If you’re like me, a baby shower is just one of many excuses to buy gifts for a loved one or friend who’s expecting. It’s tempting to veer into the ‘Baby’ section when we’re already shopping, but then we get there and it’s mania. What would be useful? Is this something that can be enjoyed right when the baby comes, or will it sit in storage for a few months? Which gifts are the most practical? Whether you’re headed to a baby shower or want to get a gift just because, the gifts that keep on giving are those that keep baby happy and make mom’s life a little easier.
Here are 3 helpful tips when looking for the perfect gift:
- Use her registry! Who knows what a mother-to-be wants? She does! Shopping off her registry will ensure that you are giving her a gift she actually wants and needs. At RegistryFinder.com you can search the expecting parents’ names and you will find all of their registries in one convenient location.
- Think gear before garments. Yes, baby clothes are adorable, and very necessary, but if you absolutely must add them to your cart, do it with some other practical items. For example, if you’re buying some bath items, add a pair of cozy pjs.
- Consider giving a group gift. There will always be a few items on the list that have big price tags. Going in on a gift with friends, co-workers, or family members is a great way to fulfill these much-needed registry items.
As you search for that perfect baby gift, here are some ideas that parents-to-be will love:
Entertainment is key when it comes to being able to get things done with a little one. Activity gyms provide endless amounts of fun and entertainment so parents can make dinner or just take a moment to breathe. The Bright Starts 5-in-1 Your Way Ball Play Activity Gym has a large mat plus optional walls that can be put up or down to keep little ones safe and contained.
Every little one, at some point, will need a high chair. Whether 3 months or 3 years old, this versatile high chair will grow with their needs. It can also be used as two separate seats to accommodate two children! Both trays are dishwasher safe and the seating pad can be machine washed. Talk about a mother’s dream high chair!
This 4-piece ‘Let the Fin Begin’ Bathtime Gift Set is roar-ific! The little shark mitt will gently help clean baby, while the hooded towel, and tiny spa slippers will keep him or her cozy after their bath. The bucket doubles as a gift basket — and is a great spot for baby’s bath toys after gifting.
Keeping baby asleep while out and about can be a challenge. A portable soother is the solution! Its lullabies and nature sounds will help baby stay fast asleep. Whether walking around the mall, at the park, or out for dinner the little one will enjoy a peaceful sleep so their parents can enjoy their activities.
These soft, cuddly, breathable blankets are a perfect size for swaddling and can also double as a nursing cover. Muslin is especially breathable, which helps prevent baby from overheating while keeping them nice and snug.
A baby carrier keeps parents’ hands free while keeping baby close and cozy. Whether cleaning, shopping, or walking around the neighborhood park, this carrier is a comfy and cool spot for baby to hang out —literally! The 4 different positions allow parents to find the best fit for them while keeping baby happy.
This portable changing station holds all of the diapering essentials that will keep baby clean and dry. It’s easily thrown into a purse or backpack, or strapped onto baby’s stroller. This gift will help keep all of baby’s diapering needs close at hand — maybe the most practical gift of all.
The love of reading starts with good bedtime stories. Help take little ones on endless adventures by gifting their library with some classic children’s books. This set includes Good Night, Gorilla, Corduroy, and The Little Engine That Could. Baby will love to read these classic stories at bedtime or anytime.
It might look gross, but it can be a lifesaver for parents of babies and kids with stuffy noses. This little device will keep baby’s nostrils clear so they can breathe easily. Plus, the whole thing comes apart and is dishwasher-safe, making it an easy-to-clean, useful gift baby’s parents will be grateful for.
Teething troubles? Sophie to the rescue! This adorable, top rated, natural rubber teething toy is a favorite among babies and mommies alike. One of the best things about it is that it’s made with food-grade paint, meaning it’s totally safe for baby to gnaw on for as long as they need.
Great gifts on hand
With this handy cheat sheet, you’ll always have a great gift on hand when you’re feeling like buying something for a baby. And whether you’re shopping for a baby shower or a newborn, head to RegistryFinder.com where you can easily find any baby gift registry with a few quick clicks.