What do you take to a baby shower?

Australia
October 22, 2007 8:28pm CST
hi was wondering what people thought were good presents to take to a baby shower, my sister in law is due in january so a summer baby and having her baby shower in early december. A friend of ours had her baby shower last year and was dissapointed as she thought that she would of received more? How much is enough and of what?
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@blueunicorn (2410)
• United States
23 Oct 07
I have two favorite gifts to give at baby showers. The first is a Snuggly. That is basically a pouch that the mom (or dad) can wear on their front and carry the baby in. My daughters LOVED the Snugglies from the time they were born until they got heavy enough that it was uncomfortable for me to wear them like that. The second gift I love is a package for the mom-to-be with items that she may be able to use in the hospital. A comfortable new robe, a crossword or other puzzle book, a deck of cards, a fun card or small board game, a package of fun pens, and a set of stationary are all ideas I have put in this gift before. Of course, putting it in a box that can be easily transported to the hospital, then used for something else at home is always nice.
• United States
25 Oct 07
I think your friend should be greatful that she got anything. I'm sorry, it drives me crazy when I hear about women complaining that they should have gotten more at a baby shower. To me the shower should be to celebrate, not to stock the shelves. The pregnant couple should be the ones responsible for taking care of the needs of the baby. The shower, in my opinion, should be about fun and the extra fun things that may come as gifts.
• United States
23 Oct 07
well how much you spend should all depend on how well you know the person. I know people get present crazy when they find out their gone to have a baby. Like I have been invited to baby showers of old friends I haven;t seen in like 10 years. No way I would spend alot of money on that. When I had my baby shower I thought a really nice and thoughtful gift was : It was one of those medium sized laundry baskets and the person filled it with all the bring me home needs of a baby. inside the basket was a thermometer, a package of diapers, wipes, shampoos, poweder, diaper rash creme, bottles, etc... I thought it was really sweet and thoughful. But it all depends on the closeness, Like if its a close family member spend away. Like a sister or something. My sister babyshower I spent well over 200 dollars
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@eden32 (3978)
• United States
23 Oct 07
I usually put together a present like that & loved getting presents of useful items at my shower.
• Australia
24 Oct 07
great idea, its for my sister in law and i wasnt sure if i should go crazy for the baby shower or just wait till bub is born, your ideas on what to put into the basket were also helpful, thankyou
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• United States
24 Oct 07
I hate buying things off the registry because then the mom-to-be automatically knows how much you spent and it never feels like enough to me.... Especially in this case where it's your sister-in-law. For my sister's shower, I got the cutest baby supperware set from an online baby boutique - www.babywillows.com - and my sister loved it! It was cute, functional, and only $30...
• Australia
24 Oct 07
i dont like gift registeries either, they can make you look cheap or like you have gone over the top. she doesnt have one anyway so thats a plus. thanks for your ideas
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@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
23 Oct 07
I'm going to go against what every one else said. While diapers, wipes and lotions are a helpful gift they are items that would be better left to the parents to get. They are more familiar with possible allergy problems and such. I have a few little ones with sensitive skin and there are so many baby roducts that we can not use. If you still want to offer some help in that area, give a gift certificate to a store with those items instead. To answer your question, it depends on how the person is relatedto you. Since this is a sister-in-law I say you should spend more than you would for a friend. Find out if she has a baby regisery anywhere and pick items from her list. If she has items that are too much for you to afford (crib, changing table...) perhaps you and the other siblings/in-laws could all pitch in and buy them as a group gift.
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• Australia
24 Oct 07
i dont really like buying of gift registeries, and we have tossed together the idea of a combined present, they already have a cot, a pram but not very easy to push (im a pram-a-holic and fussy) it also doesnt fit in their car, she has a layby at target with a change table and car seat on it i thought about either paying some of it or getting it out between us. Her mum is buying them a bassinette for christmas and my mum is getting them a highcahir and baby bath. A gift voucher does sound good though and then they can pick what they want. Thankyou
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@eden32 (3978)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Agreeing with the first two posters- a basket of useful baby items is the most practical gift. You can so something nice, tasteful & inexpensive for someone who you're not very close to or you can add more items for a close friend or relative. An inexpensive basket might include diapers, wipes, lotions, baby soaps & an outfit (around $20 total) or you could go crazy adding all sorts of fun baby items if you wished- crib bedding, a nursing pillow, a nice photo album, a savings bond, whatever.
• Australia
24 Oct 07
A photo album is a great idea, thankyou
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