Monday, October 26, 2009

Baby Gift Ideas Part I: Baby shower and Infant Gifts

We are fortunate to have such generous and thoughtful friends and family, who have showered Henry with love, affection and so many gifts.  Avoid being that guy/girl who gives the gift that ends up at Salvation Army -- we love you all the same, but you know who you are, or do you?  You may think it’s adorable, but mom and dad will likely think the opposite.  And if you still insist on being "that friend," remember a gift receipt. 

REGISTRY REGISTRY REGISTRY.  If mom-to-be registered for her baby shower, check it out.  If there isn’t anything on there you want to purchase try some of the items below.  See also Preparing for Baby’s Arrival: Everything you’ll need

Gift baskets are a great idea, but most of those available – especially online – are filled with cutesy cheapy clich√© items.  Try putting one together yourself from the baby section at Target or Babies R Us – special thanks to Steph for the most handy baby shower bathtub gift. 
•    Baby bath tub
•    Baby shampoo/soap in one
•    Washcloths
•    Bibs
•    Reusable diapers – for burp cloths
•    Aquaphor
•    Lansinoh
•    Baby bottle
•    Bottle brush
•    Baby nail clippers and file
•    Infant Tylenol
•    Baby hangers
•    Diaper rash cream
•    Pacifier
•    Teether
•    Rubber finger toothbrush
•    Q-tips
•    Bath toys: without squirter – hard to clean and mold haven

Other Favorite Gift Ideas
Babba Co. cover (winter) – shelters baby from the cold wind
Babba Co. cover (summer) – helps baby nap and protects from the sun
Books, books and more books – see our favorite books post
Personalized puzzle stool
Under the Nile Fruit and Veggies:  great for baby to suck on
Vulli Sophie the Giraffe: pricey, but worth it
Haba Toys
Beaba Baby Cook:  great for making baby food purees, and re-warming
Sandra Boynton’s Bath Books:  Soft bath books that float!
Tiny Love Gymini
Pottery Barn Kids Personalized Hooded Towel
Parents Magazine Bee Bop Band
Soft Blocks
Baby Einstein Count and Compose Piano
Lamaze toys
Handmade quilts, blankets, hats, mittens, etc.
Baby Bjorn Babysitter Balance:  Grows with your infant, and isn't just for sitting.  I give Henry a mani/pedi every other day in his chair.  In typical baby and boy fashion, he does everything possible to hinder the process. 
Ergo Baby carrier

WARNING:  If you’re going to buy baby clothes remember to consider the season and the baby’s age.  Don’t buy a 0-3 month snowsuit for a baby born in June.  Also try not to buy clothes for a newborn for years down the road.  Baby could be gigantic or miniature, and sizing is rarely exact.

Mommy and Daddy’s favorite school/sports team: baby can never have enough
Alternative Apparel onesies and t-shirts: soft and forgiving
Children’s Place zipper pajamas

DO NOT be shy about re-gifting your kids’ old toys and clothes.  New parents will love them.  Quality + Quantity = YAY!


  1. I love all of these ideas. I have a great tray to do a practice one, and was hoping to make some as gifts if it turns out well, Yours is a nice blog. Liked it!!!

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