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Baby Shower Gifts

Traditional

When a couple is expecting their first child, a long list begins to form of various items they will need. What a relief and joy it is to have their friends and family pool together to help build up their supply of baby garb and goods.

Baby shower gifts can range from playful to very practical and economical to expensive. Here’s a list of common baby shower gifts:

- Clothing: one-pieces, outfits, pajamas, pants, sweaters, booties and socks, coats, snowsuits

- Toys: rattles, dolls, toy chests, books, blocks, stacking and sorting toys, baby walkers

- Nursery Items: crib, changing table, rocking chair, blankets, dresser, bassinet, mobiles

- Feeding: bottles, bottle cleaners, bibs, burp cloths, dishes, training cups, high chairs

- Tubby Time: hooded towels, washcloths, special soap and shampoo, tub for sink

- Keepsakes: baby books, albums, piggy bank, growth chart

Often, a number of guests will pitch in and purchase large-ticket items like strollers or car seats together.

For second or third child baby showers, gifts tend to be more mom-to-be oriented. Spa gift certificates are popular in this case.

Modern

Unsurprisingly, some things new parents need will never change. Clothing, nursery necessities and feeding items are still staple baby gifts. Today, however, there are a growing number of companies combining practicality with presentation for baby gifts.

The Baby Bunch’s signature gift is infant clothing rolled to look like a blossoming bouquet of flowers. The baby clothes bouquet includes a bib, t-shirt, two hats, mitts, two burp cloths, two pairs of socks, one one-piece and a sleep suit. At a shower, the Baby Bunch can work double-time as both a centerpiece and a gift for the new mom. Another line of Baby Bunch shower gifts are Cupcakes and Lollipops – one-pieces and baby pajamas rolled to look like cupcakes and lollipops. Each Cupcake one-piece or pajama pair is placed in a paper cupcake sleeve, then put into a dotted bakery box and tied with a ribbon. What would be cuter than serving real cupcakes alongside Baby Bunch cupcakes at your next baby shower?

Along the same practicality-meets-presentation line, cakes made from diapers are making a splash as a centerpiece and gift at baby showers. Diapers are rolled, stacked high and elaborately decorated to look like a giant, tiered cake. Several companies sell diaper cakes online or they can be handmade relatively easily. Decoration ideas range from simple (ribbons, bows, rattles) to elaborate (ladybug or safari friends-themed).

When I presented a pink Baby Bunch bouquet at my friend's daughter's baby shower, every guest ‘stopped to smell the roses.’ Everyone wanted to know where I got it…

Sharon, Rhode Island

Modern Baby Shower Gifts

Baby Bunches

Cupcake One-pieces

Diaper Cakes

 

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