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    34 Must-Buy Baby Shower Gifts That'll Wow Any New Parent

    Entertaining toys, practical accessories, and some much-needed caffeine for the parents-to-be.

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    1. A shopping cart cover to create a barrier between their kiddo and all of the unseen germs lurking around — certainly can't hurt and will also prevent them from, literally, sucking on the cart itself (babies are wild).

    a child in a shopping cart with a gray cover and white polka dots
    a dark gray shopping cart cover with white stars on it

    Promising review: "Love! I was in the market for a nice shopping cart cover. My newest baby definitely is one that puts everything possible into his mouth, so a shopping cart cover was a must this time around. It easy to unfold and fold up. A little tricky to put on the first time but I’m sure I’ll get used to it. It seems to be fairly padded. Covers a standard Walmart cart thus far. I believe it will work for high chairs as well. I do wish it came with its own toys. I would definitely recommend for children who are comfortable sitting up on their own." —Alicia

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in three styles).

    2. A caddy starring Mickey Mouse they'll easily be able to attach onto their stroller and fill with all the many things they'll need for an adventure outdoors with their little one.

    disney diaper bag attached to a stroller handle

    I have one of these on each of my strollers and honestly don't know what I'd do without them! They provide an easy place to stash a burp cloth, my keys, sunglasses, a hat, and my iced coffee. Anything that makes my life as a mom easier is truly worthwhile. 

    Promising review: "Love this system, it’s been so useful. My daughter was already a toddler by the time I got this bag but it’s been amazing. We use the little bags for important items we don’t need all the time like hearing aid accessories, inhaler, and first aid kits. And the biggest bag for snacks." —Jessica Thorton

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in six styles).

    3. A Skip Hop changing pad with a darling mobile above it to keep their antsy kiddo distracted while they handle the dirty work. Sigh, being a baby is *so* much better than being an adult.

    a gray changing pad being wiped down
    Skip Hop

    I got this for my best friend for her baby shower and since her little one has come along it's quickly become one of her favorite products! Her daughter loves staring up at the mobile and doesn't fuss as much when getting changed. She also loves that's it's very simple to clean — a big bonus!

    Promising review: "This changing pad is the best thing I’ve bought for our nursery. This is my second baby and with my first we had a traditional changing pad with covers. The Skip Hop changing pad is soooo much easier because I am not constantly changing and washing the covers. My baby loves looking at the mobile and it is so stylish in the nursery." —MelM

    Get it from Skip Hop for $80 or Amazon for $79.99.

    4. A starter set of Chicco Duo Newborn Hybrid Baby Bottles with glass on the inside but plastic on the outside that'll ensure their baby's milk will only touch pure glass. This means no gross smells, aftertaste, or discolorations over time!

    a gif of editor's baby drinking out of a chicco duo bottle
    two tall bottles two small botles and two pacifiers
    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Before my son Noah was born we were hoping he’d like the Chicco Duo bottles (since, at the end of the day we knew we’d end up using whatever brand he preferred). These were our first choice because they have such unique features that other bottles don’t — so we were absolutely thrilled when he took to them right away!

    On the inside of each bottle is a super thin layer of unbreakable glass that prevents babies from drinking directly from plastic. I know what you’re thinking… glass = heavy… but you’d never even know there was glass in these bottles! They’re so light weight my baby has no problem already trying to hold them up on his own. Their other great feature are the nipples they come with. They have a slow release design to help prevent your little one from chugging their bottle and developing gas bubbles in their bellies. Additionally, they’re shaped for intuitive latching which I can only assume would be helpful for parents who are both bottle feeding and breastfeeding their babies.

    We’ve purchased three sets so we always have a bottle at-the-ready, but you can easily clean these by hand or in the dish washer and use them in a sterilizer or bottle warmer without concern. Big win for babies and parents !

    They're also dishwasher safe, can be used in a bottle warmer or sterilizer, and are free of BPA, BPS, PVC, and phthalates.

    Get the 8-piece set from Amazon for $49.99+ (also available in a 10-piece set and in pink).

    5. A modern high chair from Stokke that'll transform into a perfectly-sized mini chair as their child grows. They'll be able to use it right up against their kitchen table to dine alongside the family and it'll look great alongside their other furniture.

    an example showing how the high chair can be used from birth through childhood

    This high chair can really do it all. It holds up to 300 pounds (!!!) and it has an adjustable seat and footplate positions for the utmost comfort. Additionally, when their tyke outgrows the need for a highchair you can remove the pieces to turn it into an actual chair for their play room!

    Promising review: "We have had such a wonderful experience using the Tripp Trapp highchair for our first two kids that we knew without a doubt we would be getting one for our third baby! We love how versatile this high chair is and how it truly grows with you from first foods to mature eaters! My older boys can get in and out of the chair so easily and we love the adjustable features so that you can customize the high chair for each child. There is a reason why the Tripp Trapp is so famous — it is truly above any other high chair on the market!" —Esther

    Get it from Target for $299 (available in five colors) or from Stokke for $199+ (available in three styles and seven colors).

    6. A washable rug, so when their mini-me inevitably spits up or pees on the carpet in the nursery they'll be able to pop it right into the washing machine.

    a multi-colored mickey rug
    a round blue mickey rug

    Ruggable's rugs are honestly a work of art — not just because they look great regardless of what room you put them in, but because they can handle a stain like no other. I have a Mickey Mouse rug (seen above to the left) in my baby's room, but my sister (who has three big dogs) has truly put the quality of their rugs to the test. Within a week of owning one she successfully cleaned blood, poop, and coffee off of it without a remnant of a stain left behind. 

    Promising review: "I love this rug so much! It’s perfect for kids and pets, and it’s so easy to keep clean. I actually use it where my kids eat and it hasn’t gotten stained at all. 100% would recommend!" —Ashley C

    Get it from Ruggable for $99+ (available in 10 sizes and 3 styles).

    7. Boon drying rack with a surprisingly chic design that'll provide then with the perfect spot to dry their little one's bottles and accessories without ruining the entire look of their kitchen.

    Bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups drying on the plastic grass rack
    Chandni Reddy / Buzzfeed

    BuzzFeed editor Chandni Reddy and mother of two is a big fan of this drying rack:

    "Is it possible for a drying rack to be life changing? Why yes, it is. I caved and bought this grassy patch after my kitchen started to look an episode of Hoarders. This thing instantly organized my kitchen by creating a dedicated spot for baby stuff. Bottles, pump parts, sippy cups...this bad boy can hold a LOT (at least six bottles and four cups at once) and dries everything quickly. Did I mention it's a heck of a lot more cheerful and stylish than your regular drying rack?"

    Promising review: "Newborn twins are a mess. They took over our house within moments of coming through the door. For this type A mama, it was a horrifying side effect of the two most precious things in the world. A friend gave us one lawn at our shower and we promptly hopped on Amazon and bought a second to manage the sheer volume. The lawn and the accessories are a convenient and cute way to keep your bottles and pump parts organized. There is ample space in one for one baby's needs." —Lacey

    Get it from Amazon for $21.32 (available in two colors).

    8. An infant toothbrush shaped like a banana that'll help train them on dental hygiene while helping them soothe this sore gums when they're teething. Win-win!

    a baby chewing on a banana-shaped teether

    Promising review: "My baby LOVES this teether!! I bought it for him when he was 3 months old (he started teething around 2 1/2 months) but it was hard for him to hold things since he was just starting to grab. This banana teether was very easy for him to grasp and put in his own mouth. The grip is great, it's very ergonomic for a baby and I love the feel of the silicone. Other teethers he would only use for a minute or so and get fussy or frustrated, but this teether can keep him occupied for a while! Also sometimes if he's getting fussy while biting it, I'll take it and just gently brush his gums with the end and he loves it, sometimes he laughs haha. I've also gotten so many comments and compliments on how cute he looks chewing on his little banana. I now recommend this to all moms who have a teething baby." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79.

    9. Closet dividers, because they'll likely find themselves with an entire range of sizing in their baby's clothes that'll be a headache to organize. They can add these into the closet and stop trying to recall where the 3 to 6-month outfits begin and end.

    round plastic closet dividers that says different sizes on them
    CarrieDee / Etsy

     got these for my baby's closet after realizing I had stocked up on a variety of sizes. It'll be super easy to clip them over the bar in the closet and then easily see which clothes are newborn-sized versus which are 0 to 3 months. I went with a neutral theme so they can be passed down to someone else or used with my next kiddo, but there are *tons* to choose from! Carrie Dee is a small business based in Syracuse, NY that sells nursery closet dividers.

    Get them from CarrieDee on Etsy for $7.95+ (available four sets and two display size options).

    10. A portable high chair seat to clip onto any table, a must-have for anyone planning to dine out with their baby or, at least, bring them to Grandma's for dinner.

    three ingelsina high chairs attached to one table
    a baby eating while in the high chair

    This lil' seat can be used with tables up to 3.3" thick. It's collapsible, washable, and has a storage pocket! I have one of these for my little guy and it's been great! We actually attached it to my husband's desk (we both work from home) so our son has somewhere to play where we can easily keep an eye on him.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these chairs! I run a daycare and use them every day! They clean so easily with just a wet towel. The material is thick and sturdy and they screw very snugly on the table! I have seen reviews from people saying the belt is not tight enough but I have never had that problem with all ages of children. My number one choice of high chair! Plus they fold down and can be put in the storage bag attached very quickly and easily. I have used many kind of high chairs but these are the best, space saving and great for travel." —katy

    Get it from Amazon for $79 (available in nine colors). 

    11. A personalized storybook that'll look adorable on display in their little one's room and become a treasured item as they get older and more excited about reading a book before bedtime.

    a mother and child reading a book that says

    You can preview all 26 pages of the book before buying it! I have one of these for my son and cannot wait until he'll actually sit still to read (lol). It's super cute and has his name on display throughout the book.

    Get it from Wonderbly for $39.99.

    12. Too-cute teethers shaped like fruits they'll adore because they're BPA-free and can be frozen to truly help soothe their tyke's gums. Run them through the dishwasher to freshen them up after they've been covered in drool.

    Promising review: "These are the best teethers!! My baby loves how easy they are to hold. The stick really helps her have a good grip so she can bite down even more! Plus, the different fruits have different textures! Also love how you get several different teethers. AND, love that they are made of food grade silicone because they are easy to clean/sanitize! Such a great deal for the price! We loved them so much that we got a set for her younger cousin because teething isn't fun! Added tip: stick them in the fridge for a cooling sensation for baby!!" —Rebecca

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. An easily attachable back seat mirror, so when they glance in their rearview they'll be able to see their little one despite their rear-facing car seat.

    the mirror attached to a headrest with a baby looking into it

    I have this mirror in my car and it has definitely given me some peace of mind while driving around with my baby. It only takes a split second to glance back and see if he's asleep or happily (hopefully) chewing on a toy — super helpful.

    Promising review: "These are high quality. We were given one as a gift originally, and ended up ordering three more, one for each car for both of our kids. We've also ordered these as gifts for other moms. They're sturdy and large enough to get a full view of a rear-faced baby/toddler. They're on a swivel, which makes changing direction easy to do. Once the toddler is curious enough to touch, though, it can be problematic as we found ourselves needing to reset it after she played with it." —Rachel Lakose

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    14. Plant-based konjac bath sponges that'll actually make bath time *so* much fun. Apologies to their rubber ducky.

    The konjac bath sponges in elephant, bear and star shapes
    Reviewer's video showing them squeezing the konjac bath sponges

    Promising review: "My 2-month-old always cried during baths, I thought she was the only baby who hated bathtime! I bought these sponges because she has cradle cap and wanted something soft enough to use on her head but strong enough that it’ll get rid of the cradle cap. Well, I ended up using the sponge on her whole body and this was the first time she enjoyed bath time! I think she didn’t like the feel of the rags I was using but likes the sponges instead. This was definitely worth buying!"—Angie

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three styles).

    15. Polarized WeeFarers sunglasses, which will protect their baby's eyes from the harsh sun while also ensuring they'll look like Tom Cruise in Risky Business (which is just as important!).

    a toddler wearing sunglasses
    a baby wearing weefarer sunglasses
    Amazon, Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    I "splurged" on these for my little one and have zero regrets! He, shockingly, doesn't mind wearing them at all and he looks so freakin' cute in them I can't help but take a million photos anytime he has them on. I love that you can register them and if something happens to them within your first year of owning them you'll be able to get a replacement.

    Promising review: "We love these! I can’t even believe my 3-month-old doesn’t try to pull them off, but apparently he finds them comfortable enough to just leave them. We get so many compliments when he has them on and people love the play on the classic Ray Bans Wayfarers and the 'WeeFarer' name. Best of all, I can rest assured that his little eyes are protected. The little strap is great to keep them in place. We will definitely be buying the next size up when he grows out of these." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in 4 sizes and 10 styles).

    16. FridaBaby's Baby Basics Kit, complete with all the odds and ends they'll need to unclog their tyke's stuffy nose, trim their nails, help them pass gas, and keep their skin nice 'n' soft. 

    the baby basics kit
    the various items that come in the kit

    I'm going to be honest and let you know that, despite going through pregnancy and birth, I absolutely cannot handle the snot sucking tool. I gag and have to leave the room every time my husband uses it on our son. That being said, it does *exactly* what it's supposed to do — as does every item in this set! I would be nothing without the SnipperClipper! This kit definitely a must-have for all parents.

    Promising review: "If you are looking for a great baby shower gift look no further. This kit has been a life saver when it has come to my newborn. As far as the product 'Windi' is concerned, I thought wow I will never use this. Now I think the fart straw is the most handy product on the market with my colicky gassy baby. The head scrubber gently exfoliates. The snot sucker is way nicer than a bulb syringe. I have used every product in the kit and my son is still only 6 weeks old." —SP

    Get it from Amazon for $34.98.

    17. A baby nail trimmer that'll gently file down their surprisingly sharp lil' claws without your pal having to worry about cutting them too short — a truly frightening task for new parents.

    a reviewer filing their baby's nails
    the nail file tool set

    For the first few months of my son's life I used this tool regularly (before I moved onto actual nail clippers). It's fantastic, very gentle, easy to use, and didn't wake my little one as I filed down his nails while he napped in my lap. I even changed the head to one of the more rigid ones and used it on my own nails! It's a great product any parent will be happy to have in their line-up. 

    Promising review: "My 2-month-old baby girl smiled throughout her 'manicure' with this nail file — no tears! Much easier than clipping her nails. There are different files and speeds so you can choose what’s right for your child. It is easy to use and change the files on and off. This is a must-have for new moms! Will be recommending this to all my friends and family for their children." —Steve Benson

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in six colors).

    18. A chewable controller-shaped teething toy for gamers who want to show their mini-me what it's like to get their hands (and gums) on a controller for the first time.

    an array of rubberized controller teethers
    BabyGlitch / Via

    BabyGlitch is a small business that makes adorable BPA-free, food grade silicone controller-shaped teethers. They create controllers inspired by various gaming systems that would be too-cute for your kiddo and as gifts for fellow gamers.

    Get them from BabyGlitch: the revolution controller teether (inspired by the N64 controller) for $19.99 and the new gen controller (inspired by the Sega Genesis controller) for $19.99.

    19. A cradle cap comb that'll remove dry skin from baby's scalp so gently they won't even notice — shoutout to the soft rubber bristles on this comb.

    My son had a few areas of cradle cap on his head that was, honestly, pretty gross. I used a gentle shampoo, a wash cloth, and this brush to remove it painlessly while he was in the bath. He didn't even squirm he just let me repeat the process three times until all the cradle cap was gone. The thin comb was so essential to the process and quickly removed all the flakes.

    Promising review: "The pictures posted here are legit. It makes removal so much easier and gives more consistent removal than my previous method of washcloths or just scratching the cradle cap off with my fingernails. It’s amazing and gross and wonderful. My babe doesn’t even flinch when I spend 10 minutes clearing his scalp of all the goo. It seems to be soothing to him. I just apply baby shampoo, then brush a little with the blue brush. Then I slowly start to comb in sections all in one direction. Then I go back and forth in multiple directions. It’s shocking the amount of dead skin that comes off. I’ve even used it successfully in his eyebrows (he gets some cradle cap there, too). This is a KEEPER!" —ZMomUtah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    20. A simple Graco swing that'll carefully sway baby from side to side so their parent can hopefully put them down for a little and actually get some laundry done (imagine???).

    a gray swing with a star mobile above it
    a baby in the graco swing
    Amazon, Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    While there are heavily praised high-tech swings on the market, there's a chance your baby might not be interested in all of that fuss! I was lucky enough to test out one of the more advanced swings, and guess what? My son hated it. However, this simple Graco swing has been my absolute saving grace. It's basically the only place my son will calm down and relax (he's VERY energetic and always on the move). The simple swaying (paired with his favorite movie, Encanto) ensures that I'll get a bit of peace to tackle other things around the house that need to be done. He's often distracted by the stars that swing above him (though note that it is not a spinning mobile) and will spend quite a bit of time trying to reach them. Whatever works, amiright?

    Promising review: "This swing saved my life! I couldn't put my baby anywhere or in anything without him waking up 10 minutes later. I was getting so tired and couldn't get anything done around the house... until I bought this swing! He loves being in it whether he's asleep or awake. I also like that it plugs into the wall so you don't ever have to worry about batteries going dead. I've had it for about a month now and it's still going strong. I highly recommend this swing!" —Lyndsey Parker

    Get it from Amazon for $109.97 (available in two styles).

    21. A Hatch Rest+ Baby Sound Machine to act as a two-way audio monitor, a night-light, a white noise machine, and alarm clock, and a sleep trainer. Fingers crossed your buddy and their kiddo will get some sleep this decade with the help of this gadget!

    a mother cradling a baby in the background with the hatch gadget on a table in front of them

    I have both a Hatch+ and a Hatch Restore and they’ve both been essential to my baby’s nighttime routine. We keep the Hatch+ in our bedroom and the Hatch Restore in my son’s room. 

    I love that I can control both the lighting and sound of the devices on my phone with Hatch’s easy-to-use app. My husband typically gives the baby a bottle before bedtime in his room, while he’s doing that I turn on the “rain sounds” that we’ve been using as white noise for our little one. However, the most helpful feature on both devices is the ability to adjust how bright the light is. We’re still getting up for middle of the night feedings and diaper changes so it’s been invaluable to be able to raise the light a bit when doing so but then be able to quickly lower it once the baby has settled back into sleep. It’s also not a harsh light and has a bunch of different color options so it’s been easy enough to find a brightness that suits our needs.

    The Hatch+ is ideal for parents as it also has a sound monitor option. For the hour or so Noah (my baby) used to sleep in a bassinet in our room before my husband and I got into bed, I was able to listen in and hear if he was fussing, crying, etc. We were also able to set it to a specific program so the light/sounds turn off on their own in the morning (one less thing for us to think about). 

    Promising review: "My favorite feature about this product is that I can control everything through my phone. If I'm in a different room in the house, but I want the nursery to play birds chirping for the baby, I can do that through my phone. The audio baby monitor works very well and the speaker quality through the Hatch is terrific. I also love that it's travel-friendly, so we use this baby monitor whenever we're on the go. Lastly, the night-light is perfect when I'm changing the baby's diaper at 3 a.m. or during a middle-of-the-night feeding." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    22. A Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor, which uses patented sensor fusion technology to track baby's vitals and nursery conditions. We really are living in the future.

    all the pieces of monitor kit
    the miku camera over a crib
    Amazon, Amazon

    It also tracks your baby's breathing and sleeping patterns, plays sleep sounds and lullabies, and allows you to talk to them through a two-way microphone. This is the monitor I use in my son's room and I have been nothing but impressed with it. I love that I can pull it up on my phone at anytime in the night, that it shows his breathing in real time, and that it isn't an eyesore in his room. It also has a fun feature that lets you snap a screenshot of your baby when they're on camera — trust me, you'll find them in many silly poses you just might want to capture.

    Promising review: "This monitor is great! I'm so happy that I got it! The monitor was highly recommended by a number of friends I was hesitant with the price, but it is 100% worth it. After ordering, it came very quickly, and was packaged nicely. I was so excited to unbox it. It was very easy to set up, and I had no issues connecting it to my internet. I was nervous about this, as many reviews mention it being challenging. The picture quality is very strong, even in night mode. I look forward to using it more, and the peace of mind that it will give me while my baby sleeps." —Stephanie Lawley

    Get it from Amazon for $399.

    23. A mug warmer to keep on their nightstand so they can continue to sip on hot tea even if they completely forgot about it while tending to their fussy little one.