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Updated April 11, 2024

Baby showers are a time to celebrate a new arrival and the parent- or parents-to-be with gifts that are practical, whimsical, or both. These celebratory gatherings when we anticipate a (big) change in a loved one’s life are full of excitement and, probably if it’s your first child, a dash of anxiety.

While there is some historical evidence that baby showers (or a form of them anyway) occurred in ancient times all over the world, in the U.S., baby showers became popular after World War II. Today, they continue to be a custom for new parents, whose family and friends come together to provide support, love, and gifts to new parents.

On a practical note, baby showers can provide necessities after the baby is born. When I had my baby shower, I loved the beautiful heirloom quilt I received, but the case of newborn diapers and breast pump were indispensable on the day we brought our baby home.

What to consider when buying baby shower gifts

Some parents create a wish list registry for their baby shower, and others (myself included) like to be surprised, but no matter what, there are a few things to consider when shopping for a new baby (and their parent/parents). Also, keep in mind that babies grow fast. If you find a special toy for 6 to 12 months, a beloved book (our go-to is the Goodnight Moon Board Book), or an outfit appropriate for the seasons ahead, don’t worry too much about it not being right for a newborn.

Is this their first child?

New parents may lack certain tools and toys for their first child, like what you consider to be the best diaper bag, swaddle clothes, and nursing-related gear. If parents decide to have a baby shower (and there is no rule you can only have one) for a second, third, or fourth child, the less-is-more rule for gifts may apply, as they likely have hand-me-down items and/or know what to purchase for themselves. Items like a bulk package of diapers, new burp clothes, baby bibs, or a simple toy might be the way to go.

Pro tip: If you can afford to, bring a small gift for the siblings too. When my second child was born, my friends and family wrapped and dropped off small packages of toddler toys and chocolate for our soon-to-be three-year-old, who felt (understandably) dubious about our wee addition to the household. To get some ideas, read our guides on toys for one-year-olds and toys for two-year-olds.

How much can I afford to spend?

Baby gifts, like more advanced baby monitors, can be surprisingly expensive for such small items. Pick a budget for your shower shopping and stick to it. If you hunt around, you can likely find something at your price point. If you don’t have spare cash to spend, making something like a knitted blanket or tiny hat can be extremely meaningful. A homemade coupon book filled with the gift of time containing offers to “make dinner” or “babysit” will definitely not go unused by new parents.

What was my favorite baby gift?

If you have kids, think about the best gifts you received at your shower. Maybe you couldn’t live without a certain type of diaper rash cream or loved a specific kind of baby carrier. Your experience can be valuable to new parents. Two of the best gifts I received were a toy called Sophie the Giraffe and a small plush snuggle blanket shaped like a small light blue elephant. We give them on repeat around here when there is a new baby.

The best toy baby shower gifts

Sophie La Giraffe

Sophie la Girafe | Classic Gift Set | Maisonette

Sophie la Girafe | Classic Gift Set | Maisonette

This adorable teething toy was one of my older son’s favorite things well into the toddler years. It’s somehow the perfect size for babies’ small hands and magically soft and flexible, yet firm enough for tiny gums to gnaw on. Sophie is made from 100% natural rubber from the latex of the Hevea tree and is traditionally and manually produced by the French company, Vulli. They’ve been producing the beloved French teething toy for over 55 years. It’s one of my personal go-to gifts for new babies. This gift set also comes with an adorable Sophie teething ring made from the same seemingly indestructible, all-natural (and safe) rubber.

Specifications:

  • Material: 100% natural rubber
  • Care instructions: Wash by hand is best
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $47

The bottom line:

Sophie La Giraffe is the perfect gift—functional and fun for babies (and her popularity for over 55 years proves it).

Get it here: Sophie La Giraffe


Lovevery Black & White Card Set

Lovevery Black & White Card Set

Lovevery Black & White Card Set

Did you know black and white toys and books can help strengthen a baby’s eyes? Well, I didn’t know this when I was a new mother, and I wish we had owned this charming black and white card set designed with high-contrast images with “varying pattern complexity”—i.e. things your baby is likely to enjoy looking at.

Specifications:

  • Material: Cardstock
  • Care instructions: N/A
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $7

The bottom line:

A set of black and white cards with high contrast images helps babies strengthen sight and enjoy viewing.

Get it here: Lovevery Black & White Card Set


Angel Dear Blue Elephant Blankie

Blue Elephant Blankie

Blue Elephant Blankie

The Angel Dear brand produces (in my opinion) one of the softest and sweetest baby snuggle blankets for babies and toddlers on the market. We received one of these at our first baby shower, and it is still a beloved item. There are no buttons, snaps, or anything a baby could choke or get caught on. These blankies, also called loveies, are machine washable and don’t wear and tear over time. I can’t recommend them enough, and if blue elephants are not your thing, Angel Dear makes rabbits, puppies, hippos, and other animals. The unicorn designs are also cute! Pro tip: If your baby loves this as much as mine did, buy a few in case one goes missing. You won’t regret it.

Specifications:

  • Material: Polyester microfiber
  • Care instructions: Washing machine; gentle cycle/dry on low or line dry
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $15

The bottom line:

Extremely soft and cute part-stuffed animal and part blanket that is machine-washable and easy for tiny hands to hold.

Get it here: Angel Dear Blue Elephant Blankie


Manhattan Toy Skwish Infant Rattle

Manhattan Toy Skwish Infant Rattle in Classic

Manhattan Toy Skwish Infant Rattle in Classic

We had a version of this highly rated and award-winning colorful toy that remained in rotation for a long time in your household. This Manhattan Toy Company hit is both a teether and a rattle. Lightweight and easy to hold, it has an infant-pleasing multisensory geometric design. It allows babies (although probably not newborns) to shake, flatten, and swish it and then watch it “bounce back” to its original shape. It is made from renewable rubberwood with a non-toxic, water-base finish. It’s been a favorite of babies and parents for over 30 years!

Specifications:

  • Material: Elastic and sustainable wood with water-based, non-toxic paint
  • Care instructions: Wipe down with a damp soapy cloth and then rinse by running a cloth over to remove any soap residue
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $23.99

The bottom line:

An affordable, creative, and multisensory toy that will likely be enjoyed for a couple of years.

Get it here: Manhattan Toy Skwish Infant Rattle


Baby Einstein 4-in-1 Kickin' Tunes Music and Language Play Gym and Piano Tummy Time Activity Mat

Baby Einstein 4-in-1 Kickin' Tunes Music and Language Play Gym and Piano Tummy Time Activity Mat

Baby Einstein 4-in-1 Kickin' Tunes Music and Language Play Gym and Piano Tummy Time Activity Mat

Tummy time is a phrase you will know if you were a babysitter, have a young sibling, or are a new parent. Babies use tummy time to strengthen their little neck muscles and get a chance to lie belly down, something absolutely not recommended for sleeping until age one. There are various play and activity mats designed to entertain both you and your baby while you practice tummy time. It contains 10 toys and activities and is recommended by parents for its music-forward focus, but if your baby doesn't like the sounds, Baby Einstein sells other themed mats online.

Specifications:

  • Material: Various materials
  • Care instructions: Spray with mild disinfectant and wipe down and remove it carefully; can also use wipes to clean
  • Batteries required (Y/N): Yes
  • Price on publish: $41.99

The bottom line:

A fun, music-filled tummy time mat with over 10 activities to keep babies stimulated and entertained.

Get it here: Baby Einstein 4-in-1 Kickin' Tunes Music and Language Play Gym and Piano Tummy Time Activity Mat


Jellycat Jungly Tails Soft Cloth Baby Book

Jellycat Jungly Tails Cloth Book in Multi at Nordstrom

Jellycat Jungly Tails Cloth Book in Multi at Nordstrom

This cloth baby book may have a cute storyline but buy it for the fun fabric tails that stick out of its slim volume, which is the perfect size for carrying around. It’s crinkley (many babies love crinkle noises) and has colorful tails of different shapes, sizes, and textures that make “reading” fun. It clips easily to a stroller, which I personally felt is one of its best features. This fun toy is made for on-the-go entertainment.

Specifications:

  • Material: Polyester/cotton
  • Care instructions: Spot clean
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $18.50

The bottom line:

This cute, portable cloth book contains animal tails with textures, colors, and even crinkle noises that little hands love to explore.

Get it here: Jellycat Jungly Tails Soft Cloth Baby Book


The best gear baby shower gifts

Cloud B Twilight Turtle Classic

Cloud b Twilight Turtle® Classic

Cloud b Twilight Turtle® Classic

This remains my favorite piece of baby gear I received at my shower. Sure, a stroller and car seat are absolute necessities when you have a newborn, but this turtle-shaped night light is sure to soothe a parent along with their baby in the dark. The twilight turtle projects a starry night sky complete with eight major constellations onto your walls and ceiling. There are three soft color options (blue, amber, and green) and an automatic rotation, but personally, I found it distracting.

The gentle light and night-sky effect have a mesmerizing quality and produce just enough light for you to see to tip-toe out of a sleeping baby’s room, and it comes with a timer you can set so you know it will go off. I may have missed it the most when my kids grew out of it. This constellation maker contains long-life LEDs that will not heat up. Our turtle lasted several months without needing new batteries, but keep those AAA ones on hand; this turtle needs three of them to work.

Specifications:

  • Material: Polyester
  • Care instructions: Spot clean the turtle shell very carefully
  • Batteries required (Y/N): Yes
  • Price on publish: $39.99

What we like:

  • Soft (not too bright) light with color choices
  • Displays real constellation patterns
  • Soothing for everyone
  • Has a timer

What we don’t like:

  • Doesn’t have a noise component which some parents (not me) wanted

The bottom line:

A sweet turtle shaped night light that projects a starry sky on walls and ceiling with eight constellation designs and provides soft (not-too-bright) colors (green, blue and amber) that you can set on a timer.

Get it here: Cloud B Twilight Turtle Classic


Huhu Everyday Diaper Backpack 2.0

Huhu Everyday Diaper Backpack 2.0

Huhu Everyday Diaper Backpack 2.0

There are so many diaper backpacks on the market that it was hard to pick the “best” one. My diaper bag was not this fashionable, but I would have chosen the Everyday Diaper Backpack if given the chance. It has 10 pockets, and I always need space for a binky or a package of wipes. This extremely functional bag contains easy to use small compartments, removable pouches, and wide cushioned backstraps. It comes with several clear storage pouches so you don’t have to root around for what you need. It's roomy enough to toss in diapers, bottles, blankets, and more. Plus, outside pockets can be used for parents' items, like keys and a phone. One downside: The bag doesn’t sit upright, so if you need a bag that does, skip this one.

Specifications:

  • Material: 100% water-resistant recycled PFAS-free polyester
  • Care instructions: Spot clean
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $195

The bottom line:

If you want a functional, but fashionable diaper backpack with loads of pockets and removable pouches, this is a great choice.

Get it here: Huhu Everyday Diaper Backpack 2.0


Pottery Barn Kids Vinyl Changing Table Pad

Pottery Barn Kids Vinyl Changing Table Pad

Pottery Barn Kids Vinyl Changing Table Pad

New parents may be nervous when they are first learning to change tiny diapers. A changing table pad—soft enough to lay your baby down, with softly curved sides and a middle strap to keep them from falling out—is a great functional gift that can be used anywhere when you need to give your baby a fresh diaper.

Specifications:

  • Material: Vinyl
  • Care instructions: Clean with a damp cloth and mild soap; wipe dry
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $59

The bottom line:

Soft and sturdy changing pad that is portable and has a design to keep baby safe.

Get it here: Pottery Barn Kids Vinyl Changing Table Pad


Munchkin UV Diaper Pail

A diaper pail may not seem like a sentimental gift, but it will be a welcome one. According to a recent survey from Everyday Health Group Pregnancy & Parenting Registry Builder Insights (Jan-Jun 2023), 83% of parents say diapers are a “must-have” registry item, but only 43% have added a diaper pail to their registry. If you can afford it, a diaper pail is one of those indispensable gifts for new parents.

Babies generate a lot of waste, and you won’t want to throw it away in an open pail. Diaper pails have come a long way since I had my first son, but this one comes highly recommended by several parents. It is also a good choice for germaphobes, as it is designed with not only odor control but its self-sealing and cleaning system and UV light sterilization kills germs like Staph, E. coli, and Klebsiella. It comes with a diaper pail, USB cable, adapter (for the UV light system), and a reusable Snap, Seal & Toss bag. Downside: You have to purchase bag refills that come in a pack of 20.

Specifications:

  • Material: N/A - various
  • Care instructions: N/A (Remove and change bag)
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $129.99

The bottom line:

The best diaper pail if you want a nearly odor-free, germ killing trash can and don’t mind the revolving purchases of diaper bags.

Get it here: Munchkin UV Diaper Pail


Munchkin STEP Diaper Pail

Munchkin STEP Diaper Pail

Munchkin STEP Diaper Pail

If the price tag on the option above is a little too high for a gift, this one (also from Munchkin) is a great and affordable alternative. It uses odor control with a simple foot pedal and has a patented self-sealing system that keeps odors contained whether the lid is open or closed. And when you gift this diaper pail, it is the gift that keeps on giving: for every single diaper pail sold, Munchkin will plant a tree!

Specifications:

  • Material: N/A
  • Care instructions: Clean with a wet cloth
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $59.99

The bottom line:

An affordable diaper pail with odor control and an easy-to-use foot pedal to keep your hands where they belong—on your baby.

Get it here: Munchkin STEP Diaper Pail


BabyBjörn Bouncer

BabyBjörn Bouncer

BabyBjörn Bouncer

BabyBjörn built its reputation on wearable baby carriers, but it also designs excellent bouncers that keep babies upright (no more acid reflux) and safe in their tiny seats. A bouncer is not only for your little one, it’s also for you when you need your hands free, but want to keep your baby close by. This Bouncer Balance Soft seat has a safety harness, soft padding, and straps which are easy for the baby to hold. It’s ergonomically designed for newborns and babies up to 29 lbs and allows them to safely sit and rock with support given to their heads, necks, and back. This bouncer has a stylish, modern look to give you a break from all the loud and colorful baby gear you may be given. And it can fold up completely flat, so if space is an issue, this one’s for you.

Safety tip: It is not safe to allow a baby to sleep in a bouncer, according to guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Specifications:

  • Material: Fabric
  • Care instructions: Remove from base and wash in machine
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $209.99

The bottom line:

A stylish and ergonomically safe bouncer designed by the popular BabyBjörn brand that allows your baby to sit safely and learn to self-soothe with a gentle bounce.

Get it here: BabyBjörn Bouncer


Munchkin Electric Bouncer & Rocker

Electric Bouncer & Rocker

Electric Bouncer & Rocker

This recently hit the marketplace and is sure to be on baby shower gift lists. The Munchkin Electric Bouncer & Rocker will appeal to parents who want a little “extra” with their ergonomically baby seat. It comes with soothing sounds and classical music from Bach, Chopin, Mozart, and Beethoven, and has a base for bouncer or rocking (depending on your baby’s mood). Simply plug it into a power source (no batteries needed) and set the time for the length of music and motion you want your baby to enjoy.

Safety tip: It is not safe to allow a baby to sleep in a bouncer, according to guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Specifications:

  • Material: Fabric (breathable mesh)
  • Care instructions: Washable cover
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $199.00

The bottom line:

An electric bouncer that provides motion and music to soothe and entertain a baby who weighs up to 15 pounds.

Get it here: Munchkin Electric Bouncer & Rocker


Ergobaby All Carry Positions Breathable Mesh Baby Carrier

Ergobaby All Carry Positions Breathable Mesh Baby Carrier

Ergobaby All Carry Positions Breathable Mesh Baby Carrier

Are you team Ergobaby or BabyBjörn? Personally I was Ergobaby all the way, while my husband preferred the also excellent second choice. Parents highly recommend both companies. I love that you can switch this carrier to a back or side position besides a front carrier. The breathable mesh also meant neither of us got too overheated as we strolled around the neighborhood streets, and it makes a great travel carrier because of how soft and easy it is to fold up. Pockets are always essential, and it can be hard to reach the ones in your pants when you are carrying a baby. This carrier has easily accessible side pockets, an attachable pouch for stray items, and a hood in case it gets too hot outside for the top of your baby’s head.

Pro tip: The best baby carrier for you might not work for someone else. I recommend you always buy the carrier on the gift registry, but don’t be afraid to recommend another one to a new parent.

Specifications:

  • Material: Polyester and SoftFlex Mesh
  • Care instructions: Machine washable
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $171.45 - $199

The bottom line:

A comfortable and secure baby carrier that allows for hands-free movement, plus its outer pockets make grabbing your keys, phone, or a pacifier a snap.

Get it here: Ergobaby All Carry Positions Breathable Mesh Baby Carrier


Hatch Rest Baby Sound Machine

Hatch Rest Baby Sound Machine

Hatch Rest Baby Sound Machine

This highly-rated Hatch Rest+ 2nd Gen machine is designed to work as a sound machine and nightlight that plays 18 soothing sounds. You can sign up to access the Hatch library and select music like lullabies and even bedtime stories for when you are too tired to read aloud. The night light has custom-colored hues designed to help your little one sleep or wake (there are “time to rise” and “time for bed” modes), plus you can control your Hatch from anywhere using the app. This is a sound machine and night light with technology that can be used in different ways as your baby grows, making it a good investment.

Specifications:

  • Material: Various
  • Care instructions: N/A
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No; comes with a charging base
  • Price on publish: $59.99

The bottom line:

This is a highly popular piece of tech, praised by parents for its functionality, form, and multi-use abilities from a nightlight, sound machine, bedtime and light music maker.

Get it here: Hatch Rest Baby Sound Machine


Best “stock up the nursery” baby shower gifts

Philips AVENT Soothie Heart Pacifier

Philips AVENT Soothie Heart Pacifier

Philips AVENT Soothie Heart Pacifier

If you are pro-pacifier (I was), then these are the ones to buy in bulk for the baby shower. Comfortable and safe to wash and sterilize in a dishwasher, this collection by Philips (in my opinion) is the best. You can buy them in size packs for 0 to 3 months and 3 to 18 months. BPA-free and used nationwide in hospitals, you can trust the Philips brand. This set comes in a four-pack (buy two) for when your child inevitably tosses it out a moving car window, or maybe that’s just my kid.

Specifications:

  • Material: BPA-free silicone
  • Care instructions: Dishwasher and sterilizer safe
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $11.89 (four pack)

The bottom line:

This pacifier is deemed safe for hospitals and medical professionals tending to newborns, so if you want to gift a pacifier set, this is the one.

Get it here: Philips AVENT Soothie Heart Pacifier


Aden + Anais Boutique Cotton Muslin Swaddles

boutique cotton muslin swaddles 4 pack

boutique cotton muslin swaddles 4 pack

A four-pack of these beautiful muslin swaddle blankets may not be enough if you love them as much as most parents. These large soft clothes may be advertised as swaddles, but they can be used in many ways, from baby blankets, light stroller covers, soothing blankies (as we called them), floor covers, and anything else. You can also swaddle your baby in them, but that takes practice. Mainly, my family loved them because they grew softer after every wash, were made from breathable cotton muslin, and had gorgeous prints and patterns. They also hold up surprisingly well. I have three of them in our linen closet, over 14 years old. Buy these in bulk if you can afford to. Yes, they are that perfect.

Specifications:

  • Material: Loose plain weave cotton muslin
  • Care instructions: Machine washable
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $59.95

The bottom line:

This four-pack of the most-perfect cotton muslin swaddle cloths can serve multiple purposes (swaddle, spit-up cloth, and coverlet to name a few) and grow softer with every wash.

Get it here: Aden + Anais Boutique Cotton Muslin Swaddles


Quince Organic Cotton Fold Over Socks

Quince Organic Cotton Fold Over Socks

Quince Organic Cotton Fold Over Socks

Tiny feet need tiny socks, like these fold-over organic cotton baby socks for newborns and babies. They come in an eight-pack of mix-and-match colors to keep tootsies warm and protected, with a cushioned footbed and seamless toe seam to prevent irritation. Baby socks also make a great toy as soon as the child learns how to pull them off, so consider it a two-in-one gift. Stock up on these socks because they are affordable, and the mom-to-be may want more.

Specifications:

  • Material: Organic cotton
  • Care instructions: Machine wash
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $19.90

The bottom line:

Buy this eight-pack for an expectant parent because they are cute, comfortable, and made of affordable organic cotton.

Get it here: Quince Organic Cotton Fold Over Socks


Quince Organic Short Sleeve Bodysuit

Quince Organic Short Sleeve Bodysuit

Quince Organic Short Sleeve Bodysuit

Next to socks, short sleeve onesies are another staple that makes a great gift. Quince makes extremely soft, organic ones that are easy to layer and take off, with dual-adjusting snaps to make changing diapers easy. You get four in a pack and there are a few color-style options available. Onesies are the backbone of a newborn’s wardrobe making these a valuable gift for an affordable price.

Specifications:

  • Material: Organic cotton
  • Care instructions: Machine washable
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $29.90

The bottom line:

These onesies are made of all-organic cotton, machine washable, and come in an affordable four-pack to help the parent-to-be start their newborns' seemingly never-ending layering onesie wardrobe that will be needed in baby’s first year.

Get it here: Quince Organic Short Sleeve Bodysuit


Honest Diaper Cakes, Deluxe

Honest Diaper Cakes, Deluxe

Honest Diaper Cakes, Deluxe

While there may likely be actual confectionary delights at the baby shower, you can treat the new parents to a different kind of cake—one made from diapers. You could simply wrap up a case of diapers, but this delivers more of a thrill. These diaper cakes are from Honest and come with 70 diapers, plus an array of baby products, like organic balm for sore bums, clean ingredient wipes, and more.

Specifications:

  • Material: Various
  • Care instructions: N/A
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $99.99

The bottom line:

A fun gift full of diapers, wipes, and organic baby products for a newborn.

Get it here: Honest Diaper Cakes, Deluxe


Taf Toys Newborn Developmental Toy Kit

Taf Toys Newborn Developmental Toy Kit, Perfect for Boys and Girls, Includes 12 Essential Baby Boy and Girl Toys for Learning and Stimulation, Ideal New Baby Gift Basket

Taf Toys Newborn Developmental Toy Kit, Perfect for Boys and Girls, Includes 12 Essential Baby Boy and Girl Toys for Learning and Stimulation, Ideal New Baby Gift Basket

If you simply want an easy-to-gift basket full of goodies, this is a great choice packed with 12 developmentally appropriate products like black and white plush toys, a tummy time pillow, baby flash cards, a sweet small blanket, and it includes a short developmental guide which provides newborn developmental tips. Check the instructions for each piece, while everything is safe for a supervised newborn, some of the soft toys are designed to be reintroduced at different ages, like 3 months. It’s a one-and-done gift—everything comes in its own gift box, too.

Specifications:

  • Material: Various
  • Care instructions: N/A
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $26.99

The bottom line:

A gift box full of products for developmental growth and fun designed with safety in mind for newborns and some designed to grow with your baby.

Get it here: Taf Toys Newborn Developmental Toy Kit


Best baby shower gifts for Moms

Bamboobies Women’s Soothing Nursing Pillows

Bamboobies Women’s Soothing Nursing Pillows

Bamboobies Women’s Soothing Nursing Pillows

If the mother-to-be plans to nurse, these soothing nursing pillows may help her soothe painful breasts. Designed with super-soft rayon made from bamboo and flax seeds, these all-natural and gel-free pillows are designed to soothe with two different temperature controls, as you can pop them into the freezer or heat them up in the microwave, depending on the care your nursing breasts need. Simply tuck them into your nursing bra for relief, and you can wash the ultra-thin covers when needed.

Specifications:

  • Material: Rayon, flax, and bamboo
  • Care instructions: Spot clean
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $19.99

The bottom line:

If you know a mother who is planning to nurse, these soothing breast pads can be worn warm or cold depending on the kind of comfort and care needed.

Get it here: Bamboobies Women’s Soothing Nursing Pillows


Happiest Baby Sleepea 5-Second Swaddle

Sleepea® 5-Second Baby Swaddle Ivory Watermelons

Sleepea® 5-Second Baby Swaddle Ivory Watermelons

If you struggle with blanket swaddles, this sleep swaddle is extremely easy to use. Some babies love swaddles, others hate them, but this one from Dr. Harvey Karp’s Happiest Baby team makes a great gift that won’t break the bank if the recipient isn’t a fan. It’s made from 100% organic cotton, extra-quiet Velcro to keep the baby safe and snug, plus a two-way safety zipper for easy changing. There are arm openings for babies that prefer to keep their little limbs free.

Specifications:

  • Material: 100% organic cotton
  • Care instructions: Machine washable
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $29.95

The bottom line:

This all-in-one sleep swaddle is easy to use, has two zippers for quick changes, and arm holes if your baby prefers to keep them out.

Get it here: Happiest Baby Sleepea 5-Second Swaddle


Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump

Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump

Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump

For pumpers on the go, this Medela wearable breast pump (a gold-star brand) is lightweight, hands-free, and makes a great gift if you can afford the price tag. Easy to use with a rechargeable pocket-sized pump and wearable collection cups designed to hold 5 ounces of breast milk at a time. It can be worn under a nursing bra or the majority of other types of bras. This gift is app-enabled (connected to the award-winning Medela Family app) for easy pump tracking to plan a mom’s feeding schedule and access virtual milk storage.

Specifications:

  • Material: Various, including BPA-free plastic
  • Care instructions: N/A
  • Batteries required (Y/N): Rechargeable battery
  • Price on publish: $249.99

The bottom line:

If you need a portable pump that can be worn underneath your nursing bra, this is a well-known brand that is lightweight, easy-to-use and pumps 5 ounces at a time.

Get it here: Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump


Pink Stork Postpartum Sitz Bath Soak

Pink Stork Postpartum Sitz Bath Soak

Pink Stork Postpartum Sitz Bath Soak

When you have a baby, your body undergoes tremendous changes and not all of them are comfortable. This postpartum sitz soak is designed to help mothers relax and recover after birthing a baby. Formulated with 100% Dead Sea salt (rich in healing magnesium), it can support cleansing, skin recovery, and relaxation and provide perineal cleansing. Pink Stork is a women-owned and operated company focused on making products that support women, which is another nice reason to consider this soak for a shower gift.

Specifications:

  • Material: 100% Dead Sea Salt
  • Care instructions: N/A
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $14.99

The bottom line:

Sitting in a warm tub can be extremely healing and this package of 100% Dead Sea salt will ease tension, stress and may help to heal your perineal area after giving birth.

Get it here: Pink Stork Postpartum Sitz Bath Soak


Allbirds Women’s Tree Dasher Relay

Allbirds Women's Tree Dasher Relay, Black, Size 10.5

Allbirds Women's Tree Dasher Relay, Black, Size 10.5

You may not feel like running a marathon, but having a comfortable, no-slip shoe that is easy to slide into for walks in the park or up and down your hallway at midnight (more realistic with a newborn) will be a welcome addition to a new mom’s wardrobe. Plus, unlike slippers, she can wear these long after postpartum. Pro-tip: Ask for the receiver’s foot size and remember that some women’s feet swell during pregnancy. In fact, studies show many women jump a half or whole shoe size after their first pregnancy. If you’re worried about the size, grab a gift certificate for these.

Specifications:

  • Material: Merino wool, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified eucalyptus tree material, and dual-density SweetFoam® midsole
  • Care instructions: Check the label (some parts are machine washable)
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $135

The bottom line:

Allbirds make no-slip, slip-ons that are comfortable and easy to wear before, during and after pregnancy and make a good gift alternative to slippers.

Get it here: Allbirds Women’s Tree Dasher Relay


Pima Maternity Long Sleeve Nightgown in Hydrangea

Pima Maternity Long Sleeve Nightgown in Hydrangea

Pima Maternity Long Sleeve Nightgown in Hydrangea

Some gifts are great for before the baby comes, and this Peruvian Pima cotton gown in a cute pinstripe will keep your friend or family member comfortable. A roomy cut with nursing-friendly snaps, this shower gift can travel to the hospital, birthing center or be worn at home, so mom can feel cozy when guests arrive or when she is bonding with the new baby in bed.

Specifications:

  • Material: 100% Peruvian Pima cotton
  • Care instructions: Machine wash
  • Batteries required (Y/N): No
  • Price on publish: $96

The bottom line:

A pretty, Peruvian Pima cotton gown with nursing snaps that is comfortable, super soft, not-to-short, and can be worn with leggings or on its own.

Get it here: Pima Maternity Long Sleeve Nightgown in Hydrangea


How we selected the best baby shower gifts

I hand-picked baby toys and other items that I personally used with my children or have given as gifts to new parents. In addition, I consulted hundreds of reviews from parents, talked to friends and colleagues about their gift recommendations, and researched and took suggestions based on pediatric developmental milestones, like “tummy time” from organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics.

I didn’t include strollers and car seats on my list on purpose because safety, fit, and comfort for these high-ticket items are often best chosen by the parents-to-be. If you find them on a friend or family’s registry, by all means, purchase them. If you really want to buy a car seat or travel stroller, make sure to ask the parents what kind they want, as there are many excellent choices on the market.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Should baby gifts be gender-specific?

Personally, I don’t think baby gifts should be considered by gender. While some parents love the outdated tradition of pink for girls and blue for boys, in this day and age throw those cliches out the window. Purchase what you love or what you think a parent or baby will love, no matter what.

Can men attend baby showers?

Yes. Co-ed baby showers are all the rage these days.

Are baby shower gifts for moms or babies?

Typically people give gifts to new parents to show their love and give gifts of support for the new baby, from diapers to family heirlooms. There isn’t one way to give a gift to a new parent. When I had my second baby, a group of friends not only brought useful gifts for my child, but they presented me with a gift certificate to a local clothing store for when I wanted to wear something other than maternity clothes. It may be a nice idea to choose something practical from a baby shower registry and then present the mom or dad with a token gift just for them.

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