If you’re invited to a baby shower, it’s good etiquette to bring along a gift for the mum-to-be.
The best baby shower gifts for expecting parents aren’t always what you might expect. We asked parents themselves what the best baby presents were they ever received. Some of the results are pretty surprising!
It can be tricky to find the perfect gift for a baby shower. Especially if you don’t have a baby and aren’t sure what they need.
You don’t always know what the parents have already bought. Or what other family members are buying. You can never have enough of items like kids clothes, bibs and muslins. But there are so many more items that – especially as a first time parent – you really need.
What is the best gift for a baby shower?
Everyone is different, but when it comes to what you need for a newborn baby, the essentials are pretty much the same for everyone!
While cuddly toys, cute clothes and adorably small baby shoes all make lovely baby shower gifts, when talking to mums across the UK we’ve found that actually some of the best gifts you can give a mum-to-be or new parents are the most practical.
Sure, a week’s worth of frozen meals from Cook won’t be the most beautifully packaged present the new parents will ever receive – but you can bet they’ll be thanking you every night for the gift when it saves them the effort of having to cook dinner and clean up every night whilst their lives have been turned upside down by the arrival of a new bundle of joy!
It might not be as cute as a baby onesie with animals ears, but you can count on the fact that baby sleep aids will also make a welcome and much-needed gift for any sleep deprived parent.
We asked parents themselves what the best baby shower gifts were they ever received. As well as which presents in hindsight they wish they’d been given. So you can ensure that whatever present you buy for new parents will be really appreciated. Plus, hopefully used again and again.
Prepare to be the purveyor of the best baby shower gifts for years to come…
Teacher Charlotte, who lives in the West Midlands, loved the Star wrap fleece she was bought as a gift. So much so, she’s used it now for both her babies: ‘These blankets I got as a baby shower gift are amazing. I use them all through the year. They’re great for the car as you can’t put your child in a car seat in a bulky coat but you can wrap them up in this instead.’
It’s hard to resist these adorable unisex dribble bibs - which are bound to come in handy for any new mum. The cotton pieces come in various different designs including a fox, fish and cat. Dribbling never looked so cute and as mum Amy told us: 'You can never have enough dribble bibs - the make the best baby shower gifts!'
We know what you're thinking, a nappy 'cake', really?? But so many mums told us that these were some of the best baby shower gifts they'd ever received.
For Carola, a nursery nurse who lives near Birmingham, a nappy cake proved to be the baby shift gift she never knew she needed or wanted: ‘My friends gave me a nappy cake which at the time I though was a bit boring but then once I realised how many nappies a baby gets through I realised how helpful it was and even wished I had received more!’
Abbie from Cornwall loved the breast-feeding pillow she was given at her baby shower and used it both for the end of her pregnancy and after her baby arrived - ‘It’s amazing!’
Caroline, a doctor who lives in Sheffield, said that the best present she ever received was more practical than sentimental – but she couldn’t have done without it – a baby bouncer! A must-have for new mums.
A muslin cloth is a failsafe baby gift that’s bound to get lots of use and based on feedback we got from mums, aden + anais is one of people’s favourite muslin brands for silky-soft cloths in gorgeous patterns.
Mum Ellie said that gorgeous, good quality muslin cloths proved to be the best baby shower gift she received – and one of the most used! ‘You just use them for everything...swaddling, burping, nursing and lying them on the ground for tummy time – I could go on!’
This room thermometer is designed to help maintain the perfect sleep environment for babies. It intelligently notifies parents whether the temperature in a room is too low, too high or just right.
One mum told us: 'This gadget is so clever gadget and we literally use it every night.'
A memory book is always a great baby shower present as it’s unlikely a mum-to-be will buy one for herself.
This book has advice on the ‘things no-one tells you’ as well as pages for handprints and footprints and a special baby shower page – making it a perfect baby shower gift to get the new parents started! There’s also plenty of flexible space for more images, messages and more.
One dad from Essex said that he bought this baby book for his wife and it was one of the best baby gifts she received: ‘she cried with tears of joy when she opened it.’
Not On The High Street always delivers on the bespoke goods and this DIY baby hamper proves so. Customers can select the products they think will make the perfect gift for their recipient. There are a number of items to choose from, including a knitted bunny rattle, a swaddling muslin (in various colours), knitted booties, milestone cards, woodland wardrobe dividers, a 100% cotton white hooded baby towel, dribble bib, a bunny teether, a wooden teething ring and more.
New mum Hannah said 'it was the most gorgeous gift' she received at her baby shower - so much so she now gifts them to other mums-to-be!
The best thing Olivia from London received as a gift? Help with the cooking for those days when you’re running on very little sleep as a new mum: ‘One of the best things I received was a week's worth of COOK frozen meals - delicious, varied and healthy for when you have no time in that first few weeks!’
Price: £63.50 for 7 nights of meals for new parents.
A multiple-award-winning baby sleep aid, Ewan the Dream Sheep mimics the comfort of the womb with soft pink glow and selection of soothing ‘pink noise’ sounds, including an actual recording of a heartbeat and womb, to lull newborns and toddlers into a peaceful sleep.
Inspired by paediatric sleep research, ewan also includes the calming SHUSH of a real human voice to help soothe even the fussiest of babies.
This fantastic sleep aid also feature an intelligent smartCRY sensor cleverly designed to automatically activate when your baby stirs in the night, helping to resettle them, meaning you can get a bit more sleep while Ewan works his magic!
Anything designed to take the stress out of changing a nappy is likely to go down well with a mum-to-be. This nappy caddy is the perfect practical gift for a baby shower. Created with three main parts and 10 invisible pockets, the piece caters for every nappy-changing need. It also comes in eight jazzy designs.
Temperature is a big deal to babies and they won't hesitate to let you know if they're too hot or too cold. Blankets get in a tangle and sheets can be kicked off and so the crying begins. This is why Grobags are a brilliant invention as they're like a wearable blanket. The baby is secured inside the bag with either a zip or poppers so they can't slip under the covers or kick them off and they can still move around comfortably.
They've also won lots of awards and work with the FSID (the UK's leading cot death research charity) to ensure they're as safe as possible and come in different togs (warmth). Suitable from birth as long as the baby weighs 8lb 8oz.
Prices vary depending on the size, tog and design.
Made from hydrocotton, a pure cotton material, this adorable hooded robe is absorbent and fast drying. Featuring two pockets, a tie belt and little teddy ears on the hood it’s the perfect thing to wrap up a baby straight out of the bath.
New parent Paul said: 'This is one of the best baby gifts we received because it's a little luxury we probably wouldn't have purchased ourselves.'
This adorable romper from The White Company is quite literally the definition of cosy and will come in handy when the weather gets colder. It’s made up of fleece on the outside but has a stripy cotton jersey lining the inside. It also features adorable 3D ears, for picture perfect playdates.