First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes...the baby shower. A pre-bébé bash that celebrates the mom-to-be, and a chance for the new parents to stock up on a barrage of baby gear. Meaning: You can't show up empty-handed. There aren't really any hard-and-fast rules when it comes to gifting, and witnessing the unwrapping of mundane presents can feel daunting. So why not give expecting couples what they want? I.e. gadgets that will make the first few months of child-rearing just a little bit easier, grant a few extra hours of sleep, and help capture the cutest moments of babyhood. Wanna go big? No problem. Pool together with your girlfriend's to surprise the guest of honor with that state-of-the-art stroller she's been ogling over. Don't worry. We've also got gift ideas for the mom whose expecting baby number two (or three!). Just keep on scrolling for the presents worth spending your hard-earned cash on.
1. Crate and Barrel Smart Sleeper Bassinet
This smart bassinet was invented by a pediatrician and built with the help of MIT-trained engineers. The SNOO reacts to a newborn's cries with a gentle "shushing" and rocking motion that will help new parents get extra sleep. If you're not in the market for a big investment, the brand also has a short-term rental option.
2. Pottery Barn Kids Elephant Rocker
This plush rocker is an adorable piece of decor for expecting moms planning out their nurseries, and a fun source of entertainment for their toddlers.
3. January Moon Pacifier Clip
This useful clip fastens to a baby's clothing to keep pacifiers from running loose. Made from 100 percent non-toxic materials, it doubles as as a toy and teething ring.
4. Serena & Lily Animal Mobile
This hand-crafted felt mobile isn't just a cute way to lull babies to sleep: Mobiles have been credited with promoting brain development and visual stimulation.
5. Petit Bateau Onesies
There's no such thing as too many onesies. Help the new parents prolong laundry day with this red, white, and blue five-set.
6. UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Stroller
Move over, Bugaboo. This ultra-functional stroller has a one-step folding system and an interchangeable seat that you can swap in for toddlers. Talk about an investment piece.
7. Fog Linen Baby Socks
Keep baby feet cozy with these terry cotton socks from Japanese lifestyle brand, Fog Linen. We wish they came in adult sizing too.
8. Chantecaille Hair & Body Wash
A mother herself, Olivia Chantecaille formulated this product line especially for little ones. Its organic, plant-based ingredients give it a leg up from drugstore brands. An infusion of orange blossom and chamomile scents will keep bath time relaxing. Plus, a little drop goes a long way.
9. Donsje Giraffe Booties
Somewhere in between socks and shoes, these booties will keep tiny feet warm, while the rubber soles provide support for the babe who is ready to take on standing.
10. Avanchy Baby Feeding Gift Set
Silicone-suctioned bottoms will keep these bowls from flying off the high chair. The accompanying silicone spoons are gentle on babies who are teething.
11. Little Unicorn Wearable Blanket
Swap out loose blankets for this breathable muslin version that baby can't kick off during sleep.
12. Peeps Paper Products Baby Book
This luxurious baby book was crafted by artist Laura Baker, whose resumé includes working for the houses of Moschino and Givenchy. Made from all-natural materials and illustrated with original watercolor prints, this journal provides 60-beautiful pages to document all of baby's firsts.
13. DOCKATOT Baby Dock
New moms can place this portable sleeping station on a steady surface to multi-task (while keeping a watchful eye, of course), or can utilize it to practice tummy time. If you're not a fan of gingham, the hypoallergenic covers can be machine-washed and swapped out.
14. Cotton Colors Piggy Bank
Kick off the college fund with this decorative piggy bank that will look adorable atop a dresser or shelf.
15. Prada Nylon Baby Bag
A baby bag for the fashionable mom-to-be, this designer version has loads of pockets for diapers, bottles, and pacifiers. Plus, there's a built-in changing pad for moms on the go. Bonus: its nylon fabric makes it easy to wipe clean!
16. Aden + Anais Swaddling Cloths
The tradition of swaddling newborns brings them a sense of comfort and calm, and these versatile blankets also make great burping cloths.
17. Helen Ficalora Gold Disk Charm
This 14k gold "Mama" charm is a meaningful gift for a jewelry loving mama-to-be. She can attach it to a bracelet or necklace.
18. Sophie La Girafe Teether
This popular teething giraffe has been around for almost 60 years. Handmade in France since May of 1961, Sophie is crafted from natural rubber and food-grade paint, making her perfectly safe for babies to chew on.
19. Harper Collins The Giving Tree Book
New parents will love to re-read this sentimental childhood favorite from Shel Silverstein. Silverstein's lessons on generosity are a good reminder for adults and little ones alike.
20. Pour Les Femmes Cotton Pajamas
There's no doubt that the mom-to-be will soon be living in these soft cotton PJs. Feel good giving the Pour Les Femmes brand whose mission aids in supporting organizations that aid women living in conflict regions worldwide.
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Sara Holzman is the Fashion Editor at Marie Claire covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to.
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