By Nina Meyer
Welcome to motherhood! Your baby is an exhilarating, joyful, catapult of love who you are bound to be absolutely TERRIFIED of. There is nothing that can completely prepare you for your sweet tiny babies’ every need. Or, for the astounding changes your body will go through after birth. BUT, one way to help prepare is with gifts! Specifically gifts from others who have been through it all.
BABY SHOWER GIFTS
So toss aside your infant suspenders and pink newborn shoes. Here’s some presents that will get you pulled aside and kissed solidly on the mouth six months down the road when they realize just how much you saved their life:
I know what you’re thinking, “okaaay... boring way to start this” but LISTEN. Newborn babies are sen-si-tive little buggers and coconut oil quite literally has infinite uses. Sticky meconium butt? COCONUT OIL. dry skin patches? COCONUT OIL. Diaper rash. COCONUT OIL. Adorable angel toes stuck on a spider trap? (oh it happens) CO-CO-NUT OIL. And bonus, it’s super inexpensive and you can put it in a cute little jar with a twist of twine for that classy boho vibe.
Please make sure the coconut oil you purchase is food-grade, and avoid any oils with the words chemically processed, hydrogenated or deodorized in the description. Great option in the links.
THIS… is kind of a winner to be honest. A massive game changer in postpartum care. This my friends, is the most under-talked about, under-rated, COMPLETELY necessary gift to give not to the baby, but to the mom-to-be. For most first-time moms, no one REALLY prepares you for what’s going to happen to your body after you give birth, and holy cannoli it is a shock, GIRL, not in a good way. This will make the physical postpartum healing process easier and, dare we say, almost pleasant. Wonder women over here just endured the heroic act of creating and delivering a life into the world, the least we can do is give her a gift to ease the painful recovery process. She will thank you, and then thank you probably ten more times, and then cry and drink some wine and thank you again.
Totally necessary. Lull your child to sleep and then drown out the sounds from the next room over of that movie you’ve been trying to watch for 2 months.
Or ahem... any other sounds you may feel like making... A sure crowd pleaser
Two of the best teethers you’ll ever buy. I couldn’t pick one but who needs just one? They are both absolutely worth every penny. Save your friend the trouble of going through endless teethers only to discover the silicone is too hard, or not hard enough, or the shape is too awkward for little fingers to grasp, or it doesn’t fit in their sweet little mouth, or it’s cheap and made from questionable chemical compounds… blegh.
The Moonjax Baby Teether is divine for an early teether (my son started using it around 4 months). It’s easy to grip and impossible to choke on. Essential at this age. That teether went with me EVERYWHERE, and I bought multiple backups.
The Baby Teething Tube is flawless for older teethers with some handle on the ol’ hand eye coordination, (10 months and up? I think? don’t sue me for guesstimating). Such a simple idea and design but omg, it knocks everything else off the market. Occupies babies for hours and actually reaches the molars.
Both products are BPA, PVC and Pthalate free, non-toxic, made of 100% medical grade pure silicone, and have gone through rigorous 3rd party testing.
Last but not least, (there are no leasts here. This is not least land) is the wonderful and massively multi-use Happy Hands and Heinies Spray which, might I add, I helped create.
Please please please, hold your judgement for putting my own product on this list and hear me out. First of all I made it, so obviously it’s PERFECT, duh. No but seriously, I’m obsessed with this little bottle of mist and I use it every single day, multiple times a day.
I have Hands and Heinies hidden all over my house.
I spray my child’s booty every poopy and use like 1/10th the amount of wipes after. Then I spray it to clean the changing pad, or the wall after my precious gift decided it was a great time to test his water works, and I know that because he’s gross, he might be touching or licking that same wall later.
I use it to clean hands after meals. Spray it on a cloth and wipe sticky faces. It’s my go-to kid cleaner and surface spray because I don’t have to worry about chemicals getting in my dirty darling’s system when I use it. It smells like a bright spring day, dries without any stickiness and is completely non-toxic.
(Random story break: I actually let my 2 year old spray it in his own mouth once. He kept trying to spray actual house cleaners in his mouth and I was like, fine, go ahead partner, spray the Hands and Heinies in your mouth and see what happens. SPOILER ALERT: it didn’t taste good. He learned his lesson and I didn’t have to talk to Bonnie at Poison Control again.)
Its all-natural, made with organic essential oils and of course, has no added fragrance.
TRIPLE BONUS, it can come in this adorable package of Happy Baby Products.
AWWWWW perfect baby shower gift.