Sometime in your life, you’re gonna find yourself needing to buy a baby gift for an expecting friend or family member so MUST READ THIS!!!
My older sister is having her 4th child and we are having a baby sprinkle (term for baby shower after the 1st child)! I was shopping for her gifts today and figured I’d share with you my top 6 choices. If it’s a first baby, of course everything will be a good option but usually in subsequent pregnancies, the parents already have a lot of the furniture and clothing down. Plus, a lot of people will buy outfits and the parents may even be picky on how they want to dress their child or on the type of baby furniture or baby gear, so these items listed below are the BEST in my opinion for all scenarios.
1. Nosefrida (extra filters and saline drops to help loosen gunk prior to suction)
I know what you’re thinking, “Gross! Sucking boogies up a tube with my mouth? No thanks!” But HOLD-UP! I thought the same thing when I saw this item on store shelves but years later when my babies were sick and stuffed up, I gave in and LOVE IT. After my experience, I believe I have bought this for every baby that I knew was coming into the world. (FYI, the filter prevents anything from going into your mouth. LOL.)
2. Triple Paste
BEST diaper cream ever!!! When I had Ezra, he had a rash after just a week at home. I tried desitin and many other creams to no avail. I spoke with a friend who recommended Triple Paste (Thanks MK!) and even though it’s a bit pricey compared to other butt creams, it worked wonders. I could tell the difference in just a day! So now, whenever I suspect a rash developing, I whip on the Triple Paste and it goes away. Anything that breaks skin goes away in 2 days or so. I have advocated this to every mommy friend and have heard only good news back. ^_^
3. Huggies Natural Care wipes
When I was using pampers wipes, I noticed they leave my babies’ bottoms a little oily and I didn’t like that… I figured that can’t be good for preventing rashes right? I had used pampers for Ezra over huggies because pamper wipes didn’t rip as easily but with Elsa, I didn’t like the residue so I switched to Huggies. Yes, they rip easier than pampers but they are also softer and have a textured surface that works more efficiently at wiping. There is also no residue and once air-dried, the butt feels like you washed with soap and water. They’re gentle enough for me to use on my babies’ faces and hands as well — and we all know how messy kids can be!
4. Pampers Baby Dry Diapers Size 2 or 3
Babies grow up so fast and newborn or size 1 diapers are usually left over. Those diaper cakes that most people tend to get at baby showers come in those small sizes usually so it’s best to buy a case of diaper that will definitely be used completely. My Elsa has been on the size 2 for about 4-5 months now and I remember Ezra being size 3 for longer than that. We received some Huggies diapers for our shower both when I had Ezra and when Elsa came along but both times, we had leaks, either through the leg hole or up the back. Pampers swaddlers gave us leaks as well but when we tried the baby dry, we had them significantly less.
5. Carter’s white long sleeve onesies
Yes, I did mean Carter’s specifically. I find they give more stretch than the Gerber brand or any other that I’ve tried, which is awesome since babies are fragile and you’re afraid to bend their tiny arms in odd angles. Sure you may want cute outfits and even shoes and accessories, but remember that early on, they eat every 2-3 hours and will be needing diaper changes really often. I think we attempted to dress Ezra up but it was such a hassle taking the clothes on and off to change him (not to mention all the exploding accidents and pee sprays) that it wasn’t long before he lived completely in onesies. I say long-sleeve because they get cold easily and especially if you have a girl, I like to layer cute dresses (which mostly have no or short sleeves) over the oncsie. This helps them keep warm as well as look nice, and if there’s an accident, it’s more likely to hit the onesie first than the dress. 😛
6. White baby socks
Yes, WHITE. Nothing’s worse than a dressed up baby with a mismatch pair of socks — whether that be mismatch with each other or with the outfit. Colorful baby socks come in pairs and usually, if you lose one, which you will to another dimension, you will not have another matching pair. Babies don’t really wear shoes (unless you choose to) so it’s important to keep their tiny feet warm. White socks are a must as they will go with anything and everything and if you lose one, it doesn’t matter because there are plenty of other white socks. Another plus to socks, sometimes the mittens fall off the baby’s hands too much so using a sock as a baby mitten works just as good, even better sometimes because they tend to be stretchier. 🙂
So there you have it! 6 Top baby gifts that will definitely be of use — Let’s try to avoid giving parents a trip back to the stores while hauling items and gift receipts. Hope this post helps you in your future gift search. ^_^