Ah, the baby shower. The time to give all that’s cute for the new life about to enter the world. While many gifts will draw ooh’s and ahh’s during the shower, there are some that will bring those later. These are practical baby shower gifts that every parent will appreciate when it matters most.
Diapers (Size 1 and 2)
Diapers are a fairly common gift. But, here’s the thing, most diapers for yet-to-be born babies are Newborn size. This is great except that many babies are out of this size in a flash. While you can usually exchange unopened diapers for a bigger size, make it easy on the mom to be. Give them the next size or two up. When that Newborn size diaper just won’t fit, your gift will be at the ready.
Babies get changed pretty regularly. Sometimes it seems like a changing happens every hour! Baby wipes are always a great gift, and they’re guaranteed to be used. It’s not something that any parent wants to run out of. Trust me, they will appreciate some baby wipes.
Portable Changing Pad
Babies get changed everywhere. Most registries include a changing pad, which is great for the house. But when baby needs to be changed on-the-go, a portable changing pad is just the thing. They’re pretty handy nowadays as they have spots for just about everything. Well, maybe not the dirty diaper, but that’s just as well!
Burp Cloths / Bibs
If it’s not coming out one end, it’s coming out the other. Don’t ever think that babies can have too many bibs or burp cloths. They can’t. My advice: Go for quantity. Many people will buy fancy bibs or burp cloths, which is fine. But, if you get a larger pack of the no-frills variety, it means mom will have more. They’ll definitely get put to use!
As many clothes as baby will get, the onesie is always in style. Parents can never have too many of them. Grab a pack or two of plain white onesies and I guarantee you’ll save the day at least once. Don’t forget to get a couple in bigger sizes too!
Many people will get really special blankets. Some will have monograms or really fancy designs. These will definitely appreciated, but so will some lightweight blankets. These are great for on-the-go. They even work in the summer when baby needs to be kept warm from air conditioning.
Start off good grooming habits at a young age with a nice fingernail kit. For bonus tips, make sure that mom uses it before the baby goes to see the doctor. The doctor will be very impressed with a well clipped baby!
A great gift is a bouncy seat. These can be picked up and moved anywhere, giving baby a safe, comfortable spot. Plus, you can soothe baby with the bouncing motion.
Clothing For The Next Season
If baby is due in the summer, guess what they’re going to get? A whole closet of cute summer things. This is great until cooler weather arrives. You can save the day by getting clothes in a larger size for upcoming seasons. Make sure to provide a gift receipt because sizing can be a little tricky.
We actually requested this at our shower. We asked for people to bring a small book and to sign it. These will forever make great keepsakes.
Those were some practical baby shower gifts that I know moms will love. Will the items above steal the show during the shower? Maybe not, but these will definitely make life easier for parents when it matters most. That right there is a great gift that will be long remembered.
Readers, what baby shower ideas do you love that are practical and thoughtful? Share in the comments below. Thanks for reading.