Favorite baby shower gifts? Not sure what to bring

posted 8 months ago in Babies
Post # 16
2030 posts
Buzzing bee

Zipper pajamas not in newborn size.  Diapers, water wipes, baby bath soap.  I feel like it’s easier for me to list all the things I got that aren’t useful: a million short sleeved onesies in the winter, 10 blankets, 5 baby towels, 6 crib sheets.  

Post # 17
246 posts
Helper bee

Some of my most used things that I also love to give as gifts but don’t see often at baby showers are:

Booginhead Sippigrip (tether/strap for toys and bottles/cups from being thrown on the floor)

Velvet/flocked baby hangers! Whoever created these should be praised  

Pacifier/teether clips

Fisher Price Infant To Toddler Rocker

Diaper changing pad liners

Nose-Frida Snotsucker (this is popular but always worth mentioning!)

Stroller caddy

The Original Squeeze reusable food pouch (not the squeeze with ease… that one leaks!)

Bumpkins stick on bowls and plates

OXOTot grape cutter

Bonds Wondersuits (greatest sleepers of all time)

Ubbi Wipe Dispenser

Reusable snack bags

Any stuffed toys made by Jellycat 

Some bigger ticket items are things like: a really good quality digital thermometer, clip-on highchair (I have the Inglesina one and it’s a game-changer), sound machine, a ring sling, etc. 

Post # 18
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I strongly recommend the Kiinde feeding system.

I plug it all the time they should start paying me commission.  Not having to wash bottles (only the nipples) is life-saving.  The milk bags screw into the pump flanges with an adapter and attaches easily to the bag-holder “bottle” thingy and nipple for feeding. Bags are recyclable. 

Starter kit:


Post # 19
921 posts
Busy bee

Burp cloths & Books – you can never have too many! 

If you feel you must give clothes, then do not buy Newborn size. 3/6Mo, 6/9Mo, or 9/12Mo is more thoughtful as most people Looooove to buy the teensy tiny sizes babies are in for a few weeks. 

Post # 20
75 posts
Worker bee

My mother always advised me to buy something to help the baby sleep, as any new parent will always appreciate it! So for my best friend’s baby shower I got a little owl night light that can also play white noise and project stars on the ceiling. Her son is 7 months old and they use it every day which delights me! 

Post # 22
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I just had my baby shower 2 months ago and hands down my favourite gift was a really cute diaper bag filled with different things I will need when I deliver – snacks, toothbrush, travel sized items, things for mom and not so much baby, basically. The best part is it wasn’t even something on my registry! 

If you know she is planning to deliver at the hospital and not do a home birth, it’s a nice little gift to give. She will get so many things for the baby, that I’m sure she will appreciate getting something for her.  When I was packing my hospital bag with clothes and literally just had to grab the ziploc bag of stuff I was given and toss it in — it made my life SO much easier! You can find some ideas of what to put in it on Pinterest, maybe a cute note too depending how close you are!


You could also get something practical like a Baby First Aid Kit…  A lot of times everyone is busy buying cute outfits that the “necessities” get overlooked.

Speaking of cute outfits… unless you ABSOLUTELY know her style, avoid buying baby clothes. We received soooooooo many baby clothes… I could probably fill 2 giant garbage bags. And just stuff that wasn’t really our “style” (we are having a boy and prefer grey/ neutral coloured clothing) but got SO MANY outfits with typical “boy” stuff on them like trucks, dinosaurs, monsters, etc.. I ended up returning literally half the clothes and buying other baby stuff we needed!

Post # 23
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I just had my shower in January and a few things I failed to register for were bath supplies (baby soaps, lotions, wash cloths, bath toys, baby tub, etc) and once the shower was finished and I was organized in the nursery, I realized that I didn’t have grooming and health supplies. So I went out one day and bought baby laundry detergent (dreft), baby Motrin, baby Tylenol, has drops, gripe water, a grooming kit with thermometer, nose sucker, nail trimmer, cradle cap scrubber etc. These were things I hadn’t thought about prior! Luckily, someone who came to my shower noticed I hadn’t registered for the bath stuff and made me the cutest tub full of tons of stuff. 


Good luck!! 😊

Post # 24
2631 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

With no registry, I’d give a few books and a gift card, depending on how much money you want to spend.  Be sure to give a gift reciept for the books too, just in case she already has them!

Post # 25
7866 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

joining the chorus of zipper jammies. Whoever thought jams with a dozen snaps were a good idea is either a total moron or really really hates post-partum moms. Ain’t nobody got time for that shit at 3am in the dark. 

Post # 26
6571 posts
Bee Keeper

I always bring my favourite books. Though, one time, the mom-to-be was sad that her bf had drank all their vodka before she gave birth. so I got her a 60 of her favourite vodka. She was pretty thrilled lol. 

Post # 27
2527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

With no registry (which is odd, i’ve never been invited to a shower with no registry) i’d probably do a couple childrens book and a giftcard. I wouldn’t want to buy anything too specific because you don’t know what she already has since she didn’t do a registry. 

Post # 28
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Haha I talk about this list all the time because I have such strong feelings about these since having kids! I have a range of go to baby shower gift items depending on my budget and relationship with the mom but here are my top ones:

1) Digital thermometer – about $90. (Yes, this one is so boring but it has saved my life when my little ones are sick and I wasn’t in a financial place where I could buy a $100 thermometer when I was expecting a baby

2) Skip the dishes (food delivery service) gift card for easy meals once the baby comes 

3) Beautiful swaddling blankets – about $25 each. I personally love Little Unicorn best for gorgeous prints and they’re silky enough that they stay tucked in on the baby. Again, this wasn’t something I was willing to spend money on for myself so it made a lovely gift

4) Siliskin silicone glass covers and straw – $15 maybe from Chapters or amazon? This has to be the single best baby invention I’ve discovered. You pop them in your purse and forget about them until you’re at a restaurant/friend’s house/mall and your baby/toddler is screaming and you forgot a bottle at home. You put them over any glass and convert them to a baby/toddler-friendly cup. Seriously this has saved my butt so many times!! 

Post # 29
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Careful with clothes!  Everyone gives 0-3 month size and then those that choose to size up often buy things that don’t work for the weather when the child fits them!  I LOVE the cloud island cotton zippered pjs from Target- most practical baby clothes I’ve found and they are appropriate year round too!

I would skip diapers/ wipes actually- most mom discover what ones work for them pretty early on and then don’t want to use other kinds.  A gift cards for those is easier!  

Don’t give breast feeding stuff unless specifically asked for to a coworker- that is a personal choice

Books are great!!- definitely go for board books or even better cloth books.  

Also- Gerber trifold cloth diapers are INCREDIBLY useful.  We didn’t even cloth diaper and we used them for everything- drying baby’s butt, wiping faces, burp clothes (they make the best burp clothes ever)- I’m convinced it is impossible to have too many of those!!

Also… unless they live in a huge house with tons of space, avoid items that won’t be used in the first 6 months.  Baby stuff take up so much room, no way would I want to store stuff for a year until they can be used… better just give a giftcard.

My coworkers gave us many and a card suggesting we add the money to a college fund for our baby- I thought that was very thoughtful and sweet! 

Post # 30
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

You can’t go wrong with getting:

  • 3 month sized clothing,
  • a case of size 1 pampers
  • a case of natural wipes. 
  • natural baby wash, lotions etc.  
  • Mommy pampering items. 
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