Baby Gift Suggestions

Yesterday, Sunday, I attended a baby shower for a long time friend, from high school.  She was one of the first people that I met when I moved to Orange County.  We were tight in Jr. High, but moved onto different groups of friends throughout high school. After graduating high school, we lost touch. We were reunited ironically when Angry Kid had one of his febrile seizures as a baby. My friend is a nurse at a local hospital.

I was excited when I found out that my friend was pregnant.  She recently got married, approximately one year ago, and now she was expecting a baby girl. When I saw the baby shower invite, I instantly knew that I had to get my friend some special things.  I actually got this text message from her last week, “Is it bad that nothing on my baby registry excites me?” I replied, “No.”

I sent some e-mails, checked my stock of stand-bys, and also hit Target.  I gave my friend some things that I knew she would appreciate, and wouldn’t be like the other blankets, towels, and onesies that I knew that she would receive.

Fiona The Fawn Wood Teether

Fiona the Fawn Wood Teether from Little Alouette was/is precious. Fiona is handmade with locally sourced hardwoods, and if not left unfinished, is finished only with certified organic flax seed oil. After teething is over, Fiona can be used as a pretend play toy.

Fiona was a hit.  When my friend opened the gift, I said, “let me explain this little deer to you.” There were lots of questions about little Fiona and she was passed around. Isn’t she beautiful?

Wet Bag in Spotted Owl from Snuggles of Love

Wet Bag from Snuggles of Love is a great for the diaper bag, and also very cute and trendy. When my son was a baby, I kept freezer bags in my diaper bag for those “accidents” that he had, daily.  My son had reflux and he was constantly spitting up and making a mess on his clothes.  He also had many diaper accidents.  I loved this bag because it’s re-usable.  There are so many cute patterns to chose from also.

Waterproof Crib Mattress PadWaterproof Crib Mattress Pad from Carter’s was a staple in our house.  We had about three of them, but those lap pads.  When Angry Kid was a wee tiny infant, we laid those lap pads across the crib where we put him down.  As he got older, and moved more, we went through these crib mattress pads as much as we did with crib sheets.  One little tiny diaper leak can make a huge mess, and these wash up so easy.

SwaddleMe Adjustable Cotton Wrap

SwaddleMe Adjustable Cotton Wrap was a suggestion from a co-worker. Angry Husband and I could never perfect the baby-burrito was Angry Kid was a baby. He has had the one arm that would slip out and ruin our perfect swaddle. My co-worker swears by this as she is an avid swaddler. I’ve seen in with her kids, it works! I wish I would have known about this in 2005, when Angry Kid was in baby stages.

Gerber Cotton GownsAngry Husband and I both loved these Gerber gowns when Angry Kid was first born.  He practically lived in them at home.  It was so easy to do diaper changes in the middle of the night.  We didn’t have to undo a million snaps or put anything over Angry Baby’s head.  We just pushed up the gown and changed his diaper.  We were both sad when he outgrew the gown-stage.

I threw in some other odds and ends into her gift. But she adored everything.  I noticed some of her other gifts were things that I told her to register for.  I only have one child but I learned fairly quickly what works and what doesn’t.  My poor friend though, I think she got five versions of the same flowered blanket.  I told her to organize everything, and then do a huge return.

That is what I did after all my showers were done.  I did a return of the duplicates and got a gift card.  I then itemized everything that I was missing/needed and went back to make the purchases.  The nursery was fully stocked and ready when Angry Baby arrived, which was four weeks early, by the way.

There were some other things that I wanted to get my friend, but I’m a complete procrastinator and everything was online.  I did not have time to order it and get it all shipped in time. Maybe I will save those ideas for her “welcome home” or “hospital gifts”.

14 comments
melissa
melissa

oh the diaper bag is adorable. It reminds me of a fabric I just saw over at spoonflower. I dont have a baby in the house anymore but even so this bag looks like it would work for just a bag. The pattern isn't Necessarily a baby fabric.. I want this bag just to have this bag. It is uber awesome.

Brandy
Brandy

Oh how neat! I always try to do something extra special for my close friends that are having a baby shower or other special events. I really love the stuff you picked out and that teether is neat! I may have to get one for my niece.

Denice
Denice

I love getting new moms all the practical, will for sure use, items! I never give a new mom something I did not or would not use. Some of my faves are: the bottle lasso (tether it to the car seat or stroller, Bebe Pod seat, Aquaphor & soothie pacifier holder...just to name a few!

Kristin
Kristin

Thanks for this post! My friend is having her second baby and the shower is in May and I've been wondering what to get her that is different, something she doesnt already have from her first one. I love the wet bag! Gonna buy one of those. And I bought her that giraffe teething toy that I've seen people rave about. And some other little toys, clothes and books so this new baby has some new stuff instead of just hand me downs from her sister.

Trish
Trish

Excellent, excellent ideas. My "baby" is now 11 (ugh) and I still remember ALL the bleeping blankets I received. But I did the same thing you did and returned duplicates so I could get what I needed. Friends benefit from those who go before them to help them. Although I was a great baby burrito-er, LOVE that burrito onesie!

Shelley
Shelley

Wow. Can you like, remind me of all this when I am going to have a baby?! Just kidding. Those are so helpful looking!

Grace's Mom
Grace's Mom

Baby showers are such a touchy subject for me...I had a couple of them and the majority of things I got were cute, but not neccessarily needed or practical. So when my friend had a baby shower, I went a little overboard, but I wanted to get her things she didn't even know she would need, but I learned from experience that she would. It sounds like you're a thoughtful mom/gift-giver as well - very well done!

Michelle & Maria
Michelle & Maria

Great post! When we had our daughter we were shocked at how many blankets we received.... and shocked in a bad way. We had too many!! I love the deer teether and the swaddle wraps are must! {Maria}

Gigi
Gigi

Wow, those Gerber gowns take me back...my kids lived in those too!!!! The wet bag is super cute, too!

Shauna
Shauna

That teether is darling ... you have a lucky friend ;-)

Dear Sydney
Dear Sydney

Great ideas and sooo true about how you learn by having your own what really works and what doesn't. I think I need to check out Fiona for myself - I know that teething is right around the corner for my little one. Great blog - I'll be back to read more! (visiting from SITS) PS- I'm a Nikon girl myself :)

Maya
Maya

What great suggestions! I'm going to look at Fiona for a friend of mine!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Seriously, there's nothing worse than getting a pile of blankets and some onesies! I'm sure you will be getting your friend some great gifts.