Have you ever opened a festively-wrapped Christmas present sitting underneath an elaborately decorated tree only to discover a pair of socks? Or maybe it was a package of underwear. And even not cute pink hip-huggers. They were big old white suckers that could have been used to sail a ship.
Your mouth was probably saying, "Gee, thanks Gran." But your head was thinking, "Seriously? How boring can a gift get?" That feeling completely reverses when it comes to a baby shower.
Everyone wants to bring the baby outfit that will make the crowd go "Awwww!", or the toys that light up and make obnoxious noises. (Of course you think it's cute- you don't have to hear it five thousand times a day.) People go crazy over pink frills or newborn sailor suits, and understandably so. They are freaking cute.
I definitely appreciated all the beautiful gifts from my friends at my shower, but over the last six months with CeCe, I have learned what really were the most useful things.
If you are looking at a friend's registry the day before the shower and these items are still left, do that mama a solid and buy them. They may seem boring and won't wow the crowd, but any mother can tell you these gifts are always winners:
- - Plain white onesies. Within six weeks they will all have poop stains up the back, and at any given time two-thirds of the supply will be in the laundry. You can absolutely not have enough of these bland, yet necessary, fashion pieces.
- -Waterproof crib sheet. Stripping down a urine-soaked baby is enough of a hassle. Make clean up easier with a barrier between your baby's bottom and the mattress. I've thanked the Lord for our crib sheet three times this week alone.
- - Diapers. And not just newborn sizes. This may not seem like a fancy gift, but one box saves $50 and a late night scramble to the store when Mom unknowingly gets down to the last Pamper.
- - Nursing supplies (for the breastfeeding mamas.) Even close friends may find it awkward to buy a gift that pertains to someone else's boobs. But pumps are expensive and nursing pads are used frequently. Maybe get a group to throw in money and buy Mama that Medela. It's a lifesaver.
- - Gift cards. You think they are impersonal- a new mom thinks it is perfect. Mama may think she has everything baby needs. But within a month she will realize the baby bath she registered for sucks and wants a new one. Enter that beautiful little plastic rectangle you gave her, allowing her to purchase what she wants with peace of mind.