I am a single man who has had no kids (yet), and I’ve never screwed up a single baby shower I’ve been to.
You see, most of my friends are having kids. They’re all pretty rad. And when they have kids, I like to show them that I care. That and I think my friends’ kids rock, will always rock, and I have an opportunity to shape them and make them little awesome humans.
You’re right about that and you’re going to spoil your friends’ kids as early as possible. I’ve got a few that are in their teens and they idolize me, it’s awesome.
They never see you shacking up with a five, or waking up with a hangover. Whenever you see them you’re ready for it because you drove there in your car, and you got to act like an absolute child for three to five hours, and then go home and not have to deal with the other stuff that comes with parenting.
You can time your visits for the good times, and leave your friends or siblings to pay the price for the sugar rush, or the movie that was accidentally a bit scarier than the kid can handle. And as a result, you get to be the cool aunt or uncle, even if you’re not a blood relative. They remember that stuff later.
Yup, so here’s to the baby shower gift ideas for new born babies that get remembered later in life, not just some paltry consumerism garbage.
Ok, if you know the person is on a budget, and they’re relying on personal gifts to save cash, there ain’t no shame in that. Ask them what cloth diaper jeans size they need, and get them formula, clothes, etc.
Don’t be afraid to ask what they need and be open with your budget, they’ll appreciate the communication.
If you get clothes, make sure they got some good cute photogenic quality so you can look back at family pictures in 29 years and be like “yeah that’s right, I did that”.
Tastes may vary so I’ll say this first; books are deeply personal for some and for others — they’re just reading this post because they’re a blank on what to get for a baby shower. If you have any suggestions, let the world know in the comments.
Getting a good book has the longest lifespan of awesome. When a kid is a baby, he or she doesn’t care what anyone’s reading. The baby just likes the sound of the reader’s voice, more baby activities, and the attention he or she receive. So get a book the child will dig for years to come, one of those really intelligent kids’ books, or a classic.
Anything Shel Silverstein, The Little Prince, Robert Munsch, or the original Curious George stuff (none of that recent CGI merchandising nonsense). Same goes for pretty much anything; if there’s an original version, get that one instead.
Other suggestions include Alice in Wonderland, Aesop’s Fables, Peter Rabbit, Seuss, and the entire Beatrix Potter collection.
Don’t be afraid to be creative. If you’re a classic Star Wars fan, “Vader’s Little Princess” and “Darth Vader and Son” are pretty funny for an adult, and they won’t warp the kid (too much).
If you know the mom-to-be loves walks, get her the best baby walker you can afford on your budget. Or if you know they’re looking to start developing their baby’s intelligence right away – get them a cool toy. Nothing with too many parts or toxic paints. There are a million awesome options out there. Think about age appropriate things you grew up with.
If all else fails, I’ve never heard of a kid choking on a Tardis.