The 20 best gifts new mamas don’t realize they need 🙌
Whether you're filling out your own registry or shopping for a soon-to-be-mama in your life, it can be hard to narrow down what exactly new moms need (versus what will just end up cluttering the nursery). That's why we've rounded up some of our favorite baby shower gifts to create a guide featuring everything from the gear you'll use over and over to the sweetest personalized baby gifts to perfect gifts under $50.
Check out the best gifts for new moms and happy shopping (and registering)!
MUST-HAVE BABY GEAR
These gift ideas are designed to make #momlife easier while solving some of the most common parenting dilemmas.
Motherly Timeless 5-in-1 Crib and Playhouse
The only bed you will ever need makes this item a Motherly Loves registry essential. This minimalist-style beauty begins its life as a standard-size crib with three height adjustments. Once your baby becomes a toddler, it can transform into a day bed, toddler bed or the sweetest playhouse that's perfect for dreaming and scheming. And when that phase ends? (Cue the waterworks!) It becomes a full-size bed complete with a headboard and footboard. It's truly the only bed you'll ever need to buy. The only decision left is which color—white or brushed fog?
Doona All-In-One Infant Car Seat/Stroller
One of the first things you learn when you become a mom? Those infant car seats are heavy. Which is what makes the Doona All-In-One Infant Car Seat/Stroller so genius. It's the world's first (and only!) completely integrated mobility solution, quickly transforming from safe car seat to functional stroller without any extra parts. Simply pop out the wheels, pull up the handlebar, and you're ready to roll.
Guava Lotus Travel Crib
Be it a sleepover at grandma's or a spontaneous nap when you're on the go, you never know when a playard will come in handy. That's what makes the Guava Lotus Travel Crib so perfect. The lightweight design is easy to bring along on your adventures (it folds small enough to fit into a backpack!) but still roomy enough for little ones to sleep and play comfortably. But the standout feature? A zippered side door that allows you to lay down beside them to nurse or snuggle!
Momkindness Carry All Tote Trio Diaper Bag
Any seasoned mom will tell you that the right diaper bag is key. The Momkindess Carry All Tote Trio not only holds everything you need during your travels with a brilliant 3-in-1 design that consists of a tote, organizer and removable diaper clutch (for when you just need the essentials!), it's also made from stylish and easy-to-clean glazed canvas—so you won't have to stress about the inevitable spills. And if you want to make it even more unique, check out their gorgeous woven straps that allow it to be carried as a shoulder bag or backpack.
Ergobaby Omni 360 All-Position Baby Carrier
Snuggle time that also keeps your hands free? That's a serious #momwin. The Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier lets you comfortably wear your little one (in five convenient positions) while keeping your hands open to accomplish whatever the day throws at you.
GIFTS THAT CAN BE PERSONALIZED
Even the most utilitarian gift feels a little more special with some personalization. Here are some of our favorite options that can be customized with baby's name or monogram.
You'll never forget the blanket you bring your newborn home in. And with Pottery Barn Kids' assortment of blankets, there's a wrap to suit every new mama's style. Choose from fuzzy neutral patterns or stylish printed options, and add baby's name for an extra personal touch. Prices start at $39.50
Monica + Andy Hospital Cuddle Box
Nothing says "Welcome home!" quite like a box of snuggly-soft essentials from Monica + Andy. Their organic cotton pieces are a go-to for new mama gifting and this well-stocked gift set is a top pick. It comes with two of their kimono-style tops, a pair of pants, a hat and a versatile blanket that can be embroidered with the newest addition's name or initials.
Bunnies by the Bay Plush Bunny
Every little one should have one heirloom stuffie. These first friends not only make the sweetest photo props, but have the potential to be loved for a lifetime. Bunnies by the Bay makes some of the most high-quality plush (and have for over thirty years!) and this little love can be personalized with a name stitched right into his soft, floppy ear.
Personalized Keepsake Library
From their hospital bracelet to that first lock of hair, there are so many baby keepsakes to cherish. This customizable cloth-covered organizer will keep all the most special things in one place for years to come.
Personalized State Birth Announcement
Nursery artwork, but make it personalized! We love this state pride design created and made by artist and mama Jill McDonald in Missouri.
Nursery Bunny Plush Rocker
This super-soft "fur" rocker brings the perfect mix of whimsy and style to the nursery. Your little one will love rocking as she gets older, and the available personalization will make it an instant heirloom. Prices start at $149
GIFTS UNDER $50
Sometimes the littlest gifts mean the most. Here are our favorite gifts under $50 they'll be sure to cherish.
The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama
Motherly's mama-centered guide doesn't just focus on what baby needs, but also coaches mama through the profound life changes to prepare for motherhood! This pregnancy book covers topics such as getting pregnant, giving birth, the fourth trimester and answers common questions about motherhood.
I Am Strong Bracelet
A powerful reminder she'll keep with her on the big day and always.
If you know, you know. Mamas have raved about Zutano's best-selling baby booties for decades. The simple design makes them the only ones in the entire world (ok, that may be an exaggeration, but still) that actually stay on their little Houdini feet. Over the years they've expanded the line to included various materials and sole designs and we seriously adore every single one.
Sophie the Giraffe
We may never fully understand babies' fascination with Sophie—but we're not questioning it either. This sweet teether is made from natural rubber and is sure to become a favorite toy.
Letters To My Baby
She doesn't have to be a writer in order to pen the sweetest letters to her baby-to-be. Each of these 12 fold and mail letters have a prompt to get started and together create a cherished account of the first few years.
Pipette Self-Care Body Ritual Set
She's likely amassed a pile of diaper creams and baby washes, but her skin can use a little extra pampering too. The To Mama, With Love box from Pipette is a self-care body ritual kit set that's designed with pregnant and postpartum mamas in mind. Inside she'll find body wash, body lotion and belly butter which are all made with clean, science-backed ingredients and a soothing dry brush to help her get that post-baby glow shining.
Fridababy Bitty Bundle of Joy Kit
Filled with lifesavers she never knew she needed, Fridababy's Bitty Bundle of Joy kit is the perfect starter collection of their all-natural fuss-busters. Gas? No problem. Snot? Got it! Sharp nails? Not anymore! It also includes their soothing Fridet Mom Washer for those first postpartum weeks.
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