Last Updated on September 15, 2020
I am officially in the phase of life where all my friends are having babies.
I went to a lovely baby shower this past weekend – my second one this year.
Bringing my own plate, means I can easily load up on food without creating any trash, but most of the baby showers I’ve been to heavily rely on finger food.
I LOVE it when I’m at an event or party with finger food because it’s super easy to snack without any plate at all. I excel at hovering around the snack table.
Attending the shower is the easy part. Buying the gifts, on the other hand… this has presented a little bit of a challenge.
At the baby shower I attended this weekend, the couple decided to cloth diaper (which is super cool!), but hasn’t been the norm with most showers I’ve attended.
Upfront, I want to say, there is no judgment here. Of course, I think it’s great to use reusables, but I understand it’s not feasible or possible for everyone.
Having just moved into a place without a washer and dryer, I’m not sure I could cloth diaper!
My goal with this post is not to shame anyone rather just provide a few eco-friendly gift ideas if that’s what you’re looking for.
Almost every baby shower I’ve been to has had a diaper raffle, and I’ve seen it done in two ways.
One way is where you buy a pack of diapers or a cloth diaper if that is the parent’s wishes and the other is simply a fund where you bring cash.
With the blessing of the couple who’s baby shower I recently attended, I got them a gift certificate for diaper service which felt like a perfect solution!
1. diaper service:
Diaper service was recommended to me by one of my readers. When going to the baby shower this past weekend, I knew this was the perfect gift!
The couple wants to cloth diaper, but have been a little nervous about all the laundry. The diaper service will drop off 80 cloth diapers. You’ll change the baby and place the dirty diapers in the “dirty” bag they provide.
Once a week they’ll swing by and pick up the dirty diapers and replace them with clean ones. I’m not sure if all diaper services work the exact same, but I’m sure they work similarly.
I had a super pleasant experience getting a gift card set-up with Tidee Didee Diaper Service. Customer service was spot on. They service a large portion of the bay area, and their prices are very reasonable.
If you’re hesitant to cloth diaper because of all the laundry, you should definitely look into a diaper service. It’s also a great gift to bestow!
One of the baby showers I went to requested children’s books instead of cards. Each book had a sweet little note written in the front to the baby.
I thought this was a lovely idea. The library is great to check out new books for your little one, but it’s also nice to have a couple always on hand.
When I first moved out to California, I nannied for several months. We would stroll down to the local library and check out all sorts of books.
My only reservation about writing in the books, is some people are deterred from purchasing books with “flaws.”
I love buying second-hand books that have notes in them, but some people don’t.
What do you think? Would you be deterred from buying a book that had writing in it?
A couple of the moms at the baby shower said, “You can never have too many baby blankets.” I don’t know if that’s true. But, what I do know is baby blankets make great “wrapping paper.”
Instead of going with traditional wrapping paper, tie your present up with a cute baby blanket or an organic crib sheet.
Growing up my mom and I would always make sure our wrapping was a present too. Think about putting your gift inside of a diaper bag, a basket, a diaper stacker or even a sheet set.
4: baby clothes:
Babies go through clothes really fast. It’s really easy to pick up like new baby clothes at consignment shops or second-hand stores.
It’s also really easy to find adorable, organic, and ethical baby clothing online. Some of my favorite shops are listed below.
- Little Lentil – I love that they have a preloved section on their site and they’re all organic cotton!
- Penguin Organics
- Under the Nile
- Polarn O. Pyret
- Spunky Stork
5. cloth diapers:
If you know the baby is going to be cloth diapered, buying cloth diapers is a great gift!
If you know the baby isn’t going to be cloth diapered, I wouldn’t recommend making this purchase.
Cloth diapers use a lot of resources to produce. If you know the couple won’t use them, you don’t want to drum up those resources unnecessarily.
6. stick to the registry:
I think registries are great. Couples can register for exactly what they want.
So, even if nothing fits into your personal criteria, at least you know that you’re buying something the couple will use.
I think an item that is wanted and used is almost more important than having something that’s not used even if it checks all of my ethical and sustainable boxes.
Of course, there are a ton of other options! This list only barely scratches the surface.
I know some new families would probably even be really excited about receiving a gift card for a home cleaning or some homemade meals.
I’ve already asked my friend to borrow a few casserole dishes with lids so when the baby is born, I’ll fill them with food and drop them off at their house.
Now, I’m not a mother and haven’t had a baby shower. If you have, I would love to hear all of your thoughts! What are some of the best gifts you’ve given or received from a baby shower?
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