If you’ve been invited to a baby shower recently, you may be wondering about practical baby shower gift ideas. We’ve put together a guide to give you inspiration for coming up with gift ideas that the new parents will be sure to appreciate and put to good use.
Diapers are certain to be a gift that will be practical and much appreciated. Whether this is a first baby or a subsequent baby, you can be sure the new parents will need diapers and plenty of them. In fact, parents can never have enough diapers. Consider purchasing a supply of diapers in varying sizes to be sure that they are all used. For parents who prefer to use cloth diapers, purchasing a month of cloth diaper service is another gift idea you can be sure will be welcomed.
Regardless of whether the new parents plan to nurse or bottle feed, a supply of baby bottles is a practical idea that the news parents will love. You might even think about including an extra supply of nipples for the bottles as well as a bottle cleaning brush and bottle drying rack to make things a bit easier on the new parents.
Baby Care Supplies
Babies need a lot of baby care essentials, and the cost for such items can quickly add up for new parents. Consider putting together a basket of such items, including baby shampoo, lotion, diaper rash ointment, mild soap, washcloths, petroleum jelly, fingernail clippers, tub toys, a brush and comb set, or whatever else you can think of the new parents might need.
Parents can never have too many baby wipes. Look for the largest package of wipes you can find. Buying from a warehouse store will usually allow you to find jumbo boxes. Top it with a big bow, and you will have a gift the new parents will definitely appreciate and which you can be certain will be put to use.
It’s hard to have too many washcloths, receiving blankets, and crib sheets when you have a new baby. Purchase a set or two of each and place them in a pretty hamper to give to the new parents. If you are not sure of the gender of the baby or the theme the parents plan to use in the nursery, stick to basic, neutral colors and patterns that can be used for either a boy or a girl.
Are you in a hurry or simply out of ideas? If so, purchase a gift card the parents can use at their local big-box store or baby store. This gift idea ensures they can purchase what they really need or want. It’s also a great option when buying a gift for parents who already have other children and you aren’t sure exactly what they need.
Emergency Diaper Bag
Most new parents want to choose their own diaper bag, but putting together an emergency diaper bag that can be left in the car in case they forget their bag at home is something that is certain to be appreciated. Include a variety of items that might be needed, such as a onesie, teething ring, bottle, thermometer, pacifier, diapers in different sizes, baby powder, diaper cream, gas relief medicine, baby lotion, a bib, baby acetaminophen, and a can of formula.
One of the most common situations that many new parents run into is realizing they have an uh-oh situation and do not have what they need on hand. This usually results in the need to dash out to the store, which can be hard when you have a new baby. Help them avoid this situation by putting together a basket so they will have everything they need in case of an uh-oh. Include such items as a thermometer, infant pain reliever, petroleum jelly, diaper rash cream, etc.
When parents have a new baby, cleaning is the last thing they should be concerned about. A cleaning service is a practical gift that will provide them with much-needed help and allow them to concentrate on their new bundle of joy without worrying about cleaning the house.
All new parents love having professional photos of their babies, but paying for professional portraits can be difficult given all of the other expenses most new families face. Give a gift certificate to a local photographer or portrait studio, and you will be giving a gift that the parents can enjoy for many years to come.
If you want to give something a bit more lavish, consider purchasing a convertible crib that can be transformed into a toddler bed or daybed when the child is a bit older. Other possible gift ideas for baby furniture includes a portable crib or playpen that can be folded and unfolded quickly, something parents will be sure to appreciate when traveling with their babies.
Meals for a Month
New parents often do not have a lot of free time, and trying to care for a newborn and get dinner on the table can be a challenge. This can be particularly true if mom had complications or a C-section. A gift that will be truly appreciated is to have friends sign up to bring a prepared meal for the new parents to either eat or freeze. Not only will this free up some time for the new parents, it’s also a great way for family and close friends to visit after the baby comes home. This is the perfect idea for both new parents as well as those who already have other children at home. They can concentrate on taking care of their family and still be able to eat fresh, nutritious meals.
While there are certainly many cute and adorable baby gift ideas out there, a gift that is practical and that will be put to use is one that new parents will certainly appreciate.