If you’re like me, you get really overwhelmed when you have to go to a baby shower and have no idea what to get the expecting parents. Even if they have a baby registry list (which you can easily get on Amazon here), it can still take you quite a while to figure out what items to get from the list.
The top 10 baby shower gifts listed here are really the essentials. This list doesn’t include all the extra fluff and gifts that the baby won’t even use until way after their 1st birthday.
I think people place too much emphasis on getting their baby “everything under the sun” and lose sight of the fact that the tiny little baby just really needs a place to sleep, food to eat, clothes on their back and some good old loving.
I didn’t include baby clothes on the list because in a lot of cases, parents get hand-me-downs and tend to buy a lot of clothes for their babies. However, in cases where the expecting parents are not as fortunate and need the basics, clothes are definitely a must have and should be one of the first things included in your gifts.
This list is randomly numbered and is not in order of importance.
1. Nipple Cream and Nipple Shields
Why is this here you might ask? And why is it #1?
Well, this is for the breastfeeding mamas out there.
And if you are a mom that has breastfed, or a partner that has watched your partner breastfeed your baby, then you will certainly understand why this made the list.
This is especially important for 1st time moms who have no idea what’s about to hit them.
The nipple cream helps to soothe cracked nipples (and let’s face it, it’s going to happen, even if this is not your 1st child). The nipple cream worked wonders for me and helped me get through some very painful moments in my breastfeeding journey.
Do I need to get this for 2nd time moms? YES!
Each baby has to learn how to latch and suck effectively. In the beginning, they are still learning and so will cause you some pain in the process. But after a while, they do get the hang of it, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I had no idea these even existed until I went to my Public Health Unit and the nurse offered me some. She said to try it out and see how it works. She recommended this based on the amount of pain I was in and how badly sore my nipples were (sorry for the graphics but you get what I mean).
And boy did those nipples shields make a difference!
It’s pretty much a plastic shield in the shape of your breast and nipple that is placed over the nipple to protect it. Your baby can still suck on the nipple shield and get milk, but the mom won’t feel as much pain as there is no direct contact. It is recommended to not use the nipple shield for too long as you don’t want your baby to become dependent on it.
But these 2 items will for sure come in handy and I don’t know many moms out there who wouldn’t want to relieve their pain and soreness.
2. Wipes, Wipes and More Wipes
Yes, this is such a generic item…. Everyone get wipes…. Do they really need all those wipes?
Yes parents really do need all those wipes!
Think about it this way; As a parent, you will use wipes for years to come, well into the toddler years and certainly quite a bit when your baby is younger.
So yes, go ahead and add that box of wipes to your baby shower gift. You might think there’s not enough space for so many wipes. But believe me, parents go through them so quickly that they won’t have time to count boxes.
3. Receiving Blankets
Babies are quite messy, to say the least. From spit ups to throw up and full on projectile vomiting, you can’t escape all the mess. Babies go through a few blankets per day, and that can add up very quickly.
Unless parents wash every day, they will need a little stash of blankets that they can use before rushing off to the laundry.
Now that my son is a bit older (10 months), I usually use at least 2-3 per day. I’m also a big germophobe so that might explain why haha.
4. Rags and Bibs
You can never have too much of these.
Babies need a few rags per day, at least. For newborns, you will use more rags per day and definitely more bibs as they tend to spit up more frequently.
So yes, please pick up that pack of rags or bibs as parents will appreciate this.
5. Baby Carrier
This one is not for everyone.
If it’s not on the baby registry list, then you might want to have a conversation with the mom before purchasing this. Not everyone is for baby carriers, so make sure you find out before buying.
But a baby carrier can make a huge difference, especially when on the go or you just need your hands free at home.
There are different styles and each one has their pro and con. So that’s why I said this one is more of a personal choice for the parents.
6. Personalized Baby Book
This is a really sweet gesture for any new parent.
However, this choice only works if the baby’s name has already been revealed.
There are a few personalized baby book companies, that can make unique books for your baby with their name incorporated in the book.
7. Diapers, Diapers and More Diapers!
As with the wipes, you can never have too many diapers.
The main problem with getting diapers as a gift, has to do with the sizes.
You don’t want to get too much of one size. If you plan on buying more than one box or package, then don’t get more than 1 box of each size.
Babies grow very quickly and will often outgrow one size of diaper before you know it. So having too much of one size can be to your detriment because once your baby has outgrown that size, then you no longer have a need for it.
Many parents end up giving away diapers they no longer need.
For more information on the differences between diaper brands, check out my comparison between Pampers and Huggies here.
8. White Noise Machine
This can work wonders when getting a baby to sleep. It’s more a distraction to block out all the outside noises.
I had a few of these on different baby items that I got and tried to see which one worked better for my baby.
In the end, I ended up just using a fan as my background noise and it’s been working quite well so far.
9. Baby Gym/Activity Mat
A baby gym is perfect for getting your baby active.
As the name suggests, there are lots of activities on the activity mat for your baby to get his/her little hands and feet moving.
Not only does the gym keep your baby active, but it also helps to strengthen their neck and back muscles when they get tummy time. This will help them to eventually roll over and reach out to grab things.
10. Socks, Hats and Mittens
These are crucial, especially for newborns.
This is also important for babies that live in colder climates.
You can never have too many socks, hats and mittens because you tend to lose them ever so often. You also need extra ones whenever you leave the house because for some reason, babies tend to lose these in the blink of an eye.
Go Get your Baby Shower Gifts
There you have it. Lots to choose from and lots to consider.
If you choose to go all out and get a really expensive gift not listed here, that’s fine as well, as long as it will benefit the baby.
Amazon is a great place to find cheap baby shower gifts and there are thousands of items to choose from, which can be overwhelming. That’s why I have narrowed down the list for you.
Any other necessary baby shower gifts you can think of? Leave your comments below.
Thanks for reading 🙂