Were you invited to your first baby shower? And you’ve got no idea what to give to the mom-to-be? What’s appropriate or the most practical baby gift to get for the baby? Here’s is a quick list – with reasons why they make the best baby shower gifts for your loved ones.
What is a Baby Shower?
This party is typically hosted in the last trimester. This is when we are sure everything is going well with the pregnancy. And of course, a party is a welcome distraction from all the pains and aches, the pregnancy blues she goes through towards the end of her pregnancy.
A baby shower is a great way for the family, friends and loved ones to celebrate the mom-to-be. It is indeed a very special occasion. She is showered with baby gifts and essentials. Things for herself or the baby!
A Backstory: My Baby Showers
In India, a typical baby shower is traditionally organized by the family; there is food, pagan rituals and yes, gifts for the baby.
I attended my first ever modern baby shower, last year. I was overwhelmed at how much this mom-to-be was being blessed by her friends. It was organized by all the ladies from the church. You could see how much they cared for her. Everything was taken care of, the food, the decorations, the cake and even games! I cannot even begin to talk about the presents.
Frankly, I was jealous. I was envious, that I never had such an overwhelming response to my first newborn. We had to buy everything for our baby, without any bank balance.
While my extended family did throw me a traditional baby shower. But the response was negligible compared to what was happening here.
The Great Realization
It wasn’t long before I realized that I was living a different lifestyle. I had isolated myself, the drug addiction and being a workaholic, how could I possibly expect something like that to happen to me? I was never there for anyone else. The world works in barters and I was nowhere close.
Fortunately, God doesn’t work that way. I don’t have to do anything to win his affection for me. He has already extended his love for me when he sent Jesus and that’s His grace.
Power to Jesus!
My church family threw the second one for me. I felt that undeserved grace seeping through. There is just so much in store for me! Not because I was ‘good’ or I changed my ways. But only because God chose to extend that grace to me. I praise God for his never-ending love for wretched people like me.
Speaking of my second baby shower, for Baby #2, I requested my friends and family to bring me diapers. I have everything I would need from Baby#1’s time. Ah!
Ok fine. I’ll stop. Here are the practical baby shower gifts to get for your loved ones.
10 Practical Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Sure, you could hop on to Etsy.com or just Google ideas for the best baby shower gifts, so what’s so different about this list? Well, for starters, this list is coming straight from the horse’s mouth. I hereby speak for most mothers-to-be. These are indeed the most practical baby shower gifts. So, let’s get to it!
Everyone wants to get for themselves or their babies.
So if you do decide to get a gift certificate as a baby shower gift, then I would recommend giving online gift vouchers rather than the real deal. I say this because once the baby comes, the gift vouchers get lost in transition. Or go over expiry date before new mothers remember to use them. It could fall well beyond the expiry date! What a waste that would be. Giving online gift certificates of popular kids stores or play stores are a safer bet.
Baby Sleeping Bag
Yes, you read it right. Baby sleep bags are these cozy little zippy things. The newborn are safely tucked in for a nap or at bedtime. New moms worry if the baby is warm enough through the night. These baby bags are just right to keep such worries at bay. They are great for carrying the newborn around easily was well. Plus they come in really cute designs!
Don’t leave your babies lying on their backs, staring at a blank ceiling for a long time. For brain development, it is important to stimulate babies with colors and shapes. Play mats do just that. They also help with “tummy time” which is great for colic babies. Helps build muscles around the shoulders so crawling is easy later.
I remember it was only after we got this play mat with vivid colors, animals dangling and a piano at the feet, that Baby#1 was willing to be away from me, for a little while at least. The colors, the shapes and the sounds kept her engaged and gave me some time to relax and do other things.
Play mats are expensive. You could pool in with a few friends. Or if you can afford it, then go right ahead! These are a haven for the tiny tots and a relief (of sorts) for the new mothers.
Muslin Wash Cloth
When babies have spit-ups. Most times, they spill over the caregiver’s body – not the baby’s. So after every feed and that’s every 1.5- 2 hours – so 12 times a day? Mommies need a bunch of these soft muslin-wash-cloths. To help them clean up after a spit up. They come in a variety of designs and colors too.
These are great and having many of them is truly a blessing. To change after the aforementioned spit-ups. I would recommend you get them in varied sizes – so not just for newborns which are typically 0-3 months size, but get them for 3-6 months, 9-12 months as well. The mother-to-be will thank you later because babies sure do grow up fast!
Nursing Tops or Shawls
This is one of the practical gifts you could give to your loved one. I am a breastfeeding advocate and would encourage all new mothers to bend this way to nourish their babies. Nursing tops are hard to find in India. Find them for your loved one! Nursing shawls or nursing covers make a good practical baby shower gift too.
The Most Essential Gifts
When a really good friend gave me this for my baby #1, I was like what? I was so grateful for it when infant Baby#1 got the nose-sies. This was the only way to clear the stuffed nose. God bless the makers of this nasal aspirator!
I would’ve never thought of buying it on my own. I’m assuming new mothers won’t be as aware either. Besides, you need a few ones at hand. Make your own stash to run to. This makes a great practical baby shower gift.
By the end of the first few months of the baby’s life, there will be so many orphan socks! So get these in different sizes too. They are just as cute and make practical baby shower gifts.
Infant Bath Chair
Giving babies a bath can be really tricky. New mothers in India seem to rely on their own mothers or maids to get this job done. Well, that’s a missed opportunity for mothers to bond with their newborns. Giving baths is an extremely intimate task. With a non-slip bath mat as this, both parents can confidently give their babies a bath. Enjoy this time together and strengthen the special parent-child bond without dreading it.
These are very important and handy when you need them most! Get baby nail clippers, nail files, thermometer and other essentials; assemble them together in a pretty little first-aid box and voila! Most practical gift ever.
What were your favorite baby shower gifts? Comment here!
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