Having attended and hosted several dozen baby showers in my lifetime, I think I’ve come up with the list of the THREE things that you should never purchase and/or re-gift to a friend for her shower.
1. Bath tubs – each shower I’ve attended, there have been at least 2 to 3 bathtubs given. You are best skipping it. Not everyone reads this blog, so let the other people make the mistake of purchasing the tub listed on the registry. You, dear readers and friends, avoid this “Baby Shower” cliche and go a different route.
2. Disposable diapers – though diapers are a very practical gift and every parent will appreciate you alleviating the financial burden of buying something they will use anyway, it’s a no-no for a couple reasons: 1. It’s not cute and you will not get the “awww” and “ooohs” that every shower gifter craves; and 2. it’s not an environmentally-friendly purchase. Even though you may use(d) them for your kids and know the new parent(s) will too, there’s no utility in YOU contributing to the overpopulation of the world’s landfills. My mother DISAGREES! For every shower, she always calls and tells me, “JJ, BUY THEM A CASE OF DIAPERS!” LOL!
3. Ointments. Yes, the mom to be will inevitably put Butt Butter, Desitin, Rash cream, Anti-cracked nipple salve on her list, it’s just not a comfortable or “cute” thing to have them pull out the bag in front of other shower guests. Immediately, everyone’s mind will go to the Mom-to-be’s Breast and/or Nipples and/or in the case of diaper ointment to a stinky smelly rashed up baby bottom. You don’t want to be the one to have everyone conjure up that image. Let someone else do the honors! LOL!
Enjoy! Happy Baby Shower shopping!