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The Best Baby Present I Ever Got: Gifts for New Moms

Check out some great gifts for new moms and learn what some moms say is the best baby present they ever received.
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Need some fresh ideas for the registry? Check out what these moms say are the coolest, most helpful baby gifts they received.

Reading time: "My best baby gifts by far were from my mom who gave me my favorite books from childhood—The Velveteen Rabbit, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Winnie the Pooh. We also had a baby shower where all our friends brought their favorite book from childhood, which created an instant library. I loved revisiting the old memories, and creating new ones with my son."
—Jennifer Porter, mom of two, Seattle, Washington

Kid-tested, mom-approved: "Another mom once gave me a cute canvas tote full of her favorite baby things: socks that stayed up, fingernail clippers that are easy to use, great spoons and cups, lotion to soothe chapped cheeks. There were even coupons for diapers tucked inside. It was so helpful that now it's what I always give at showers."
—Sarah Congdon, mom of four,Ames, Iowa


A clean slate: "When I was pregnant with number two, my mother-in-law gave me four months of bi-weekly maid service by a nontoxic cleaning company. This was such a blessing, especially with a traveling husband and horrible sciatica. The toilets would have never been cleaned otherwise!"
—Amber Maxwell, mom of three, Scottsdale, Arizona

Drop in and dish: "We’d just gotten home from the hospital with our new baby and everything had gone wrong: The dog had growled at the baby, I’d forgotten to take my pain meds, and my daughter still wasn't eating properly. I was about to collapse into tears when two friends arrived at the door, meal in hand. They kept me from losing it—and got me to eat on a day I probably would have never remembered to cook for myself."
—Amber Page, mom of one, Bloomington, Indiana


Gifts for Sleeping tight: "Max was so fussy at first. Then one night when he was screaming, I remembered the weird-looking blanket with Velcro a friend had given us.We put it on and a minute later, Max’s whole body and face just relaxed. It helped my husband and I relax too! The Velcro kept the blanket snug around Max, so it’s like he was back in the womb all warm and cozy. We all slept better after that!"
—Judi Ketteler, mom of two, Cincinnati, Ohio

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by One of the most useful gifts we were given was a baby swing that plugged into the wall. Not only did it not eat up batteries, but it was the only way my child would sleep at first! It was nice to get a break so I could rest or eat myself.With my second due any week now, my family has gifted us with a month of full time daycare for our toddler (something she currently has, but we won't be able to afford whilst on maternity leave) This will help my daughter maintain some normalcy and routine when everything is shaken upside down at home and will also give me some time to bond with our new baby. January 9, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I like books but i prefer ebooks for my ipad. Space saving. September 8, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My husband and I keep re-reading this article! It has some really great stuff! Now we have a better idea on what to buy and what's not really a necessity! June 14, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I remember needing all that you mentioned when I was pregnant the 1st time. I remember also wanting to go home as soon as possible from the hospital. At that time they made you stay 3 days. They kept saying take the help from the nurses your going to need it. Well they were absolutely right. With my 2nd and 3rd children I stayed at the hospital as long as I could. May 1, 2014
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