Baby Shower gift ideas

I was very lucky when I was pregnant with Emmy, I had a very large group of friends who organised a baby shower for me.

We had this in a local pub and had a whale of a time.

I was spoilt rotten, and so was my pink bump.  Everyone knew I was having a baby girl and she really was the centre of attention, even though she hadn’t been born then, I guess she started as she meant to carry on!

I have been to a few baby showers and half the fun is the planning.

They’re easier to plan now I am actually a Mum myself, as it’s the little gifts you remember to buy which others wouldn’t think of, I now I try to buy gifts which the new mum will make use of immediately or possibly won’t even know she needs it until it arrives.  I used to be the one who bought the cute newborn outfits and matching shoes however I now realise that these rarely get worn as babygrows are a new mums best friend and everything gets covered in poo and sick anyway.

While my baby days are over now and my family complete, I do have friends who are just beginning their baby journeys – learning from personal experience I now choose practical presents and unisex ones which can be passed down to siblings over time.

Here are a few baby shower gift ideas:

  • Muslins – you can never have too many
  • Chocolates – all new mums NEED chocolates
  • Photo albums or even a voucher to print some photos – new parents will take A LOT of photos but they will remain on social media and on their phones as let’s face it we are too busy in those early days to print photos
  • Bubble bath
  • A hamper of nappies, wipes, nappy rash cream, baby lotions etc – even if they already have some you can never have enough
  • A digital thermometer – you never know just how much you will use these, and you never have one when they are needed most (usually around 2am when everywhere is closed)
  • Teething Bling – I loved mine and had never heard of them before having my own children (they are necklaces and bracelets which babies can teethe on)
  • Ewan the dream sheep – a cute sheep which plays white noise
  • Grobags – baby sleeping bags
  • House safety products for child proofing the house – OK, yes a strange babyshower gift however it’s guaranteed there will be a mad dash to the shops once the baby is crawling and opening drawers and cupboards etc
  • Breast feeding pillow – also good for use with bottle feeding too
  • Wooden toys – these are timeless gifts which are unisex too. I recently helped to throw a baby show for Emmy’s teacher and she absolutely loved the gifts we gave her thanks to Hape who very kindly donated them for the occasion.The classic Volkswagen Camper Van – style red walker is perfect for adventurous toddlers and brave babies! Whether learning to walk or simply pushing their favourite toys around your child will love this stylish walker! Due to the design this is suitable for boys and girls and as it’s a wooden item is something that can be cherished for years to come.

Of course this isn’t a gift you will be using immediately but it does look great in a nursery for storage of books, toys and cuddly toys.The Hape Classical Bus T1 Walker (Red) costs £34.99 from Smyths.

Another item which was greatly received and is actually something both my children loved as babies all the way through to starting pre-school (and would have played with for longer given the chance) is The Hape Discovery Box worth £32.49 from Amazon. Suitable for 24 Months + there is just so much to do in so little space! Five sides of activities which help to keep little hands in constant motion including wire bead maze, abacus, mirror, colour wheel and spinning face, a wonderful learning and play station.

This item also packs down for storage by turning the lid upside down so the bead maze is stored inside the box.

Those are a normal and very useful ideas, however if you are looking for a different type of gift how about:
  • A family photo shoot
  • A cleaner for a week/fortnight
  • A voucher for her local hairdressers – it may be a while before it is used however it will be very welcomed
  • Cooked meals – Take over a hot meal in the first few weeks, cooking will be far from their minds and a break is always welcomed – a pizza or a takeaway is just as welcomed
  • A mum to be massage

 

Did you have a baby shower?  What was your most useful gift?
Mine was my Angelcare baby monitor which I am used with Emmy and then again with Harry and I only stopped using it when he was 4 as it stopped charging.
Disclaimer: We received the Hape items in exchange for this post.

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