Skip To Content

    39 Baby Shower Gift Ideas That New Parents Will Actually Use

    Another frilly, button-up romper and hat combo? Nah, you can do better!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    Let’s be honest, we’ve all been guilty of getting a bit carried away in the baby shops while surrounded by loads of tiny, adorable clothing items that make our ovaries explode — am I right?

    CBC

    If you say looking at a tiny sock doesn't melt your heart, you're lying.

    But don’t let your ovaries do the talking (and the buying). Feast your eyes on these practical baby shower gift ideas that parents will not only use, but love.

    CBC

    Gifts you can grab for under $50:

    1. This Keep Me Cosy Universal Pram Liner, because prams are destined to be covered with all kinds of substances.

    Amazon

    Between food, baby spew and/or other substances, keeping prams clean will be near impossible. But, this universal pram liner will shield the pram and make cleaning up a breeze. Parents can simply remove the liner, pop it in the wash and voilà — clean pram.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $39.95.

    2. This pack of Dreambaby Stoller Clips, which is the handiest accessory for expecting parents.

    Amazon

    Pram pegs are seriously the handiest accessory going around. From nappy bags to muslin wraps, these will allow parents to peg anything to their pram. Note: Parents should always make sure there's enough air circulating through the pram when attaching any kind of cover.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $5.81.

    3. This Zeke and Zoey Cotton Knit Baby Blanket, which will comfort their baby through all the seasons.

    Amazon

    Most mothers will confirm you can never have too many blankets. This one is made of pure cotton, which is a natural fibre — so it’s breathable in summer, yet warm and cosy for the cooler months. It also comes in ocean blue, dove grey and baby pink, should white not be your thing.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $32.99.

    4. This Fisher Price Colourful Carnival Bouncer that will allow parents to go about their life hands-free, while bubs is safely soothed by the bouncing motion.

    Amazon

    Every parent needs a bouncer. Hell, I’d even go as far to say they need a bouncer in every room of the house. Okay, that might be a bit excessive, but don’t shy away from getting one thinking “they’ll already have one”. This Fisher Price bouncer is a great option for travelling parents — as it’s light and easy to transport.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $54.54.

    5. This Roger Armstrong Temperature Reading Nightlight that will help parent's figure out what to dress their baby in overnight.

    Amazon

    The optimal temperature for a baby's nursery is around 18 degrees celcius. So, being able to tell the temperature can be very handy for parents in the cooler and warmer months. Plus, entering into a dark nursery late at night is always going to be a recipe for disaster. Therefore, this will likely help parents avoid some serious injuries.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $36.

    6. This Bubba Blue Novelty Hooded Bath Towel, which will have bubs pretty much dry from the walk to the couch.

    Amazon

    Let’s just say drying a tiny, wriggling human is somewhat...challenging. Using this adorable hooded towel will make life so much easier as it actually does a lot of the work itself. This is a baby shower gift that parents will literally use every day (when it’s not in the wash).

    But it from Amazon Australia for $19.95.

    7. This pack of Bubba Blue Bamboo Baby Face Washers that are super soft on baby's face and body.

    Amazon

    Made from bamboo, these extremely gentle face washers are hypoallergenic and ideal for everyday use. They’re also designed for a quick dry, which will certainly come in handy given the amount of mess parents will likely have to clean up daily.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $11.21.

    8. This Baby Studio Swaddle Bag, which is responsible for the uninterrupted sleep of so many grateful, grateful parents.

    Amazon

    Avoid the tricky task of swaddling your wriggly baby in a muslin wrap — as somehow those little hands always escape anyway. This sleep sack, come straight-jacket, is absolutely amazing and allows bubs to self-settle throughout the night.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.89.

    9. These Bubba Blue Everyday Essentials Cot Fitted, which will suit any nursery they're placed in.

    Amazon

    These pure cotton fitted sheets are soft against the skin — plus, the adorable patterns are gender-neutral and will go with most nursery colour schemes.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $26.21.

    10. This Bubba Blue Bamboo Mattress Standard Cot Protector, because expecting parents need to be prepared for a poosplosion at any time.

    Amazon

    Even if they’re using a basinet initially, cot bedding will eventually be put to very good use. Made from bamboo and with a waterproof underlay — this mattress protector is comfortable and breathable.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $21.95.

    11. This set of Pearhead Baby’s Milestone Cards, so expecting parents can capture memories and celebrate all the special milestones.

    Amazon

    This may be a token baby shower gift, but the best part about this particular set of cards is that it includes all the baby's little millstones and accomplishments, as well as their growing age.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $27.20.

    12. This compact Portable Nappy Changing Mat, because babies will never conveniently time their soiled nappies.

    Amazon

    This is always a popular, but much needed baby shower present. Expecting parents will most likely need to have one of these bad boys stashed in the car, under the pram, in the nappy bed and every room of the house!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.99.

    13. This Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast, because whoever said, "don't cry over spilt milk", clearly never breastfed.

    Amazon

    This one’s great for mums who are hoping to breastfeed. When feeding a baby on one side, the other side leaks (I know, it's weird!). This will help them savour that precious liquid gold for future feeds.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $22.99.

    Baby essentials that would make an amazing bundle gift:

    14. This Green Sprouts Learning Bowl that suctions to the table so bubs can't throw it (and all their food) across the room.

    Amazon

    Before too long, babies will make it their personal vendetta to make as much mess as possible. This is including, but not limited to, throwing their food across the room and all over the floor. But never fear, suction bowls are the answer to all parents woes, as they stick to the highchair table and allow babies to play away with limited mess.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $20.45.

    15. This six-piece set of Munchkin Soft-Tip Infant Spoons, as spoons always seem to go missing.

    Amazon

    These spoons are also ergonomically designed for mum to handle and are soft on baby’s gums. They’re also super easy to clean and come in a range of colours.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $7.95.

    16. These NatureBond Waterproof Silicone Baby Bibs, because no parent wants to spend hours soaking bibs.

    Amazon

    These bad boys will literally save lives (and meltdowns) when it comes to that messy eating phase that all parents love (kidding, but this product is a game-changer!).

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.99.

    17. This Munchkin Silicone Baby Food Feeder, which is the perfect solution for feeding on the go.

    Amazon

    This will also take the anxiety out of introducing a baby to their first solids, which for many parents can be a terrifying experience. With this handy little contraption, all they need to do is chop up some fruit, insert it into the feeder and wham bam, thank you, ma'am.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $10.99.

    18. This Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack, which is cute and practical.

    Amazon

    Who would have thought finding a hygienic place to dry feeding equipment would be so darn difficult? Whoever invented this countertop drying rack is an absolute genius. Great for drying bottles, breast pump equipment, bowls and basically all things baby feeding related.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $20.97.

    19. This Sophie the Giraffe Teething Toy, which is perfect for teething, while also helping bubs work on their fine motor skills.

    Amazon

    Pretty much every baby is obsessed with Sophie the Giraffe. Made from 100% natural rubber and natural food paints, this cute AF teething toy stimulates all five senses while soothing sore, teething gums.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.83.

    20. This soothing Malarkey Kids Munch Mitt Sensory Teething Mitten, for babies that can't hold onto regular teethers.

    Amazon

    Teething makes babies want to chew on absolutely everything (unfortunately, including nipples) to relieve the pressure. But, at least they will have some fun while chewing on this cute, little teething mitten, which slips over their hand like a glove and actually stays on.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.95.

    21. This Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes Board Book, which is the sweetest story for parents to teach and entertain their baby.

    Amazon

    You can never have too many books. And every parent will be grateful for a bookshelf full of great, educational books as bubs gets older and their attention span gets shorter. Mem Fox is a wonderful author and her books are always really interactive and educational.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia from $10.

    22. This Bonds Baby Zippy, which is one of the best onesies out there.

    Amazon

    Yes, a frilly top and pants combo looks super cute, but parents aren’t going to have time for that after a poosplosion. This onesie also has a two-way zip feature making nappy changes a breeze, as you don’t have to take off the entire outfit. HINT: Get a few in larger sizes like 00 or 0 — as parents will likely get loads of smaller things.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.50+.

    23. This Ami&Li Baby Sun Hat, which is sun safe and has a 50+ UPF rating.

    Amazon

    Coming into summer, babies are going to need a hat for all the outdoor activities ahead. This one comes in 10 different patterns, so there's sure to be one you love.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia from $29.61+.

    24. This Bonds Unisex Classic Bootee, to keep those cute, little baby toes warm.

    Amazon

    Friends, family please…put down the super cute leopard print baby shoes. Yes, they’re cute, but new babies don’t really need shoes as they aren’t yet walking. These Bonds bootees are a fabulous option for completing outfits, while still keeper their lil’ tooters warm.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $7.95.

    25. This PureBaby Knot Hat, which comes in a beautiful range of neutrals and colours.

    Amazon

    Forget bows and headbands (ok, maybe still get a few as they're cute AF), what parents will actually need is a newborn baby hat or beanie for when they leave the hospital — as babies lose a lot of heat from their tiny heads initially.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $6.17+.

    26. This Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment, which no nursery is complete without.

    Amazon

    This one is a great idea to chuck in a care package for expecting parents. It will keep their baby’s bottom nappy rash free and (weird fact) it also makes a good lip balm for mum.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $9.

    27. These WaterWipes Sensitive and Newborn Skin Baby Wipes Value Pack, which have been approved by the Eczema Association of Australasia.

    Amazon

    Another thing expecting parents can’t have enough of are baby wipes and these bad boys will get the job done. Any expecting parent will thank you for introducing them to these extremely natural and super effective baby wipes — trust me.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $49.99.

    28. These Big Softies Towelling Cotton Nappies, which so many parents swear make the ideal burping cloths.

    Amazon

    Pure cotton, thick and absorbent — these terry towelling nappies are a must-have! Expecting parents will be grateful for having a few of these stashed around the place for unexpected projectile vomits.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.

    29. This baby nail clipper, for when parents don't want to bite them off (like most people recommend).

    Amazon

    Most parents will say one of the most terrifying jobs about parenting will be cutting their baby’s tiny finger and toenails. But this specialised baby nail clipper takes some of the anxiety away due to it being perfectly sized for little body parts.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $5.45.

    30. This Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo for newborns and babies that is oh-so-gentle.

    Amazon

    Baby wash and shampoo is a great addition to a baby hamper pack. These ones from Aveeno are extremely gentle and hypoallergenic. Plus, it's tear-free and cleans without drying the scalp.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $12.80.

    31. This pack of Medela Contact Nipple Shields, which will help mothers adjust to breastfeeding.

    Amazon

    A thoughtful gift that expecting mothers might not think about until they’re in the thick of the initial breastfeeding adjustment period. So, having a pack of these around the house will be extremely convenient and save them from having to leave the house unnecessarily.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $22.49.

    32. This Duck Digital Bath and Room Thermometer, which is the perfect bath time companion.

    Amazon

    This adorable rubber ducky is the ultimate bath time gadget. Aside from being cute, it lets parents know the water temperature while keeping bubs occupied so they can get the required tasks done.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $14.

    Big ticket items that'll earn you the title of gift giver of the century:

    33. This Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier, which will allow expecting parents to be more mobile while soothing bubs with endless cuddles.

    Amazon

    So many mothers swear by this ergonomic baby carrier. As soon as after birth, babies often enter into what's called the fourth trimester of clinginess and not want to be put down! But with the Ergobaby, parents can strap bubs to the front of them and go about their day — win-win!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $249.99.

    34. This Babyrest Natural Shape Lambskin, which will be the perfect surface to lay bubs on for play-time or dressing.

    Amazon

    Gifting parents a lambskin is a lovely keepsake that will provide them with a nice, soft surface to lie bubs on for a play, nappy changes or dressing. Plus, it looks nice in most decors and is a timeless, multifunctional piece of décor. Made from Australian Merino, this lambskin is also anti-fungal and sweat resistant.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $96.40.

    35. This Tommee Tippee Rechargeable Nighlight And Sound Machine, which will have expecting parents thanking who ever gifts them this for life.

    Amazon

    Many parents rave about sound machines and their ability to improve overall sleep quality in young babies — and this one has improved sleep in 85% of bubs! Not only is it super cute, but it doubles as a nightlight and offers six soothing sounds for re-settling bubs.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $77.

    36. This HelloFresh week of meal planning and grocery shopping delivered to their door — so tired parents don't have to even think.

    @hellofreshau / Via instagram.com

    Often nutrition, or hey, even eating, are the things that fall by the wayside while in the thick of sleep deprivation. And if you're not in the same city or state as the beloved expecting parents (or are too busy to cook them up a casserole) then this is such a thoughtful idea. All you need to do is hop on the HelloFresh website, fill in the details for meal requirements and frequency, then have it delivered to their door.

    Pick a plan starting from $7.99 per serving on HelloFresh.

    NOTE: You can skip a week or cancel at any time.

    37. This delicious array of treats from Dessert Boxes, because new parents are certainly entitled to take on a "treat yourself" attitude, too.

    @dessertboxes / Via instagram.com

    Of course, nutrition is important and highly recommended. But also, new parents deserve some sweetness in their lives — and the sugar high will at least keep them going long into the night. A slightly naughty and delicious gift idea to brighten up a new parent's day in the early stages of parenting.

    Buy it from Dessert Boxes for $38+.

    38. This Cherub Baby 4-in-1 Infrared Digital Ear and Forehead Thermometer, which works super fast while bubs is wiggling around.

    Amazon

    This is the mother of all thermometers and will read a baby’s temperature in one second — which is rather handy, considering that a baby's patience is usually around this. It's also fitted with a fever indicator and built-in flashlight for late night temperature testing.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $89.

    39. And finally, this Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer, because baby doesn't know how to blow their nose yet (unfortunately).

    Amazon

    A baby’s first cold is totally devastating for parents, but something they may need to face at some point. This life-saving vaporizer will help their baby breathe a little easier overnight given they won't be able to apply the topical Vicks ointment for a while. No need to worry about safety either as it's fitted with an automatic shut-off when the water runs.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $63.95.

    If you're a new parent or about to be one, go ahead and send this list to all your potential gift givers — or make yourself an Amazon baby registry, so they'll be able to find everything you want in one place.

    Your favourite new parents upon opening the magnificent gift you got them:

    CBC