Every season is baby shower season, and chances are you’ll be invited to more than one this year. Do you know the must-have useful baby shower gifts for new moms? If you don’t have little ones, you probably don’t. Here’s my take.
It’s almost impossible to focus on much-appreciated practical baby shower gifts when you’re in Target oohing and aahing over the most darling tiny human outfits you’ve ever seen.
As a mom who’s had four babies — and waayy too many outfits at each shower — I’ll share some insider secrets on what’s really needed when baby’s on the way. The best baby shower gift list is filled with items mom and baby will need every day…multiple times.
Becoming a new mom, and being sent home with a miniature person and no instruction manual, is terrifying. The best thing to calm new-mom nerves is to have a totally prepared nest before baby comes to roost. I’ll help you choose thoughtful shower gifts that are also easy on your budget!
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Cheap Baby Shower Gifts: Daily Needs for Baby
The BabyBum Diaper Cream Brush has over 3000 raving mom fans and is made of the softest PBA-free silicone. With the thousands of applications of baby rash cream you’ll likely use, this is a god-send for keeping your hands sticky-free. You can boil it to sanitize.
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment is the cream of the crop (LOL) when it comes to solving painful diaper rash. It was developed by a pharmacist who got tired of harsh chemicals in rash creams — it has hundreds of happy mom reviews. It’s the perfect addition to the diaper cream brush above!
The Red Cross Baby Health Care Kit has everything mom will need when baby gets sick. These are things you don’t think about until you realize you don’t have them! Comes with carrying case, thermometer, nasal aspirator, medicine dropper, medicine spoon, and nail clipper.
Pacifier Clip by Dodo Babies in a Four Pack with Pacifier Case + Teething Toy is an amazing bundle that will save hours of looking for dropped pacifiers! Really cute patterns and colors too!
Huggies Natural Care Unscented Baby Wipes are one of the most practical and appreciated gifts moms-to-be can get! These are 99% water and completely hypoallergenic. This bundle has a whopping 552 total wipes and has almost 2500 rave reviews. Can’t go wrong with this one!
The table below has all the gifts listed in this category in case you’d like to see pictures and check prices.
|Diaper Care||Basic Care||Really Useful|
Cetaphil Baby Sensitive Skin Bath Time Essentials Gift Set is exactly what new babies need for their ultra sensitive skin. This is the only product I use for my own skin! This set comes with a darling elephant hoodie towel for baby. <3
Ziggy Baby Swaddle Blanket 3-Pack is the perfect gift for baby and mom to provide restful and comforting sleep for a newborn. Parents have been tightly swaddling their babies for centuries…because it works! Baby sleeps better in a nice cocooned blanket.
Luvable Friends Baby Scratch Mittens 4-Pack is an absolute necessity to keep new baby from scratching up their face. New moms may not know that baby’s arms and hands have a life of their own, and they can scratch their little faces really easily. I used socks and they always fell off…now there are awesome little mittens that stay on!
Gerber Birdseye Flatfold Cloth Diapers 10-Count may not seem like a glamorous gift, but trust me, mom will be so grateful to have burp cloths handy all the time. The great thing about plain old cloth diapers is they can be tossed into the wash with a little bleach, clean up nicely, and they last forever!
YOOFOSS Multi-Use Infinity Stretchy Shawl– Car Seat Canopy, Breastfeeding Cover and more… This is an awesome gift that has several great uses in one amazingly cute product! All moms appreciate a cover-up while feeding in public — and baby appreciates keeping the sun away from sensitive little eyes!
Baby Shower Gift List Just for Baby
Boppy Newborn Lounger is a hit, with almost 1000 moms giving rave reviews on Amazon! Mom gets some hands-free time while keeping the baby safe and right in view. It’s the “perfect little nest for your baby with a moment of hands-free bliss for you.” This is for babies who are not rolling over yet, and only during awake time. Not suitable for sleeping.
Crocnfrog 2-in-1 Shopping Cart Cover, High Chair Cover for Baby is super cute and completely practical! This is a must-have to keep baby safe, clean, and comfortable in the cart at the store. It does double duty (always a plus!) as a high chair cover in restaurants to keep germs away from baby. Over 1300 rave mom reviews for this one.
Luvs Ultra Leakguards Disposable Diapers Newborn Size has an amazing 252 diapers in this pack and at a great price! A new mom cannot get enough of this essential staple. *Important hint: You may consider getting the next size up since babies grow out of newborn size so quickly. Or get a pack of each. ;)
See the table below for the gifts in this category so you can get the latest pricing.
|Sleeping & Lounging||On the Go & Basics|
Cloud b Sleep Sheep White Noise Sound Machine has won multiple awards including National Parenting Council’s Seal of Approval! Baby will sleep peacefully to the familiar sound mimicking mom’s heartbeat (or three other gentle white noise options). Good sleep for baby and mom is priceless! This little lamb can be washed in the washer — score!
Graco Doorway Bumper Jumper is a hit with over 2000 rave reviews! This little jumping seat attaches to doorways and keeps little legs busy and baby entertained with movement. It’s great for babies who are holding their head up really well, and supports up to 25 pounds.
Baby Shower Gift Ideas for Mom
These gifts will have a new mom kissing your feet. There are things she doesn’t even know she needs yet. You’ll be ahead of the curve by showering her with new mom products that’ll make her job soooo much easier!
M & Y Organic Bamboo Nursing Pads 14-Pack Washable for nursing moms will be a lifesaver! New moms have no idea what adventures await when they’re at a restaurant and their milk decides to “let down” — can you tell this happened to me?! 😉 These pads are the perfect solution.
**This one gets special mention: Earth Mama Herbal Perineal Spray for Pregnancy and Postpartum is one of those products mama doesn’t know she needs yet, but it will be her best friend postpartum! Here’s what moms are saying, “Must have for every mother,” “Provides great relief after birth”, “Life saver!” Enough said…pregnant moms everywhere need this spray.
Motherlove Nipple Cream Certified Organic Salve is another one of those things mom won’t know she needs until her nipples are on fire during those first weeks of nursing. Almost 3000 moms agree that this one is a must-have!
UltraPremium Lifesmart Bath Kneeler & Elbow Rest Kneeler will absolutely save mom’s (and dad’s) knees at bath time. Described as “exceedingly comfortable”, it’s machine washable and has these amazing little pockets to hold all of baby’s bathing products…genius!!
The table below will show you all of the Mom Gifts in this category so you can check prices.
|Mom's Personal Care||Convenience Items|
Skip Hop Baby Pronto Portable Changing Station With Cushioned Changing Mat will save the day when the inevitable strikes, and there’s no bathroom changing station in sight! Moms rave about the convenient size of this portable kit as well as the pockets for keys, room for wipes/extra diapers, and the strap for your wrist or stroller.
Innoo Tech Baby Sling Carrier in Natural Cotton is good for babies up to 35 pounds and gives mom much-needed hands-free time. Baby also feels comforted and safe against mama’s chest. A great gift for mom and baby!
My Brest Friend Original Nursing Posture Pillow is a must-have for new moms also. Nursing can cause serious back strain. This nursing pillow will support mom’s back while supporting baby’s weight so she won’t have to. It’s much preferred to the other popular nursing pillow for the back support it gives. Removable and washable cover….score!
Ethan & Emma Best Stroller Organizer for Smart Moms is an absolute favorite with over 2500 raving mom reviews! Oh how I wish they’d had this design during my stroller days! Everything gets lost on that bottom stroller rack…No more of that! There’s a place for everything important in this organizer that attaches to your stroller handle for easy reach.
You’ll Be the One with the Most Thoughtful Baby Shower Gifts!
Now that you’ve got some insider secrets from a mom who really knows what’s useful after baby comes, you’ll be the shower favorite!
It’s easy to be tempted by the cutest baby gifts, but throw some practical and thoughtful shower gifts in while you’re at it. Your new mom friend or loved one will thank you for it again and again.
Let me know in the comments what products you can’t live without as a new mom!