When I had my first child, the best baby shower gift I received was a surprising one.
It was from my friend Emma and it was a box filled with things I’d never even thought of that were essentials, and were just for me: maternity pads, breast pads, nipple cream, body wash, body lotion and a lip balm - all absolute hospital new mum essentials.
When I had my second child, I knew to buy all the above things myself so the best pre-baby gift was some food essentials.
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My friend Jess brought a big basket of delicious deli foods - salami and other cured meats, soft cheese, antipasto goodies, and a bottle of bubbles - all things I had missed for nine months that were thoroughly enjoyed as soon as I’d popped my bundle out. Plus, they were the perfect snacks (not the bubbles) while breastfeeding.
Next weekend, I am organising a new baby celebration for a girlfriend who is having her third child next month, and I needed some gift inspiration and some reminders about what new mums want and love.
So, I put the word out to the Mamamia community asking for the best new baby gifts they’ve either given or that they received.
Here's what they had to say:
Baby Supplies & Clothing
"I had twins and one of my colleagues bought me four boxes of newborn nappies. It was a sensational gift."