baby shower gifts that every new mom needs but most people won't buy for her?

Jennifer - posted on 11/17/2008 ( 22 moms have responded )

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i just recently had my first child and discovered that a lot of the gifts that i wasn't too excited about at the shower ended up being the best gifts that i could've gotten and things that i realize now that i couldn't live without. for example, i was given a little travel sized scented trash bag dispenser to dispose of diapers when you're out in public (especially the dr's office where you can't just throw them away). what are other gifts like these that you don't realize are neccessities until you actually have your baby?

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Melinda - posted on 11/25/2012

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U can visit www.tauramall.com.it is an internattional baby and mom stuff mall with cheap quality and good design.

Miranda - posted on 10/03/2012

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A couple of things that I loved were a humidifier, a small battery powered fan (if you live somewhere extremely hot and humid like me it is SO handy when you take the little one out) breast pads, burp cloths, and lansinoh (that stuff is AMAZING if your breastfeeding).



I totally agree. After having my first I will definitely be changing up the registry for the second now that I know what things are most helpful.. =)

Gennifer - posted on 11/18/2008

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Bigger sized diapers. No one bought them for us as a shower gift but my daughter was born weighing in at 9 pounds, 7 ounces and she outgrew the newborn size within the first month. Useful things like extra wipes, baby powder and SLEEP CLOTHES! DD won't sleep with a blanket on and when she does, she tries to eat it or somehow gets her head to the opposite end of the bed. The sleep sacks we were given have been a godsend and we've been buying more as we find them on sale!

Amanda - posted on 11/18/2008

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My daughter has really sensitive skin and she had a bad diaper rash that wouldn't go away and her doctor said to get "Budrose Butt Paste" I laughed and she said that a good rule of thumb is that the funnier the name, the better it works. She was right! It works better than anything I've tried!

Amanda - posted on 11/18/2008

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useful stuff like baby wipes, nappies, baby bath you ban never have enough of that stuff. Or stuff for the mum like cream, bubble bath, a grocery hamper or a stack of frozn meals

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Ashley - posted on 11/18/2008

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I would also suggest a wipe warmer. Many moms might not buy it themselves, but it has made diaper changing with my son a million times easier! Especially in the cold weather. I got mine at Target and absolutely love it.

Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2008

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thanks guys, all of these are really helpful. it was only four months ago that i had my son but it seems like i am already forgetting all the things that i use on a day to day basis because they are so much a part of my routine. i'm not sure if the girl that i'm trying to buy presents for is planning on breastfeeding but i'm going to check out that hooter hider! i have just been breastfeeding in my car when we're out or feeding him pumped bottles because i haven't found anything that i like to use for nursing in public. this is the first post i've done in the "circle of moms" application and i love it! what a great idea!!!

Jen - posted on 11/18/2008

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If you plan on breastfeeding I would suggest a hooter hider. It's like an apron and has a wire in the top so you can see your little one while you nurse in public. I couldn't live without mine!!

Emily - posted on 11/17/2008

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Cloth Diapers! I like the old fashioned birds eye kind by Gerber. My grandmother gave them to us and I thought she was crazy to think I had time to work, keep house, feed my family AND keep up with the old fashioned cloth diapers. Then I realized that they are perfect for a light cover for a newborn in the heat of the southern summer, burp cloths, quick cleanups, cover for situating wayward breast pads. And they weigh absolutely nothing, so carrying one or two around all the time didn't add any extra weight to the already bulky diaper bag.

Kirsty - posted on 11/17/2008

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All of these gifts are helpful but I really like a Parenting magazine subscription to make myself wind down in the first few months- mom's need a break too!!

Gretchen - posted on 11/17/2008

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Definately if your breastfeeding: Hooter Hider, vaseline if you have a boy, Burp cloths( I just use cloth diapers), changing table covers and pads, breastpads a definate must, a Miracle blanket (its a swadding blanket like no other), and a Dreft stick(it helps treat sains pre-washing). Hope some of these help!!

Amie - posted on 11/17/2008

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The best one I got was the safety first kit. It had baby nail clippers, toothbrush, brush & comb, thermometer and medicine dispenser. It works great for a long time. =)

Elizabeth - posted on 11/17/2008

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Another thing that is awesome is a "nipple shield" if the mother is planning on breastfeeding. It's just a clear, silicone (very soft!) shield that goes over the nipple with small holes and the baby just breastfeeds from it. It makes it so that its easy for the baby to breastfeed, no latching-on issues and no soreness!! I have used these with all 4 of my babies. It's great for preemies! You can find them at Target for just a couple bucks. They are made by Medela.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/17/2008

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If the mom is planning to breastfeed I would suggest a "hooter hider" you can search for them on ebay. I have one and love it! I hated fumbling with a blanket to cover me when nursing in public. The hooter hider goes around your neck and has special boning in it so you can look down and see your baby when you nurse. They have them in really cute fabrics too!

Kristen - posted on 11/17/2008

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Stroller hooks. They are so cheap, but are a must have when shopping.



Burp clothes- I go through a couple a day!



Dishwasher basket for bottles.

Sidd - posted on 11/17/2008

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The one thing that I could not live without (during and after pregnancy) is the cuddle pillow by Boppy. I used during pregnancy so that I could sleep, and now I use it under my arm while bottle feeding her for comfort and support.

Cari - posted on 11/17/2008

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Hmm. The best thing I got that I didn't realize would be so important were receiving blankets. Lots of them. I never went a single place, that I didn't have to clean up my daughter in some way.

Megan - posted on 11/17/2008

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Nursing moms need plastic milk bags so they can store expressed breast milk - I use a ton of these. If not nursing, cloth rags from Johnson's with soap already in them. These were wonderful for the first couple of weeks when my son's cord hadn't fallen off and he needed a bath.

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The one gift that I found the MOST helpful that I bought myself was a BOPPY NOGGIN NEST. It's like a pillow that you can use on the ground, in swings, carseats etc and it helps take the pressure off of the back of the baby's head; keeping the head nice and round. When my son was about 3 months old he started to get a pretty good flat spot even though we were doing a lot of tummy time. I went online to Babies R Us and ordered a Boppy Noggin Nest and used it constantly. In no time at all his head began to round out. I suggest this product to tons of people and they all come back and tell me that they love it! :o)

Meaghanne - posted on 11/17/2008

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nursery jelly--i didn't even buy any til we got home and found out the stuff they gave us for my sons circumcision wasn't that great....so off to the store for this item.

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