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Best baby shower gifts as recommended by real mums

Section: Baby
26 baby shower gift ideas for mums-to-be and babies

Are you looking to find the perfect baby shower gift? If the mum-to-be hasn't already written an extensive gift wish list we have done all the research to bring you this list of our favourite and unique baby shower gift ideas. We have suggestions for both boys and girls as well as some great unisex options.

Most importantly, we have included gifts for the expecting mother, as well as all the useful items for when baby arrives. These present ideas cover every budget, are great for those with zero baby knowledge or even if you simply want some inspiration. 

We've also asked our mum readers what they would have loved at their own baby shower so you know your gift will be truly loved. So what are you waiting for? Add these inventive gifts to your online shopping basket...

When do you have a baby shower?

While there's no right or wrong time to throw a baby shower, most baby showers are held a month or two prior to the baby's arrival. By this time, mama is far enough along in the pregnancy to share it with all friends and loved ones, will know the gender and will be looking to curate a few new baby essentials, which a baby shower can help with. 

Who is supposed to host a baby shower?

There's no rule here - anyone from a best friend, sister, mother-in-law or cousin can host a baby shower. As long as they're close to the mama to be and know how to throw a good shindig, then you're sorted.

Baby shower gifts for Mum

This notebook is perfect for expectant mothers and new mums. Full of gorgeous colour pages including lots of reassurance, self-care advice, journal pages, affirmations and simple recipes. It is divided into 12 months to take you through every stage of being a new mum as well as baby’s first year. With eight journal pages per month and space to write notes, thoughts, memories and all those to-do list, this will keep parents busy. 

Give the mama-to-be some much needed 'me time' with a complete new mum pampering set. The heart-shaped gift includes a body moisturiser, stretch mark oil, hand cream, shower gel and a face mask, products which are especially suited to all pregnancy pampering needs. 

This silky soft dressing gown will make any expecting mum feel cosy and special when waking up in the morning or lounging around the house. 

This silicone teething necklace will relieve your baby's teething pain and help with the healthy development of your baby's teeth. A simplified design with fresh cute colour, it will not only attract your baby's attention but it will match your clothes easily.

This spacious and functional changing bag allows mums to go handsfree with its S-shape shoulder straps for comfortable walking. The baby changing rucksack can be opened wide, making it very easy to fill or take stuff out of. It is waterproof meaning any messes or spills made can easily be cleaned up in a breeze.

Every mum will say thank you for this once they've had their baby, whether they have a natural birth or a c-section. Simple but effective and possibly the MOST practical baby shower gift you can give her. 

New mums know how invaluable bottle warmers are. Whether you're on the go or having a sleepless night with a crying bubba, this bottle warmer will get your milk to the optimal temperature in no time and comes with a handy timer to alert you when the milk is ready. The sterilising feature will also remove 99.9 per cent of bacteria, keeping your baby safe and hygienic. 

Let's be honest - sometimes you don't have the energy to cook when you're a parent, and only a takeaway will hit the spot. So what about a food delivery voucher to treat your friend to a well-deserved food delivery? "I would have loved vouchers for a meal delivery service e.g. Pasta Evangelists or even Deliveroo," agreed mum of two, George Terry

Since any new mums will soon be sharing all her food with their toddler, we reckon she deserves this amazing 7-inch Nutella Stuffed cookie from Blondies Kitchen to enjoy before she's forced to share. You can even personalise it with your own message for the mum-to-be.

Baby shower gifts for babies

Made from wood, this box is an ideal way to store those important first keepsakes. Also available in blue.

Sure, reading a bedtime story is a long way off right now, but this classic childhood book always goes down a treat. Make sure you write a thoughtful message on the front cover for the new arrival to treasure forever. It's a thoughtful present for under £5.
And what about suggesting every guest brings along their favourite children's book as a gift for the new baby? Mum Vicky Fernandes said: "When I had a get together before my first was born, my sister told everyone to bring a book which was lovely." 

This ultra-soft and comfortable blanket with colourful tags is made of high-quality material and is safe and durable. The bright and vibrant design with floral-themed tags around the petal is textured and engaging to attract any baby's attention. This is a perfect and relaxing toy for all babies that promotes fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

A cradle bouncer is a great way to keep the little one entertained while relaxing or trying to get some work done. They'll be bouncing away with two plush toys for company, as well as eight different melodies and a calming vibration for optimal comfort. 

Put simply, you can never have too many muslins. Or, some days, enough! Aden & Anais muslins are just gorgeous - both in terms of the design and their softness. A beautiful gift that Mum will be happy to wipe up sick with. These are swaddle blanket size, so you can use them for a variety of uses. 

Our mum tester Isabelle said: "These swaddles are wonderful and make life with a newborn so much easier. They can be used for many different things such as a swaddle, a cloth for wiping up spills, a breastfeeding cover, a blanket or a mat to lay your baby on. The uses are fantastic. I can keep my baby warm, dry and mop up any spills all with one swaddle when on-the-go. Wonderful."

Keep baby happy and snug in their buggy on colder days by using a waterproof fleece-lined buggy cosy. With one waterproof side and one fleece-lined side, you get two looks for the price of one, as well as two textures to pick from, depending on the weather. It is designed to fit most buggies and is super easy to attach.

A photo album is a lovely way to help any mum-to-be cherish the precious moments with their newborn. The book is adorned with an adorable animal drawing, and each page of the album features a memo to fill with a title, description, name or short story.

Sophie is somewhat of a sensation, yet this little rubber giraffe has actually been around for over 50 years! The classic teether relieves sore gums, acts as a squeaky toy and is super lightweight for little hands to hold. The new arrival won’t be the only one holding this must-have baby accessory, but it will be a well-loved present.

Here's what our mum tester Jenny said: "I would recommend this to a fellow mum because Sophie La Girafe is a very baby-friendly and soft teething toy. Sophie is handcrafted, making each Sophie unique. Sophie is made of a soft rubber, making her very durable when the baby is chewing on her. She has lots of different angles and areas for the baby to chew on in the hope that each area will give some relief to a teething baby."

She's won various awards at the M&B Awards - read our full review here.

Fill this cute book full of memories, dates, details, and photos for a super keepsake to keep forever. There's plenty of room for notes and jotting down special information, from birth to a year old in this lovely memory book.

From the multi-award-winning brand Childs Farm, this lovely gift set includes baby wash, bubble bath, nappy cream and moisturiser, plus a bath thermometer. These baby products have been specially developed with baby’s delicate skin in mind.

Make mum laugh with this funny prison-inspired babygro. It's super soft and made from 100% organic cotton and is guaranteed to bring a smile to the mum-to-be's face during her baby shower. 

There's no need for a towel when you have this fabulous hooded robe from The White Company. Made of absorbent and fast-drying hydrocotton, which is a non-twisted yarn of pure 100% cotton, the robe features two pockets, a tie belt and cute little teddy bear ears on the hood. Adorable!

In this gorgeous book, mum can capture her child's story as they grow up, with a yearly personal letter, written every year on their birthday. The book contains 156 printed pages to record all 18 years of their childhood, from the day they are born until their 18th birthday. For each year, there are five-lined pages to record a letter, followed by a page with some ideas for little memories you might want to keep. Plus, a blank page for whatever you wish.

How cute is this Peter Rabbit nappy cake? It contains 30 nappies for 4-9kg baby, three 100% cotton baby Muslin cloths, Peter Rabbit Bean Rattle, hand and foot print kit and much more - all wrapped up in one gorgeous package!

"I had a baby shower at work for both my babies and I have two lovely nappy cakes from each. The nappies came in use and all the baby essentials tucked in them. My work mates all chipped in and supplied the stuff that went into the baby bundle which was very thoughtful and spread the cost of it all," said mum Amanda McShane.

 

If you’re looking to spend a little more, this stylish feathered friend is perfect for every nursery. Not only does he look cute, but it also has a nightlight belly and soothes the most restless baby with eight different melodies and calming nature sounds. Trust us, every new parent will appreciate the gift of a good night’s sleep.

Mum tester Alina Davies said: "I would absolutely recommend this product to every parent I know! It is really useful from newborn age to much older. For newborns the white noise is perfect (and really works). The stars give them something to look at and for their eyes to follow - my little boy loves looking at it. For older children, the stars look fabulous in their bedrooms and help them drift off to sleep watching them. There is also music for older ones with different time settings. And it looks good too!"

 

Catriona originally joined the team as an Editorial Assistant to work on the 2019 M&B Awards. As a Digital Writer, she has written and updated hundreds of articles on the site from medical explainers to celebs news and shopping galleries.

Catch her running along the Thames or eating her way around London's restaurants.

 

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