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The seasons of life are so unpredictable. I never would have predicted that I would have a four-month-old son at this time in my life, and that a baby boom would be in full swing among my friends and family. It’s a time to celebrate life! Baby showers and family get-togethers are the order of the day.
Which means I’m having lots of fun shopping for baby gifts! But with this latest gift, I thought it would be so cool to honor not just the baby, but Mom as well. My expecting friend will be a first-time mom, and I want to do something really special for her. I want her to know that she will be a Supermom in my eyes. I decided to create a supermom-themed gift basket that will help both baby and mom feel super!
DIY tutorial for the supermom gift basket for a new mom
The supermom idea is a really fun one because it allows for so much creativity, so let your imagination run wild! I decided to go with a superhero theme for the overall look of the gift basket, with a bold red, white and black color scheme. Here is what you’ll need for this gift basket:
- A decorative basket
- Cloth basket cover (Sewing tutorial below)
- Red shredded basket filler
- Red organza bow
- Supermom coffee mug (ordered online)
- Gourmet coffee bag
- Cute sleep mask
- Pink ear plugs
- Huggies® Little Snugglers diapers
- Supermom cutouts for diapers (Free printable below)
- Huggies® Natural Care wipes
The comic-book look really heightens the supermom idea. We are including lots of goodies to make Mom feel pampered. We want our new mom to know that she’ll be a hero to her new baby! At the same time, we want to give her something to put a smile on her face during those wakeful nights. The comic cutouts taped onto the diapers will greet her when she grabs a diaper at that insane hour of the morning.
The sleep mask with the eyelashes will ensure her rest when her head is actually on the pillow, and she can even indulge in earplugs when her husband can take over for a diaper change. The supermom coffee mug and gourmet coffee will be waiting for her to remind her what a great job she did for her baby the night before.
Hint for successful presentation of the basket: Line the bottom with crumpled tissue paper to build it up, so that the gift basket items are more visible. Arrange your items, then add the shreds to cover the tissue paper.
Huggies Little Snugglers diapers and Huggies Natural Care wipes
I was recently on a shopping trip to Walmart to pick up some things for my own baby Leo, who is four months old, and I came to the diaper aisles. I was stocking up on Huggies Little Snugglers diapers and Huggies Natural Care Wipes.
It occurred to me that the baby’s part of my friend’s gift basket was a no-brainer: she will be eternally grateful to have Huggies diapers and wipes on hand during those long sleep-deprived nights. I’m giving her the gift of worry-free diapering in the wee hours.
As an experienced mom to a four-month-old, I adore Huggies. The are very strong and reliable to help prevent those parenting moments you dread. I’m talking about Huggies Little Snugglers preventing those nightmare blowouts that have you scrambling to change your little guy’s squishy diaper that has leaked all over his outfit. For when the blowouts do happen, Huggies Natural Care Wipes can make your life a thousand times easier: they are strong enough that often just one wipe will do the job, and they won’t disintegrate while tackling the worst dirty diaper moments.
An added bonus? They keep my baby happy because his skin is free of irritation. They smell great, and they are very gentle on my infant’s sensitive skin. They are the brand to trust for a newborn!
Here are some of the features I love about the Little Snugglers diapers: they have a GentleAbsorb Liner in sizes newborn through size 2. This is huge for when babies are sleeping through the night. It has these awesome little pillows that help protect the baby’s skin from the messy evidence. Yes to less redness and fewer diaper rashes!
The wetness indicator in the newborn-to-size-3 diapers is so handy in the middle of the night, so you can avoid a needless diaper change. And I loved this when Leo was an infant in the newborn size: an umbilical cord cutout to protect the tender belly button area.
Huggies are truly a great value, especially at Walmart: with the Huggies Little Snugglers Jumbo Pack pack at just $8.97 and the Huggies Natural Care Wipes (64 sheets) tub at just $2.37.
I’m excited that buying Huggies always leaves me money to pamper myself a little and buy things that help make me feel super, like coffee and shoes!
Walmart is super convenient, but for new moms, the online option is invaluable too.
Printable supermom cutouts ~ Decorations for gift basket diapers
I created these printables with a comic-book style to bring home that superhero look and feel.
Just print them, cut them out, and tape them on to the diapers you include in the gift basket. When our new mom is reaching for those diapers, she might be bleary-eyed, but she might laugh out loud when she reads, “Party in the back,” or feel all warm and fuzzy inside when she reads, “You’re my hero, mom.”
Sewing instructions for basket liner
We created a colorful basket liner for this gift basket that really enhances the supermom theme. The basket liner really completes the look, and it’s easy to make. I recommend a sewing machine for this project for efficiency, though it can be hand-sewn as well. A big shout-out to my mom for her wonderful help on this project!
We used a flexible tape measure to create a pattern for our basket, which didn’t come with a liner. We decided to create a style that would fold over the edge of the basket.
Here is what you need to do:
- Get a square basket
- Select a bold-patterned fabric
- Measure the flat bottom of the basket
- Add 1/2 inch to each side for seam: if the basket bottom measures 8 & 1/2 inches, you’ll want a 9-inch square of fabric.
- To make outer flap, measure the wall of the basket, then add 2 & 1/4 inches for the part that will fold over. After you get wall height, you’ll need strips to be wide enough to fold over and cover the outside. The top of our basket was 12 & 1/2 inches, and it flares.
- Cut fabric for four walls all at the same time (folded over).
- Because basket flares, take off 1 3/4 inches on either side and angle it.
- Pin one wall piece to base, right side together. Pin opposite wall right side together to base.
- Stitch 1/4-inch seam allowance beginning and ending with the base seam. (Begin and end stitching 1/4 inch in.) Hold seam allowance to the outside.
- Right sides together, pin the short end of the fabric to the three parts already assembled, matching the bottom of the third wall to the base piece.
- Line up other angled side and make same 1/4-inch seams.
- Match wall seams. Remember, it’s going in the basket, so no one will see it if it doesn’t line up perfectly. If you have difficulties lining it up, just work it between your fingers.
- Stitch each of those seams that was pinned.
- Fit it into your basket — examine it with the raw edge. It’s very fitted, which helps hold it in place.
- Sew the seam for the raw edge. To make stitching easier, press under 1/2 inch all the way around the top edge to make an even stitching around the top edge.
Do you know a new or expecting mom? How would you create a supermom gift basket? What other awesome baby shower gift ideas do you have?