I am so excited to be a part of the Kelly’s Closet Blogger Beach Bash and, and to celebrate, I wanted to give you guys my suggestions for an awesome fluffy baby shower gift. I don’t know about you, but I find that I am invited to Baby Showers mostly in the summer, maybe that’s just an odd coincidence. But I always want to give cloth diaper gifts, even if the Mom isn’t quite sure on how to cloth diaper. So in this post, I want to offer some gift ideas so that if the parent decides NOT to cloth diaper, they still have other uses for the items (you know, so they don’t think in the back of their heads, “Oh…..great…..why couldn’t they have used their money to give me something I’d actually use.”)
You don’t want to seem pushy, so the best way I’ve found to do this is by giving the Mama things that could be used for OTHER things.
* Newborn Diaper – This is your chance to shine, to get those oohs and aahs at the party with a cute print on a tiny little diaper. I like to get them a newborn cloth diaper that has a hook and loop closure, so it mimics the closure on a disposable (for example, bumGenius newborn diaper). I know it isn’t a hook and loop closure, but I think the GroVia newborn AIOs are cute and have a great size range. Let them know it is something that they can keep on hand in case they run out of diapers. If you want something that they could use to cover a disposable to prevent leaks, serve as “undies” under a dress, or work as a swim diaper, you could pick a swim diaper or a pocket with a stay dry interior (that they could just take the insert out for swimming or putting over a disposable)–but in that case I’d recommend getting a one size diaper or a duo sized.
* Small Wet Bag – If they are going to try cloth diapers, you want to give them something to show them that they can just toss the bag in the wash to clean the diapers. BUT if they decide not to cloth diaper, they can use it to hold wet swimwear or wet towels from the kitchen. Planet Wise has pretty inexpensive wet bags. Cost: $9.50
* Disposable Liners – This is a great way to show how easy it is to deal with the poop! If they don’t end up cloth diapering, tell them they may want to keep them on hand for when their kid is potty trained and may accidentally have an accident in his/her underwear. You can see some liners here. Cost: $10
* Rash Cream – make sure you get them some rash cream that is safe for cloth diapers. Diaper Shops has little sample jars of CJs for just $1.50. Obviously this can be used on a baby that is cloth diapered or disposable diapered. But, one other use I get out of this is once I get the jar empty, I fill it with coconut oil and a few drops of some essential oils and BOOM, I have an awesome massage lotion! Cost: $1.50
* Changing Diapers book. I love this book. It really does provide a great overview. So since your kit got their feet wet, this will help them dive right in!
While you are buying stuff, make sure you enter whatever coupon code Kelly’s Closet has at the time and you can either give your friend that diaper too or keep it for yourself. You can always see what deals they have on a one size cloth diaper on their homepage.
When you give the gift, you may want to give a brief note describing how the items could be used if they use disposables (also, feel free to give them my website and email, I’d be happy to help them). You also may want to provide a quick, not overwhelming description of how to use and care for the cloth diapers. But don’t get overwhelming!
What fluffy gifts have you given your friends?