Buying a baby shower gift for someone special can be lots of fun and you have a really awesome opportunity to make a lasting impact on that special mommy to be.
The first thing you need to do is decide what type of gift you want to buy your loved on, from there you can narrow it down for the best baby shower gift ideas.
Best Memory Keepsake Baby Shower Gifts
Buying gifts that will also be an awesome baby memory keepsake. For me personally this is the type of gift that I love the most.
A mexican bola (also known as pregnancy chimes) is one the most special gifts you can buy a women when she is pregnant. A chime is worn on a necklace over the belly and the baby hears the chimes while in the womb. The baby gets used to hearing those sounds in the womb and when the baby is born it is a sound of comfort. The chimes are then worn shorter and often baby starts playing with it when breastfeeding.
When the baby grows up the necklace can then be given to her as a keepsake. Giving this as a gift to your close friend or family member will hold very special meaning for mommy and for baby.
This is my number one gift idea for a baby shower gift.
Baby Hand Footprint Kit
This is another wonderful and personal baby shower gift to give a mommy to be. The baby hand footprint kits often come in a frame and there is a little kit to make prints of your newborn baby’s feet and hands.
Some of them also have space for a photo of your baby too which is really lovely. This will make not only a lovely keepsake, but also stunning decor for the home.
Baby Memory Book
A baby memory book is another very special gift that is a lovely baby keepsake. There will be places for mommy to fill in all the special moments and memories such as baby’s birth weight and length. There are also places to fill in baby’s firsts like baby’s first words and baby’s first steps.
Baby memory books can be a first year book or even the first five years.
Check the bottom of this post for a giveaway of Our Baby’s Book!
Baby Keepsake Box
Buying a baby keepsake box is another stunning baby keepsake gift for a mommy to be. There are some really stunning baby keepsake boxes that will make a very special gift.
Or if you are crafty you could even make your own one and make the gift completely unique.
Best Practical Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Having a baby is so expensive and there are so many essential things for a newborn that mommy to be will be needing.
Nappies and Wetwipes
If your plan is to help mommy with some essential things she will be needing for her baby you just cannot go wrong with nappies and wet wipes. It doesn’t matter how many packs of nappies and wet wipes she gets as gifts it will always be welcome.
Making a nappy cake will make a boring nappy gift into something loads more fun. You can also add lots of smaller items to a nappy cake like pacifiers, toiletries, bottles and more.
Mommy to be is going to need plenty of toiletries and like aqueous cream, bum cream, cotton wool, baby soap and baby shampoo. This makes toiletries a very practical gift and once again no matter now much mommy to be gets she can always keep it stored for when she needs it.
Blankets, Baby Towels, Burp Cloths and Bibs
Mommy to be is going to be needing plenty of these items. Adding in a swaddling blanket with instructions will also come in handy for mommy when she is struggling with getting her baby to sleep.
Baby Sleeping Bag
These are so awesome and I loved the baby sleeping bag I got as a gift for my daughter at my baby shower. I had never seen one before until I got given one and they are lovely. I had no idea at the time how babies wiggle and kick off their blankets at night, making winter nights with a baby a nightmare. The baby sleeping back sorts this problem out.
A baby carrier was another gift that I only realized the value of after I started using it. This became one of my absolutely essential items. Wearing your baby helps with bonding but also keeps your hands free to do other things while keeping your baby close to you.
Seriously if you haven’t had a baby yet you have no idea how much your baby needs to be held all the time. You will need to be able to get some things done and wearing your baby makes life so much easier. A baby carrier will keep mommy and baby happy.
Before I had my baby I always thought a baby carrier was for using when you go out, almost like an alternative to the pram. However I landed up using my baby carrier every single day at home as well as using it when I went out.
Baby Diaper Bag
This is another item that will be used all day every day and probably for up to 3 years for each baby! Every time mommy leaves the house she is going to need to pack all those nappies, wet wipes, spare clothing, blankets and more.
If you are already a mom and mommy to be is pregnant with her first child you will be in a good position to choose a really practical and handy baby diaper bag.
If mommy to be is planning on breastfeeding she will be in great need of a good breastfeeding pillow. Breastfeeding does not always come naturally and it takes quite a lot of time to figure out the best position for breastfeeding. It is essential to be comfortable and relaxed while breastfeeding and using a breastfeeding pillow makes all the difference.
Breastfeeding is great for mommy and baby to bond so anything you can do to help mommy to be get it right will be very much appreciated.
Mommy to be is going to be in need of lots of tiny little baby garments and this makes such a lovely gift simply because newborn baby clothing is oh so cute.
Here’s what I suggest you do though, instead of buying outfits all in newborn size but one in newborn, one in 0 – 3 months, one in 3 – 6 and one in 6 – 12 months.
The reason for this is that babies grow so quick and very often your baby won’t even wear some of the newborn items because they grow so fast. Giving a mixture of sizes ensures that mommy to be has some outfits in store for later down the line when she is really starting to feel the financial pinch and all the gifts have dried up!
Trust me, she will appreciate it then when it seems her baby is going through a growth spurt every week and outgrowing clothes on a constant basis. Plus her baby will get much more wear out of a 6-12 month garment than a newborn garment!
Baby Store Gift Voucher
You may think it is a “lazy gift” but it is incredibly useful. Chances are huge that mommy to be won’t receive everything she needs in gifts at her baby shower and even if she does get everything she wanted there will always be something that she realizes she needs after her baby is born.
This gives mommy to be a chance to grab those last few baby essentials before her baby is born. There will also undoubtedly be things she needs to buy after her baby is born.
Maybe you love making things yourself or perhaps you are short on cash and feel a bit down that you “can’t buy her anything special”. Some of the best gifts don’t cost a thing and other things will cost a fraction of the cost to make instead of buying.
I’ve already mentioned making a nappy cake and a baby keepsake box, so here are are some more really special things you can make yourself:
If you knit, crochet or sew you can make some really cute outfits. If you know she wants to baptize her baby considering making a baptism outfit by hand.
There are some adorable knitted goodies you can make from jerseys and booties to teddy bears and blankets.
If you know all of mommy to be’s favorite songs why not make her a special CD for her labor and birth? She has so much to plan and many women want a playlist to take with when they are in the labor ward or at home. This will give her something she can tick off of her to do list.
Handy Mommy Tips
Get together with a bunch of your mutual friends band make a little book sharing all your best mommy tips to help her get through the first few weeks of being a new mommy. You can also include some funny stories of things that you did in the first weeks so she doesn’t feel like a failure when she things she is doing everything wrong.
Share some of your feelings and fears in those early days and how it all came together. It is not easy being a new mom and it will make it so much easier knowing what all her friends and family went through.
Make Some Cool Printables
Make some cool printables for her or find some online that will make life easier for her. You can do grocery shopping hacks and shopping lists.
You can create those printable cards for pregnancy photos that show how many months she is so she can chart the size of her tummy plus you can do some for after the baby is born to take photos plotting baby’s growth and development.
The sky is the limit here, you can get really creative and have fun.
Baby Sitting Coupons
Make and print out some baby sitting “coupons” which she can use to get you to baby sit for her. Make it fun and useful at the same time, for example you could have one where you will come over and watch her baby while she sleeps for a while, another one where she can wash her hair and another where she can go out for one hour alone.
I know I would love a batch of those even now that I could cash in with someone!
Baby Shower Pamper Gifts For Mommy
Yes it is all good and well buying loads of things for the baby but what about mommy? Maybe this is the second or third baby and mommy already has loads of clothing, bottles, blankets, baby carriers and all the rest.
This might be a good time to get some nice things for mommy instead!
If this is mommy’s second or third pregnancy chances are she is exhausted and sore, there is nothing better than a pregnancy massage. In addition to the fact it just feels good, massage actually has loads of health benefits.
Pajamas and Gown
Chances are mommy doesn’t buy many nice things for herself anymore. Buying her a lovely set of pajamas and gown for her to wear after the birth of the baby at hospital or at home will make her feel so much happier.
Trust me, I know because my mom bought me new pajamas and a gown for me and it was so special.
A Good Book
If she loves reading buy her a good book. I love reading and the last time I managed to read a book in peace and quiet was when I had a newborn. When she is in hospital she can cuddle up with her newborn and read a bit before she gets home to the chaos.
The last time I managed to really relax and read was when I was breastfeeding my son. He would nurse for a long time and we would lie in bed together and I would read.
Remember that I closed my online store last year? Well I was looking for something yesterday and I came across some stock of baby memory books that I was selling! This just calls for a giveaway right?
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