15 practical baby shower gift ideas

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

New mums have lots, and we mean LOTS, of shopping to do to prepare for the arrival of their bub. After all, they are bringing a whole new human into this world! Great baby shower gifts go a long way towards making Mum’s list much shorter (although it’s still pretty long).

Whether you’re after something practical, pretty or a keepsake, here’s our handy guide to help get you the best baby shower gift.

1. Nappy clutch

Best Baby Shower Gifts: Skip Hop nappy clutch

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 large laminated changing surface that wipes clean and an innovative pillow to cushion bubba’s head.


2. A portable white noise machine

Best Baby Shower Gifts: Homedics SoundSpa on the go

Homedics SoundSpa On The Go ($22.95)

Anything that assists 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

Best Baby Shower Gifts: Big Softies Terry Towelling Nappies

Big Softies Terry Towelling Nappies ($34.99, 8 pack)

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. Rattle socks

Best Baby Shower Gifts: Playette novelty rattle socks

Playette Novelty Rattle Socks ($12.95)

New mums may be surprised to learn just how chilly baby’s feet get. These adorable knitted socks are as fun as they are functional, with a playful toy providing entertainment and encouraging hand-eye coordination.


6. Pram toys

Tiny Love Pram Clip toys

Tiny Love Clip Toys ($10.95)

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

Scratch Mittens ($9.95, 2 pairs)

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. Mesh bouncer

Vee Bee mesh bouncer

Vee Bee Serenity Bouncer ($59.95)

Baby shower gifts come in all shapes and sizes. 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 three-point harness for safety), the padded sides and soft mesh 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

Bubba Blue Muslin Wraps

Bubba Blue Jersey Wraps ($39.95, 2 pack)

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 burp cloths. This gender-neutral wrap collection is ideal for keeping baby snug.


11. Baby Carrier

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 newborn

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

Alimrose Toys (from $34)

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

Safety 1st baby grooming kit

Safety 1st Welcome Baby Kit ($37.49)

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.