Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Top Picks for Baby Shower Gifts

Most of these items were not things I asked for at my baby shower with my first child.  I learned along the way that these items were more useful everyday than the items on Babie R Us's toy registry items list.  

For Baby:
  • Halo sleep sack swaddler (cotton or fleece depending on season)
  • High contrast board books like White on Block, I Kissed the Baby, or Look! Look!
  • Toy gym with high contrast
  • Gund baby Snuff
  • Links (I like this set by Sassy, but the alphabet set is pretty awesome, too!)
  • High contrast teething ring
  • Rosemary Well's collection of nursery rhymes
  • Books outside the classics such titles by Sandra Boynton, Bob Shea, Mo Williems, Leslie and Rosemary Wells
  • Tummy time / crib mirror or activity center
  • Bumbo seat
  • Good baby socks like Stride Rite's Robeez socks with the kick guard 
  • Small basket of baby toiletries: Johnson's night time lotion and bath, Baby Aquaphor,  Tylenol infant drops, small corn starch, small baby oil, Vaseline (especially for a boy getting circumcised), infant tooth brush, Desitine cream, travel wipe case, etc.
  • TY Pluffies toys such as Waddles and Dangles.  (In our house, we also have two of the cats, a frog, an elephant, and a giraffe).

For Mom:
  • Breastfeeding Made Simple
  • Boppy pillow and pillowcase
  • Sling such as a Maya wrap
  • Palmer's cocoa butter lavender
  • Hands-free book holder (great to use during feedings or while baby naps in arms)

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