When I think of baby showers, sweet little pink and blue petit fours, a mom glowing with her growing belly, and adorable gifts overflowing on a table immediately come to mind. My mind then drifts off to the fun part–picking out the perfect gift for the baby and mom-to-be.
What are good gifts to give at a baby shower? What gifts are both sentimental and will last beyond the first month of motherhood? What gifts will help the baby learn and develop?
As a mom of three and gift-giving enthusiast, I am here to help! I am spilling the beans on
three of my favorite baby shower gifts to give. These three gifts are sure to not only bring a smile to the mom-to-be’s face at the baby shower but also bring a smile to her face every time she uses them with her little one.
Here are three of the ultimate gifts to give at a baby shower:
If you are looking for that special gift that you can personalize for the new baby that’s on the way, the LeapFrog® My Pal Violet Smarty Paws™ and the LeapFrog® My Pal Scout Smarty Paws™ are the perfect gifts. These smart stuffed animals can be programmed by you beforehand, while they are still in the box, with the new baby’s name. When the ears or paws are pressed, Violet or Scout will share songs, lullabies, and activities–many of them incorporating the child’s name. They are sweet stuffed animals for a baby, but also great toys that will grow with them as they get older and start learning to count, spell their name and learn about the world around them. These are toys that my 2-year-old and 5-year-old both still love. Their faces always light up when they hear the stuffed dogs say their name!
For a mom, who may have a toddler or other children at home, the VTech® 7-in-1 Senses & Stages Developmental Gym™ is the ultimate gift. This activity mat will not only keep the new baby busy and curious from the newborn stage all the way up to 2-years-old, but it will provide mom with the perfect spot to set the baby when she may need to tend to his or her siblings. When I had my second and third child, an activity gym was one of the most used items in our living room for the first year.
This activity gym is particularly unique because it grows with the child. As they reach new milestones, it can be used differently. It even comes with a handy developmental guide that walks you through the different stages. From tummy time to kicking practice, to seated play, and eventually a ball pit, this activity gym is truly an all-in-one gift. This gift includes everything from the tummy time pillow to the colorful balls, to the xylophone. Just add a card and a bow and you are ready for gifting!
If you’re on the hunt for an adorable gift that is also practical, try the VTech® Tummy Time Discovery Pillow™. This darling, soft giraffe may look like a fun stuffed animal, which it is, but it also is a tool that helps to strengthen a new baby’s neck muscles and helps to prepare them to be able to sit. The giraffe is made up of different textures that add the perfect sensory element to tummy time. And the included light-up piano, mirror, and rattle can be taken off and used individually on the go. It’s kind of like having four gifts in one!
Baby showers are always such joyful celebrations. Skip the usual newborn onesies and opt for one of these three gift ideas instead! My favorite way to wrap these gifts is with pastel paper, topped with a silky bow and a little mini bottle of champagne for the mom-to-be. Something that will remind her that you’re thinking of her too.
Mandy Roberson is a certified childbirth educator, mom of 3 and founder of Momma Society--the community for modern moms. She loves holidays and making memories with her children. In her free time, you will find her crafting and creating fun printables for Magic Playbook--a monthly digital subscription for moms.