If there’s an expectant mama in your life, chances are you’ll be tasked with shopping for a baby shower gift in the near future. You could just click over to her Amazon registry and order something practical—or you could get creative and surprise her with a unique, thoughtful gift she didn’t see coming. This roundup of awwww-worthy gift ideas is sure to earn brownie points from both mama and baby—when he or she arrives!
Diaper Bag Organizer
For on-the-go parents, a diaper bag is a necessity because juggling motherhood with other activities requires more than two hands. A diaper bag can store all kinds of items to handle a newborn’s unpredictable nature while mom is out and about, from wipes and bottles to teethers and, of course, diapers. Selecting the right bag is often a personal choice—some mamas prefer functional and durable, and others want something more stylish. So instead of just picking one for her, ToteSavvy allows her to convert a tote she already owns into a multi-purpose diaper bag with tons of pockets (even one that’s insulated), a portable changing mat and a convenient design that keeps her organized despite the busyness.
Gender Reveal Kit
For baby showers that double as gender reveals, this gift is an adorable way to personalize the moment new mommies and daddies learn if they’re having a boy or girl. My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a gender reveal kit unlike any other because it comes in the form of a plush stuffed animal. The kit includes a huggable teddy bear, a blue bowtie and pink tutu (to dress the bear in depending on the baby’s gender), and a heart-shaped recording device to capture that little heartbeat during an ultrasound session. This recorder also fits inside the stuffed animal’s velcro back for a nostalgic post-pregnancy keepsake that mama can pass down once the child is old enough to understand and appreciate it.
Nursing Cover Scarf
Breastfeeding in public can be awkward for a new mom and cause her to feel self-conscious, so anything that minimizes her discomfort level is sure to be of help. Whether she breastfeeds in a waiting room at the pediatrician’s office or on a bench outside the grocery store, Covered Goods will keep mom relaxed and confident while tending to her baby’s needs. The stretchy material offers full coverage, and it’s breathable enough to protect the infant from overheating. It also comes in numerous colors and patterns, so mom can express her own fashion sense too. And if she decides not to breastfeed, this can be used as a stroller or car seat cover, and even doubles as an infinity scarf.
Baby Sound Machine
Any parent of a newborn can attest that sneaking in precious hours of sleep each night is the ultimate dream come true. So gift an expectant mama with some extra “zzzzzzz’s,” courtesy of a sleep soother. Baby Cloud Portable Sound Machine clips onto bassinets, strollers and cribs, while serenading those tiny ears with peaceful nature sounds and lullabies. The device also cycles through eight soft-glow colors to produce a calming ambiance while baby dozes off. Whether it’s bedtime, an afternoon nap or a quick snooze in the stroller, this compact design easily transitions from inside the nursery to running errands on-the-go which makes it ideal for active moms.
Meal Delivery Service
With the newest family member settling into the household, there are too many demands for mama to even think about what’s for dinner. If she barely has enough time to brush her teeth, then cooking is out of the question—at least in those first couple weeks. To eliminate this added stressor, give her a meal delivery service with ready-made, nutritious dinners waiting on the doorstep. With a subscription like Freshly, she can choose her own menu, taking dietary preferences into account if needed. And there are multiple delivery options to accommodate your budget, so whether you can afford a week or month of meals, this unexpected gesture will be a major weight off her mind.
It goes without saying that welcoming a baby into the world is both an amazing and overwhelming experience for a new mother, so going the extra mile and surprising her with a unique gift is sure to make her feel appreciated. Think outside the registry for a memorable baby shower and a deserving first-time mama!