Sometimes I go and pick out things from a gift registry that I think the mother will enjoy or something that has made my days as a mother easier or more interesting. Though my favorite thing to do is to make something for the new baby. Here are a couple of ideas for quick and easy gifts for mom and baby, regardless of the sex of the baby or the theme of the shower!
I usually choose a large, hollow item to fill with little things. A diaper pail or an infant bath tub are inexpensive and work very nicely. If you're looking for something smaller, try a bathroom bucket/caddy. It's also great for carrying the baby's small bath items around.
You can stick with the bath theme and fill it with bath items. Here are some examples:
- Rubber Duck (with or without thermometer)
- Wash cloths
- Brush and Comb
Some people prefer the health and safety approach for this gift. Some ideas for that category include:
- First Aid Kit
- Electrical Plug Covers
- Finger Nail Clippers
- Emergency Aid Cards
- Child Proofing Book
- Door Locks
- Diaper Cream
- Infant Fever Reducer
I also have days where eceltic is my style. Here are some other gift items that go well in these types of gifts:
- Baby Books
- Nursing Pads
You really don't have to spend very much on these gifts, most are a dollar or two each. You can also find some nice, but inexpensive baby toys at dollar stores everywhere, including bibs!
If you don't have a large hollow tub or bucket you can also do a fancy party bag. Some people choose to individually wrap each gift, while attractive it can take a long time. I always put tissue on the top and let mom sort through as quickly as she likes.
This item is for those who are a bit more talented, though with practice it shouldn't be too difficult! The results are a delighful looking "cake" made of diapers and toys.
Items you will need:
- Diapers (large pack of disposables or 12 cloth)
- Cardboard (Some choose to use a bottle of infant laundry soap.)
- Small gifts (rattles, toys, teethers, brush, etc.)
- Clear Tape or Rubber Bands
- Cake "Topper" (Usually a small stuffed animal, can be left off.)
Directions: Use the cardboard or laundry soap as a base, wrap diapers around it to form a bottom cake "layer." You can secure the diapers with tape or rubber bands. Start a second "layer" making it smaller than the first. You can do as many layers as you would like, I've only done two, but I have seen three done.
When you're done with that you can take your smaller items and tie them up with ribbon and tuck them into the layers of the diaper folds, making them appear as if they are a part of the cake. If you'd like secure a small stuffed animal on top of the cake as a topper.
This makes a great gift as well as a center piece for a shower. It was a lot of fun to do, but it took two people to make it look right.