My daughter is expecting with my second grandchild in July. Aside from the standard type baby gifts, what would you suggest? She's very into attachment parenting and is a Montessori teacher. They live in New Mexico - very dry.
Some possibilities - natural diaper wraps (soakers) (I think she'll be getting a lot of these), sling or front carrier (I think she still has), a lambskin pelt....
Parents, what were the favorite things you were given for your new babies?
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I prefer to give "mama" gifts. Happy mama = happy baby.
A gift certificate for a massage/spa day/fave clothing shop.
A pretty nursing top.
Cleaning service for a few months.
"Mama's helper" to ease the first few months (or longer.)
Gourmet (paleo) food basket.
If your budget can stretch to it I recommend the Ergobaby carrier, the Performance model is great,I still use mine all the time for my 18 month old! It was the must useful thing I bought, and you can buy a rain and fleece cover for cold/wet weather, and also a little bag that clips on.
You could also consider the Baby Led Weaning book for later on http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Led-Weaning-Essential-Introducing-Confident/dp/161519021X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338037376&sr=8-1
The 'baby sees' range of board books are lovely too.
And lots and lots of muslins! They're so useful.
A variety of cloth diapers--all-in-ones, pockets, covers, prefolds with snappis. Go to http://www.diaperpin.com/home.asp for real reviews.
Cloth swim diapers are fun, too.
Arm's Reach co-sleepers are awesome.
Ameda breast pump. Even if she's staying home they are handy, especially if she gets mastitis.
These things http://amzn.to/K9BXYR are a MUST.
Essential oils so that she can take a much-needed stress-relieving bath.
Like Marie, I loved my KidCo food grinder. Got a lot of use out of that one. The second baby didn't have a lick of "baby food" other than mashed sweet potato and avocado. She pretty much went straight to ground up whatever we were eating for dinner.
My favorite favorite accessory for #1 was my Baby Hawk mei tai carrier. I carried her in it pretty regularly until she was past three. #2 doesn't like to be carried as much, so even though she's just 2, we're kind of done with it. I figured out how to nurse with the baby in it with #2, and it made our trip to Disney when she was 4 months old super easy. Another thing that's neat about it is that you can choose the fabric--mine is a really pretty, modern floral and it makes me happy to have it.
Another idea would be glass baby bottles with silicone sleeves by Life Factory--I would have used these but they were cost prohibitive. Can't go wrong with a Kleen Kanteen sippy, too.
ETA: The Life Factory bottles made me think: there's a lot of eco-friendly stuff that's really cost prohibitive when you've got a young family. If your daughter leans that way, I'm sure there's lots that would make her happy!
Lavender hydrosol is great for preventing and treating chafing and rashes on delicate baby skin, as well as for refreshing mama by a spritz on the face (keep in the fridge for an extra cooling effect). A nice basket of hydrosol, oils, and epsom salts would be nice for both mama and baby! Also, they can be a little pricy and less likely to buy for yourself, so lovely to get as a gift.
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