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#1 FomoJnr

Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

SIL has her shower next weekend!! I was going to get her a super nice nappy bag, but many experienced EB'ers advised not such a good idea .. Thank you original.gif
Does etiquette dictate you buy a gift for the mum? Or the baby?
What was your favourite gift ladies??

#2 Sarzie

Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

I received a nappy wallet with supplies (Nee Bob) and it has been very useful and it's very cute too.


#3 Feral Mozzie

Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:56 PM

My favourite gift was a Babies Go Pearl Jam CD - they have heaps of bands: http://www.babykingdom.com.au/shopdisplayp...Yes&sppp=12

Since having the bub, the things I would now buy for another parent are a Love to Dream swaddle (has given us a few hours more sleep every night!), The Wonder Weeks book, or Pricilla Dunstan's baby language DVD. All life changers for us.


#4 elizabethany

Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

My most used gifts were a small portable change mat, and a pack of white terry nappies.  Not for use as nappies, but they were great as towels, spew rugs, bunny rugs etc.

#5 luke's mummu

Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:03 PM

"Luxury" baby blankets, baby books. I have always bought a present for the baby, I have never even thought of buying a present for the Mum!

#6 Feral Mozzie

Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:14 PM

QUOTE (Poet in New York @ 23/02/2013, 06:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I LOVE Pearl Jam - What is the Babies Go Pearl Jam CD?

Then again... do we really want babies thinking mummy could have found a Better Man? Or this might be their Last Kiss? I just hope the recipient's name isn't Jeremy. We all know how that's gonna turn out.  wink.gif


Lol! It's instrumental lullaby versions of some of their songs. We gave the Metallica one too.

The brainwashing starts young...

#7 chickenpants

Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:15 PM

I got a gift of some cash so I could pamper myself before the baby came along.  I was under orders to use it to do something for myself - haircut, wax, massage, mani/pedi.. whatever.  

I thought that was a lovely thought, so I would give a voucher for a beauty place so your SIL could do the same. I got cash because I lived in a different place to the giver, so she didn't know where I would normally get my hair done or any other service.


I've also heard the They Might Be Giants have a few great kids CDs too.

#8 Fairey

Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:24 PM

Terry towel nappies to use as rags. Best. Gift. Ever.

Also - we found the book 'save our sleep' pretty handy too.

#9 mez70

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:19 PM

One of my favorite gifts was a small handmade type notebook that all those present wrote in thoughts, quotes and affirmations etc in. I also loved getting things for bubs that were bigger than new born size as it is awesome when bubs has a growth spurt and you know that you still have nice new gifts still to go through. A small gift for mum is nice as well

The other thing is the ONE GIFT I truly cherished, adored loved etc when I was in hospital was a basket of FOOD.. It had things like chocolate, biscuits,freddos, jelly beans cans of soft drink, etc which were awesome when the middle of the night munchies hit or when DH and the kids were visiting.


#10 Mynewname

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

I always get a memory box for all the little baby things. My mum bought me one and it was great. I still use it to put in special pictures and cards.

#11 Flutters

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

A fully stocked nappy bag. I had NFI what to put in one so my bestie did it for me, I thought it was so thoughtful & practical.

#12 WithSprinkles

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:39 PM

Best:
-cloth nappies & flannels (aka spew rags)
-clothes in a variety of sizes (do check that the size you are getting will be season appropriate once the baby actually grows into it, unfortunately a lot of people did not take this into consideration!)
-mittens (to stop baby scratching face)
-Love to swaddle
-Books
- Quebies (good for freezing breastmilk and then purees when baby eventually moves on to solids). Much easier than trying to get cubes out of a normal lidded icecube tray --> like this http://www.toysrus.com.au/qubies-freezer-s...ue/w1/i1197069/
- Gift voucher for Target (or similar)
- Toys like rattles, toys to hang off prams, etc



Avoid:
- any lotions/bath products unless they are ok for babies with very sensitive skin (I gave away a lot of these products as my baby reacted to them)
- Clothes in wrong size for the season (see above)
- ugly teddy bears!!

I would probably avoid buying a nappy bag unless you know exactly what she wants.

ETA: I also found practical presents like mattress protector, cot sheets, bath towels, hats, singlets etc quite handy as well

Edited by WithSprinkles, 23 February 2013 - 08:42 PM.


#13 Riss11

Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:25 AM

I loved the practical gifts like nappies, wipes etc.
My friend also got me these amazing under eye gel masks (put on the other day and looked like I had 12 hours sleep!). Also a gift voucher for one of those walk in Chinese massage centres.  My shoulders were always so tight breast feeding.
And don't buy baby jeans.  I was given a number of size 0-3 jeans, which look cute but so impractical.  They just need to slouch around in onesies!

#14 Agnetha

Posted 04 May 2013 - 01:25 PM

Elvis lullabies cd, fully stocked nappy bag, box of 100 nappies, toddler cookbook, bath temperature thing, books, breast feeding pillow, nail clippers.
I was stoked at the thoughtfulness of friends and family.
I've got other friends the lullaby CDs, 80s music, madonna, and they loved them.
I tend to avoid stuff for decorating he room, too much personal taste.

#15 elmo_mum

Posted 04 May 2013 - 01:41 PM

i agree with the memory box - ours looks like a "fake book" ut is a box...
has heaps of his things from nicu in there

a nappy cake was great too - for when we ran out of nappies!!



worst present was an  "on line mcn voucher"
it took AGES for my order to come in, and i hate the nappy, but there was nothing else on her site that i wanted



i had a baby shower registry, which was a great idea at the time.. but.... i ended up with 3 of the same thing!
and yes, they were  bought from the store in question...

#16 adacraig

Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:39 PM

I was given this blanket http://www.ellesilk.com/silk-baby-blankets.html at a shower for my son, My son is now 18 months old and I truly do not recall a time in the past nine months that he has slept without this blanket. Believe me, no blanket, no sleep. We even have a small 12x12 version for traveling. He is an absolute baby-blanket and he will have no other than this blanket. His sweet spot is the little giraffe tag on one corner of the blanket and he will literally go nuts if you hold it up from across the room.

#17 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:55 PM

This light fron Bunnings.  It charges up by USB. It is portable you can move it closer to the change table if bub (and they will) needs changing during the night when they wake up for a feed. I was wondering what kind of light to get for bubs room because I didn't want  a night light that is plugged in and left on all night. I was given this and it is great. We bought one for someone recently (they had a blue one at the shop which isn't pictured online) and they actually returned the light that they had bought and use the one that we got for them.

http://www.bunnings.com.au/search-products...ubType=products

Edited by Dylan's Mummy, 07 June 2013 - 04:55 PM.


#18 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 07 June 2013 - 05:14 PM

Something that I bought that I got a lot of use out of was a set a 3 trays, with lids, each with  12 half circle shaped "cubes". These have been great for baby food.  The brand is Happy Baby and they tend to be on the bottom shelf in the baby section f Woolworths and Big W. They could probably be used as ice cube trays afterwards.

I used the Qeebies ones mentioned previously mostly for breast milk, they were good for adding a cube to rice cereal when bub started on solids.

#19 scooty

Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:23 PM

I'm of the opposite opinion. Whilst practical gifts are useful, you tend to get given so much of that stuff that's it hard to get excited about such things.

I like to give a heirloom gift, especially a beautiful wooden toy like this rolling wheel or this stacking rainbow. They look so beautiful sitting on the bookshelf and when the baby is big enough to play with it they will get endless hours of enjoyment creating memories and learning. They are generally not gender specific aswell, so can be used for the next baby or kept to give to their own children in 30 years time as they are so special.



#20 .MrsM.

Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:32 PM

I liked extra large muslin wraps, very well used here. A clip thing that goes on the pram handle to carry extra shopping bags. Cute elephant night light- used ALL the time, don't know what I'd do without it. And yes cloth nappies for spew cloths are a must.
I wish I had been given bibs - DS I a spewer and have had to buy so many. Would have liked a few funky/cool ones. I have one Milky one I love.

#21 froglett

Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:45 PM

One of the best (I love baking) was the women's weekly kids birthday cookbook (the original). Looking forward to cooking birthday cakes out of it! Was lovely & sentimental, cos every year mum would let us choose our b'day cakes, so looking forward to doing the same.
I've always given a pressie for mums and a pressie for bubs. For mummies I put together a hamper (rite aid gel breast pads -a godsend for the first few weeks!!, hand cream cos you wash hands so often, choccies, and a pedicure gift voucher -bliss to have someone else do your toes when you can't see them!)
For bubs I like love to dream, original bonds wonder suits, but in sizes 00 or 0 (I found I got heaps of 0000 & 000, but he grew out of it so quickly and he hardly wore some of the clothes! If there are a really good friend/relo id buy an ergo. DS spent pretty much his first 6 weeks in the ergo, and we still use it all the time.

#22 blackbird

Posted 07 June 2013 - 11:01 PM

QUOTE (scooty @ 07/06/2013, 08:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm of the opposite opinion. Whilst practical gifts are useful, you tend to get given so much of that stuff that's it hard to get excited about such things.

I like to give a heirloom gift, especially a beautiful wooden toy like this rolling wheel or this stacking rainbow. They look so beautiful sitting on the bookshelf and when the baby is big enough to play with it they will get endless hours of enjoyment creating memories and learning. They are generally not gender specific aswell, so can be used for the next baby or kept to give to their own children in 30 years time as they are so special.


Wow, I would have to be feeling pretty damn generous to buy anyone that rainbow lol

#23 scooty

Posted 07 June 2013 - 11:53 PM

There are 2 smaller sizes for a much cheaper price. But it was just the sentiment, I buy other gifts of a similar feel too.

#24 Chaos in stereo

Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:08 AM

I can tell you what NOT to get (from my experience) - blankets and soft toys. She will get plenty of those, more than you ever need. original.gif

Definitely agree with PPs - nice clothes in larger sizes are great. She will get newborn stuff from other people and they stay in it for a millisecond.

Edited by Chaos in stereo, 08 June 2013 - 12:11 AM.


#25 (feral)epg

Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:27 AM

If possible try to find out what other people are getting her!  I got a million swaddles, loads of clothes and  far too many bath items (baby lotion, towels etc)

I would have loved more toys and books!  Have ended up buying for her - which is sad when there are so many outfits that she has worn once before outgrowing.  Nb by toys I mean toys that babies can actually play with - not giant teddies.  

I'm actually a fan of the gift voucher.  It's impersonal I know BUT she will probably be flooded with gifts that may be duplicated or not to her taste and there will be lots of things that are missed out that she will realise she needs after the birth.  It's also really nice among the flood of gifts for the mum to get to pick out a few things of her choosing.  I know it sounds ungrateful but I was totally overwhelmed by the many many pink, cheapish outfits we got - I much preferred dressing her in the few things I had bought THAT WEREN'T PINK!  (rant over sorry for side tracking.)






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