Getting a gift for a friend or family member who is expecting a new baby isn’t always easy. The baby will only be in newborn-size clothes for a minute before growing out of them, and everyone loves gifting diapers and onesies because they are easy (and essential!). But, you want an idea that is useful, unique, and memorable.
If you aren’t the crafty type who sews or knits personalized treasures, don’t worry, there are plenty of ideas out there. Take a look at our list of best baby shower gifts to help you find the perfect little something that mama-to-be will love!
Minky Baby Blanket
One of the best baby shower gifts of all time is a cute and snuggly minky baby blanket. Parents of newborns can never have too many blankets since they are constantly being spit up on, dropped and dragged on the ground, or used as a changing mat. A minky baby blanket can be used for soothing and swaddling, and it’s also a great accessory for cuddling with mom, dad, and anyone else who wants a sweet little snuggle. This type of blanket is perfect for the infant (and later, toddler) who loves to bundle up in something soft or carry it around for comfort.
Muslin Baby Blanket
In addition to a favorite minky blanket, which is warm and cozy, muslin blankets are handy to have around. They are not as beautiful or soft as a minky, but the thin material is strong enough for swaddling and is breathable. Muslin blankets are great for the warmer summer months and for babies who get hot when they sleep and kick out of their covers. You can wrap them snugly like a little burrito and know the baby will be comfortable. You can also use them to wipe up bodily fluids and other baby messes that happen daily.
Babies take a lot of baths, and their skin needs a lot of special attention. Put together a basket of bath accessories, including towels, lotion, powder, diaper ointment, baby oil, and baby shampoo. You can even throw in a cute rubber ducky or squirting toy. Another essential bath accessory to consider is a baby bath seat. These are designed to keep babies safe in the water while making it easier for mom and dad to get them clean.
You may have heard a rumor that babies are likely to tear the pages of books or that they are too young to learn anything from them. However, what babies love—and learn from—are the bright colors, the patterns of language, and the sound of their loved ones’ voices. Choose books that are meant for babies to avoid destruction, like plastic books with squeakers or board books. Many are designed with different textures, and some even double as a teething toy.
Although there’s a good chance most of the guests at the baby shower will gift baby clothes, it’s never a bad idea. Plus, there are so many options that are too cute to pass up. Look for sizes that are a little bigger, so the baby will have something to wear after he or she gains a few pounds. The 0- to 3-month clothing size is typically a safer bet than newborn size. Some babies are already too big for newborn-size clothing, and others outgrow it in a week or two. The 3- to 6-month sizes are also a great option.
We know the whole family and the entire neighborhood will be giving diapers, but do you know how many diapers those tiny humans use every day? If you want to be sure your gift is useful, try bringing a bigger size, just like we mentioned with the clothing. Babies grow quickly, and mom and dad will need supplies in a few months just as much as they do when they first bring baby home from the hospital.
Another great idea when it comes to baby shower gifts is pooling resources with a friend or two. This enables you to get a larger item that mom-to-be really needs, like a stroller or a car seat. You can also chip in for a gift card that can be used to buy whatever items the parents-to-be don’t receive as gifts—or for more diapers.
Sew Sweet Minky Designs
Minky baby blankets are perfect for cuddles after a bath, snuggling during storytime, and providing comfort even when mom and dad aren’t in the room. You can also get one big enough to use yourself or for the new parents to use when they fall asleep in the nursery.
Find the best baby shower gifts at Sew Sweet Minky Designs, where each minky baby blanket is hand sewn by local moms. Support women in the community while also giving your friends and family members a luxurious and personal gift they will cherish forever.