I recently put together Babble’s Best Baby Shower Gifts of 2012 — hand picking the very best for mom and baby, including unique gifts that you won’t find on a gift registry.
If you’re looking for a baby shower gift that’s better than the typical diaper cake, read on:
Essential Baby Gifts 1 of 8These are basic essentials that every mom will need and use (and use and use) — from bottles to crib sheets to blankets.
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Classic Baby Shower Gifts 2 of 8Infant seats, baby carriers, and pack 'n plays are all really popular baby shower gifts — but these are better versions that she might not know about.
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Personalized Gifts 3 of 8Go above and beyond the gift registry with these personalized gifts — most of which are handmade for a unique touch.
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Baby Clothes 4 of 8Someone else will get the Gerber onesies and Old Navy PJs — trust us. Dress her baby in something more unique, like magnetic baby clothes and monthly belly stickers.
See all of our favorite baby clothes.
Baby Toys 5 of 8These are some of our favorite baby toy picks — safe, healthy, and engaging — from blabla kids, Skip Hop, Plan Toys, and more.
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Gifts for Mom 6 of 8Don't forget that mom deserves gifts too — like stylish teething necklaces, a diaper bag, and a book that every pregnant woman should have.
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Splurge Gifts/Group Gifts 7 of 8These pricey baby items are sure to steal the show — and they make great (large!) group gifts. From a power-folding stroller to an mp3-ready baby bouncer, these are the most impressive gifts you can buy.
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Gift Sets 8 of 8If you're looking for a one-stop shop, we found the absolute best gift sets that any mom would love — from better bath sets to monthly gift subscriptions.
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Read the entire Babble Best Baby Shower Gifts 2012.
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