Fashionable & Practical Baby Shower Gifts

I have so many friends who are pregnant right now, so I thought I would put together a list of my absolute favorite items that I would have loved to have received at my own baby shower. Some are fashionable, some are practical, but all of them will be well received!

 

bundle

A Little Bundle is a monthly subscription service to provide curated bundles of products for both mother and her baby to enjoy. You can choose from a wide range of products from around the world that meet only the highest quality and design standards. They also work directly with designers and vendors to create exclusive products just for their subscribers! Bundles are now available for children up to 2 years old! Every bundle consists of four or more carefully hand-selected products for both the mother and child!

A 3 month subscription would be a great baby shower gift to an expecting mother! A Little Bundle scours the market and discovers products that make the motherhood journey beautiful and exciting! Every bundle is curated to a specific theme that offers creative ways for the mom and baby to bond. A Little Bundle celebrates the bond between moms and their babies and they believe all mothers and their children deserve the best of the best!

Sign up today and receive a little bundle full of surprises every month! Pick your bundle here or give a bundle or two as a gift here.


organic pharmacy

 

The Organic Pharmacy’s mother & baby natural, toxin-free products designed especially with sensitive babyskin in mind. The Organic Pharmacy organic baby products are gentle on baby’s skin, while the range of pre- and post-natal care is ideal for mom’s health and beauty needs.

Availability: Barney’s, Barney’s Online and www.theorganicpharmacy.com


gdiapers for newborns

Help a mom-to-be out by gifting her the gDiapers Newborn Bundle with everything in she could possibly need to start cloth diapering like a pro! It’s cheaper, cleaner and healthier for baby and the environment to use cloth diapers.

I’ve tried quite a few brands of cloth diapers at this point and honestly, I think gDiapers are the best cloth diapers. Check out my gDiapers how-to and instructions (with pictures)!

Price: Newborn Bundle is $124.99 from Amazon.com (Retails for $149.99)

Get It: You can purchase gDiapers at gdiapers.com, Amazon.com, Target.com and in stores like Babies ‘R’ Us, Whole Foods Market, and more.


 

A favorite of Kim Kardashian’s (as shown on the latest episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians), Mama Mio’s Lucky Legs has established itself as a pregnancy must-have.

lucky legs

Mama Mio’s Lucky Legs is the ultimate rescue remedy when your legs and feet are in need of some intensely minty refreshment. This mini-spa treatment glides on to instantly cool and ease weary, swollen limbs from knees to toes. Leaving a subtle sparkly-shimmer on your shins. I love rubbing this into my legs right before bed after a long day. Great for pregnancy and beyond!

Price: $19.50

Get It: Amazon.com or MamaMio.com


mama mio pregnancy essentials kit

I’m a huge fan of ALL Mama Mio products but this is the kit I recommend to ALL my pregnant friends and family. The Mama Mio Pregnancy Essentials Kit that includes Boob Tube, Tummy Rub Butter, and Lucky Legs (shown above). They are indeed the three essentials from Mama Mio that will get your through the 9 month stretch. I went through at least 2-3 tubes of Boob Tube and Tummy Rub Butter when I was pregnant with my son. What a life saver! I sincerely appreciate the scent of these while I was pregnant. We all know how sensitive our noses can be when we’re pregnant! Thank goodness Mama Mio knows that and made their products accordingly.

Price: $28.00

Get It: MamaMio.com and Amazon.com

Another one I like is the Mama Mio The Congratulations Kit!


cake pops

If you want to bring a delightful desert to the baby shower, consider making some of the increasingly popular Cake Pops! The Art of Cake Pops: 75 Dangerously Delicious Designs has some of the best, most unique Cake Pop recipes I’ve seen. Colorful images, detailed instructions and mouth watering ingredients that will make your desert the star of the show.

Price: $17.95

Get It: $13.31 on Amazon.com




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If I had to pick only one item to give a new or expecting mom, I would absolutely pick the ERGObaby Baby Carrier. It was an absolute lifesaver for me with my son. It’s the easiest carrier to put on and off, easiest one to adjust, perfect for beginners and experts alike and a must-have for all moms. You’d think a baby would sleep better in a crib, undisturbed, but actually a brand new little baby is used to being WITH MOMMY! Been growing in there and living with mommy, doing what mommy does for 9 months. I say, in the womb for 9 months and on the back for 9 months! :-)

I especially love their Petunia Pickle Bottom collection.

Price: Retails for $115 and up

Get It: ErgoBaby.com, Amazon.com, BabyEarth.com

gDiapers Pictures How-To & Instructions

My friend recently found out she was pregnant for baby number THREE and she’s hoping to try cloth diapers this time around, to help save money. She was concerned that she was wasting a ton of money on disposables and didn’t think they were very good for the environment either! So, of course, I suggested gDiapers! I have had such great success with them and they are really easy to use for people who are new to cloth diapering.

She’s right about the wasted money AND the negative impact on the environment. (You can read all about the “yuck” of disposable diapers here.) The biggest thing to take into consideration is that disposables are made from plastic. One plastic diaper equals 1 cup of non-renewable oil. And we all know how excited everyone is about the rising cost of oil these days, right?! Yeah… I’d rather put that oil in my car than make a diaper with it.

Another reason why I chose cloth diapering is because once I tried it, I never wanted to go back.

TFH’s List of PROS for Cloth Diapering

  • No more diaper rashes!!!
  • Cloth is more comfortable than paper. (Do YOU want to wear paper undies?)
  • Better for the environment.
  • WAAAY cheaper than disposable diapers.
  • No cancer causing chemicals on baby’s bum.
  • Easier to clean baby’s bum at every diaper change.

TFH’s List of CONS for Cloth Diapering

  • Bigger initial investment.
  • More Laundry (but you’re probably already doing a ton anyway!)
  • Have to change cloth diapers more often than disposables.
  • Need bigger clothes because cloth diapers are more bulky.

I recommend gDiapers because they are the easiest cloth diaper system around. I have tried other cloth diapers and nothing compares to gDiapers. You have the flexibility to use gCloth inserts OR disposable/compostable/flushable gRefill inserts.

I almost always use the cloth inserts, unless I am going to be out for the day, then I just use the disposable ones and flush them in the public rest rooms or dispose of them in the nearest garbage can. I personally don’t like dealing with a poopy cloth insert when I’m out and about… but if it happens, I just stick it in my gWetbag and deal with it when I get home.

One of the thing I love about gDiapers that sets them apart from the rest is less laundry than most. gDiapers are made up of three parts… The gPants (comes in 4 sizes and lots of different colors), the gSnap in Liners that act as a buffer between the insert that gets wet and the outside gPant that doesn’t get wet (usually!), and the gCloth or gRefill insert.

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Best Cloth Diapers – Earth Friendly Reusable gDiapers Review

This is for all you moms of kids under 3 and moms to be. If you haven’t heard of gDiapers yet, you are in for a treat!

First off, I gave birth to my second child at home, in a birthing tub. My handsome baby boy was born on August 31, 2010 at 2:42am after 5 hours of labor. He is absolutely the cutest little man on the planet and I’m totally smitten…

Isn’t he handsome?

With my first child, I was unable to do cloth diapers for more than a couple weeks because our landlord removed the community washer and dryer suddenly and without warning. Needless to say, we didn’t stay living there much longer. Now we own our own home in the woods and I have my very own Maytag washer and dryer.

So I was actually kinda excited to get a second chance to try my hand at cloth diapering with baby number two. I researched cloth diapers for weeks, trying to find the best ones on the market only to find that there were actually a lot more options just three years later. The most exciting and innovative diapers I found were gDiapers.

gDiapers - earth friendly diapersgDiapers are actually a diaper hybrid that offers the convenience of switching between washable, reusable cloth inserts and biodegradable, disposable refills. Save money by using gCloth inserts that are made of four thirsty layers of baby soft microfleece and hemp/cotton. No folding required! Just slip them into the gPants and you’re ready to go. Not only are they convenient and earth friendly, they are SUPER cute.

If you’re not into doing that much laundry and you’re looking for something closer to disposables, you’ll want to try the gRefills. gRefills are 100% biodegradable. They can be home composted, flushed or even tossed. Throw the wet ones in your garden compost and in 50 – 150 days you’ve turned a wet diaper into a soil amendment. You’re actually giving something back to the planet and reducing your family’s footprint. Flush and you’re putting poop where it belongs, in the toilet, not the garbage. Even throwing gRefills away is okay. After all, gRefills are plastic free. Even though the degradation rate in landfills is slower than in a home compost, they’ll still break down much quicker than the 500 years it takes a disposable.

I opted to use both gCloth cloth diaper inserts and the gRefills. After 6 weeks of using both, I personally prefer the gRefills. They are easier to deal with since you can flush them or chuck them in the trash and I rarely had problems with leaks. The gCloth is a more affordable option if you’re looking to save money and have time for laundry, but I found I had to change diapers twice as often and some diaper changes also required an outfit change.

I have only used the gCloth inserts a couple times so I will need to play around with them a little bit more and see how they perform. I’ve been using the gRefills pretty consistently for over 4 weeks now and I’m really happy with them. They are even easy to deal with when out and about.

I do still use Huggies disposables overnight since my little guy sleeps 7 hours straight at night and I don’t want to disturb him with a diaper change. I found that no diaper (disposable or otherwise) is leak-free after 6+ hours… Because gDiapers are plastic free, it makes them a little more prone to nighttime leaks though. At least that’s the case with my little man! Maybe he pees a lot when he sleeps…

Overall, I highly recommend gDiapers if you don’t want to use disposables and are in the market for cloth diapers that are convenient and easy to use, yet still affordable.

You do have to make a little bit of an initial investment with gDiapers. Here is what I personally recommend…

For Newborns Under 8 Pounds:

I recommend getting the gDiapers New Baby Bundle if you have a preemie or baby under 7 pounds. The bundle comes with 12 tiny gPants that you can use the small gCloth inserts or small gRefills in. They are quite small, so if you pop out an 8+ pound baby, you might be better off skipping the New Baby Bundle and just go ahead and get the size small gPants. I also recommend using disposables for the first week or at least the first few days until your new baby has passed all the mecconium.

For Babies Over 8 Pounds:

I bought too many gPants and I don’t want you to do the same thing! I bought like 10 small gPants and I’ve found that you only need that many if you are going to use the gCloth inserts and do laundry 3-4 times a week or if you are going to use gRefills and do laundry like once a week.

I’ve found that I need to change diapers more often with the gCloth inserts than the gRefills. And I purchased at least 1 extra liner for every gPant. So I have around 10 gPants and like 22 liners.

My little guy is almost ready for size Medium, so I’ll have to get back to you about how many of those to buy!!


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