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Q: Next weekend is the baby shower for my boyfriend's brother and sister-in-law. They're expecting their first baby in mid-February and it's going to be a girl. We're completely at a loss when it comes to purchasing a gift for them. They've registered at a well-know baby superstore, but their registry is populated mostly by clothes and bedding suggestions as well as some toys and dvds. We would really like to gift them a basket full of tried and true essentials that will get plenty of use and not clutter up their home or immediately end up on Craigslist (I'm looking at you bouncy chairs and swings). I would love to know from Ohdeedoh readers - what were the most useful baby products you either received at a shower or found yourself for the first 6 months of your munchkin's life?

Sent by Jen

Editor: For people who like to shop it can be a bit of a drag to buy off of a registry, but keep in mind that many people use them precisely because they know best what they want or need. You might consider buying something from their registry and something more personal or of your own choosing (but nothing large). That said, my sister is due next month with her first and I was sure to give her my favorite bottle brush which is on my personal essentials list. Readers - what was your favorite or most useful product - one you considered an essential?

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.