Finding a fun and unique baby shower gift ideas can a challenge (particularly if they already have a child).
Here are our 8 top picks for 2018, particularly if you’re looking for baby shower gifts that are a little less conventional, and probably won’t be gifted by anyone else.
PRACTICAL BABY SHOWER GIFT IDEA
Hydrogel Breast Disks
These things will save mums life in the first week of breastfeeding. Perhaps you were one of the lucky ones that didn’t experience any discomfort as a first or multi-time breastfeeder. I wasn’t one of those people. The nipple pain, especially the friction/rubbing against my shirt between feeds, was very real.
Tip: Store them in the fridge! They’ll be cool, refreshing and soothing when you next go to use them.
PRACTICAL BABY SHOWER GIFT IDEA
A Breastfeeding Side Reminder
We absolutely support whatever method you choose to feed your baby. #fedisbest If you do decide to breastfeed, having a method in place for reminding you which side to offer/feed from next is invaluable!
Two methods that worked for me; Tying a ribbon onto my bra strap, for the side I was due to feed/offer first next. After each feed, I simply switched the ribbon to the other side. And next feed, offer the ribbon side first.
As well as a ribbon (which is very discreet), I used a hair tie around the wrist, which a midwife recommended during my stay in hospital. Same thing as the ribbon, switch the hair tie to the other wrist after each feed. Only problem I found was the hairband tended to end up in my hair and I’d be lost come feed time 🙂
Tip: A ribbon reminder will be great gift for a new mum/baby shower that mum-to-be likely won’t receive from anyone else. You can buy them from some clever people on Etsy or make your own.
KEEPSAKE & MEANINGFUL BABY SHOWER GIFT IDEA
Create your own Baby Keepsake Book
These are a great way for family, friends and important loved ones to celebrate baby’s impending arrival, and contribute to a VERY special keepsake, that will be treasured forever.
Each page within our keepsake books contains a letter or number, space for family and friends to draw a picture to represents it, and to sign their name.
Tip: Take the book along to a Baby Shower, Baby sprinkle or family gathering and have all the important people in mum, dad and baby’s life make a contribution. Parents can share the book with baby from birth, and let them know who the talented artists were 🙂
BABY SHOWER GIFTS – THE ESSENTIALS
But first, coffee. Seriously.
Find out where mum and dad’s favourite cafe or espresso bar is, and prepay a whole bunch of coffee for them, to use at their leisure.
Tip: Get them a KeepCup too so they can take their coffee away, and enjoy it wherever they choose (perhaps lapping the local park trying to get baby to sleep?! #beentheredonethat)
BABY SHOWER IDEAS – ESSENTIAL ITEMS
A good non-leaky water bottle.
Never in my life have I been thirstier and waterless than having sat down to feed baby, and finally, after several attempts, getting a good latch.
Or being couch bound in the wee hours of the morning after finally managing to get a colicky baby to sleep.
New mums NEED to stay hydrated, and a water bottle they can easily fill and reuse is a great practical gift idea they can keep beside the lounge, the feeding chair, or in the nappy bag for use on the go.
Tip: Check out Memobottle’s very cool A5 water bottle. We love that it keeps mum stay hydrated, her usual modern self, and takes up less space in her bag on the go.
FUN, UNIQUE PRESENTS FOR A BABY SHOWER
Tip: Probably best to read them to each other, not bub 😉
‘FOR YOUR BESTIE’ BABY SHOWER GIFTS
- updated to include an Aussie brand ModiBodi
ModiBodi (Aussie made an owned) and Thinx = Goodbye postpartum bleeding anxiety.
No one tells you that you will bleed quite a lot after childbirth (both vaginal and c-section deliveries) and eventually, days and sometimes weeks later, everything will go quiet downstairs.
And then a day or two later, once you’ve finally worked up the energy to leave the house (or attend that social you were unsure you were ready for), it could all come gushing back to life. Or not. Insert guessing game here.
“Modibodi offer modern, protective, leak-proof apparel, underwear & swimwear, for periods & incontinence that work!” – via modibodi.com
As tried and test by this mum of two, they’re also AMAZING postpartum. They not only capture your irregular and unpredictable flow, they help keep anxiety level to a minimum by protecting you at your most vulnerable (and sleep deprived) time.
Tip: Two things. They’re reusable and a big step in the right ‘waste less’ direction. They also come in a range of modern cuts, styles and colours! No postpartum nanna undies ’round here.
AWESOME BABY GIFTS FOR AN AWESOME FRIEND
A subscription to Netflix. Or Stan.
Being a new parent means being awake at any and ALL hours of the day and night.
The gift of company and something decent to watch at any time will be greatly appreciated, and enjoyed by both mum and dad.
Tip: An iTunes voucher would work too if they’re more music than movie kinda people.