How to Find Great Baby Shower Gifts
If you've ever been to a baby shower, you've seen that some of the gifts new parents receive are a bit impractical. All the experienced moms in the room roll their eyes as the mom-to-be opens yet another baby outfit so off the mark that there's no way the child will ever wear it. While the shower's recipient may be unaware of the gift's usefulness (or lack thereof), those who have cared for a baby full time know what works and what doesn't.
When you attend a baby shower, don't be the one who gives the gift that makes people cringe! Here are some very useful gifts that the mom-to-be will thank you for!
Buying Great Baby Clothes
Everyone loves to buy baby clothes. They're really small and cute, and their future owners can't complain about the crazy outfits they are forced to wear! Most people think that means anything goes. For fashion, perhaps, but not so much for function. Here are some things to consider if you want to buy baby clothes as a shower gift:
- Consider the seasons - Based on the due date, think about how old the child will be in a given season. For example, if a baby is due in July, it will be five months old in December. So, don't buy shorts that are size 3-6 months...opt for 12 month size for shorts instead, for next summer. This will help ensure the clothes are appropriate for the season at that age.
- Consider the gender - If the couple doesn't yet know the gender of the child, play it neutral (white, green, or yellow) or skip the clothes and go with another gift idea. Don't buy clothes for what you guess they are having, or what the parents want to have.
- Look ahead - Parents-to-be always receive a lot of clothes for the very small sizes. In fact, most babies don't even get to wear all of their clothes for the first six months before they outgrow them! Consider buying clothes for 9 months or older so that they aren't part of the newborn glut of clothes.
Gifts for Feeding and Changing
The way parents feed and change their babies is very individualized. Stay away from buying bottles or other feeding accessories that might go against the parents' plans. Here are some safe tips:
- Plain terrycloth bibs - Yes, the ones with the appliques are cuter, but they don't absorb liquid or food well. Stick with these and they won't end up unused at the bottom of a drawer.
- Diapers - A pack of diapers is always welcome! Go with size one or two - larger babies may not be able to wear newborn diapers.
- Large pack of washcloths - These come in handy everywhere, from bathing to cleaning up feeding messes. Plain white is best, so that they can be bleached when necessary.
Other Can't-Live-Without Gift Ideas
- Video Monitors - Most parent use a baby monitor when the baby sleeps. Video monitors are a much better alternative that allow both the parents AND the baby to sleep better! When the baby makes a sound, parents can see the baby on the screen and determine whether they need to go into the room or not. Video monitors keep the parents from walking in and waking the baby when it wasn't necessary.
- Lullaby or Soft Music CDs - Any soothing music can help the baby get to sleep and stay asleep
- - Even if the mother won't be breastfeeding, these are lifesavers! They allow the baby to rest comfortably and securely on anyone's lap. They are excellent for feeding and for rocking a baby to sleep. Boppy Pillow
- Bouncy Seat - Whether rocking a baby to sleep or safely buckling them in when they can't be held, bouncers are great for keeping babies safe and calm.
- - Once a baby can hold its head up, even if they can't sit on their own, a Bumbo allows them to sit upright and look around. It also makes playing with others and taking in the environment much easier. Bumbo Seat
Give the right gift, and the new parents will thank you for years to come!