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15 Baby Shower Gifts That Are Actually Useful

15 Baby Shower Gifts That Are Actually Useful

New babies are so much fun to shop for! All those cute clothes, fluffy stuffed animals, and itty bitty everything are just irresistible.  Those things are all great, but here are some even better gift ideas that will guarantee a big thank you from Mom! (Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase through my link, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you).


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1.  Zippered Sleepers

Y’all. These saved my sanity. There’s nothing worse than changing a screaming baby in the middle of the night (half-asleep of course) and fumbling around with the snaps!

2.  Moby Wrap Baby Carrier

I loved my Moby! There is a bit of a learning curve, but once you figure out how to wrap it, it’s awesome! Here’s a tutorial that will help. It was great being able to walk through Target without the car seat taking up the whole basket. I’d just wrap baby up on my chest and go. The bonus snuggles are pretty sweet too.

3.  Sassy Baby Disposable Diaper Sacks

These little things are great! I always keep several of them in the diaper bag. When you are out, and don’t want to stink up someone else’s trash can, toss that diaper in one of these and all you smell is baby powder!


poppy bottles teething baby


4. Boppy Nursing Pillow

This is not only great for breastfeeding, it helps support baby when you need a hand free. It’s also nice to have around with visitors, especially younger ones who you don’t necessarily trust to hold baby up properly. Later, it will be a handy little prop pillow!

5.  Boon Grass Drying Rack

I always hand washed my bottles and pump parts, because it was just easier for me. After, I’d just set them all up on the grass to dry. Easy peasy.

6.  Silicone Teething Necklace

When baby starts teething, they will gnaw on ANYTHING! You can put one of these on while holding your little one, and it keeps them from chewing on your shirt or hair. Works great in conjunction with the Moby Wrap or other baby carrier.


rocknplay white noise carseat baby


7.  Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play

Best thing ever made! The Rock n Play is wonderful! It rocks, vibrates, and is super comfy for little bit to lay in! It can be kept in the living room for daily naps, or even used as a bassinet next to the bed in those early months.

8.  SoundSpa On-The-Go Sound Machine

There are all kinds of white noise/music machines out there that are awesome, but it’s so nice to have a portable one in the car for those long (or short) trips. This clips right on to the car seat, and can be set to different lullabies, sounds, or white noise.

9.  Car Seat Handle Cushion

Car seats are so heavy these days! When you add a little one to it, it can get a little rough after a while. This velcro’s around the handle, and then you have some nice cushion when you carry the seat hooked on your arm. It also comes in some pretty cute designs that give baby something fun to look at.


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10.  Hudson Baby Muslin Swaddle Blankets

These are so versatile! The muslin blankets are thin and breathable, so baby doesn’t get too hot in a swaddle, and it’s not a danger if it drapes over the face when used as a regular blanket. They are really big, which is soooo much better than traditional receiving blankets. There are some more really nice brands of muslin blankets out there, but these are my favorite! Much more affordable, and so cute!

11.  Closet Dividers

Everyone loves to give cute clothes at baby showers, usually in all different sizes. These are an awesome way to keep the nursery closet organized by size.

12.  Hanger Clips

I love these! Most baby clothes come in cute sets, and it’s not exactly easy to hang up the tiny pants and bloomers. I use these to clip pants onto the hanger with the matching shirt. Super useful!


baby mittens aveeno lotion books


13.  Baby Mittens

Babies are born with paper thin little fingernails that are really great for face scratching. These keep that perfect little face blemish-free.

14.  Aveeno Baby Bath Products

The Aveeno brand is so good for sensitive skin, and most babies fall in this category. It’s extremely gentle and moisturizing, and doesn’t leave baby’s delicate skin itchy or irritated.

15.  Books

Books are soooo important! Helping to build a child’s library is such a thoughtful and lasting gift. Some of my favorites are:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Rainbow Fish

Little Sleepyhead

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Llama Llama Red Pajama.


Netflix Gift Card

A new mom will spend countless hours in the chair or on the couch rocking, feeding, and cuddling their baby. Let them binge on their favorite shows to pass the time!

For a Momma-to-be that plans on breastfeeding, check out 6 Best Products For A Breastfeeding Mom!

What are your favorite items for a new baby?



  • 2017-06-06 at 8:17 PM

    Lots of good stuff! I think everybody thinks you need mostly clothes and Penny only wore pajamas and onsies mostly at first. We couldn’t live without the rock n play, boppy pillow or swaddles! We also love our wipe warmer because Penny hates being cold!

    • 2017-06-07 at 8:45 AM

      Yep! I learned real quick what was really needed!

  • 2017-06-23 at 2:12 PM

    These are great ideas! It has been many years since I had a baby, and I’m not familiar with all these new items for baby. This will help me when I need to get a gift for a shower. Thanks for the insight to what new mommies need.

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  • 2017-07-24 at 8:59 AM

    This is a pretty good list! Have you heard of My Brest Friend? It’s WAY better than a boppy (at least I thought so)!

    • 2017-07-24 at 9:54 AM

      I have heard great things about it!

  • 2017-07-24 at 9:41 AM

    Love these! Boo. Grass and rock and play are some of my favorites!!

  • 2017-07-24 at 10:30 AM

    These are great ideas – thanks!

  • 2017-07-24 at 12:15 PM

    So many great items. I am in the midst of looking for a gift for a baby shower so thank you for your list. Now to narrow it down. If I could I would get it all…lol

  • Moby Wraps are one of my favorite things for newborn babies. It was a serious life changer after we had my daughter.
    I recently tried silicone teething necklaces with my son. They’re great for him to teeth with, but I didn’t find them very comfortable for wearing, unless I was wearing a sweater or something similar.

  • 2017-07-24 at 4:44 PM

    My little lived in zipped sleepers for the first 3 minutes months of her life. I loved how comfy she was and how easy diaper changes were!

  • 2017-07-24 at 10:30 PM

    These are all such great ideas! I wish they had the portable sound spa when my kids were infants. That would have been great! 🙂

  • 2017-07-24 at 10:31 PM

    These are all great products!!! Wish more people saw this before the shower!!!! ❤️

  • 2017-07-24 at 11:55 PM

    This is a great list. There are so many baby products that are absolutely useless lol! I loved everything on your list for my little ones, but my favourites are the zippered sleepers and teething necklaces. I’m saving this to remind myself for buying future bang gifts so I don’t forget now that I’m out of the baby stage 😉

  • 2017-08-29 at 10:11 AM

    The rock n play was a necessity for us. It was the only thing my daughter would sleep in for the first 1-2months! Zippered sleepers are something people seem to over look but they are so nice to have for the middle of the night diaper changes. Great list!

  • 2017-08-29 at 11:57 AM

    Zippered sleepers are a must! Why even make them with buttons? Idk

  • 2017-08-29 at 1:06 PM

    This is such a good list! I love my Boon Grass Bottle Rack! My son was too heavy for the Rock n Play haha

  • 2017-08-29 at 5:31 PM

    Yes yes and yes! So many times we receive gifts that we just set aside or regift. I wish all the people who came to my shower had this list! Especially the rock and play, can’t live without it!

  • 2017-08-29 at 10:44 PM

    These are great!!! I LOVE my closet dividers! Pinning this now!

  • 2017-08-31 at 12:26 PM

    Yes yes yes to alllllll of these!!! Life savers for SURE. The Moby wrap saved me so many times. I’m keeping it forever lol great post!

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