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The Best Baby Gifts for a New Mom

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The best baby gifts are not the ones most new moms think of! Check out my list of must have baby items every new mom will love – but doesn’t even know she needs.

When I was pregnant with my first baby (who is now 9 – yikes!), one of my best friends from college surprised me at my baby shower.  We had just moved to Vegas and she lived in Kansas so I was not expecting her at all. She had just become a mom a year earlier so she had a little more experience than I did.  She put together a basket of gifts that she had found to be the best baby gifts that she hadn’t known about as a new mom.  Today I’m partnering with Boudreaux’s Butt Paste to bring you my list of the best baby gifts a new mom needs!

The Best Baby Gifts for a New Mom

Diapers of all sizes:  Diapers are not cute and they may appear to be the worlds’ most boring baby gift ever. But grab a box of size 3s for mom to stash in the closet and she will be so happy in a few months to be able to save some cash on a box of diapers. Don’t stick to just newborn and size 1s. Get all sizes and throw in a warehouse sized box of wipes for good measure.

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Boudreaux’s Butt Paste: I remember giggling over this one – butt paste! This was in the gift from my friend. She assured me that she had tried every diaper rash cream on the market and Boudreaux’s was the best. I’ll have to take her word on it because I never tried another one. We used Boudreaux’s from day one and it worked so well we never strayed.   Back when my kids were babies, there was only one kind, but now there are three to choose from and I love the natural option which is petrolatum free. Do you love Butt Paste? Share your “Butt Paste love” story on social media and include a hashtag #ButtPasteMom and tags @ButtPaste on Facebook and/or @ButtPasteBaby on Instagram!

Laundry Stain remover: Babies are messy and they produce a lot of stains. A lot. Include your favorite stain remover stick or spray to help the new mom get the stains out.

Hangers: Babies have more clothes than anyone in the house. A couple sets of nice hangers make keeping that tiny wardrobe organized easier.

Swaddling blanket: My firstborn loved to be swaddled.  I was really glad that my friend included a handmade blanket that was large enough to swaddle my daughter even as she got bigger. My son hated swaddling but those blankets are still part of his nighttime routine today (he’s 7). They are literally falling apart. If you can’t make one, then buy one and include it.

Baby Bottle

Bottle Cleaner: Cleaning bottles is a never ending job.  Pick up a little bottle cleaning brush (or 3) to help make dish time easier. I remember thinking this was the oddest gift – then I used it multiple times a day and understood why it had been included in my gift.

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  • wendy
    April 23, 2016

    I’m going to be a GMA again! Putting together a basket for my daughter! Thanks for the ideas! Wendy 1stgradefireworks

  • laura
    April 22, 2016

    A rock n play! Everyone swears by it!

  • Tiffany Henness
    April 19, 2016

    I LOVE getting gift cards but hate to give them because they’re not cute or fun. Lol. But the gift cards to get what we needed that was left on our registry was THE BEST and most helpful honestly.

  • Blair
    April 19, 2016

    Love that Butt Paste! It’s the ointment that my pediatrician always recommended when my boys were really sore. 🙂