my youngest is 6 now and the memory isnt what it was :gimmer:
my sister is expecting and i am a teeny bit chuffed to bits.
when i had my babies i had no idea and little contact with other mums... was the only one in my peer group... i moved away from the city to a place i knew no-one... one thing i did have was money to burn (i hope that doesnt upset anyone, and fwiw, i dont anymore) and so i bought loads of stuff, most of which in retrospect i couldve saved the money for and spent it more wisely - oh well !
my sis is doing this on a more normal budget (ie low) and im trying to think of the best stuff i can get her... the really brilliant ideas and products that make life rather sweet, without getting tons of crap - apart from anything else, she hasnt got room for that anyway.
SO what things were/are brilliant in your experience? -ive gotten lovely swaddle muslins -an amber necklace -whats the BEST nappy cream? -shes told me what bag she wants... -and shes got a fair few clothes n stuff now.
my fave board book for babies was the Amazing Baby, Baby Boo one, but i got that ages ago... <racks brian>
thermometer for the bath (floating ones are nice) natural sponge nail scissors towel with a hood little hairbrush
One of my favourite gifts I received was a sleeping wedge: teddy bear on a wee blanket, small cushion velcroed to other side, DS slept on it and felt cuddled as he was wedged in (hence the name!). It's also a singing teddy - rock a bye baby - and he falls asleep to it even though he wiggles around so much the wedginess of the gift is redundant (he's 11m).
And congratulations to your DSis - and you becoming an aunty
feeding cusion, swaddle wrap (which you have bought?) car seat mirror (the sunshine kids baby one, and a mums one for the windscreen)-thats if she drives, and a carseat footmuff. stuff i couldn't have done without. best of luck to your dsis x