A Multitude of Gift Ideas for Expectant Parents

The mother-to-be may be your favorite cousin, a great friend, or a work colleague. No matter what her title, buying the right gift for her is always a difficult decision. Not all parents offer the name of the baby’s sex; instead, you may feel just as overwhelmed as the parents. To help ease your mind, here is a practical list of baby shower gifts.

Rock and Play Sleeper

This multi-function item is a must-have for new parents. It can serve as a bassinet, a rocker, and a safe place to contain the baby. Parents will enjoy the ease of folding and transporting it anywhere. The hammock’s slight incline allows newborns to sleep easily in a position they already know well. (While it is very inexpensive, this item could replace the need for a pack-and-play and bouncer chair.)


One of the most acclaimed and useful items is the Boppy Pillow. Worn around the waist, it is a comfortable pillow to aid in feeding the baby, whether from the breast or with a bottle. If you purchase the pillow, you can also buy a secondary cover.


Repetitious sounds, such as a babbling brook or soft melodic instrumental music would be a wonderful gift for the whole family. A small boom box would make the gift complete. Add a few words on a card explaining how the music will encourage the family of three to sleep soundly.

Additionally, you can find stuffed animals that have the ability to play 25 to 45-minute intervals of “white noise” tracks. With a Velcro tab, these stuffed animals are safe for baby and can be easily attached to a car seat, stroller, or crib.


Beyond the nightlight, there are wonderful opportunities to encourage sleep for infants through toddlerhood.   Look for items which project stars or shapes onto the ceiling. One item is a “Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier,” which is a “cool” way to proactively help children fight congestion and sickness. (Parents will thank you, later!)

Tip: One warning: Test the light beforehand or read reviews carefully. Some lights are blinding, and should not be given to young children.

A Bag of Essentials

One unique gift is a bag of essential, themed items.

  • “On-the-Go” could be a thick blanket, a few receiving blankets, bibs, a toy, a package of baby wipes, diapers, and a few onesies (of varying sizes) in a canvas box. (This would be a great emergency box kept in the car.)
  • “Bath Goodies” could include a plastic pitcher, small washcloths, lavender bath soap, shampoo, a fluffy bath towel, and a small bag of bath toys.
  • “Cheers!” may include glass bottles, a drying rack, bibs, sippy cups, and little additions, such as pacifiers and teething rings.
  • “Sweet Dreams” is a creative theme. Consider assembling lavender lotion with a thick, fluffy blanket, a baby Swaddle wrap or Sleep Sacks, and a soothing musical toy.

Books and Toys

Roughly, four months after the baby is born, he or she will be sitting up and anxious to play with something tangible; therefore, think about educational toys with moving parts such as wheels, beads, board books, or music.

Picture books may appear fragile at first, but in time, the titles such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, The Yawn Heard ‘Round the World by Scott Thomas, Go Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman, or In a People House by Dr. Seuss could become family favorites!

Consignment Stores

In buying items from a local consignment store, add the store card to the gift. New moms and dads will discover they need a suggestion to find all the necessary, good-quality items at affordable pricing.

Gift Cards

With so many gifts for the new arrival, it is perfectly acceptable to think of pampering the parents with a gift card to a dinner out, an hour session at a local spa, a favorite clothing store (She’ll want to buy transition clothes or those to aid in nursing). Expectant parents don’t always know what they need, so your gift may be a saving grace when it is needed most!