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25 Better Baby Shower Gifts

I recently compiled the latest Babble Best Baby Shower Gifts feature — highlighting cooler-than-average baby gifts for your pregnant friends.

But the Best Baby Shower Gifts list isn’t only for the gift buyers, but for the gift requesters too. Putting together a gift registry is stressful enough — you might as well know about some better gift options out there.

Although the Babble feature includes a lot of unique and thoughtful gift ideas that moms-to-be typically don’t register for, there are also quite a few baby products that you could put on your registry — or just hint around to your friends:

  • aden + anais Mela Bamboo Swaddles, $44 1 of 25
    aden + anais Mela Bamboo Swaddles, $44
    You've probably heard a lot of (well deserved) hype for aden + anais swaddle blankets, but did you know that their bamboo versions are softer (and better!) than the rest?
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Lifefactory Bottles, $12.49 – $14.49 each 2 of 25
    Lifefactory Bottles, $12.49 - $14.49 each
    These Lifefactory bottles are completely safe (no BPA or other questionable chemicals) and come protected in colorful non-toxic silicone sleeves. The best thing about these bottles is that they transition into toddler sippy cups, and then big-kid water bottles.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Skip Hop Crib Sheets, $24 3 of 25
    Skip Hop Crib Sheets, $24
    These adorable Skip Hop sheets have a different print along the sides of the mattress, giving the appearance of a crib bumper without the SIDS controversy.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Mamas + Papas Snug Seat, $59.99 4 of 25
    Mamas + Papas Snug Seat, $59.99
    Infant seats (for babies who can hold their heads up) are popular registry items. See why we prefer the Snug Seat on Babble.com.
  • Baby K’Tan Baby Carrier, $50.98 5 of 25
    Baby K'Tan Baby Carrier, $50.98
    Another classic registry item, we prefer the Baby K'Tan soft-structure carrier for newborns.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • BabyBjorn BabySitter Bouncer, $150.43 6 of 25
    BabyBjorn BabySitter Bouncer, $150.43
    This baby bouncer is continuously praised as the best — because it is.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Go-Pod, $55 7 of 25
    Go-Pod, $55
    Forget about those big, hideous, plastic exersaucers, and opt for a compact, collapsable activity center.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Stokke Bounce ‘N’ Sleep, $200 + $250 8 of 25
    Stokke Bounce 'N' Sleep, $200 + $250
    You might feel like a jerk putting such a splurge on your registry — but just do it. Why not?
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Mamaroo Bouncer, $199.99 – $239.99 9 of 25
    Mamaroo Bouncer, $199.99 - $239.99
    The cadillac of baby bouncers, this tricked-out seat will have you wanting an adult-size version.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Magnificent Baby, $22.95 – $33 10 of 25
    Magnificent Baby, $22.95 - $33
    Magnetic baby clothes. One of the smartest baby innovations in a long, long time.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Sticky Bellies, $14.99 11 of 25
    Sticky Bellies, $14.99
    If you've been searching for monthly baby photo ideas on Pinterest, these monthly onesie stickers are perfect for you.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Blabla Dolls, $34 – $50 12 of 25
    Blabla Dolls, $34 - $50
    Because every baby deserves a hand-knit blabla doll to love.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Wee Gallery Art Cards, $12.95 13 of 25
    Wee Gallery Art Cards, $12.95
    These art cards with bold, high-contrast colors and repeating patterns will captivate developing newborn eyes — especially useful during diaper changes.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Plan Toys Baby Activity Gym, $47.90 14 of 25
    Plan Toys Baby Activity Gym, $47.90
    If you're trying to avoid blinking lights and repetitive music at all costs, then this is the baby gym for you. We also love that all of the hanging toys can be removed and played with.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Vulli Chan Pie Gnon Natural Rubber Teether, $16.39 15 of 25
    Vulli Chan Pie Gnon Natural Rubber Teether, $16.39
    We know you know about Sophie, but this teether (made by the same company) is just as good as, if not better than, the popular giraffe.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Jonathan Adler Loves Skip Hop, $75 – $80 16 of 25
    Jonathan Adler Loves Skip Hop, $75 - $80
    You picked the perfect time to get pregnant — because Jonathan Adler is now designing diaper bags for Skip Hop. A dream team, to say the least.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Kits, $29.95+ 17 of 25
    Earth Mama Angel Baby Kits, $29.95+
    Every new mom wants the best and the safest products for her baby's brand new skin. This is it. Earth Mama Angel Baby also has gift sets for moms — like the Breastfeeding Essentials Bundle and the Postpartum Essentials Bundle.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Monkey Madness Baby Bath Gift Set, $65 18 of 25
    Monkey Madness Baby Bath Gift Set, $65
    The perfect healthy, safe bath set for babies — including a hooded towel from 3 Sprouts, a natural sponge, and a solid maple grooming set.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • The Pebble Mattress, $295 – $500 19 of 25
    The Pebble Mattress, $295 - $500
    Yes, this is quite a splurge — but it's the absolute safest, most innovative baby/toddler mattress on the market. This could be a good way to spend your gift cards.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Skip Hop Zoo Playspot, $60 20 of 25
    Skip Hop Zoo Playspot, $60
    It's like an instant play area.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Citrus Lane, $35+ 21 of 25
    Citrus Lane, $35+
    Citrus Lane has some of the best gift sets and gift subscriptions available for new moms. Send some serious hints to your BFF about this one.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • The Wee Wood of the Month Club, $67 22 of 25
    The Wee Wood of the Month Club, $67
    Here's another gift idea to leave hints for — the Wee Wood of the Month Club. Created by Etsy favorite Little Alouette, you'll receive a selection of wooden toys, rattles, or blocks delivered each month.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Let’s Panic About Babies, $10.19 23 of 25
    Let's Panic About Babies, $10.19
    Don't wait for your baby shower to buy this book. If you're tired of the fear-inducing, overwhelming "pregnancy bibles" out there, then this is the hilarious (and comforting!) antidote that you need.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • Chewbeads, $14.50 – $36.50 24 of 25
    Chewbeads, $14.50 - $36.50
    These are, without a doubt, the most stylish and wearable teething necklaces ever. Throw these on your registry, if you can.
    Read more on Babble.com
  • BabyLegs Leg Warmers, $10 – $12 25 of 25
    BabyLegs Leg Warmers, $10 - $12
    Besides looking adorable, many new parents don't realize the practicality of little leg warmers — for easier diaper changes and extra warmth.
    Read more on Babble.com

See the full list of Best Baby Shower Gifts.


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