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If you are anywhere in the 25-40 age range, chances are, you get invited to a fair number of baby showers. For a while, it seemed like we had a wedding invitation for every weekend of the year, but now, those have definitely morphed into baby showers.
While my first advice is always to get something off the registry, (They picked it out. They obviously need it and want it!) some people don't like using registries. Or maybe you just want a more personal gift. Or the store they registered at is not in your town and you don't have time to order online. Whatever the case, here are some great ideas for baby gifts that I have either given or received and loved!
Nursing Survival Kit
One of my friends gave this to me, and we have given it to several others since then. If you know the mom-to-be is planning on breastfeeding, put together a basket of things she might need. You could include:
Nursing Cover, Nursing Pads, and Lanolin for the basic needs.
Energy bars, a cute water cup, and a small book to make mama smile.
Nursing tank and burp cloths to make nursing a little easier!
Of course, several of those would make great gifts by themselves, but put a couple of those in a cute basket and you have a really memorable and useful present! This is a good one for a group or hostess gift, because the more you put in there, the cuter it will be!
Fleece Nose Wipes
This may seem like a weird gift, so let me explain. When I was pregnant, my mom gave me a bunch of cute fleece squares she had cut out for me to use as cloth baby wipes. However, once I had Cricket, it became very obvious that they were no good as baby wipes because they didn't absorb liquid well.
I had all these cute little fleece squares sitting around, never been used, and I quickly figured out that they worked great as nose wipes for tiny, sensitive noses! They are way softer than tissues, you can use them several times, and even toddlers can use them without tearing a hole in them every time they wipe their nose! Two years later, we are still using them!
So here's what you do. Get some cute fleece, like these.
Cut them into six inch squares, tie a dozen up in a pretty ribbon and give them along with a note saying what they are for. No need to sew because fleece doesn't fray. Easy, cute, and unique! It is a great thing to keep on hand for last minute gifts!
Little Remedies Box
My sister gave this to me when I was pregnant, and I am STILL using some of the stuff in it! This is a collection of Little Remedies products for babies and young children, like gripe water, eucalyptus rub, saline nose spray, etc. It's great, and any new parent will greatly appreciate it!
Ok, y'all knew this was coming right? No way am I not going to talk about books. At my baby shower, my hostess put in the invitation a request for guests to sign their name in a board book instead of a greeting card. They are the same price or even cheaper than a card, and they are way more useful! Plus, it is so fun to read books to Cricket and get to tell her who gave each one to her.
One of Brian's long time family friends sent us Pat the Bunny when I was pregnant, along with a list of several dozen books that she recommended or that her children had loved growing up. What a great idea! I made notes of a bunch of them to get as soon as I could!
I love to give books, so often I will give several of my favorites as a way to start the child's library. This one is always in the group.
Whether you give a stack or just one, you can never go wrong with books!
Name Bands for Sippy Cups
I don't know if y'all have seen these, but they are rubber bracelet-looking things that go around bottles and sippy cups to label them. The idea is that they are washable, so you don't have to take them off, and they aren't adhesive, so you don't have a gooey mess after a couple of weeks. There are several different kinds. The original ones are actually debossed with your child's name. (You could also add other information like allergy alerts, phone numbers, etc.)
Or you could get one of these that you just write on with a permanent marker. Either way, these are a fun and unique but practical gift that any parent will appreciate.
I don't have a link to this, because it's more of a local thing, but it's worth mentioning. One of my favorite gifts for friends who are about to have a baby is to pay someone to come clean their house while they are in the hospital. That way they come home to a sparkling house and no chores to worry about! This would be a good hostess gift or group gift, as well.
A bonus to this is that if you have friends who clean houses as a job, you are helping them out as well! If you don't know anyone who cleans houses, you can ask your friends on Facebook for local recommendations or hire a professional service, although that will obviously be more costly. Just make sure that this is something the expecting parents will enjoy or someone they know, since some people are hesitant to let strangers in their house for obvious reasons. When in doubt, ask ahead of time on this one.
Closet Organizers and Hangers
This is my go-to gift right now. I stumbled upon the realization that Amazon has literally dozens of designer closet organizers. This is awesome because you can find some to match just about any nursery theme! (I have been known to stalk pictures on Facebook to figure out which colors and designs will match!) They are a decent price, too!
Closet organizers are super handy because you always end up with clothes in four or five different sizes, and this helps you keep them organized so you don't end up finding an outfit that your baby never got to wear because you didn't realize it was his size four months ago!
Pair them with some matching baby hangers and you have a sweet and thoughtful gift that they won't want to return!
I hope this gives you some good ideas for baby gifts! What about you? What are your favorite go-to gifts for baby showers?