Though having a baby is quite an exciting event in your life, preparing to make your baby’s life as comfortable and easy once they’re here can be quite an expensive task. As parents, we’re excited to welcome our child into the world, and a baby shower is the perfect way to celebrate the new baby’s arrival while allowing us to get some help with everything that comes with it. Whether it’s through monetary means or gifts, baby showers relieve some of the financial burdens you might feel as an expecting parent. Check out these essential items you’ll wish to ask for your baby shower below.
Baby Bath And Body
After the baby is born, they will need to bathe and be cleaned up after any messy situations, like having a dirty diaper or spitting up. Baby bath and body products are ideal baby shower gifts since they will save you a lot of time buying the necessary items to keep your baby squeaky clean and sanitary. Some bath and body items you might want to consider for your baby shower include a baby sponge, baby wash, baby lotion, and baby soap. You can also have other items that fit your needs, like diaper wipes to keep the baby clean and fresh.
Baby clothes are one present that will always be appreciated. If you are currently keeping your baby’s gender a secret or plan to raise them in a non-conforming way, you can ask for gender-neutral clothes in colors like muted neutrals or greens and yellows. Additionally, with your friends and family buying you clothes for newborns all the way to toddlers, you’ll have a large assortment of outfits to use for a long time as your baby gets bigger and grows older. Clothes also allow your friends and family the opportunity to be creative and handmake something if they so desire and it will give your child a thoughtful and unique, one of a kind, outfit.
There’s no need to go overboard with baby toys because not only are children easily amused, but they also lose interest in things relatively quickly, so you don’t want to have a giant collection of toys cluttering your home. However, you should definitely have a few to keep your child entertained. Rather than flashy, themed toys that are expensive or name brand, it would help if you considered asking for toys that you think will stimulate your child’s growth and development. For example, if your child is unable to read, they won’t be able to tell the difference between an expensive Fisher-Price toy and a cheaper alternative from the dollar store. The most important thing is to have safe toys for your baby to play with and those that keep them engaged and stimulate their mind.
Car Seat and Stroller
Moving along to the more expensive items, you will need essentials like car seats and strollers for your newborn since it is likely you will have to travel around with them. Car seats will keep your child safe while you drive, so be sure to research and look for the best ones to put onto your baby shower registry. You’ll also want to look at the weight limits for certain types of car seats and make sure that you are always using the correct one for your child based on their size. Along with a car seat, equipment like strollers comes in handy when you are walking around or traveling and need to have your child with you. A stroller keeps your hands free from carrying your child the entire time so that you can also do other things. Additionally, your baby can doze off in a comfortable stroller if they become sleepy and have some respite from the sun on a sunny day, for example.
Feeding Bottles And Pacifiers
Last but not least, consider feeding essentials. Whether you plan to breastfeed your newborn or use formula, bottles are great for storage. You might also want to ask for a breast pump if you’re close enough to one of your friends who was invited and is planning on attending the baby shower event(pumping is really important if breastfeeding). Furthermore, while it’s terrible to give a baby food as a gift because of expiration dates or due to allergen risks to your soon to come newborn, this can be avoided by gifting cards instead to baby stores and grocery stores so that when your baby switches to eating solids you’ll be prepared. Additionally, pacifiers will be great when weaning begins in order to soothe your child after they’ve stopped relying solely on milk.
What Else Do You Need?
You may want to add other baby shower essentials like a diaper bag or diaper stacker, toiletries, or even a gift registry. If you’re planning a shower for multiple babies, you can also create a baby gift registry on Amazon or another website to make shopping for the new baby easier for the guests. Babies need a lot of products, and you don’t want to run out of products while your friends and family are visiting your home. You can also create a baby gift registry on Amazon to make shopping for the new baby more convenient. A baby gift registry lets you register gifts for the new baby, so you can easily track the gifts.
If you are expecting a baby, these are the essentials your little one will require. You won’t want to forget any of the items on this list and will want to make sure someone has the opportunity to gift them to you as well when it’s time for your baby shower to lift some of the burdens off your shoulder. When that day finally arrives and your bundle of joy finally comes into this world, these items should be at hand if anything arises. These necessities will come in quite helpful in the early days of your parenthood.