Baby showers are a unique representation of the mom-to-be. Choosing the best baby shower gifts depends on the style of the baby shower, nursery and expecting woman. Some new parents prefer functional gifts and others prefer unique pieces that accentuate the nursery theme. When in doubt, ask a fellow guest for gift ideas or choose one of the 12 great suggests for baby shower gifts as listed by parenting magazines, gifting experts and fellow moms.
The Stylish Mom
If you are attending the baby shower for an expecting mom with a flair for style, give baby a little something to wear out on the town.
- Baby Booties: There are literally hundreds of styles of baby booties and all are gender-specific so only choose this gift if the gender has been revealed.
- Sleep Sack: This large zipped bag-style nightwear keeps baby covered throughout the night.
- Nursing Pillow: The Boppy is one well-known brand of nursing pillow, but there are other brands and home-sewn varieties available online.
- Baby Bag: Stylish moms can never have enough baby bags. Choose one that represents mom’s style and provides functionality with lots of pockets and a thermal lining.
- Spa Gift Certificate: After a few weeks at home with a new baby, mom will need a little time to herself. Spa days can include shampoo, cut, style, massage, manicure, pedicure or any combination of these beauty treatments.
The Functional Mom
Functional moms see the baby shower as a way of stocking up on things baby will need every day. While functional baby gifts may seem boring, you can spice things up a bit by adding multiple individual gifts to a larger gift basket.
- Diapers: Skip newborn sizes as most babies outgrow smaller diapers in weeks.
- Wipes: Stick with hypoallergenic varieties with no added fragrances.
- Cloth Diapers: Perfect to use as burp clothes and general cleaning clothes.
- Baby Detergent: Name brand and generic varieties are available.
The Earth-Friendly Mom
Earth-friendly moms tend to prefer eco-friendly diapers, breastfeeding and all-natural cottons, but there are a few unique baby shower gifts to choose from.
- Organic Cotton Stretchy Baby Wrap: The baby carrier wraps around mom’s body and cradles baby close.
- All Natural Baby Shampoo/Wash: Choose soaps that are sulfate and paraben free.
- BPA-Free Sippy Cups: Baby shower gifts do not have to be reserved for babies. Think a few months down the road.
- Homemade Organic Soap: Sometimes mom needs a gift too. You can melt organic soap at home and add essential oils for fragrance. Molding takes 24 hours before you can cut the soap into blocks and wrap.