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A friend of mine is having her first baby soon, so I have been having a ball knitting and crocheting for the new little one. Now that most everything is made, I have it all set to give her at the shower this weekend.
Included with all the things I made, I printed out a 4x6 card with washing instructions. Then I got to thinking. These tiny dresses, hats, and everything else could very easily get ruined in the spin cycle of the washer. They could also get lost in the dryer (we've all gone through the "lost sock" syndrome, right?). So, I went to the dollar store and picked up a bunch of those mesh laundry bags. On the washing instruction card I said to put a few items in each bag. This way the items are protected and nothing will be lost of destroyed. Even the delicate cycle on the washer can be rough during the spin cycle.
Oh, another thing. As I was making the baby things, I also crocheted a cape for my friend that will come down to elbow length. I remember how cold it gets laying in that hospital bed. Plus those gowns aren't exactly pretty! This will be just enough to keep the chill off her shoulders and arms, and at the same time add a touch of pretty for her too. It'll also be easy to maneuver for breast feeding and anything else she needs to do.
By Cricket from Parkton, NC
Most computers have a calendar program built in. You can schedule events, most will even let you count down to the day of the event. Why not set the computer to count down until the big day. Online at most of the freeware sites, you can download a calendar that you can print. Depending on how far out the big day is from Mother's Day, why not make her a calendar that you can print out. Choose one of the big ones with the large squares so she can write notes on it.
She can note doctor's appointments and all the other things that she will like to remember when the baby was just rolling around in her stomach; perhaps when she had a special day shopping for the baby or when her best friend gave her a wonderful gift. Also most will let you write something under the title for the month. Why not write something for each month. Here are some suggestions:
Before you give it to her grab a couple of dates and write her a special message just from you. A couple for each month. They can be as easy as "I love you", or "Number 1 Wife", "I am so happy", "Can hardly wait", you get what I mean.
I attended a baby shower last weekend and the hostess had the cutest centerpiece on the buffet food table. It was a shallow wide glass bowl which was filled up with water, and then she put the mini rubber duckies to float. As we got our food, we would take a rubber duckie to take home!
I have a baby shower to attend soon for a boy baby. So I themed everything 'Not Pink'. I wanted the gift to be cute, and the package to be re-usable and fun.
A couple of suggestions:
This week at a local discount drug store I found children's sand pail/shovel sets on sale for a quarter. I bought several for gift containers for anticipated showers in the near future.
Base your gift to the new baby on the month of the baby's birth. Crochet/knit/quilt/purchase a baby blanket in the color of the baby's birthstone, and include a package of seeds/bulbs for the birth month flower (a chart for both can be found on Hallmark's website).
I usually make up a basket for the baby with the usual baby bath lotion and such but here is where it really gets good, I also always make up a basket for the new mom.
Wrap baby shower gifts with a recieving blanket and secure with diaper pins. Or for a larger gift use a crib sheet. No wasted wrapping paper! :) By Kim in NJ
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One of the best gifts that I've given to every new mother I know over the past 4 years is a small mesh laundry bag with a zippered top. These are great for keeping little baby socks together in the washer and dryer without losing them. I use separate ones for my 2 little boys so their socks can pretty much mate themselves!
These little mesh laundry/lingerie bags are also great for keeping together mittens or booties and such so they don't get lost from one another. I use several of the bags in the laundry room and next to the hamper. Even my 4 year old son knows to take his socks off and zip them in HIS bag. I mark the bags separately with an old string from gym shorts woven through one of them.
This is a great idea that I think I will put to use as our Pastor's wife if expecting. When I purchase one I am going to weave ribbon through it and decorate it up a little to give it some "Punch"! Thanks for the idea and this would also work in the bathroom as well. You could hang one on a hook and fill it up w/opened soaps, small lotions or anything that takes up space. (11/23/2004)
I don't have the mesh laundry bags, but I sure do use the mesh Produce bags to hang stuff in .They are very handy They can also be used to tie stuff up in the garden as they are strong but gentle. (11/24/2004)
These mesh laundry bags ARE great! I use them for nylons, bras and baby items would be a great use, too. The bags can be found in the laundry aisle of the stores and sometimes even at the dollar stores! Make sure you get the ones with a zipper. The ones with a drawstring will surely come open during the wash cycle. They last forever, too! (05/14/2009)
Lizzard is absolutely right, get a zipper bag! I find the zippers are the first thing to wear out, so if you have a choice, go for a quality bag, the zipper will last longer. I use them for bras, pantyhose, and small things like my kitchen sponges (no wee socks in this household anymore! lol)
I do have one drawstring mesh bag, a huge one (I think it was designed for carting loads of laundry around in a dorm, but it goes through the washer and dryer just fine). I use it for my bulky-knit acrylic holiday sweaters. I no longer have to turn my them inside out, as they don't rub against other clothes, and I can put them in the dryer (at low setting) they don't stretch out. I do re-secure the drawstring after washing, though; it may stay closed through the wash cycle, but not through wash and dry both. (01/13/2011)
By KS Granny