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

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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.

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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

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