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Back when I was pregnant with the little chica, I was fortunate to receive a ton of gifts from loving friends and family, many of whom ignored the baby registries I painstakingly created in favor of onesies that declared, “I LOVE MY [INSERT RELATIVE HERE]!” Which I totally understand — you can never start the brainwashing process too early. Also, onesies are much cuter than bottle nipples.
Now that I have the benefit of some parenting experience, I’ve discovered a number of items that would have been SO fabulous to have received as gifts — items that I never even would have thought to have registered for. Items that, um, may not be available on BabiesRUs.com. But should be.
10. Cell Phone Flask
A “subtle,” vodka-filled way to help you get through more difficult times, such as when you get stuck talking to the Socially Awkward Mom at playgroup. And check out how realistic that phone looks! Wow. Nobody will ever guess anything out of the ordinary is going on when you stick that ANTENNA in your mouth. *AHEM*
$5.05; available at Amazon.com.
9. Male Housekeeper
When you’re an exhausted new mom, dusting and vacuuming tend to fall by the wayside — so why not ask for the gift of eye candy with a six-pack? Er… a housekeeper with a six-pack of Pledge Wipes, I mean. Of course.
Check your local craigslist.
8. Mute Button
Every baby should have a mute button. I mean, okay, maybe cutting your first tooth isn’t the greatest feeling in the world, but do these kids have to be so vocal about it? Geesh. Kids: Grow a pair. Parents: Just press “MUTE.”
$7.49; Windmill Designs.
7. Full-Body Armor
Never underestimate how much bodily fluid that little baby can emit — or how much of it will fly and land on YOU.
6. No-Contact Infrared Baby Thermometer
Oops. This is a serious suggestion. Not sure how this one sneaked in here.
You know those under-the-armpit thermometers that come in the standard Baby First-Aid Kit on everybody’s registry? Yeah, try using one of those on the sick and miserable kid once s/he can actually MOVE. It’s like trying to pin down a kangaroo on a trampoline. Save yourself the trouble (and tranquilizer gun) by investing in one of these bad boys.
5. Dry Shampoo
I showered about every other presidential administration when I was a new mom — and probably won’t bathe that frequently once I have Baby #2. I figure that slapping on this dry shampoo should make my hair presentable enough until, what, the 2016 Summer Olympics? At LEAST.
4. Extra Arms
Milton Berle once said, “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” EXACTLY. How on earth are we expected to feed the baby, wipe the spit-up from our eye, fill the cell phone flask with tequila and caress the housekeeper’s six-pack at the same time? More arms, please.
$8.39; the Limbs Department of Amazon.com. (I would also like to register for Tina Turner’s legs. Thank you.)
3. Caffeine IV
Please. And keep it on continuous drip.
Somewhere on eBay, I’m sure.
2. “I Love My Mom” Onesie
Oh, somebody did buy this for you? Hmpf. I guess I’m the only one who received onesies recognizing everyone BUT mom. [CUE THE VIOLINS HERE]
1. A Bigger House
To accommodate how much your heart grows when you have a child. (Awwww. Aren’t I just precious?) Not to mention the pile of toys and crap that keeps growing and growing and GROWING… (Well, I couldn’t end it on too sweet of a note.)
$6 million; Realtor.com.