While it’s not necessarily easy to put together a baby registry, there are just certain staples most people know to add to the list. You know what I mean – things like onesies, bibs, strollers, and car seats. And also, of course, the many, many diapers and wipes.
And then there are the helpful things that you probably wouldn’t expect. There are a lot of things I didn’t add to my registry the first time. (No registry this time at all.) But fortunately, I have lots of wonderful people looking out for me who gifted us some of the most useful things.
If you’re anything like me, you hate being the one giving the duplicate gift. So if you’re looking for something unique to give to a new mom or mom-to-be, here are some ideas:
- Lanyard or Keychain Necklace – Because when you’re juggling everything for baby, the last thing you want to do is drop your keys. Actually, let’s just step it back to digging through the full diaper bag for your keys. A lanyard is a lifesaver.
- Pacifier Clip – If mom doesn’t have one of these on her list, help her out and grab her one (or five). Instead of rinsing off the pacifier every time it falls on the floor, this makes for easy access.
- Swaddle Wrap – It’s one of those things you might think, I have enough blankets. Do I really need a swaddle? And then it’s one in the morning and your hands can’t seem to remember how to swaddle. That’s when one of these comes in handy.
- Collapsable Laundry Basket – For all the teeny, tiny laundry mom will inevitably do, make it easy on her. Get her a lightweight laundry bag or basket. The adorable, well-matched-to-the-nursery hamper will come in handy some day, but use this one for now.
- Disposable Changing Pads – An odd choice, and certainly not as cute as a teddy bear. But these things are also lifesavers. Especially in the first few weeks, there will be a lot of accidents while baby learns when to pee and when not to. It saves some extra trips to the washing machine to use disposable pads, plus you can slip a few in your bag for on-the-go.
- Slipper Socks – For mama’s comfort, a pair of slipper socks are wonderful. Especially on hardwood floors.
- Muslin Blankets – I know a lot of moms add these to their registries now anyway. But think of all the uses of muslin blankets, if you don’t already know: burp cloth, car seat cover, emergency changing pad, tummy time blanket, swaddle, nursing cover. Like I’ve said before, anything that has multiple uses is gold for a mom.
- Dock-a-Tot™ – Initially, I didn’t see the use in this. It’s a pillow that has raised sides, almost like a life raft for baby. Surely there are plenty of options for places to put baby to rest. Why a Dock-a-Tot™? Oh. Because it’s super comfortable for baby, it’s lightweight, it travels easily, and lets you sleep right next to your baby with peace of mind.
We are using a portable bassinet-like rocker, but it turns out that Nolan is not a fan of sleeping the same way all the time. Some feel good about co-sleeping, but I am always anxious about rolling over, or hurting him somehow in my sleep. It actually keeps me from getting a good night’s sleep.
Dock-a-Tot™ was kind enough to send me one of their stylish Deluxe baby docks to try. It’s not something I would think to add to my registry, but I am so glad to have one now! It’s not surprising that Nolan loves the comfort and snug feeling of his dock. It is lighter and less bulky than the rocker, meaning I can bring it around the house with me as a spot to place him (always with supervision). The material is breathable, and their safety features are amazing. I also love that I can place him in the middle of the bed and sleep next to him without worry. They also have docks for toddlers that seem like they would be super helpful in getting used to a “big kid” bed.
What are some unexpected gifts that are or might be helpful for new moms, and why?
Thank you to Dock-a-Tot™ for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.