The Top 5 Worst Baby Shower Gifts

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I've been trying to steer you toward awesome choices for baby shower presents for expecting friends (aside from Rockabye Baby! CDs) for a very good reason— I've been on the other side of the coin. Here are five of the absolute worst things that you can get expecting parents.
  1. Age 0-3 Month Onesies. Yes, these are the smallest size clothes available for kids. No, your kid will never wear them. Ever. Why? Because they're too damned small. Doting relatives will purchase them because they are just so cute and tiny, and they will sit, gathering dust, in the back of your closet until you throw them away.
  2. Baby High Heels. Okay, this is just demented. These are soft-bottomed baby shoes with little fake plush stiletto heels stuck on the back. How many bad messages do these things broadcast? And why would you buy something that would make it even harder for a baby to stand up?
  3. Pee-Pee Teepees. Yes, baby boys make urine, and yes, it sprays all over Creation. But this gag gift, a small cone that rests atop the willy when you're changing the diaper to catch the splash before it hits your face, actually does more harm than good - instead of arcing in a spray that you can catch with a diaper (which you should have handy), it ricochets off of the nosecone and drenches everything in its vicinity. Poor trade-off.
  4. Baby Wipe Warmer. Seriously, people? You can just hold them in between your hands and warm them up in a minute or so. Instead, some idiots buy (or gift) a device that uses electricity to heat your wipes so they won't shock a tender bum. Unsurprisingly, many of them were recalled for safety reasons.
  5. Soft Toys. Every little one needs a cuddle buddy, but to be quite frank, what they pick is going to be absolutely inscrutable to even the most plugged-in parent. By filling a young baby's room with stuffed animals and other soft toys, you just clutter up your living space with stuff that they probably won't form any kind of emotional bond with. And without that bond, they're just funny-smelling, ungainly pillows.

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  • I doth protest! In reference to number one, I have a three week old baby that is wearing the 0-3 onsies right now. They fit perfectly! In reference to number 4, I can’t imagine too many things as bad for a newborn that has been in mom’s warm uterus for 9 months than an ice cold wipe at 3am. I will agree with number 2 though. My mother in-law bought a pair of the soft high heels for our newborn and I think it is ridiculous and stupid!

    Adam on
  • I completely agree except with the onesies, every baby is different when it come to clothes. My 7lb 8oz baby was wearing premie sized stuff his whole first month, newborn sized stuff till he was 4 months old and 0-3 month sized stuff till he was 6 months old. Now at 1 year old he can still wear his 6 month stuff or up to 18 month sizes. That said, I think clothes in general are a bad gift, gift cards to clothing stores are much safer!

    Jessica Jones on
  • Good job making the effort to get the word out on useless gifts. As a mother of two I agree almost completely. We did in fact use 0-3 onsies and other outfits quite a bit…as for everything else you are exactly right!

    Donna on
  • Ok, I would agree with everything you have on here except for the 0-3 month onesies. Now, if it said newborn onesies, I would have agreed with everything. The 0-3 month onesies are still being used by my 11.5 lb baby girl but the newborn were only used a couple of weeks, along with newborn diapers. You might as well use the size 1! Anyway, great list and keep them coming!

    Rebcca on
  • You speak the truth!

    December on

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