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Christmas Gifts for Newborn

My SIL is pregnant with her first and due any day now.  I have no idea what to buy for baby for Christmas.  They went a little crazy buying baby stuff and everything I can think of they already have.  They have tons of clothes, diapers, toys, etc... I think they were worried about having things that they needed for baby (BIL is currently unemployed so they've been stocking up when things were cheap) and forgot to consider that Christmas is coming.  They're notoriously bad for buying things for themselves during the month before Christmas and then no one knows what to buy for them.  Last year I was so excited because I had the perfect gift - I remembered my SIL had mentioned wanting a crockpot.  Well don't you know she went out on Black Friday and bought herself one!  Obviously the baby doesn't know one way or another, but since they'll be getting something for my son I'd like to reciprocate.

So... Any creative or unusual ideas for something for a 4 wk. old baby?  Bonus points if it's useful!


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Nov. 21st, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
are they using disposable diapers? a few packs in the next size up would be useful!
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
sorry, not creative or unusual. :P
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
She literally has 2-3 drawers full of diapers and HUGE pile in the closet sizes Newborn to 2.
Thanks though!
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
oh wow. well, how about skip the baby things and get "new mom" gifts instead? chocolate, tea or coffee, bubble bath? I dunno. I never worried much if people got my new babies gifts.
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
I was going to say diapers also or you could just get a giftcard to Target or Babies R Us. They might not need something right this second but if the dad is unemployed it might be something nice to have for a later time.
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
Being annoyed that they are prepared parents, is just...... IDK.. rude I guess? Why be mad that they want to make sure their baby is prepared for?? In any case, diapers are always useful. As is diaper cream (Butt Paste is awesome), baby shampoo (sensitive skin), baby detergent (sensitive skin), receiving blankets, baby socks, crib sheets - can never have enough, baby hats, if it gets cold where you are, something to keep the baby warm when it's cold out. (Trust me, you can never have enough "snow suit" things for instance.. babies have diaper blow outs constantly, and you need them in more than one size if it stays cold for longer periods.) That's all I can think of right now!
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Where did I say that I was annoyed or mad about it? I'm just at a loss as to what to buy them since they really did go crazy with the shopping. They have piles of diapers (in multiple sizes), bath products, and clothing of all sizes.
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Well, you made it seem like it was a huge inconvenience for you b/c now you don't know what to buy them. Except they know for sure they will be prepared so I don't see what the big deal is.
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
I never said anything about it being an inconvenience either. Sheesh! I was just hoping to get some different ideas since everything I've thought of they already have.
Nov. 21st, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Uh yeah, calm down. OP never indicated that she was annoyed in any way.
Nov. 21st, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I kept re-reading what I wrote trying to figure out what I said that might have been construed as me being mad or annoyed about it.
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Do you have kids? If so, try to think back to stuff you didn't KNOW you would need.

- If they don't already have it, Happiest Baby on the Block (book or video)

- Binkies

- Swaddling blankets (Kiddopotomus or similar) - Multiple sizes

- A white-noise machine

- If you live somewhere cold, warm footie jammies, coats, etc.

- If they're bottle feeding (whether formula or pumped milk): extra bottles, bottle sterilization gear, etc. If pumping milk, milk containers/bags that fit their pump. (Good electric pumps are very expensive, btw... that could be a good "big" gift if they need one and don't have one already.)

- Bibs

With clothes, diapers, and other things that the kid will outgrow, a range of sizes is awesome. I had 8,000 NB things, but SOME of my fam/friends were smart enough to get older sizes, so I had a nice tub of things that I would break out every time my girl outgrew her current size. Getting a bunch of 9-month and 12-month stuff might feel a little weird now, but believe me, they'll appreciate it a lot 9 months from now, when people are not crawling out of the woodwork to buy them stuff!
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
bigger sizes is a good idea, and as you usually need the opposite season, you can get them on clearance! I got some adorable summer stuff for a shower I recently went to, sized 9 months. I have to say, when I had my first, I was fully stocked in 0-3 month stuff and 3-6 month, but once she outgrew the 6 months, she had nothing!
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to think of what I needed when my son was little but I just keep drawing a huge blank. He's only 3, but it seems like such a long time ago.
A white noise machine is a good idea. I'm pretty sure they don't have one!
Nov. 22nd, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
White noise machine! If they have anything similar, it's likely something that turns off at 20 minutes and baby will wake up. This is my go-to gift as it was a godsend for us, and no one thinks about it. We're still using it and she's 2.5 now.
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
Diapers or gift cards
Those are always useful!!!
Nov. 21st, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
If they don't have a Sophie the giraffe yet I'd go with that. They're pretty awesome, but spendy little buggers.
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard of that. It's a teether, right? What makes it so awesome?
Nov. 22nd, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
They're a natural rubber teether that is made in Europe, so it's free from BPA and phthalates. I've never seen a baby or toddler that didn't love it. They're usually around $25, but I just googled them and they're on amazon.com for $16.
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah I always buy a Sophie for every shower I go to.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
Sophie is awesome. My daughter loved her!
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
Two movie passes, a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant (doesn't have to be fancy) and an offer to babysit for the evening (or an afternoon if they'd rather see a matinee and be home early).
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
I like this idea a lot too! Thanks!
Nov. 21st, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Sure thing! I am a big fan of "experience" gifts...you get a nice time, a nice memory, and no clutter. With BIL being unemployed they might not feel they can afford a night out for fun, just the two of them.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
This is a great idea. Another nice gift we got from a friend when we had a newborn was a plate of muffins, a bag of bagels, and a copy of the New York Times...one handed food plus reading materials for when she was napping on us.
It helped that said friend stuck around so we actually got a little break, but that was just a bonus.

Our little one was 3 weeks old at Christmas, and I already can't remember anything she got. I know we were given a handmade quilt for her for Christmas, but I can't remember what else. A friend took some newborn photos for us as her present, which was great.

Maybe some things from the registry that hadn't gotten bought. Sorry, that time is a blur already!

Edited at 2012-11-22 01:29 am (UTC)
Nov. 22nd, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
My daughter was three weeks old at Christmas, too. I think we got a lot of gift cards. I sure appreciated them, though! I know we got enough Target gift cards to get a digital camera. That was awesome to have for a new baby.
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
Books are always good.
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
If you live nearby, I would give them a handmade voucher for XY (i.e. five) days coupletime, where you will babysit and they can have a day off. At that age, the baby doesn't need anything, but the parents do (especially when you say that they already went all out and bought a lot of babystuff. You could also give them a voucher for cooking them lunch/dinner or a complete housecleaning, or a professional photography session with their newborn, or something like that. (Btw., I didn't think you came across as annoyed at all.)

Edited at 2012-11-21 10:14 pm (UTC)
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION! Why didn't I think of that! They actually got us one the first Christmas after my son was born (he's an October baby so he was about 12 wks.)

Thanks! (I'm glad not everyone thinks I'm annoyed. Especially since I'm not!)
Nov. 22nd, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Haha, well, and now you can be sure that they can't find the idea too bad if they gave it to you, too. ;-) Good luck with deciding on what to get in the end!

(I think only one person misunderstood, maybe the typical bad day phenomenon where you read more into everything?)
Nov. 22nd, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)

Classic storybooks they can read to baby, then kid can read when it's older.
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
If if they have everything they need, what about something thy might like? We always appreciated a variety of books. I love when relatives/friends write little messages in books for our daughter.
Nov. 21st, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
You could get something personalized at personalcreations.com
My babies got things from there when they were new
Nov. 21st, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Cute homemade crocheted or knitted kid hat. :)
Nov. 22nd, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
You overestimate my craftiness! Lol! My mom is AWESOME at crocheting. Me... not so much. I can make scarves, but I don't think a newborn would have much need for that. :)
Nov. 22nd, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
There are tons of cute hats on etsy, especially animal hats (which are adorable on little ones), owls, etc.
Nov. 21st, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oh my god how dare you be annoyed with them!!! haha, what was that commenter thinking?!

We went all out on things too so it was hard for people to buy things for us! Things Id suggest would be:
-gift cards for babiesRus or where ever they buy baby stuff (I cant tell you how many times I wish I had some babiesRus giftcards!)
-did they get the baby a playgym yet? or maybe get them an activity center for when baby is a bit older
-a pillow pet? we use ours for tummy time and when she lies down on the floor so its soft for her head http://www.mypillowpets.ca/
-you can never have too many pacifiers/teethers/dangly toys and books!
-also, we got some cute knitted booties that I love and wish I had more pairs of!
-clothes in sizes up, our little girl is nearly 5 months at christmas (and abit on the short side) so weve asked for onesies/outfits/pants etc in sizes 6-9 and 9-12
-another idea would be to make a "baby box" and fill it with useful things like rattles, bibs, wipes, diapers (you can never have too many, buy size 3's), diaper cream etc

good luck finding a gift!
Nov. 22nd, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
I'm glad no one else seems to think I'm annoyed. I kept re-reading what I wrote trying to figure out where I sounded annoyed. Lol!

A play gym was my original idea. My sister has a 5 wk old baby and that's what we're getting for him. Would you believe my SIL already has not one, but TWO playgyms? Lol!
Nov. 22nd, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
OMG TWO?! what does she need two for? sounds like she's even more prepared than I was, and I went on a spending rampage in BabiesRus every weekend for a few months :p

Another thing we found incredibly useful was knitted cardigans and blankets! My MIL knitted about 20 cardigans for Daisy and they have been sooooo useful, I didnt realise how hard it is to find them in the shops so they were a godsend!

Im really trying to think whatelse I found really useful, but its mostly stuff that is more for mum and dads benefit than babys! I think a nice idea though, with baby being a November baby (so not really having any big gifting opportunities for a while after xmas) would be to get some toys for babys next stage, we just bought toy blocks, stacking cups, one of those ring stacker thingies etc - she doesnt really play with toys yet but they'll be good in a month or so I imagine!
Nov. 22nd, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Do they have a wipe warmer? It sounds kind of silly and indulgent, but it seems like it's really useful for some babies, to keep them calmer and more comfy during diaper changes.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
[OT] Huh, I didn't know these existed! I always used oil wipes in winter, because they weren't as cool (but unfortunately I found them suboptimal for poo, so we used warm washcloths in combination with them).
Nov. 22nd, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
I think it was the "they buy stuff for themselves-crockpot story" that sounded like you were a little annoyed. It is annoying when people are hard to buy for, though!

Annnnnyway, my suggestion would be books - The Night You Were Born is a good one for a newborn, but my kids' favorites are (in no particular order):

I Am A Bunny
Time for Bed
Where the WIld Things Are
Going on a Bear Hunt
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
There's a Wocket in my Pocket
Blueberry Girl
The Jesus Storybook Bible - this one is only good if the parents are Christians - and I would read through Blueberry Girl before you decide to purchase, too- I inadvertantly offended a Christian friend with that one. You never can win! :)

Alternately, there are some awesome kids' CDs out there. I particularly like Elizabeth Mitchell, but hey, Johnny Cash put out a children's album! It's really good :)
Nov. 22nd, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
What I am getting for my daughter for her first Christmas is a really nice stocking with her name embroidered on it. It may sound silly, but she will only be 8 months old and it can be used every year and will always be as old as she is :)

Getting her a couple toys, but mainly clothes because she has no idea, lol.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
I have one February baby and two October babies so for Christmas and birthdays I learned to buy ahead, because in the middle of summer they are growing out of toys, or bored with what they have. If you get a toy geared for 6+ months that they can break out in the summer, rather than having to go buy age appropriate toys, that can be a help if they are in a financial bind.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
What about a hand print/footprint kit that allows them to make a keepsake while it isn't useful it is probably something they wouldn't buy because it isn't a necessity.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Books are always good. Time for Bed is nice and has beautiful illustrations. Eric Carle books, Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See are great too, though they're more common. Some of my daughter's favorote books when she was tiny (and for a long time afterwards) were the Usborne That's Not My _____ books. They're great touch and feel books. Another I'd recommend I Kissed the Baby- it's primarily in black and white, which infants like, and is a cute story. Finally, I'd check out Look, Look! by Peter Linenthal- the pictures are like infant crack. My daughter couldn't stop looking at them when she was a baby.

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