For expectant mothers, having a baby shower is one of the best parts of being pregnant. For a few precious hours, you're able to join together with your besties and coo over your soon-to-be motherhood. Plus, there are gifts - lots and lots of gifts - and who doesn't like those? While you may think up a gift for a new mommy, there are a few pitfalls that you should avoid at all costs. If you're having a baby shower thrown in your honor soon, then you may want to drop a few hints at what you don't want as well as what you do. If you're attending a shower soon and don't know what you should avoid, then you're in the right place. Keep on reading!
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Gym wear. It might sound like a really nice thing to buy something for mom for after the baby is born, but gym wear is not the way to go. Yes, every mom wants to get back into fighting shape once everything has settled down, but this a hormonal time bomb you're dealing with. Buying them gym wear is more likely to come across as "It's time to stop eating for two and lose that weight, no more excuses," than, "We thought we'd save you some money and kindly encourage you."
Newborn size formal clothing. Hey, we get it. Those tutu's and little shirts look adorable with a capital A on the hanger, but unless mama has specifically asked for it, save your pennies. For the first six months babies will be living in onesies and diapers, so although your gift would get a resounding "Awww!" upon opening, it'll probably end up being regifted. By the time it's needed, it'll be too small. If you absolutely must get that pretty little dress, you're better off getting it a few sizes bigger.
Nursery ornaments/prints. This one might surprise you, but we speak from experience. There's nothing worse than opening up an ornament or print that you automatically hate. Not only does the mama have to feign delight, but they're now going to feel obliged to put it on display every time you come within 10 feet of the door. Art is so personal that's it's usually not worth the risk. Unless you know the person like the back of your hand, avoid making that purchase - just because you like it, doesn't mean they will.
Baby jewelry. While this is more traditional for christenings, baby jewelry can seem like a sweet keepsake gift for a shower. The main issue is that it's such a common gift, mom often ends up with several silver bracelets and not a clue what to do with them. No matter how sweet and dinky they are, they never get worn and just collect dust.
So, what is the perfect gift? It's simple. Diapers. Lots and lots of diapers.