When looking for a baby shower gift, we tend to look for the cutest little things — little clothes, little bows, little hats, little toys, etc. Because when else could you justify shopping for those tiny things?
But if you’re someone who wants to ditch the cutesy and go for what could be useful for the new mama-to-be, then here are my top 5 suggestions for gifts that will be of most use to her.
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1) Boob Care Basket
Boob care is something that didn’t even cross my mind when I was putting together my registry items and preparing for the big day. I didn’t really think that breastfeeding would be so hard. I guess it’s because I come from a family that has history of breastfeeding and not really having any issues with it.
But when I received a boob care basket as a gift from a good friend, I thought that was such a smart gift and so thoughtful of her! And it turns out, the things that she put together ended up being the most useful things for me especially in the first few weeks postpartum.
To put together this basket, you can add a couple different things such as: nipple butter, breastmilk collection shells, disposable or reusable nursing pads, nipple shields, breastmilk storage bags, and booby tubes.
If you’re feeling generous, you could also throw in a hakaa and a manual breast pump. I won’t advise you to get an electric breast pump because usually, the mom can get one for free through her private insurance.
2) Baby Care Basket
I feel like baby care stuff should be a common registry item but usually it gets forgotten. I think it’s because of the fact that we tend to focus on the big ticket items.
Anyway, if mama-to-be didn’t have this on her registry, don’t hesitate to put together this basket for her. I guarantee you that she’ll need it and appreciate it.
This could include items like infant Tylenol, gas drops, saline spray/drops, baby lotion, baby wash, baby laundry detergent, and diaper balm. I really love this one from Earth Mama Organics because it’s made of all natural ingredients — need to make sure that little tushy doesn’t get irritated.
3) Postpartum Self-Care Basket
While this is not the most exciting gift, it’s definitely super useful and new mama will absolutely thank you for being so thoughtful.
After giving birth, mama will feel like her life is so chaotic. Besides having to take care of her baby, she needs to recover from her wounds as well. She will feel blessed when she can just find this gift basket in her bathroom ready to be used.
4) Snacks Basket
Mama will have little time to sleep during the first few weeks. What can help her stay awake and feel less tired? Snacks basket!
Don’t forget the chocolates!
5) Parenting course like The Baby Manual
The benefits of a parenting course, especially for new moms and dads, is infinite. Not only does it give new parents some ideas on what to expect, it provides a guiding principle on parenting styles that have been proven to work.
I think The Baby Manual is particularly good because it’s comprehensive. It covers the basic stuff such as what baby gear to buy, as well as goes into more intermediate topics like CPR demonstration and adjusting to parenthood. It can be purchased either as a dvd or an online course so mama- and dada-to-be can go through each of the chapters at their convenience.
These gifts are not only the most useful, they also show how much thought and care you put into giving the perfect gift for the new mom. Happy shopping!