Are you struggling to find the perfect baby shower gift? We’ve been there, too. You want to pick a gift that is personal and useful and one that both the little one and the mom will enjoy, but it isn’t always easy.
To help you pick the gift that says it all, the experts at Mustela have put together a list of the best baby shower gift ideas. We’ve included items that parents can never have too many of, like:
And we’ve also included fun and unique items like:
- A travel crib
- Baby bath items
- A Diaper Genie
- A video baby monitor
- A photoshoot
And that’s just the start of it!
Table Of Contents
- Baby Shower Gift Ideas For Newborns
- Baby Shower Gift Ideas For The Mom
- Tips For Choosing A Baby Shower Gift
- Baby Shower Gift Ideas To Take The Cake
Baby Shower Gift Ideas For Newborns
It may not seem like the most original gift, but babies are going to need a mountain of diapers during the first few years of their lives. On average, babies go through eight diaper changes per day during the first year of life. That’s close to 3,000 diapers!
With that many diaper changes, your little one’s bottom is going to need some extra love and care. That’s where our Diaper Cream with Olive Oil and Aloe comes in! Fragrance and dye-free, this product will soothe your baby’s skin without leaving residue on clothing or bedding.
This cream has also been proven safe and meets the Environment Working Group (EWG) safety standards — no yucky ingredients for you to worry about as you care for your little one.
Combine diapers and diaper cream for a complete gift. Just be sure you ask the parent if they’re using cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Regardless, turn your gift into a diaper cake if you’re feeling venturesome!
Sure, diapers are not as exciting as a stylish newborn wardrobe, but they’re going to get plenty more use. Give the gift of diapers, and the parents will thank you for it now and later.
Wipes, like diapers, get a lot of use during the first few years of a baby’s life. And we’re not just talking about tidying your newborn’s diaper area.
Wipes, like our Certified Organic Cotton Wipes with Water, can be used for everything from cleaning hands (both parents’ and baby’s) after a meal to giving the little one a quick rinse.
Moms can even use Mustela Cleansing Wipes to gently remove makeup without irritating sensitive skin. In fact, Allure named Mustela’s Cleansing Wipes one of their Best Of Beauty 2017 products. Now that’s a gift both babies and moms can enjoy.
3) Quick Clean-Up Products
Keeping newborns healthy means keeping them clean. That’s why quick clean-up supplies like Mustela’s No Rinse Cleansing Water and Skin Freshener make ideal baby shower gifts. Parents can use these products to keep their babies clean both at home and on the go.
Our Organic Micellar Water with Olive Oil and Aloe can be used by moms to remove make-up as well! This product is also EWG verified, meaning it meets the strictest standards for clean, safe ingredients. Natural, multi-purpose products are always a win in our book.
4) Favorite Children’s Book
Too many books? No such thing. Plus, it’s a great idea for parents to start reading to their baby from day one! A baby or kids’ book is always a good gift choice.
For a personal touch, write a note to the baby and mom and include it in your favorite children’s book. Another option is to find a stuffed animal of the book’s main character and give both as a complete baby shower gift.
5) Onesies And Larger Clothing
Onesies are another gift that may not seem very glamorous but will be extremely useful after the baby arrives. They can be worn on their own while at home or layered with other clothes when going out. Onesies are also easy to take on and off and also allow for convenient diaper changing.
A fun way to give the mom plenty of options for dressing her baby is to have the shower attendees decorate one or two plain white onesies during the party. But keep in mind that it’s also helpful to gift larger-sized clothes for when the baby grows.
6) Baby Sleep Aids
A sleeping baby (that stays asleep for even a few hours) is a small reward at the end of a long day. You can make the process easier for parents by gifting items like Mustela’s Baby Oil and Soothing Chest Rub. These use purifying scents to comfort, calm, and relax even the most sleep-averse baby.
More sleep for the baby means more sleep for the mom. What better gift can you give?
7) Bouncy Seat
Babies are so precious that new parents are going to want to hold them all the time. But sometimes, mom or dad needs to put the little one down in order to get things done. That’s when a bouncy seat can be handy.
These colorfully decorated seats stimulate learning while keeping babies comfy, cozy, and safe.
8) Burp Cloths
Burp cloths are another handy gift that can be used for a variety of purposes. These convenient cloths are useful for everything from burping to cleaning up small spills.
9) Baby Lotion
There’s nothing like the feel of a newborn’s skin. You can help keep the little one’s skin soft and protected by giving the mom a number of different baby skincare products. A product like Mustela’s Hydra Bebe Body Lotion provides non-greasy, long-lasting moisture.
For a dry-skin remedy for the whole family (newborns to adults!), try our EWG Verified Multi-purpose Balm with 3 Avocado Extracts, the perfect all-in-one solution for your face, neck, lips, elbows, hands, cuticles, knees, feet, and everywhere in-between.
10) Baby Skincare Gift Set
To really help the new parents stay on top of their baby’s daily skincare needs, gift them Mustela’s Newborn Arrival Gift Set, which includes five essential products specifically designed for newborns:
- Foam Shampoo for Newborns
- Gentle Cleansing Gel
- No-Rinse Cleansing Water
- Hydra Bébé Body Lotion
- Diaper Rash Cream 1 2 3
11) Diaper Cream
Another essential part of baby skincare is keeping a newborn’s delicate diaper area smooth and rash-free. Along with the almost 3,000 diapers used per year, babies will also need plenty of baby diaper skincare products.
Help parents stock up on these must-have items by including Mustela’s Diaper Rash Cream 1 2 3 (which can also be given as part of our Newborn Arrival Gift Set mentioned above) to prevent and relieve painful red rashes, and Mustela’s Liniment to gently clean and moisturize diaper areas.
And don’t forget about our EWG-Verified Diaper Cream with Olive Oil and Aloe!
For a sprayable diaper cream option, opt for our Diaper Rash Sprayable Cream. With easy, touch-free application, this natural formula helps seal out wetness while soothing and protecting the baby’s skin.
It’s made with 99% ingredients of natural origin, such as non-nano zinc oxide, avocado perseose®, shea butter, chamomile, and organic calendula.
12) Sun Protection
No skincare routine is complete without adequate protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Unfortunately, baby sun protection is one of those things that many parents forget about until they really need it.
You can help keep the baby’s skin safe by gifting products like an SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick and a sun hat. With our full line of suncare products, your whole family can stay protected while out in the sun.
Looking for a complete fun-in-the-sun baby shower gift idea? Include sunscreen and a sun hat along with beach toys, a baby beach umbrella, or an adorable swimsuit.
13) Bath Toys
The little one will start with sponge baths, but in a few short months, bathtime will be playtime, too! Contribute to the fun with a complete set of bath toys.
14) Bathtime Skincare Products
Bathtime can be fun for babies and parents. We recommend gifting specially formulated bath products, like Mustela’s Gentle Cleansing Gel, Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath, and Foam Shampoo For Newborns.
These products provide gentle cleansing while preserving the natural protective oils on the surface of a baby’s skin.
For a complete baby shower gift that meets the whole family’s needs, give our Certified Organic Bath and Body Gift Set.
Not only is this gift set comprised of our Certified Organic Cleansing Gel with Olive Oil and Aloe and Certified Organic Hydrating Cream with Olive Oil and Aloe, but its packaging is also environmentally friendly — a win for delicate skin and a win for the earth.
15) Car Seat
A car seat is a very personal gift for the parents-to-be. They are going to have their own list of must-have features, like brand, compatibility, construction, and so on.
Instead of going out and buying the first car seat you see, check their baby shower registry. Then, consider buying them a gift certificate to purchase the specific model they want.
The stroller, like the car seat, is another personal gift. Size, shape, appearance, color, compatibility with the car seat — all these factors come into play when picking out just the right stroller.
We recommend checking the parent’s registry to see which stroller they chose. Buy that model, or purchase a gift certificate so they can have the joy of buying it for themselves.
17) Stroller Accessories
Speaking of the stroller, if the parents already have one, consider giving them stroller accessories to deck it out. There are lots of options when it comes to these accessories, from snack trays to organizers and sun canopies to stroller mittens.
Not every place the new baby visits will have a crib. Enter the pack-and-play. These travel cribs can be set up anywhere in just a few minutes.
They keep babies comfy and safe during naps and overnight (if needed) while providing parents and caregivers with peace of mind so they can relax while the little one slumbers.
19) Personalized Name Puzzle
If the parents have already chosen a name for their little one, a personalized name puzzle makes a perfect baby shower gift. The puzzle can serve as a meaningful nursery decoration until the baby is old enough to tinker with puzzles.
That said, if you know the baby’s name, any personalized gift is sure to be a hit!
Wrapping a newborn in a swaddle can make them feel secure, calm their startle reflex, and keep them warm since it’s not safe for newborns to sleep with a blanket. Plus, swaddles can double as burp cloths, nursing covers, and the like.
When the little one outgrows swaddling (they should be out of a swaddle before they learn to roll over), most parents switch to sleep sacks.
Consider giving a set of cute swaddle blankets or both swaddles and sleep sacks.
21) First Aid Kit
Every parent needs a well-stocked baby first aid kit to take care of scratches, check the baby’s temperature, and tend to everyday needs, like trimming fingernails. Put together a first aid kit with the basic necessities.
We recommend including topical ointments, such as Cicastela Moisture Recovery Cream (which is safe for newborns) and Arnica Gel (designed to soothe boo-boos for babies older than nine months), in addition to the following:
- Infant toothbrush
- Baby nail clippers
- Baby brush
- Baby thermometer
- Rubbing alcohol swabs
- Petroleum jelly
- Oral syringe
- Nasal spray
- Nasal aspirator bulb
- Sharp scissors
- Cotton balls
- Instant cold pack
- Plastic bags
- Disposable gloves
- Hand sanitizer
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For pajamas that go beyond cute patterns, give Stelatopia Skin Soothing Pajamas, which use microcapsule technology to deliver skin-soothing moisture to the skin throughout the night.
Each microcapsule contains natural ingredients, such as avocado oil, which works to maintain the skin's moisture barrier and sunflower oil distillate which replenishes the skin with much-needed lipids.
These pajamas are made with OEKO-TEK® certified cotton, free of any allergens or potentially harmful substances, and endorsed by the National Eczema Association.
23) Playmat Or Rug
A play mat or rug makes a great baby shower gift, and you have lots of options to choose from! Choose a stylish rug that matches the nursery theme or a kids’ play rug that’s perfect for the playroom.
Or, opt for something like a playmat or tummy time mat to keep the baby entertained and off the floor.
Baby Shower Gift Ideas For The Mom
1) Breastfeeding Pillow
Comfort is a big part of breastfeeding. If the mom is stressed or in pain, feeding her little one won’t come easily. You can help promote her comfort by including a breastfeeding pillow with the wipes and diapers you bring to the shower.
2) Diaper Genie
Help keep the house clean and odor-free by wrapping up a Diaper Genie® as a baby shower gift. These products make disposal of dirty diapers easy while also helping to reduce unpleasant smells.
3) Video Baby Monitor
Back in the old days, parents had to check on a sleeping baby by looking in the crib. They always ran the risk of a squeaky door waking up the slumbering newborn. Then came the baby monitor, which allowed parents to hear what was going on without actually being in the nursery.
Now, parents have the ability to keep an eye and an ear on their little one by using a video baby monitor. Some monitors can also be linked to your mobile device to make checking in on that bundle of joy even easier.
4) Skincare Products For Mom
During pregnancy, a mom’s skin will go through a number of changes. It stretches, it becomes loose, it dries out easily, and it gets itchy. All of which can make the mom-to-be extremely uncomfortable.
Looking for the ultimate bundle? Consider our Stretch Marks Set to support and care for her changing skin.
You can help the mom-to-be reduce the appearance of those stretch marks by gifting the ultimate duo of Mustela’s Stretch Marks Cream and Stretch Marks Oil in this set.
5) Baby Carrier
As any new parent knows, hands are a hot commodity! Help your friend keep their hands free by giving them a baby carrier, like a wrap. This comes in handy on a daily basis around the house.
But, if they’re an outdoor-loving family, consider giving them a hiking backpack so they can bring the little one along for adventures as soon as they are old enough.
6) Maternity Clothes
When it comes to baby shower gift ideas specifically for the mom, consider maternity clothes. The right pieces will make her feel good and help her get through the final trimester of pregnancy.
Or, focus on comfy, loose clothing that she can wear now as well as during the postpartum period.
7) Photo Props
Every new parent loves taking photos of their precious little one. Photo props can make a fun and unique gift that helps your friend capture the moments.
You might choose props for newborn photos or a monthly photo prop that features the baby’s age in months or weeks.
Speaking of photos, if you’re handy with a camera, offer to take maternity photos or baby photos as your baby shower gift. If photography isn’t your thing, a professional photoshoot makes a wonderful gift. The parents will enjoy the photos for years to come.
9) Gift Cards
Gift cards might not be the most creative gift ever, but they sure are useful! For a pregnant mom, a gift card for baby supplies or a Mustela eGift Card can help her cross everything off of the baby registry list.
A spa gift card is also a winner since it’s perfect for a prenatal massage or treat-yourself day.
Meanwhile, gift cards to their favorite restaurants are perfect for date nights pre-baby or takeout after the baby arrives when no one feels like cooking.
Who said that a baby shower gift has to be directly related to having a baby? If the expecting mom loves flowers, bring a blooming bouquet to brighten her home. She’ll feel special and loved, which is exactly what you want!
11) Letters To My Baby
For a sentimental gift, give the mom-to-be a collection of letter prompts. Each prompt will encourage her to write her hopes for her child, the joys of motherhood, or memories with her new baby. Then, she’ll have a keepsake to give them several years down the road.
12) Diaper Bag Or Tote
It’s hard to have too many bags. Give your friend a classic diaper bag, a stylish backpack diaper bag, or simply a cute tote. With a new baby around, there’s a lot of stuff to carry.
Tips For Choosing A Baby Shower Gift
As long as you remember the simple tips below, your gift will be sure to stand out from the rest:
- When choosing a baby shower gift or trying to come up with your own idea, always ask if there’s a registry first.
- Go for practical items, like diapers, wipes, and clothing of different sizes.
- Bundle a practical item with a cute item. For example, Foam Shampoo For Newborns with a hooded, embroidered baby towel or sunscreen with an adorable swimsuit.
- Consider pooling your money with other shower attendees to purchase a larger item, like a car seat, stroller, or video monitoring system.
And don’t forget, a personal note is the perfect way to add something special to any gift.
Baby Shower Gift Ideas To Take The Cake
It’s not always easy to think of the perfect baby shower gift idea. Use the list above to get your creative juices flowing so you can come up with the ideal present that expresses your love for mom or baby!
Choose from something practical for the baby, such as diapers, Cleansing Wipes, pajamas, or burp cloths. Or, go for something more fun, like bath toys, a personalized name puzzle, or a playmat.
Show your friend (the soon-to-be-parent!) how much you care with a breastfeeding pillow, maternity clothes, or Stretch Marks Set. Or, go with a lighthearted and splurge gift, such as flowers, gift cards, or a photo shoot.
Whatever you choose, your personal touch and the love you show them will make it special!
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