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#1 of 6 Old 07-05-2013, 06:25 AM - Thread Starter
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We're all going to baby showers and visiting new moms and their little ones. You're the ones most recently realizing what gifts were useful, what weren't so useful, and what you wish someone had gotten you. So tell the rest of us what kinds of things we should consider when buying a new mom and baby a gift?

I like getting gift cards for take-out. I remember not having time to cook and clean up after cooking.
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I kind of like it when a mom has a registry. If she doesn't then I usually give money. I would much rather give someone something they need than something they don't or don't want.


A postpartum massage is usually a very nice choice too. 

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Good chocolate, really good body butter, a gift certificate to a yarn shop if she knits or if she doesn't, a gift certificate to a body shop, massage therapist (even if it knocks 20 bucks off) or for a eatery. I would have loved a new pillow too. 

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I love gift certificates for take outs and also to grocery stores. My second is five days old and I have all the gear, clothes, cloth diapers, etc she needs from her big sister. We're also knee deep in baby toys. What we need is a way to feed the four of us without stressing me out. My SIL wants to give us a gift certificate to a make your own freezer meals place but I hope she backs off of that idea. A) we have zero freezer space, B) freezer meals involve planning (although minimal). It would just stress me out, honestly. I'd much rather send DH on a quick food run on an otherwise hectic day than think of the logistics of frozen foods.
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BOPPY PILLOW!!!!!!!!  useful in so many ways!!!

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We have a baby shower game thread in the July 2013 DDC that asked a similar question. Here's the list of what was posted there:


something homemade.


a promise for an act of service after the baby is born; a meal, cleaning house, going grocery shopping for the family, babysitting older children etc


offer to cook, clean, take siblings to the park, or rock the new baby while mom takes a few minutes of ME TIME


books for the baby


a meal, offer to clean/buy a maid service for them. 


a children's book that the gift giver read out loud and copied on to a CD so the child can have their own read along, in the voice of a loved one!


the perfect swaddle blanket


The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding


A massage


a gift card to a frequented store or restaurant with take-out option. 


a birth doula


money or a VISA/MC/Amex gift card


A package of several massages with promise to watch baby so Mom can actually take time for the massage


My Breast Friend pillow (http://www.mybrestfriend.com/), Lansinoh cream (http://www.lansinoh.com/), or a gift certificate to Bravado -- I love the body silk seamless bra and the essential nursing tank (http://www.bravadodesigns.com/). 


something from their registry


a rosk blanket 



a carrier your husband/partner is excited to wear!

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