My Top 10 Baby Gifts

Here’s a list of some of the best things I got as gifts when I was pregnant:

Books
My friend that has three kids took them to the book store and had them pick out a bunch of books for my baby. They were bang on with all of them and they were books I wouldn’t have picked myself. Kids have very un-adult taste in books and you can’t always anticipate what will strike a chord so other kids and seasoned mothers can often lend a hand. I put together a list of books on Baby List that my guys really liked and I mean REALLY liked. I’m actually worried that if I ever have a stroke I’ll come out of it reciting Goodnight Moon.

Food
A friend of mine who doesn’t have children apologized that she didn’t know what to give me for a baby gift so she showed up with a box of food for my freezer. Holy crap was this great. I had all these great plans for all the wonderful scrapbooking-home-cooking moments after the baby arrived but little did I realized I would be both tired and slightly pre-occupied. It was such a life saver be able to shuffle to the freezer between hormonal sobbing and charting wet diapers.

Clothes for Down the Road
I got a ton of beautiful 0-3 month clothes that I carefully washed and folded in anticipation of my baby’s arrival but, little did I realize, they live in sleepers and onsies for much of their first three months so half the stuff didn’t get worn. I got a few 6-12 month and 12-month old things that I couldn’t even fathom he would ever be big enough to wear. It was great to come across those wonderful little gems when he was actually wearing clothes and the pickin’s were getting slim. I also got a pair of toddler skates which I thought was a really neat idea too.

Sound Machine
I think this is a great little thing but I’m sure there are people that would put it up there with a wipe warmer. When my first son was born we lived in an older house that had floors that creaked (I had no idea they did until after he was born and I was tip toeing out of the bedroom with the stealth care I would normally reserve for land mines). Anyway, it was great to have a consistent noise to cut the unexpected ones like, oh I don’t know, the cat walking in the room to meow, the phone ringing, somebody coming to the door just to “pop in” to see the new baby, some dillhole that can’t haul his fat as out of the car to let his buddy know he’s here so he beeps his effing horn…you know, that kind of thing. Anyway, I’m sure there are ones that are more “baby-like” but this one fit the bill for us.

Baby Bjorn Active
This is kind of a personal one and you really don’t know what kind of carrier is going to be right for you until you test drive them but I lucked out with this gift. I liked the Bjorn because the baby stayed close to me, it had a nice lumbar support so my back didn’t hurt when I’d have to spend an entire day with a fussy kid strapped to me like a spider monkey and it didn’t have velcro which should be illegal on anything a child could fall asleep in (velcro opening hit some kind of strange chord with my children that could wake them from the deepest sleep). I would also recommend accepting any and all hand me downs, no matter how weird or ugly, to see if you and your baby like them. I was all gungho on a sling until my friend loaned me one and my son hated it and I was always scared I was going to bonk him into something when I leaned forward. I know people that swear by them though – I just never got the hang of it.

Robeez
I didn’t know what these were until I opened them at a shower and all the moms went “Ooo, yes”. They looked like little cute slipper things to me but whatever. Well, these cute little slipper thing defy all logic because they are easy to get on the little fisted up, uncooperative baby feet but it’s impossible for the baby to kick them off. How? I don’t know!? Screw ruby slippers, these are magic shoes.

Bumbo
I love this kind of ergonomic super simple thing that works. This is a great seat that you can use for sitting, feeding or keeping your baby in a holding pattern for 6 seconds while you pee. It’s portable, wipeable and a baby can’t get out of it when they’re wee and toddlers get a kick out of sitting in while their bum still fits (which is amazingly long). They came out with a tray attachment which makes a dandy thing even dandier. There was a kerfuffle about kids falling out of them left unattended so don’t sit your baby on top of the fridge in it then go take a shower. 

Vibrating Bouncy Chair
Many will think this is a staple like an exersaucer (or as my friend calls it, the circle of neglect) but this chair was such an unbelievable life saver when I had an infant – it almost makes me weepy – so I had to mention it. You can move them all over the place so when a baby is little and you’re terrified to leave it unattended when you have a shower (ahem, not that I know anyone that was like that) then you can drag it into the bathroom with you. They aren’t that expensive either and they don’t need to be fancy. I loved it. Sniff.

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  • I wish I had invented that stupid piece of foam called the Bumbo…it is literally the greatest thing EVER! Babies fit in it so easily, it keeps them up right, out of trouble and in one place. And the tray…thank the heavens for that. Our little lady is 8 months old and we have yet to place her behind in the highchair because feeding her in the Bumbo with the tray is just so much freaking easier….you can literally put the entire thing in the bathtub to hose it down if you want and it's good to go again in oh I don't know like, 10 seconds!!! Oh and if you have to go somewhere and need to feed the baby where ever you are bringing the Bumbo along to grandma's house is soooooo much easier than carting some crazy portable highchair or other contraption.
    Also, the portable vibrating seat. Someone gave a us one that they had used like twice (how THAT was possible I have no idea). I thought, yeah, maybe we'll use that we'll hang on to it and see. There is literally nothing else that we have used most, other than diapers, than this thing. We carry it all over the house with us and YES she's in it in the bathroom while I shower. Additionally, after she was born she was fine in the cradle for like 3 weeks then suddenly she refused to close her eyes while in the cradle and would only cry. We figured out she just wasn't feeling cozy in it and she needed a little bit more of a snuggly place to sleep, not to mention that being a little more angled helped with the reflux. So, she slept in that dang seat right next to our bed for the next 2 months before she transitioned to the crib. This thing was free for us since it was used from a friend, but given it's true worth to us I literally would pay hundreds for this item!!

  • It's been 6 months and I just came back to this post to tell you how grateful I am. The Daphne bath seat is the BEST FREAKING THING EVER! our sink was big enough to fit it and that's still where we bath our baby. THANK YOU SO MUCH! i've recommended it to all my preggie friends! This is something I otherwise would have snagged at Target if not for your recommendation! 🙂

  • This is a fantastic list!! Not that I'm considering another baby anytime soon (2's enough for me, thx!!), but I did get a little nostalgic reading this. Oh, and jealous, b/c I didn't have that bath seat and it looks amazing!! Enjoying the blog & all the tips & giggles. Thank you!

  • I always give people the SwaddleMe blankets. They're perfect for those babies that love to be swaddled and the parents who can't figure out how to do it right. All it is is a little baby straight jacket with velcro. Works beautifully.

  • DO NOT BUY CLOTHES!!! PUHLEASE!!
    For my second child all I got was clothes, I wish that I got gift certificates, because, I didnt’ think I would give birth to a pork chop, he was 10.1 lbs.
    Nothing fit, and not to mention, what infant boy would wear jean cut offs?! yeah that would be from the friend that has no kids..
    I do question the designers of infant clothing, because, I swear my son "goes Plaid" everytime I put him in a onesie..

  • Do it. Hopefully you’ll cut down on the number of flammable, crunchy, formal outfits that people love giving newborns – babies do tend to like to summer in the Hamptons.

  • i’m seriously considering adding a weblink to think on my baby shower invitations…highlighting the frozen meals of course.

  • Some kind of Genius Panel, this bunch of friends of yours …

    My fave gift was definitely home-cooked meals. Wouldn’t have called that one in a million years, either. I loved getting the teeny baby clothes they all wore for about 15 minutes, but the food — that was life changing by Day 2!

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