I have been to an amazing number of baby showers over the past three years or so. A few years back it was weddings; now it’s babies.
Since becoming a mom, I’ve found some must-have items that I like to share with new moms for their showers. In case you’re ever stumped trying to find something to buy off the registry, try some of these great items. Just make sure I’m not invited to the same shower.
There are no high-priced gadgets on here. Just simple, little things that you only discover once you’re a parent. These are the sorts of things I love to share with new moms because they are things that often don’t make the registry.
New moms need some lovin’ along with their sweet babies. One sure-fire winner for a mom who plans to breast feed is a nursing cover. These go by the name nursing cover, hooter hiders, or udder covers. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, these are pretty easy to make. I can’t sew to save my life, but my wonderful mom made me one for half the price of buying it in the store. For those of you, like me, who break out into a cold sweat when you hear the words “sewing machine,” sign up for the email list at uddercovers.com. They have beautiful covers, and better yet, they occasionally send out specials to get free covers! You just pay shipping. I’ve been known to stock up when I get those deals to have them on hand for future showers.
Another great item for breast feeding moms is nursing pads. I personally prefer cloth pads. All disposable pads are lined with plastic, which means they can trap moisture and possibly lead to nasty problems like thrush (a yeast infection on the nipple/baby’s mouth). For the cost of about two boxes of disposable pads you can get enough cloth to last you your whole nursing relationship (for every kid), making it a sound economic investment. These come in cotton, flannel, organic cotton, and I’m sure a few other options. You can get them in the same aisle of Target or BabiesR’Us as the disposable kind. You can also order them from most makers of cloth diapers.
Our shampoo rinse cup is still the best $5 I’ve ever spent. We don't have the exact one pictured, but it's very close. The silly thing is great because the soft plastic front bends to match the baby’s forehead and keeps water from getting in babe’s eyes when you rinse out the shampoo. Changed my life, I tell you! Just make sure you store it upside down so you prevent any nastiness from growing inside.
Infant nightgowns are the best for newborns. The sweeties stay warm, most come with hand covers to prevent them from scratching themselves, and they’re a breeze for those frequent diaper changes. Newborns aren’t really using their legs much, and most of the time they prefer to have them pulled up close anyway. H used to pull her legs out of her PJs all the time. Empty cloth legs flopping around, with the belly filled with her curled up legs. Sometimes these even have snaps to allow them to transform from gown to legs.
Kimono-style t-shirts and onesies are equally wonderful for newborns. These don’t go over the head at all, which is really most comforting for new parents negotiating those floppy necks.
Munchkin Arm & Hammer dirty diaper bags are a God-sent for blow outs. I have friends who would ask, not unjustly, why would you spend money on bags that are meant to hold poop? This is true. But this little gadget is compact and the bags are deodorizing. They saved us several times when we had to break out the emergency outfit after a blow-out ruined H’s outfit. Bad enough you have a ruined outfit; you don't want to smell like it too. You can find it in any baby store.