baby presents - not a debate... maybe

Stifler's - posted on 02/03/2011 ( 31 moms have responded )

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What are the best presents to buy other people who are having a baby? Everyone keeps buying me things and bringing them over for my baby who is due in 15 weeks. My neighbour just brought over cute pink things for me and I have NO idea what to get her as she's already had a kid but she's a girl and this one is a boy...

What do you get your friends for their new baby?

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Charlie - posted on 02/03/2011

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I have bought Amber teething necklaces , re usable breast pads , a hamper of things like nappies , wipes , bibs , ect . that are useful that they may not think of , one or two cloth nappies even if they use disposables they will come in handy for those emergencies when you run out .

ME - posted on 02/05/2011

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Books, Diapers, Batteries, Clothes for later (6-9 months out)...Some meals for their freezer, a gift card to go out to dinner with the promise to babysit for them...

Jenny - posted on 02/04/2011

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Natural wooden blocks. I also like Laura's idea on the tea. Everyone likes tea.

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One of my favorite gifts that I got at my shower was a little laundry basket filled with all kinds of sample size items like baby shampoo, diaper rash creams (different brands), wipes, etc. It was nice to have things in small sizes so that I could test things out and then buy what I found worked or that I liked.

Something good I've given a few girls is baby wash cloths and bibs. The mother of a drooling, spitting-up baby can never have too many of either of those lol

Lady Heather - posted on 02/03/2011

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I always give an aden and anais blanket. I had two and I looooved them. They are great for swaddling and I've heard good for nursing. They are really light so they are a good cover for summer babies. There are many gender neutral options, rather than just blue and pink crap.

I usually include something else. Maybe an outfit for an older baby (for when the clothes supply dries up), or my favourite shoes (Bramles). I try to stick to things that I had and loved.

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Sal - posted on 02/04/2011

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i hate tea, but for mothers day when i was still bf, someone bought me some beautiful decaf coffee beans, it was heaven.

Shauna - posted on 02/04/2011

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some good suggestions have been given but i agree the stuff you dont expect is great... one lady made a little onsie with my babys name on it out of patterned fabric and sewed it on. SOOO Cute

toys--- not enough ppl bought them

diapers ---always needed

sleep sacks----some ppl dont realize how much they love them till they actualy use one!



aden and anis blankets are nice :)



and older baby clothes--- i had way to much newborn that never got worn.



ooooh someone gave me a huge thing of dreft detergent GREAT IDEA---thats the kinda stuff you like to buy but hate spending money on ... loved it!

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For first babies, I usually just buy something from the registry
For second babies, I usually give something small for the baby and a gift certificate to the spa or a good restaurant for the new parents.
I like light blankets that can be used year round. I kept those everywhere. I also loved the "sleep sacs" that replace blankets in the crib, but are lighter than pj's or add an extra layer to pj's in the winter.

Jenn - posted on 02/04/2011

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I tend to give stuff like diapers, diaper cream, baby wash, lotions, and maybe a rattle or small toy.

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My favourite gifts were the lovely hampers, which had bath stuff for baby, wipes, nappies, bibs, a toy (teething toy, teddy etc), an outfit and some pre-made milk cartons just in case.

I always make a little gift hamper or luxery gift bag containing a mixture of the above because I loved them and they can be as expensive or as cheap as you like, go for the useful things you loved!

Sherri - posted on 02/04/2011

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Diapers or anything handmade also some of my favorite were the stupid things you never remember like baby powder, diaper rash cream, tylenol, nose bulb, thermometer, baby brush/comb, baby nail clippers.

Nicole - posted on 02/04/2011

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practical gifts are best for sure and most of those type of gifts have been mentioned here.

I'm not a fan of the diaper cake, even though it looks pretty cool, if you want to use the diapers, it's a pain to take apart.

G diapers are really cool. Audio books are good, white noise machines, stuffed animals that make soothing sounds, camilia, ebson salts (for mom).

Sal - posted on 02/04/2011

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it depends, you could go for something useful like wipes, bubble bath all the little bits that help on shopping day or i did hear the best idea (if they don;t have one) a birthday cake book, it is something that my kids just droll over, pick out a cake 6 months in advance and looking at the ones that we have already had.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 02/03/2011

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If its hard to decide….MONEY or GIFT CARDS or both…that puts a smile, and you cant go wrong with thoes

Bonnie - posted on 02/03/2011

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Diapers are always helpful and she will need them for at least the next few years. You can never get enough sleepers, wash cloths, and bibs. Do you know if she is planning on breastfeeding? Maybe you could get her a breastfeeding pillow.

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I get them diapers and a gift card. I put the receipt for the diapers in the card so that she can take them back and exchange them if they aren't the brand she likes. I mainly give the diapers so she can open something from me. However, I am just as happy giving her a gift card. Letting her pick out what she wants for the baby makes it more fun and meaningful for her to her child.

Charlie - posted on 02/03/2011

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My friends and I always chuck in some cash to buy mumma a facial and a massage at the day spa ...she earned !

Nadia - posted on 02/03/2011

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my fav thing to give is a "teething" blanket... a little blankie with a stuffed animal holding it and one corner sounds crinkly and another corner is ribbed and rubbery for baby to chew on.

Isobel - posted on 02/03/2011

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I like to buy a bunch of bath stuff and teas, maybe some new pajamas for the mum...it's such a rough time for her...it's nice to remind her it's ok to pamper herself as well.

Melissa - posted on 02/03/2011

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I always get nappys, wipes or powder packs things like that or bibs mittens are always useful baby rattles, baby nail clippers I dont know if she already has these things but you cant go wrong with boys clothes right if she only has a girl. I think we got the thing for the car seat that keeps them warm for someone. You could get teethers or teething gel or baby toothbrush or a teddybear. I do find practical the best tbh. I got rid of massive garbage bags of stuffed toys not long ago, to find I got moe for both kids for christmas, heaps more. Not something I need in my already cluttered house

Laura - posted on 02/03/2011

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I always give J&J Vapor bath and some 6 mo or older onesies and then it depends on the person what else. I like to buy essentials. One of my favorite gifts was homemade baby wipes made out of paper towel. They made me up a batch then included the recipe and the rest of the stuff to make them. It was really neat. I try not to get cloths or blankets because so many people get them.

Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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Yep, that's exactly what I'm talking about. I received SO much stuff in that size for Sam, that a lot of it still even has the tags on it. And they can wear onesies all year round, so it's practical. You don't want to buy a cute little summer outfit in size 12 months, because she might hit that size in November and then you're screwed.

Joanna - posted on 02/03/2011

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I always make my non-cloth-diapering friends diapercakes.

I usually make something, like a dress or hairbow, or have my friends make something. Something unique is always awesome!

Stifler's - posted on 02/03/2011

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Ooh that is a good idea. I got about 60 size 000 onesies for Logan and he wore each other them a grand total of once before he grew out of them!

Krista - posted on 02/03/2011

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I tend to get diapers and sleepers, but in larger sizes. Everybody buys all the teeny-tiny stuff. I had enough size 0-3months onesies to outfit a tiny, uncoordinated army. But once he hit 6 months, I had to buy everything myself. It would have been nice to have had a broader variety.

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I love cloth diapers :)

When my sister had my nephew i got him an entire bag of receiving blankets, and a special silk one he could be wrapped in when born because i couldnt be there to hug him. Then just a couple outfits and some toys.

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My favorite things to receive were the totally unnecessary things...like monogrammed onsies and bloomers.

Of course, I appreciated everything. What was really the most useful were packs of diapers and wipes. And then after the baby, people brought over food. Between our friends, family and church family we didn't have to cook or buy groceries for a month!

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