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Creative Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Creative Baby Shower Gift Ideas
This post is sponsored by Linqia but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

So someone you know is having a baby. You want to gift them something special but don’t know what. I’m sharing some of my favorite creative baby shower gift ideas they are sure to love.

 

1.) Something handmade or personal – I love handmade, personalized gifts. One of my favorite handmade gifts that I received at my shower was a toy box that was made by my aunt and uncle. My mom and sisters displayed it at my baby shower and people each brought a book to start the baby’s library and stacked them on the toy box.

Some of my other favorite ideas are a personalized blanket with the months so that mama can capture those monthly photos to see how much baby has grown.

Another cute idea is this wooden sign you can personalize with baby’s name to be hung in the nursery. I got one for each of my boys from Hickory Hollow Designs and they are gorgeous!

Creative Baby Showr Gift Ideas

 

2.) Newborn photography session – My sister’s gave this to us when I had my first and I was so glad that they did. With everything I had going on, I never would have thought on my own to book a photographer to take photos when we came home. And those photos, I will treasure them forever.

Newborn photography

3.) Invest in their future – Whether you have a newborn or a teenager, it’s never too early to start saving for higher education. With the NY’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, parents and family members can start putting away money for college now so that it’s less loans they or their children will have to take out later. It’s something you can always contribute to, so when birthdays start rolling around you always have a go to thoughtful gift. Plus, they have an easy gifting portal called UGift that allows you to give friends and family members a unique code to add to your 529 account My parent’s did a 529 plan with my sisters and I growing up and it was definitely helpful since higher education is very expensive and we were able to choose any eligible school, this includes vocation, trade schools, community colleges and graduate schools! For more information go to NYsaves.org.

Creative Baby Showr Gift Ideas - college savings plan

What are some things that you received for your baby shower that was your favorite gift?

 

Disclosures:

  • Up to $10,000 is deductible annually from New York State taxable income for married couples filing jointly; single taxpayers can deduct up to $5,000 annually. State tax benefits for non-resident New York taxpayers may vary. State tax deductions may be subject to recapture in certain circumstances such as rollovers to another state’s 529 plan, nonqualified withdrawls, or withdrawls used to pay expenses for tuition in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private or religious school. Please consult your tax advisor.
  • Investment returns are not garuanteed, and you could lose money by investing in New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan.
  • For more information about New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan, download a Disclosure Booklet and Tuition Savings Agreement at http://www.nysaves.org or request one by calling 877-NYSAVES (877-697-2837). This document includes investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information. You should read and consider them carefully before investing.
  • Before you invest, consider wither your or the beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in that state’s 529 plan. Other state benefits may include financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors. 
  • The Comptroller of the State of New York and the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation are the Program Administrators and are responsible for implementing and administering the Direct Plan.
  • Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC, serves as Program Manager and, in connection with its affiliates, provides recordkeeping and administrative support services and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Direct Plan. The Vanguard Group, Inc., serves as the Investment Manager. Vanguard Marketing Corporation provides marketing and distribution services to the Direct Plan.
  • No guarantee: None of the State of New York, its agencies, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), The Vanguard Group, Inc., Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC, nor any of their applicable affiliates insures accounts or guarantees the principal deposited therein or any investment returns on any account or investment portfolio.
  • New York’s 529 College Savings Program currently includes two separate 529 plans. The Direct Plan is sold directly by the Program. You may also participate in the Advisor Plan, which is sold exclusively through financial advisors and has different investment options ad higher fees and expenses as well as financial advisor compensation.

 

0 In kids/ toddler

Interactive Play with LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant

Interactive Play with LeapFrog Elephant
This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc.

As a mama, I am all about learning through play. That is why I love LeapFrog toys, including their new LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant. Not only is it a toy, but it’s educational as well which I love.  (Be sure to scroll down to the end of my post to see how you can be entered for a chance to win one for your little ones! )

The LeapFrog LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant is a 21 piece animal themed set of blocks, geared towards children ages 2+.  It promotes imagination as kids build with the blocks and stack them. The LeapBuilders Elephant features a smart cube in which kids can insert the blocks to hear educational songs as well as teach numbers, colors and fruits.  In addition to encouraging vocabulary and phrases, it also promotes fine motor skills through building the blocks and pushing buttons.  It’s compatible with other LeapBuilders sets so there’s also the option to purchase other learning blocks from other sets as your kids master the phrases to learn more content.

Interactive Play with LeapBuilders Elephant

Maxwell loves to learn through his hands and with catchy music. He spent hours building with the blocks and dancing to the various songs. He saw it as play rather than learning. I love that this is a screen-free option to help expand his knowledge base. Plus any toy that promotes learning and keeps him entertained is a win in my book!  It’s also really compact so easy to pick up and bring with you anywhere.

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in innovative learning toys for children that encourage a child’s curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental journey.  For more than 20 years, LeapFrog has been helping children grow their knowledge and imagination through their award winning products.

Can’t wait to start building? LeapFrog is giving away five sets of LeapBuilders toys. Visit http://bit.ly/LeapBuildersSweepstakes to enter.

 

 

2 In Baby/ Motherhood/ pregnancy/ printables

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag
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If you’re searching for a hospital bag checklist, you’ve come to the right place! There are tons of similar posts floating around the internet with checklists, but being a labor and delivery nurse and a second time mama, I’m sharing what you really need to pack in your hospital bag!

I remember with my first babe, we got sent in for induction after our appointment at 37 weeks. I was in no way prepared so I literally threw everything in a bag and off we went to the hospital. I remember strolling in looking like we were going on a week’s long vacation. This time, I definitely plan to be more prepared and intentional with packing my hospital bag.

 

Here is the down and dirty of what you really need to pack in your hospital bag

from a Labor and Delivery Nurse:

Flip Flops – I love these Croc flip flops. They are so comfy for walking around, grip to your feet and can also be worn in the shower.

what to pack in your hospital bag - crocs flip flops

 

Comfortable dresses/nursing gowns – I’m all about the comfortable dresses and these are like all I wore last time. They’re easy for nursing, a loose, non-binding option for csection recovery mamas and a simple way to look a little more put together. I love this one from the Nesting Olive. I bought it in a few colors. I also love these 24/7 house dresses from Undercover Mama.

What you really need to pack in your Hospital bag - nursing dress

 

Yoga Pants – I like these ones from Target because they are loose fitting and stretchy (so great for csection mamas).

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag - yoga pants

Nursing Tops – I love this three pack of nursing tops on Amazon

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag - nursing tops

Nursing bras – I got this three pack on Amazon. They are wirefree.

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag - nursing bras

Swaddle blankets – seriously you can never have enough. I got a few from Copper Pearl and I love them because they are big, soft and super stretchy. They also have lots of different, fun prints.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - swaddle blankets

Going home outfit for baby – Amazon has lots of cute ones. I like this one for a girl and this one for a boy.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - girl going home outfit

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - boy going home outfit

Boppy – I loved having my Boppy with me at the hospital to help with breastfeeding. The lactation consultant was able to show me different positions that were comfortable post c-section.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - boppy

Pillow – your own pillow. I know sometimes on L&D especially when we’re slammed we run short on pillows so I always tell people bring your own from home. That means dad or your support person too.

Diffuser – Not only is it nice to have going during labor, but also in postpartum for overall rest and relaxation.  I have mine that I use from Young Living but I like this one from Amazon as well. My favorites for sleep and relaxation are lavender and frankincense.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - diffuser

Phone charger – I have this extra long one from Amazon.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - extra long phone charger

Camera

Headbands/hairties – I found these cute ones with a bow on Amazon.

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - headbands

Toiletries – Ok so the hospital does have some stuff but I’m a little particular. I got a cute cosmetic bag and hit the travel sized toiletry bins at Target and stocked up on everything I needed. Don’t forget the dry shampoo and chapstick!

what you really need to pack in your hospital bag - dry shampoo

Pacifiers – some hospitals no longer provide them especially if they are Breastfeeding Friendly. So if you know you are going to want them, bring your own just in case.

 

Things that you don’t need to pack because the hospital will most likely provide to you:

– Underwear – the hospital will give you that sexy mesh kind so why pack your own?

– Pads/topical numbing sprays and creams/icepacks

– Non skid socks

– Gown to labor in (unless you want to wear your own but it’s most likely going to get covered in lots of fluids just saying)

– Diapers/wipes

– Nipple cream

– Onesies

– Breast pump – most hospitals have them for you to use during your stay but ask before you go.

 

Click here to download my printable checklist

 

What you really need to pack in your hospital bag printable checklist

 

 

3 In decor/ home/ kids

Big Boy Room Reveal

Big Boy Room Reveal - Beddy's Bedding
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Finally it’s here – Dude Man’s Big Boy Room Reveal! Designing a big boy room was a little more challenging than I thought it was going to be. I wanted something classic that would grow with him and would fit with the rest of the style of our home, yet reflect his individual style and personality. It’s quickly become my favorite room in the house. Even when Dude isn’t home, I find myself standing in there, because it reminds me of him.

(Throughout the post I’ve linked some of my favorite pieces from his room so you can shop too and re-create the look! Click the links throughout and the thumbnails underneath each picture.)

And be sure to scroll to the bottom for a 20% off discount code for Beddy’s Bedding!!!!

 

For a classic Big Boy Room I knew I wanted the color scheme to be cool grays and blues. We painted the walls Passive Gray by Sherwin Williams. I love this shade of gray because it has cool undertones to it and plays with the blue nicely. (A little back story about picking paint colors – I sometimes have a hard time deciding. When we were re-doing our previous home, I knew I wanted our living room/dining room to be gray and I ended up having hubby repaint several times until it was just the right shade. It was literally like 50 shades of gray. I recommend selecting a few options and painting little swatches on the wall of each color. Then once it’s dry, observe during daylight and night so you can see which you like best).

I used all of the furniture from dude’s nursery including the bed which we were able to transition to a full size. Beddy’s sent me his bedding in the Sketched Boy’s Room Print. If you haven’t heard of Beddy’s bedding before they have made making the bed and washing bedding literally so easy. Beddy’s is a one-piece bedding system that wraps around the bed like a fitted sheet and actually stays in place!  It has a zipper so that you can totally unzip the top from the bottom to make for easy washing and to make the bed you just zip up!!!!

Big Boy Room Reveal - Beddy's Bedding

I added pops of blue with these striped curtains from Target and some throw pillows.

 

I had been looking for some wooden signs for each of the boy’s rooms with their names. I had this one made from Hickory Hollow Designs. It’s a husband and wife team out of Pennsylvania. They have their own Etsy shop where you can create and personalize your own sign. They were so incredibly easy to work with and they do such quality work.

Big Boy Room Reveal - wooden name sign

Right now Dude Man is obsessed with all things Dinosaurs. I found these cute dinosaur print wall stick-ons and this sign from Hobby Lobby. I’ve linked some similar ones below.

Big Boy Room Reveal

 

On the other side of the room is this tall dresser which was his original nursery furniture. I love all of the shelving and the height that it provides. I styled the shelves with some ceramic dinosaurs I had found, and some other pieces that are personal to Dude in addition to his favorite books.

Big Boy Room Reveal

 

He also had a ton of little toy dinosaurs that were always all over the floor. I placed them on this cute wooden shelf we got from Target

Big Boy Room Reveal selving

 

My sisters got this wooden sign and had it displayed at my Baby Shower. And I found this cute little glob to add as an accent piece. It reminds me of Dude because he is my inquisitive one.

Big Boy Room Reveal

So there you have it. The perfect Big Boy Room for my dude. I love the way it came out and so does my little man so I’d say it was a success!

Click here for 20% off your very own Beddy’s Bedding – use code OURTINYNEST20 at checkout!

And be sure to stay tuned for the Nursery Reveal once the baby arrives!

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Big Boy Room Reveal