Friday, December 12, 2008

Gifts for the New Mom

Hi She She, My dearest girlfriend in the world is having her first child and I am totally in the dark about what to get her! I am completely inept in the baby department! I’d like to get something for her as well as for the new baby. I think after 9 months she deserves some retail therapy. Do you have any suggestions? Helpless at Home

Hello Anything-But-Helpless! Having been to a baby shower recently, I can honestly say that the most popular girl there was the one who was thoughtful enough to get a gift for the new mommy! Teeny baby gets a major haul, while mommy dear gets overwhelmed! But you are on the right track, dearest girl, so let's plow right ahead with the goodies.

For baby, I absolutely love, love, love the gorgeous swaddling blankets from Swaddle Designs. Soft, snuggly and just the right size to swaddle a newborn, it even comes equipped with a "how-to" swaddling tag on each blanket!
And don't forget the Baby Lovie! An adorable soft-as-can-be mini-blankee just the perfect size for a baby to snuggle with and a toddler to carry around without dragging it through the dirt. Adorable! They also have a great selection of matching burp cloths, stroller blankets and Pretty Mama's new fave - the zzZipMe Sack.

Another fun gift - Babylegs - perfect for protecting baby's little knees while crawling, keeping baby's legs warm, chic fashion statement, etc. Very unique and very useful.

For mommy, here's the gift that won hands down fave at the shower I recently attended: a gift certificate for a mani/pedi from her favorite salon and a darling little handmade voucher for an afternoon of childcare while mommy has her nails done! (You may want to brush up on your diapering skills before getting out the glitter glue and stickers!) Another great gift is a pair of comfy fleece-lined slippers to keep mommy's tootsies toasty during those up-and-down nights ahead. One final idea: a cozy "napping" blanket - perfect for snuggling with baby or catching a few winks whenever!

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