10 Slam-Dunk Baby Shower Gifts

Not sure what to give parents-to-be? We’ve asked the experts—parents who’ve been there—to tell us what items new parents absolutely cannot live without.

By Ellen Breslau
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My daughter-in-law has a business making baby things so I just give a gift certificate to her business. Win-win situation for me. She gets the business and the baby (and family) get something they can use (babysbreathdesigns.com). Also, a lot of new moms and dads have now embraced the "Baby Registry" so that totally makes it easy and you can even ship things across the country! If they need a big item then you can consider going in with someone else and you can throw in a cute "onesie" - practical and yet adorable! You can even get sayings on them ie if your son or daughter like a certain hockey team or there are cute ones that say I love mommy or daddy - or for selfish reasons, I love grandma and grandpa ha ha. I agree, they don't usually wear a lot of the clothes that are given. Think oractical. You may not get the oohs and aahs that everyone is looking for but they will really enjoy those practical gifts more.

Crosbie on 2014-05-10 15:25:00

You forgot to list the BEKK Blanklet! It is at http://www.blanklets.com/pages/frontpage or BEKK Blanklet on Facebook! I'm a second round mom (my two older kids are 19 and 17...and the baby's 9 months, and after dealing with bundling and unbundling the baby for a couple of months I created a better way (and apparently a safer way, since car seat manufacturers recommend NOT putting anything inside the straps with the baby!).

bkgould@optonline.net on 2014-03-30 07:55:35

My go-to baby present is always a basket of books.

Squanky on 2014-03-14 11:44:27