Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Gifts for the new mom (and baby)

“Look out for Mr. Stork, that persevering chap. He’ll come along and drop, a bundle in your lap...”

My friend Bernice sat singing the song from Dumbo as we sipped cappuccinos one recent morning. The past two months we’ve had three friends have babies. Another is due with twins in a month. “All these babies means baby showers, and I’m not feeling much gift-spiration.” She made the meh face.

“Social media will help gift-spire you.” I pulled my red-covered iPad mini from my purse and asked my friends what they bring to baby showers. The answers started pouring in before we finished our caps.

“A Costco box of diapers and wipes,” said Mariana. “And a pedicure.” (Huggies Snug & Dry Plus Diapers, size 1, run $29.99 for 156 count; Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes, 900 count, cost $19.79.)

“I love aden + anais muslin swaddle blankets,” offered Christel. “And a massage.” (Target sells a four-pack of the swaddle blankets for $34.99.)

“If the gift is for a new mama, then I would say a Boppy or a Hooter Hiders are must-haves,” said Ma’May. (Boppy Bare Naked Nursing Pillow costs $39.98 at Walmart. A Hooter Hiders Nest Nursing Cover is $36.99 at Babies R Us.) “If the gift is for a seasoned mama, then I vote for a massage or a meal delivered for the family.”

“I’ve been given Mustela Bebe Shampoo, which is just yummy smelling and gentle on the skin,” explained Meg. “I use it on my daughter who has eczema. You only have to use a little bit, so it lasts a long time. It’s the gift that keeps on giving [$9.99 for 6.7 ounces at Target].”

chinaberry.com

“I also love Bath & Body Works sugar scrubs,” she added. “When you’re a new mom and tired and sore and you feel like you look terrible, it’s so nice to smell and feel delicious. And the essential oils add an aromatherapy treatment, which is so refreshing.” (Bath & Body Works Lavender Chamomile Sugar Scrub costs $16 for 13 ounces.)

Mary preferred the Bath & Body Works Sleep Lavender Vanilla Luxury Bath ($16.50 for 15 ounces). “It’s like slipping into velvety heaven,” she offered. “My absolute favorite bath soap — you smell divine when you are finished.”

“A cleaning service,” offered my friend Jane. “After every baby, I’ve always wished for a cleaning lady to come in and give the house the thorough treatment before I come home from the hospital. It makes it so much easier to manage things when everything is in order, and it keeps the stress level down.”

“Purell hand-sanitizer,” said Margaret ($2.69 for 8 ounces at Target). “My sons asked to hold their little baby sister and afterward proceeded to tell me all about the snake and two salamanders they had just caught.”

“Chinaberry in Spring Valley sells a Tummy Tub,” offered Madaline. “It’s womb-shaped, so the baby feels very secure being bathed. Works well with my fussy baby. It can be used up to age two, and it only uses around a gallon of water. The water stays warmer longer because of the shape of the tub [$39.95 at chinaberry.com].”

“They also sell an Organic Teething Blankie that our baby loves,” she added. “It’s a striped, dotted cow, so it was visually stimulating for her, and the hooves are knotted. Those hooves gave her teeth some much needed love. It’s nice to have on a hot day for a comfort item instead of a hot blanket.” (Organic Belle Cow Teething Blankie runs $12.95 at Chinaberry.)

“A Wubbanub,” answered Janet. The plush stuffed animal attached to a pacifier helps the baby hold on to the pacifier (Wubbanub Ella Bella Pink Elephant, $12.98 at Motherhood Maternity).

“Robeez or the similar Target brand of the soft little shoes,” offered Serena. “They make it so easy to learn to walk and are easy for the moms to get on and they stay on the feet.” (Robeez “All-Star Rodney” Crib Shoe goes for $24.95 at Nordstrom. Ministar Infant Boys’ Lizard Shoes at Target cost $14.99.)

“An adjustable baby sling with a ring,” said Monica. “Can’t live without it. It’s easy to put on, easy to lay a sleeping baby down in, and great for fussy babies and big babies. And it frees your hands up to work around the house [SlingEZee Baby Sling, $59 at slingezee.com].”

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

What a teachers union has done to Gompers

29 teachers laid off in June, re-hired in July
Next Article

Discovering Sunnyboy Biscuit Company

Made available just before the pandemic, these are biscuits worth looking for

“Look out for Mr. Stork, that persevering chap. He’ll come along and drop, a bundle in your lap...”

My friend Bernice sat singing the song from Dumbo as we sipped cappuccinos one recent morning. The past two months we’ve had three friends have babies. Another is due with twins in a month. “All these babies means baby showers, and I’m not feeling much gift-spiration.” She made the meh face.

“Social media will help gift-spire you.” I pulled my red-covered iPad mini from my purse and asked my friends what they bring to baby showers. The answers started pouring in before we finished our caps.

“A Costco box of diapers and wipes,” said Mariana. “And a pedicure.” (Huggies Snug & Dry Plus Diapers, size 1, run $29.99 for 156 count; Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes, 900 count, cost $19.79.)

“I love aden + anais muslin swaddle blankets,” offered Christel. “And a massage.” (Target sells a four-pack of the swaddle blankets for $34.99.)

“If the gift is for a new mama, then I would say a Boppy or a Hooter Hiders are must-haves,” said Ma’May. (Boppy Bare Naked Nursing Pillow costs $39.98 at Walmart. A Hooter Hiders Nest Nursing Cover is $36.99 at Babies R Us.) “If the gift is for a seasoned mama, then I vote for a massage or a meal delivered for the family.”

“I’ve been given Mustela Bebe Shampoo, which is just yummy smelling and gentle on the skin,” explained Meg. “I use it on my daughter who has eczema. You only have to use a little bit, so it lasts a long time. It’s the gift that keeps on giving [$9.99 for 6.7 ounces at Target].”

chinaberry.com

“I also love Bath & Body Works sugar scrubs,” she added. “When you’re a new mom and tired and sore and you feel like you look terrible, it’s so nice to smell and feel delicious. And the essential oils add an aromatherapy treatment, which is so refreshing.” (Bath & Body Works Lavender Chamomile Sugar Scrub costs $16 for 13 ounces.)

Mary preferred the Bath & Body Works Sleep Lavender Vanilla Luxury Bath ($16.50 for 15 ounces). “It’s like slipping into velvety heaven,” she offered. “My absolute favorite bath soap — you smell divine when you are finished.”

“A cleaning service,” offered my friend Jane. “After every baby, I’ve always wished for a cleaning lady to come in and give the house the thorough treatment before I come home from the hospital. It makes it so much easier to manage things when everything is in order, and it keeps the stress level down.”

“Purell hand-sanitizer,” said Margaret ($2.69 for 8 ounces at Target). “My sons asked to hold their little baby sister and afterward proceeded to tell me all about the snake and two salamanders they had just caught.”

“Chinaberry in Spring Valley sells a Tummy Tub,” offered Madaline. “It’s womb-shaped, so the baby feels very secure being bathed. Works well with my fussy baby. It can be used up to age two, and it only uses around a gallon of water. The water stays warmer longer because of the shape of the tub [$39.95 at chinaberry.com].”

“They also sell an Organic Teething Blankie that our baby loves,” she added. “It’s a striped, dotted cow, so it was visually stimulating for her, and the hooves are knotted. Those hooves gave her teeth some much needed love. It’s nice to have on a hot day for a comfort item instead of a hot blanket.” (Organic Belle Cow Teething Blankie runs $12.95 at Chinaberry.)

“A Wubbanub,” answered Janet. The plush stuffed animal attached to a pacifier helps the baby hold on to the pacifier (Wubbanub Ella Bella Pink Elephant, $12.98 at Motherhood Maternity).

“Robeez or the similar Target brand of the soft little shoes,” offered Serena. “They make it so easy to learn to walk and are easy for the moms to get on and they stay on the feet.” (Robeez “All-Star Rodney” Crib Shoe goes for $24.95 at Nordstrom. Ministar Infant Boys’ Lizard Shoes at Target cost $14.99.)

“An adjustable baby sling with a ring,” said Monica. “Can’t live without it. It’s easy to put on, easy to lay a sleeping baby down in, and great for fussy babies and big babies. And it frees your hands up to work around the house [SlingEZee Baby Sling, $59 at slingezee.com].”

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Pepper covers Sublime for The House That Bradley Built comp

Hirie, G. Love, the Expanders, Common Kings, the Skints, Long Beach Dub Allstars, and Trevor Young also contribute
Next Article

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies, uncovered

Nudity does more to advance an actress’s career than it does the plot
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close