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June 11, 2012 1:35 PM Subscribe
What does a 16-year-old mom need for her baby and herself?
posted by Felicity Rilke to Grab Bag (39 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine has a 16-year-old client who just gave birth a week ago. Her story isn't mine to tell, but the situation is terrible and she has little to no family support and that is unlikely to change. My friend put a call out for a stroller because the mom can't afford one and is having trouble getting around without. That put me in action.
I'm trying to help with the stroller situation and pull together a baby basket. I want to include things you might need for a baby but wouldn't think of (particularly if you are 16). So far I've managed to get an Ergo and a couple slings donated. I've picked up a month's worth of diapers, gripe water, Vaseline, Penaten cream, a baby health kit (thermometer, nasal syringe, nail clippers, etc.), a couple onesies, and a Sophie and a bunny because every baby should have something to chew on and something to snuggle.
What am I missing? I think mama is formula-feeding, so I'll get some of that once I know what she uses. But what other practical or frivolous-but-super-helpful things should I try to include?
Also, what do 16-year-old girls like? I know that is a generalization, but I'm trying to think of an appropriate gift for a teenaged girl who is probably really scared and overwhelmed right now. Something totally unrelated to baby. I just have no idea what that should be. Keep in mind, I don't know this girl, I've never met her, so I don't know which way her tastes run.