I love thinking back to my baby shower. The day was steeped in positive vibes, excitement, and anticipation. We waited until this special occasion to announce our baby’s name and were so happy to share the day with friends and family that meant so much to us. The outpouring of love and support was almost overwhelming.
Children dressed in their Sunday best ran around, sneaking treats from the chocolate fountain. Soon my own contribution would be joining this next generation, giggling with boundless energy and enthusiasm.
I couldn’t wait to set up the baby’s room with all the new stuff I received! All baby shower gifts are a special blessing, but there were some items that had more longevity and use than others. Moms who had been through their own showers seemed to know the perfect items I didn’t even know I needed, that I was so grateful for when the time came.
If you’re going to a baby shower soon, you are likely looking for a gift that is useful, thoughtful, personalized, uplifting, and desirable. Consider these perfect baby shower gifts.
1. Clothes For The Mom-To-Be
Of course, it’s fun to “ooooh” and “ahhhhhh” over all the teeny-tiny baby clothes, but the gifts I really used the longest were the clothing that helped me breastfeed and babywear comfortably.
- The Angelina Nursing and Maternity Gown is stretchy with easy pull-down for feeding baby day or night. It’s made from luxurious Modal, a soft cocktail dress material that hugs the body in a flattering way and stays cool-to-the-touch.
- Organic bamboo nursing pads are another useful new mom gift, worn daily when nursing.
- A “Delivery Day” themed tote bag may include: hard candy, an iTunes gift card, lip balm, a squeezable stress reliever, a maternity gown, and plush, comforting delivery room socks.
2. A Wearable Push Present
A “push gift” is a husband’s way of saying “thank you” for carrying the baby and giving birth. You don’t have to celebrate the upcoming birth of your baby like a Kardashian, with a $400,000 Rolls-Royce or a million dollar Lorraine Schwartz diamond choker. Less extravagant, but symbolic, jewelry is the most popular choice.
- A necklace with the baby’s name, initials, or birthstone is a guaranteed win.
- Charm bracelets by Pandora and Alex & Ani are exceedingly Baby-themed options may include storks, carriages, tiny feet, teddy bears, or baby binkies.
- The latest Apple iPhone can help with taking and uploading all the baby photos and precious moments to come.
- A gliding rocking chair is one of those “splurge” gifts moms debate, but can become the ideal place to breastfeed and read bedtime stories during those early years. Don’t be afraid to look at a used one – a quality brand will last for many, many babies. We found an amazingly comfortable Dutalier glider chair on Craigslist for $55, which we’ve now passed on to its third home.
3. Essential Encouragement
One of my favorite baby shower gifts came in a reusable nursery basket filled with size 2 diapers. Each diaper had a funny or encouraging saying on it. As I fastened the diaper, I removed the message and affixed it to the wall above the changing table, where I could read it again and again! Print your favorite quotes or phrases onto cardstock paper, and affix your message to the front center of the diaper with a small loop of tape on the back. Your thoughtful, unique present is bound to lift mom or dad’s spirits as they change their umpteenth diaper of the day!
4. Laundry-Themed Basket
You wouldn’t think a baby creates that much more laundry. All their clothes are tiny, right? A few weeks in, you’ll know: the struggle is real! A laundry gift basket makes the task more enjoyable, as you wrap your lovey in a plush new towel and fold all those adorable little outfits into a stylish basket. This gift might include:
- Laundry hamper
- Laundry basket
- Receiving blankets
- Baby-friendly detergent
- Zout stain remover
- Baby size hangers
- Closet dividers
- Baby clothes
5. Bath-Themed Gift Basket
The moment I saw my son’s beautiful big eyes looking back at me, I knew I’d be scouring every label for dangerous chemicals. Choose a couple products from natural brands that are safe for baby and combine them with hooded towels, washcloths, and a tub toy. You can even pack it all in a baby tub!
6. Pharmacy-Themed Gift Basket
Baby’s first cold or flu is the absolute worst! It is a comfort to have all the supplies already on-hand for when such a day inevitably arrives. Show your compassion by putting together a basket of essentials such as:
- Boogie Wipes
- Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops
- Baby Tylenol
- Zarbee’s Cough Syrup
- Zarbee’s Immune Support
- Pedialyte Electrolyte Supplement
- Pedialax Glycerin Suppository
- Baby Vicks Ointment
- Saline Nasal Spray
- Rash Ointment
7. Baby Carriers & Sleep Sacks
The baby wrap was, by far, one of the most-used items from my baby shower. Newborns desire frequent skin-to-skin contact. The sound of mother’s breath and heartbeat is familiar and soothing. Ergobaby is a great style for both mom and dad that fastens together easily with buckles and offers a useful storage pouch. Baby K’Tan features a double loop design that is easy to get into, with a stay-cool design. Other women like the snug feeling of the award-winning Moby Wrap. I also couldn’t get enough snuggly baby sleepsacks for the first few months. I’m almost positive that sleep sacks, coupled with a great noise maker helped my babies frequently catch a few extra sleep cycles!
8. Sophie the Giraffe
Sophie the Giraffe began as a simple, natural rubber teething toy. It also was my oldest son’s favorite toy for months, and we all learned to love Sophie. Now the brand has expanded to include early learning toys, mealtime sets, natural glass bottles, bath products, and more. The books are perfect for babies through toddlers with tactile lift-the-flaps, touch-and-feel pages, and pop-ups. I really like the Baby Album, which is perfect for recording precious memories from birth through the second year.
9. Breastfeeding Snack Basket
As crazy as it sounds, it’s easy to forget to feed yourself during those first few weeks with a new baby. The feeding sessions every few hours are filled with beautiful bonding moments, but are also very physically demanding. A mama needs an ample stock of quality, easy-to-grab snacks to keep milk supply and energy levels up. You can put together the snack basket for the shower or save the idea for your first visit with the new baby at the hospital. A perfect snack basket for mom might include:
- Lactation Cookies
- Cheese & Crackers
- Dark Chocolate
- Protein Bars
- Avocado Chips
- Protein Chips & Hummus
- Dried Fruit
- Tuna & Crackers
- Superfood Smoothies
Keep in mind, there are lots of “lactation” and “breastfeeding” snacks out there, but moms with an overabundant milk supply obviously wouldn’t want to be munching away on these. So a few lactation cookies, brownies, bars, or tea bags are good, but you don’t want to overdo it. Instead, focus on healthy super foods that are packed with protein and easy to grab on-the-go.
No matter what you get the mom-to-be, the gift of your support and encouragement are the most appreciated. If you’re local, be sure to drop food or a bag of groceries off in the coming weeks! Ask if you can help with an errand, or take an older child on a special outing so mom can have a much needed nap with the baby.
Don’t forget to stop by the Kindred Bravely store for more great mom-to-be gift ideas.