While it’s not exactly a situation I’d label as ironic, it is an interesting feature of life that we don’t start buying baby gifts until we’ve reached adulthood. Biologically, it makes sense, of course. But, we spend years of our lives not thinking about the perfect baby gift, and then—BAM! Baby shower after baby shower fills our calendars and we still have no idea what to buy.
I’m sure many, if not most, of you out there are very well-versed in the gifting department regardless of occasion. For those of you who can’t quite seem to figure it out, don’t worry. You’re far from alone. While I don’t know if I’ll be in the market for my own shower any time soon, I’ve been to my fair share of celebrations for other mamas, and I’ve taken plenty of notes along the way. Below, you’ll find foolproof gifts that won’t disappoint, and will make you look like a seasoned pro.
There are some baby shower gifts that will always garner plenty of jealous gasps upon their opening. In fact, they’re so ubiquitous with the occasion, you’ve probably already heard of a few! Consider yourself a home-run gifter if you choose any of these items.
You’re probably familiar with one of these colorful contraptions. They make it easy for mom or dad to do more hands-on tasks around the house, and they provide a bounty of playthings to keep the newest family member occupied. They’ll love getting this gift for their baby shower.
This adorable stuffed animal doubles as an animated playtoy! The soft, plush elephant sings and flaps its ears—you’ll provide hours of fun for all when you bring this as your next baby shower gift.
Putting The “Fun” In Functional
If you’re overwhelmed just thinking about all the patterned onesies and endless blanket fabrics out there, you might want to change your focus. Function-based items are just as important as cozy covers!
You don’t have to worry so much about matching patterns or color schemes when you’re picking out burp cloths—they’re likely going to end up covered in goop anyway!
This 21-piece nursery care kit is a must for any expecting parent. It makes a great gift, even if it winds up being a double—one can stay packed in the diaper bag!
When baby comes, everything in the house becomes a potential threat. This home safety kit includes everything the expecting parents need to keep accidents at bay.
If you haven’t heard, babies poop. A lot. Which means parents of infants go through tons of diapers, wipes, trash bags, and baby powder—and that’s just during changing time! Give them the gift of refills in a bundle of these baby shower gifts.
While you can’t give the gift of changing the baby’s diapers yourself (I guess you technically could), you can make it easier for whoever is doing the changing—especially on the go! This portable changing pad makes cleanups a breeze.
For new parents, being prepared for a dirty diaper is rule number one, especially when leaving the house. This diaper clutch is a great alternative to a big diaper bag—and a perfect baby shower gift!
Even if you don’t know the nursery color scheme or the gender of the baby, textile gifts like blankets, swaddles, and onesies can prove to be extremely useful. It’s always nice to have backups on hand for any emergency situation, or if everything else is in the wash.
Every baby winds up being swaddled for a period of time. This set of five means your friends—the baby’s parents—can wait just a little longer to throw in another load of laundry. Believe me, they’ll thank you.
Bathtime is the time to gently clean baby’s skin. This matching set includes a supersoft washcloth for even the most sensitive skin, and a hooded animal towel to bundle up in before bedtime.
Whether they’re frequently-used items that inevitably get tossed in the trash, lost, or just ruined over time, there are some gifts that you can’t get enough of. Consider grabbing multiples! If you’re in a pinch, you can pair these basics together as a complete gift.
There are so many cute, silly, colorful teethers out there. I love to grab a bunch of them whenever I’m shopping for a baby shower gift—they’ll always be a must-have!
A pacifier that doubles as a toy seems like a no-brainer choice when it comes to baby shower gifting. With so many cute animals to choose from, you won’t have any trouble finding the perfect one.
No one ever got in trouble for buying toys for a baby. Since infants can’t really “play” with much, it’s a good idea to stick to soft, plush items that won’t do any damage. Bonus points if it comes in adorable fruit shapes!
Small enough for baby to hold in one hand, and soft enough that they’re safe to play with, these blocks make a great baby shower gift. Plus, they’re so fun and colorful!
If you’re going to gift a rattle, you may as well have some fun with it! You never know, this set of three may just turn baby-to-be into a foodie-to-be.
A Gift For Mom
If you’re really having trouble wrapping your head around the whole baby shower gift thing, you can take a different approach and get a gift that’s more focused on the expecting mom. These gifts are guaranteed to make her feel pampered before and after baby arrives.
Pregnant women are carrying extra weight that their feet aren’t normally used to. Gift her with a self-heating foot spa and help it all melt away during and after her pregnancy. This particular model is also portable!
Depending on your relationship with the expecting mother, you might feel comfortable making a more “intimate” baby shower gifting purchase. I can’t guarantee your personal feelings on it, but I can say that every nursing mom turns to some form of relief sooner than later.
To be honest, every household would benefit from the addition of an essential oil diffuser. Help the new parents can relax with this sleek plug-in that dispenses aromatherapy scents. It’s a baby shower gift they’ll be using for years to come.
Sometimes, the best baby shower gift is the one that comes in the form of a favor. Whether you offer to hold or watch the baby so mom can relax or run errands, or you whip up a few reheatable meals, a little can go a long way. You can also take older kids out of the house for a few hours, or pre-pay for a food delivery service! Believe me, new parents don’t forget the people who make their lives a little easier during this exciting new time.
There you have it, folks! You may not be versed in the world of baby gadgets, but if you stick to these surefire gifts, you’ll come out looking like a pro. I especially love the idea of grabbing a cute basket and filling it up with a selection of the above items for a bountiful, personalized baby shower gift that’s sure to impress.
If you’re still feeling unsure about what to buy, have no fear! You can always easily look up the baby shower registry for the parents-to-be right here at RegistryFinder.com. No matter what you choose, I have no doubt it’ll be the perfect—and foolproof—pick!
Written by Brittney Winters-Gullo, who’s always a fan of bringing a stack of children’s books as a last-minute baby shower gift.
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