapers or disposables.

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J.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi, we have done many personalization on baby blanket as a unique gift for new mom or mom again occasion. You can wait until the baby is born and embroider the name, and date so it can be used as keepsake. We are in Signal Hill and can be reached at 562/612-1503.

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J.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Dear Michelle, I love personlized stuff. i give baby blankets or clothing that are personalized with of course his name, birthdate and weight. They make such a great memory, something they will always keep. J.

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V.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello Michelle. I just had a baby a few weeks ago and adored gift cards. I thought I had everything I needed, but when he got here, I found little things I had forgot, or just wanted :) Also, I thought that Boppy's were an extreme waste of money, and was using my bed pillow to nurse my baby. When we went places, I had a hard time nursing. I used one of my gift cards for a boppy and have not regretted it. I even use it at home when I am at my desk and need to get my homework done, but the baby is hungry. Also, it might just be me, but I loved the little bath sets, the ones with shampoo, lotion, powder, etc. They are cute and practical. Also, diapers are always great, but in case she has all the newborn and size 1's that she needs, get a bigger size - they will be used!!! Wipes go hand in hand, and one size fits all, and are always needed. One thing that is a good idea, but I don't know how you or she would feel about it, is a sort of gift card for a maid service. Not forever, maybe just one day. I'm sure she would appreciate it (ok, I'm not "sure" but she might!) after the baby is born, like the first week she is home. Good luck to you!!!

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M.L.

answers from San Diego on

All of the ideas are great. However, if you want it to be something for the baby, that gives back later...I am in favor of the US Savings bond. We received several for our later kids and if nothing else, that is one less text book the parents need to buy for college.

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C.P.

answers from San Diego on

Hi Michelle,

Diapers are always needed. If she can't think of anything she needs right now, I'm sure she will eventually. So maybe a Target or Babies R Us gift card. I know it's not too personal, but then she can use it to get things she needs as time goes along. If she isn't going to nurse, she'll need lots of forumla - those gift cards will come in handy for that! Does she have a name picked for the baby yet? If so, then maybe you can get something personalized, like a picture for the nursery or something.

Good luck!

-Char

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E.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

what about a gift card for a prenatal massage? every mom could use a day to relax before the baby gets there.

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H.T.

answers from Las Vegas on

I like to make a gift basket with anything that would go into the diaper like diapers, little lotion, small wipes case, hand sanitizer, bottles if she is bottle feeding, and so on. Also someone else mentioned if she is going to nurse a nursing cover is a good idea and the Hooter Hiders are awesome, I don't know what I would do without mine. She mentioned ebay, but if you don't have time for that Dagermans for kids carries them.

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P.S.

answers from Las Vegas on

you could buy her a new outfit or 2 for the baby. Or give her a giftcertificate in case their is something she see or wants after the baby is born. You could also wait until after she has the baby & buy a savings bond for the baby.
Another great thing would be to plan her some meal for a week after she has the baby. You & some other friends could either take her the evening meal for a week each night showing up with it all ready to serve at dinner time or make her casseroles & etc. that all she needs to do is pop it in the oven. Personal gives for the mother are also great like stuff for a bubble bath, & etc.

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J.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

How about some type service like child care, pick up drop off of her other kids at school, food delivery service, house keeping etc. I could not suggest more..... diapers, diapers, diapers, wipes, wipes, wipes. Every baby uses up a ton of those and they can cost a lot, so any little bit could help. Bless you for being such a great friend.

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B.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

diapers
baby shampoo
wipes/face cloths
receiving blankets
gift cards
special hearbal teas
coupons for babysitting
gift certificates for haricuts for mom
mani/pedi gift card
offer to "bring over a meal" once a month for the first year
subscription to a moms magazine
How about something for the other kids...who are often feeling a little left out...maybe an offer to take them to the park (also a gift for mom) once a week...maybe a day out of "mom's hair"..what about a special book for them ... when my duaghter was 8 she LOVED picture journals...I'd get a scrap book from the dollar store and made a nice front page saying...Just for you and your speical thoughts and ideas. Maybe the 5 year old could get a book about being a Big Brother...

Be creative. Hope this helps

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J.C.

answers from San Diego on

I would do either a Halo sleep sack (you can find them at Target online or www.halo.com...they also make nice crib sheets that velcro together under the mattress so the baby won't get tangled up in the crib sheets.) or maybe give the mom a card with some money in it to start a savings account. I think I would be more inclined to do the money for the savings account, as people are very concerned about the economy now.

Best of luck,
J.

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M.Z.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Michelle, Depending on where your friend lives, she may need extra onsies, especially it the weather is going to be hot when the baby comes. I had my last 2 in the summer months, one in July and the other in August, and they both LIVED in onsies, since it was so hot. That is my suggestion. Or you can get the baby a special blanket with an animal head, have you seen those? They are cute and the baby can have it forever and think of you!

Best of luck!
M.

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N.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Michelle,

Let me start by saying.... God Bless You! What a caring friend. When a mom says she may have everything she needs is may be right? but you can always use pampers and wipes. Buy bulk from Costco or Sams Club. Since it may take her a while to come out with 3 blessing. Another great thing is to pamper "mom" a day at the spa, manicure/pedicure and just some old fashion adult conversation. I'm sure whatever the gift...your friend will appreciate it.

God bless and have fun!
Nancy

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E.T.

answers from Santa Barbara on

I agree with the moms that suggested you make dinner. You could also take it one step further and organize a meal train. We had friends do this for both of our kids. They sent an email out to all of our friends and people signed up to bring us dinner. We got almost a month of dinners each time and it was a life saver - with the first we were obviously overwhelmed and having familiar faces show up with dinner was comforting. So was being able to eat dinner together as a family (even if one of us was holding the baby the whole time). With our second - 5-7 was her fussy time. That combined with our toddler's schedule of dinner at 6, bath at 6:30 and bed by 7 - made it pretty hard to even think about dinner, much less prepare it! Plus it's a good way for everyone to meet the baby without overwhelming the parents - everyone stayed for a few minutes, got a picture with the baby and then we could sit down to a dinner as a family.

Hope this helps - and congratulations to your friend!!

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J.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Michelle-
This is similar to some ideas out there regarding Dream dinners or bringing a meal. If you are far away though, I suggest using Omaha Steak Co. We had a friend order dinner for us when we had our 2nd, and I just did the same for my brother and SIL that are far away. Another friend mentioned that most grocery stores do delivery now for a nominal fee, so even just setting up grocery delivery for the first week so that she has the basics and no one has to think about it would be helpful.
Good luck!
Jenny

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M.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

Clothes are always good...no matter what kids you had before, it's nice to have some clothes that are new and just for that kid.

There's also a few things that have probably come in the last five years that make things easier or are more fun/engaging for the baby. The Bilbo chair thing is something some friends love. I got a new highchair this go round because no matter how many washings I put my old one through, it still had gone through a lot! I would think new bedding. There's also infant care items that you need...diapers, wipes, infant Tylenol, breastfeeding stuff if that's happening. Bottles are all BPA free now and weren't five years ago, so she'll have to replace all those. I have a travel booster seat that I love and recommend to folks. Heck...even a new diaper genie!

Hope that all helps.

-M

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D.C.

answers from Reno on

These are really cute in a baby room, especialy near a changing table. Scentsy plug-ins are a cute little night light that warms scented wax. It never gets hot enough to burn so it is great to use around kids, and makes the room smell great. Perfect gift for a mom who already has everything. You can check them out at www.scentsy.com/danacarey Good luck! Dana

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R.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Michelle,

Two thoughts: How about something to pamper Mom, or Mom and Dad, such as a spa package, baby-sitting services, a nice adult gift basket (wine, snacks, massage oil, etc.)

Alternatively, how about a picture frame or quilt with places for pictures to show their growing family tree.

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S.Z.

answers from Reno on

Something with the baby's name on it is always good - an engraved photo frame, or something to hang on the wall. A gift certificate for portraits is also great for any parent! And no mom can ever have enough diapers and wipes.

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M.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I gave my best friend pre-made meals from Dream Dinners for her 3rd -- being Pampered Chef, i know that you have those recipes for your own pre-made/frozen dinners -- great idea for someone who has everything... but the time to cook, which none of us have!

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L.M.

answers from Santa Barbara on

HI Michelle, I'm a new mom and I can tell you that I got everything from friends and family. I can also tell you that I use almost none of it. The only thing that I can't live without is my baby carrier that was suggested to me by a nurse. It's called a Moby they're about $45 but worth their weight in gold. They are different than most of the carriers you find, it's essentially a huge long piece of fabric that you wrap around yourself and put the baby in. It's so comfortable and my son loves it because he's swaddled and close to me at the same time. It keeps my hands free and he always falls asleep when he's in it and will sleep forever. I can't sing it's praises enough.

Good luck.
L.

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K.B.

answers from Reno on

Buy her a Kiddie Kangaroo, a new pocket system for mommy's use on infant carrer and then when baby can hold things, baby can access own bottle, sippy cup, snack or toy from the pockets hanging next to them on car seat or stroller. They love it! NO more trying to reach into back seat while driving to retrieve dropped bottle, sippy cup or toy for your little one! The pocket divider can be folded back to even hold gameboys and more for youngsters in car seats! Go to www.kiddiekangaroo.com for reviews and order information. Grandma K.

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J.L.

answers from San Diego on

Hi Michelle, there are some things you need new each time you have a baby, like a baby book, Baby's first piggy bank, diapers, formula, or go another route and get her a gidt certificate for a day spa, or to get her nails done, you know some way she can be pampered after having a baby, since she is having another boy, if she has a name picked out you could always get a quilt and have itpersonalized with the baby's name on it. Hope this helps. J. L,

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A.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Why don't you make a charitable contribution in honor of her new baby to some cause that serves either children or women? One example would be the battered women shelter hotline mentioned on the day your query appeared. You may have some other favorite cause (for kids with cancer, with cleft palates, kids in poverty, etc.) -- or, even better, your friend might already have a cause that's close to her heart. --A. G.

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B.N.

answers from Los Angeles on

Gift cards are always great and gas drops. I used them with my son and they saved my sanity. I am sure that she probably doesn't have these sitting around still.

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A.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

You can never go wrong with diapers and wipes! You can never have enough, and buy the size one not newborn

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T.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Since she already has everything for the baby- Maybe you could get 1 special gift for the baby (say an uber snuggly blanket) and give mom a gift cert for a massage or lunch with her friends-)
Congrats to her!

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A.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Diapers never go unused. Burt's Bees baby powder. Burt's Bees baby products. Organic baby shampoos/soaps. Babysitting/afternoon in the park for the two older children so mom can have some rest?

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E.G.

answers from San Diego on

What about making a meal for her once she gets home from the hospital. or have someone else make it - like dinner studio. my friends did that, and it was awesome... not having to do any of the prepwork, and getting an amazing homemade meal.

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S.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Diapers are always a good gift. You cant go wrong there.

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C.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

A dear friend of mine just had her fourth child and needed nothing as well. So, a bunch of our friends had a tea for her and went in together on a gift certificate for a massage and mani/pedi.

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K.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

There have been so many new products developed in the last 5 years. Baby Slings, toys, snack traps, nursing covers. If she plans to nurse I would say a nursing cover would be helpful. They full cover the mother and have boning in the neckline so that the mother can discreetly nurse. Just an idea :) I think hooter hiders are pretty cool and you can find them new but for cheap on ebay.

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A.H.

answers from San Diego on

Diapers! That's what I always could use. You could even make them fancy by making them into a diaper cake. A friend of mine did this and it was really cute.

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T.

answers from Las Vegas on

Michelle,

Diapers are always needed and appreciated, as are wipes. And gift cards. Or the offer of help. Watch the other kids when she goes to the hospital, offer to come over and hold the new baby while she showers or naps.

When my oldest was less than a week old (he was a c-section) one of my friends came over to see the baby and did my dishes before she left. I was very, very grateful. I could barely move.

:-)T.

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M.C.

answers from Honolulu on

My favorite thing to "get" someone on subsequent children is to cook for them. A couple of days after the birth, bring over a lasagna. Then tell her you will cook another meal for her next Tuesday (or whatever) and ask her what she'd like. It is a huge help for mommy and really, isn't that what we all need most?!?

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J.T.

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The present that my friend got me (and I totally appreciated it) was a night of free babysitting for all three kids. My husband and I had a chance to go out on an actual 'date.'

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N.H.

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Buy her a baby carrier wrap fr 30 bucks. I never missed out on these when my friends have baby shower. Somehow they have always loved it.

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E.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

A US Savings bond is always a great gift.

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H.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Consumables. Diapers, diaper service, wipes, etc. Or food. Or gift certificate to eat out because your friend will be shorter on money and time then she was for her first born. Maybe coupon 'offers' for baby sitting.

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C.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

diapers

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babysitting would be SUPER! A restaurant gift card and watching the 3 kids for the night would be a SUPER DUPER gift. or pre baby watching the 2 kids for a last parents night out w/ the new infant.

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C.T.

answers from San Diego on

Hi Michelle,

You could get her the Get Clean Healthy Home Pak or Get Clean Starter Kit from Shaklee. It contains the whole line of household cleaners and laundry products and they are safe, natural, non-toxic, effective, super concentrated, and earth-friendly. She will love that you're thinking of her family's health and safety. Shaklee also just came out with a new baby line called Shaklee Baby. It contains a body wash, lotion, massage oil, diaper rash cream, and a powdered multivitamin/multimineral. Our family loves all of Shaklee's products! To learn more visit www.shaklee.net/greennutrition. Feel free to ask me questions.

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A.B.

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scrapbooks, photo albums, and memory boxes. Can never have enough of those!

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