Baby shower gift ideas?

Becca - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 115 moms have responded )

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My friend is having a baby shower at the end of the month and so I'm asking all those moms out there: What gifts did you get at your baby shower that you really liked and what are some things you wish you would have gotten?

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Ginny - posted on 02/09/2010

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I am a mother of 4 and I know all about good baby shower gifts..I think that the best gifts are something that is going to be the most useful for a mother. Diapers, wipes, onesies, definitely clothes in between the sizes of 0-6 months, pacifiers. New moms and even mothers that already have kids, definitely need the things that they just can't seem to get enough of. Baby bath, lotions, diaper rash cream, bottles, bottle nipples, baby towels, socks (due to the fact that baby socks can be very easy to lose), infant Tylenol and gas drops, baby blankets, burp clothes, bibs. I think that with every baby shower that I had those things were always what I got the most of, and it was so helpful for me. I have also received car seats, strollers, bouncy seat, a bassinet, a walker, a pack-n-play, baby toys, nail clipper sets, teething rings, rattles, photo albums and frames, definitely need thermometer. Just think if the things that you know is needed for a new baby. I can't really say that I ever received anything that I wish I wouldn't have gotten though. Just remember that you are buying for a baby! I'm sure that you will do fine...Good luck and have fun shopping!

Racheal - posted on 02/13/2010

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An Aunt got me a scrap book. With as fast as our little ones grow it was perfect. So, when a friend of mine had her shower for her first baby, I went and picked a book some stickers and a few other little things to help her get started on it.

Kristen - posted on 02/12/2010

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the best stuff is the stuff she will use often. onesies, blankets, socks diapers and wipes. my daughter only wore onesies all the time.

Alyssa - posted on 02/11/2010

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my friends and i like to give a laundry basket full of all the little things that you dont get enough of or never get at your shower. like plain onesies, socks, hats, blankets, ointments, sensitive soaps/ shampoos (you never know if the little ones gonna be sensitive or not) thermometer, a refill pack of wipes etc. we just put it all in the basket and wrap a wider ribbon around it through the handles to keep everything a little more secure in the basket. i got that at my shower from my mom and grandma and i loved it. people always wanna get the cute outfit or a bunch of diaper but if it wasnt for my mom and grandma i wouldnt have gotten some of the things i needed. i hope this helps you out and your friend likes everything you get her.

Laura - posted on 02/12/2010

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my favourite present at my baby shower was a belly casting kit, i had wanted one for my first pergnancy but didnt get one, it was the best thing i had while i was pregnant! i was 33 weeks when we did the cast and it came out perfect, i painted it pink when my daughter was born and its now on her chest of drawers in her room, its a nice reminder of when i was pregnant. you can get them from mothercare and other places on the internet and they arent that much money. hope i have helped Laura Nial

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Constance - posted on 02/13/2010

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A wipes warmer! It has been my saviour for my little guys bottom in this chilly Canadian weather!

Tosha - posted on 02/13/2010

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The best gifts are the super special and fun ones. I got a pair of silver shoes for my first. I loved those things and got so many compliments later on them.

Angela - posted on 02/13/2010

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I wish I would've gotten the essentials for breadtfeeding- storage bags, breast care guide, and breast care stuff for mom like cream and breast pads. I really enjoyed my laundry basket that was filled with laundry supplies- Dreft, stain remover, laundry bag, etc. If she has an older child, you may want to include a little treat for him or her- I never want a big bro or sis to be left out.

TAMMY - posted on 02/13/2010

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I haven't had the pleasure of having my shower yet, but my cousin just gave me



a MINI FRIDGE that plugs into the car so that when you are breast feeding you can take the bottles and keep them cold.



I thought it was a very unique idea and I'm sure nobody else will get me one.

APRIL - posted on 02/12/2010

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Swaddles! Diapers always can use them and I got a sound sleeper it has all kinds or sounds and puts the baby to sleep very awesome gift! Hope I've helped!

Francesca - posted on 02/12/2010

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I got a hotsling for my baby shower and I have used it every day. Ella is now nine months and were still going strong. I got one for my SIL too and she was a little surprised at her baby shower but since she had her son she agrees. Its a life saver!



I wasn't able to appreciate some of the practical gifts. Unfortunately Ella has sensitive skin and half the diapers I got had perfumes even when they said they were unsented, as well as most of the lotions and creams. I had to return them. Maybe a giftcard for that would work best. Or sample sizes of creams so she can try a few out without having to commit to any. And then some of the very adorable outfits were great. And given to me in an array of sizes from newborn to size 2. However many off the sizes have not been lining up with the season. Sadly I have very cute summer dresses that fit in the middle of winter. So becareful if you choose clothes. Some babies are bigger than others. Onesies and sleepers are great any time of year.



But practical is still best. I am still using wipes I got from the baby shower. And my Ella is now nine months old. Its fabulous.



And as a new parent I used my thermometer a lot. Always checking constantly to make sure she didn't have a fever. It was great to have.



She will love anything you get her. Every little thing is appreciated.



But since you know the ropes a little better than she, maybe you could include a little note, a survival guide for the first few weeks with the promise of a coffee out when she feels couped up or needs a few hours of adult time.

Carrie - posted on 02/12/2010

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if you go with clothes try to get something thats not new born maybe more towards the 3-6, 6-9 or 9-12 months range she is likely to get heaps of new born clothes which wont last for long because before she knows it her baby will have out grown them.

Terra - posted on 02/12/2010

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Here are alot of things that I didn't think about at first: vaporizer, humidifier, baby meds

thermometer. fyi--if your friend didn't put these on the registry she might want to.

With that being said here are the things that I got that were very useful: bottles (always in need), tons of blankets (another big one), clothes, tons of diapers, baby wipes, clippers, bath sets, detergent, and many others.



Really whatever you choose she will probably love.

Terra - posted on 02/12/2010

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Here are alot of things that I didn't think about at first: vaporizer, humidifier, baby meds

thermometer. fyi--if your friend didn't put these on the registry she might want to.

With that being said here are the things that I got that were very useful: bottles (always in need), tons of blankets (another big one), clothes, tons of diapers, baby wipes, clippers, bath sets, detergent, and many others.



Really whatever you choose she will probably love.

Danielle - posted on 02/12/2010

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Truely, as much fun as cute presents are...the practical gifts are the best, diapers (get a little bigger size since others will probably get the newborn size), diaper rash cream, wipes, spit up rags. You can never have enough of that stuff. If you want, go ahead a throw in a couple cutesy things. I hope this helps.

Kimberly - posted on 02/12/2010

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I just had to come up with a gift idea as well. I was going to make a diaper cake until I found the diaper wreaths. They are adorable and easier to make than the cakes. you can attach toys or whatever you want to it. besides that it is creative and something you know she will use

Ashley - posted on 02/12/2010

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I dd a diper cake for a realy goood friend of mine it took a lot of work and money lol but it was great u take dipers jenerly new born and size one roll them up and put elastic bands on them any way there are great instructions if u google it but u can put some little toys inside and a teddy bear on top it looks graet when your finished have fun.

Catherine - posted on 02/12/2010

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well i would suggest the diaper cake because not only does the mom get plenty of diapers u can also us bottle for the inside of it and hang medicanes on it cuz every mom needs them and u could do like the johnson n johnson bath set with all the soaps and shampoos and loations and they make medacine packs too......

Melissa - posted on 02/12/2010

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I loved the diaper cakes i received, they were cute and i didn't have to buy diapers until she hit three months.

Angela - posted on 02/12/2010

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My friend made me this basket full of baby cleaning supplies (dreft) and it came in handy so much. I loved it!

Miranda - posted on 02/11/2010

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i like the diaper cakes or things like them that you don't actually have to use but decorate with...
also one or two women actually thought of the MOMMY by getting perfume, lotion, ect or something for the mom that she would like
mostly i got clothes, blankets, and shampoo/lotion, i wish i would have gotten a few more diapers

Lindsay - posted on 02/11/2010

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Diapers were my best gift that i got for all three of my boys, we got enough if different sizes for my 1st that I didn't have to buy them for a year! It's big money saver parents as well.

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Sometimes i think money is best, that way if there is still something she wants or needs after the shower she can buy it.

Melissa - posted on 02/11/2010

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Something really great to do- Is get something for the mom for the hospital. My cousin made me a hospital kit for mommy... It had tootsie pops,chap stick,pads, shampoo and soap,a razor. And a note inside to make me feel welcome!!! The razor for not being able to shave for so long,chapstick for our dry lips,pads cause we will have our lovely friend back after 9 months. lol tootsie pops cause your mouth gets dry and most of the time u can't eat but u can suck on these. Hope this helps.

Francia Reydalyn - posted on 02/11/2010

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i think one of the best baby gift is a diaper specially for the new born,my friends appreciate it so much....and its the most practical and most need,,,and if the budget is right give a 3 month supply.....

Valerie - posted on 02/11/2010

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I think the best thing would be a gift card to where they registered at or if you want to give them something to open, you can give baby toiletries (diapers, cream, wipes, powder, etc.). Maybe also some pacifier, socks, white onesies...you know stuff that they might loose of stain.

Lisa - posted on 02/11/2010

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get her diapers - but in a larger size like 4, and get her some little things you think no one else would get. at my shower i got 28 burping blankets ( i didn't use even close to half) but a friend got me diapers, bath toys, and a bedtime story book. it was the most memoral gift out of all of them!

Wandalee - posted on 02/11/2010

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diapers and wipes in bulk. gift certificate for mom for pedicure, breast cream if nursing, gripe water for baby and help in first few weeks-even just passing by to drop off a meal. i got too many blankets and clothes, wrong season and newborn size too small.

Carla - posted on 02/11/2010

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If you want to give something homemade yet super useful... buy a pack of cloth diapers and find some really fun colored/patterned fabric. Sew a one inch strip of color onto the bottom of the diaper with some fun colored thread - and give them as personalized burp cloths! Super cute, and a great way for mom to tell them apart from the rest of the baby stuff.

Joelle - posted on 02/11/2010

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My fav. gift was a "comfort basket" It had all those things to calm a crying baby. Gas drops, tylenol, comfy pjs, a calming cd, Nuks , swaddling blanket...etc! All those little things new moms dont realize they really need untill 4am.

Amber - posted on 02/11/2010

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a clothes line. you buy outfits, wash cloths, burp cloths, blankets, what ever you want. attach them on a wash line with clothes pins and place it in a cute laundry basket. at the shower you have people participate in holding up the wash line as the momy to be takes it out of the basket.

Alicia - posted on 02/11/2010

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I always try to get something for mom. People forget that moms need to be pampered before and especially after birth. A gift certificate to a salon, after birth tinctures, a journal to write her feelins down, things like that.

Samantha - posted on 02/11/2010

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I've started just throwing together a cute gift basket with all the things I know she'll need, that noone thinks about. Mylicon, Tylenol, diapers,etc.

Katie - posted on 02/11/2010

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I always make a goody basket of all the small things. I always try to include something for the mommy to be~

Jess - posted on 02/11/2010

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For my baby shower I received a lot of clothes... but they were all really big sizes. My daughter is now 6 months old and only fits into 3 of them ! We also received a fair few towels.



My two favourite had to be a home made stuffed elephant... affectionatly named Elly ! She goes everywhere with us. And a beach themed gift pack from my boss that she made up. It included everything we would need for our first trip to the beach. It was great !!! And it made sending the pictures of our trip out just that little bit more special.



The one gift I actually asked for was for my friends to donate blood. Mum's and Bub's use a lot of donated blood and I have a rare blood type and my daughters is even more uncommon. I know it sounds a little morbid, but it could just be the gift of life !!! And you can't put a price on that !

Nikki - posted on 02/11/2010

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My friends held a baby shower for me before I had my little boy and rather than giving me presents for him, they gave me things like pampering bath bits, lavender oil to help with healing after the birth, sweets to keep up the sugar levels when I was running out of adrenaline etc. It was a really thoughtful gift especially as he is our first child and the family went to town on gifts for him. Hope it helps!

Angela - posted on 02/10/2010

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its seems that everyone has gone the practical items. I would like to recieve these items at my baby shower. I have one piece of advise, ask your friend what she wants, get her to list 5 things. That way you have some idea or suggest a registery, this way it helps all. A basket of goodies like essentials and practical items never go a stray at this time. Has she got other children even a partner, not leave them out either. What about a day of child minding for her to have some time to herself or with partner/child. Donate your time to help when baby comes home. This gift will give and give.
Well so many ideas, good luck
Angela

Melanie - posted on 02/10/2010

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My mom threw me a baby shower two years ago for my first child...and i did a big registry at babies r us. But the best gifts i recieved where alot of the home made ones. My bestfriend made me a gift basket..with a pack of new born diapers..binkies(vanilla flavored ones)...Baby tylenol...diaper rash cream...Gas relief drops...Bottles...Powder formula take along containers ( You pre measure the powder and put in a container that has about 5 openings...makes 5 bottles) travel pack of wipes...slippers for me...booties for the baby...House coat for me...hooded towel and wash cloth for the baby...onies...little hats for the baby...it was a big basket and she wrapped it in rainbow cellophane paper...The next gift was from my sister she said when you go to baby showers its always about the baby what about the mother...she packed my bag for the hospital....2 night gowns thick, thick socks, 2 support bras, slippers, house coat, sweat suit to wear home and a pair of sneaker slides. the laast gift i loved was my diaper/nappy cake i didn't have to buy diapers for so long and my sister put all kinds of little things for the baby on it... stuffed toys...a rattle....binkies..baby brush and comb, a bottle, rolled up onies, rolled up wash clothes, baby wash/shampoo...it all depends on what you want to spend

Kristina - posted on 02/10/2010

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If you choose to buy clothes for the baby, I would buy them for when the baby is a little bigger. People always buy the 0-3, go to like size 6-9 months and consider the weather when you are choosing, no one wants sweats in the summer... or whatever... :)

Michelle - posted on 02/10/2010

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the best gift I got was my boppy pillow, which i brought to the hospital for my c-section, used for breast feeding, and now i use it for the babys tummy time. The other best gift was the bumbo chair, which she sits in during her solid feedings and it helps her sit up straight as its made of rubber so it holds her upright. There are so many other things, but those are defionatly 2 of the best.

Amanda - posted on 02/10/2010

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Mylicon, Infant tylenol, Infant Motrin, thermometer, Butt Paste, and things like that I wish I had gotten as a shower gift.

Stephanie - posted on 02/10/2010

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bath towels, burp clothes, bottles stuff like that i didnt get for my shower.

Kerry - posted on 02/10/2010

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i havent read all of the replies so i may well be repeating a few or all:::

nappycake

bouquet of sock flowers

practical hamper: check for allergies first then get a range of bath.creams,ointmens, nappies, musy clothes/burpies etc

or I make scarfbibs-similar to bandana bibs found on ebay with a slight difference I can personalise them and make the for all ages

photo collage/poster of the scan pics and the moment bab is born

theres a lot of ideas you can find by typing in baby gift in google and if you have the time you can do most of them yourself and save on the cost xx

Emily - posted on 02/10/2010

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I'd be happy to make a gift for you! Check out my website- www.emilysbabygifts.com. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ducky inflatable bathtub which is great from about 6 months until the baby is ready for the tub- which for my son was around 18 months. I also swore by the swaddling blankets with the velcro. I have a section on the website- the blog, where I posted some of my favorite baby things.

Samantha - posted on 02/10/2010

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My favorite gifts? The swing I had picked out, but had only told one or two people about because I was planning to buy it myself when I hit 8 months. Also, diaper cakes are great, easy to make, and can be adjusted depending on any budget.



When it comes to clothes for the little peanut, it seems everybody buys tons of them for the parents to be, who often can't resist picking some up themselves. Diapers and wipes are always useful, esp. if you buy the next size up in the diapers, since everyone seems to buy newborn or size 1.



Those are my favorites to get, and pretty useful, too.

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2010

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The baby whisperer books. Or a doula or pre cooked meal gift certificates. Large receiving blankets - all the ones we got are small and now I can't swaddle my 12.5lbs baby in them anymore he wiggles out too easily. A maid gift certificate would have been really nice too.

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2010

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I generally like to give things that new Mom's don't always realize they will need until they are desperately needed. Here are some things that I do up on a goodybag...Gripe water, baby Vicks, plug covers, diaper cream, Motrin or Infant Tylenol, Anbasol, diapers, wipes. My new favorite thing is a Triaminic vaporizor. It kinda looks like an air freshener but it releases a vicks vapor in the air to help them breath when they are all stuffed up from a cold. It works really well, especially for little ones that are too young for any medicine.

April - posted on 02/10/2010

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I always get things that most people would forget about. Like rubbing alcohol, gas drops, tyelnol...stuff like that rather than clothes. Also, i try to look ahead a few months. Most people buy clothes that are 0 to 3 months and newborn diapers. I buy clothes for up to 12 months and cases of baby food and spoons. People get a lot of stuff for their newborns but they grow so fast ya don't end up using half the stuff. Diaper cakes are also fun. you can either make your own or buy them. :)

Katie - posted on 02/10/2010

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I think the best gift I got and it also came with words of wisdom.. A bath set, with candles, and words of wisdom - Make sure to always find mommy time even if it is just a nice long HOT BATH!! Make sure you do something for you!!

Melissa - posted on 02/10/2010

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My son got the boppy bouncey seat. It is perfect for a newborn he sleeps in it. I love it! I also got a pair of pajamas and a bath robe some body wash and lotion for myself while i was in the hospital and a gift card to go buy myself something. Everyone buys stuff for the baby so it was nice to get something for myself. Every new mom deserves something nice

Lin - posted on 02/09/2010

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In addition to what everyone else has said, I'd consider getting her a gift card to a restaurant that delivers to her home for those days when she's just too tired to make dinner (haven't we all been there?). The card is easier to store than a homemade meal from you, nor does it "go bad".



A gift cert to a Sam's Club or Costco would be great as well, maybe along with a case of diapers and mommy's favorite caffeinated drink ;).



I'm also loving my itzbeen, especially for those nights when my hubby's been helping me out (but it never with it enough to be able to recall exactly when Greggie's last been changed, fed, etc.)

Sarah - posted on 02/09/2010

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the things I would have loved to receive are a baby sling, a battery-operated nose aspirator, nursing tops/bras, and a Milk Band. I did not receive these, and bought them later on... they would be GREAT gifts!

Megan - posted on 02/09/2010

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I usually put together a basket of things I know they will need. Some face clothes, bottle brush cleaner, a bottle or sippy cup for when the baby gets older, baby proofing kit, a rubber duck that tells of the water is too hot or not, baby shampoo, a stuffed animal, bath toys... Trust me go into the baby isle of the store and you will figure out a million things to get.

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