Best Baby Shower Gifts
Every new mom loves to be showered with just about anything for that baby who comes with so many accessory needs. It is always easy to simply choose something off a registry and have the store gift wrap (and possibly deliver) exactly what the new mom thinks she wants. Diapers, wipes, and baby wash are also an easy and practical gift that many moms can't get enough of.
But what about that friend who is a little bit more special than a registry check-off gift? Or, what about those second and third time moms who already seem to have everything? What about those hard to shop for friends who always give the best gifts, and make others feel inadequate in return?
If you are anything like me, you know how hard it can be to shop for that just right baby shower gift. You want to be practical. You want to be personal. You want to be unique, but you don't want to break the bank. Well, here is my go-to list of gifts that fit every category of best baby shower gift ever. And the best part? These things rarely make it on to a baby registry, but often become the one thing mom claims she can't live without.
#1. Personalized Bottle Labels
Reusable bottle labels are great, but come with a requirement: you must know the baby's name before you buy. The best company I've found is a website called Inchbug, who makes the Orbit labels. These eco-friendly labels come in a pack of four, and are customizable from color all the way down to font. These will cost you about $16 for tax and shipping, and for a little bit extra, you can add a graphic or choose a non-mainstream color.
Orbit labels fit easily around most bottles and cups, are washable, microwaveable, reusable, non-toxic, and best of all, totally adorable. The working mom can appreciate the time these save on masking tape labels for daycare. They are perfect for gym nurseries and church nurseries. I've even found them to be really helpful at home, when I need to distinguish one child's cup from another. Even the breastfeeding mom will find a use for these, as eventually bottles turn into sippy cups and the nursery gives way to soccer camp.
I love these labels.
Little Green Pouch
#2. Reusable Baby Food Pouches
If you haven't walked down the baby food aisle in a grocery store lately, then you've missed the progression from baby food jars to baby food pouches. Gerber and Beech-Nut have come up with their own pouch baby food to compete with relatively new companies like Plum Organics, HappyTot, and Sprout Organics.
I first discovered how much I love this new style of baby food delivery when several moms of preschoolers were using them for snacks on the go, which came with virtually no mess and no clean up. However, I quickly discovered that regular retail price runs at about a $1 per pouch.
I knew there had to be a better way.
A simple search revealed there are several reusable baby food pouches to choose from. After reading dozens of online reviews, I finally settled on the Little Green Pouch™. No matter which brand you go with, the average price with shipping is about $20 for a pack of four, but these things pay for themselves in no time.
Reasons I love this product: It is reusable and therefore eco- and cost-friendly. It is easy to fill, pack, and send with my kids to school, or bring along for a morning out, and they get a quick and healthy snack that doesn't make a huge mess. It is cheaper than individual applesauce and fruit cups, and worth the minimal extra effort to fill and rinse out. Though I have yet to use it with my 5-month old, my three-year old and six-year old both love them. And here's the very best part: I'm sneaking healthy additions into their applesauce and they don't even know it. From blended strawberries, to carrots, even turnips and rutabaga, my kids are getting a smoothie of vitamins and minerals and sucking down their veggies like it is a dessert.
#3. Onesie™ Extenders
This is seriously one of the weirdest items I ever received that quickly became one of my favorites. I happen to have very long and very skinny babies. As a result, Onesies™ that fit in length, are far to bulky around the middle, but in order to get the leg holes and snugness just right, the length is too short.
This is where Onesie™ extenders come in. These are easy to use and virtually unnoticeable as they snap in place and extend the length of a Onesie™ by an extra inch or two. You can get away with a four-pack, but if you are like me, the ten-pack makes more sense because the extender will simply stay on the garment through washes, rather than be switched back and forth between multiple outfits.
The NoseFrida Original Snot Sucker
#4. Nasal Aspirator
When you leave the hospital with your baby, they send you home with a big blue or turquoise nasal aspirator, the one most likely used in the delivery room. If you have more than one child, you probably have two or three of these things floating around random cabinets in your house.
We dig ours out every time any of our children under the age of 3 has a cold. Experienced parents know the drill: pin kid down, mom holds his arms and legs while dad administers saline nasal spray, then sucks everything out with this bulb, and hope most of it comes out.
They work. But not very well.
They don't work well at all on teeny tiny babies though, which I discovered when my two week old could barely sleep as a result of a really stuffy and runny nose. Then, someone introduced me to nasal aspirators like the NoseFrida. Looking at the picture, I honestly thought it was a joke, or a gag gift. But they are real, and they really work, really well.
Unlike the way it looks in the picture, you don't actually suck anything up the tube and into your own mouth. Typically, there is such a very small amount in the baby's nose anyway, it is sucked out very quickly and doesn't travel far within the aspirator. And my baby didn't even notice because nothing goes directly in the nose, you simply place one end just under a nostril.
There are several different brands and varieties available both online and in stores. I found mine at CVS, but I've heard Target and BabiesRUs carries a couple different kinds. I'd say call the store first though, many don't have them at all.
These work. And actually, they work better than anything we've ever tried. My baby's cold cleared up within three days of using this, and she slept much better after we used it. It is now a must in my new mommy survival kits.
What Are Your Go-To Gifts?
Have an interesting, unique, or other go-to gift to share? Please post in the comments things you have given or received, unexpectedly, that you cannot live without.