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I have been invited to a baby shower. The mom-to-be has provided a comprehensive gift suggestion list with both essential items and “nice to haves”. My kids are older now, but I remember receiving so many gifts at my baby shower that I never used. There are also so many new products and gadgets available that weren’t even available when my kids were babies.
I would love to hear about the things that you couldn’t do without during your baby’s first few months.
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I have been to many baby showers of late. It is always easy to buy off the registry for items the parent needs. Gift cards, diapers, and books are always appreciated. Also, I noticed from this last round of showers that the one item that nobody seemed to buy was infant clothing. The trend is once again not to know the sex of the baby, so that may be the reason for the lack of clothing. However, neutral colors for PJs and sleep sacks would be a great idea. Also, homemade items such as knitted or crocheted hats are always a hit, as well as super soft fleecy blankets.
Maybe it's on the more expensive side but the one gift we got that was invaluable those first few months, heck, the first few years was the baby monitor. It gave me, a newly minted stay-at-home paranoid dad, so much peace of mind knowing that I could do chores around the house during all of those wonderful newborn nap times and still be able to hear my kid yelling for food and comfort when he woke up. And the ease of being able to see your kid with just the push of a button when you wake up in the middle of the night to make sure a baby-thief hadn't taken them while you snoozed is unparalleled.
I just had a baby last year and there were so many new things that weren't around from just having my 7-year-old a few years prior! The best gift we got was food. Freezer meals (especially breakfast sandwiches!) and snacks were the best. My appetite was out of control and it felt so good not having to worry about food. I also got a bunch of gift cards from local restaurants.
Some of the basics that we always found ourselves running out for once we brought the baby home were: Vitamin D drops, diaper cream, baby shampoo and wash, baby comb, nipple cream, and a new discovery, "everywhere balm" (you can probably find a few, I used a brand called Hello Bello) which was a great go-to cream for baby and me. I've gifted a little basket with those things before to new mamas.
Other things that we use all the time are sleep sacks, swaddle blankets, snap-on booties, the Haaka (a manual hand pump that's amazing for breastfeeding mamas), and a baby carrier (either a wrap or soft-structured carrier).
Also, gifts for when the baby is a little older, are a good idea and not always initially purchased. Feeding items (like a miracle cup, plates, self-feeding spoons, etc.) are always good items to have on hand for when they are 6 months+.
My youngest is now 11, so I think I am also an old timer
I remember there were few things that really helped me during my babies’ first few months. First was the baby bath seat. It is very difficult to handle baby while bathing, so the seat was a great help.
Second thing was the carrying cot, it allowed me to carry the baby around the home safely, while I was busy in home chores. I also used it as a properly positioned feeding seat, when I started weaning.
Third thing that really helped was the feeder warmer. It was a great thing to have around specially in cold nights.