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
And that’s just the start of it!
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!
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 Mustela’s Cleansing Wipes 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’s Cleansing Wipes to gently remove makeup without damaging 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.
4. Favorite Children’s Book
For a personal touch, write a note to the baby and mom and include it in your favorite children’s book.
5. Onesies & 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 Skincare Products
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.
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.
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) to prevent and relieve painful red rashes, and Mustela’s Liniment to gently clean and moisturize diaper areas.
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 newborn’s skin safe by gifting products like Mustela's SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion and a sun hat. Be sure to also include an After Sun Spray for soothing, cooling, and refreshing the new baby while counteracting the dehydrating effects of the sun.
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 gift that meets all the new baby’s bathtime needs, give the parents Mustela’s Bathtime Essentials Set.
10. 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.
12. Pack & Play
Not every place the new baby visits will have a crib. Enter the pack & 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.
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.
Stretch Mark Treatment Products For Mom
Along with dry, itchy skin during pregnancy come stretch marks. You can help the mom-to-be prevent and heal those stretch marks by gifting a product like Mustela’s Stretch Marks Prevention Cream or Stretch Mark Recovery Serum.
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.
- 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.