Have you found yourself frustrated trying to decide what to buy for a baby shower gift? By the time you have spent energy, money and time buying and wrapping the "perfect" gift, you find that someone else had the same idea. This scenario is the same embarrassment that you felt in Jr. High School when some girl wore the identical dress for the Spring Dance. I can reassure you that help is on the way for those who don't find gift shopping a thrill a minute.
You may go on-line or to a local department store and check the mother-to-be's registry. Unfortunately, the registry isn't always up to date. For example, my sister-in-law, who was properly registered, received three identical changer/playpens. You may take the chance that the registry is current and buy something with no guarantees.
Buying a cute card and wrapping paper is the next step. You might figure that you can make up for your uncertainity about the gift by wrapping it beautifully. But keep in mind that there will come a time when the expensive paper and gorgeous bow needs to come off. Will it be the gift you hoped it to be? There is a solution to all your frustration and worry.
One sure way make a positive impression at a baby shower is to bring a gift that specifically improves the mother or baby's quality of life. You will be one step ahead of everyone else because no one is thinking of this. For example, a soothing organic spray for episiotomy relief, or an organic bottom balm for diaper rash healing or perhaps a hard to find breastfeeding pillow might be the answer. Gift shopping can be a pleasure when you purchase a special, thoughtful gift which will thrill any mother-to-be
Julie L. Johnson is a wife and mother of three who has experienced every pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and breastfeeding situation there is and has lived to tell about. She is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Doula and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant practicing in Southern California. Her website http://www.birth-angel.com provides services and products to help ease the transition into motherhood.