A baby shower is a great time to help soon-to-be parents get ready for parenthood. Here’s 10 top gift ideas from our readers:
“NoseFriday, it’s a life saver.” – Candice Potgieter
NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator
NoseFrida has been developed by ear, nose and throat specialists, and is also recommended by paediatricians and nurses. Clinical tests show that using NoseFrida results in less nasal congestion, better sleep and an improved appetite.
“A breast pump for sure.” – Marelize Templeman
Phillips AVENT Comfort Single Electric Pump
R2 395, Dis-Chem
The unique design allows for more comfortable pumping and after using the gentle stimulation mode, you can choose from three strength settings while the massage cushion helps stimulate milk flow. Compact and portable, this pump is perfect to keep in your handbag when you’re at work or can even be stored in your desk drawer. It can also be operated using batteries for on-the-go convenience..
Elaine Jooste, Ane Louwies, Hettie Souman Grove and Lindi Ayers all agree that a Snuza Baby Monitor is the perfect gift for a new mom.
Snuza Hero Portable Baby Movement Monitor
Snuza Hero is portable and easy-to-use movement monitor which clips onto your baby’s nappy to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Hero detects even the slightest abdominal movement and will alert you if your baby’s movements are very weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. If no abdominal movement is detected at all for a period of 15 seconds, the device will vibrate gently. Often this vibration is enough to rouse the baby, and Hero will revert to monitoring mode. After three vibration/rouse incidents, the Rouse Warning will alert you to the fact that your baby’s abdominal movements have stopped for 15 seconds on three occasions. If no further movement is detected for another 5 seconds, an alarm will sound to alert you.
“Baby products, and lots of them! You’ll always need a lot of bum cream and nappies.” – Catherine Jenkin
It’s a girl nappy cake
Made up of a soft baby girl teddy, nappies, and an adorable pink onesie, this is a fabulous gift for any newborn baby girl. Boys options are also available.
First aid kit
“A medicine kit including Sterimar nasal spray, Woodward’s gripe water, Telament drops, Bonbaby massage oil, 1ml syringes, etc.” – Shannon Dommett
Baby Roll Up First Aid kit
This kit contains 40 items and is both economical and contains many of the essential items necessary to empower mom. Supplied in a durable, portable Nylon Roll up bag, the kit is compact enough to be taken wherever you go in order to cope with any baby related emergency situation.
“A digital thermometer – the hold to forehead or ear ones work best.” – Michele Dorfling
Thermoval Ear and Forehead Thermometer
We love this dual mode clinical thermometer which delivers highly accurate ear and forehead measurements.
“Vouchers for Baby City. My baby had a bit of eczema so I could not use any of the baby toiletries that I got at my baby shower (which I did not attend as she was born that morning).” – Tasneem Maganlal
Any vouchers from Baby City, Babies R Us, takealot.com or any other baby shop.
Buying a voucher could not be simpler, and this allows the mom-to-be to buy the items she really wants for baby, or perhaps the items she still needs that she didn’t get at the baby shower.
Ready-made frozen meals
“ My friend got me 6 weeks supply of gourmet frozen meals, so everyday I just had to pop them in the oven and not worry about cooking or preparing dinner. It was the best.” – Kaylee Sekgaolelo
Any ready-made meals new moms can pop in the freezer and reheat when needed. You can make these yourself at home, or buy them from Woolworths, Pick n Pay or Checkers.
A breastfeeding guide
“The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is a great book for new moms.” – Tanya Thomas
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Available from your local La Leche League Group. Visit their website to find a group in your area.
A baby carrier or wrap
“A noonoopie wrap!” – Steffi Terblanche
NooNoo Pie Tie
R449 – R469, noonoopie.co.za
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