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    Updated on Apr 24, 2019. Posted on Feb 16, 2019

    40 Of The Best Baby Shower Gifts, According To Parents

    *Shower* your baby-having pals in gifts you can be sure they'll love.

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    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best baby shower gifts they got. Here are the cute and practical results:

    1. A Rock 'n Play, because I really can't overstate how much people rave about this thing — babies love it, and it's amazing at soothing them in their first months.

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    "All hail the Rock 'n Play! Seriously the best thing I ever got." —ptyram7

    "My daughter slept in it the first six weeks of her life. She slept way better in this than a normal bassinet and it’s great to keep them elevated if they have a stuffy nose." —melissaw23

    Just note that while many people put their babies to sleep in the Rock 'n Play, it's not approved for unsupervised, overnight sleep. Always be sure to use the included restraints, and don't use it after the baby has learned to roll over.

    Get it from Amazon for $55.99+ (available in four colors).

    This description has been updated to clarify the product’s intended usage.

    2. A Ewan the Dream Sheep that makes soothing noises to lull the baby off to sleep. It might just be the thing that gets them a full night's rest during those first few months.

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    "He's a teddy that makes noises similar to what a baby hears in the womb. My children now have one each. It was great for getting them off to sleep as newborns. My eldest is five and still goes to sleep with his!" —r4c9c30079

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

    3. A selection of favorite books from friends and family with personalized notes for their baby, so they can build a library and be reminded of everyone who loves and supports them.

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    "My husband and I just had our baby shower this past weekend. We asked people to bring books in lieu of greeting cards and to write a note inside the book for our daughter. We got so many books to start her library and the notes people wrote to her will be something we always treasure and will be great words of encouragement to our daughter as she grows. Knowing she's loved and wished a bright future by so many people will help her grow into a strong little lady." —donnaj4bb02ea5a

    "We had everyone bring their favorite children's book. Everyone wrote a note in the front or the back, listing whose favorite book it was and who it was from. We got books for infant to toddler to first readers, and my child now knows all of the people who gave him the books. It's a lovely connection for everyone." —hilaryrcarson

    Get Blue Hat, Green Hat (my personal favorite when my little brothers were small) from Amazon for $5.28, and Goodnight Moon, also from Amazon, for $7.19.

    4. A bum brush, because while it might seem a little silly — it's a butt spatula! — it'll save their hands from being permanently covered in diaper cream. That stuff is specifically designed to not come off your skin, y'all.

    Amazon

    "My sister laughed at me using it. 'I just used my fingers. Works the same!' No, it's so much better! Easier to clean off, easy to just put aside when you have a wiggly child, smooth, even layer of coverage. So nice!" —careyanneg

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in six colors, two brush and carrying case multi-packs, and nine brush and mini-brush duos).

    5. A Puj infant bathtub that's compact, foldable, and will fit in basically any sink. They can use it to take the baby on vacation, or (more likely) just use it in whatever sink in their house isn't currently full of dirty dishes.

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    "It fits right into the sink and doesn’t take up much room." —mandyciampa

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    6. A gift card to their local pizza spot because, let's be real, no one's gonna be cooking anything with a new baby. Plus, they can pick out what they actually like, and they won't have to deal with a weird casserole taking up freezer space.

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    "Gift cards for our local pizza place, because... obviously." —Jennifer Chua, Facebook

    Get a $20 Domino's gift card from Amazon for $20.

    7. A Mom's One Line A Day Journal to help them take a few minutes each day to store some precious memories of their little one's first years.

    Amazon

    "So wonderful to see how he changes from year to year. It's a five year journal and is truly just a couple of sentences as to how you spent the day, milestones, etc." —swirl5335

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. A Nose Frida that might make them go "Ew!" initially, but when their baby has a cold they'll suck it up (*wink*) and be forever grateful for this lil' guy.

    Amazon

    "By far the most useful thing we got. My first reaction was to be squicked out by it, but man, that thing was AMAZING. And oddly, quite satisfying. Seeing all the gunk come out and knowing my baby was going to be able to breathe better. But also, so gross. LOL." —bboodle

    "I never thought I was going to use it until my infant got a nasty cold a two months old. I was so grossed out by sucking out my son’s snot, but my my baby felt 100% better. I still think it’s gross and give one to all my new moms." —bethanync09

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+.

    9. A Boppy, because it's so much more than a breastfeeding pillow. It'll give them a safe place to let baby lounge, plus pets and older kids love it too!

    Amazon

    "My son still uses his and he’s nine years old! He and his eleven year old brother were fighting over it today. It’s perfect to go around your neck when watching TV." —stephaniev23

    "I still use it. My daughter is two and I'll put her on it to change her diaper. Also my pug likes to sleep in it." —leighshivers36

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98.

    10. An Ubbi diaper pail designed with a stainless steel exterior that'll actually lock in stinky diaper smells.

    Amazon

    Unlike other diaper pails, the Ubbi works with any kind of garbage bags, so you don't have to worry about the ongoing expense of specialty bags. It's easy to open for adults, but has a child safety lock to prevent any used diaper fiascos.

    "Sounds boring but it works SO WELL and it is the Best. Thing. Ever. Especially if your son’s favorite baby food ends up being broccoli." —greydawning

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in 16 colors).

    11. A deck of contrast cards their baby will actually be able to see, even when their eyes are still developing.

    Amazon

    "Apparently newborns have really poor eyesight for the first few months. My mother-in-law sent us this set when our daughter was a couple days old. A month in and it’s easily one of the top toys we grab when trying to calm her down." —mkpetrilli

    Get them from Amazon for $10.95.

    12. A Baby Brezza formula maker so they can have perfectly made, warmed bottles in less than a minute. This will save their lives during middle of the night feedings, guaranteed.

    Amazon

    The Baby Brezza can make bottles from 2-10 ounces, in three different temperature settings, and is compatible with all bottle types and virtually all formulas — all at the push of a button.

    "This was awesome! I breastfed for the first four months but after going back to work we switched to formula. We received a Baby Brezza and decided to finally open it. It adds formula and warm water to make a bottle, it's like a baby Keurig! I know making a bottle isn't too hard but at 3:00 a.m. in the dark, all I have to do is press a button." —teamashley

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    13. A foldable high chair because the kid's gotta eat, and they'll be glad to have this on hand for all kinds of travel scenarios.

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    This is really similar to a traditional camping chair — it's lightweight, folds up for easy transport, and comes with a carrying case. It can be easily wiped down with water, and has a five-point harness so the baby can't fall out.

    "We didn't have it on our registry — I have never even seen these before but my mother-in-law got it for us and it is seriously the best. It has plastic lining on the tray so wipes clean really easily and it folds up just like a camping chair. We use this whenever we go on a day trip, at the park, drive-in movies, camping, or at friend's houses who don't have kids. Our daughter is almost two and she still fits in it. We just keep it in the trunk of the car so it is always ready to go. I love this and it will be a go to gift for any future babies!" —marybethking2015

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in 13 colors).

    14. A sleep sack to keep their baby warm and secure, without the hassle of trying to swaddle a wiggly infant.

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    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in four colors, two sizes, and three warmth levels).

    15. A subscription to Highlights Hello magazine that's specifically designed to be sturdy for smaller kids. This is definitely a gift Gallant (not a Goofus) would give.

    Amazon

    "It was a unique gift, and one that my daughter (now three) is still excited to receive each month. They're geared toward milestones, are virtually indestructible, and are small and easy to pack for traveling. Def one of our favorite gifts." —rhiannonberkemeiers

    Get a 12-month subscription from Amazon for $29.99.

    16. Diapers, diapers, diapers! They're gonna need 'em, and in more than just newborn sizes.

    Amazon

    "But coming in as clutch every time were diapers in different sizes. On the advice of a friend I registered for a bunch of diapers in different sizes (I always opted for the fanciest, sensitive skin ones) and my boy seems to grow overnight and outgrow the diapers we'd JUST used but we didn't have to worry because there was another box a size up waiting for him! And he has sensitive skin (like both his parents) so always go for sensitive skin stuffs!" —saritam

    Get an 80-count box from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes Newborn-4).

    17. Or a set of cloth diapers, because even if they end up realizing cloth diapering is too much of a hassle after about a week and a half, the cloths themselves can still be used for a ton of things around the house.

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    "Cloth diapers. They were pretty cheap and worked amazingly well as burp cloths. They did shrink a little but were just as absorbent." —greenveep

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $35.95.

    18. A Baby Shusher that'll soothe their baby so much more effectively than basically anything else. They won't be able to shhhhhhhhut up about it.

    Amazon

    Unlike a traditional white noise machine, the Baby Shusher more closely mimics the rhythmic sound of a real human shushing. It's safe to use in a crib, the volume is adjustable, and it can be set to make noise for 15 or 30 minute intervals.

    "I have to recommend the Baby Shusher. It wasn't even on my registry! I'm thankful for the knowledgeable mom who bought it for me. My son is two years old and we still use it every night." —bethd4e077663b

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    19. A house cleaning service because they definitely aren't gonna be up to it, but they'll appreciate being able to have a tidy house.

    Amazon

    "My sweet friend gifted me two full house cleaning vouchers. Keeping up with chores is so hard in those first few weeks and months, so to have her come and clean my house from top to bottom while I napped with the baby or nursed was amazing!" —heythereal

    You can book a local house cleaner through Amazon, starting at $57.71 for two hours of cleaning.

    20. A Baby Einstein musical toy that's one of the few sound-making toys a parent won't want to "accidentally" lose.

    Amazon

    This toy has seven classical melodies from composers like Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin and Rossini. The button is easy to push, which is perfect for babies, and the volume is adjustable, which is perfect for parents.

    "My kid loved this toy since he was a month old. It’s not too loud, the lights are not too flashy and the batteries last quite some time too. My kid LOVED it. We carried it everywhere and still do. The music is quite pleasant and it’s classical music. Definitely recommend it for every baby." —loonygirl

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    21. A My Brest Friend nursing pillow so they can hold the baby more comfortably whether they're breastfeeding, having a bottle, or just hanging out (don't judge — your arms get tired!)

    Amazon

    "It legit saved me. It Velcros around your midsection so it can’t shift (and is fully adjustable for all sizes of bellies!), it has lumbar support, it has a little bump almost like support for your baby so they don’t slide back, AND IT HAS A POCKET. No joke, I barely took it off for the first six months. I used it all the time, not just for nursing (would work for bottle feeding mamas just as well) but also just for holding my baby. My baby never wanted to be put down and in those first few months she would sleep flat on her back on this pillow because it’s so wide. You can buy extra covers too and they have really soft ones. I can’t say enough about it. I even bought a second one to keep in my car and I took it everywhere I went. Highly recommend." —laurenk486b7dddf

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in 18 patterns).

    22. A pack of nursing tanks that they can wear with or without a shirt on top for more comfort and versatility than a standard nursing bra.

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    "I LIVE in them! I can just throw on any pair of pants and a sweater and look perfectly presentable while maintaining super easy access for breastfeeding! AND they provide good support for my postpartum tummy, unlike nursing bras." —daniellet4a096c9f4

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $38.99 (available in sizes S-2XL and six different colors).

    23. Baby clothes, but in sizes that aren't just for newborns. Those itty bitty clothes are frickin' adorable, but babies aren't actually super tiny for all that long.

    Amazon

    "We got more newborn clothes than we ever could have used, but got almost nothing in size three months and up. The newborn clothes are the cutest, I get it, but they only fit for such a short time!" —daniradden

    Get this six-piece bodysuit and pants set from Amazon for $22.99 (available in sizes Newborn-24 months).

    24. A baby dome for a cute nap or play spot they can easily fold up and take just about anywhere.

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    kellyb53

    This baby dome can be used indoors or outdoors — the canopy blocks out sun and bugs — and it folds completely flat for easy transportation. Amazon reviewers compare it to a mini Pack 'n Play ($55 on Amazon), and it can be used for a lot of the same functions, like sleeping, playtime, or changing, all in while taking up a lot less floor space.

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in four patterns).

    25. A set of plastic totes so they can store all the gifts and supplies they don't need in the moment, but know they'll want to keep safe and secure for later.

    Amazon

    "To store clothes and toys that the baby didn’t fit into yet or toys she wasn’t ready for. Then they went into the closet. They were great!" —erink41adbbc20

    Get a pack of six totes for $42.89.

    26. A baby wrap for hands-free baby carrying on the go, without having to drag along a bulky traditional carrier.

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    This baby carrier is basically a long strip of fabric that you can tie securely to use as a carrier. It's adjustable for many sizes of parents and babies, and can also be tied in half to use as a sling.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95+ (available in eight colors).

    27. A baby medicine kit so they won't have to make a frantic run to the drugstore the first time baby has the sniffles.

    Amazon

    "A fully stocked baby medicine cabinet (including all the essentials: fancy thermometer, boogie wipes, cough meds, Tylenol and Motrin, etc) with a medicine dosage chart by weight. It came in such handy when my little one got sick for the first time." —sadieb4e0314416

    There are plenty of different things you could put in a kit like this, but here's a starter idea (everything linked is from Amazon):

    — Forehead and ear thermometer ($17)

    — Boogie Wipes ($10 for three packs)

    — Infant cough medicine ($7)

    — Baby Tylenol ($8)

    — A cute bag to put 'em all in ($12).

    28. A baby bouncer perfect for little ones who need bouncing to calm down, but can't be in a parent's arms 24/7. Plus, it doesn't need batteries or a plug, so they can take it just about anywhere.

    Amazon

    "If you have a baby who ONLY likes to be comforted by bouncing, you’ll want this. It saved me hours of endless bouncing on a exercise ball." —megtillie31

    Get it from Amazon for $168.99+ (available in seven colors).

    29. An upholstery cleaner because, let's be real, babies are messy. And they only get messier when they turn into kids and teenagers.

    Amazon

    More than 1,000 Amazon reviewers love this Bissell Little Green cleaner — it's lightweight, will clean stains on carpet, upholstery, car interiors, and more, and it's super powerful and easy to store. It's basically a stain-removing miracle worker!

    "It’s great for cleaning the messes on the couch, rug and even my car. I’ve already had to clean my couch so many times!" —ange2386

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    30. A postpartum recovery kit to make sure that the person who, y'know, actually gave birth doesn't get lost in all the fuss around the new baby.

    Amazon

    "The best present I got when my son was born were a few pairs of really comfortable undies along with woman's pads, that helped me through those first 30 days. We always think of the newborn but mamas need things too." —marquezamayrani93

    "Nothing that had to do with baby — all the things I needed for my own postpartum recovery! Things like extra large pads (or adult diapers), stool softener, laxatives, pain meds, and some large, really comfy undies! Mama needs to be taken care of, too!" —kanielsen0829

    This is another kit you can easily customize, but here are some suggestions (again, all from Amazon):

    — A five-pack of postpartum underwear ($23, available in sizes S-3XL and seven color sets)

    — Extra-heavy overnight pads ($18)

    — Stool softener ($15)

    — A 400-count bottle of extra-strength pain reliever ($17)

    31. A set of nipple shields that'll make the transition to breastfeeding so much easier for first-time parents.

    Amazon

    "A couple days after I gave birth, my milk came in hard. Trying to breastfeed was like trying to get a basketball in her mouth. I was about to give up when I grabbed the nipple shields and they worked. Instantly my baby got milk. They're like a bottle nipple that goes over your nipple and then the baby sucks on that, which sucks the milk out of the breast, and it all becomes much easier, every one calms down and relaxes, and after a few days the milk supply normalizes and you can stop using them." —c47a3ff6ce

    Get a two-pack of nipple shields with a carrying case from Amazon for $8.22 (available in two sizes).

    32. A wipe warmer, because changing a diaper should really be as easy and pleasant a process as possible for everyone involved.

    Amazon

    "The warm wipes were great because she never got that cold shock during diaper changes so she was pretty cooperative... for a while." —michellex2plus

    Get it from Amazon for $27.92.

    33. A hospital kit with essentials that they'll definitely appreciate. Anything to avoid the overpriced gift shop and canteen food.

    Amazon

    "My aunt got me a basket for the hospital. It included snacks, drinks, socks, gum, magazines, a book, travel toiletries for myself and husband, new baby outfit, washcloths, and a number of other items. The snacks were perfect in the middle of the night, toiletries made me feel like a human, and the gum helped to not offend others with my super heavy breathing breath." —betsya46b5b02e2

    Lotsa customization options here as well (all from Amazon):

    — A cute duffel bag ($22, available in 22 patterns)

    — Variety snacks ($20)

    — Gum ($6)

    — Socks ($10 for five pairs)

    — A travel toiletry kit ($10)

    — A Kindle Unlimited subscription (Free for the first 30 days)

    34. A UV sterilizer that'll disinfect bottles, pacifiers, toys, phones, and so much more.

    Amazon

    This sterilizer is spendy, but people love it because it can eliminate 99.9% of harmful bacteria on just about any surface. It can dry and sterilize bottles in one simple step, and the drying and sterilizing functions can also be used on their own, for use on phones, stuffed animals, and more. If you use it to store supplies, it will automatically sterilize every two hours, so you can be sure everything is as clean as it can possibly be.

    "I swear by it! And, aside from baby bottles, you can also sterilize toys, gadgets, clothes, utensils, etc. It’s that one baby gadget that you can still use around the house even when your baby becomes a toddler." —mrsalmario

    Get it from Amazon for $279.99.

    35. A Windi that, look, they're not going to want to use. But when they need it, they'll be incredibly grateful that they had it.

    Amazon

    In polite terms, the Windi is a medication-free way to help a gassy baby. To get real with you, it's a small hollow tube that you can insert into a baby's bottom to instantly release the gas. It reaches far enough to get past the muscle that prevents the release of gas, but it has a stopper so you can't go in too far and accidentally hurt the baby. Amazon reviewers (more than 1,000 of whom gave this gadget five stars!) recommend using a little coconut oil on the tip, and keeping a diaper close at hand to catch the, um... poop explosion that's likely to result.

    "We had some very gassy babies and these worked great to get their gas out and give them relief and no medication needed. It's an odd concept but it works." —teamashley

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $15.99.

    36. A pack of dry shampoo, because it's absolutely gonna come in handy, and probably sooner than the new parents realize.

    Amazon

    Batiste is a cult favorite, but I happen to prefer Not Your Mother's — I find it leaves less of the dreaded white residue, and has a better scent. Plus, it's just fun wordplay to give to a friend who's about to become a parent. It'll help remind them that they're not a regular mom, they're a cool mom.

    "Showers are like vacations now so I rely heavily on dry shampoo. It’s amazing what people who have been mothers will get you." —lindsc

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.24.

    37. A diaper changing pad perfect for any time they take the baby on the go.

    Amazon

    This changing pad is waterproof, has a cushion for their baby's head, three separate storage pockets, and easy to open Velcro fastenings.

    "I got this travel diaper changing pad, and it's been a lifesaver. Easy to clean, easy to pack, and folds up with one hand! I don't go anywhere without it." —tayloralyssab

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    38. A convertible stroller that's definitely a splurge, but will make the daunting task of leaving the house with baby as easy as pie.

    Amazon

    This travel system comes with the stroller, car seat, base, and bassinet. They're all easy to set up and interchange in a snap (literally!) which will make traveling super easy. The stroller is also super smooth, so even if they're walking on bumpy streets, the baby shouldn't be disturbed.

    "It makes taking the baby anywhere a breeze. The car seat comes with a base that stays installed in your car, so there’s no fighting seatbelts (helpful in the cold winters) or wondering if the car seat is installed correctly each time you remove the seat. (Note: the seat can be installed without the base if you’re traveling or using a different car) We can get the baby strapped into the seat inside the house and then it just clicks into the base in the car. Then, at your destination, the car seat just clicks into the stroller — no need to wake a sleeping baby. The bassinet clicks in the same, easy way, turning the stroller into an adorable pram. It’s also approved for sleeping overnight, which makes it great for trips without having to worry about a crib, especially with the new safety standards." —erinr4d0ee2317

    Get it from Amazon for $1,199.98+ (available in six colors).

    39. A set of velcro swaddlers to securely wrap up the baby for sleeping, without the struggle of trying to make sure a regular blanket won't come undone in the middle of the night.

    Amazon

    "In theory wrapping a baby in a blanket should be easy but they wiggle and kick a lot. The velcro is a safe alternative to regular blankets. We used them for two babies so far and they both slept through the night nice and snug as early as five weeks old." —steffyy99

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $21.99.

    40. A bottle of Mommy's Bliss gripe water that might sound like an off-color joke, but that'll actually help relieve some of their baby's stomach discomfort.

    Amazon

    woodash

    These drops contain organic fennel and ginger, and can help settle a baby's gastrointestinal issues gently and without medication.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.70.

    This baby's about to be geared up like a boss.

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