Baby Shower Gift Etiquette
~Just What The Stork Ordered~
Baby shower gift etiquette is the best way to show your
excitement in welcoming a beautiful bundle of joy. Baby
showers are the place to 'shower' the new mother and her sweet baby
with love and needed gifts.
Baby gifts can come in any shape or size. It is fun to shop
for a baby, because there are so many different options available. You
can buy the cute little clothes, blankets, toys, nursery items or
diapers. Whether it is a boy or a girl or if the parents are waiting to
know, you can always
find something that will bring joy.
As you receive your invitation to the shower, it will more
than likely have all of the information you need to purchase a fun and
much needed gift for the baby. If the new mom has registered, it will
contain that information. It should also let you know if the baby will
be a boy or a girl. Again, sometimes the parents like to wait to find
out, so you will have to be
creative with your baby shower gift etiquette.
Baby gift etiquette would have you avoid giving the new mom
anything that would cause embarrassment. Very personal gifts
like stretch mark creams, breast feeding supplies and weight loss tools
should be avoided. Be cautious in giving how-to books as well. If you
feel really strongly about something of this nature, good gift
etiquette would be to give it privately.
When buying for the new mom, it is good baby shower gift
etiquette to think ahead.
A lot of times moms receive a lot of outfits for a newborn baby. I
always appreciated when I received something for later when my baby had
outgrown the newborn sizes. It is good to buy clothes for the next
season, toys for later developmental phases, or eating utensils. They
always come in handy.
Traditionally the color for boys has been blue blue blue. However, the
trend is expanding to reds, browns and yellows too. With a cute little
boy on the way, you can find so many fun outfits or blankets in this
color palette. If you know the new parents well, good baby gift
etiquette will have you find things that are in their style and taste.
sports, trucks, cars, trains, teddy bears, bugs and frogs. If
you are unsure about size of clothing, because one-size does not fit
all, a cute stuffed animal or a fun developmental toy is always a sure
Pink has traditionally been the best way to go for little girls.
Purples, yellows and greens are wonderful colors that are painting
their way into the baby girl's palette. It is so much fun to dress up
baby girls like princesses. Mom's with a flair for fashion love little
accessories for their baby girls. They love
to put their
little tutus, jewelery, hair bows and cute socks.
Boys & Girls
For the most part, functional gifts are very very welcome. If the
parents have chosen to wait to find out the sex of their baby, stick to
the neutral color palette of greens, yellows, whites and tans. There
are so many items that you could purchase that would be very helpful
for the new mom.
- Diapers in both newborn and size 2. Mom's can never have
- Baby wipes. Again these are always in high demand.
- Other diapering essentials: cornstarch, changing pad,
diaper disposal bags, diaper rash cream and baby powder
- Crib sheets
- Baby shampoos and soaps
- Baby washcloths and towels
- Onesies. It is good baby shower gift etiquette to
purchase a couple of sizes so that the mom has some on hand when the
baby grows out of one size.
- Little socks
- Little hats to keep their heads warm
- Soft pajamas. There is nothing like cuddling a baby in soft
- Lullaby CD's with a nightlight
- Baby care kit with mylicon, tylenol, nail clippers/file,
q-tips and other essentials
- Gift card to a fun baby store
- Fun developmental toys
- Photo albums
It is also good baby shower etiquette to buy a little something for the
mom. They always appreciate something just for them. A good manicure or
pedicure goes a long way to make her feel good. A spa gift certificate
will relax her after long nights with a new baby. Anything that will help her feel important and
will give her just what she needs.
New moms, make sure you use your thank you note etiquette to express
your gratitude to those who brought you so many things to help you get
started in your mom career.
Baby showers are a great time to share fun gifts and advice for a
new mom. Using good baby shower gift etiquette will allow you to show
for both mom and baby.