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25 Baby Gifts Every Mom Needs (But Only a BFF Would Buy)

When the time comes to start adding to your registry or to buy a baby shower gift, it’s hard not to go for the absolute cutest products. For these types of gifts you’ll want to check out the Best Baby Gifts That Never Go Out of Style. However, there are some products (not quite as cute) that are total essentials for new parents. I’m talking diaper genies, breast pumps, nipple cream, and all that good stuff. Trust me, maybe not as glamorous but they will love you for getting them. Let her pick out the cute clothes while you shell out for the poop-management gear, like a true best friend. Before you jump to buying the to-die-for baby peacoat and beret, take a look at 25 Baby Gifts That Every Mom Needs


  • Diaper Genie 1 of 26
    Diaper Genie
    To keep the nursery smelling fresh the diaper genie is a true essential.
    Buy it for $33.22 at Amazon
  • Medela Breast Pump 2 of 26
    Medela Breast Pump
    If the new mama is planning on pumping you will want to make sure she has all the supplies.
    Buy it for $299.00 at Amazon
  • Box of Baby Wipes 3 of 26
    Box of Baby Wipes
    These are a definite must have but are also a pain to keep going to the store for. Keep the new mama stocked up with this box of 840 wipes.
    Buy this box of wipes for $39.36 at Amazon
  • Nipple Cream 4 of 26
    Nipple Cream
    Nipple cream will be her saving grace even if it's not the prettiest present to buy.
    Buy it at $9.40 at Amazon
  • Baby Socks 5 of 26
    Baby Socks
    These organic cotton newborn socks will keep babies toes nice and toasty.
    Buy a pack of 6 for $20 at Amazon
  • Butt Paste 6 of 26
    Butt Paste
    Keep diaper rash away.
    Buy a 16 oz. jar for $18.43 at Amazon
  • Breast Milk Bags 7 of 26
    Breast Milk Bags
    She will go through these at an incredible rate so the more the merrier.
    Buy a pack of 50 for $16.99 at Amazon
  • Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags 8 of 26
    Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags
    Make the new mamas life a little bit easier by giving her a quick cleaning option.
    Buy for $6 at Amazon
  • Cloth Diaper/Burp Cloth 9 of 26
    Cloth Diaper/Burp Cloth
    We didn't use cloth diapers in our home but these worked great for burp cloths.
    Buy a pack of 6 for $21.99 at Amazon
  • Onesies 10 of 26
    Onesies
    If the baby spits up frequently packs of onesies are a great thing to have.
    Buy a 4-pack of Newborn onesies for $7.50 at Amazon
  • First Aid and Grooming Kit 11 of 26
    First Aid and Grooming Kit
    This all-in-one pack has everything you need for when baby gets sick and when hair needs to be combed and nails cut.
    Buy it for $19.15 at Amazon
  • Breastmilk Feeding Essentials 12 of 26
    Breastmilk Feeding Essentials
    Start the new mama off on the right foot with all her basic supplies.
    Buy the gift set for $22.90 at Amazon
  • Changing Pad 13 of 26
    Changing Pad
    A comfortable changing pad will be a perfect addition to the nursery.
    Get it for #35.94 at Amazon
  • Changing Pad Cover 14 of 26
    Changing Pad Cover
    A basic changing pad cover makes it easy to just toss in the wash when accidents happen.
    Buy it for $14.95 at Amazon
  • Bottle Warmer 15 of 26
    Bottle Warmer
    This bottle warmer makes it easy to heat up breastmik or formula in seconds.
    Buy it for $32.95 at Amazon
  • Bottle Drying Rack 16 of 26
    Bottle Drying Rack
    A bottle specific drying rack makes it easy to keep all of babies bottles, nipples and tops together.
    Buy it for $11.97 at Amazon
  • Nursing Pads 17 of 26
    Nursing Pads
    No more surprise leaks with these extra absorbent nursing pads.
    Buy a pack of 60 for $10.25 at Amazon
  • Bottles 18 of 26
    Bottles
    Whether the baby is breast or formula fed a bottle usually comes in handy at some point or another. These bottles mimic breast flow and are BPA free.
    Buy a pack of 3 for $12.99 at Amazon
  • Thermometer 19 of 26
    Thermometer
    This is a non-invasive thermometer so no pushing into ears or tucking under armpits when baby gets sick.
    Buy it for $31.20 at Amazon
  • Pacifiers 20 of 26
    Pacifiers
    Some babies take to them while others just munch on them. Either way they can be helpful with a teething or fussy baby.
    Buy a pack of 2 for $4.79 at Amazon
  • Car Mirror 21 of 26
    Car Mirror
    So mama can keep an eye on her baby even in the car.
    Buy it for $14.99 at Amazon
  • Diaper Genie Refills 22 of 26
    Diaper Genie Refills
    Keep the new mama stocked up with diaper genie refills.
    Buy a pack of 3 for $19.49 at Amazon
  • Boppy 23 of 26
    Boppy
    Nursing becomes a lot easier when you can rest the baby on a boppy.
    Buy the boppy and cover for $38.72 at Amazon
  • Infant Gas Relief 24 of 26
    Infant Gas Relief
    When the baby is crying and you're not sure why a couple drops of these may do the trick.
    Buy a pack of 3 for $21.69 at Amazon
  • Diapers 25 of 26
    Diapers
    If you really want to help the parents out a pack of diapers will always do the trick.
    Buy a pack of 240 diapers for $40.99 at Amazon
  • Baby Gifts Every Mom Needs 26 of 26
    Baby Gifts Every Mom Needs
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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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