Forget a secret handshake, the parenting club comes with its very own initiation rites: from dodging a poonami (don’t ask) and learning how to use a snotsucker (double don’t ask) to creating a baby burrito out of a single muslin sheet. Whether you’re a fully paid up member of the club, aren’t yet or aren’t intending to join, finding the best baby shower gifts can be tricky. That’s why we’ve rounded up a range of baby shower gift ideas to suit every type of parent and baby.
For the parent-to-be in need of a little TLC
It’s unlikely the mum-to-be can actually see her feet by the time the baby shower rolls around. That doesn’t mean they don’t deserve some attention. Treat hard working feet to the Overnight Foot Care Kit. Slather on the natural rosemary-mint cream, pop on the soft night socks and let the cream do the rest. Dads can enjoy it too or, even better, can provide free foot rubs as they massage it in.
This Iconic Baby Essentials hamper is designed to make any parent feel special, so it's sure to guarantee your spot on birthday guest lists to come. This deluxe gift hamper includes homegrown treats from Morgan's, organic babywear by Aussie locals Pure Baby, and even a bottle of Moët so everyone can raise a toast.
While the point of a baby shower is to make sure bub is taken care of, we often forget mums need TLC too. Remind her you're here to support with this cruelty-free, hyper-hydrating Boob Balm from Madre Australia. The folks at Madre are skincare experts for mums and mums-to-be, so you know she'll be in good hands with this nurturing moisturizer.
From morning sickness to sleepless nights, pregnancy and the newborn that comes after can be a real stress fest. Help expecting parents make the most of their precious 'me' time with this VEssential Oils New Mum Care Package. This locally-made gift pack has soothing oil blends for the diffuser, as well as a room spray to freshen up linens and get everyone in a relaxed mindset.
Help them slip into something more comfortable with this French Flax Linen Midi Slip Dress by Aussie linen experts Bed Threads. This fine fabric comes in a range of on-trend colours like lavender, rust and olive, and luxe linen is sure to make any new mum feel special. This dress isn't just a nightie, either. She can throw it on over a skivvy in winter, or wear it alone in summer for a simple yet chic solution when she doesn't have time to plan her #OOTD.
For parents who are having their first baby
New parents can make mealtimes easy with this Lobster Portable Highchair by phil&teds. Because it’s suitable from 3 months, new parents will actually get to enjoy it once the newborn stage is over. The world's fastest deploying highchair (allegedly), it’s lightweight (less than 2kg) and flat-packs into its own carry bag. Its portability also means it’ll be put to good use even if the at-home high chair's already crossed off the wishlist.
Baby baths don't have to be boring with this super-cute Skip Hop Moby 3-in-1 Baby Bathtub. This whale-shaped basin will take bub from their first bath at home right through to their first steps, with a smart sling for graduated seat support. But like your S.O., it's not just good looks - a swivel hook makes it easy for tired parents to hang it up in the shower after use.
Pumping breast milk can be a painful learning curve, especially with swollen or cracked nipples. Milkdrop Breast Pump Cushions were dreamed up by Aussie mum and engineer Alex Sinickas after she found other mothers struggling with pumping as much as she was. These innovative cushions are compatible with most major pumps, making them a lifesaving pressie for any new mum as she learns the breastfeeding ropes.
If you're looking for a subtle way to get more cuddle time with the baby of the hour, this Babyhood Travel Bassinet is sure to do the trick. This convenient sleeping pod gives new parents a good excuse to linger longer at your place, folding down quickly into its carry bag when they need to get back on the move.
There's nothing less glamorous than having the little one's dinner down your back, which is why we rate these baby burp cloths by Courtney Gaye. They're handmade in Brisbane by a mum who knows firsthand super absorbent organic cotton toweling is the way to go. Each burp cloth comes with a matching scrunchie, too, so they can burp baby in style.
For the newborn bubs
Any experienced parent will tell you that you can never have enough muslin swaddling cloths, and we rate these super cute Spring Awakening Swaddles by aiden + anais. Aussie founder Raegen Moya-Jones was the first to bring muslin swaddles to market in the US after her own experience hunting through shop after shop for them. Baby will be cute as a button wrapped up in these soft, breathable and lightweight swaddles.
Get into the grandparents' good books with an educational toy like this Very Hungry Caterpillar Let's Count Clip-on Soft Book. Your favourite parents-to-be can clip it onto the cot, or attach it to the pram when they're out and about. With a teether, soft textures and crinkly pages, this is a gift baby can really sink their teeth into.
Every kid needs a sidekick, and we reckon the Lulu Crochet Bunny in this FauveandCo New Baby Gift Set fits the bill. A pair of Polka Dot Frankie Leather Oxford Shoes and a carved Toy Car round out this bundle of joy. This gift set comes in muted tones too, taking the stress out of the 'blue or pink?' conundrum.
Having a pal you can bite might sound strange, but trust us - it's a dream for teething babies. Queensland local Mizzie the Kangaroo hops to it with this adorable Teething Gift Set. Hand-painted and made from 100% natural rubber, this set includes a classic Mizzie toy as well as a smaller teething ring for little joeys' adventures.
Australian-owned Purebaby makes beautiful organic cotton clothes for little ones, and this Woodland Friends Zip Growsuit is ideal for hospital grab bags. It'll quickly become a wardrobe staple with its inbuilt mittens and double zip for easy changing. They'll be cute and cosy in this soft little number, made from 100% organic cotton.
For the parents who have been here before
Mates don't let mates carry fugly nappy bags, so this OiOi Faux Leather Nappy Backpack should be at the top of the baby shower list if they already have the basics. OiOi is a homegrown Aussie success story, and with a water-resistant finish and 8 pockets, there's even space for the Macbook. Backpacks leave multitasking parents with two hands free, so they'll know you've got their back with this gift.
It's difficult to juggle mealtimes when there's more than one rascal to keep an eye on. These clever Cherub Baby Colour Change Bottles make life easier for distracted parents with a grippy silicone sleeve that turns white when heated over 42 degrees. And there's no need to worry about tumbles, either - these baby bottles are made with thermal shock resistant glass.
Sure - they already have a baby carrier, but do they have a Pognae No. 5? These all-in-one baby carriers offer multiple carry positions, so parents-to-be can sit them on their hips when backs and shoulders get achy. This carrier also lets bubba face either frontwards or backwards, and there's a quiet zip to stop baby stirring once they've finally drifted off.
If they've already got the name picked out, personalized toys like these Wooden Rainbows with Name Blocks are one way to stop second child syndrome. These gorgeous little sets by Cairns local Kylie Rumsby will be a memento they'll treasure, and they also make wonderful nursery decor. Stacking and building blocks help develop fine motor skills to help them get a headstart.
Freshen up that hand-me-down highchair with a Pawsi Eco-Friendly Highchair Footrest by Aussie company Little Baby Paws. These height adjustable footrests help stop the little ones slipping to promote good posture during mealtimes. They're handmade in Australia, and should fit most popular highchairs from places like IKEA and Big W.
For parents obsessed with the latest gadget
Gadget-obsessed parents will thank you later with these Dreamegg Sleep Soothers. Like an electronic fairy godmother, these little beauties are small but mighty with shushing, vacuuming, ocean and rain sounds. They act as all-in-one sound machines, night lights and sleep soothers, clipping anywhere to send baby (and tired parents) off to snoozeville in a snap.
Liberate baby photos from smartphones with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Printer. This mini wireless printer lets you print photos from your smartphone. Ideal for time-poor parents, about 12 seconds after receiving the digital photo, it’ll transform it into a printed Instax picture, perfect for the fridge or creating baby’s first collage.
For busy parents who prefer a snappy phone call to FaceTime, there's the VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor. This no-nonsense baby monitor is easy to use for minimal mucking about. A simple gadget like this gives your mates more 'me' time so they don't have to spend their precious spare minutes reading user manuals.
There are a lot of things that disappear after you have a baby (including but not limited to an uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep and your social life), but enjoying a hot cuppa shouldn’t be one of them. Give parents a daily tea (or coffee) break with the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2. Elevating the daily cuppa, this smart mug keeps drinks hot for up to 1.5 hours - no more lukewarm coffee when baby wakes unexpectedly. Not only that, it can be controlled by a smartphone and is easily hand washed.
The NutriBullet Baby means savvy parents can start little ones on kale smoothies before they're big enough to order their first babychino. This set has everything they need to make baby food at home when the solid foods stage comes along. This is an especially good pick for the organic-obsessed or those with big vege gardens, as they'll be able to get all that goodness blitzed up for bub in seconds.