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The Perfect Baby Shower Gift

Shopping for the perfect baby gift can be an overwhelming task. There are so many unknowns. Does mom like traditional or modern when it comes to style and color? Are the new parents already getting lots of hand-me-downs from friends and relatives?

Baby Shower Gift Registries often feature the big pieces of baby gear like furniture and carseats, but leave out the other essentials that every parent will need in their baby's first year but few will have gifted to them. So, when it comes time to shop for that perfect baby gift, don't be afraid to think outside of the registry. Your recipient will thank you for going the extra mile to buy something they really need, even before they realized they needed it in the first place!

Here are our top items to give to a new and expecting parent:

Diapers

Diapers are truly the foolproof baby gift. They are an absolute essential for every new parent. In the past, though, gifting diapers was not easy - or chic. How can the gift-giver know what brand and size of diapers the new parents will want and need? Who is going to lug those giant cases of diapers to the baby shower?

Problem Solved! Give an IncrediBundles.com Diaper Bundle! It is a hit at baby showers across the country! Each Diaper Bundle comes with an adorable announcement package featuring a beautiful plush bear with a certificate announcing your gift. These ingenious Diaper Bundles give parents the freedom to go online each month and select the brand and size of diapers they would like. Then, the diapers are delivered straight to their door!

Baby Items You Have Loved As a Mom

Are you a savvy mom yourself? Give the gift of your knowledge and experience. Create your own gift bundle filled with the toys, books and products you found essential in your baby's first year. You'll find yourself drifting down memory lane as you select all these goodies for the new mom in your life.

Books

Forget gadgets, flashcards or "educational" videos for babies. Reading to children from infancy is the best way to support their developing brains. So give books - lots of them! You can give books specifically written for babies and toddlers, classic storybooks you remember from your own childhood or selections from award-winning author/illustrators like Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss. Round out your Book Bundle with a fun book-themed plush toy for a sweet presentation.

Fun Themed Baby Gift

A themed gift is so fun to open at a baby shower. Be sure to choose a gift where the inclusions aren't selected only for their ability to conform to the theme, though. Stars might be a fun print on one or two baby items but a whole basketful of items selected simply because they feature a star print becomes an impractical gift. We love themes that go beyond colors or patterns. Give a Bath Bundle featuring a fun baby bath towel, bath toys and a bath themed book. Or give a Sleep Bundle filled with swaddling blankets, bedtime stories and a white noise machine.

Make a Big Impression by Remembering the Little Things

When it comes to babies, little things can make a big difference. Baby crying because his gums hurt from teething? A few safe, BPA- free teething rings would be helpful right now! Stuck in traffic but baby is screeching from boredom behind you? Some colorful stim toys hanging from the handle of her infant carseat would be a lifesaver! Create a Parent's Little Helper Bundle and fill it with all of the fun little things babies need - teethers, rattles, stim toys, books, shakers - to keep them calm and entertained at home and when out and about.

Giving a Slightly Belated Baby Gift?

If you are shopping for a baby gift once the baby is past the newborn stage, steer clear of the registry. Many baby items aren't very useful after the first few months. Parents may have also purchased or received some of the items listed on it elsewhere but did not bother to update the registry.

Instead, try to find a baby gift that spans a larger age range. Books or toys are always a good choice. When buying books as a baby gift, don't be afraid to buy ones suitable for a slightly older child. Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems, Richard Scarry - a collection of books by a beloved author are always welcome additions to a child's nursery.

At the end of the day, selecting a baby shower gift should be about the new baby entering the world. Pick items that will make that world a little easier to navigate, a little more soothing during the cranky times and, overall, a whole lot more fun!

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