15 practical baby shower gift ideas

The best baby shower gifts for new parents | Mum's Grapevine

A baby shower is a wonderful way to celebrate new life and pamper mums-to-be. It’s also a fab opportunity to equip new parents with some very useful baby gear, and our handy list of baby shower gift ideas is full of practical and welcome products.

Whether you’re after something useful, pretty or a keepsake for mum to cherish, our curated collection of baby shower gifts will help make those first few months with a new bub a little easier (and nicer) for all.

15 practical baby shower gifts

To help you find the perfect present we’ve scoured the shops and found the best products in Australia for celebrating bub’s pending arrival.

Here are 15 practical baby shower gift ideas:

1. Nappy clutch

Skip Hop Chevron Nappy Wallet - Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Skip Hop Pronto Mini Changer ($49.95)

Not quite the clutch she would normally take out on a Saturday night, but as a mum, being prepared is the new black. This stylish clutch is the ultimate nappy change station for mums on the move, complete with a large laminated changing surface that wipes clean and an innovative pillow to cushion bubba’s head.


2. Portable white noise machine

Best Baby Shower Gifts: Homedics SoundSpa on the go

Homedics SoundSpa On The Go ($22.95)

Anything that helps with baby’s sleep is sure to take the title of best baby shower gift. This portable speaker has natural, soothing tracks to calm their beloved in the pram or car, or wherever needed.


3. Terry towelling cloths

Big Softies Terry Cloth - Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Big Softies Terry Towelling Nappies ($29)

Many mums will politely thank you while wondering why in the world you have gifted cotton nappies. But they will very quickly come to love and rely on these for all manner of spills and spews.


4. Baby blankets

Best baby blankets: Purebaby Organic Cotton Blankets

Purebaby Organic Cotton Blankets (from $49.95)

Perfect for out and about in the pram, sleep and play. The baby blankets from Purebaby are buttery-soft with cable knit and cotton-wool blends all being super gentle on babe’s newborn skin.


5. Baby socks

Rex Baby Socks

REX Baby Socks ($24.95)

New mums may be surprised to learn just how chilly baby’s feet get. These adorable pure cotton socks come in bunny and kitten styles – and they’re as cute as they are functional. You get four pairs in each pack and it is beautifully packaged and ready to gift.


6. Pram toys

Tiny Love Pram Clip toys

Tiny Love Clip Toys (from $13.95)

These brightly coloured toys for the pram will keep baby entertained and engaged while mumma gets out and about.


7. Scratch mittens

Best Baby Shower Gifts: Safety 1st Mittens

Safety First No-Scratch Mittens ($9.95)

Short of wrapping their bub in bubble wrap, these handy scratch mittens will provide a mum-to-be with a practical alternative to protect that precious newborn skin from themselves.


8. Baby bouncer

BabyBjorn Bouncer (from $299)

Many first-time mums underestimate just how challenging it is doing things that require two hands with a newborn. Lend her a hand by gifting a baby bouncer. Lightweight and quickly assembled (with a harness for safety), the padded seat will keep baby nice and comfy.


9. Nappy Bag

Best nappy bags Australia: Babymel

Babymel Nappy Bags and Backpacks (from $149.99)

The Babymel range features a variety of backpacks and totes all tailored for parents on the move. Merging fashion with practicality and function, most of their bags can be worn in numerous ways. Simply use the convertible strap to wear it as a shoulder bag, backpack, cross-body or handheld.


10. Muslin Wraps

Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle - Baby Shower Gifts

Aden + Anais 4-Pack Classic Wraps ($52.95)

Too much of a good thing does not apply to muslin wraps. These versatile wraps have a million handy uses from swaddling to pram covers, light blankets to cloths for capturing spills when you’re burping baby. This gender-neutral wrap collection is ideal for keeping baby snug.


11. Baby Carrier

Baby shower gift ideas - Ergobaby Raven Cool Air Mesh Omni 360 Baby Carrier

Ergobaby Cool Air Mesh Omni 360 Baby Carrier ($349)

Every new mum wants to keep their baby close. This clever creation lets Mum stay on the move while baby is, quite literally, close to her heart. It’s safe, simple to use and kind on a mum’s weary back.


12. Baby thermometer

Oricom Infrared Forehead Thermometer NFS100

Oricom Infrared Forehead Thermometer ($49.95)

Keeping bub still is challenging enough and when they’re feeling poorly it’s an impossible task. An infrared thermometer is a perfect solution for checking little one’s temperature safely and conveniently in a hot minute.


13. Newborn swaddle

Love to Dream Swaddle UP- baby shower gifts

Love to Dream Swaddle UP ($39.95)

Hands up who loves sleep! This clever swaddle allows little cherubs to sleep with their hands up in their preferred position, rather than pinned against their side. Genius! Plus with a nifty two-way zip, it’s also a breeze to swaddle night or day.


14. Comforters

Baby shower gift ideas Alimrose dolls

Alimrose Toys (from $8.14)

These super sweet, squishy monkey toys by Alimrose are just the thing for when baby discovers their hands can grip and cuddle. Or, choose a beautiful doll that will sit beautifully in the nursery until baby is old enough to play.


15. Grooming kit

Baby Shower Gifts - Safety First Baby Grooming Kit

Safety 1st Complete Grooming Kit ($24.99)

With all of the essentials for grooming taken care of, this kit is a winner. Packed with items a first-time mum may not have even thought about (nasal aspirator and steady grip nail clippers), it’s a brilliant baby shower gift to help mums-to-be feel ultra-prepared.


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