I love TimeHop. I’m often texting photos from it to my husband and sister, highlighting the funny, touching or weird things I posted on my Facebook through the years. I also love looking back at all the photos and remembering where we were as a family at that point in life. As a mom of three, my youngest in Kindergarten, I’m celebrating being out of the baby stage (we just moved our youngest out of her 5-point-harness, the last of the infant items). Of course, there is a touch of sadness there because that part of our life is now behind us, but with that journey of pregnancy and babyhood complete I also have some wisdom to offer new moms.
I think I’m the more practical gift-giver at baby showers now that I’ve raised three babies and have a better appreciation of why a new mom doesn’t need 18 crib blankets but does need 18 burp cloths. I know that cute 0-3 month outfits will make a great photo, but spending an outrageous amount of money on that is best left for the great-grandma to do (because let’s face it, there is no way you can talk a new grandma out of that adorable over-priced over-laced 0-3m dress!)
Research from TripleScoop Premium Market Research on behalf of PlaytexBaby™ found that almost half of gift givers (forty-two per cent) are unaware that they may actually be gifting something completely impractical. While the intention is nice, if you really want to help a new mom, there are ways to ensure your gifts are going to be useful for mom and baby, instead of tucked away in a closet. For example, the research found that just over six-in-10 Canadian moms consider gift cards to be useful gifts. While it may feel impersonal, you can always wrap the gift card up with a PlaytexBaby™ bottle or sippy cup to dress it up! Then mom can use the gift-card to get what she really needs even months down the road.
Seventy percent of moms surveyed said that diapers were considered useful gifts, and I agree with that! In fact, for my third baby’s shower, it was a diapers and formula gifting party and I was thrilled! Sure, some friends still brought adorable outfits and other items as well, but I was so grateful for all that help with essentials before she arrived. Other small, useful items I’d suggest with a gift card or diapers include bottles, soothers, sippy-cups and other feeding items.
If you have a pregnant friend or family member, first hug her and tell her that it will all be worth it very soon, then take note of a great promotion at Babies R Us in stores and online starting today! From September 30 to October 31, 2016 spend $40 or more before tax on PlaytexBaby™ products (excluding all Playtex® Diaper Genie® products) at Babies “R” Us and you will receive a bonus $10 gift card to use on your next purchase! Use that gift card as a bonus for mom to complete the shopping she needs, or keep it for yourself to pick up something the next time you’re in for someone in your family.
I’m always looking for sales, love rewards programs, and love a bonus with purchase so if you’re going to be shopping for baby items in the near future, consider this great deal from PlaytexBaby™ and Babies R Us!
This post is sponsored by Playtex Baby. All opinions and witty remarks, as always, remain my own.