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« on: August 31, 2009 03:11:41 PM »

My friend is pregnant, and I would like to put together some awesome things for the kidd-o.
I have been looking around the forum at some of the baby/infant projects posted by everyone, and was wondering a few things.  The onsies that people have handstitched felt, or other fabric to..... how long does the felt last with washings?  Would you recommend me using another type of fabric or does felt hold up well enough?  I really would like to make quite a few onesies, with those cute handstitched animals, bird, elephant, etc.
I dont have any kids of my own, so I dont think like a parent, so what would be something (handmade) that would have just made you giddy to recieve with your kids?  Just keep in mind that I am not the best at everything.
I know how to use a sewing machine, I also enjoy handstitching.  I would like to give her a good amount of itmes for the little one, but dont wanna blow my wallet either...... The baby shower is in Oct, and would like to get some of it to her by then of course.  Any ideas, or links, or anything that will point me in the direction so I can make some cool shit for this kid would be awesome, and greatly appreciated!!   Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009 05:14:06 AM »

I say go for it with the onesies. Speaking as the mother of a 5 month old, I can tell you they grow so fast they will often only wear an outfit 3-5 times before it is too small. Also, I STRONGLY recommend getting something sized a little bigger. I personally found I was inundated with 000 size clothes (0-3 mths) and she never even had the chance to wear a lot of them. Now she is bigger, we're having to find the money for bigger clothes, as she doesnt have enough. Just some food for thought

Oh, and you can never have too many bibs! when they hit about 3 months old, they start drooling like a leaky tap! Bibs are east, cheap and quick.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2009 07:06:38 AM »

Thank you so much for your reply.  As far as the size thing, I was gonna split the sizes up into 3-6, and 6-9 month sizes, bcs even though I dont have kids, my sister has 3, and I know how quickly they grow, and everyone buys for the 'baby', not the 'toddler'.  And I didnt even thinnk of doing bibs, thank you for that!!  I wrote that down so I wouldnt forget.  Thanks again!   Grin

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009 07:36:20 AM »

Hooded towels, my mom made my son 2 when he was born and he still uses them today at 4 y/o, he loves them and so does my DD.  Also washclothes, for some reason you can never have enough washclothes with a baby around, they get used for everything. 

« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2009 12:13:37 PM »

my favorite to receive are burpclothes that have been embellished with a swatch of fabric down the center.  i use them all the time!  also, a nursing cover was unexpectedly helpful which i don't think is too difficult.
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2009 12:39:43 PM »

Burp cloths! You can never have too many. You can make them by embellishing Gerber prefold diapers or you can do cotton on one side and terry, flannel, or chenille on the other side (which is my favorite way). A fat quarter makes two burp cloths (adding the same amount in terry or whatever) and a half yard makes 4.
You can also make a diaper changing may really easily. It is just a bigger burp cloth, basically. You can also make a hooter hider easily and diaper clutches are simple.
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2009 06:15:38 PM »

With my first one, I received a fair amount of clothes all the way to 9 months, but after that...when she was ready to go into 12 and 18 month sizes, *that's* when I had to start shelling out money for clothes.  (Luckily her 1st birthday helped out a little or I'd have been in a pickle!)

I also was desperately in need of preemie sized clothes, but I know that won't be the case for everyone. She wore preemie size for at least 2-3 months.

I received one toddler-sized quilt as a baby shower gift and it has been a favorite from the beginning until now. It's much larger than a receiving blanket and was great for "tummy time" when she was small and still works for her now that she's almost 3!  If you have the time and/or inclination, a larger sized quilt like that might be appreciated.

Of course, like everyone else said, onesies, bibs, burp cloths, etc. are always useful in abundance!

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2009 06:58:58 AM »

Thank you to all the mommies who have given there input!
You have no idea how much this really does help me out, and give me ideas!
But please feel free to add more, again I am not a parent myself, so I really have no GOOD ideas myself.  And I plan on crafting for this kid for as long as always! 
Thanks again!

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2009 10:00:30 AM »

OK, this one isn't as "handcrafted" as some of the other suggestions here, but it was the single best gift that we received when our first baby was born. Honestly.The gift is a kit, to make baby wipes- these homemade wipes were the ONLY ones that worked well on both of our kids, and didn't cause diaper rash. What you give to the mother-to-be is:

1 bottle of baby oil (any brand is fine)
1 bottle of kid's bubble bath or baby shampoo (any scent, any brand)
1 roll of Bounty Select-a-Size paper towels (this is the only brand that works!!)
1 plastic container, approx. 6"-8" square or round at the bottom, and at least 8" tall, with lid

You would also give her the following recipe, on a nice recipe card:

2 1/2 c. distilled water
3 T. baby oil
1 T. shampoo / bubble bath

Mix the three ingredients well. Cut paper towel roll in 1/2, creating two rolls. Remove inner cardboard tube, leaving paper towels intact. Place coreless paper towels into container; seal completely. Turn container upside down for 4 hours; turn back over. To use the wipes: pull towelettes from the center of the roll; seal well after each use.

Now, as to the container itself- we used Rubbermaid #9's for ours- I don't know if they make them anymore, but they were kind of a squared-off cylinder, about 6x6" at the bottom, a little larger at the top, and about 8 or 9 inches tall, with a sealing lid. Any container, around 1 gallon to 6 cups capacity, that is around those dimensions, would work, as long as it has a sealing lid (some food service containers would do nicely), or even a small Margarita bucket (although that's not a really baby-oriented container, LOL!) The Rubbermaid #9 worked well with both regular-sized rolls, and the extra large ones, although with the smaller rolls, cutting the water down to 2 1/4 or 1/3 cups kept them from being too "sloppy".

These wipes, like I said, were the only ones that did not induce nasty diaper rashes, were cheaper, and better, than any of the premade ones. We also found that they're great for sudden sticky messes on wood furniture, which the mom-to-be will soon discover a plethora of, in her house, once the baby hits the eat-on-the-go stage (and that will happen sooner than you might imagine!!) They're also a LOT less expensive, and probably "greener", too! If you really, REALLY want to be extra nice, give her 2 of the containers- that way, when one is getting low, she can start a new batch, and be good to go at the next "disaster"! Wink

Congrats to your friend- she's lucky to have a friend as thoughtful as you are!  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2009 07:28:56 PM »

You can also make her some of those cute taggie blankets. Tute here http://www.chicaandjo.com/2008/07/22/make-your-own-taggie-blankets/
Or possibly a nursing cover. I wanted one when I was nursing my daughter. tute here http://www.ehow.com/how_4847510_nursing-cover.html
The easiest would have to be a tummy time mat. You make one the same way as the fleece tie blankets and simply put a piece of foam in between the 2 pieces of fleece that has been cut to size. I hope this helps.

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