A baby shower is a wonderful time for friends and family to get together and support a pregnant mum and their new baby to be.
Traditionally, a baby shower was a time for women to gather and share their motherly wisdom.
At this special event each guest was expected to bring along a gift for the glowing mother and the baby in waiting.
For those who are first time mums, it can be quite a daunting task trying to compile a list of what you will need and want when baby arrives. On the other hand, it is the guests that may struggle finding the perfect baby shower gift and one that no one else will bring along.
To make life easier on mum and her friends & family I have compiled a list of tried & tested mum and bub items that will surprise, delight and stand out from the rest.
These items make the perfect gift for a baby shower or a new baby gift.
1. The Gift of Sleep
One of the biggest pain points for new parents is lack of sleep and with Zazu’s Plush with Heartbeat Dex ($49.95) baby can be gently lulled to sleep.
With a gentle shake Dex starts playing your choice of womb sound with heartbeat, waterfall sound or 4 soothing melodies.
The in built Cry Sensor activates the soothing sounds when baby cries out. There is no need for Mum or Dad to get up when Dex is on duty!
The music switches off automatically after 10 minutes.
No need to switch ON the music, just shake and he will start playing the last chosen song.
Dex is so soft and cuddly that as bub grows he becomes a well loved BFF that provides comfort even during their waking hours.
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2. Baby Bean Bag
The KJ Essentials Deluxe Baby Bean Bag ($62.95) is a fairly new concept and tagged as a life saver by many new mums.
When filled with light weight beans bub can nestle comfortably into the super soft padded seat. Its unique design moulds around bubs body thus cradling delicate hips & back and also reducing the possibility of developing flat head.
I got my first baby bean bag was when my second child was 4 months and I loved it.
I could move the beans around inside so she could sit up comfortably after a feed or lie down to rest. I would bring it into the bathroom with me while I showered or outside while I garden.
She is now 6 years old and I have emptied out half the beans out and she still uses it to read in or watch shows on her ipad.
Available in top colours grey, pink, blue, white and mint.
3. Designer Nappy Bag
A mum needs a good nappy bag and every mum deserves a beautiful one.
The Robyn Convertible Backpack ($162.95) is Babymel’s versatile 4 way multi bag – you wear it as a backpack, a shoulder bag, a cross body or hand held with it’s easy to use convertible strap.
Lightweight yet durable, this sporty unisex design, in sleek faux leather boasts plenty of pockets to organise all baby’s essentials.
You will love the nice wide with secure double zipped closure which makes looking for that baby essential.
Stay super organised with six internal and external pockets for all your essentials, including one zipped pocket for added security.
The Robyn includes an Easy-Wipes pocket which has a dispenser slot for pulling wipes through, so you can easily grab a wipe without having to undo zips or dig through your bag – perfect for quick clean- ups on the go!
4. Sloth Sleeper
Sloths are hugely popular at the moment as they are one of the most adorable animals on the planet.
Skip Hop’s Cry Activated Soother Sloth ($89.95) soothes baby with sweet songs, nature sounds and your recorded voice—even in the middle of the night while you sleep!
This soft bedtime friend features an innovative cry-activated smart sensor that automatically responds to cries so baby and parents get a good night’s sleep.
With over 20 minutes of continuous play it can soother bub then switch off so they can rest in peace.
The inbuilt voice recorder allows parents and cares to pre-record bub’s favourite soothing sounds to play when bub needs it.
Easy to attach to the crib, it’s also a cinch to set and customise—a voice recording option lets mum and dad comfort baby no matter where they are.
As baby grows, it becomes a huggable friend for toddlers.
5. Plush Animal Play Mat
The KJ Essentials Plush Animal Play Mat ($64.95) is the perfect solution to finding a clean soft spot for bub to lie on.
From tummy time to resting time and play time, every mum wants to make sure her bundle of joy has a safe and comfortable surface to roll around on.
These ultra-soft and squishable mats are silky smooth against your baby’s skin, letting bub discover new and exciting textures.
Babies love the sensory exploration of the elephant’s big round belly, its squishy arms and its huggable soft head with trunk.
Older kids love to chill out on it to watch telly, read or enjoy screen time.
It’s large size means its perfect for bub to roll around on and will still be a great rug for resting, reading and relaxing when they are toddlers.
New mums love to take these play mats to Mother’s Group for bub to lie and play on. Use them at home on the tiled or hardwood floors as they have a clever non slip backing. Or use them in the Nursery as a super cute floor rug
6. The Ultimate Baby Bath
The Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3 Stage Bath ($74.95) is one of the smartest baby baths I have seen.
It comes with a removable mesh sling which comfortably holds your newborn in position while you bathe them.
The sling locks into two ergonomic positions: higher for full-body support and lower for seated support.
The slings adjusts to a cushioned seat that comfortably supports babies learning to sit.
Remove the sling when baby has mastered sitting and easily bathe baby in the spacious tub—no uncomfortable plastic bumps.
Not to mention it is in the shape of a whale!
7. The Gift of Play
This Scandi style Tiny Activity Toys Gift Set ($54.95) from Done by Deer is the perfect gift for a tiny human who has just entered the world.
This set of 3 baby toys for the newborn has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot design award for design and function. Each toy is designed to appeal to a certain stage and to stimulate baby motor skills and cognitive development:
The crocodile sensory rattle is for babies 2-4 months old when their motor skills are still quite erratic as it is very soft with tactile tabs and shapes for stimulation.
At 3-5 months the textured star teething rattle with its soft handle is ideal. Everything is explored via their mouths and the gums are starting to itch as teeth are starting to move through.
At 6 months old baby can explore with both hands and will enjoy testing the loops and the shaped handle of the circle toy.
8. Time Saving Formula Maker
With the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night Bottle Machine ($219.95) helps make bottle feeding a dream right around the clock.
Not only does it prep the perfect bottle in two minutes, it’s also sleep friendly with added features specifically designed to make night feeding so much easier.
Designed to use water straight from the tap with a unique, anti-bacterial filter system which removes bacteria and other contaminants from the water ensuring it is clean and safe.
The Perfect Prep dispenses an initial ‘hot shot’ of water at 70°c that kills any bacteria which may be present in the formula. It then dispenses the correct amount of cooler water for an accurate formula consistency delivered at body temperature. It is 10 x faster than a kettle, no more waiting for the water to boil then cool.
The digital display is simple to follow, making feeding time quick and easy. The perfect prep machine can also be used with most brands of bottle and formula.
9. Sleep Saver
Give the gift of sleep with the incredible Lulla Doll ($98).
Remarkably this is the only sleep aid on the market that plays a real life heartbeat and breathing for 8 hours continuously without the need for motion or sound activation..
Designed for preemies, babies, toddlers and beyond! Lulla has velcro straps to attach safely to a cot, until bub is old enough to cuddle Lulla.
This baby & toddle sleep aid imitates closeness to a caregiver at rest, with its soft feel of natural cotton and soothing sounds of real-life breathing and heartbeat.
Lulla plays for 8 hours to provide comfort all night long.
Lulla’s unique design is based on scientific research that shows how closeness, and especially the sounds of heartbeat and breathing can improve safety, sleep and well-being.
10. Designer Pram Caddy
The Vanchi Pram Caddy ($68.95) is one of the must have items for any mum that likes to get out and about with the pram in style.
Made with luxurious & versatile NU Leather it is so soft to touch.
The silver hardware and zippers throughout make this caddy stand out from the rest. Keep the inside clean with ease due to the water resistant lining.
I love that it’s big enough to fit everything you would normally put in a pram caddy plus the important things like a takeaway coffee.
You easily remove it from your pram and accessorise with the matching shoulder strap (purchased separately) and use it like a small shoulder bag.
Boasting a universal pram fit due to its easy fit loop and clip removable attachment system. The innovative design offers easy access and storage for drinks, keys, phones, and essentials
11. Baby Nest
The Done by Deer Cozy Nest ($119.95) will provide your baby with a safe feeling in the transition from mummy’s belly to sleeping in the crib.
It is perfect for your baby’s first sleep in bed, pram and cot.
Lightweight and portable it is the perfect accessory to take and about with .
With the Cozy Nest baby will always have a comfy and familiar place to rest at Mother’s Group, Play Group, their Grandparents house or anywhere you may go.
You can easily adjust the size of the Cozy Nest by pulling the strings and you are able to turn it inside out to get a new cool design.
The string stoppers assure safety approved string length.
So Ssssooze away little ones!
12. Baby Food Maker
If you are looking for a showpiece baby gift then look no further than the Beaba Babycook Neo in Navy ($379.95). The Neo comes with a glass bowl and a stainless-steel steam basket.
Babycook Neo’s four settings eliminate the need for pots, a blender and a microwave so that making baby food is as simple as possible.
Create everything from a fine purée to a chunkier purée and everything in between – the unique pulse-blend feature ensures that your baby is getting the correct consistency of baby food every step of the way.
The patented steam cooking system turns off automatically, so you never have to worry about watching over the Babycook or overcooking your baby’s food.
The Babycook® Neo makes up to 1 250 ml of food in a sleek, patented bench top appliance that steam cooks, blends and reheats/defrost all-in-one, in 15 minutes or less. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers, then simply defrost and reheat right in the Babycook® Neo.
Mum can even make soups, purees, steamed vegetables, sauces & more for the rest of the family.
13. In Sink Bather
Bathing your newborn can be a such a special moment between parent and child. With the Skip Hop Moby Skip Hop ($58) it can be easy too.
Perfectly sized to cradle newborns and infants, this plush and supportive sink bather is a must-have for baby’s first baths.
It is also a fantastic product for those households that don’t have a bath.
If you normally bath them in the sink this will make bath time so much for comfortable for bub.
With a soft terry surface and a padded whale tail to protect baby’s head, the cushioned design fits in bathroom and kitchen sinks to cradle infants for comfy and convenient bathing.
The mesh bottom drains water quickly and the Velcro® strap makes it easy to hang dry into the bath.
14. Dream Dream Dream
The Shnuggle Dreami Clever Baby Sleeper ($279.95) is a multi award winning, moses basket, designed to keep baby close to you but safe in their own cosy sleeping space.
It can be easily set up and used as a bedside crib for night time feeding and is easily moved around your home during the day – so no need to buy more than one bed for baby.
You will love it’s generous size as it is larger than traditional Moses baskets which will enable you to keep baby with you day and night.
The curve stand that comes with the Shnuggle Dreami can be used in a fixed or low level rocking position. This means you can use it beside your bed or anywhere around your home and gently rock baby in a front to back motion. It is also foldable for travel.
The Dreami® Moses Basket has a hypo allergenic, ventilated base and cotton facing breathable fabrics to maximise airflow and help regulate baby’s temperature.
15. Activity Mat for Tummy Time & Interactive Play
Let mum take a break while baby can play & learn on the Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym ($179.95).
Every cloud has a silver lining—and this dreamy baby activity gym is no exception!
Offering hours of plush playtime, it features a soft colour palette to complement modern décor along with pops of neon to stimulate baby’s sight.
Five celestial-themed hanging toys will engage baby with lights, music and other stimuli while the cushy mat offers ultimate, cloud-like comfort. Baby will have so much fun with the musical sheep, light-up star, cloud squeaker, bird rattle and the baby-safe sunshine mirror
The oversized mat offers cushiony comfort and multiple textures for sensory development
It also includes a gorgeous cloud-shaped tummy time pillow with a plush minky surface on one side and a fun print on the other
When it comes to baby’s enjoyment, the sky’s the limit!
16. The Ultimate Jumper
Skip Hop’s Explore & More Jumpscape Foldaway Jumper ($274.95) is the most amazing jumper I have seen!
It is packed full of features that will keep bub (and you) thoroughly entertained.
I just adore the light-up cloud bounce counter that tracks baby’s jumps. It even rewards baby with lights and music and breaks into applause at 100-jump milestones!
It also features a 360-degree rotating seat so baby can sit, swivel and bounce for maximum exploration.
Clip-on, movable toys encourage development and allows for bub to rediscover each toy as their position and location is changed
When playtime is done, easily fold our baby jumper flat for storage and transportation.
Pop it under the couch or under the bed to keep the house cleared or fold up and pop it in the car for trips to friends and family.
17. Snooze Fest
The Aroma Snooze Sleep Aid Vaporiser ($115) is specifically designed to improve and enhance the sleep of the whole family, from new born babies, to senior family members.
The latest technology has been ulitised and is underpinned by evidence-based research on the science of sleep. The Aroma-Snooze has innovative new features which have been combined to really set it apart from other sleep-aids on the market.
The red/orange light has a 8 second rhythmic cycle to stimulate melatonin levels – the hormone in our body that regulates sleep. Aroma-Snooze’s light can also oscillate between shades of the full colour spectrum of LED light, for a soothing and mesmerising effect and can be set to individual colours if desired.
One of Aroma-Snooze’s secret weapon lies in its built-in music and sound component which has a selection of sleep inducing sounds
Included with your order is the amazing Snooze essentials oil blend.
Available in white pink or blue
18. Pearhead Babyprints 3D Memory Kit
With Pearhead Babyprints 3D Memory Kit ($47.95) you can forever capture bubs tiny hand and foot print in 3D then display it in a beautiful box shadow frame with their first pic.
It is the perfect baby memories keepsake for new parents.
Everything is included to make baby’s adorable 3D prints; alginate powder pack for creating mold, casting powder pack for casting mold, 2 mixing sticks, paintbrush, glue, silver and gold paint, and 4 plastic mixing cups.
Once the mold is complete you will be able to cherish baby’s 3d prints forever!
Display this in the baby nursery or a photo wall and there is a forever reminder of just how tiny they once were.
19. Handmade Teether
Baby’s can start teething as early as 4 months old so giving the gift of teething relief will be most most appreciated when the time comes.
The range of baby teethers from One Chew Three are not only practical but oh so beautiful.
This DUO teether gives little ones the best of both worlds – a soft, chewable silicone ring to soothe and massage sore gums and a hard, natural beech wood ring to provide greater relief and assist teeth to break through that last layer of gum.
Made from high quality, 100% food grade silicone beads that are free from BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates, PVC and latex. They will not absorb odour or support the growth of mould, fungus or bacteria.
Complemented perfectly with a large 7cm untreated beech wood ring, which are naturally antibacterial and non-splintering and sanded to a silky smooth finish.
These are modern, practical teethers at its best!
Click here to see the range
20. All the Pretty Lights & Sounds
Skip Hop’s Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother ($72.95) is a nightlight that plays soothing melodies & nature sounds and is also a starry night projection.
It features a dimmable nightlight belly that emits a warm soothing glow sure to lull bub off to sleep. It gently soothes baby with eight gentle melodies and calming nature sounds.
An adjustable pivot lens projects a starry nightscape onto any surface so little one can see the luminous sky from their favourite sleeping position.
Bub will be spoiled for choice with four different melodies (Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Brahms’ Lullaby, Rock-a-bye Baby) and four nature sounds (Rainforest, Jungle crickets, Waves, White noise with heartbeat)
Just choose the light and sound combination that’s right for your baby and our elephant will do the rest!
This clever soother was on Khloe Kardashian’s baby shower list and I am sure it looks gorgeous in her nursery.
21. Baby Milestones
Say hello with Pearhead’s Hello Babybook ($38).
This modern, black and white baby book includes 48 fill-in journal pages to record all of baby’s moments from their birth to their first days of school.
Display baby’s ultrasound photo on the front cover of this stylish baby book.
White, black, and gold foil colours decorate the front of this baby book with “hello baby” and a modern arrow design stamped in gold foil.
The inside pages of the baby book include space for photos, artwork, birthday memories, school keepsakes, and more.
This baby book also includes an area to fill in the family tree and information about mummy and daddy.
Pearhead’s babybook is the perfect gift for any baby shower!
22. All Wrapped Up
Swaddle baby in super soft jersey cotton muslin wrap from Lil’ Fraser
The L’il Fraser wrap is a stylish, affordable and high quality baby wrap.
It’s big, it’s beautiful and it’s the handiest essential baby item ever.
Parents use their Lil Fraser wraps as a feeding shawl, a cot sheet, a pram cover, a bassinette throw and as a floor rug so that baby can be allowed to stretch out safely in unfamiliar places.
The L’il Fraser wrap is made from 100% jersey cotton. Due to its stretchy fabric it can easily swaddle any sized baby big or small
You will love the gorgeous packaging that it comes in making it the perfect gift for a baby shower.
Check the range of Lil’ Fraserwraps & swaddles here
23. To the Letter!
Pearhead’s Letter Board set ($34) is the perfect addition to your favourite social media pictures.
Includes grey felt and a white wooden frame making it perfect for monthly pictures. The easel makes it easy to prop up next to baby for their pictures and display their message.
With the 292 letters and numbers included anyone can have fun personalising your pictures from month to month. Include things like baby’s favourite foods to their height and weight.
Not using it as a monthly picture board? No problem!
This letter board can be used for any special picture, announcement, or moment. Announcing you’re pregnant?
Have fun filling in baby’s due date and snapping a picture.
It also includes a saw tooth hanger to easily hang on the wall. Include a new message every day for the entire family to see!
24. Pregnancy Journal
Capture every precious and special pregnancy moment with Pearhead’s Pregnancy Journal ($24).
This guided journal includes 74 pages to highlight every moment from the big news to the big arrival.
Each section includes a pocket to add in baby’s special documents and pages to write in specific details about your pregnancy.
Within each section there are pages to include favourite pregnancy photos.
To add to the cuteness of this journal, you can display a 4″ x 5″ sonogram photo
Never forget a moment of your pregnancy with Pearhead’s pregnancy journal.
25. Light me Up
Skip Hop’s Light up Nappy Caddy ($79) is the nappy caddy that every mum wants.
Middle of the night nappy changes either involve waking bub the second you turn on the light, or fumbling around in the dark trying to keep bub asleep.
This versatile and sturdy nappy caddy features a unique touch-sensitive light on the handle.
The handle shines softly with a touch sensitive light and a 10 minute auto-off feature.
With a movable interior divider organise nappies, wipes and more with a modular divider and four pockets.
It’s nice and big too so you can hold everything you need and move it from room to room with ease.
26. The Ultimate Change Mat
Leander’s all-in-one change mat Matty ($179.95) transforms any flat surface into a safe baby change station.
Bub will be super comfy lying straight on Matty thanks to its super soft material. It’s wipe clean surfaces means that there is no need for a cover that needs to be washed constantly
Easy to clean and wipe the Matty is made from an hygienic 100 % waterproof surface so that no fluids leak into the cushion.
It’s super soft non-slip base complete with 4 silicone “feet” will keep it safely in place on any table, dresser or bench top. It’s function & portability enables you to create the perfect changing spot anywhere you may be.
Made from pliable yet strong PUR (polyurethane foam) you will love the sturdiness of Matt. Weighing 2.9kg
The Matty weighs a sturdy 2.9kg so you can rest assured that the mat will stay in position even when bub is super active during change times.
27. Ollie the Owl
This Ollie the Owl Sound and Light GroFriend ($69.95) from The Gro Company makes the perfect sleeping companion for newborns to older children.
Playing 4 comforting sounds (Heartbeat, Rainfall, Static White Noise or Brahms Lullaby) and with a gentle warm glowing tummy, Ollie the Owl creates a lovely calming environment for your baby to drift off to sleep in.
With a press of his little wing you can activate the built in CrySensor which then cleverly listens in and reactivates to help keep calm them should they stir.
He is so soft and cuddly and his wings and little feet are the perfect size for little hands to fiddle with as they are gently lulled to sleep.
Also available in Bennie the Bear
28. Shnuggle Bath
Bathe bub like a Prince or Princess with the Shnuggle Baby Bath in gold ($54.95)
The Shnuggle baby bath is designed to make bath time stress free for parents and fun for baby.
Suitable from newborn it helps support even the tiniest baby right up to 12 months plus. The clever bum bump supports baby and helps them to feel safe and secure.
The foam back rest keeps baby cosy and the rubber feet keeps the bath in place.
Winner of Mother & Baby Gold 2017 and Junior Design Gold awards the Shnuggle baby bath, is one of the top rated baby baths available.
With its compact size, it uses only two litres of water and fits inside most kitchen sinks too.
Note prices & product availability correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change without notice.