When you’re in the stage of life I’m in… 20-somethings, you find yourself at a lot of baby showers. It just happens that way. After college you find yourself at a lot of bridal showers and weddings, and soon after the babies start rolling in.
I have pondered baby shower gifts many times. I desire to get the best gift for the mom-to-be. I want my gift to be something she remembers as a “favorite”. I’m kinda delusional like that.
Thinking back to my own baby showers, there were some good gifts.
And there was a lot of clothes.
I used to give clothes as baby shower gifts too. It’s hard to resist bite-sized pieces of pink and blue that just jump out at you from the baby department. But let’s be realistic people. If the mommy is expecting a summer baby, that baby will live in onesies and socks for the first months of life. A winter baby? Footed sleepers. And let’s face it, they grow out of everything at break-neck speed the first year of life! So teeny, tiny clothes for the smallest of babes just isn’t a real practical gift (however cute the outfit might be!)
Want to give a real winner? Give diapers!
Although it feels quite boring to hand a basketball-bellied lady a cutesy bag with diapers and wipes inside (she might even feel slightly let down), I PROMISE you that it is the best, most practical gift for a baby shower! That mama may have no idea, but she’s about to change at least eight diapers a day for at least two years. Help a poor woman out!
Now the question is, cloth or disposable? Do a little pre-shower detective work and figure out which route the new mom is going and gift accordingly. She’ll thank you later!
So on the second day of Diaper Week we learn– always bring diapers to a baby shower!