Having a baby can be one of the biggest, most important decisions a person or couple can ever make. Raising a child is also one of the most challenging decisions a person will ever have, and in these trying times, parents need all of the help they can get. Often times, a month or so before a baby is born, the mother will have a baby shower. Baby showers are parties in which the guests bring gifts for the expectant parents and the soon to be born children.
What kind of baby gifts can a person be expected to pick up for a baby shower? There are many gifts a person can get. They usually fall into a couple of categories: supplies, clothes, one-time buys, and toys. All three categories are very important, and when a person picks something that falls into either of these categories they can be assured that the gifts will be put to good use.
Supplies are some of the most important baby gifts a person can bring to a baby shower. Raising a baby is very expensive, and supplies can run into the hundreds of dollars per month. What can a person get in regards to this category? Diapers, formula, baby wipes, bottle liners, and gifts like that all fall into the “supplies” category. Every baby will need tons of food, diapers, wipes, etc, so this can be a great investment.
Next, clothes are important. Baby outfits are by no means that expensive, but when a person realizes how fast a baby grows, and how often they’ll need to change clothes sizes for the first couple of years of their life, it’s easy to see how clothing can be a great gift. It seems like babies need new clothes once a month or more, so buying an expectant family an assortment of baby clothes is always a viable option.
Next, there are gifts that are one-time buys but very important. Examples of these are car seats, strollers, high chairs, baby monitors, and things like that. They are usually on the more expensive end of things, but they last a long time and can be used for more than one child if necessary. Most of these items are items that parents will be required to have to raise a child, so a gift like this can be a blessing to a family that needs a little extra help financially.
Lastly, a person can buy toys, games, etc for a baby. These gifts are very much appreciated, and will be used often, but are lower on the list of priorities. A lot of times toys are relatively cheap for babies, so it can be a good idea to get a toy as an additional gift, on top of any of the other categories of gift.
Using this advice can assure a person that they get a family expecting a baby a gift that will be remembered and appreciated. Newborn babies cost a lot more to raise than most people realize, and anything helps. Raising a child is quite a challenge, and anything that can be done to help a family adapt will be a blessing.