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 had a baby wipe warmer and it scared me! It used to dry out and turn the wipes on the bottom brown, as if they were cooking them! LOL It broke after a few months and I started using COLD wipes on his bottom and he would SCREAM for every diaper change. I went through TONS of onesies when my baby was born. I didn’t get enough when I had my baby shower. =[
    baby high heels? NO WAY! As for the soft toys, my baby didn’t have ANY toys! My husband and I had to spend a fortune on a ton of baby toys to stimulate him b/c no one bought us any. As for tee-tee pee pees go, I got pee’d on at least 5 times a day. I wish someone would have bought me that too! hahaha

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  • Yup, babies, like bears, come in all shapes and sizes.

    Mama C, we agree! The last thing new parents need is a bunch of unasked for stuff, no matter how great the intention. Gift cards always work, though checking the registry is better. That way you know your gift will go to good use and not just be an under-the-bed dust-bunny buddy or regifted back to you when you are expecting!

    Does anyone have any favorite baby shower gifts they received?

    P.S. Lydia, you are so right and you totally cracked us up!

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  • I don’t get it about the 0-3 onesies… My daughter wore them until she was like 3-4 months lol. We got a lot of use out of them. I do think though it’s a bad idea in general to give clothes in nb or 0-3 because new parents end up with sooo many. I think most people would rather have a big box of diapers than yet ANOTHER tiny outfit. :)

    StormsMomma on
  • I love number one unlike all the others. However, in my case, I bought all the newborn clothes for my daughter while my mother sat by warning me not to because 1. I would get a ton at the shower and 2. she would outgrow them immediately.

    So true, so true. My daughter was wearing 2t by 9 months (massive girl, born 1 week premature but 8lbs 2oz) lol great post

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