When you're in the stage of life I'm in... 20-somethings, you find yourself at a lot of baby showers. It just happens that way. After college you find yourself at a lot of bridal showers and weddings, and soon after the babies start rolling in.
I have pondered baby shower gifts many times. I desire to get the best gift for the mom-to-be. I want my gift to be something she remembers as a "favorite". I'm kinda delusional like that.
Thinking back to my own baby showers, there were some good gifts.
And there was a lot of clothes.
I used to give clothes as baby shower gifts too. It's hard to resist bite-sized pieces of pink and blue that just jump out at you from the baby department. But let's be realistic people. If the mommy is expecting a summer baby, that baby will live in onesies and socks for the first months of life. A winter baby? Footed sleepers. And let's face it, they grow out of everything at break-neck speed the first year of life! So teeny, tiny clothes for the smallest of babes just isn't a real practical gift (however cute the outfit might be!)
Want to give a real winner? Give diapers!
Although it feels quite boring to hand a basketball-bellied lady a cutesy bag with diapers and wipes inside (she might even feel slightly let down), I PROMISE you that it is the best, most practical gift for a baby shower! That mama may have no idea, but she's about to change at least eight diapers a day for at least two years. Help a poor woman out!
Now the question is, cloth or disposable? Do a little pre-shower detective work and figure out which route the new mom is going and gift accordingly. She'll thank you later!
So on the second day of Diaper Week we learn-- always bring diapers to a baby shower!