It is baby season my friends. I tell ya. I have 5 friends that have had babies within the last few months! Yes. 5 sweet babies that I get to snuggle and love on. And with new babies comes gifts. So what do you get for a new mama? A seasoned mama?
When Adam and I registered for George, I swore a domestic was going to happen in the baby aisle of Target. It was supposed to be this happy bonding moment for us where we picked out all the wonderful things for our new baby that was set to arrive in just a few months. And yet we were entirely clueless. Which diapers do we buy? Diaper Genie? What kind of lotion? Shampoo? Shampoo and Body Wash in one? Bottles? I mean, we were going to breastfeed, but should we get bottles just in case? Which bottles? Oh.My.Gosh. I needed a cocktail. And of course I was 6 months pregnant and hormonal so that was not going to happen. By the end Adam was scanning golf balls and TVs and I was the one trying to navigate the baby aisle on my own.
After 2.5 years of being mom, I feel like I have a little experience under my belt and can offer some suggestions to new moms or seasoned vets.
George was born in the dead of winter. It was 22 below zero when we brought him home. The idea of taking him outside was off the table. I ordered EVERYTHING off Amazon after he was born. Prime is totally worth it. I had everything I needed within 2 days. Running low on breast milk bags? Yep, Amazon. Baby hangers? Yep, Amazon. So while I realize all of these posts go to Amazon, it was truly my go to (and still is) for ordering essentials (that we either didn’t get during our showers or entirely forgot to stock up on)! You can even make a baby registry on Amazon!
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Great Gifts and Must Haves for Baby
- Diaper Genie – This is our family’s #1 recommended, must have, go-to gift and registry item. We LOVE ours and absolutely cannot live out out it. (Not everyone agrees, but we definitely find it very convenient!)
- Rock and Play – After we tried co-sleeping, crib sleeping, not sleeping, this was the biggest hero in our house. The Rock and Play sits at an angle (which helps with reflux) and does just that, it rocks. It’s small enough to fit bedside. So while you’re on 45 minutes of sleep you can roll over, and attempt to rock the baby back to sleep. It was definitely a life saver in our house.
- Swaddles (Halo Sleep Sack was our favorite) – George was born in the winter and we swore by the swaddles that the hospital sent home with us. They were made of thick fleece material that velcroed shut (swaddles for dummies). That sweet boy was a perfect little burrito every single time. Combined with the Rock and Play (see #2) this is what allowed us a few hours of sleep! (They also make cotton ones for summer, I’d highly recommend these!).
- Bath Flower – Babies are squirmy and slippery little buggers. When you try and give them their first few baths you are already terrified enough! (This is after the “sponge bath” phase..) This flower can get wet and fits right in the sink, or you can lay them on it in the bath tub. Hang it up to dry and/or toss it in the washer. Very easy!
- Grass. We loved our grass drying rack for bottles. (Note: water does collect in the bottom, don’t forget to clean your grass.)
- Anything that zips. Think middle of the night/afternoon for the 10th time. Babies poop…. The LAST thing you want to change is anything that goes over their head (although onesies were made to be pulled down so they don’t have to go overhead!). I also like these for bedtime: Sleep Sack
- Shampoo and body wash – I absolutely love the Just Hatched Brand. It’s an all-natural product and budget friendly.
- Diapers and Wipes – Always a great gift! I’m thrifty. Amazon does subscriptions where you can get a discount and have these delivered monthly. Target does that as well. You can usually get gift cards in return with the purchase of 2 or 3 boxes add coupons, and cartwheel and you’re saving big! Also, I LOVE Pampers, but know that every child is different and parents are different. These are simply my preferred brand.
- Baby Carrier – This is handy for any mom! George used to fall asleep when I’d put him in it. Everyone has their preference on which type they’d like. We used the Bjorn, some like the Ergo and others prefer a wrap type.
- Something for the Big Brother or Big Sister – I always try to think about the big brother or sister who basically just got evicted as the center of his/her parents universe. And really everyone else’s for that matter as everyone is cooing over the new baby. Depeding on the age of the child, something that just recognizes them will make them feel special! (I like: Crayola Color Wonder – these only show up on the paper. Total win).
Gifts for a New Mom (Regardless if this is your 1st or 10th)
- Sleep. Cut the woman a break by offering to snuggle baby for a few hours or if there are older children, take them and give mom time to simply relax. Help her with laundry or by tidying the house. She WILL appreciate it!
- Amazon Prime – 3 kids in tow to Target or online shopping at 2 am while you’re feeding? My package will arrive in 2 days please 🙂
- Flowers – Get a mason jar and some fresh cut flowers. I personally love flowers and anything that is bright and cheery is totally welcomed!
- Meals – When we came home from the hospital, we came home to a counter full of snacks and a fridge stocked full of meals. Our neighbors were so kind and clearly knew what we needed. Fresh fruit, breakfast foods, anything that can be eaten one handed is highly recommended!
- Epsom Salts and Essential Oils – I am NOT a bath person. But after having my sweet boy, I took more baths than he did. It was my respite, it was my way to de-stress. I am a huge fan of Young Living for essential oils. Lavender is an excellent oil and it’s wonderful with Epsom Salt in the bath. My sweet friend Steph sells Young Living and if you have any interest in oils – check out her site! The Gentle Babies book by Debra Rayburn is an excellent reference guide for using oils during pregnancy, childbirth and for baby/young children as well.
This isn’t an entirely comprehensive list, but it is a good start if you aren’t sure what to buy for mom or baby (or if you are like me, what to register for!) No one tells you what you might need and these are things we really liked and truly appreciated. Do you have a favorite gift to give? Or are you a mom with a must-have? I’d love to hear your thoughts!