Tell me your baby essentials!
January 2, 2011 6:21 AM Subscribe
I'd like to buy a baby shower gift for a couple of soon-to-be parents who are really, sincerely strapped for cash. Please help me (a non-parent) come up with a list of absolute baby essentials that they can use during the first year or so.
posted by theantikitty to Shopping (33 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm throwing a baby shower. Yay! I'm going in with a friend to help pay for the costs of food, drink, etc at the restaurant, but I also want to get them a separate gift. Because of the other costs, I only have about $50-$75 to spend on this shower gift.
The expectant parents are both really lovely people, and they're also getting by on very little right now. She's in graduate school, and he's adjuncting at a nearby college. Rather than getting them a fancy or decorative gift, I prefer to spend the money I have on items that they will sincerely need during the first year. I'm sure they will get plenty of clothes, and my budget isn't enough to afford a large ticket item. So, are there a bunch of small things that you needed as a new parent that I could collect into a gift basket? The every day stuff, stuff that most people probably won't buy for a shower? I'd like to be as useful to them as possible. Thanks for any advice you might have!