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Date: 1/2/12 5:44 PM

One of the 'kids' in my life is finally having a baby. (not exactly a kid - she graduated med school several years ago...). They're having a baby shower later this month, & as I was looking over the registries, I light bulb went on & I realized I could SEW something (hello & duh?)

I've been glancing over the baby clothes reviews here, but I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for the most appreciated sort of custom sewn gift - their registry asks for skull hats, sleeping bag, sleep sack (what's the difference?), onesies, t's, footed pants.

The only stipulation is something that can be made from organic cotton - I'll be checking out the local store to see what's available.

Grateful for any guidance here, thanks!

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Date: 1/2/12 5:45 PM

Oh, baby is due in March - weather will be cool but warming.

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Date: 1/2/12 5:59 PM

Hi JillyBe:

What about a hooded bath towel and accessories? I know when my granddaughter was a baby, they really came in handy.

Here are some ideas: Hooded Towels.

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Date: 1/2/12 7:16 PM

Look JillyBe...

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Date: 1/2/12 7:27 PM

Congratulations!
If the mom is planning on breastfeeding, I highly suggest a nice nursing cover! They are easy and can be made is much nicer fabrics than the ones commonly seen at the big retailers.
I will have to check my computer(on my iPad now) and will give you a link to the tutorial I used to make mine. I can attest to its design and functionality!

Another suggestion re: sleep sacks vs. Swaddling sacks. Generally baby will be swaddled when very young, sometimes up to 3or 4 months, most babies are completely out of swaddling by 6 mos. So, how about some organic cotton sleep sacks ( looser, more like sleeping bags) for the upcoming summer or next winter? KS 3089 is a very good pattern for that. If you decide to make it, let me know and I can make some suggestions on sizing. I made a few of those for my daughter- one each in fleece, cotton interlock, and cotton gauze for different seasons. They were indispensable, as we used them until DD was about 15 months old. I could no longer find them long enough in the stores by the time she was a year old!

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Date: 1/2/12 7:33 PM

So cute!

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Date: 1/2/12 7:44 PM

Some great suggestions, thanks!

Marec - too, too cute! It's been awhile since I've had a baby to buy for, but I sure remember the overwhelming AWWWWWW & Ooooooooh silly smiley factor that took over. The clothes, omg the clothes.....

RayeAnn thank you that's very helpful! McC's were on sale today so I picked up 4236, which looks very similar to the KS pattern. I want to make sure the zipper insertion is totally safe; will need to check into that. I would love the nursing cover tute link, thank you!

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Date: 1/2/12 7:52 PM

My most requested item ititially was square recieving blankets, the bigger the better. Now that my grandaughter is older I have been making sleep sacks out of polar fleece. They just aren't out in the stores. My next project will be sleepers out of polar fleece, I guess if I could make one for my 18 year old a 2 year old won't be bad!!

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Date: 1/2/12 9:43 PM

a sleeping bag is one item you slip baby into and a baby sleep sack actually zips onto the baby like an oversized baby nightgown with a big closed bottom. The sleep sack can be sleeveless (the baby wears it's jammies too) or long sleeved (usually in place of jammies.)

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Date: 1/2/12 10:18 PM

Not as much fun to make, but I used as many burp cloths as I could get my hands on, and the ones I liked best were the ones that didn't end up looking stained (think colors that match the potential stains; and prints in thick, absorbent double-layer cotton knits), so that I looked presentable with one slung over my shoulder. Once teething started these were great for the drooling stage, too. I didn't ooh-and-aah as much over the burp cloths at the shower, but I made up for that later once I realized how valuable they were.

Next to that, I fourth or fifth the sleep sack idea.

And remember that every new mom gets lots of newborn-sized clothes at the shower, but those get outgrown quickly, so larger sizes (I'm thinking 6-9 months and up) will be greatly appreciated when there's otherwise suddenly nothing for the baby to wear. One of my babies grew so fast that many of the adorable 3-6 month outfits I got only fit for a few weeks!

The one must-have item I remember using extensively that would be fun to make was a fleece one-piece cold-weather cover-up, something like this from LL Bean, except mine had the foldovers for both hands and feet, and only one long center zipper that extended down one leg. The foldover built-in mittens and booties were absolutely key, because any separate hand or footwear would fall off/get kicked off/get lost, particularly when the kids were in the front baby carrier (Baby Bjorn). I had these for both of my children, in the 1 year size, and used them until I could squeeze them in no more. But I was in NH, and you're in CA, so perhaps this won't be as necessary.

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