1. Whitney

    Such a great list! I have a 4 month old and these are definitely things that people don’t gift at baby showers! Some others are:

    Baby Towels – like the good ones! Those cheap ones from Walmart are like wrapping your baby up in a sheet of notebook paper. They always have cute hooded ones on sale for like $12 at Carter’s. I know that sounds expensive for a towel, but you only need 3 or 4 and they are so warm and worth it!

    Burp Cloths – Not the cute ones. I love to use the old Gerber 3-Fold Cloth Diapers for this.

    Plain White Onesies – You can never have enough of these in my opinion! Especially in the winter, I liked putting them under my baby’s sleepers/outfits for some extra warmth!

    • ashleybbass

      Sally, that’s awesome! Yay for those girls getting what they actually NEED at their baby showers! 😉 Thanks for reading!

  2. Bridget

    I actually didn’t use any of these products with my baby haha. I did need to buy an oogie bear which works way better for the hard boogies which is what my girl always had. But we never used any of the other stuff here. Maybe I got lucky because my baby didn’t need any of it lol

    • ashleybbass

      That’s great, Bridget! I think the less stuff you need the better for sure. We use all of this stuff, but every baby is totally different. I’ll have to check into that oogie bear! Thanks for reading!

  3. Lisa

    Good list. One thing I appreciated were swaddling blankets actually big enough to swaddle a baby! My babies were all between 8.5-10 lbs and a receiving blanket just doesn’t cut it. Although, large muslin blankets do seem to be fashionable right now.

    • ashleybbass

      Lisa, yesss. I know exactly what you mean! Once mine quickly outgrew the tiny receiving blankets, we were stuck with only one or two blankets that were big enough. That’s when we switched to using SwaddleMe swaddlers, which I LOVE. Either way, the big blankets are a must. Great tip!

  4. Claudia

    We made a hamper for our friend with dish soap, laundry detergent, pet food and kitty litter. We absolutely got some raised eyebrows at the baby shower but it’s a pain to load up a new born to get one bottle of dish soap. I got a text about a month after the birth thanking me for the gift. The Mother needed kitty litter and dish soap and she said it was such a blessing to have a box in the garage to just go to. I know a lot of people have groceries delivered but a lot of the time you need to spend $30 or $50 dollars.

    • ashleybbass

      Claudia, what great ideas! Any little bit of help is huge for a new mom. And this is such a creative and thoughtful way to help. Love it!

    • Mel

      I did this for my friend too!!!! Her husband works away, they have 2 big dogs and a cat, the cartons of dog food were getting too heavy for her to carry and she was buying 4 tins a day. I bought a months worth of pet food and kitty litter. The funny thing is, she still talks about it now, her baby is 2 years old. I’m due in a few weeks and I have a plastic tub with laundry detergent, toothpaste, dishwashing tablets, tea/coffee/long life milk etc.. All the things that aren’t perishable that I know we will need.

  5. Kelky

    Great list!! I’m expecting and my daughter’s are 18 years apart!! So it’s been a long time. I’m trying to figure out what I actually need to buy and register for and it can get overwhelming! These are great suggestions!! Thanks so much!!

  6. Brittany

    My favorite things to gift for a shower for a breastfeeding mom are nursing pads, nipple cream, and milk bags! Not many people think to give those to the moms! Mommies need care too!

  7. Michelle Larson

    A friend of mine gave me a beautiful nightgown and robe. She said I needed to feel “special” after the birth. ( of course I wore it after it was safe so I wouldn’t ruin it) Thanks for all the great ideas!

  8. mary brayboy

    I always make a basket why invited to baby showers.I always put gas drops, tylenol, motrin, pedialyte,thermometer. Poop bags,whipes,Johnson &Johnson travel kit.Theses are all the necessities a mom needs .

  9. Felicita

    My favorite baby shower gift is a basket filled with Tylenol, gripe water, saline nose drops, thermometer, nasal aspirator, Matty’s Baby rub, diaper cream, feeding bowls, feeding spoons, mesh laundry bag for the baby’s socks, and the book, “What to expect the First Year.” I have put together several of these and eventually get told how much of a life saver this kit was. One friend said to me that I saved her life that night because her baby was colicky and she was able to look through the kit and find what she needed so that they could all sleep through the night. Lol

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