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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.

 

3 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
This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission

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

 

 

0 In Baby/ toddler

Fun for the kids – Babbleboxx review

babbleboxx review
This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com, all opinions expressed are my own.

If there is one thing I love it’s getting packages in the mail and trying new products. Babbleboxx just sent me their Spring Kids Story box and there are so many cute things in there for the kiddos. Below I am sharing my review of The Kidstory Babbleboxx.

 

1.) Grow and Fit Bodysuits from Fruit of The Loom

Is there anything better than super soft baby clothes? I don’t think so. This a new line of bodysuits from Fruit of the Loom and they are specifically designed to grow and move with your baby. They are made with an ultra-soft, light pique breathable fabric and will help keep our little babe cool when he comes this summer.

fruit of the loom baby bodysuits

Click here to get a 7 pack of bodysuits on Amazon

And this 8 piece set is the perfect gift for any new or expecting mamas

 

2.) Subscription Crate from KiwiCo.

Ok so this is one item I was the most excited about. I have been hearing about Kiwi Crates for a long time and have wanted to try them out. KiwiCo is a monthly subscription crate with various age appropriate activities to help enhance STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning. Each crate comes with an activity booklet as well as everything you need to complete the activities or craft.

We received the Tadpole Crate which is for those ages 12-36months. This crate focused on colors and Maxwell had a blast mixing them all together and watching the colors form.

kiwi crate for kids

You can get your first month’s KiwiCo subscription free, just pay $4.95 for shipping and handling. (One free trial per household). And you can cancel anytime if you choose.

 

3.) Shampoo & Conditioner from Snip-Its

We spend the majority of the summer months in the pool and this shampoo and conditioner duo is perfect for kid-friendly hair. It deep cleans to help clarify hair and get rid of any chlorine. Plus it smells really good and is gentle on your little one’s scalp and eyes.

Snip-its swimmers duo shampoo and conditioner

From May-June you can get The Swimmer’s Duo for $20. And if you stop in to your local Snip-Its salon in May or June, get $3 off a kid’s regular haircut using code “SPRING”. Expires 6/30/2019.

 

4.) Conversation starters/lunch notes

We make it a point to sit down for family dinner at least 4 nights a week (the other 3 nights I don’t get home until later). Some night’s it’s a nice homemade meal and other’s it’s breakfast for dinner (my fave easy go-to). Regardless, I think it’s important for us to all connect and talk about our days. These cute little lunch notes are perfect conversation starters with riddles and facts for around the dinner table.

conversation starters for kids

 

babbleboxx review

 

 

 

0 In Baby/ DIY/ toddler

Emegency Toddler Car Kit Essentials

emergency toddler car kit
This post is sponsored by Huggies but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This post also contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

 

Picture this – you run out to the store for milk, you don’t bring your diaper bag because you’re just running in and out. You pull into the parking lot at the store and realize your little one had a massive blowout. First of all, we’ve all been there.  I can’t tell you how many times this happened to me. If it wasn’t a diaper I needed, then it was something else – a blanket for the park, or a book or a toy to keep my little guy occupied while out in public.  That’s why I created an Emergency Toddler Car Kit, so that I am stocked and ready at all times.

 

Here are my Emergency Toddler Car Kit Essentials:

 

1.) Diapers – because you never know when there will be a blowout and it’s best to be prepared.

 

2.) Wipes – I use them for everything, from messy hands and faces to wiping off my counters. I love Huggies Natural Care Wipes. They’re 99% water based and are alcohol, paraben and fragrance free. Click here to buy some or head to your local Walmart.

Huggies Natural Care Wipes

 

3.) Diaper disposal bags – I keep these in my car and purse. And they are lavender scented!

 

4.) Hand sanitizer – It’s always a good idea to have on hand when traveling for after diaper changes, before eating or when out in public places.

 

5.) Spare change of clothes – I keep a pair of sweats/leggings, a t shirt, zip up hoodie, pair of socks and hat.

 

6.) Blanket – For the cooler months to keep warm and in the warmer months for picnics and trips to the beach and park. Love this one on Amazon

large indoor/outdoor buffalo plaid blanket

 

7.) Activity book – I have this one for my son and I love that it’s dry-erase. Just wipe clean and you can re-use. It’s a lifesaver when you have to wait somewhere and keep them occupied.

 

toddler dry erase activity book

 

8.) Snacks – because it’s no fun dealing with a hangry toddler.

 

9.) Drinks – love these cups as they are spill proof too!

 

10.) Sunscreen – When the weather gets nicer, we often stop at the park or playground. I love having some extra sunscreen in the car to reapply as needed.

 

11.) First aid kit – Because bumps and scrapes happen. This one is lightweight and compact.

 

Emergency Toddler Car Kit

 

Now you’ll be prepared for any road trips or just when out running errands with your little ones.

You can also check out my post on Must Haves for Your Baby.

 

 

emergency toddler car kit