When buying clothes, think about what the season will likely be when the baby will fit into the clothes you’re about to purchase.
I have soooo many short sleeve shirts and onesies for my girl that fit her right now but she can hardly ever wear because it’s bloody cold here right now! I mean, of course she could wear them with a hoodie over top, but when I’m looking at the options I’m way more likely to choose a long sleeve shirt/onesie or a sweater (depending what the plans for the day are).
Maybe actually buy off the registry?
This is especially true if it’s something like a monitor and you decide they should have a completely different one than they registered for. Why? The parents-to-be likely put a good chunk of time into choosing the one they wanted and then you go and buy them a different one?
Things like clothes and toys I’m sure would be fine straying from the registry. But important things like monitors, strollers, car seats, cribs, etc. should be purchased from the registry so the parents get what they actually wanted to use.
Even things like lotions and shampoo might be worth sticking to the registry on. Some parents (like myself) wish to only use natural products on their babies, so if you get them something else it may just send up in the garbage (or hopefully returned).
Consider purchasing something practical.
I mean, toys are great later on, but during the newborn stage, practical wins!
If you’re short on cash, consider gifting your help.
Give the expecting couple a coupon for something you can do to really help out during those exhausting first months. You could even do a coupon book and offer yourself up more than once! Ideas could be cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, running errands, watching the baby while they nap/shower, etc. Things that really help like these ideas are the best gifts you could give!
Consider who you are buying for.
All parents are different and some things are more important than others depending on the parent. Some parents might be pickier about certain things than others. For example, I know some parents want to pick out their own baby clothes and won’t dress them in anything they don’t like themselves. However, I see clothes as clothes. Baby doesn’t care. As long as it’s appropriate, I’ll dress my baby in whatever! I try to dress her in all her clothes at least once (but like I said above sometimes it’s difficult depending on the season!).