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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2008 12:39:13 PM »

I know how you feel when people dont want your gifts...  its onething to return something store bought but its sad when they just dont like something you thought they would. 

anyhoo... my suggestion ..  buy a large box of diapers... and a card. in the card " call me when your ( mom goes home, husband goes back to work, ect ) and i will use these diapers while you shower, nap, or just watch tv.  "

and then craft your little heart out on something nifty for mom/baby and if she calls , great, if not ... well shes got diapers, and a gift whether she likes it or not, and you made an effort to help sincerly help out.
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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2008 01:53:46 PM »

i think a good idea to accompany the gesture of laundry or providing a service would be a dry-erase magnetic calendar.
 if you're feelin' crafty. you could make little magnets that say "meg's turn for diaper duty!" or "ashley's turn to babysit"...u get the idea.
 Then they can choose when they need the help and remember the date when the days/nights get hectic.
Also, I think its important to remember the MOM, not just the new baby. Maybe make a bracelet for her with the baby's birthstone (again, if you're feelin' crafty!) or bring some goodies to the hospital like another person said.
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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2008 03:47:19 PM »

That is THE BEST IDEA.  I have 2 children, and time is the best gift you can give her.  I would probably print up some kind of cute little coupon book containing such things as:

Good for babysitting during nap time- yours not the babies Smiley
Good for one house-cleaning
I'll come over when you need someone ELSE to walk the baby up and down the hallway for a while. 
I'll run to the store and then your house when you suddenly realize at 3 am that you're out of diapers (or wipes, or baby tylenol when baby's teething, or your tylenol when the screamings given you a migraine)

So that's all of the top of my head and nowhere near elegantly or quirkely worded, but you get the idea.....give her the coupon book with a few re-heatable healthy home-made meals in tupperware, and it's about the best present a new mom could have.
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2008 12:01:17 PM »

I think it's a great idea.  You could make a coupon book using scrapbook stickers to dress it up a little.  You could also make a gift basket with a little something to represent each "coupon".  For example, a wooden spoon to represent cooking, a bottle of dishsoap to represent doing the dishes, a toilet brush to represent cleaning, a box of dryer sheets to represent doing laundry, etc.
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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2008 03:59:29 PM »

(Please don't throw rotten tomatoes at me for what I'm about to say)

My bebe is 6 months old, and I was lucky enough to have family and friends to help me.  They were so nice that they would come over to hold the baby, watch her, do laundry, etc.  The only problem was this: I didn't have anywhere to go. They tried  to shoo me out of the house, but I couldn't think of anywhere to go alone. 

Maybe you could make a date to go have a beer, or a cup of coffee, or the mall for looking at lingerie while her family hung out with the baby?

-M.
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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2008 04:51:45 AM »

I totally agree with Gumption... that reason, plus with my 6 month old I couldn't stop thinking about him, so you would also be there for distraction! Taking her for coffee and goss about the 'outside' world would be a great couple of hours out of the house!!
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2008 05:03:56 AM »

That's another good idea.

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