I’m about to find out how many women are out there reading this blog. I’ll be attending, (possibly throwing), a baby shower for a good friend of mine in the near future. I don’t have any children of my own, and despite working in day care centers for years, I have no idea what the parent of an infant child really needs.
I’ve been to a zillion baby showers, and up until now, I’ve always bought cute little baby outfits and terry cloth robes. But a few days ago I was talking with a group of mothers who told me they ended up spending hundreds of dollars in stores despite having multiple baby showers. One of the biggest complaints — that they received baby outfits their baby would never fit into. My nephew for example only wore size 0-3 months for about three days. Another mom complained because her first baby was a little boy. She announced the sex before the shower and everyone brought something blue. Her next baby was a little girl, so she went out and bought all new clothes for her. She says in retrospect she wishes she had told everyone to buy clothes in “non-gender” specific colors so that the new baby could have just worn hand-me-downs.
So I’m all for buying cute little baby things, but in the end that doesn’t seem very practical. Instead I’m currently scouting for practical gifts the mother & father-to-be might actually use for more than one day.
I can’t seem to come up with a list that doesn’t make me look frugal. If I buy items like diapers or baby soaps and powders, I’m afraid I’ll come off looking like a cheapskate. I could go in on a group gift with a couple of other girls, but even then I’m not sure what type of infant gifts are more fluff than necessary.
If you had a baby shower what gift did you appreciate the most? What would you give a first-time mother? If you post a comment I will be ever so grateful. I do hope to give the new parents-to-be something practical.