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At every baby shower I've ever been to, about 85% of the gifts are newborn clothes. Adorable, delicate, preciously petite newborn clothes. Each of which your baby will wear once before they cover it with spit up and grow out of before you even have a chance to throw it in the wash. (How's that working out for you, Rachel Zoe?)

There are always a few people who give clothes that are way too big. And you're like— GREAT. What the hell am I supposed to do with a jumper for a 6-9 month old? That's like EONS away!

Well, we all know better now. Time passes quickly and all of a sudden your kooky aunt who knitted a sweater in the middle of the summer fit for a 2 year-old, seems like the most forward-thinking person ever.

If you're looking for a forward-thinking gift for a friend who's having a baby, you should check out a new baby gear of the month club called Citrus Lane. Each month, a beautifully packaged box of carefully selected baby products— specifically tailored to match the baby's age— is delivered straight to the new mom's door.

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Citrus Lane sent me their Deluxe Shower Box (pictured above) which included a swaddle blanket from SwaddleDesigns, a Pearheads Baby Print Tin, Green Sprouts Organic Cotton Mitts, a Cloud B Sleep Sheep rattle, Zoe Organcs Mommy-To-Be Tea and a $50 Minted Gift Card to make baby announcements or thank you cards.

In other words, this is not a bunch of crap in a basket.

Other boxes are named things like "Welcome Home" (pictured below), "Starting Solids", "Outdoor Play" and "Going Out" and include high quality parent-recommended brands like Aden & Anais, Boon, Baby Bjorn, and Skip*Hop. Boxes go from 0-18 months and are each worth $25, with a gift subscription starting at 3 months for $75.

I really think a three month subscription would make an awesome in-the-know baby shower gift with the added benefit of reminding the recipient of how awesome and in-the-know you are on a monthly basis. But in case my word isn't enough, Citrus Lane is letting me give away a box today for free, just for commenting below.

Winner gets to select the box of their choosing and can keep it for themselves or give it as a gift.

I'm giving my Deluxe Shower Box to my childhood friend and loyal reader, Carol, who just delivered her first baby on August 19th. Welcome to the world, Sadie Rose! Now your mom can stop sending me pictures of her dog every time I ask for baby photo submissions.

Carol submitted the photo below for the Baby Fashion Showdown:

My Baby

And here's her new baby, Sadie:


She's very cute.

But she's totally gonna lose The Glare-Off.



1) You must be a Mommy Shorts Facebook Fan to enter. If you are not already a fan, you can easily become one by clicking "like" on the facebook widget on my right sidebar or by clicking here.

2) Answer this question in the comment section below: What was the best baby shower gift you received?

Winner will be announced next Thursday, September 22nd.

Good luck!


Thank you to Citrus Lane for providing me with this opportunity to review a Citrus Lane gift box. While this post is sponsored, the opinions expressed here are completely my own.