Baby Shower Etiquette

Baby Shower Gift Etiquette

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If your friend or family member is having a baby shower, you should try to find out if they have a baby registry set up. And if they do, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD please buy them stuff from their registry!  Mom’s-to-be spend lots of time researching baby products, and discussing the items they need with their significant other, and going over the things they will need and/or not need, and believe it or not, they also add things onto their registry of all different prices so if people only want to spend $10 they can, or if they want to splurge they can do that too.  And what’s better, it makes shopping for you that much easier!

Registries also prevent the parents to be ending up with tons of onesies, blankets and other clothes that their baby will outgrow in 2 weeks.  Purchasing something from their registry will go a long way.  Keep in mind that new parents-to-be need stuff (rather than want stuff), and if you can help them out with their needs, that would be ideal.  Gift cards where their registry is stationed is also good.  The exception to this is, is you see something really cool and unique, then get it! Don’t get me wrong, everything and anything you purchase for the parents-to-be will be greatly appreciated, because they need stuff (even onesies), but I think people underestimate how expensive having a baby is.  If you can help them out by buying them something from their registry – something they truly need – it’ll go a long way.

I hope this post doesn’t come across as greedy or inappreciative, because its not at all the intent of the post – its more of making people aware that (especially) new parents to be are in need of a ton of stuff, and baby stuff isn’t cheap!  Its stuff that I personally wouldn’t have thought about if I had to go to a baby shower prior to us having a baby, so just sharing my thoughts.  If you have any other tips/advice, please feel free to post them!

Product Review: Cloud Baby Monitor App

  

 Our baby is now just a little over 4 months and because it is recommended in Canada that they sleep in a bassinet in the parents’ room for the first 6 months, we haven’t had a need for a baby monitor.  

My husband went out for this staff Christmas party tonight, so I was left at home with Linden (obviously not my first time alone with him).  The only difference is that I figured I could get some house work done tonight.  Linden was having a nap in our room, so I set up the iPad and started the Cloud Baby Monitor App on the iPad (as the child unit) and on my iPhone (as the parent unit).  It worked amazing.  The first thing when I set it up, the app asked me to customize the settings for noise and motion detection.  You are given the opportunity to set the detection to high, medium, or low, depending on how sensitive you want it to be.  I went downstairs and started to mop the living room and basement.  When Linden woke up, he started moving around (waiving his arms) and I received a notification right away alerting me that motion had been detected.  Then as I was making my way upstairs, he had begun crying and again, another notification came in to alert me that there was noise/sound detected. 

Also, once you’re on the app, an added bonus is, if you look at the top right hand corner where the amount of battery power remaining is shown, it’s split in half, the top half being the “child unit”, in my case, the iPad that is acting as the camera on your baby, and the bottom half is the “parent unit”, which is probably your smartphone or the device you are using to watch your child/baby. It’s pretty cool to have that, more so in the scenario that the child unit power is getting low. I’ve added a picture below to show that.

 

At the top of the photo, you can see the battery power of both the child unit and the parent unit


 
For a $5 or $7 app, it’s amazing.  And because we have family sharing, we only had to buy it once to use it on both devices (the child unit and the parent unit), and also on my husbands iPhone as well. 

I would highly recommend this app to anyone looking for a baby monitor and if you have an extra i-device such as an iPad or an extra iPhone. Baby monitors generally set you back $100+ so this was a great investment at the $5 for an app.  An added bonus is that it works on the Apple Watch as well so you don’t have to be carrying your phone around and constantly watching your phone. 

 

As seen from the Apple Watch

 
  

Amazon Prime


I was looking for a specific Elmo teether for my 3 month old at Babies R Us, only to discover that they had taken it off their website and that it was no longer available for purchase through them.  So, I did what any other desperate parent (trying to find a toy to shut their crying baby up) would do – I turned to Amazon.

They had the teether, so I added it to my cart.  As I was about to check out, I was prompted for a FREE Amazon Prime 30-day trial. Who in their right mind would say no to this?!  You basically get free 2 day shipping for this entire 30-day trial period.   It’s probably the smarted thing that Amazon could’ve done, because not only am I going to purchase Amazon Prime, but I also ended up ordering a bunch of other stuff that I wouldn’t normally have ordered.

It just makes sense… I mean, think about it.  If every purchase you make charges you (on average) $10 for shipping, after 10 purchases, it would have paid itself off. AND it’s not just any shipping, it’s guaranteed 2 day shipping.  It’s so amazing for parents because, let’s face it, I don’t want to tackle the mall, and crazy, impatient, angry shoppers around Christmas time, especially with a baby.

5 stars to Amazon for offering me their Amazon Prime membership. I’m converted.