Clever baby shower gifts
Shopping for new and expecting parents can be exhausting as labor itself. With so many toys, clothes, furniture, and accessories to choose from, how can you possibly begin to narrow your options? If you’re not armed with a gift registry or a few ideas, you’re likely to spend entirely too much time combing one aisle after another in search of the perfect gift.
To help you avoid such frustrations, we've selected a variety of products that make fantastic gifts for expecting parents and their babies. Whether you're searching for a gift that's cute, practical, or fun here are some great items that parents would love to receive.
Flower Headbands from Banner Boutique, $8.95 – $15.95
Don't bother trying to pick out just one of these fabulous flower headbands, with so many brilliant colors to choose from, you'll want to snag one of everything. These gorgeous accessories are perfect for darling baby girls with mothers who have a flair for fashion.
Activity Playmat from Garanimals, $12
This soft, interactive mat is a great on-the-go accessory parents can easily pack with their belongings before venturing away from home. Featuring a colorful design, peek-a-boo flaps, touch-friendly textures, a squeaker, and crinkle sounds this mat lets babies play, rest, and learn.
Silibib from Silikids™, $12.95
Unsightly food stains can quickly ruin fabric baby bibs, but there's no chance of that happening with this silicone bib. It's easy-to-clean and dishwasher safe. Plus, its design is super chic and sophisticated!
Take Along Mobile from Tiny Love, $24.99
Moms are increasingly on-the-go and need travel-friendly products that can engage their baby as they bounce from one place to the next. This portable mobile conveniently fits most strollers, bassinets, car seats, and pack and plays. The mobile's colorful design, dangling animals, and gentle melodies will soothe and entertain babies in a variety of environments.
Personalized Growth Charts from Lauren & Lola, $55
Many parents track their child's growth on the back of closet doors, bare walls, and door trims. The trouble with this tradition is that it can be lost when families remodel the space or switch homes. With these stylish growth charts, parents have the ability to hang on to a piece of their child's history. The charts are printed on canvas, include coordinated ribbons for hanging, and can be personalized with a child's name and birth date.
Sleep Sacks from Violet's Peapod, $59.95
No matter how soft, colorful, or cute a baby blanket may be, it can't compare to a fun gift like these endearing sleep sacks. These wearable blankets are shaped like peapods and designed to snuggle babies in warmth throughout the night. The peapod shape provides plenty of wiggle room around a baby's legs, while the sleeveless design offers great ventilation to ensure the baby slumbers in comfort.
Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 from Serif, $49.99
Parents love chronicling their baby's milestones and development through photos. With this scrapbooking software, new parents can easily create stunning digital albums that can be customized with an array of stencils, creative text, edge effects, and more. Parents can then print, e-mail, or post these creations online for others to enjoy.
Labour of Love Pregnancy and Delivery Gift Set from The Spoiled Mama, $109.80
If you want to pamper an expecting mom and give her a gift that's especially thoughtful and unique, look no further than this clever gift set. It provides women with a slew of goodies designed to soothe them as they near delivery. The set includes an innocence diffuser, sitz bath, massaging leg gel, crème and nipstick. There's even an ultra-trendy onesie and beanie for the baby.
Classic Carriers™ from Kokopax®, $149
New parents will love the convenience this lightweight carrier has to offer! Worn like a backpack and available in several fashionable fabrics, this carrier provides a safe and comfortable ride for babies aged between six months and two years old.
Selena Dehne is a book publicist, freelance writer and lifelong Hoosier. She is a regular contributor for FabulousLiving.com and has published dozens of other articles on MSN.com and AOL.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SelenaDehne.