Baby showers are a time for celebration as a new baby arrives in the family. In line with the celebration, everyone can bring baby shower gifts to shower the baby and the mother with every little thing they need to pamper the precious little one. There are hundreds of items to find at the baby gifts boutique and different online retailers. However, despite all the great ideas for the gifts to give, there are specific items that you should not include in a baby hamper. Avoid making your baby shower hampers a failure by not including these baby items in your baby shower hampers:
Shoes for Baby
The gifts in the hamper are intended for the little baby in the infant stage. The baby, at this time, is not yet ready to walk. Baby shoes are just not appropriate to be included in a baby shower hamper. If you want to give the baby a nice pair of shoes, your gift can wait until the baby turns one year old. Instead of baby shoes, you can add your hamper a pair of socks or booties or soft crocheted foot cover.
Out-of-season Baby Clothes
Clothes that are out-of-season are among the things to avoid putting in a baby shower hamper. Although it is always nice for parents to receive new clothes for the baby, it can be disappointing also if those baby clothes can never be worn. A beautiful winter jacket will look nice on the baby but when it is winter season again, the baby is probably bigger and the size of the winter jacket is not fit for the baby anymore. When it comes to baby clothes, especially the signature clothes or branded pieces, it is best to put clothes in big sizes to anticipate the baby’s quick growth and weight gain.
Not all moms would love to receive baby furniture and equipment like cribs, baby carrier, stroller, or high chair, especially if these items are in a style that the parents want for their home. There are also moms who prefer not to use these items inside their house due to limited space or probably because they already have one. Instead of giving these furniture items, you can include accessories to their baby’s comfortable sleeping habits. There are plenty of blankets, comforters, quilts, pillows, pillowcases, music box for better sleep, and more to choose from. Ask the experts for the best items that will help the baby get better sleep.
Huge and Oversized Baby Toys
Huge stuffed toys are not appropriate for the baby. If you want to give a hamper of toys, you can go for little plush and soft stuffed toys that the baby can hold and cuddle. These oversized stuffed toys will not be appreciated by babies, and it might even suffocate the baby if left unattended. Other toys that are not appropriate for the baby’s age or toys that infants will never get to play with are also some of the items to avoid in creating a baby hamper for the newborn.
Personalized Items with Name of Baby Misspelled
It is so frustrating for any mother to receive such a beautiful gift but with a misspelled name. If you are planning to give a personalized baby gift, make sure you double checked or triple checked the item before putting it into the hamper of baby gifts. If you are not sure of the correct spelling of the name of the baby, do not hesitate to ask the parents.
Any Gift that Is Scented
Whether naturally or chemically, anything scented is not appropriate for a baby shower hamper of gifts. Strong odor on baby soap, baby shampoo, baby lotion, and baby cologne may only irritate the baby or cause skin irritation. Even pregnant women avoid strong odor and scented items. If you want your gifts to be useful and not to end up in the trash can, it is best to avoid putting scented baby gifts and items, like candles, and perfume, on your baby shower hamper.
Used Baby Clothes
Although some people have this tradition of passing used but not abused baby clothes to a family friend who is expecting a new baby, other moms will not like it. If you want to give some of your old baby clothes to the new baby, it is best to give the items in another day or in a separate bag or box with an indication that those items are already used. You can also donate the used clothes to charity institutions, instead, and let other kids have them.
Expensive Baby Clothes that Require Dry Cleaning
It feels so special for a mother to receive a hamper full of expensive clothes. However, it will also be more disappointing if the branded and signature baby clothes are not hand or machine washable but require dry cleaning instead. If you want to give such type of clothes, make sure that the parents can afford the cost to wash or clean them after use.
Choosing the right gifts to give the baby on baby showers is more thoughtful. The gifts you pick should not be just anything you find affordable at the dollar store or anything that you buy on impulse because they are so cute and adorable. Moreover, the florist can help you pick the most appropriate gifts for your baby. You can give the perfect hampers of baby items and baby gifts by avoiding these things.