10 best baby shower gifts

From practical pieces to special keepsakes, we find a range of presents to help parents-to-be  prepare for a new arrival

When a friend or family member has a new baby on the way, it can be hard to know what to get. We spoke to new parents to find a range of pressies that will be winners for every new family.

Gifts that will last and be treasured, like baby record books, are always a good bet. If you go for clothes, parents we spoke to said opt for practical, but still super-cute pieces like sleep suits that'll work for the 6 to 12-month mark rather than tiny, delicate items for newborns that they will outgrow in a matter of weeks. Keep seasons in mind when you're choosing too; for summer babies, treat them to something cosy that can be put in the drawer until the colder months. 

Likewise, toys that help with baby's development will go down just as well (if not better) than teddies and cuddly animals. Don't underestimate practical pressies either; nail clippers might not have the aaah factor, but parents will thank you for them.

And don't forget the parents in the equation. With the prospect of sleepless nights and being knee-deep in nappies, the thought of having a spa treatment in the diary will be a valued treat.

Click on the gallery for the IndyBest buys

Verdict

For a lasting, inexpensive gift, the Peter Rabbit Baby Record Book is hard to beat. It's also a lovely way to introduce the child to Beatrix Potter's classic characters when they are old enough to look through it. If you want a pressie that's both practical and will pretty-up a nursery, we love the Patternolgy knitted blanket - plus if you don't know the sex, it's gender neutral.  

Buy now

1. Lamaze Hide Inside Butterfly, £6.66

2. Zara Kids Sleeping Bag with Straps, £29.99

3. Wahanda Gift Voucher, From £25

4. Magic Musy Muslin Set, £19.95

5. Stylfile Nipper Clipper Baby Nail Clipper, £8.54

6. Burt’s Bees  Baby Bee Getting Started Kit, £12.99

7. Oly B’s Rhino Sleepsuit, £19.50

8. Peter Rabbit Baby Record Book, £10.49

9. Patternology Bunny Knitted Blanket, £23

10. Vera Wang Infinity Baby Piggy Bank, £40

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest stories from i100
  • Get to the point
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...