Nine Gift Ideas For A Baby Shower Event

You are bound to know someone who is having a baby shortly, if you aren’t having one yourself and need help with a gift ideas for that baby shower.

Pregnant women equal shopping time.

Here are nine gift ideas that any mother will most certainly be appreciative of.

The baby shower gift ideas are great for those who are shopping or for mom’s to put on their gift registry.

1. Diapers, diapers and more diapers.

That is quite a bland gift idea but a very much needed gift.

I don’t know any mom who will complain about having too many diapers with a newborn at home.

To make diapers snazzy you have to dress it up a bit.

You can find diaper cakes in lots of gift sites.

Some come with as many as 150 diapers, plus booties, bibs and tons of other essentials for baby, but all in the shape of an all so cute cake.

2. Layettes, blankets, socks and burp cloths.

Chances are they are going to get tons of these.

However, these gifts tend to come in newborn or 3 months sizes which after a few weeks probably won’t serve its purpose anymore.

Making this a great gift is if you buy them in larger sizes. After a few months, mom still has brand new gifts for the baby to enjoy.

3. Pamper products for Mom.

The last few weeks of pregnancy are very uncomfortable and can be hard on Mom.

Let Mom have the star treatment as well. Once the baby is born, Mom’s 15 minutes of fame are over.

4. Savings Bonds.

A savings bond is a great way to help invest in the child’s future.

While everyone is thinking of now you are thinking ahead.

It may also help jump start parents to jump start on baby’s future if they haven’t already.

5. Gift Certificates.

You can never go wrong with a gift certificate.

Mom and Dad get to choose what they want and you gave them that satisfaction.

The obvious choice for a gift certificate would where the registry is set up.

If they do not have a registry set up, good choices could include their favorite supermarket (formula, diapers) or baby store.

Another gift certificate idea could be a check card gift certificate.

It works like a credit card and can be used anywhere.

Tip: I don’t suggest buying clothing unless the parents-to-be suggested so.

Chances are they have already gone shopping and couldn’t resist those tiny adorable outfits and it is best to find out before you spend out!.

Even if you are not attending the baby shower (for example if you are a male family member or friend) it is still a good idea to pick up at least a small gift for the baby.

The new mom may have made a list of some general things that the baby will need, and if she has a list like this, you can check it out.

However, frequently you will have to pick a gift without a list.

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So here are some pretty ‘safe bets’ as far as baby shower gifts go.

I got a few more gift ideas when I was in a Target store looking for a gift idea.

I asked several parents who had babies with them in their shopping cart what sort of gifts would be good for a new baby and here are some of the answers that I got.

These baby gift ideas are very easy to find and very reasonable at a store like Target.

For $50 you can get a whole assortment of goodies but keep in mind the tip above on buying baby clothing.

6. Clothing:

All babies need clothing, and they grow very fast! If you have ever shopped for baby clothes you may be amazed to see that there are several different sizes of clothes needed for the baby just during the first year!

There is 0-1 month, 3 to 6 months, 6 to 9 months and on and on!

Therefore, there are plenty of types of clothing that will be needed in plenty of different sizes.

Just remember to keep in mind how old the baby currently is, because baby clothing sizes change rapidly, and you would not want to buy a gift that is already too small by the time you present it to the parents!

7. Teething toys:

All babies ‘teeth’ and will need little chew toys of sorts.

These may become dirty quickly and it is probably smart to replace them often, so a number of these teething toys may be useful.

You might find ones with rattles or bells. Just make sure it is not big enough for a baby to swallow.

8. Stuffed animals:

A cute stuffed animal may make a nice gift.

The softest kind available may be liked the most for snugly comfort.

Additionally, some of these stuffed animals may have sounds built in.

You may want one that makes sounds, or you may want an old fashioned one without noise.

A good example is Winnie-The-Pooh or Eyeore.

9. Baby books:

It is great to read to young children and really helps there little minds grow.

While a very young baby won’t be able to understand stories yet, parents are always looking to build a nice little library of quality books to read to their children.

There you have 9 simple baby shower gift ideas!

Hopefully you will be able to find a nice gift or even a shopping bag full of little gifts to bring the baby and the parents enjoyment.


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Baby Shower Is A Time for Celebration For Everyone

A Baby Shower Really Is A Time for Celebration

Celebrating the upcoming arrival with a baby shower is exciting but at the same time, it’s often a situation in which both parents can feel much anxiety.

These feelings of anxiety are especially strong for first-time parents.

There is so much to know and so many different items are needed to provide proper infant care.

The idea of the baby shower came about as both a special time for family and friends to be together before the baby’s arrival and also to help relieve the financial burden on parents-to-be by supplying them with many of the new gadgets, furnishings and accessories they’ll need once their baby arrives.

And even though today most people prefer to break out of the ‘traditional’ mold, when it comes to a baby shower, these events for the most part still adhere to traditional guidelines.

Probably one of the biggest changes to the baby shower format is that they’re no longer exclusively for women.

Plenty of men make it onto today’s baby shower guest list and those who are invited don’t come grudgingly.

While they might not play in all the baby shower games, men do enjoy the opportunity to give their regards to the expectant mother- and father-to-be.

In some cultures however, a baby shower is considered a sign of bad luck.

If there’s a chance the expectant mother might feel this way, be sure to check with her before proceeding with the baby shower.

In some parts of the world the baby shower is actually held after the baby is born.

This makes sense since a baby shower is a celebration of the baby and guests enjoy actually seeing the one who is being celebrated.

It’s also easier to select gender-appropriate colors and gifts and should the gift need engraving, guests have all the delivery details they need.

Having the baby shower after the baby’s birth does make sense, but it’s a very busy time for new parents.

Plus, many of the baby items the expectant parent(s) need are needed as soon as the baby arrives home.

That’s why scheduling the baby shower before the baby’s birth is the more common option.

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The baby shower itself is traditional and for the most part, every shower involves the same activities.

Guest lists and invitations need to be created and mailed.

The shower location needs to be decorated.

Guests expect to be entertained so food, drink and games need to be coordinated.

Because it’s a special occasion, there might even be a photographer and/or video, musician and other special talent participating in the festivities.

A baby shower can be a big to-do with lots of little details to coordinate and every detail is going to cost money.

That’s why it’s highly advisable for whoever is hosting the shower to put together (and stick to) a workable budget.

Pulling off a successful special event like a baby shower doesn’t take special talent, it takes a well-thought out plan that includes a timeline and a budget.

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Information Every New Parent Should Know

Being a new parent, will face many problems and issues that they are expected to understand and deal with immediately with their new baby.

Unfortunately, newborns (new baby) do not come with an instruction book so here are a few topics that a new parent may need to know about from the start.

Bathing your new baby: Until your baby’s umbilical cord falls off one to two weeks after their birth, only give her sponge baths.

A cotton ball or cotton swab dampened with alcohol can help to dry the umbilical stump or follow your pediatrician’s directions.

After the stump falls off, you can give him a bath in a sink or shallow tub.

Caesarian delivery: A caesarian is usually performed to make delivery safer for you or your baby.

C-sections can be done for many different reasons including stalled labor, complicated labor, problems with the new baby that may make delivery difficult, or other problems.

It does not matter if you deliver vaginally or by a caesarian section, you are still a mother with a beautiful new blessing.

Circumcision: Many doctors agree that there may be some benefit to circumcision, but it may not be absolutely necessary.

It may help to lower the risk of urinary tract infections and eliminates just about any chance of penile cancer.

Circumcision does not cause long-term emotional problems for your child.

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Crib death (SIDS): Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also referred to as crib death and many studies have been done regarding SIDS.

Although the cause of SIDS has not been definitely defined, there are some correlations that have been made between SIDS and the following things:

Male babies are more likely to die from SIDS than females

Prematurity makes it more likely

Minority children are affected by it more often than non-minorities

More children of young, single mothers die from it

Children who live in a home with one or more smokers are more likely to be affected

Some people say that sleeping with your baby can reduce the risk of SIDS, but the American Academy of Pediatrics disagree with this statement and go on to say that there is a greater risk of SIDS in babies who co-sleep.

Back sleeping is what most pediatricians recommend for babies to decrease the SIDS risk.

The reason for this is widely debated between health experts.

If you have concerns, please talk to your pediatrician.

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