5 Useful Baby Shower Gift Ideas (that you probably won’t find on the registry)

Have a baby shower coming up? New parents tend to get so much ‘stuff’ that doesn’t actually end up being all that useful. Try to think outside the box (or registry), and make your gift something that will hopefully help make the transition to parenthood just a little bit easier for the mommy-to-be..

Here are just a few gift ideas – that she either didn’t know to ask for, or doesn’t want to just come right out and ask for:


Meal Delivery. Not having to think about what to make and prepare for dinner is huge. I’m not talking about getting ‘take-out’. I mean those meal delivery companies that lovingly prepare tasty, balanced and nutritious meals for your family, making it easy to eat well and enjoy healthy meals. It’s also awesome when guests sign up for a post baby meal train. When visiting the new baby, bring something for the parents to put in the freezer and heat up later. Don’t make mama feed you – just bring the food to her, and tell her its for them to eat another time.

Parenting Support Services.  Parents-to-be tend to focus a lot on the actual labour & delivery, but birth professionals will be there to assist and guide them through it. Afterwards, when its just parent(s) and baby, can be challenging (and most likely sleep deprived). Baby care professionals are available to help beyond the birth, and can take some of the pressure off, while parents get to know and figure out life with their new little bundle of joy (ie. postpartum doulas, night nurses, sleep consultants, lactation consultants, baby proofers, carseat installation, etc).

House Cleaning. Either by sourcing the actual cleaning service, or by offering to cover some costs towards whomever they have hired – Having someone else do the cleaning beyond the regular tidying, when parent’s are busy with a new baby, is super helpful.

12 Months and up. The majority of gifts from others will likely be somewhere in the 0-9 months range. I know, I know, when it’s so little and cute it’s damned near impossible to reach for the same item in the 12-18 or 18-24 month size. Baby’s drawers and closets will probably be OVER FLOWING with 0-3 mo items (and more than half of the stuff most likely won’t even make it on to baby before they outgrow it), and gifted clothing thins out A LOT after the first year. I’m not saying to go and get something that the child will use when they’re entering middle school – that would be crazy – but 12-24 months stuff is pretty easy to hold on to and store for the short amount of time before it’s utilized. *Also think about seasonality, and what time of year baby is going to be wearing the size you buy.

Gift Cards & Money. Gift cards to coffee shops / baby-friendly establishments / massage therapy / hair salon / spa treatments / Mommy Connections (Mom & Baby classes or CPR workshops) or other local program registrations / anything drive through / etc.. Basically thinking beyond gift cards for the baby stores, lets mama know that you’re thinking about her too. Babies (and life) costs money. Designated towards something specific, or to be used at the discretion of the parents – Nobody wants to come out and just ask for it, but money to put toward the baby’s future is generally well received.

NOTE: If you’re contemplating whether or not to get the baby a stuffed toy, the answer will almost always be “No, thank you!”

 

Guest Blog Post by: Jamie Benson, Wonderwear Modern Cloth Diaper Service


There is a lot to think about when it comes to baby showers. If you are hosting, there are the invitations and timing to consider. What theme and games would be fun? Food and drinks… should it be catered? Who will bring what? Party favors… check. Fortunately there are many excellent resources online to navigate through all these decisions. Check out Babycenter.com as a good place to start.

green-and-blue-frog-diaper-cake-240x184If you are the mom-to-be, are you putting together a gift registry? What should be on that list? Common top 10 baby shower gift ideas include baby bath gear, baby monitor, baby bouncy seat, activity gym and baby carrier. Then there is the diaper cake. It’s cute, don’t get me wrong. But a disposable diaper cake steers new moms down the path of disposable diapers which costs more money than a diaper service while also being less healthy for the baby and much worse for the environment.

Few consider cloth diaper service gift certificates but they are a terrific idea! Add them to your registry or purchase for a friend as a unique and thoughtful gift.

At Wonderwear Cloth Diaper Delivery Service, we make it really easy to go this route. If you are the mom-to-be and want to add our service to your registry, you would typically sign up for service a month before your baby shower and we would then credit your account each time a gift certificate comes in. If it’s a surprise for someone, no problem! In this instance we set up a temporary account and then get the additional info from the new client after their shower.  We also provide personalized gift certificates for presentation purposes.

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Purchasing Wonderwear gift certificates is easy. Just go to our online store, select the amount and check out! Some savvy new moms have 6 months of free service or more by the time they start with us.

So please consider skipping the diaper cake or make-it-yourself gift idea… and purchase a cloth diaper service gift certificate instead. We take all the work out of cloth diapering and come right to your door each week with an unlimited supply of hospital level sanitized cloth diapers. Now that’s a great gift!


imageJamie Benson, www.Wonderwear.ca

Dad to 3 Terrific Young Boys | Brand Marketer | Concerned Citizen regarding Climate Change | Entrepreneur | Husband to Superstar Wifey

 

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