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25 Gifts Moms Always Need

If you are attending a baby shower in the near future, warm up with a little baby shower bingo before you gift shop! Sure, you could order from the registry. Or you could consider the possibilities and come up with custom items to perfectly suit the new mom's tastes and habits.

If you are already a mom, baby shower bingo will help remind you of what you really wanted and needed when you first had a precious infant to snuggle. Why not go with a shower gift that has personal significance to you? No doubt the new mom-to-be will appreciate your hard- won insight. And if your gift choice is too much for your budget, find some friends or family members to go in on it with you.

When you are the gift-giver, remember, thoughtfulness counts. When I was a new mother, anything that helped me get hands-free was appreciated most. I did not even realize how much a sling or backpack might help until my hands were no longer available. I also still recall some of the sweet stuffed animals and board books we received that were thoughtfully packaged or came with a supportive note.

No matter what you buy, remember to get gift receipts. If you buy a large item, consider adding a few inexpensive items to make a set. Or if you buy a little bit of everything rather than one thing, put the gifts in a container that will come in handy like a baby bathtub, a sealable garbage can, or a small laundry basket.

If you are unsure about a mother's position regarding feeding, diapering, and pacifiers, steer clear of those areas all together. Even if you are certain this mom would think breast was best or pacifiers are crucial, you'd better wait and let her make the call. Ditto with avoiding perfumed soaps or creams that might set off a sensitive skin reaction.

The most common shower gifts are adorable outfits, so try to think beyond that impulse. When it comes to shower shopping, think helpful, loving, and supportive and you can't go wrong. A little forethought and introspection will likely lead you to choices any new mother would cherish and this list can help. Happy shopping!

Sturdy and comfortable rocking chair

Changing table with plenty of bibs, washcloths and burp cloths

Car seat and a rolling carrier to go with it

Pack-up-and-go-anywhere playpen

High chair with a no-mess matt for underneath

Baby swing or bouncy seat

Bassinet with blankets

Stroller with stroller organizer

Stationary stand-up entertainer like an Exersaucer

Baby monitor

Baby carrier, sling or backpack

Baby bathtub, hooded towels, washcloths, and
water toys

Mobiles for the crib and changing table

Baby food mill with food storage containers

A nuzzling pillow, like a Boppy, that doubles as
a sitting-up pillow

Teethers, baby-safe feeder, rattles, toy chains
and clips

Travel diaper bag with changing mat

Medical supplies, cold pack, thermometer, and
medicine-dispensing dropper and sippy cup

Growth chart, memory book, and baby journal • Baby-proofing kit for the whole house

Baby plate, cup, bowl, sippy cup, and easy-to-
hold cutlery

Onesies - sizes newborn to three-months, onesie
extenders, and assorted mix-and-match socks

Board books and short illustrated classic
children's books

Bouquet of food and restaurant gift certificates

Streaming subscriptions

10 Classic Baby Shower Board Books

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

The Wheels On The Bus by Jerry Smath

Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by
Annie Kubler

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

Pat The Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
and John Archambault

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

The Best Gift Of All

Go to a fabric store and order a large sheet of rubberized flannel. Cut the flannel into smaller pieces with pinking sheers that are just right for covering baby's changing station. These handy sheets will save parents lots of extra laundry duty!

Christina put a lot of mileage on that ol' Lazy Boy rocker, had her sanity saved on many occasions by a baby swing, and would have loved it if someone had gotten her a baby monitor.

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