20 Best Baby Shower Gifts for the Expecting Mum In 2017

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You have been invited to a baby shower and now you are fretting over what gifts you should give. While it is not really absolutely necessary that you bring and give gifts to the expectant mother, tradition has deemed it otherwise. Unfortunately, if you are not careful in your choice of baby shower gift, this might as well end up in the family’s stock room or even garage, never to be used.

That is why it is crucial to choose a gift that will not only celebrate the joys of impending motherhood but also helps ensure that it will be instrumental in the care of the growing baby. How? Allow us to help you.

Our Top 20 Baby Shower Gifts In 2016

PictureToyBrandType
Summer Infant Complete Nursery Care Kit, Pink/WhiteSummer InfantHealth Care
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging)VTechWalker
Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest Soft BookLamazeBook
Prank Pack Crib DribblerPrank PackNovelty
Fly-love® 5 Pairs 0-24 Months Baby Boys Girls Infant Toddler Anti Slip Skid SocksFly-LoveClothing
Cozy Greens® Backseat Car Organizer | Must Have For Baby Travel Accessories And Kids Toy StorageCozy GreensStorage

1Complete Nursery Care Kit by Summer Infant 

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Caring for a newborn is very challenging. The baby can look so fragile in the first few days of life. That is why it’s best to give Mom the Complete Nursery Care Kit so she can better care for her newborn baby. The set comes with a medicine dropper and dispenser, a forehead and digital thermometer, a nasal aspirator, newborn grooming kit, and quick-reference emergency information card. The set comes in a convenient clear plastic bag so Mom knows exactly what to get to care for her baby.

What We Like about It – This is almost as complete as what they have in actual nursery facilities in hospitals. At the very least, Mom will be more empowered to really care for her baby as he or she grows and develops.

2Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker by VTech

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Thinking of giving something Mom’s baby will be able to use until baby is 3 years old? Then get the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker as a baby shower gift. You will be glad you gave this as it can be played in 2 ways – as a floor plaything and as a baby walker. This means Mom’s baby will be able to use it until the baby is already up and running. Best of all, the walker comes with a lot of interesting and fun learning activities to help develop baby’s psychomotor and cognitive skills.

What We Like about It – It can be used up to 3 years old and with the different learning activities in the walker, Mom’s baby will surely have plenty of fun and learning growing up.

3Peek-a-Boo Forest Soft Book by Lamaze

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Sure, baby cannot read yet but did you know that baby loves listening to Mom’s voice and watching Mom’s face? With the Peeak-a-Boo Forest Soft Book, you can help encourage Mom to read to her baby as a form of sensory stimulation. The soft polyester fabric of the book also makes an excellent tactile stimulant for baby.

What We Like about It – This encourages Moms to really read to their babies while cuddling them up close to their bodies. This helps foster emotional attachment and helps the baby feel more secure and safe with Mom. It also helps foster brain development.

4Plush Snuggle Buddy Sugar N Spice Doll by Baby Starters

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Young babies need all the comfort they need while sleeping and resting so they grow up a lot healthier. Give the Plush Snuggle Buddy Sugar N Spice Doll as a baby shower gift to provide not only comfort but also a companion for Mom’s little baby. The doll is made of 100 percent polyester with a satin lining. This can double as baby’s security blanket.

What We Like about It – It’s soft and huggable so it should be perfect for baby’s sensitive skin. This can also help with baby’s sensory development.

5Gund Winky Lamb Baby Rattle by Baby Gund

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Sleep and rest is essential for the optimum growth and development of babies. Giving them sensory stimulation further helps in brain development. Such is the purpose of the Gund Winky Lamb Baby Rattle. The toy’s made of high quality polyester blend with beautifully embroidered nose and eyes. The lamb contains rattle beads for added sensory stimulation.

What We Like about It – It provides baby with auditory and tactile stimulation to help with brain development. Mom will feel a lot safer knowing the toy doesn’t have anything hard which can injure baby.

6Crib Dribbler by Prank Pack

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If you really want a baby shower gift that will surely surprise the mom-to-be, then you simply have to give her the Prank Pack Crib Dribbler. It is nothing more than a gift box that you can use to put whatever you think is worthy (or worthless) is putting inside. Just make sure that you have a camera ready when they open this so that you can immortalize their faces on your next Facebook post.

What We Like about It – It’s a very unusual way of surprising Mom-to-be as well as the handful other people in the event.

(Hey! You May Also Like: 20 Best Crib Toys For Babies)

75-Pair Newborn and Infant Socks by Fly-Love

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Babies’ limbs are most susceptible to temperature variations. You can help Mom protect her baby with the Newborn and Infant Socks set which comes in 5 pairs of colorful and lovable socks designed for very small feet. The socks are made of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent nylon and are both non-skid and anti-slip.

What We Like about It – With 5 pairs of socks Mom won’t have to worry about soiled socks. It’s also a great way to keep baby’s feet warm and comfy.

8Aveeno Baby Daily Bathtime Solutions Gift Set by Aveeno

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Bathing a newborn can be quite tricky. With the Aveeno Baby Daily Bathtime Solutions Mom will never have to second-guess baby’s bathtime again. It comes complete with baby body wash, moisturizer, calming comfort bath, and shampoo. It also has a stress-relief body wash for Mom which contains lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang essential oils.

What We Like about It – It’s a complete bath time solution for both Baby and Mom. It’s good for keeping baby’s skin well-nourished and cared for.

9Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Fun Toys by Nuby

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Bathtime will always be a fun time for babies with the Octopus Hoopla Bath time Toys. The colorful purple octopus come with 3 equally colorful rings that can be tossed into the upright tentacles of the octopus. Best of all, the octopus floats so it makes for a great bathtime toy.

What We Like about It – Newborn babies may not be able to use it yet but once they enjoy tub time, it will be a blast seeing the play with it. It’s great for developing sensorimotor skills as well as kids’ imagination.

10Sleep Nest Baby Sleeping Bag by Baby Deedee

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Another interesting baby shower gift is the Sleep Nest Baby Sleeping Bag. Just look at it as a baby jumper suit but with closed lower ends. This should protect Baby from cold temperatures. It’s made of ¾ cotton and ¼ polyester with polyfill quilting. The exterior is nonetheless made of 100 percent cotton.

What We Like about It – It’s a comfortable way for Baby to take a nap. Helps promote peaceful rest and adequate temperature regulation.

11My Cot Portable Bed by Regalo 

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One of the best baby shower gifts you can give Mom is the My Cot Portable Bed. Her Baby will be able to use this travel bed wherever they will be going. It’s easy to set up and easier to fold down. It’s made of high grade steel so you can expect it to last long. Its bed liner is made of reinforced canvas and comes with a convenient carrying bag.

What We Like about It – It’s lightweight and made of sturdy materials. The bed itself allows for maximum comfort so it should be good for kids.

12Backseat Car Organizer by Cozy Greens

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Mom and Dad will appreciate it very much if you give them the Backseat Car Organizer. They may not use it now but sooner or later, it will be the single most important accessory in their car. The organizer comes with several large and small pockets that allow for the convenient organization and storage of anything and everything that young kids will ever need. From toys to slippers to water bottles to feeding bottles and to diapers and other baby and kiddie supplies, everything can be safely tucked in this organizer.

What We Like about It – It fits any model of car or vehicle. It’s also easy to clean. Best of all, it reduces the clutter inside the family car.

13XL Stroller Hook for Mommy by Toogli

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Want to help Mom with all of her “handling” chores? Then give her the XL Stroller Hook for Mommy. This heavy-duty extra-large carabiner hook can fit any stroller or even grocery cart and sturdy enough to hang tons of bags from diaper bags to handbags and even grocery bags. Now, Mom doesn’t have to use her hands in performing all these lifting.

What We Like about It – It can be fitted onto almost anything. It’s super strong so it takes the weight off Mom’s arms. At the very least, she can still enjoy her shopping.

14Baby’s Headbands by ROEWELL

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You know how cute and lovable babies look with colorful floral headbands, even with sparse hair. With the Baby’s Headbands you are giving plenty of reasons for Mom to really enjoy dressing up her baby. The headbands come in a variety of styles and designs including hair bows and hair bands as well as shabby flowers and polygonal flowers.

What We Like about It – Baby simply looks adorable. And Mom simply cannot get enough of dressing up her little princess.

15“Let the Fin Begin” Blue Terry Shark Robe by Baby Aspen

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Mom will thank you for giving her baby the “Let the Fin Begin” Blue Terry Shark Robe. The bathrobe is made of 100 percent cotton and features a smiling shark’s teeth on the lining of the hood, a dorsal fin, and a shark’s tail at the bottom of the bathrobe. The robe comes with 2 terry ties and white cuffs.

What We Like about It – Baby’s bathtime will made more fun being dried with the shark robe. The cotton material helps absorb moisture so it’s a lot easier to dry baby.

16Baby Boy’s 19-Piece Essentials Gift Set by Gerber

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Making sure that baby gets a good night’s sleep often means putting baby in his most comfortable wear. With the Baby Boy’s 19-Piece Essentials Gift Set, you are actually giving Mom and her baby 5 one-piece short-sleeved underwears, 2 long-sleeved sleep n’ play bodysuits, 5 caps, 4 flannel blankets, and 3 bibs. Everything is made of 100 percent cotton for optimum comfort. The overalls come with added heat transfers and embroidery and applique details.

What We Like about It – We love that everything is made of 100 percent cotton. This helps ensure that baby will be sleeping soundly or even playing comfortably. Additionally, Mom will feel more confident about the comfort of her baby.

17DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor by Infant Optics

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One of the best baby shower gifts you can give is the DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor. It’s a CCTV that is designed primarily for babies. It comes with a video camera that wirelessly sends live streaming videos of your baby to a remote monitoring device. The camera also allows you to change the lens for optimum viewing angle and adjustment of the zoom. Both the camera unit and the monitor come with built-in communications devices so Mom can speak to baby through the monitor. If baby can already talk, he or she can push a button on the camera unit to respond. The monitor features a 3.5-inch LCD display with a retractable antenna. The camera can be panned, tilted, and zoomed wirelessly.

What We Like about It – It’s the best gift for improving Mom and Dad’s feeling of security for baby’s safety. At the very least, it’s one way to bring smart home technologies right from birth.

(Hey! Like This Product? Then Make Sure You Read: 10 Best Baby Monitors For Infants)

18Rainforest Jumperoo by Fisher-Price

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Have you seen those bungee jumps inside malls and entertainment complexes? Now imagine a miniature version and you have the Rainforest Jumperoo. This can be an excellent baby shower gift idea as baby will have to learn to kick and step with those legs of his. The jumperoo comes with different learning activities including spinners, roller balls, overhead toy bar, and a light-up piano that plays fun music and melodies.

What We Like about It – It’s a great tool to help young kids learn to take their initial steps. This can also help with their language and psychomotor development.

19The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book by Eric Carle

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One of the most loved children’s story books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It tells the story of a caterpillar who ate through different fruits in different days of the week until it was transformed into a very beautiful butterfly. Now, you can encourage Mom to share this story with her baby or young kid. The board book only measures 5 by 4 inches but it has the same content, graphics, and lessons as the original version.

What We Like about It – Reading to babies is one way to foster parent-child attachment. Additionally, the book itself teaches kids about the days of the week, numbers, and the beautiful transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly which can help with imagination.

20Musical Rhymes Book by VTech 

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With more than 40 kids’ songs, sounds, melodies, and phrases, the Musical Rhymes Book should be a great baby shower gift especially if you want Mom’s baby to develop her language skills early on. The book comes with 6 classic nursery rhymes and 2 different modes of play. It also comes with highly interactive lights and sounds to be more stimulating for the young baby.

What We Like about It – It’s a great way to stimulate brain development while allowing young infants to begin with their exploration. Songs and melodies can also help with language development. The interactive pages also help develop motor skills and stimulate imagination.

How We Chose the Popular and Useful Presents in Our List

Choosing the most useful baby shower gifts is unlike choosing the best baby toys. There are simply a lot of things that need to be considered. Nevertheless, our team of researchers toiled through shortlisting what we believe are positive to be the leading baby shower gifts you can ever give to an expecting mom.

We had to look at the usefulness of the baby shower item whether it can help Mom better care for her baby or it can help develop the sensorimotor and cognitive skills of her baby. We had to scrutinize each item and see it from the perspective of both the expectant mom and her baby. We also had to consider safety because this is a newborn baby we are talking here. Additionally, we also looked at the different reviews and customer feedbacks regarding the product before we rounded this up with a review of the company that manufactured the item.

We are hopeful that our perseverance will pay off in terms of helping you choose the correct baby shower gift for a friend or family member who is soon to become a mom.

Baby Showers: Understanding its True Essence

While the term “baby shower” is relatively new, its foundation has been around since ancient times. In fact, ancient Egyptians and Greeks were known to celebrate the birth of a child; although not in the way we perform and celebrate baby showers today. In the Victorian Era pregnant mothers kept their pregnancy a closely guarded secret for as long as possible. When the growing tummy can no longer be feasibly hidden, friends and guests would gather around and offer words of encouragement to the pregnant woman. Right after the Second World War, baby showers coincided with the baby boom as a means to help lessen the financial burden of having to buy infant care products. This tradition has survived up to this present day.

However, there is an ongoing debate as to whether the tradition needs to continue or should be scrapped altogether.

Some think that the real essence of baby showers has been ultimately lost because of the gift-giving. This is especially true when the gifts or presents given are not ultimately used by either the mother in caring for her baby or the baby himself or herself as he or she grows. There have also been issues of gift duplication whereby several guests gave exactly the same gift. Many believe that baby showers should retrace its roots in history as a celebration of the joys of motherhood in which only women have the physiologic capacity to do so. Showering the event with lavish gifts unfortunately drowns the real essence of the celebration as the mum-to-be is relegated to sitting on a chair opening the gifts and presents and not really being able to enjoy the company of close female friends and family members.

But there are also those who think that baby showers are a great way to economize as certain infant care products are not really cheap. And if someone has the heart to give them baby cribs, a stroller, or even several baby bottles as gifts, then why not? Unfortunately, this only reinforces the notion that baby showers are merely activities performed to get as many baby care products from other individuals absolutely free. The idea certainly doesn’t sit well with those who really feel that baby showers are a celebration of womanhood, of parenthood, and of motherhood; nothing else.

Personally, we love baby showers but the essence should be there. It should be more about celebrating the joys of impending motherhood and how one woman’s 9-month journey will soon culminate in the giving birth to a healthy addition to society. It is understandable to want to give gifts but it is equally important to choose those gifts that will really be useful in the care of the newborn baby.

This is the very same reason why we came up with the twentyt baby shower gifts for the expecting mum because we know how frustrating it can be to be giving gifts that you don’t know will be useful or not. At the very least, you can be assured that our baby shower gift suggestions will be extremely helpful in the mom-to-be’s care of her baby.

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!

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