Gifts and good wishes are the main focus of a baby shower! Registries are a wonderful way for expectant parents to communicate their preferences to their guests. It ensures that the family receives the items that they truly want and need, and avoids duplication of popular gifts. Online registries, such as that at Amazon.com make it easy for out of town friends and relatives to shop for the babies.
Some of the most popular and appreciated gifts for parents of multiples are found in this list of Top Ten Baby Gifts for Twins/Multiples. Clothing, baby equipment, toys and nursery items are generally good gifts, but always check with the intended recipients about their preferences.
As alternatives to the traditional baby gifts, consider asking guests to contribute towards one large purchase, such as a double stroller, car seats, nursery furniture or high chairs. Or, choose a theme, and have guests give small items that can be compiled into a basket. For example, consider:
- Bedtime Basket: pajamas, blankets, crib items, mobile, nursery monitor, lullaby music
- Bathtime Basket: baby bathtub, baby shampoo, towels, washcloths, bath toys, bath seats, bath care items (see Bathtime Tips for Twins & Multiples
- First Aid/Safety Basket: include medical and hygiene items for babies, such as baby Tylenol, teething drops, cotton balls, swabs, thermomenter, medicine measuring spoons, and various safety gadgets for childproofing.
- Book Basket: books for all ages and stages, including board books for babies and picture books. Ask guests to contribute their own personal favorites, and add a note sharing why their selection is special to them.
Tip: Gift receipts are a thoughtful and convenient inclusion with a baby gift, allowing parents to return or exchange items if necessary.