Showering Multiples

So. Remember I mentioned that a dear friend/cousin of mine found out that she is finally expecting a baby after years and years of trying? Well guess what!? She is now not just expecting 1 baby, not 2 babies… but a whopping THREE babies!!! Yes, that is correct. She is expecting triplets!!! I can’t even imagine going from zero babies to three in a short 9 months. Life will never be the same. But imagine the needs of a baby… times 3!!

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What to give … Baby shower coming up

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Just yesterday I found out that a dear friend of mine is finally expecting a baby!! I say finally because she has been trying to get pregnant for as long as I can remember… and finally, her wish is coming true! She is just freshly pregnant and I just cannot wait to attend her baby shower!! As I was thinking about her wonderful news yesterday, I started to get really excited about going present shopping for her… and my mind just about exploded with all the gift choices before me!!

The stores are overflowing with amazing, high-tech, beautiful baby items. But my wallet is quite dry lol… So I have to be very “wise” in my gift choosing. I want it to be amazing. I want it to be absolutely useful. I want it to be appealing to the eyes. I want it to be impressive when it is being opened in front of dozens of people. Yes, I’m shallow like that lol… So now I have the task of coming up with a few gifts that fit all my criteria before the blessed baby shower comes around. So here’s what I’m thinking..

A Baby Diaper Bag

First of all, you can’t really leave the house with a new baby without all the necessities. And you definitely can’t just carry everything in your hands. So unless you use like a Walmart bag or something, you are going to need a diaper bag. And what lady doesn’t like a new purse? I love diaper bag shopping. They are super useful, beautiful, AND in my price range. Cha Ching!

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A Baby Travel System

Legally you can’t leave the hospital without a car seat. In our current world, you pretty much can’t have a baby without having a car seat. And why would you want to have to lug around a car seat all the time when you can just place it securely into a matching stroller. A travel system is perfect. That thing will be used for many years and maybe even many kids 🙂 So I’d say it’s definitely worth investing into.

Granted, they are quite higher than my budget for gifts, but it might be worth splitting the cost with someone. I remember with my 1st baby 12 years ago my mother in law bought me a travel system. I was SO excited to finally be able to stroll around with my baby. I’d say her investment paid off because not only did I use it for years and for 3 babies instead of 1, but I was actually able to resell it and have someone else use it for their babies too. These things are quite durable if taken proper care of. I just gotta make sure to go with a design that the new momma will love!

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StrollerBaby Bathing Supplies

Every baby needs to be washed. And I think every new mom loves to clean her baby and lather it with love and dress it into clean adorable clothes. This little bathing routine happens pretty much every day and can create a great bond between mother and child. Bathing supplies are really fun to shop for.

I love all the little bath toys (that won’t be used for a few months), all the lovely smelling baby shampoos and lotions, the colorful towels… The actual baby bathtub is quite a necessity. But there are so many different kinds out there. The choices are pretty endless. I guess I have some time to actually look into each bathtub and see what options it offers to baby and mommy and see what I think would be the most beneficial for my friend.

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Baby Clothes

Baby clothes is just adorable!!! I love to just stand in the aisle and look at all the tiny little outfits while “oohing” and “aawwing”. But trust me, a lot of them are quite impractical. I’ve had so much clothes go unused because it just did not make sense to put a brand new baby into something stiff and uncomfortable (as cute as it was, the comfort of my child mattered more ; ) When I buy baby clothes for a baby shower, I like to think ahead.

There are a lot of things to consider when shopping for baby clothes. How old will the baby be in a particular season of the year? Do the parents have a fabric preference? (I always told everyone to only buy cotton clothes for my babies). Is there particular characters/designs that the parents would be against? (I always hated Disney characters on my baby stuff. Weird, I know ; )…. And another thing is most people buy baby clothes in size newborn.

Think about it; how much clothes can a newborn really wear? Babies grow fast but no one thinks about that while shopping… I do. I’ve had way too many newborn outfits and not enough from then on… So if I buy clothes as a gift, I try to vary the sizes. Maybe an outfit or two in newborn size, a few from 3-6 months, a few from 6-9… and so on… that way my gift will last more than just a month 😉

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I guess I got my work cut out for me. Gotta figure out what would be the best gift for this amazing friend of mine. What are your thoughts? What would you like to receive at your baby shower?

Gift Opening Ceremony

When you think of a baby shower, do presents automatically come to mind? The 1st two things that come to my mind when I get a baby shower invitation are: who is going be there? And what kind of gift am I going shopping for?

I have a love hate relationship with gifts. I love them because they are so fun to get and give (most of the time). They bring feelings of joy and happiness and of feeling special. But I also feel dread towards presents. What if I don’t like what I receive? How do I not show disappointment? What if they don’t like what I gave? Trying to figure out how to return or exchange a gift can be a real headache…. And the present was just not worth even receiving.

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I know that baby showers are not about presents (even though they really are lol)… I know we are all gathering together to celebrate the new precious life coming into this world. I know we are gathering to celebrate the momma to be and join in her happiness. But please. We all know presents are involved whether we like it or not. Every baby shower is like 99% about the gifts lol as much as we try to sugar coat it and say it’s about other things, it’s about the gifts. It’s about the momma to be getting some help in the shopping department. To help her share in the burden of spending so much money on buying all new things for this fun new baby.

But here’s the thing. Do we really have to open the gifts in front of everyone?

I know that can be tough on some people. I actually know of some people that choose not to go to a baby shower because they don’t have the finances to buy something fancy shmancy and they don’t want their lame onesies (as useful as they are) to be opened and degraded in front of the whole crowd. I’ve never once been to a baby shower where the presents were not opened. I honestly enjoy oohing and aahing at all the adorable, colorful baby items.

But I also feel really bad for some people. During the gift opening ceremony, you can pretty much tell who wants to show off what they gifted (the people prancing around loudly saying “oh, you should open this one! You’ll love this one! Look at what I got!”) I know it sounds childish, but I think we all know someone like that… and then there are the other ladies who kinda seem to just want to shrink and disappear when it comes to their gift being opened. Not because they don’t care about the mommy to be or are not excited about the upcoming arrival of the precious baby… it’s just because they don’t have the luxury of going out and spending a huge amount of money on a gift. They have their own families to worry about.. their own kids to clothe and feed… and they can’t even afford to buy them cute new toys. I feel for those ladies. I know what it’s like. And I think out of respect for them, maybe we should consider not opening gifts at the baby shower?

Can we just admire all of the beautiful packages, thank everyone sincerely for taking the time out of their busy lives to come spend some fun time with us and for caring enough to spend their money (whatever the amount) on our expanding families and just leave it at that? Baby showers don’t last long as is. Take the time to chat, to really indulge in some creative, encouraging conversations. Get some advice. Enjoy the ladies and their company and leave the presents for later on. Once the festivities are over, get into some comfy clothes and enjoy this special time with your hubby. The two of you (and your kids if you have any already) can really enjoy this special time together to really go over every gift you were given. You don’t have to hurry. You don’t have to fake your happiness. You can be honest. And you know your guests, you know their situations, and I think you can really feel the love of even the simplest gift given to you by those who don’t have much themselves. Think about it. And maybe give it a try. At least once.

If you don’t enjoy the quietness of opening gifts without a huge crowd, then feel free to maybe have a few closer friends or sisters over to help you enjoy it…. But be considerate to the people that can’t afford to give you expensive gifts. Don’t put them down, don’t give anyone a chance to criticize their gift. Be expressively thankful for everything you get. And if you really don’t like it or don’t need it, you can always exchange it or even donate it to someone in need. This is just something I think we should all think about…

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   Have you been to any baby showers where the gifts were not opened? How’d that go? What do you think of it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Babyshower Obligations

These two amazing words “Baby Shower” can stir up so many different feelings. Happiness, delight, excitement or dread, unpleasantness, irritation… and the list can go on. How can someone dread a baby shower or feel irritation or unpleasantness you may ask. And I will answer ; ) One can easily dread a baby shower if they are the ones expected to throw this joyous event and they just flat out do not want to for one reason or another. This leads me into something else. How can someone be expected to throw a shower? Well that’s where family or friendship obligations come into play. A mother or mother in law might feel it is her “duty” to throw a baby shower. And in some cases, it probably is. But what if this expected person has no creativity nor money to throw a shower? This said person might not be at all excited  about the upcoming event. They may fear the mommy to be being disappointed. Or they may fear having to shell out lots and lots of money that they do not have to impress people that they don’t even like. Continue reading “Babyshower Obligations”

Baby Shower Gifts For Mama

When you think “baby shower” you automatically think: baby gifts… right? I know I do. But what if you thought: gifts for mama? I mean technically, all the gifts are for the mama even though they will be used on or for the baby… But what if once in a while we gave gifts at a baby shower specifially meant to be used on or by the mama ON the mama?? I think that would be really cool!

When a lady turns into a mom, her identity changes and in all honestly it is no longer all about her. It is now all about the baby. Pretty much forever. So what if we were to give some gifts that mom would appreciate and could help keep her identity alive just a bit? I’m all for it! So here I’m going to throw a few ideas out there… and you just think about it ; )

Gifts For The Mom, Not The Baby

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Coffee Shop Gift Cards

I know. Technically once you have a baby (if you are breastfeeding) you will pretty much have to give up caffeine for sometime for the benefit of your child. But coffee shops aren’t just all about caffeine. They are about getting away, spending sometime by yourself (or with some girlfriends). Relaxing. Maybe read a book. Or people watch. Or heck, even watch Netflix on your phone without being interrupted… all while sipping away on some delicious drink.

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Gift Certificate To A Hair Salon

Let’s face it. We’ve either been there, done that, or seen it be done lol. You know, the moment a lady turns into a mom.. and just lets herself go… Now. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to sound like ALL moms do this, but I’ve seen plenty. Where they lack sleep. Lack time. Lack pretty much everything and they seem to give up on their beauty routine. I wonder if that’s where the “ombre” hairstyle came from. A mom who didn’t have time to go to the salon to get her hair touched up and it grew out so much that it was just deemed “in style”. lol. Just saying… Anyways. I think pretty much any mom would appreciate an all expense paid trip to the hair salon whether it be for some highlights, a trim, or a just a shampoo and styling session!!

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Gift Certificate To The Nail Salon

Not all moms (or ladies) are all about their nails. So be careful with this one. I personally LOVE getting my nails done. My sister on the other hand HATES it and would probably just regift it to me (which I would greatly appreciate lol)… But I think a majority of new moms would appreciate an hour or two to themselves whether it be to get a manicure or pedicure.. So keep your mama to be in mind when considering this kind of gift.

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Gift Certificate To The Mall

Now. Clothes. They are loved and they are hated. Especially after having a baby. Some blessed ladies bounce right back into their size 0 jeans and you could never tell they just had a baby a week ago. Others, not so lucky lol… So.. I think pretty much any new mom would appreciate a gift card to the mall to go ahead and refresh her wardrobe whether it be in a new expanded size or the same size 0. Fresh new clothes are always fun!

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Restaurant Gift Card

Who doesn’t like to eat? Lol. Especially when you are pregnant or breastfeeding?!? But who actually likes to cook? I know I don’t! I would have absolutely appreciated a restaurant gift card during pregnancy or after so that I didn’t have to slave away in the kitchen and could just go out to eat & relax… even if it is just for a few hours… those few refreshing hours could mean the world of sanity!!

So there you go. The list isn’t too extensive, but I just thought I’d throw some ideas your way. Put yourself in the mama to be’s place. What kind of gift would you want that would be specifically meant for you, and not the baby…. I think they would appreciate the sweet gesture!!

 

Top Baby Shower Gifts From 2014

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I cannot believe that 2014 has already come and gone. It seems it was just yesterday we were getting ready to ring in the new year… and now we have already rung it out. WOW! I hope you can say you had a great year. I”m grateful that I can! A lot happened in 2014… but I”m hoping 2015 will be a start to some awesome new adventures… like getting healthy, moving into a new house… and welcoming new babies…. not necessarily into my family… but in general.. And with new babies come baby shower… and gifts. Lots of gifts. Right now I want to look back into 2014 and see what the top gifts given to new mamas were… and if they should continue to be given….

Top Gifts in 2014

The Diaper Bag

Let”s face it. Every new mom must have a diaper bag! I mean, how else will she get all the things she needs with a newborn from one place to another without it falling all over the floor? Well.. I guess she could always just use a Walmart bag or whatever… but come on! lol! Diaper bags are a must!! And thankfully you are not stuck with Winnie the Pooh or Minnie Mouse themed bags anymore. They are now absolutely beautiful! More than half the time it just looks like an adorable purse or tote… but lo-and-behold… it is a diaper bag!!! These can range literally from like $15 at Walmart to around $400 if not more… So be wise… only spend what you can truly afford!

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Travel Systems

What”s a travel system you ask? It is a stroller and carseat combo. Because let”s face it. No mom ever said, “No thanks, I don”t need a stroller… I”ll just haul my baby and this heavy carseat around all the time.” lol! I for one am in love with strollers!! I think they”re just amazing! Sometimes I dread going to the mall without my baby just because I won”t have the stroller to store everything into.. Sad, I know. You can always get the carseat and stroller separately,  but it does come out to be a bit more pricey than buying them as a set. But let”s be realistic, it”s not a cheap purchase. If you”re looking to buy the system, you”re looking at spending a good couple of hundred dollars. A lot of times, we”ve had several people pitch in and buy the system as a gift from like 4 or 5 of us instead of the expense falling to just one person. It”s much more realistic that way.

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Breastfeeding Covers

It seems to be all the rage these days. Being more natural. Being more healthy. Well, what better way to help the baby be natural and healthy than to breastfeed?! Thus the breastfeeding covers come into play. You can get all sorts of designs and looks for them. Most of them are quite comfy and easy to use. They are definitely a “hit” gift without being a “hit” to your wallet… Most breastfeeding covers range from about $10-$50. To be honest, I wouldn”t go with the cheapest ones because they tend to be a little see-through from my experience. Most moms use the breastfeeding covers for up to a year, so it”s a good idea to invest a little bit of money into them…

 

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High Chair

Yes. High Chairs. They are loved and they are hated… why? Well, loved for the most obvious reasons… they are absolutely useful! We used ours before the baby was eating anything solid for her to just sit in there and play with her toys on the table top. She was up high – eye level with the rest of the world. After that, it became a necessity for feedings.. very convenient whether you are feeding the baby or letting them explore the area of finger foods….. but this gift can be hated for dumb reasons. Such as taking up too much space (which, if we are being honest, they absolutely do)… and sometimes they can be a real pain to clean. All those crevices that the food gets into.. yuck.. lol… but anyways, high chairs still rank way up there on the baby shower gift list!!! But beware… these lovely things can get quite pricey… they range from about $35 or so for the cheapest (not so pretty) to way into the hundreds depending on how elaborate you want to get…

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Feeding Accessories

I love these! I don”t usually end up using them all to be quite honest with you, but I do sure love to look at them and buy them! lol! Why don”t I use them? Maybe because I have too many? Or maybe because using “real” spoons, plates, cups just somehow ends up being easier…. but non the less, feeding accessories are a big hit when it comes to baby shower presents! They come in SO many different designs & colors, that you almost always end up with too many… but how can you pass up adorable bottles, sippy cups, utensils, bibs…. and the list just goes on and on and on… Feeding accessories are actually one of the more reasonable priced gifts you can buy for a baby shower… they typically range from about $1-$10…

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So there you have hit… just a few gifts that made the Top Gift List 2014… but don”t get me wrong. These are going to be on the list again and again. Not only are these gifts necessities, but they are too cute to pass up most of the time.. So keep your eye out and your budget in check because they keep coming up with more designs and looks each year… I hope you enjoy 2015 and get to go (or give) many baby showers!!

Top 5 Things To Consider When Shopping For a Baby Shower Gift

I assume we have all received gifts at some point in our life. I also assume we have received more than plenty gifts that we just had NO idea why someone would give them to us. Maybe not you, but I sure have. I am what is known as a gift “returner/exchanger”. That’s actually what people call me sadly. Why? Well, because I like to return or exchange gifts. It’s like a sad addiction. I receive a gift. And even if its totally awesome and was on my wish list.. I still at least consider returning or exchanging it. Why? I don’t know. But I always consider “How much could I get for this?” or “What could I exchange this for that would be EVEN cooler?”… I know. Lol. I have issues. So this is why I am going to give a list of the top 5 things to consider when you are out trying to purchase a gift for a baby shower… yes, I know people register now a days. But still, just because a mama to be has put an item on her registry, does NOT mean that she will be thrilled receiving it. Yes, I am talking from a perspective of someone who has registered and has had a baby shower within the last year…

1. Gender

So the 1st and foremost thing to consider is the gender of the baby. I think that’s a given. I assume that if you are going to a baby shower, you know who that lady is having. BUT. There have been times when I’ve been invited to a baby shower for someone that I didn’t really know, thus I did not know the gender of the baby.. And yes, there are still people out there to this day that choose not to know the gender of the child they are expecting, and that is OK too.. You have to work around it. So once you know “who” you are shopping for, the fun can begin! This will direct you to different parts of the store and you will have a different “picture” in your mind of what it is you’d like to give as a gift.

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2. Season/Age

Oh my! This is a biggie in my book. You will NOT believe how many gifts I have received for my babies that I could not use. Just plain as day could not use! And I always wonder… couldn’t they figure out that I wouldn’t be able to use it? When you are out shopping for a baby you HAVE to consider when they will be born and you just HAVE to consider what age they will be when they are ready to use whatever gift you want give. Mainly this goes for clothes and such, but I’m sure it could be applied to a lot of other things out there. When looking at a particular item of clothing for a baby, I always consider what Season it is for and what age the baby will be. That would require knowing the baby’s due date and then calculating from that. I mean, please, do NOT give someone a Snow Suit for a baby size 0-3 when the baby is due in May. If you think about it, Winter will not come around for another 5-6 months… thus the baby will be WAY to big for the tiny Snow Suit. Or if the baby is due in December, do not get her or him a gorgeous swimsuit size 12 months… Really? A swimsuit for December? (Maybe if you live on an island or something lol). Do you get what I’m saying though? Look at the item, and count out (on your fingers if need be) how old the baby will be when the gift will be appropriate and make sure to get the correct size. Mama will thank you!!

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3. Parent’s Style

Again, this includes being considerate. I have gotten several baby gifts that made my jaw drop. And not in a good way. I mean. I was absolutely shocked that someone would give me some gift that is SO ugly or SO old school or SO just “not me”. lol. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. So when picking out a gift for a baby shower, really consider… “Would so and so really like this? Is this her style?” You’ll be saving her a trip to the store to the exchange aisle. : )

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4. Theme

If decide to go big and get something for the baby’s room or a toy of some kind, be considerate of the theme the parents have chosen for the baby. If they decided to go with a Precious Moments theme, stay along those lines. Don’t go out and get a Minnie Mouse blanket or lamp for the room. That’s just mean. Lol. If you can’t find an exact “themed” item, then consider just doing something in the color of the theme. So if the theme is still Precious Moments, find something in very light pastel colors to match it.

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5. Money

I know we all have our hard days when it comes to money. And that’s ok. No one says you have to go all out when going to a baby shower. But just because you are low on money, doesn’t mean you should get the baby a bad gift. Not all awesome stuff costs a lot of money. Sometimes, when I’m on a very tight budget, I consider the baby necessities (which often get over looked because everyone is trying to out do everyone else buying the most elaborate gifts that often go unused). What will the baby NEED for sure? Um. Diapers, wipes, plain white onesies.. that kind of stuff. Consider making a cute little “survival” basket and just putting in some necessities. If you decorate it beautifully, everyone will think you spent lots and lots of money on it… So just because you’re low on money, doesn’t mean the baby has to “suffer” with distasteful stuff off the clearance rack.

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Top 10 Winter Baby Gift Essentials

Obviously babies are born during every season of life. Every single day. But I do believe that babies born in different seasons, do require some special gifts, depending on their expected due date. Here, I will cover some of the best gifts for babies that are due to be born during the coldest part of the year, so anywhere between December and February. I know that in different parts of the country and even the world, temperatures differ.. but I am mainly focusing on the Northwest part of the United States…. since that’s where I live and am most familiar with.

1. SnowSuit

I think everyone is pretty much familiar with the baby snowsuit. It’s basically a must have if someone is going to be having a baby in the winter. Or actually, depending on the thickness of it, one could actually start using a snowsuit probably from the end of September to the end of March or so depending on the temperature of where they are located. The snowsuit is awesome. You basically put the baby in there, and can be pretty certain that the infant will stay very very warm. There are SO many different kinds of snowsuits to choose from, that there’s almost no end to what you will find. I’m pretty simple, so I just go with the basic kind. I do prefer mine to be cotton, at least on the inside. Cotton is just a nice, soft, fluffy natural fiber. I prefer it to all synthetic fibers. Especially when the material will be coming in contact with a new baby… I prefer the outside of the snowsuit to also be a nice, soft material. Something that will be pleasant to touch… not too rough or firm. I mean, the baby will be carried around in this snowsuit, so it just makes it nicer if the material isn’t irritating.

 

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2. Car Seat Cover

Although I prefer the snowsuit to protect my babies from the cold during winter months, I know a lot of mothers who choose the car seat canopy instead. Basically, the car seat canopy is like a blanket that lines the car seat, but then it also covers the baby from head to toe. Some come with a cute little “window” opening for the face or you can just unzip it and lower it if you want the baby to not be fully concealed. The great part about the car seat cover is that you don’t have to dress the baby too warm. You pretty much keep them dressed comfortably for room temperature and the cover acts as a very warm blanket/protector from the cold. The car seat covers are typically made of sturdy weather-resistant material on the outside while the inside is lined with soft fleece.

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3. Blankets

Baby blankets are SO adorable!! Now a days, there are like a million different designs to choose from. One can go crazy choosing blankets. Lol. Don’t go overboard, but I do believe a newborn baby should have more than just one blanket. I think 3 seems like a great number to me… 1 for everyday use at home, 1 for use out of the home, and 1 in case 1 of the others gets dirty… you have a stand by until you get around to doing laundry. Maybe you don’t need 3. But how can you resist such cute, useful items!?

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4. Hats

Hats are always useful! Especially when its freezing cold outside! Parents want to make sure to always have the babies head nice and warm.. but not too hot… Babies heads get cold as they loose heat from their head very easily especially when out and about. I think simple cotton hats are great to have for the baby at home if you don’t want to have your thermometer set up too high. A few thicker hats are great for going out… A mom won’t always get around to buying fancy hats, but I think she’d definitely appreciate getting some as gifts.

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5. Sleep Vests or Sacks

I think we’ve all heard plenty of times never to have any blankets or anything like that lying around the baby’s crib due to the many dangers it can cause. So how do you keep the baby warm without overheating the house and yourself? Sleep vests or sacks! Yep! I believe moms appreciate receiving these as gifts at their baby shower… but not too many lol… The sleep sacks are great. You just dress the baby to a nice comfy room temperature and then put the sack on. It’s like a blanket that is “attached” to them and thus should not pose any kind of risk.

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6. Swaddle Blankets

This is of course optional and depends on whether the baby will like to be swaddled or not. There are many different types of swaddle blankets including lightweight, organic, cotton and knitted. I think the new mom might enjoy trying some of these out and seeing whether or not her baby will like to be swaddled. This can also be used instead of a sleep sack since it’s like actually having a blanket wrapped snugly around the baby.

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7. Socks and Mittens

I think this is kind of a no brainer, but some people simply don’t realize that the baby might need socks & mittens. Some 1st time moms might not know that the little thin mittens are great for every day use to protect the baby from scratching itself while waving its hands uncontrollably. I know now a days there are plenty of little onesies or outfits with the little mittens attached, but its great to have a few loose pair of mittens for those occasions when the outfit does not come with the attached mittens.

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8. Onesies

I know that during the warmer months, most parents tend to have their baby comfortably hanging around the house in a simple onesie. But I don’t think many people realize that onesies are so awesome during the cold months! Whenever I had babies in the winter, I always, always, always made sure they had a nice comfy onesie underneath whatever cute outfit they were wearing. No one saw the onesie, but it was always there protecting them from an unexpected chill. It always made me feel like my babies were just that much warmer because they had a nice cotton onesie on.

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9. Outfits

No matter what season the baby will be born in, it needs clothes. It’s just that during the cold months, long sleeved outfits are much more preferred to short sleeved. It might sound dumb to actually point out the short vs long sleeve issue… but trust me. I’ve gotten several adorable outfits that my baby has not worn solely for the fact of the short sleeve. In the winter, I like to keep babies nice & warm… including their little arms… thus long sleeved outfits are great gifts for babies due in the cold season.

 

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10. Essential Oils

I know. This is a weird one. It took me several years into becoming a mother to find out the wonderful benefits of having essential oils around the house… especially during the winter months. I learned that Lavender essential oil is amazing at helping the baby relax and helps them have a more restful night…I basically just put a few drops into their bath water… mmm. The smell is amazing! I also like to have Eucalyptus Oil on hand…during the winter, when people are sick, I also put some into the bath water or into the humidifier and it really helps everyone feel better. I think this would be a really cute, handy baby shower gift to get!

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Top 5 DIY Baby Shower Gift Ideas

I’m not sure what’s going on, but lately it seems as if everyone is totally obsessed with Do It Yourself projects. I mean, everywhere I look, people are doing some sort of crafty thing. They’re making their own headboards, their own wedding center pieces, or their own home decor projects. Whatever the reason or occasion, it seems that there are plenty of options for do it yourself-ers. Today I decided to cover the Top 5 Do It Yourself Baby Shower Gift Ideas.

I figure not only are DIY gifts very personal (you can make sure to add any special touch you know the mama to be wants for the baby, whether it be a specific pattern, color, animal), but they can also be very easy & cheap to make. You can make something amazing for a fraction of the price of buying the same thing… but you know yours is much better quality because you made it with love and care!

Top 5 Baby Shower Gift Ideas You Can Make Yourself

1. A Growth Chart

If any mama out there is anywhere near similar to me, she is going to just LOVE this gift!! I am very OCD when it comes to keeping track of my kids height & weight. I don’t know why.. but I have been charting their growth from like day one. Sadly, no one gave me an awesome growth chart to keep track on (nor did I know to buy one)… so my records were just on one of our walls. It didn’t do much for adding decor to our house, but I loved to see the progress my kids were making. I wish, wish, wish I had gotten a beautiful growth chart to keep the records on!

 

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2. Closet Dividers

I’ve never had any of these, but have always wished for them. They always look SO cute.. and I KNOW how absolutely useful they would be to me. A gift like this will help keep all the baby clothes nicely organized so that the mama isn’t always looking through piles to see what clothes will fit now.. and missing out on having the baby wear some adorable outfits! (I’ve had that happen to me.. it was a bummer!)

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3. Monthly Onesies

Again, I am a fanatic when it comes to keeping track of my kids progress. But apparently, I’m not the only one, since there are lots and lots of tutorials on how to make these awesome onesies! Every month, on the birth “day”, I would take several pictures of my babies so that when I look back I can see all the changes they made as they got older. I used to used note cards to write the month on, then it was post its… eventually I went to just editing the picture on the computer and writing the number right on the picture. How awesome it would have been to have these absolutely adorable onesies to just put on and take pictures. Simple. Beautiful. And you never have to wonder how old the baby was in the picture… lol..

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4. Bibs

Let’s face it. Every baby is going to need a bib. I’ve recently went shopping for some and I was SHOCKED at how expensive they were! Not to mention how hard it was to find some cute ones. And then those were even MORE expensive! Ugh! I think another great DIY gift is bibs. You can make them for very cheap, yet the mam will absolutely think they’re adorable and you can bet she will definitely be using them.

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5. Wall Art

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think home made, crafty things look SO adorable on the wall!! I think it gives the room a more welcoming, homey feeling. What a better feeling to have in a baby’s room? Another great idea for diy projects are wall decorations for a baby’s room. There are SO many different options to choose from… but if it was me, I’d be sure to check with the mama to be to make sure that what you make is what she’ll use… like ask her what specific colors she might like, themes, that sort of thing. That way you’re not making a princess theme for a baby who’s going to have a bird theme or something like that…

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Wow! After posting all these, I’ve inspired myself to take on a few Do It Yourself projects!! My friend is getting ready to have a baby.. I think I’m going to make her a few gifts instead of just going out and buying them. I really do think that she will appreciate it more knowing the time, effort, and love & care that will go into making some of these gifts! I hope you enjoy making these adorable baby gifts.

Picture Credit:
http://www.killerbdesigns.com/childrens-ruler-growth-chart/
http://www.drivenbydecor.com/2012/06/decorative-growth-charts-rulers.html
http://journeychic.com/2010/04/14/diy-closet-dividers/
http://forums.thebump.com/discussion/5371286/diy-closet-dividers-psip
http://www.sgtpepperskitchen.com/2013/06/adorable-owl-monthly-onesies.html
http://www.loveandlaceblog.com/2013/06/diy-month-by-month-onesies.html
http://howtonestforless.com/2013/01/16/baby-boy-diy-necktie-onesies/
http://www.creationsbykara.com/2010/08/rag-quilt-baby-bib-tutorial.html/
http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2013/10/baby-girl-nursery-diy-decorating-ideas.html

A gift I wish I would have gotten at my baby shower…

Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding Gift Set

As a mama with a newborn, I am always thrilled when I find things to simplify my life and give me more free time. I have always breastfed my babies up until they were at least 9 months old and that was the plan with my recent precious addition. But things aren’t going so smoothly for us. My little baby girl just cannot latch on right, so breastfeeding has become something I sadly dread instead of look forward to. I still want to give my little girl the best, most nutritious food, which is breast milk… so I have started to pump and feed. And boy is it a hassle. I have bottles and nipples and flanges scattered pretty much everywhere. I have to set aside time to go and pump for about 20 minutes. Then I have to feed her. Then I have to wash everything. So instead of saving time, I seem to be spending more and more time with the “mechanics” of feeding and not enjoying the precious bonding moments that breastfeeding is supposed to produce. I specifically refuse to pump at night though because I don’t want to waste time that I could be sleeping, so at night, I just suffer through and let her eat right from the source…. Continue reading “A gift I wish I would have gotten at my baby shower…”