So, if you’re shopping for a mom-to-be, don’t spend your money to have it thrown away. Check out the list of the Worst Baby Gifts EVER before you make get the gift, even if you think it’s perfect.
Following are some of my experiences and experiences of my fellow mama friends… enjoy and don’t forget to share yours in the comments below!
Worst Baby Gifts (by moms)
- Christmas clothes in July. It happens all the time. Here’s the obvious dilemma. You see, they grow constantly. There have been moments with mine that I swear I feel a difference in weight out of nowhere. Like she’d taken a nap and an opportunity to increase her gravitational pull by 20 pounds. Okay, okay, maybe not that quick, but they grow by the moment. So when you get summer clothes but the she wont be that size till winter it’s kind of pointless, right?
- Gifts for rent. This has happened a couple of times: You get a great gift with an attached bottom line: they’d like it back for when they have kids so use or wear gently. Awkwa-a-ard.
- Lose the Baby Weight Book. No. Really. Are you trying to tell me something? I haven’t even given birth yet. Let’s worry about this in a year, shall we? I mean there is no better way of making a mom-to-be or mom-again feel self conscious than pretty much calling her fat. Well done! Just lose the book. K? Thanks!
- Well that’s inappropriate. Okay, I’ve sat and laughed at my share of funny onesies but owning one is a whole different ball game. In no way do I want to look back at the photos of my first born with the words I was supposed to be a blow job spilled on her adorably baby pink onesie. Check out some of the onesies I’d never admit to laughing at.
- Just don’t with the nursery art. Just don’t. The nursery is a personal space that parents want to weave themselves. Trust me, if you’re thinking of getting nursery wall art, walk away slowly. If you’re really amped to get something from the art department, stick with a nice picture frame that the parent(s) can choose a photo for that they’ll love. Or, better yet, take the cash, stick it into an envelope, and gift that! Trust me, everyone loves cash!
- Skip the butt warmer. Unless they registered for it, the wipe warmer is something that isn’t exactly a necessity. Wipe warmers make sense for the parents that keep their wipes in the freezer or live in Alaska with no heat, otherwise skip it.
- Baby shoes. A word on baby shoes quite simply is infants don’t need them and toddlers grow out of them within seconds. And even still, if the parents are able to get those squirmy feet into the shoes, there is a good chance the pair won’t survive the outing. So, most of the time parents don’t bother with the shoes. And next time you see a mom food shopping with a barefoot babe, don’t judge (I used to).
- Newborn threads. There is a good chance the baby will have outgrown the infant sized clothes before the mother and baby get home from the hospital. If you decide on baby clothes, choose something starting at 3-6 months. And for Petes sake do some homework on the seasons vs sizes. Don’t be one of those people giving summer clothes that will only fit in the winter. If you’re confused skip the clothes and stick to cash or gift cards.
- Dry clean only clothes. This one needs no explanation. I can barely get to the dry cleaner for my own wardrobe (sorry white shirt, to the back of the closet you go). You can FORGET it if you think I’m running out or spending money to get a baby dress cleaned.
- Gift cards to specialty stores. Okay, so many of the stores have an online shopping service. Still. There is a chance that the parents don’t like the store or have something different in mind. Keep it simple. The best way to give a gift card is to just give cash with your best wishes. If you are keen on sticking with a gift card make it an American Express or, even better, a Visa card (accepted everywhere!!!) and make it super simple for the new parents to get what they need from where they need it.
I want to know what the worst baby gift you’ve ever received was. Also, have you ever been on the bad gift giving end? Tell me about it!
Together, they explore the topics of gentle parenting, healthy eating, grateful thinking, yoga bending, nifty hacking, green living, soul searching, and mindfulness practicing.
She has lived many lives. She has seen great beauty and utter darkness. It makes her whole. She is strong and with your presence, support, and love right here, right now ever stronger!!!
Read more about her by visiting the Meet the Bee page or email her right now!
We hope you enjoy the adventures of Chewy & Bossy!