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Practical Baby Shower Gifts for Every Mom-to-Be

From bump to baby, new parents are constantly trying to prepare themselves for what is to come, but sometimes necessities can get overshadowed by the ‘nice-to-haves.’ When registering for a baby shower, parents should always consider choosing practical gifts, such as diapers and wipes.

In fact, according to a recent study, mothers consider diapers and wipes to be the biggest overall expense and the majority of pregnant women surveyed agree they are the most practical gift. This is why giving these items as shower gifts is a great idea because it will alleviate financial stress from the new parents.

Throughout the first few weeks when baby arrives, the last thing parents have time for is making numerous trips to the store to stock up on products that should be anticipated to run out quickly. That time could be better spent at home with baby, adjusting to one another and the new family.

As the baby shower guest, you want to ensure the mommy-to-be is unwrapping the best and most practical baby gift from you. Differentiating practical versus fun shower gifts isn’t always easy, especially if you’re not a parent. To make the useful gifts easier to spot, here are three shower gift ideas sure to be appreciated by any new or expectant parent.

1. Give the gift of practicality. Diapers may not be the fanciest baby shower gift, but it certainly may be one of the most useful. Why not dress up your diapers by purchasing or making a diaper cake? Created to resemble a two- or three-layer cake, this fun and practical gift can be decorated with an array of baby items including clothes, bibs, nail clippers, bottles and bottle inserts, receiving blankets, pacifiers and baby skincare products. Because 90 per cent of mothers prefer products that are hypoallergenic, it’s a good idea to ensure the products suit the baby’s sensitive skin.

Also remember to take into consideration the season in which the newborn is set to arrive. As the temperature falls, it’s important to pay attention to a newborn’s skin care. Things like dry indoor air and near-freezing temperatures can lead to chapping, redness and irritation. Exposing your baby to the harsh elements during infancy can cause skin irritations, if not looked after properly. Help prevent this from occurring by purchasing a fragrance-free cream to be applied immediately after bathing, and before getting exposed to the harsh winter conditions.

2. Give the gift of preparation. Most parents will admit that there is nothing worse than being on an outing with your baby, when you realize you forgot something essential behind. Help parents deal with unexpected mishaps by assembling a travel kit for them. It can be as simple as a diaper bag with a few extra diapers, wipes, an extra outfit for the baby along with a few toys. Don’t forget to throw in an extra shirt for mom or dad.

3. Give the gift of fun. You can never go wrong with books and toys. New moms will quickly appreciate the peace and quiet toys can bring once their baby begins to develop. Soft snuggly toys encourage touch, while mobiles and DVDs play on sight and sound.

Most moms, as prepared as they make think they are, do not consider the small stuff. Once you become a mother, the learning never ends. It’s the toughest, most satisfying job one will ever have. From sleepless nights and endless diaper changes, to first steps and potty training, moms hold the secret to setting their child up for a lifetime of joy and with these helpful tips, you will be able to help them do just that.

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