Other things that I think make good gifts, and cover a range of prices:
- cute babylegs or maybe some robeez in 6-12 month size
- something you know she really *needs* like a carseat
- even though I think most people get way too many baby clothes as gifts, I think getting a few really "nice" clothes - that she won't buy for herself since they're pricey - like Hanna Andersson or Zutano or Under the Nile - is nice. Especially if you get them in bigger sizes, since generally all the gifts are for the first 6 months.
- books or good music for babies are always great gifts
- i also loved getting things from mothers that were things their kids had loved - so a couple good-quality wooden or cloth toys, for instance, that were your kids' favorite at a certain age. Or their favorite books, or whatever some of the things were that you had found you couldn't live without as a mother. I felt like it meant so much more getting something along with the comment, "this was my child's absolute favorite" - especially if it was something I wasn't likely to come across on my own.
If I'd had a full termer without reflux, we'd never use that swing. The only time we use it is for the first half of the night. But it is *exactly* what he needs, and his sleep is so much more restful now. A friend with a refluxer gave it to us, even though we said we didn't think we'd use it.
Definitely agree with PP on the clothes in larger sizes. My son was a five pounder, so once he was born we got lots of *tiny* clothes. We're now getting into his 3-6 month stuff, and I'm really appreciating the people who gave me those items back in July when I couldn't imagine my baby ever being big enough for them!
Prob not what you were thinking, but you did ask . For a winter time baby, I loved the Robeeze boots, they are really warm and cute. Or a little minkee blanket, or Sandra Boyton books are great, they are fun to read and the kids love them. I also agree with acp, that something that you loved is a great gift!
Robeez - since I didn't know about them!
Sling - from Hotslings.
My mom gave this to me. Still use it today and "baby" is 3 yrs old!
Dinners cooked and delivered by friends and neighbors. I didn't make dinner for two weeks once I came home. A true Godsend. Maybe you could get a bunch of people to sign up for different nights and have them drop off a meal each.
Yes, I know all of the pics show disposable diapes and wipes but it can be used for sooooo many more things!
Rikki ~~ Married Aug 04 ~~ DD Feb 06 ~~ DS Oct 07 ~~ DD April 12
1- Burts Bees Baby care. OMG I am still working through the two large (plus a few sample sizes) of the baby oil. All three of mine have been rubbed with burts bees baby oil, and that scent is just *~baby~* to me, yknow? I received several "gift sets" from BB and the oil and baby shampoo/wash get used all the time. And B is coming up on 8 months, but I still have oil and wash a'plenty!
2- GC to happytushies.com I had several friends gift me with theses gc's and I ended up with some great stuff. I have a couple wetbags, wipes, wipe solutions, spray bottle, laundry powder (basically baking powder with EO's) deo disks, etc. All things that are incredibly useful, but not things I would have spent my own money on, on number 3 baby you know?
3- Lanolin. For the breasts, for woollies if she will use them, for diaper rash, it's just the single most useful gift I have ever received.
4- Something to grow into. Whether it be a nice outfit, wooden toy etc. Something to look forward to and bring out at 6 months+ when all the gorgeous and sweet newborn gifts are too small.
5- robeez/well fitting socks/handknit booties/babylegs for the winter babies. I can't tell you how often I run out to the resale for yet another pair (or 10 ) of baby socks. Erg.
6- A babyhawk Mei tai. OK, so any great baby carrier, really. But in close to 7 years (practically straight) of babywearing, I have never owned a better carrier. I love my wraps, love some pockets, etc. But the babyhawk is stylish and trendy looking enough to woo the more mainstream mamas, comfy as all get out, versatile... I ust can't say enough! Be prepares to offer assistance if the mama is a little skittish about "tyeing one on" so to speak...( Har har, I like my little jokes...)
More obviously, but those are the gifts that would make me bow down and kiss the feet of the gifter...:
Shelley, mom to dd 5/19/01, ds 9/06/02, and ds 4/01/07. Lost babe 4/09
Babyhawk Mei Tai
Miracle Blanket Swaddling Blanket
Portable Swing (good for when I need to take a shower)
GC to restaurants for the postpartum period or to a photo place
My fave thing I bought myself was the Ergo, hotsling, and bouncy seat.
My favorite gift to give is a baby carrier and natural bath products.
I got 2 moby's. I used 'em ALL the time.
Piggy Bank - Something cute and something I didn't think of AT ALL!
wooden toys / teether (didn't get any as gifts, but I would have liked to)
Toy Basket / Box for the living room. (it also had saftey gear in it as part of the gift)
Other than that, I got a very generous gift card from a vendor for Target which has been one of the most useful things we received. There are so many incidental things you need once the baby comes just when you're not making any money due to maternity leave.
We've ended up getting all her CDs -- really great children's music that so wonderful DH and I like to listen to it even when the baby isn't there.
And I'd never heard of her, so it was great b/c it was something I wouldn't have found on my own.
A great baby carrier would also be a fabulous gift. I lend my mobys out to all the new moms I know, and I get tons of compliments on my babyhawk from even mainstream people.
A lot of what ends up being the "best" gift is kind of random I think -- it depends on what the baby is like, etc. For example, I'm also particularly grateful for a package of socks that FIL bought b/c they are the ONLY ones that stay on the baby's feet (they're from Gymboree, and I don't really shop there, so I wouldn't have found them otherwise). And a $10 Lamaze toy (Freddy the Firefly) that my mom got is the baby's absolute favorite favorite thing to play with in the carseat. Whereas it turns out she HATED her swing, I never used the Baby Bjorn I was so excited about (b/c I found out about other types of carriers later)...
Same person also gave me her Moby. I LOVED it for the first few months. I have lent/ recommended it for new moms and they also love it!
I would also vote for Babylegs or Robeez too.
That, and food.
Doing my best every day with DH , DD (11) , and DS (4)
But I gave one to a friend and she didn't use it at all (she did try). so, it's not for everyone.
Canadian mama to A (C/S May 2004) and R (induced VBAC Dec 2007) expecting #3 in July. Currently obsessing over permaculture, photography and beekeeping.