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Help! What is the best present I can give a first time mother for her or her baby?

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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
To all those HUKDing Mummys and Daddys out there - what was the best gift or item you purchased for your baby?
My sister is about to have her first baby (sex unknown) and I'm looking to get her the perfect present, all ideas appreciated, but, nothing naff or silver :)
Thank you.
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banned 1 Like #1
vouchers for mothercare (they will be in there a whole lot)

also take lots of photos and lots of video of the very early stuff, like it's first bath, and on the 1st birthday, give it to mum, so she can see right back to where it first started
1 Like #2
Travel system, if they haven't bought already..the pram, pushchair, car seat thing :)
1 Like #3
a family portrait gift voucher my sis loved hers as everyone wants photos
1 Like #4
childens bonus bonds from the post office
1 Like #5
The problem is, it's all so personal, equipment and clothes, flowers etc coming out of your ears not enough to use.

A pram is a very personal thing to buy, see the inlaws got us one, hubby couldn't say no, I replaced it within a week............

I got a portrait voucher, nice offer but I could get the same voucher free from a stand in town, venture type place.

The nicest present I was given was a build a bear born on the babies birthday, and some bonds in his name.

All the rest was same old, same old, sound ungreatful I know but half of it was so expensive and not used.
#6
Great ideas so far (rep will be spread in a few mins) but she has been given an unlimited funds credit card by her father-in-law to buy all the things a baby could ever need/use/vomit or poop on so she is properly kitted out which is why I'm struggling so much.
The portrait photo is great but the Godmother-to-be is a photographer. I like the idea of something personal, or anything 'special' or just amazingly useful but not on the list of 'must-buys' the midwife gives you.
#8
tinkerbell28
The problem is, it's all so personal, equipment and clothes, flowers etc coming out of your ears not enough to use.

A pram is a very personal thing to buy, see the inlaws got us one, hubby couldn't say no, I replaced it within a week............

I got a portrait voucher, nice offer but I could get the same voucher free from a stand in town, venture type place.

The nicest present I was given was a build a bear born on the babies birthday, and some bonds in his name.

All the rest was same old, same old, sound ungreatful I know but half of it was so expensive and not used.


This is exactly what is going on with my sis, she has bought all the bits she wants for the baby and although I could add to the already full wardrobe or pile of baby machinery (well, I don't know what to call all the stuff, there's baths, baby holders for baths, things to put in baths so you don't get pooey water near its eyes, feeding stuff, sleeping stuff including moses baskets, cribs - surely it can only sleep in one place at a time lol...it looks crazy, it's only going to be a small little thing wanting milk, love, wees and poos).
I LOVE the idea of the build a bear, do you know if I would I have to go to the store on that exact day to have the same birthday?
Thanks everyone for the input.
#9
sickly sweet
This is exactly what is going on with my sis, she has bought all the bits she wants for the baby and although I could add to the already full wardrobe or pile of baby machinery (well, I don't know what to call all the stuff, there's baths, baby holders for baths, things to put in baths so you don't get pooey water near its eyes, feeding stuff, sleeping stuff including moses baskets, cribs - surely it can only sleep in one place at a time lol...it looks crazy, it's only going to be a small little thing wanting milk, love, wees and poos).
I LOVE the idea of the build a bear, do you know if I would I have to go to the store on that exact day to have the same birthday?
Thanks everyone for the input.


No you can choose the date on the "birth certificate".
#10


Haha, I saw that in her nursery today and asked what it was. She has had a lot of fun planning this child and seems to have every angle covered...leaving me trying in vain to find the ideal present. I love the bear idea but should probably get her something else, I want to be the best Auntie ever :-D
banned 1 Like #11
Offer them a baby free night.

You babysit so that they can go for a meal and celebrate.
#12
sickly sweet
Haha, I saw that in her nursery today and asked what it was. She has had a lot of fun planning this child and seems to have every angle covered...leaving me trying in vain to find the ideal present. I love the bear idea but should probably get her something else, I want to be the best Auntie ever :-D


That nappy bin she has bought will be in the garage within a month :giggle:, the biggest waste of money contraption ever, you don't realise this until you have actually come out the other side.

Most mums I meet agree, only the rare one dosen't ahhhhhh to be a first timer again! So many gadgets!
banned 1 Like #13
sickly sweet
Haha, I saw that in her nursery today and asked what it was. She has had a lot of fun planning this child and seems to have every angle covered...leaving me trying in vain to find the ideal present. I love the bear idea but should probably get her something else, I want to be the best Auntie ever :-D


Honesty, do the home made photo's and video idea, The pro photographer will only do the usual organised stuff, if you have a digital camera that can do stills and video, get all the early stuff from the first few days/weeks but keep it back till first birthday, then covert it to a dvd for mum. it's amazing how the baby will change in days, and mum will forget how it was by 1st birthday, get in a couple of early baths (but dont take any of mum! she wont want to see them ever!)

Otherwise, not much you can do to compare to unlimited funds!
#14
tinkerbell28
No you can choose the date on the "birth certificate".


Brilliant, that means I can send my dad to the shopping centre which has one of the stores as he passes the centre on the way to work. Yay, anything else you found invaluable or extra special? Even something crazy like the most amazing booby pads or best poem or uber-doober baby toy.
1 Like #15
Something nice for mummy too
1 Like #16
sickly sweet
Brilliant, that means I can send my dad to the shopping centre which has one of the stores as he passes the centre on the way to work. Yay, anything else you found invaluable or extra special? Even something crazy like the most amazing booby pads or best poem or uber-doober baby toy.


The absolute best baby toy in my experience was the Jumperoo, only wish it had been around for my first 2, I gave it away as we were not going to have more than 3, but it's top of my list this time:oops:
1 Like #17
I like you OP, you is cool :-D

The build a bear sounds a lovely idea, but choose it yourself :thumbsup:

If you live nearby I am sure an extra help here and there will be most appreciated by Mum, even just popping to the shops for something or doing the washing up :thumbsup:
#18
why dont you purchase a kit from magic custard (i found them to be the best ones) you can do a hand a foot casting of the small one, i did my sons when he was 6wks ld for his daddies birthday although i took him to magic custard (london) for that one but bought the kit so we could do one a year to the day and its so sweet seeing how the hands and feet have grown and babies hands and feet are the sweetest, something for them to display and look back on in years to come. the year book is a nice idea to ie taking the pics etc and placing the firsts of everything in an album but that is something i enjoyed doing myself
#19
Mrs.Z
I like you OP, you is cool :-D


Thank you :)

So far on my list...

1) A moonlight, one of those nightlights which is cold to touch, child friendly and costs 50p a year to run so she can see the baby and feed it without having to turn the main lights on at night

2) Build a bear with the same name and birthdate as the baby

3) Baby-sitting services as and when desired

4) Photos and video for a memory book

I live 3 hours away so the last two will be slightly limited, but I'll make as much time as possible, she will need lots of love and support.

Yay, I feel like I'm getting somewhere, I want both mummy and baby to feel special and loved as sometimes when you are tired and emotional you don't always remember things like that.
1 Like #20
a broadsheet and a tabloid bought on the day bub is born.. jumperoo as mentioned above is blimmin fab..as are grobags and swaddling blankets :)
1 Like #21
keli
why dont you purchase a kit from magic custard (i found them to be the best ones) you can do a hand a foot casting of the small one, i did my sons when he was 6wks ld for his daddies birthday although i took him to magic custard (london) for that one but bought the kit so we could do one a year to the day and its so sweet seeing how the hands and feet have grown and babies hands and feet are the sweetest, something for them to display and look back on in years to come. the year book is a nice idea to ie taking the pics etc and placing the firsts of everything in an album but that is something i enjoyed doing myself


I LOVE it. Will look into them now, I know she has a cast of her dog's paw so maybe it can go on the mantlepiece next to it haha. I'm going to make the best little hamper and am having lots of fun organising it. Yes, I'm an excited Aunt-to-be, she's going to make a wonderful mother and I keep on telling her every time I see her as she's starting to fret.
banned#22
how about a food hamper, just for the purpose of spoiling mum?
some really nice food (maybe booze?) just really expensive bits and stuff? top class biccies, expensive jam, cheese, chocolate, etc
#23
samwants2save
a broadsheet and a tabloid bought on the day bub is born.. jumperoo as mentioned above is blimmin fab..as are grobags and swaddling blankets :)


Brilliant, I'll make sure I remember to get one - hopefully she won't give birth at 5.01pm when the newsagents have shut and sold all of that days paper. I'll tell her to keep her legs closed between 5pm and 12am just in case.
The jumperoo looks fab, but I have seen one of those in the nursery/mothercare showroom along with merino wool grobags and cashmere toys (nice idea but not machine washable so will probably last a week max) .
#24
jubbyme
how about a food hamper, just for the purpose of spoiling mum?
some really nice food (maybe booze?) just really expensive bits and stuff? top class biccies, chocolate, etc


She got sent a MASSIVE hamper - when I say massive, I mean blanket box size, I could virtually sleep in it if it was empty. It was full of amazing things, I had to leave the room so I didn't pinch the choccies, I am still regretting not pinching one they looked that good. Brillant idea though. I might organise a Thorntons slab with the babys name on. Naff but not long-term have-to-put-somewhere-in-the-house-maybe-stick-in-the-downstairs-loo-or-spare-bedroom type naff.
banned#25
sickly sweet
She got sent a MASSIVE hamper - when I say massive, I mean blanket box size, I could virtually sleep in it if it was empty. It was full of amazing things, I had to leave the room so I didn't pinch the choccies, I am still regretting not pinching one they looked that good. Brillant idea though. I might organise a Thorntons slab with the babys name on. Naff but not long-term have-to-put-somewhere-in-the-house-maybe-stick-in-the-downstairs-loo-or-spare-bedroom type naff.


http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/Baby-Boom--Discovery-Box-P390034/
#26


Oh yummy, that looks nice, now, do I get that or a Thorntons one with the babys name on...hmmm...maybe a bit too naff, yours looks nicer. Added to the list of things to buy, chocolate is great as the Daddy can indulge too, we can't forget the daddy.
#27
I've just been looking at Tiffany. Gorgeous stuff starting from charms from £50 to piggy banks for £900. My sister is pregnant with her first after 5 years trying and IVF treatment, I feel the same as you, she deserves to be spoilt, enjoy!
#29
http://www.mamamio.com/uk/pregnancy-skincare/you-re-amazing-new-mama-kit.html
could get this for mum when i had my daughter really appriciated the pjs and pamper set someone got for me as had enough baby stuff for about 10 babies lol
#31
mrsmaido
I've just been looking at Tiffany. Gorgeous stuff starting from charms from £50 to piggy banks for £900. My sister is pregnant with her first after 5 years trying and IVF treatment, I feel the same as you, she deserves to be spoilt, enjoy!


Aww, congratulations to your sister, it's taken a while and lots of tears and heartbreaks for my sister to get this far, but now is the time for excitement, tears of joy and this amazing new little life - I felt it move inside her and it was the wierdest thing to think it was an actual child and will be a screaming pooping baby in less than 2 weeks time! Crazy.

Now, bed time for me, I'm exhausted, but I might give this a little bump tomorrow and see if anyone else has any great ideas - people have been so incredibly helpful and thoughtful so far, you are all fantastic and your help appreiated, thanks. Rep spread as much as possible for today. Night night.
#32
osbornerayman
childens bonus bonds from the post office


Dont you need to be either the grandparents, parents of yourself (if over 16) to buy bonds?
1 Like #33
The absolute best gift is some generic bibs and baby grows. With a new baby she will go through many of these a day, and a large stock is a good thing.

These are not expensive, and may seem likenothing compared to that fancy pram you were eyeing, but as an extra depending on what you buy there perfect

OH AND A BABY BATH, you always forget about them and struggle in the big bath till you pick one up, hope thers no static shower screen
1 Like #34
For my best friend I made up a hamper and just put loads of things in it such as dummies, bubble bath, outfit, etc etc and then added in a bottle of bubbly for Dad, Radox bubble bath (great for "down there") and a box of chocs for mum but most importantly, when we heard that the baby had been born I went and bought a newspaper for them to keep so in years to come the child can see what was happening on the day they were born. Done this for a couple of people now and they've both loved it.

You can get a really nice basket from Wilko's for about a fiver and can fill it with whatever you jolly well like, as cheap or as expensive as you want, and the basket then comes in handy for baby smellies afterwards. No matter what little pressies you put in there (dummies etc), they always come in handy as babies go through things like nobody's business and it's just a really personal thing to do (and it looks REALLY expensive)!!
1 Like #35
sickly sweet
Brilliant, that means I can send my dad to the shopping centre which has one of the stores as he passes the centre on the way to work. Yay, anything else you found invaluable or extra special? Even something crazy like the most amazing booby pads or best poem or uber-doober baby toy.


No don't send your dad! Definitely go yourself - unless you had been before and know exactly which one to pick etc. Think we girls definitely have the upper hand when choosing something. It could come back dressed in something weird! Why not go and have a look to get an idea then when the baby is born you can send your dad with it written down about which one you want and what you want on the certificate etc?
1 Like #36
Id say.. for the baby, the build a bear thing is a fantastic idea, and buy a big stack and store box (in blue or pink) and fill it with nappies, wipes, cream, shampoo, cotton wool, baby blanket, toys and if they are getting used...formular milk and dummies I got this for my son and it was best present recieved, then box is reused for toy box!

For the Mum (i know you said no silver, but...)

http://www.mememeaccessories.com/Pandora/shop/71-249-Sterling-Silver-Pandora-Bracelet-With-Pandora-Clasp-59702hv with either this http://www.mememeaccessories.com/Pandora/shop/0-2125-Pandora-Silver-Baby-Boy-Bootee-Charm-with-14k-gold-and-crystal-79403-CZB or this http://www.mememeaccessories.com/Pandora/shop/0-2126-Pandora-Silver-Baby-Girl-Bootee-Charm-with-14k-gold-and-crystal-79403-PCZ It can be added to for all special occasions in her life and passed down to a future daughter!
1 Like #37
jubbyme
vouchers for mothercare (they will be in there a whole lot)

also take lots of photos and lots of video of the very early stuff, like it's first bath, and on the 1st birthday, give it to mum, so she can see right back to where it first started


I agree with this, we take photos as much as possible (also get people to send you them if you wont see baby too often) and then make a photo book for the parents on the first birthday, since they have been parents for a whole year its only fair they get a gift! Parents are always really choked up when they open it, looking back and saying "I cant remember her being that small!"

linw
a family portrait gift voucher my sis loved hers as everyone wants photos


We usually get a photo package, most places will do a 'watch me grow' type package where you get 3 or 4 sittings in the first year or so with a print from each.

tinkerbell28

A pram is a very personal thing to buy, see the inlaws got us one, hubby couldn't say no, I replaced it within a week............
.


We bought the intercom system for my (soon to be!) cousin, but we asked them what they wanted, when they said an intercom system we asked them specifically which they were looking at. That way they got exactly what they would of bought themselves, but it was our gift to them

kaks26
No don't send your dad! Definitely go yourself - unless you had been before and know exactly which one to pick etc. Think we girls definitely have the upper hand when choosing something. It could come back dressed in something weird! Why not go and have a look to get an idea then when the baby is born you can send your dad with it written down about which one you want and what you want on the certificate etc?


Can always do a build-a-bear online - http://www.buildabear.co.uk/shop/browsecategory.aspx?Category=New+Baby

Something else I would suggest is a magazine subscription to a mum and baby magazine, since she is a first time mum. We did this for my cousin when she had a baby and she has found it really useful and her baby was even in the 'cutest baby' bit! We used tesco clubcard vouchers for the subscription so it didnt cost much either
#38
Are build bears not a little more toddlery? (is that a word)

Especially with their ''hard'' hearts that speak, NIGHTMARES lol
#39
Thanks for the further suggestions.
I am adding a Mother and Baby subscription to my list, a hand imprint casting and she'll also love http://www.marksandspencer.com/Fuzzy-Teddy-Mummy-Baby-Mug/dp/B002ZZL4EY?ie=UTF8&qid=1271185100&categoryNodeID=54115031&ref=sr_1_5&page=1&node=55241031&sr=1-5&mnSBrand=core&rh=n%3A42966030%2Ck%3Ababy%2Cn%3A54115031%2Cn%3A55241031 . This is as well as the Build a Bear, The Times on the day of the birth, moonlight nightlight and the baby chocolate set which the Daddy can also enjoy from Hotel Chocolat . Oh, and the photos and babysitting services.
Brilliant ideas guys.
banned#40
sickly sweet
Thanks for the further suggestions.
I am adding a Mother and Baby subscription to my list, a hand imprint casting and she'll also love http://www.marksandspencer.com/Fuzzy-Teddy-Mummy-Baby-Mug/dp/B002ZZL4EY?ie=UTF8&qid=1271185100&categoryNodeID=54115031&ref=sr_1_5&page=1&node=55241031&sr=1-5&mnSBrand=core&rh=n%3A42966030%2Ck%3Ababy%2Cn%3A54115031%2Cn%3A55241031 . This is as well as the Build a Bear, The Times on the day of the birth, moonlight nightlight and the baby chocolate set which the Daddy can also enjoy from Hotel Chocolat . Oh, and the photos and babysitting services.
Brilliant ideas guys.


Buy the Hotel Chocolat item soon because it has come down in price :thumbsup:

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