Cute onesies, quilts, pacifiers, plush animals – most of us know the generic gifts to expect at a baby shower. And we know it’s all with best intentions. But how much ends up collecting dust in a closet or becomes obsolete in a heartbeat (like the frilly dress your newborn wore once before growing out of it)? Today we’re sharing 11 essential gifts that mom really wants at her baby shower. Plus, we’re giving away one of our Sheep Baby Gift Baskets!
What mom wants is not just the basic essentials, but basic essentials that have been elevated. Basic essentials that have a little something extra to make mom’s life a little easier. These 11 essential gifts tick all the boxes for a tired new mom.
A Super Safe Sleep Sack
The safest crib is one that’s totally bare—no blankets, pillows, or plush toys. Cloud b’s Lullabag is the perfect way to keep baby cozy and safe. An iParenting Media Award Winner, LullaBag is an innovative sleep bag that helps baby maintain a comfortable, constant temperature to ensure safe and sound sleep. The patented two-way zipper provides one continuous zipper that begins at the neckline and curves along the entire side and bottom of the bag. This unique zipper allows parents to open the bag partially or completely in either direction, making overall use and late-night diaper and clothing changes a breeze.
A Bouncy Seat With Modern Bells & Whistles (not literally)
You won’t believe how genius this is. The 4moms mamaRoo infant seat bounces up and down and sways from side to side, just like parents do when comforting their babies. The mamaRoo features five unique motions and five speed options. Soothe your baby with one of the four built-in sounds, or connect any MP3 device to the mamaRoo. The mamaRoo seat offers full recline to allow baby to lie back and relax or sit up and play.
Meals for a Month
Eating is essential, but making food when you’re first trying to get into the swing of this thing called parenting is the last thing on your mind. Make it easy for mom by putting up a calendar at the baby shower and have everyone write their names on the days they’ll bring over food. It’s not only super appreciated by the new parents, it gives their closest friends and family a reason to peek in on the new baby. (Though, you should let mom know she can easily opt out of a visit and just expect the food on her front step at a set time if she’s not feeling up to visitors.)
Fun at Her Fingertips
If mom plans on breastfeeding, she’s going to be spending a lot of time locked in place. Sometimes it’s nice just enjoying the bonding time, but it’s also nice to take a mental break to read a book or watch a show or play a game. A tablet like the Amazon Fire HD 8 packs all kinds of fun into one little package that’s easily operable with one hand (if needed). Go the extra mile and sign her up for Amazon Prime, so she can access unlimited streaming of movies and TV, free books from the Kindle library, and much more.
An Easy-Peasy Swaddling Blanket
Everyone knows you need receiving blankets, but no one tells you some are much easier to use than others. Cloud b’s LullaWrap was designed specifically to make swaddling easier. The three step design uses the highest quality fabrics and workmanship for optimal comfort and durability. Just fold, tuck and secure! Oversized and perfectly square, the sense of warmth, security and comfort that swaddling provides makes getting your baby to sleep a snap!
A Photo Session
Every new parent loves taking endless photos of their new little bundle of joy. But not all of us have the photography bug, so capturing the perfect moment in the perfect light at the perfect angle for the perfect photo is far out of reach. Gift mom with a professional photo session either just for the baby or for the whole family to make sure this very special time is remembered with very special photos. Check with a local photographer, or check out Target Portrait Studios, JC Penney Portraits or Picture People.
Less Stuff, More Gift Cards
We know it seems impersonal, but once you get over the notion that you want to give them something they use for years to come that makes them think of you, you’ll realize how appreciated a gift card will be. Maybe it’s one for Target for the endless supply of diapers they’ll need. Maybe it’s for a nice restaurant to make sure mom and dad take a little time out for themselves. Maybe it’s for a massage, so mom can pamper herself when she’s feeling most depleted. Use the website Treat to set up gift cards for almost anything – we love the DoorDash option that lets people order food for delivery from almost any local restaurant.
A Coordinated BIG Gift
Have several people pitch in for an amazing, big ticket item like the 4moms Origami stroller that opens and closes with the push of a button, the Medela Pump In Style advanced double electric breast pump, or a MonBaby Smart Button baby monitor that snaps onto any article of a child’s clothing, just like a button and tracks your baby’s breathing movements and sleep position, transmitting important alerts directly to your smartphone.
A Subscription to a Monthly Service
Who doesn’t love getting packages in the mail? With a subscription service, you can set mom up with monthly deliveries of all sorts of fun stuff. Here are a few services to consider:
- Bluum Box – A team of moms curates products for both mom and baby for this service.
- It allows you to try before you buy. If you like something, you can buy it later.
- Like a magazine, it recommends the best products, but they are the actual products you can try at home.
- It shows what other moms think and how the item worked for them.
- The Honest Company – Honest focuses on creating safe, non-toxic, effective household staples like diapers, wipes, bubble bath, diaper cream, personal care products for mom and dad, cleaners, supplements, and more. Mom can choose what products she wants in her box each month.
- Ecocentric Mom – For this service, each box is packed with goodies that are pure, healthy, useful, and fun. They’re also specifically curated for your stage of motherhood.
Cloud b Advisory Board Member Kim West (aka The Sleep Lady) is a sleep coach extraordinaire and she’s trained a bevy of Gentle Sleep Coaches all across the country. Find one in your area and book some training time for when mom’s at her wits end and needs to get baby sleeping through the night.
A Soothing Sound-Machine
To an infant, there’s nothing as comforting as a mother’s heartbeat and at Cloud b, we’ve come up with the perfect stand-in. Think of it as an audio pacifier, sure to calm even the fussiest babies. Products in our Soothing Sounds Collection feature a heartbeat setting to mimic the comforting sounds of the womb. White noise is also proven to lull little ones into slumber. A study of 20 newborns found that infants were more likely to fall asleep within five minutes in response to white noise. We’ve included this soothing sound as a setting in our award-winning Sleep Sheep Collection.
Interested in trying out some products from our Sleep Sheep Collection? Enter our giveaway for a chance to win our Sheep Baby Gift Basket (ERV: $120)!
Gift Basket Includes:
- Sleep Sheep: Award – winning dream machine that plays four soothing white noises to lull baby into peaceful slumber.
- Satin Burp Cloth Set with Sheep Rattle – Stay fresh with this set of 3 super soft and absorbent burp cloths, specifically designed to clean baby’s mess. Includes Sheep rattle to match!
- Baby Sherpa Blanket – Snuggle up in supreme softness and keep little one cozy with this luxurious and soft blanket.
- Sleep Sheep Peekaboo Lovie – This soft and snuggly security blanket will be your child’s favorite comfort object while also doubling as a bedtime soother.
- Sheep Hugginz Small Plush – Irresistibly soft and lovable plush with heirloom quality to last through many years of love.
Here’s how to enter…
UPDATE: Congratulations to Melissa Cunningham for being our lucky winner! Thanks to everyone for participating and be sure to watch our blog for July’s giveaway launching soon!
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