A mommy-to-be needs everything from burp cloths and bottles to onesies and wipes. Somehow, these items manage to creep into her cupboards and take over her kitchen counter during the pregnancy. But when it comes to getting your friend or family member a baby gift, shower her with something other than what is on her registry. One-up the onesie with a gift that will make her life easier — and happier — for when baby comes home. Here is our list of thoughtful baby shower gifts.
Give a Gift Card
Purchase a gift card where the mom-to-be is registered. She can use the money toward a big-ticket item such as a crib or car seat, or she can purchase the items left over on her registry. Other appreciated gift cards include a diaper service (just make sure she’s using cloth), a mommy-and-me class so she can meet others in the same boat or a professional photography session for the baby. Whatever gift card you choose, make sure to include the receipt. If there is a problem with redemption, the receipt makes for easy resolution.
Buy Her Help
Whether this is the mother’s first or fifth baby, she’s going to need some help. Get girlfriends together to split the cost of a baby nurse for the first couple of nights when the mom is in desperate need of some rest. Or pool your money together and hire a babysitter. This way, she can get some much-needed time with her other children, go grocery shopping alone or get a pedicure. Another thoughtful gift is a cleaning crew. No doubt she’ll appreciate the help since the only cleaning she’ll be doing is baby’s bottom.
Since the parents have probably spent weeks agonizing over the baby’s name, they’ll probably want to show it off on everything from pillows to pajamas. Choose a soft blanket and have the baby’s initials emblazoned on the corner, order a book or CD that features baby’s unique name or create a personalized sign for the nursery wall. Just make sure you know the colors or theme of the baby’s room. A pregnancy keepsake album is also sure to tug on her heartstrings. Fill it with pregnancy pictures, advice from seasoned moms and a few of her sonogram photos.
Make It About Mom
Put together a basket full of essentials such as nipple cream, breast pads, hand lotion, dry shampoo for in-between washings and some yummy-flavored lip balm. Add in some cute hair ties, a luxurious pair of socks and an insulated bottle for her (since baby won’t be the only thirsty one at 2 a.m.). Another thoughtful idea is a meal-train list. This is a list of women who have graciously committed to bringing mom and family a meal on a specified date. Include a list of what meals will be delivered when, and you’ll be the apple of her eye.