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Topic: What to make for a new mum (or three)?  (Read 2461 times)
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« on: April 22, 2008 03:43:14 PM »

Three of my friends are having babies at the end of the year. I really want to make them things that they will love and use and not get put in a drawer and forgotten. But I also don't want to spend ages making something adorable but only useful for 2 minutes.

What useful things do first time parents need?  Huh
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2008 07:15:37 PM »

First-time parents?  Hmmm... everything!   Smiley  Actually, you could make some cute burp cloths (you can never have enough) http://anewchelseamorning.blogspot.com/2007/03/such-mystery-not.html , a great diaper bag (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=240986.0), a hooter hider (cloth to cover yourself while breastfeeding) (http://imustnotthinkbadthoughts.wordpress.com/2007/10/01/here-have-a-hooty/), baby clothes (I'd make/give bigger sizes since you always get tons of tiny stuff at baby showers), etc.  I'm actually thinking of making a baby blanket bag https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=220678.0 for a friend of mine.  No one seems to know exactly how to make one, but I might give it a try... one of these days.   Smiley 
Here are some more tutorials that might spark an idea: 
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2008 07:57:25 PM »

When I was a brand new mom (wow, can't believe that was already a year and a half ago!), I couldn't have enough bibs or baby blankets. I would have LOVED a great diaper bag or baby carrier (had to end up making my own since no one gave me any). Also toys that stand the test of time like cloth blocks (good for infants to sit and stare at, toddlers to stack and knock over, and later on even learning to throw and catch) or stuffed critters.

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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2008 10:09:53 PM »

That's awesome! thanks... you've really sparked the creative brain with that list!
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2008 12:02:25 AM »

A cart cover is something people don't think about and can be used for years. Here are a few patterns.




« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2008 06:40:44 AM »

somebody gave me a big blanket -- about 42 x 42 in -- for my first and it has gotten daily use for the past six years! Now I make one for all my expecting friends and family.

The one I got was two different flannel patterns. I usually make one side flannel and the other a calico-type pattern. If using two different types of fabric it's really important to preshrink. But then just cut your squares, stitch, flip and top stitich. Super easy. Not very expensive, and it's a great, useful present:

It's a swaddler, a play mat, a travel changing pad, a toddler blanket ...

The nice thing about two different patterns or colors -- and especially different types of fabric -- is that you know, for example, which side has been on the airport floor and which side has been against the baby.

« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2008 08:38:15 AM »

Jammies for mommy! Especially if she's nursing. Immediate post baby tends to be a very old tee-shirt till noon and a shower by three if you're lucky time period- nice jammies for those early days help with the self esteem a bit Smiley
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2008 09:13:30 PM »

I breastfed my 2 year old for about a year and I always wanted a softer boppy pillow, rather than the overstuffed kind you get at the store.  The boppy brand pillow is great for use with a very small infant, but once they're a couple months old-they're very impractical.
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2008 06:53:47 PM »

I loved hooded towels for my kiddos.  We still use ours, and my oldest is 4 now.   Smiley

And I totally agree with pj's for mama!  Maybe some comfy, pretty lounge pants... 
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2008 12:55:10 AM »

The blanket is a gret idea especially if its really soft like fleece.  My kids drug thers around for years OR a stuffed animal is a long time keepsake that all kids love!  My mom also made these little wall hangings that had the birthdate time wt. name etc. and they were on the nursery wall for years.  A growth chart would be used and cherished - I'veseen patterns for them.  Have FUN deciding.  Tongue

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