Some of us moms are completely practical–especially if you’re having your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th baby. Experienced Aunts also learn how valuable a huge box of wipes when compared to the 100th adorable onesie that will probably still look new when the baby grows out of it. If you’re pregnant or expecting a baby in some way shape or form, these useful gifts for new moms should be on your baby registry. If your friends are more likely to get adorable outfits than useful baby gear, then read on for some tips!
How to get your friends to buy the baby shower gifts you really want from your registry
Make it more comfortable for your friends to shop for you
Oh how times have changed. Nowadays, shoppers can just log into their browser and order you what you want. You don’t even need a baby shower. I like to send friends who are recovering from c-sections comforting gifts through Amazon so that they aren’t burdened with the stress of a visitor. The only problem is that a lot of your friends probably don’t know what exactly you want, which leaves them guessing. An Amazon Baby Registry is such a good way to know exactly what you need. Plus, you’re picking the gifts out, so you know you’re going to get what you want.
Amazon has built a business on providing value and convenience to their consumers. Take advantage of it! A friend is more likely to buy something practical and mildly personal — like breast pads, or nursing bras, if they don’t have to carry it through a store.
Make a practical list of the useful gifts you want them to buy
If you put items on your Baby Registry that you don’t really want, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Here are some practical items you can put on your list, to help you get what you want.
Breast pump parts
Most of us have a breast pump, but we’re missing some of the breast pump parts or accessories we need to be successful. Why not add this to your list? It’ll be one less thing you need to buy when baby gets here. Plus, breast pump parts can be expensive. Here are a few ideas to add to the registry.
Breast Pump Accessories
- Breast shields
- Extra tubing
- Milk Storage Bags
- Milk Cooler
- Steam Bags for Disinfecting Your Pump Parts
I remember having to leave work to grab breast pump valves and membranes. Once I had to get a breast shield, and another time I forgot the entire pump so ran to the store to get a manual breast pump. Working and pumping is loads of fun, I tell you!
Incidentally, the manual pump actually yielded far more milk than the expensive electric pumps for me.
For my breastfeeding mamas, this is something practical that you need. Nipple cream should always be in reach during the early days of nursing. You can add it to your registry and it can be delivered right to your door. Sore nipples are no fun when you have a newborn baby to care for.
New moms want lots of diapers and wipes
I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like to leave my house for months after I have a baby. I love having time to adjust. If you want your friends to buy you something practical, make sure you put a variety of sizes of diapers on your registry. Something so simple, yet so practical. Just note that the baby will not be in newborn or the smaller sizes for very long. I stocked up on sizes 2 and 3. After I ran out I used Amazon Family to reorder Pampers. The little stripe that shows you if the diaper is wet at all is a lifesaver. My youngest would scream if there was even the tiniest drip of urine on her diaper. Without the little color changing stripe on the Pampers swaddlers, I would have assumed that her diaper was dry and she would have continued shrieking. I always gift my friends this giant box of Pampers Sensitive Baby wipes. It isn’t cute but I know that when they have the baby, they’ll thank me.
Basic Baby Clothing
I think it’s safe to say that people love buying baby clothing. The practical person in me says that frilly things are nice, but the outfits will just be pooped and puked on. My kids both had so many outfits that they never wore. When you know something will be soiled in the next hour or so, you forgo the adorable outfits for the ones that will be easiest to change him or her into and out of….Hey, just keeping it real here. Your best bets are basic onesies, socks, sleepers, mittensand so on.
Be honest with your friends
Tell your friends that you would rather have things that you know you’ll use. It’s okay to be honest, just don’t be rude. You’re trying to keep your friends, not lose them. Being honest with them and letting them know you’re a practical baby gift kinda gal is more than okay. Money can be a concern when you have a newborn. Having the necessities already in stock during those early months will relieve stress for the whole family. There is nothing wrong with wanting to give and receive useful gifts for new moms.
If all else fails, point out the cute stuff!
Even the most practical of items make awesome gifts when they are attractively packaged!
I love this diaper cake from Sweet Baby Cakes and More!
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And if you know a c-section mom that just had a baby, here are my top gift suggestions for recovery.