What not to get a mom-to-be

What not to get a mom-to-be

 

Baby showers are a time to honor a mom-to-be by showering her with gifts and helping her prepare for the new baby who is about to enter her life. However, many baby showers fail to adequately prepare a new mom for the journey. Most baby shower gifts tend to fall on the side of cute, rather than practical, leaving new moms with the burden of getting many of the essentials for baby. When attending your next baby shower, make sure to avoid some of these impractical gifts for moms-to-be.

Stuffed animals
Stuffed animals may be cute, but more than two or three and they quickly become overwhelming. Babies cannot have stuffed animals in their cribs because of the suffocation risk and they are rarely played with, making them a gift more likely to sit on a shelf and collect dust.

Newborn clothes
This may come as a surprise, but not all babies can fit into newborn-sized clothes when they are born. In fact, many babies 8 pounds or larger typically skip newborn sizes and go straight to 0-3 months and most of them are not even in 0-3 months for long. Instead of focusing on newborn sizes or 0-3 months, think ahead, getting a mom-to-be clothes that are 3-6 months or 6-9 months to help cut her expenses as her baby grows.

Lotions, creams and bath supplies
Yes, new moms need lotions, diaper cream, shampoo and body wash for their new babies. The problem is many baby shower guests purchase these items, leaving the mom with bulk quantities of these items. Often, they are also not in the brand the mom prefers. Since these items are not expensive, making them easy for a new mom to afford, and not fun to open, skip the lotion and diaper cream and opt for something else for the baby.