Since our reader poll results tell us that only a few of you have munchkins in your home, we thought we would put a spin on this month's kid's design. You may not have a wee person, but we all end up at a baby shower one way or another. Isn't it grand to show up with the gift that everyone talks about? We polled some of our friends who are in a family way of the items they never thought they needed until they actually owned them. Here is a list of the best gifts to give your friends and colleagues and walk away a total hero.
1. According to our kid totin' friends you get a lot of gifts during your pregnancy, which means a lot of thank you notes. If you have never written your name and address 100+ times, it can get annoying. Fabulous Stationery
has a Patent Pending envelope system that lets the address be pre-printed with a viewable window. Our friend said it changed her life and she would never give anything else at a shower.
2. Don't forget the new dad. New dads often struggle with the whole carrying a diaper bag thing. Dad Gear has found a great solution in the Diaper Vest. Load him up before turning him loose in the park with the tike.
3. For the Techie having a kid: it's gonna happen... your little Pumpkin turns off your tower as you're about to save the boss' presentation. Cover those alluring little lights ahead of time and save yourself a world of trouble.
PC Guard Tower Protecter
4. iPod speakers aren't new, but using them in the nursery was a surprise to us when another new mom sent us this tip. It enables her to refresh the music daily or weekly for her new nugget so that neither mom nor baby tires of it. When you have the baby monitor on, you get very aquainted with the same CD playing over and over again.
5. One mom we contacted said she needed a neat clock for the nursery to time her feedings, as well as lament over being up at 3:30 in the morning. We don't have experience in this, but this clock from Target is really swell and would look nice in a nursery. Our only dilemma: it might not have enough detail for a blurry-eyed parent at that hour of the morning?
6. OK, none of the Moms said they needed this but it's just swell. Sparkabilities Loop rattle - the kid catches the "brass ring" out of the gate.
7. If you're artistically inclined, artwork or a custom mural in the baby's room goes a long way with new parents as well. Be sure to consider the parents' taste in relation to your skill, as we are always wary of pressing someone into our artistic knowledge and taste, it may not be theirs.
baby photo credit: Roger Hutton Photography