Baby Shower Gifts New Moms Really Need

Baby Shower Gifts New Moms Really NeedWhen you’re shopping around for baby shower gifts for other moms-to-be, you certainly want to give something thoughtful and useful. While receiving blankets and adorable outfits might make her “ooh” and “aah,” there are many other things that new moms really need as baby shower gifts.

Check out our ideas of unique and clever baby shower gifts:

Stationary Gift Card

Between baby announcements and thank you cards, new moms have a need for stationary. That’s why a gift card to a stationary e-boutique is a perfect baby shower gift. The mom-to-be honoree can select her own design and customize it with the name and photo of her new bundle of joy, thanks to your thoughtful gift.

Nursing Tank Top

Set up your new mom friend for breastfeeding success with a comfortable and stylish nursing tank. This will help her begin her breastfeeding journey with the support and functionality she needs. It’s a must-have for her hospital bag and every day thereafter.

Stroller Caddy

You can never have too much storage space on your stroller. An attachable stroller caddy will help your new mom friend take all of the necessary “stuff’ with her when she’s out with her baby. She may not realize how awesome this gift is until her baby arrives and then she’ll be thanking you for it every day.

Stocked Diaper Bag

A diaper bag is a fantastic baby shower gift but stocking it with one of everything a new mom will need in it is even better. New moms often don’t know exactly what they’ll need so you’re taking the guess work out of packing a diaper baby. Be sure to include a diaper changing pad, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, an outfit change for baby, burp clothes, nursing pads and a few toys for distraction.

Baby Food Maker

It may feel like a long time before the bun in the oven can eat solid foods, but helping your new mom friend prepare for the time beyond newborn is a wonderful gift. Baby food makers will help new moms serve freshly prepared foods that will complement breastfeeding for a healthy start in life.

Baby-Proofing Supplies

Outlet covers, drawer and door stoppers and safety gates may not be the sexiest baby shower gifts but they will be incredibly important as your friend’s baby grows older and gains mobility and curiosity. If you’re the “safety first” type of thinker, this is a great gift to give.

Baby Library

Collect a gaggle of board and other baby books and gift a library selection to the mom-to-be. If she’s an eco-friendly gal, buying used books may be the most economical way to give the most books. Goodwill and other resale shops often have books for less than a dollar each.

Sound and Light Projector

Babies are easily distracted by sound and light. Help your new mom friend get some much-needed zzz’s by helping soothe her baby to sleep with peaceful sounds and interesting lights from a projector.

Batteries

Parenting requires a lot of tenacity, love and batteries! Over the years your friend will go through more batteries than anyone would care to count. And that adds up! Gift her a variety of batteries to help her get through the first year with baby.

Sources: Parenting and BuzzFeed

 

Baby Shower Games

Playing silly games at a party may not have happened since your youth, but a baby shower is permission to return to parties past.  Baby shower games may feel a bit hooky, but it’s a lighthearted way to mix and mingle friends around a common theme…a baby.

Today we’re sharing 15 cute and simple baby shower games that are sure to be a hit:

  • Pin the Diaper on the Baby: Like the classic pin the tail on the donkey, guests are blindfolded and have to stick a diaper on a blown up picture of a baby.
  • Baby Scenario Charades: Guests select a slip of paper with a common baby situation written on it (crying, breastfeeding, diaper changing) and have to act it out while other guests try to guess the situation.
  • Baby Shower Games

    Don’t Say Baby: Each guest attaches a diaper pin to her shirt when she arrives.  If another guests hears someone say “baby” they can take the diaper pin away.  The guests with the most pins at the end of the party wins.

  • Match the Socks: Divide guests into two teams.  Time each team while they try to match 12 pairs of baby socks.  The fastest team wins.
  • What Flavor is That: Blindfold guests and feed them different flavors of baby food.  Ask them to guess the flavors.  The guest with the most correct answers wins.
  • Which Baby Did What: Ask the parents of the mom-to-be and dad-to-be to give you 5-10 things that the expecting parents did as babies.  Have baby shower guests determine which baby did what.
  • Baby Mad Libs: Write a mad libs story and have guests fill in the blanks.  Then read the story out loud with much hilarity.
  • Melting Baby: Freeze tiny plastic babies in ice cubes.  Drop one baby ice cube in each guests drink and see whose “due date” comes first.
  • Baby Price is Right: Buy 8 baby items and hide the price of each inside a small envelope.  Play “The Price is Right” with several guests and the mom-to-be to see who can guess the prices most accurately.
  • Ironic Onesies: Purchase plain white onesies and fabric markers or paint for each guest to create a onesie with an ironic phrase for the baby.  (Examples:  Are you Talkin’ to Me?, It Wasn’t Me, and Go Ahead, Make My Day)
  • Name the Animal Babies: Test your guests’ knowledge of animal baby names by showing pictures of various animal babies and having them write down what they believe the name to be.  Get creative and tricky with your animal choices!
  • Play-doh Babies: Have each guest create a baby out of play-doh.  Let the mom-to-be select the winner.
  • Diaper Messages: Have each guest write a short but sweet message on a newborn diaper that the baby can wear when she is born.
  • Name that Baby Tune: Play children’s songs without the words and ask guests to guess the song.
  • Bottle Chugging: Fill baby bottles with water or juice and see which guest can guzzle down the bottle contents fastest.

We hope you enjoy these baby shower games at your next baby shower!