So we all want to give the best gift at the baby shower right? I know that before I had kids myself I always shopped for the perfect and most adorable outfit that I could find. There are so many things to choose from and gift registries are a great thing. But I don't follow them much anymore. And it's because I know that there are things that are cute and then there are things that you NEED. And I really want to give something that a new mom truly needs. There are plenty of people who are going to overflow that baby's dresser with the cutest ruffles or pinstripes.
Before we become moms, we have dreams of the amazingly small and perfectly cute stuff we will buy for our baby. Or even better, that OTHER people will buy for our baby. We lovingly comb through catalogs for the perfect crib, stroller and changing table. We give "awwww" face at all the tiny sleepers and pacifiers and little Elmo lovies when we go into any store. It's such a fun part of expecting a baby for the first time.
BUT...there are things that a new mom cannot live without and it's not clothes or changing tables. Looking back on all the things I registered for, I could flick myself between the eyes for just randomly scanning some cheap thermometer. Yeah, I got that thermometer but it was junk. It broke after just one illness. ONE! So for me, if I had to say what I think the most important thing to purchase for a new mom is, oh for the love of Pete, I'd say she needs a great thermometer. There is nothing right about needing an accurate reading at 2 a.m. and not being able to get one. So yeah, a great thermometer is now my go to shower gift. It's practical and so needed. They make them now with 5 second reads from behind the ear. That means you don't have to even wake the baby to check their temp! And when my 11 month old had strep that, my friends, was a Godsend.
What was the shower gift that you appreciated the most? What gift do you give to a new mom? If you could do your registry over again, what would you add?
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