Baby Needs

Baby Needs

Baby Needs

Baby Needs

Baby Needs

Generating your checklist of baby needs is one of the joys of your first pregnancy. Baby needs range from absolute necessities to the “nice to have” items on the baby registry checklist. Generating your baby registry checklist adds excitement to the remaining months of waiting for the brand new arrival. Baby departments at many stores often create a large list of items, some of which may not be necessary for your particular baby shopping checklist. Your friends love to vicariously relive that first baby excitement, so have them help you to create that new baby checklist. Here are some of the basic items in categories of “necessary” and “nice to have.”

Nursery furniture

Necessary:

____ Crib

____ Crib mattress

Nice to have:

____ Changing table

____ Bassinet (safe until 3 months or 15 pounds)

____ Rocking Chair or glider

____ Humidifier or vaporizer

____ Dresser/chest

____ Hamper

____ Baby Monitor

Linens

The necessities:

____ 2 fitted crib sheets

____ Several thin cotton receiving blankets

____ 2 waterproof mattress protectors

____ 3 hooded bath towels

Nice to have:

____ Matching quilt or a crib skirt (they’re only decorative)

____ 4 to 6 wash cloths

Clothing

The necessities:

____ 5 to 10 Onsies

____ 5 to 7 sleepers

____ 5 to pair of socks

____ 5 to 7 one piece outfits

____ Hats (Summer babies need sun hats, winter babies need knit hats

____ 2 waterproof mattress protectors

Nice to have:

____ A few larger size outfits

Baby Gear

Necessary:

____ Car Seat

____ Stroller

Nice to have:

____ Bath Tub

____ Bouncer or Swing

____ Rocking Chair or glider

____ Baby “gym” or play mat

____ Musical mobile

There are many more items to add to add to your personal baby registry checklist based on feeding or bathing preferences, or special baby needs (twins or preemie). What necessary baby needs would you add to our list?

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Baby Needs

Baby Shower Gift Baskets

Baby Shower Gift Baskets

Giving personalized baby shower gift baskets is a caring and unique way to share in the joy of new motherhood. Baby shower gift baskets can be filled with a wild variety of items or can adhere to a specific theme.

Baby Shower Gift Baskets

How to make a Baby Shower Gift Baskets

Once you have found a gift basket that you like begin to decorate the basket with pastel colored ribbons. For a baby bath-time basket line the basket with baby bath towels instead of tissue paper. Add baby bath products such as baby shampoo, wash cloths, baby lotion, baby powder, wash cloth puppets, a rubber duckie and so on. A sleep-time baby shower gift basket can be filled with a soft blanket, baby-safe stuffed animals, baby monitor, crib sheets, a soothing music collection, and a musical mobile. A breastfeeding gift basket could include a breast pump, handy meal plans for nursing moms, a nursing cover and a nursing pillow.

Other Baby Shower Gift Baskets Ideas

Another baby shower gift basket idea can be based on baby clothing. No baby can ever have enough clothes.  You might offer some starter items that you think the mother would like and that would be comfortable for the baby as well. Vitamins Baby Clothing has several multiple-piece sets that contain matching items that new mothers need. I just went to a baby shower where the parents wanted to be surprised by the baby’s gender. A children’s boutique gift certificate allows the mother to pick up something special once the baby is born…a gift that keeps on giving.

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Baby Bouquet

Baby Bouquet

Baby Bouquet

A baby bouquet makes for a beautiful baby shower centerpiece as well as a useful gift for the mother to be. This baby bouquet is simple to make and versatile enough to fit any baby shower themes. Baby socks are rolled and attached to green floral wire and wrapped with green floral tape to make roses for a beautiful baby sock bouquet. You will need 6 pairs of baby socks to make a dozen roses, a vase, green floral wire, green floral tape and additional greenery.

Baby Bouquet

Baby Bouquet

Baby Sock Bouquet Instructions:

1. Place one sock in front of you with the toe pointing to your left. Work on a flat surface to roll    the baby socks.
2. Roll the sock up. At the toe, begin to roll the sock. Roll it to the right, until you get to the cuff, or the very top part of the sock. Make sure to roll each sock tightly, so it stays in place and doesn’t fall apart.
3. Place your thumbs on the roll to hold it in place. Use your fingers to pull the cuff up slightly over the bottom part of rolled portion of the sock. The cuff will hold the rose in place.
4. To make the shape of a rose, find the toe of the baby socks and pull it up a little bit.
5. Insert a 12 inch long piece of green floral wire deep into the opening underneath the bottom of the rose.
6. Use green floral tape to wrap the rose and wire in place. Be sure to wrap the tape several times to keep the sock and wire securely together. Continue wrapping the base of the rose with the floral tape. Continue down the wire stem to the bottom and cut the tape. Repeat this process to make as many roses as you want for the baby sock bouquet.
7. Place the roses into a vase; add additional greenery, other floral pieces, baby’s breath and/or other small flowers to add volume to the baby sock bouquet.

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Baby Shower Centerpieces

Baby Shower Centerpieces

Baby Shower Centerpieces

Make baby shower centerpieces to focus the baby shower theme. Baby shower centerpieces are the first thing to catch the eyes of your guests as they enter the room and will be the focal point of your party. Baby shower centerpiece ideas should coincide as a perfect compliment for the theme of your baby shower. Select your baby shower centerpiece ideas from the following list of possibilities:

Baby Shower Centerpieces

Baby Shower Centerpieces

  • Diaper Cake – A diaper cake is a popular centerpiece that can be decorated to fit any baby shower theme. The diaper cake doubles as a gift of much needed diapers for the expectant mother. Link to other post on make a diaper cake
  • Edible Fruit Bouquet – Make an edible fruit bouquet as the centerpiece for a Cravings baby shower or just a unique centerpiece idea.
  • Stuffed Animals – Decorate stuffed animals with diapers, bottles, pacifier or other baby accessories. Place the stuffed animal in a baby bathtub and add balloons for an adorable centerpiece idea.
  • Baby Sock Rose Bouquet – like the diaper cake this centerpiece doubles as a gift for the mother to be.

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Make a Diaper Cake

Make a Diaper Cake

Make a Diaper Cake

Need to make a diaper cake? Make a diaper cake as a centerpiece with lasting value for the mother-to-be. To make a diaper cake is a wonderfully creative gift for an expectant mother. It is a collection of diapers (either disposable or cloth) rolled and stacked together to resemble a traditional tiered cake. The tiers of diaper cakes are also garnished with baby care items such as bibs, pacifiers, baby socks, bottles, toys, and often wrapped in ribbon. How to make a diaper cake? First let’s start with the “ingredients.”

Make a Diaper Cake

Make a Diaper Cake

  • Diapers – either cloth or disposable; depending what the expectant mother would like. Use one large box of diapers to create as many tiers as you would like.
  • Wide Ribbon – patterned to fit the baby shower theme. Pink, blue, or yellow are good choices.
  • ¼ inch Ribbon – to tie rolled diapers with.
  • Cake Platter
  • Large Baby Bottle or Bottle of Lotion
  • Baby Items – Pacifiers, bottles, lotion, bibs, receiving blankets, miniature stuffed animals, baby towels, onesies, wash cloths, toys, etc.

How to make a diaper cake:

  1. Unfold and tightly roll 17 newborn diapers, starting from the front and rolling to the back of the diaper and put a rubber band around each diaper.
  2. Take the cake platter and place the 8-oz baby bottle or large bottle of baby lotion in the center. Then place about 5-6 diapers around the bottle and put a large rubber band around the entire ring of diapers.
  3. Form a 2nd ring around the first ring with the remaining 11-12 diapers. Place a large rubber band around the 2nd ring of diapers.
  4. For the final ring of first tier diapers: take 18-20 diapers, roll them up tight like before, but instead of a rubber band around each one, tie a thin, 1/4 inch piece of ribbon around the middle around each one. Then place them around the second ring to form a 3rd ring. Take a wide ribbon and tie it around the entire tier to hold them all together in a circle shape.
  5. The next tier is made much like the first, except that instead of 3 rings of diapers you will only use 2 rings. Part of the bottle will be sticking out of the 1st tier, so place your 5-6 diapers around it to form the 1st ring of the 2nd tier. The 2nd ring will need 11-12 diapers. Use ¼ inch ribbon around each one of those 2nd ring diapers and hold them all together in a circle with the wide ribbon like before.
  6. It is probably easiest to assemble the third tier on a table and then place it on the rest of the cake after it is assembled. Take a 4-oz bottle and place it on the table,
    then take 5-6 diapers and roll them up like before and tie them with the ¼” ribbon. Place the diapers around the baby bottle and tie your wide ribbon around it to hold it together tightly. Take the top tier and place it on top of the other two layers.
  7. Place baby shower decorations on the diaper cake by adding items like onesies, baby towels, wash cloths, bottles, bibs, receiving blankets, stuffed animals – tucking them into the diaper folds and outer layer of ribbon.
Baby Shower Diaper Cake

Baby Shower Diaper Cake

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