Been invited to a baby shower? Here are our picks of 6 practical gifts for expectant mothers

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being invited to a baby shower, you’ll know that they’re a lot of fun – and that gift-giving is a relatively significant part of the celebration. However, if this is your first baby shower, it can be challenging to pick out the right gift – with just so many baby products on the market to choose from.

When we had our first child, we had everything – bottle sterilizers, milk warmers, and enough newborn-sized clothing to dress an army of babies. Little did we know at the time that we barely used any of it. This means that while it might be tempting to buy big, impressive kits with all sorts of weird and wonderful accessories, you’ll likely end up wasting your money – money which could have been put to better use picking out a better, more practical gift.

If you aren’t a parent yourself – maybe you’re a soon-to-be, first-time uncle or aunt – there’s a good chance you’ll have very little idea about what a baby actually needs for the first few months of life and which items will be most useful. But don’t worry, nobody has much idea of what they’re doing before a baby arrives – which is why we’ve created this article as a resource to help those who aren’t as knowledgeable on all things babies to make a better gift selection.

6 practical baby shower gift ideas

In this post, we’ll round-up what are our picks of the best practical baby shower gift ideas, giving you a jumping-off point to begin your search for the perfect baby shower gift for expectant friends, family, or loved one. Some of these you’ll expect, while others might not – and hopefully, you’ll take away inspiration from our list, making your gift hunt all the easier.

So, without further ado, here are our picks of six of the most practical types of baby shower gifts that you can’t go wrong with.

1. Baby swaddles and muslin blankets

Swaddles are an essential bit of baby kit – being an incredibly versatile, multi-functional item in any new mom’s toolkit – they’re like the Swiss army knife of early motherhood.

Whether you need a burp cloth, nursing cover, tummy time mat, or general use blanket – there aren’t many situations involving a baby where a swaddle isn’t useful. The list of things you can use a swaddle for could go on and on – which is why we’ve put them as our number one pick when it comes to practical baby shower gifts. 

You can’t go wrong with swaddles – they’re always needed, meaning that the more you have on hand, the better. They also come in all sorts of super fun themes and styles, with not only plenty of dinosaur baby swaddles to choose from. There are sorts of others, from space and vehicles to llamas and unicorns; if you can think of it, you’ll probably find a swaddle with a design to match.

2. Onesies, Rompers, and other clothing

It should go without saying, but baby items don’t get much more practical than clothing. Babies get through so many outfits, thanks to frequent little accidents throughout the day, making it great to have plenty of spares on hand when you need to make a quick change. Baby dinosaur rompers, T-shirts, baby dinosaur onesies, and other clothing items are all excellent baby shower gift options.

Whatever you do, though, don’t buy clothing in newborn sizes. Pick larger clothes, either 6-12 months or 12-18 months. Why? Because babies grow fast, and your baby shower hosts likely have all the clothing they’ll need to make it through the first few months of their little one’s arrival – but what they likely won’t have, is baby clothing in sizes beyond this.

You’ll also want to be mindful of the season, making sure to buy clothes that are appropriate for the time of year – such as long sleeves for fall or winter and short sleeves for spring or summer. If you’ve taken our first bit of advice and are buying larger clothing, you’ll want to keep in mind what the season will be 6 or 12 months from now so that you can pick out weather-appropriate items.

3. Crib bedding, blankets, and baby mobiles

Just like clothing and swaddles, babies are going to get through plenty of bedding and blankets, given the usual and frequent accidents that will occur. This makes these items good picks, as it never hurts to have a few more than you need on-hand to save you constantly loading up the washing machine.

There is no shortage of options with these types of baby shower gifts. With so many themes and styles to choose from – dinosaur crib bedding sets and dino blankets are plentiful, with so many great picks being available.

Baby mobiles – especially those that reflect an interest or theme, like dinosaur baby mobiles – are a good bet for a baby shower. In fact, you can’t go wrong with pretty much anything that’s going to help parents get their little ones off to sleep and keep them there.

4. Diaper bags, changing pads, and other nappy supplies

There are two things new parents will spend most of their time doing with their new baby – feeding and changing – this makes any gift related to a latter a good choice for anyone looking to pick up something practical.

Changing pads and dinosaur diaper bags are great options, as they’re essential bits of kit when mommy and daddy get out of the house, offering a way to effectively organize and carry all their baby essentials with them when they’re away from home. It also doesn’t matter if other baby shower guests gift diaper bags either. Just like handbags, it doesn’t hurt to have a few different options to color coordinate with mommy or baby’s outfit – this makes them a far safer bet than items most parents will only have or ever need one of.

If you do decide to go with a dinosaur diaper bag for a baby shower gift, it doesn’t hurt to stuff it full of nappies, wet wipes, and other nappy changing supplies. Doing so won’t cost you more than $10-15 and will go some ways to add to the practicality and usefulness of your baby shower gift.

5. Teethers and clip-on toys

Babies can start teething as early as six months and can take 2-3 years to finish – making a dinosaur teether toy an essential bit of kit from any parent. These toys help to soothe your little one’s sore gums, being a lifesaver for new moms, as they help keep your baby more comfortable and relaxed throughout the teething process.

Teether toys make good gifts as, firstly, it’s unlikely that an expected mother has thought this far out, so likely hasn’t invested in any of these must-have baby accessories yet. And secondly, they’re something that it never hurts to have more than are needed, offering some variety to a baby and being great to have many of as they inevitably become lost. This is something that makes picking out clip-on toys and teethers your best bet.

What’s also great about teethers is that they come in all shapes and sizes, offering sensory elements that will help keep a baby stimulated. Things like textured parts, crinkle sounds, and fun, interesting shapes, all have something to offer and can provide babies with plenty of entertainment.

6. Laundry baskets and storage boxes

There’s a lot to organize when it comes to having a new baby – clothing, nappies and changing supplies, bottles and feeding kit, and so on – all of which need to be stored somewhere. This makes storage boxes, or even dinosaur toy boxes can be great baby shower gifts.

As well as needing to store and organize all your new baby stuff, you’ll also need someone to keep the constant flow of dirty clothing and swaddles between washes, making a dinosaur laundry basket another good idea.

This will help you keep baby’s dirty clothes separate from your regular clothing, which will help daddy or mommy avoid smelling like poop or baby throw up at the office – a definite must! It’s bad enough that you’ll practical be the walking dead due to lack of sleep – you don’t want to a faint whiff of something unpleasant to follow you around at work.

Final thoughts

Well, there you have it, our round-up of six of the most practical gift ideas for expectant mothers, preparing you for your next baby shower. Baby showers are a lot of fun – the games, activities, and of course, the gender reveal are all great fun for parents and party guests alike.

Gift-giving is a big part of any baby shower and doing what you can to choose a gift wisely, giving the expectant mother in your life something they’ll likely need and use is a must. Forget the elaborate, multi-part starter kits packed full of useless accessories nobody will ever need. 

Keep it simple – stick to items that you know will get plenty of use. And above all else, make sure that you have loads of fun and enjoy the baby shower – taking part in all the silly games and watching as the soon-to-be mommy opens up all her lovely baby gifts and other items.

We hope you found this article helpful and that it helps you in your search for the perfect, practical baby shower gift. Happy gifting!

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