The 17 Best Baby Shower Gifts of 2023
Find the perfect gift that will help new parents welcome their little one into the world.
If you were invited to a baby shower, chances are you might be having a difficult time choosing the perfect gift to bring. Between new technologies, changing safety recommendations from experts, and evolving trends, keeping up with the latest baby items can be a challenge. This can be especially true if you don’t have children of your own or if your children have been out of the baby stage for a while.
The recommendations below will help you discover some of the best baby shower gifts that parents-to-be will appreciate as they step into their new roles.
1. Diaper Bag
Diaper bags are essential for outings with a baby to keep diapers, wipes, bottles, extra clothes, and more easily accessible. This diaper bag backpack from KeaBabies offers plenty of space to hold all the gear a baby needs, with eight side pockets to keep everything organized and easy to find. The diaper bag backpack is available in seven different color options and comes with a changing mat for on-the-go diaper changes.
2. Monthly Milestone Blanket
This monthly milestone blanket is one of the best baby shower gifts. The soft, cotton flannel blanket displays numbers zero through 12, plus the words “weeks” and “months”. Parents can use the included yellow circle and green leaf to mark how old their baby is, and capture their picture to show their growth through the first year. Adorable woodland animals outline the space for the baby to lie down and the milestone numbers.
3. Baby Carrier
Moms and dads alike will appreciate this baby carrier from Infantino. It can hold newborn babies weighing as little as 8 pounds, and older babies or toddlers weighing up to 32 pounds. The carrier offers four different babywearing positions, including facing in, facing out, or being carried on the caregiver’s back. The supportive waist belt and padded shoulder straps will help keep mom or dad comfortable as they hold their little one. Seven different color and pattern options are available to suit a range of preferences.
4. Play Mat
Tummy time is such an important part of a young baby’s development. This play mat will provide the perfect place for a baby to work on strengthening his or her neck muscles as they take in the various colors and shapes around them. As the baby gets a little older, they can kick or press the large piano keys, reach for the hanging sensory toys, or check out their reflection in the mirror. The piano is also removable, allowing this gift to grow as the baby becomes a toddler.
5. Nasal Aspirator
This nasal aspirator from Frida Baby will be a true lifesaver for parents when their infant catches their first cold. The uniquely designed tube allows parents to ‘suck’ snot out of their little one’s noses to help them breathe more easily. And since it has disposable filters, there is no worry about any of the germs or mucus transferring to the caregiver.
6. Sound Machine
A gift that will help the baby (and, therefore, mom and dad) get more sleep at night, is always a great idea. The Hatch Rest offers a variety of calming sounds, including white noise, a heartbeat, and rain to help babies sleep soundly. The sound machine also doubles as a nightlight with several different color options. Once the child is older, parents can set it to change colors to signal bedtime.
A bouncer also makes an excellent baby shower gift. Once the baby is able to support their head and sit up in the seat, they’ll enjoy bouncing around and exploring the different colors, textures, and sounds of the Fisher-Price Jumperoo. This bouncer is designed to accommodate babies of different heights with its adjustable design. The seat also spins a full 360 degrees to let the baby interact with everything around them.
When newborns are swaddled, they often sleep better. For this reason, swaddles are another one of the top baby shower gift ideas. Each of the three swaddles in this set offers a unique design, simplifying the sometimes difficult task of wrapping the baby up properly. With the hook and loop closures, the swaddle will remain securely in place to help ensure they’re able to rest peacefully and comfortably. Each swaddle is made from 100 percent cotton and is easy to clean in the washing machine.
This Sophie la Girafe teether is more than just cute—it’s specially designed to comfort, soothe, and entertain babies. The giraffe is made from a PVC-, BPA, and phthalate-free food-grade natural rubber that feels great on baby’s gums. It is easy to hold and will squeak when grabbed by a baby. The contrasting colors of the giraffe’s darker spots against the lighter background will capture a baby’s attention and give him or her something to focus on.
10. Bath Towel Set
This all-in-one bath towel set comes with two adorable hooded-towels and coordinating wash cloths that parents are sure to get a lot of use out of. There are several different color and animal options to choose from, including a teal bird and gray elephant, a green frog and blue monster, and a pink flamingo and white unicorn.
11. Diaper Caddy
Keeping diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and other diaper-changing essentials organized can be a challenge. With this diaper caddy organizer, parents can keep everything together so that it’s easily accessible. The caddy’s lightweight and portable design is also ideal for tackling diaper changes in different areas of the house throughout the day.
12. Electric Nail File
Trimming baby nails can be quite difficult since the nails are soft and tiny. With this electric nail file, parents can put the clippers away and trim their baby’s nails safely and easily. The set comes with six different file attachments with varying textures for babies (and adults) of different ages. The file is easy to grip and offers different speed settings for perfect control every time.
13. Nursing Pillow
This nursing pillow is designed to keep both mom and baby comfortable during feeding sessions. The pillow wraps around the mom’s waist, helping to support a healthy posture and ensure a good latch for the baby. With the flat cushion design, there is no gap between the baby and his or her mother, keeping them securely in place as they eat. Choose from five different washable slipcover color options.
14. Baby Bath Tub
Designed for use with newborns to toddlers, this baby bath tub comes with a removable sling to safely bathe newborns. As the baby gets older and can safely sit up, parents can bathe them in the special insert, while older toddlers can enjoy the tube’s spacious interior for bathtime splashing and playing. The tub features a drain plug to easily remove bath water and has a hanging hook for simple storage.
Every baby will need several bibs to get them through their first years. This set of eight bibs will give mom and dad something to smile about while feeding their little one. Each bib features cute designs and slogans, such as the “taco bout adorable” and “eat more hole foods.” Each bib is made from an absorbent and machine-washable cotton. The hook and loop closures allow for a comfortable fit on babies of varying sizes.
16. Stroller Organizer
Thanks to this Skip Hop organizer, parents can keep their phones, wallet, drinks, and other items within easy reach when they’re pushing their little one in the stroller. The organizer offers a universal design that fits on most stroller bars or handles. The interior has two insulated drink holders that stretch to hold different-sized cups and bottles. There is also a zip-off pouch so parents can keep their keys or wallets with them if they need to park the stroller somewhere.
17. Baby Monitor
If you want to buy a gift that new parents are certain to appreciate, then a video monitor is an excellent option. This model from Infant Optics comes with two lenses to help ensure the best view of the baby’s bassinet or crib. The monitor features a 3.5-inch screen and allows parents to move the camera lens or zoom in on their little one. There is even a talk feature that can make it possible to soothe a fussy baby without entering the nursery.
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on June 26, 2023.