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Thread: A question for the mommy's out there!!!

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    My friend/co-worker is having her first baby. Her baby shower is May 30th. What are some items that you just couldn't live without!!!??? I would be really interested in knowing things that you normally don't receive as baby shower gifts, but that were essentials for you and the baby!!

    Thank you in advance for any tips!!!

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    -Reusable sterilizing bags for the microwave (Target). YOu put the bottles and stuff in them instead of boiling. Saves a lot of time and effort.

    -A container that fits 3 feedings worth of formula (target). This was great while traveling b/c I didn't have to bring an entire can of forumla and it messes up the ounces if you put the formula in the bottle before the water.

    -Cooler for bottles during the night. I would make a couple and bring them upstairs and leave them in a cooler w/ freezer packs. That way I didn't have to go downstairs and make a bottle at 3am. Then I would have the warmer up their too to heat them up while I changed her. I was lazy!

    - Two Boppy pillows... one for downstairs and one for up!

    Lots and lots of tlc!

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    One of the neatest gifts I got when I was expecting my first was a nursing gown and gown for the baby that matched. I think JC Penny used to carry them, I don't know now since that was 13 years ago. Also, they have these neat pillows now that wraps around you that gives you added support while holding/feeding the baby.

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    Diapers, Diapers, and more diapers.
    At an average cost of $70 a month, and gifts of diapers were appreciated. I giggle, though, because my first box of gifted diapers lasted barely 1 week.
    If you can, a box of diapers in each size so they don't have to run out to the store to get the next size up when they discover baby has grown. Clip and use coupons to help reduce that cost. Two boxes of newborn diapers should last a couple weeks and will really help reduce the cost of newborn baby.
    Good luck and congrats to the new mom!

    Enn the flower grower

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    Amen, on the diapers!! My best friend had a baby when she was 17. I am like her daughters second mommy. I bought her a TON of diapers to help her out. Her daughter was very sensitive to diapers and could only of course tolerate the spendy kind. Too bad the organic rage hadn't yet hit 8 years ago, or she could have used organic disposable diapers.

    I like doing a basket of a bunch of items for baby gifts. So I will definitely be putting diapers in the there. The expecting mom is wanting organic items for the baby. I just happen to have seen organic baby shampoo etc. coupons in the paper last weekend so I am going to get her a set of that too. I won a $10 gift card on the march shop hop and didn't find anything that I just had to have, but they had a set of two organic burp cloths for $9.99 so I got those for her too.

    Also, while hunting on the internet for ideas I found something I thought was so neat!! It was a insulated bottle holder to keep a bottle warm so when you go places you have a ready, warm bottle waiting when it is needed. My best friend would have loved that!! It was always such a pain having to ask at places if she could get warm water to make a bottle, some people just aren't very understanding. So I may have to get one of those too.

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    If she wants to go organic, is she also planning on cloth diapering. I didn't use cloth diapers but I know they are making a MAJOR comeback. There are also patterns for really cute cloth diaper covers. Even if she would only use them while at home it would really cut back on the cost of diapers.

    I could not have lived without my bottle sterilizer. No boiling bottles for me.

    Clothes for all stages are great. It was really nice to have some new clothes on hand for when baby outgrew her clothes.

    Here is one I always think about: A certificate for a massage for mom. After carrying around the baby for so long and then tending the new little one, mom will really need some "me time". Or a mani/pedi. That would feel awesome to those poor pregnant hands and feet.

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    If you are doing a basket, some burp cloths are great. also, for diaper rash--Bordeaux Butt Paste. it's the ABSOLUTE best. not sure of the spelling. My Mo only had one diaper rash (lasted a month, ugh!) but fresh air and butt paste cleared it up.
    Coupons for laundry, dinner, etc. are always appreciated (if you think she would use them). I had friends give me coupons and they were a lifesaver after my Mom went back home.
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    I made a basket for a baby shower and it was so popular that people asked me later to make it again for them. I included the things that you forget you will need until you need them. Some of the things I included was: manicure set, infant tylenol, diaper rash cream, baby hair brush, thermometer, Ipecac syrup, baby wipes, Ivory Snow, tea bags (for Mom), Movie tickets (for Mom and Dad), a certificate for babysitting by me, a small gift for older sibblings if any, they tend to feel left out, and a $20.00 gas card for Dad, since we lived far from the hospital and he was going there every day twice a day and she was there for a week. It has been over 10 years since the first time I made the first one and I have lost track of how many I have made since.

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    I was going to say burp cloths but Rose got there first - can NEVER have too many of those! Also basic terry cotton sleep suits - my kids got bought some really cute patterned ones but for every one I bet you could have had 3 plain - quantity not quality so you don't have to launder so often! Oh and bibs - to go with the burp cloths, AND finally, NOTHING that needs ironing!!! How many cute cotton dresses did Lily get given that she hardly wore because I couldn't face ironing them!

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    A live in Nanny for the night time feedings! LOL

    Seriously, diapers, lots and lots of diapers. All my kids used soothers and I made a point of buying several of the ones they preferred so I never had the nightmare of needing a new one after the stores were closed.

    Gosh it's been so long I have forgotten all the stuff I couldn't live without. lol

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    Diapers and more diapers.

    When my friend of mine had her first baby, I made her a nice fluffy bathrobe for all those late nite feedings...

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    multiple night lights for bottles and changed in the night. If I did not have to deal with the glare of real lights at night it was much easier to go back to sleep like nothing happened.

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    Is she going to breast feed her baby? They have these new coverups for feeding the baby. I don't know exactly what they are called but some have a bit of boning in them so you can see the baby nursing and straps that attach around your neck so baby can't pull it off and make you flash everyone.
    Someone recently told me they love the snap extenters for the onsies, then they can wear them longer.
    Of course Diapers, burp cloths, wipes.

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    Diapers - in several sizes
    Laundry detergent (Dreft) - there may be something new now that's better
    Onesies (spelling:) - Can't have too many of them - in several sizes
    Sleepers
    Baby wipes
    The cloth diapers make great burp cloths

    Laundry basket -

    I'd put all the stuff in a laundry basket and pack that in a big trash bag with a ribbon to close it.

    If the budget is limited, go with the basics. Easy care.

    These items may not get many OOHS and AAAHs at the shower, but practical is useful.

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    Our dollar stores carry boxes of 75-100 count diaper bags for disposing of dirty diapers. They are the perfect size for disposing of those little stink bombs :lol: :lol: They are handy for when you need to just dispose of dirty wipes too when you are out and about. I came across those 4 years ago and they have been so handy to keep around. I like to make up a mini diaper bag that mommy can keep in the car. It has a few diapers, wipes, sleeper, receiving blanket, disposable bibs, disposable baby spoons, etc... all of the things that are needed if you forget to stock up the diaper bag or stay gone longer than intended.

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    My first suggestion is pkgs of cloth diapers for cleaning up and burp cloths. They will last for a long time and I still use them for cleaning up spills.

    When my second grandson was born he was a premie. In the neonatal unit they had little mitts to put on the hands but the mitts that they make are not small enough. I made mitts to put on the hands so he couldn't tear out the iv or the oxygen tube. Or scratch himself in the face etc. My daughter bought some receiving blankets and I cut them up and made mitts from them. If you want to do this just look at a slightly smaller than life doll to get an idea for size. They are just a clam shell shape sew two sides and sew the edge over so you can run a ribbon through to tie it on the hand. or you could use a little thin elastic.

    I made some for my daughter's best friend's baby when he was born. They are easy to make.

    No matter how big or little the baby they have a habit of scratching their face so these keep them safe.


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    I loved books on the benefits of breast feeding. Also donating breast milk for critical infants in NICU. If she is planning on breast feeding. I had a couple of gowns for our children they were called Gerber Grow gowns. They were long infant gowns that have a large hem (or tuck) in the bottom and as the child grows you let out the hem. Our (babies)children never had cold feet because their gowns were closed. They zipped up the front. That was my favorite piece of clothing they had.

    What a thoughtful friend you are to be asking other moms for their opinion. Your friend is blessed to have you as her friend!

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    one thing that is always thought well of is for the mother. I got my daughter in law a new set of pj's for her, and she was thrilled. Everyone had gotten her baby things, and she liked having a new set of comfy pj's for taking care of baby in.!!!!!!!!!!

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    Hi!
    One item you can never have too much of is diapers. I recently made a Diaper Cake for a shower. You can search "Diaper Cake" and get lots of ideas and directions. My gift was the center peice at the shower and a real hit with everyone. I used a larger size so the mommy would have them a little later.

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    I am with everyone on the diaper thing!

    Also a great gift idea, especially for a first time mother, buy a journal. Ask everyone at the babyshower to write their motherly advice to the mother to be. Then give it to her after the shower.

    For babies, I say the more layettes at night the better. Makes night time changings so much easier when you don't have to mess with snaps!

    I had a friend who had a babyshower but didn't need much. So we gave her a diaper and dinners shower. Everyone brought a pack of diapers and a meal that she could store in her freezer. All she had to do is warm up dinner for weeks after the baby came.


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    Have 2 great grand babies---and this is a god-send----it's called a nasal syringe----we call it a snot sucker. And a couple nice receiving blankets----there's nothing like swaddling to quiet your baby (old fashioned I know).

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    Nothing wrong with old-fashioned, mrsjdt - I used to truss mine up like mummies - worked like a charm! mambird - wish someone had done freezer dinners for me, what a fantastic idea!

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    When the kids got a little bigger I had a backpack carrier. It was great for shopping or summer time outings. The stroller or carrier can't go everywhere.

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    A grocery cart cover to protect baby from germs. Patterns for these are available, so it could be something made by you! :)

    Here's a picture:

    http://www.freewebs.com/samsee/DSC01565.JPG

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    I couldn't live without cloth diapers. Neither of my kids could tolerate the disposables so the cloth were a necessity. They double as burp cloths. I couldn't live without a baby carrier -- I think it was called a Snuggli. Kind of like a sack you can carry the baby in. Also couldn't live without a nursing cover up so I didn't flash people when I was nursing.

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