I’m very excited about an upcoming baby shower. I just love the Mom-to-be, and I’ve had the good fortune of watching her grow up since she’s the daughter of one of my best friends. This will be her first child, and her mother’s first grandchild, so excitement is high! When I told John, my fifteen-year-old, that Lydia was going to have a baby boy he looked stunned for a moment. Then he furrowed his brow and shook his head. “It just doesn’t seem possible that she’s married and now she’s going to have a baby. I remember when she was teasing me about having my first girlfriend and telling me about things she did in high school.” I managed not to fall on the floor laughing, but just barely. He sounded like some old grandfatherly type, surprised at how the young’uns grow up so fast nowadays.
Anyway, I was poring over her online registry, trying to decide what I wanted to get her. My go-to choice for first babies has always been a Boppy Pillow . I used mine while pregnant to sleep on my stomach, and afterward I simply could not nurse without it. These were the days before Boppy covers, mind you, so the whole thing had to go in the washer, and it seemed to take an eternity for that thing to wash and dry!
A recent favorite is Sophie the Giraffe, whom I am told by reliable sources is the best teether in the world, and many a toddler’s constant companion. I don’t know exactly what makes her so special, but if it soothes a teething baby the details are moot.
Then there’s one I have to give with instructions. Whether you call it woobie, minkie, blankie, whatever – it’s an exceptionally soft blanket with satin binding that’s not so big it would trip a toddler. My best friend gave me one for John after having good luck with her daughter’s. I put it in John’s little hands every time he went down for a nap or went to bed at night from the moment he came home. Soon just the touch of Woobie would have his eyes at half-mast. If I’d had one of these for Aaron it might not have taken us seven years to try for another child. What better gift can you give new parents than a good night’s sleep?
So what are your favorite baby shower gifts to give, or that you’ve received? And do you always shop from the registry, or are you the daring type who buys or makes something the parents would never think of?