What to get for a baby shower gift

What to get for a baby shower gift

Wondering what to bring to a baby shower? Read on to discover our list of must-have items for expecting parents today.

Invited to a baby shower? It’s tempting to go straight for those oh-so adorable baby clothes, but picking out the best gift (read: functional AND cute) can be a challenge. You’ll want to find something helpful for the baby and something that celebrates and cares for the parents after the birth. 

If you’re looking for inspiration for the best baby shower gift ideas, we’re here to guide you. Whether you're helping a friend prepare for their first or second baby, exploring options ensures your gift is both thoughtful and practical for growing families.

Here’s a list of 7 baby shower essentials to help parents-to-be thrive. 

1. Hatch Collection Belly Besties Bundle 

Every mama-to-be deserves a little pampering. The Hatch Collection Belly Besties Bundle has all the necessities to soothe her growing bump. 

This bundle includes: 

  • Stretch mark-minimizing Belly Masks
  • Belly oil
  • Sheet of fun and non-toxic Belly Tattoos

This collection is the perfect gift for a baby shower: it’s unique, fun, and allows your favorite new mommy-to-be the chance to indulge in some much-needed self-care.

2. Meal delivery

With so much focus on caring for the baby, it can be difficult for the parents to have the time or energy to make meals for themselves. Services such as UberEats, Grubhub, and DoorDash allow them to order online and have delicious hot meals delivered right to their door. Just remember to ask the delivery person to skip the doorbell! 

If you’re wondering what to bring to a baby shower, meal delivery is a great choice. A subscription or a gift card to one of these food delivery apps can come in handy on sleepless nights or restless mornings for the budding new family. 

3. Anya Postpartum Hair and Skin Bundle

This baby shower gift is all about postpartum skin and hair care, designed by moms, for moms. Pregnancy causes the rise of estrogen levels which slows the hair cycle. During the postpartum period, many mothers may experience hair loss and stress over it.

The Anya Postpartum Hair and Skin Bundle is designed to jump-start the rejuvenation process post-pregnancy. It includes:

  • Scalp serum to stimulate the hair follicles and prompt thicker, fuller hair
  • Body butter to soothe dry and stretched-out postpartum skin

4. Diapers

Because a parent can never have too many diapers! A lot of money is spent on changing baby. Why not skip the stuffed animal and gift them exactly what they need, day in and out for years? Gifting diapers or even a diaper bag is a great way to help support the family and provide a budget break.

5. Mommy Matters Soothe + Heal Bundle

No need to be shy with this one. Many baby shower gifts for Mom focus on skin and hair care, but let’s not forget about her total wellness after baby. The Mommy Matters Soothe + Heal Bundle is a modern-day approach to vaginal/perineal recovery.  

This bundle includes the NeoHeat Perineal Healer, which provides: 

  • Deep infrared light therapy that accelerates both internal and external tissue healing
  • Blood circulation for increased oxygen, proteins, and nutrients 
  • The reduction of inflammation and pain relief 
  • The reduction of long-term risk of incontinence and pain during sex

This bundle also includes the NeoHeat Brief, which keeps the healer in place.

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6. Comfy undergarments from Bodily

There are so many clothing gifts for the baby, but what about for mommy? Founded and led by women, Bodily has a great collection of pregnancy and postpartum bras and panties that are great for a baby shower gift. 

These undergarment sets are designed for each stage of the pregnancy journey, and they also include bras specifically made for pumping and breastfeeding, covering all mama’s new needs. 

7. Weighted blanket

When caring for a newborn, sleep can be difficult despite being constantly tired. Weighted blankets can promote a sense of calm by slowing a rapid heart rate.
A weighted blanket can help decrease parental stress and help them sleep as much as they can during those first few months. Plus, they’re super cozy and come in all-season fabrics and weights! 

What to bring to a baby shower

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for a baby shower, remember to look for: 

  • Something for the parents 
  • Something practical for the baby
  • Selfcare items for the mother 

Find the perfect gift with Nanit

If you’re straying from the baby shower registry, be sure to get a gift that the parents-to-be will truly love and appreciate. Whether it’s physical care to support the body’s recovery after delivery or something to help their busy schedules when baby comes, they’ll thank you long after the early days.

With Nanit, the gift inspiration doesn’t end there. Explore our innovative technology that promotes superior sleep for new parents and new babies, from our award-winning baby monitor to our smart Sound + Light audio monitor. Our selection of baby products is here to help make new parenting a breeze. For a gift that melds thoughtful consideration with genuine care, explore our collection of gifts for new parents and baby.


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