There is quite possibly no more stressful gift-giving occasion than the Baby Shower. Friends, family and complete strangers pass around tiny pastel delicacies while cooing softly. Want yours to be the stand out in the crowd? Check out our ten favorite baby shower gifts!
The only baby product that’s been in use at our house for 3 solid years! It was a tummy time mat, a baby gym, a stuffed animal jungle, a tent, a reading cave, and back to tummy time mat again. And it still looks brand new! I still remember who bought us our Fisher-Price Rainforest Gym!
Retails for $70.
Diaper bags have come a long way. There’s no need to settle for plastic and pastels with so many truly gorgeous options out there. My personal go-to bag is Petunia Pickle Bottom’s Boxy- with backpack straps, a shoulder strap, a built-in changing pad, and plush chenille and beautiful brocade fabrics, there’s no need to hide this confection! It’s a small luxury that makes this mommy feel stylish every time she sees it. Which is a lot to say when you’re changing poopy diapers.
Retails for $170.
For a new mommy, there’s something very melancholy about leaving the hospital with her newborn. It’s a little like planning a wedding- but without a lazy honeymoon to digest what’s happened. The hospital band has come to represent all of the months of preparation that went into mommy’s two-day stay, and it deserves a place of honor in the new baby’s home. I love this frame and think it probably would have made me cry had I been given it as a gift!
Retails for $25.
First of all, any baby product that helps me get a good night’s sleep is tops in my book. But the Angelcare baby monitor has been nothing short of miraculous for this hyper-vigilant Mama. The sensor pad hides discreetly under baby’s mattress and picks up even the smallest movements. If no movement is detected for 20 seconds, both monitors beep loudly. I tell you, not only is it possible that this thing works, it works well. I truly cannot imagine my life without it and have told every mommy I know about the Angelcare! Give the gift of sound sleep to your favorite mommy-to-be!
Retails for $120.
Retails for $22.
A thoughtful gift for parents-to-be with out of town family. A pocket camcorder makes it easier than ever to record baby’s milestones, and this one does it in full 1080P HD- so Grandma won’t miss a single drop of drool! It easy converts to a webcam for use with Skype and even takes still pictures. Perfect for parents on the go!
Retails for $150.
Starting a brand new family means starting a few brand new traditions, and having a little guidance from veteran moms goes a long way to creating your own. I’m about halfway through this book and love all of the creative ideas this diverse group of families shares! I like this book as a baby shower gift because that last month of pregnancy is the best time to catch up on a little light reading before you spend all your extra time catching up on sleep. Am I right?
Retails for $15.
As sleep-deprived parents of a newborn, we completely relied on the Itzbeen for all of our fussy baby diagnoses. With just the push of a button, the timer began recording how long “it’s been” since we’d changed, fed, or put baby to sleep. No long journals, no frantic backtracking, all easy-peasy decision making guidance. It’s also backlighted and has it’s own built-in nightlight!
Retails for $25.
Okay, it’s a luxury. But honestly, if you add up the cost of professional photography in baby’s first year, you’d might as well have sprung for a professional camera yourself. And wouldn’t this be the perfect gift from a Grandma who can’t get enough pictures of her sweet new grandchild? I know I’d be ecstatic! This Canon is truly one of the best, but I think any good-quality DSLR would do the trick!
Retails for $550.
Retails for $25.
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