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Blankets: How many blankets will a baby really use? And most blankets that she received were tiny, and she soon outgrew them. Chances are, the parents already have a few blankets for the baby, so you adding to the pile makes no sense.
Stuffed animals: They are cute, but useless. Newborns need a lot of stuff anyway - clothes, diapers, and the whole arsenal. Adding your stuffed toy to the chaos is too much for the new, sleep deprived parents to deal with.
Toiletries: I received a year worth's supply of toiletries, but none of the brand that I used for my daughter! Parents are very selective about what grooming products they use on their babies, so don't buy baby toiletry kits from any random pharmacy.
Toys: Really, toys for a newborn? Unless it is a baby gym, a newborn will not really use any toys, till she is much older. Even the rattlers are useless for newborns.
Clothes: Buying clothes for newborns is very tricky. You never know whether they will or won't fit in the 0-3 size clothes. Plus, overexcited parents usually have the baby's wardrobe stocked even before the bay arrives.