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Published on July 2nd, 2013 | by Jessica von Wallenstein

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Real Mom Talk: A Guide to Babyshower Gifts

sophie-the-giraffe-openedHooray! Someone you know is having a baby. It’s an exciting time and you get to go celebrate with them. But, wait – what should you bring as a gift? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the strategy to choose the perfect gift, no matter your budget. 

Step one: Check out the registry. Most moms-to-be register for everything under the sun. (You can even register at Cotton Babies!) Look early and see if there is something on the list that you loved/your baby loved/someone you know loved. If so, that’s a perfect place to start because you know it’s a great gift! I try to choose something from the registry because the mom put it there for a good reason, even if that reason is only that she loves the color.
 
If the registry is filled with only larger items, consider sharing a gift with another person. If it’s filled with only smaller items, collect a few similar things together and put them in a cute container. I love baby shampoo, lotion, towels, and washcloths in a baby tub or sheets, receiving blankets, and mattress pads in a laundry basket.
 
Step two: Give your most useful baby items. When I had my first baby, one of my friends included in her gift a Sophie and a snot sucker. I had never heard of either item. Each of these gifts has been spot on for both of my kids. For something a little bit larger, consider a carrier such as an Ergo. It is hands down my most useful baby item for both of my kids.
 
Step three: Consider cloth. Is your friend interested in cloth diapering but doesn’t know where to start? Give her a starter pack of cloth diapers. I had a girlfriend who wanted to cloth diaper but wasn’t registered at a store that sold any. I had her choose her own online and purchased them for her baby girl. Talk about a gift that will get used every day!
 
Step four: Make something. If you’re crafty (or you just pretend to be), a handmade gift is something that will be treasured for years. I personally like to make blankets because they’re straightforward and one can never have too many. Be creative!
 
Step five: Give your time. On a tight budget? Offer to bring the new family dinner a time or two after the baby is born. Then follow through with a meal that can easily be frozen to enjoy later. If you’re really close, tell the new mom you will come over and clean her house so she can sit and snuggle the new baby. Then make her take a shower and/or a nap while you take care of the bundle of joy.
 
By following this guide, you’re sure to have a gift that will delight the new parents and make their baby’s first year a little bit easier. (If you're short on time, check out these gift ideas.) What is your go-to baby shower gift?

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About the Author

Jessica von Wallenstein is a stay at home mom who chronicles her parenting adventures at MomEinstein.com. She has three children and is buried in cloth diapers.



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