A Perfect Baby Shower Gift: Quality Items You Need for Baby
A baby grooming kit is probably one of the top go-to baby items for registries and baby showers. They are inexpensive, handy, cute, and a classic must-have. They are a great gift option for both the giver and the Mom-to-be.
Except one thing…those pre-made kits are nearly useless.
I have a challenge for you. Ask a few moms you know what items they used from a store-bought grooming kit for their baby. You know what I bet their answer will be? Either they’ll say they used one or two items a couple times, the items broke or didn’t work to start with, or they never used the items at all.
Those kits are cheap-o! That’s why so many manufacturers make them. They are really inexpensive to throw together with low quality products and market as a “must-have.”
While it’s true that new babies really do need most of the items listed, the stuff inside barely works. You get what you pay for.
So I have a mission to help new moms and the sweet people who are buying and making gifts for new moms find products that are actually GREAT quality, long-lasting, and low cost (especially compared to buying replacement items after already paying for one of those cheap kits!)
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I use ALL of these products with my babies and I promise they have worked like a charm for us. We even still use most of them over a year later! I highly recommend every one of these items for your grooming kit. You’ll notice they also have great reviews on Amazon. I always stalk hundreds of reviews before buying stuff, so you don’t have to.
So if you are looking for a great gift to put together for an expecting mother, grab a cute basket and a bow from the dollar store and get ready to give the best baby shower gift ever.
Orrr if you’re a Mama-to-be , get ready to have all the things you need on hand before you need them (there’s nothing worse than needing to clip a stray nail late at night so Baby won’t scratch herself, then opening up your pre-made kit and the sorry excuse for nail clippers barely working!)
Baby Grooming Kit:
Boogie bulb – The nasal aspirators in store-bought kits are probably the biggest rip-off of all. They do nothing. Even the one we got at the hospital was sub-par. After tons of research, I went with this one and I lovvve it. SO great for suctioning out baby snot! (Oh, the things that excite you when you become a mom.) It opens up and is easy to clean, so you can ease your mommy worries about what’s growing on the inside of that bulb. You push down on the top, rather than the sides for better suction and it just works. I use the toddler size, even on my newborn, and it worked fine for me, but they do make a teeny tiny one too. Perfect for boogies, spit up and for one-month-olds with really bad colds (yes, this happened and it was the saddest thing ever.)
Nail Scissors – My all-time favorite baby item. I use these things twice a week and they are still going strong clipping for both my tot and my baby. They have big holes for grown-up fingers and tiny blades for baby nails. You get a ton of control over where you are clipping, which is super important for nervously trimming a newborn’s fingernails. I actually tried the regular clippers recently for my 2 ½ year old’s nails and I HATED it. I felt like I kept accidentally clipping too low. If these things ever actually break, I’ll immediately order more. Love. Them.
Boogie wipes – Ok, I know most baby grooming kits don’t come with wipes, but they should. These things are the best, so I had to include them. A simple wet wipe, gentle enough for Baby’s hands and face, without the nasty chemical taste of baby wipes. Plus, they are made with saline, so they are perfect for dissolving any dried drippings from baby’s nose. Super cheap and perfect on-the-go.
Tooth brush – A sweet Dentist’s wife gave me one of these as a gift with my first, so I knew I could trust it. I was so glad to have it to keep my baby’s first little teeth clean. It was also great for him to practice with when it came close to time to start brushing. It happens so much sooner than you expect!
Tooth paste – I remember having a hard time choosing a first toothpaste, so I thought I’d throw this in. This kind is gentle and fluoride-free, which is great for Baby learning how to brush without swallowing toothpaste and Mama not having to worry.
Thermometer – If I can confidently recommend splurging on ANY baby item, I think a good thermometer (like this one) would be my top pick. We had a really cheap forehead thermometer, an oral thermometer, and a rectal thermometer for a long time. They were all junk. I could NEVER trust what temp they were saying. Not something you want to “guess” with when you have a sick baby. Invest in a long-lasting, trustworthy thermometer from the start. Oh, and taking temps via forehead is a wholllle lot nicer for everyone involved.
Q tips – I cannot believe how often I am cleaning ears. Seriously. I probably say “I JUST cleaned your ears!” at least twice a week. I like these itty bitty ones with the “safety” feature in my grooming kit. Tiny ears need tiny Q tips. Simple, but great to have from day one.
Boom. There you have it:
A baby grooming kit with great products that will actually work. Now if you want to go all out and make this a Baby First Aid Kit as well, here are the items I use and love with my littles. (FYI, I’m not a medical professional, although my husband is. Even so, please trust your doctor with medical decisions for your sweet baby.)
Baby First Aid Kit:
Gas drops – These gentle drops are so wonderful for when Baby is gassy and pitiful. It seems to work really quickly and Baby doesn’t mind the taste. This is something you want to go ahead and have on-hand. Trust me, you don’t want to have to run to the store while Baby is screaming in pain with bubbles in his belly.
Gripe water – This stuff is so great for when you have NO IDEA why baby is crying. Which can happen…often. A lot of babies love this stuff. It’s gentle on their tummies and the taste really helps them reset when they are inconsolable. It’s also pretty effective for those obnoxious, sleep-interrupting hiccups. Go ahead and have it ready to grab in the middle of the night when nothing is working to soothe your little one.
Tylenol or Motrin – I recommend having some meds in your baby first aid kit. I use medicine as a last resort, but when nothing else is working, you want to KNOW you’ve got what you need in the cabinet, especially if Baby has a fever.Teething gel – Both of my babies started teething crazy early (like 3 months!) I have been super impressed with this awesome teething gel. It is quick, natural and very gentle. It is the ONLY instant teething remedy I’ve found that is safe for babies (most teething gels have been removed from shelves due to unsafe ingredients.) I used it on my own gums before putting in my little ones’ mouths. I keep one in the diaper bag and one in the fridge, because when it’s cold it gives and extra cooling relief to baby. I’m kind of in love with the company who makes it, especially for sleep products. Read my full review here. I highly recommend!
Band-Aids – Cute Band-Aids are one of those things I wish adults could pull off too. One of these coupled with a lollipop is sure to make any little boo boo all better.
Neosporin with pain relief – For minor scrapes, I like to use this kind of Neosporin. It helps heal while also providing a bit of gentle relief.
Put it all together in a basket or a cute travel bag and you’ve got a rockin’ Baby Grooming Kit and Baby First Aid Kit for Baby’s basic needs starting out! Or start your Amazon Baby Registry so that your loved ones know exactly what you want. If you’re looking to be suuuuper prepared for life with a newborn check out my post on How to Prepare for Baby While You’re Still Pregnant.
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