Best Baby Shower Gifts 2023

The best baby shower gifts are ones that help make the transition to parenthood a little easier. That means baby gear, clothes, diaper bags, strollers, high chairs and more are all on the table. Of course, you don’t want to show up with any old baby item—you want to gift something that nails that perfect combination of function and wow factor to help show you care.

Before you do anything, it’s best to see if the parents are registered for baby gifts, says Julie Lamppa, a certified nurse midwife at Mayo Clinic and co-author of Obstetricks. This helps you avoid duplicate gifts and also allows you to ensure needed items are taken care of.

Keep this in mind, too, per Lamppa: Parents tend to zero in on newborn items, but often don’t think about gear they’ll need beyond that like plates, bowls, sippy cups, bibs, bath toys and clothes beyond the first 6 months. “These gifts will certainly be appreciated and used in the months and years ahead,” she says.

Jennifer Cattaui, founder and owner of Babesta children’s boutique says there are a few things that are consistent winners, including travel strollers, baby books, feeding accessories, swaddles and sleep sacks. “Also, baby carriers and bouncers—Baby Bjorn is our go-to—are popular for showers,” she says.

As for choosing clothes, Jean Polsky, co-founder of New York City-based children’s boutique Estella suggests buying 3 to 6 month sizes. “New parents generally get a lot of 3-month clothes and are stocked for that first quarter, so it’s nice to get them something for when they outgrow most of the newborn gifts,” she says. “Second, the baby might be so big that they get little to no use out of the 3-month items. I say go big, but not so big that it’s out of season or is forgotten.”

There are a lot of potential gifts to consider when shopping for a baby shower, and it can get overwhelming quickly. Consider these best baby shower gifts while you shop.

Chicco Lullaby Zip All-In-One Portable Playard

A pack and play can provide parents with a safe sleep space for baby during travel as well as a designated play or napping space at home. This option from Chicco has a full-size infant bassinet and detachable changing station with a removable cover that can be washed. A parent organizer hooks on the side and leaves plenty of room for diapers, wipes and other essentials. It also includes an electronic toy bar that plays songs and nature sounds to entertain baby.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Meta Backpack

Diaper bags come in a variety of sizes and of varying quality and usefulness. However, this Petunia Pickle Bottom backpack diaper bag is perfection. We named it our top diaper bag overall given its craftsmanship and superb style and functionality. It comes in a classic black that goes with everything (or there are plenty of other colorways), and features comfortable, adjustable padded straps you can wear for long periods of time. Ample internal and external pockets help parents stay organized. The bag also comes with D-rings for easy stroller attachment.

BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss

Cattaui says this popular bouncer is a big hit at baby showers. It’s lightly padded for baby’s comfort and features three recline positions that are easy to adjust (just flip the seat over and move the lever to change the angle). There’s no need for an infant insert—baby can simply be placed inside and hang out supervised when parents need a moment to shower, cook or just have two hands free. A nice perk for parents with space issues: This bouncer folds flat for easy storage.

Every baby needs their own play mat—and this one from Lovevery is gorgeously giftable. The Play Gym includes attachable toys for baby to reach for during playtime, as well as different areas of the mat to explore. The mat’s five distinct zones let little ones explore different textures, noises and colors, all at their level. It also comes with four sets of developmentally appropriate play cards and suggested activities. The mat is machine washable and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, while the wood comes from an FSC-certified forest.

Thule Glide 2 Jogging Stroller

The Thule Glide 2 jogging stroller is specially designed to help out parents who love to work out outside. A fixed front wheel and ergonomic handlebar help parents navigate streets at high speeds, while a twisting handbrake lets them slow down quickly. Rear suspension and a reclining padded seat help keep baby comfortable, while the roomy storage basket has a zippered lid to keep everything contained. It’s also exceedingly light for a jogging stroller at 25 pounds.

Ergobaby Omni Breeze Baby Carrier

Ergobaby’s Omni Breeze baby carrier has the impressive ability to hold children from 7 to 45 pounds, giving parents years of use. It’s also one of the more comfortable and easiest to use baby carriers that we’ve tested, which is why we named it the best overall. The carrier features the brand’s SoftFlex mesh fabric for maximum airflow to keep both you and your little one comfortable as you hit the town. The Omni Breeze features a hip belt to support your hips and lower back, lowering the risk of pain in the process. There’s even a privacy hood for sun protection. Choose from a large range of colors.

Babies require a lot of outfit changes in their early days thanks to blowouts, spit-ups and more. This bodysuit five-pack from Carter’s comes in adorable designs in soft cotton that won’t irritate baby’s delicate skin. Overlapping shoulders make it easy to slip these onesies over baby’s head, while strong snaps at the bottom stand up to plenty of use from diapering. The brand’s affordable multipacks are often on sale, making them easy to stock up in multiple sizes.

Littles Sleepies is a favorite brand for parents seeking out the softest PJs and sleeper sets for babies and kids. This sweet crossover set is ideal for sensitive newborns, avoiding snaps, zippers and tags. It’s made with the brand’s signature bamboo viscose fabric, making it extra soft and easy on sensitive skin. I also like the optional fold-over mittens and foot cuffs. It comes in several sweet patterns including these pastel rainbows.

Zutano Unisex Baby Cozie Fleece Baby Booties

Zutano booties are a go-to baby shower gift. They’re adorable and practical. Little toes get chilly easily and socks often fall off. Zutano’s booties have a two-snap closure for a secure fit to actually keep them in place. This set is made for cooler temps with a cotton-polyester fabric blend and an organic cotton lining. These booties have a soft, fleecy feel. But you can opt for 100% cotton booties, and there are plenty of patterns and color combinations.


Hanna Andersson is known for its incredibly soft, high-quality pajamas for kids, including its zipper sleepers for babies. They’re crafted from an organic cotton combed rib knit for a comfortable feel, with a zipper that runs from baby’s knee to neck for easy diapering. Ready-to-grow cuffs help you get a little more life out of these PJs as baby gets bigger. And there are plenty of fun seasonal patterns and neutrals from which to choose.

This adorable bath set comes in 20 sweet prints, all ideal for a baby shower gift. They’ll think of you each time they wrap their baby into this cozy terry cloth towel. The hood keeps little ones from catching a chill, and as they get older, they can tuck their hands into the cuffs to stay extra warm. The bamboo-cotton fabric makes it exceedingly soft on a baby’s skin.

Frida Mom Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit

The immediate postpartum period can be rough, and it’s important for moms to have the right tools handy. This fan-favorite kit from Frida Mom has everything she’ll need to make the immediate aftermath of giving birth as easy as possible. That includes disposable underwear, cooling witch hazel pad liners and perineal healing foam. The whole thing comes in a storage caddy she can stow nearby.

Help your favorite new mom dress in comfort with this extra-plush robe. It’s made from 100% long-staple Turkish cotton for a soft feel, and has little elements new moms will appreciate like adjustable cuffs, a tie waist and pockets for holding binkies, a phone, bottles and other essentials. Choose from a range of pretty and neutral shades.

While Dreft’s laundry detergent is a hit with parents, the company’s stain removing spray is a secret weapon of parents in the know. It can effortlessly take out stains from blowouts, spit-ups, food and more. To use it, just hand wash the stain with soap and cold water, and then spray the Dreft on before tossing the item in the wash. The spray is free of dyes, chlorine and phosphates, and is hypoallergenic, so you don’t have to worry about it irritating baby’s delicate skin.

The Honest Company Diaper Cake

If there’s one thing expectant parents need more of it’s diapers. This diaper tree from The Honest Company features several of the brand’s adorable designs, arranged in the shape of a three-layer cake. In addition to hypoallergenic diapers, your giftee receives plant-based baby wipes, along with samples of the brand’s body wash, body lotion, all-purpose balm and hypoallergenic baby detergent. Plus, this gift just looks great—and you don’t need to wrap it.

Parker Baby Diaper Caddy

Organization is crucial during those first few months—and so is having diapering gear ready to go at a moment’s notice. This diaper caddy from Parker Baby is packed with compartments to house diapers, wipes, cream, extra outfits and everything else you need to quickly access during changes. It’s made from a soft-yet-sturdy felt. Stow it under the changing table, or use the two oversized handles to tote it from room to room for easier changes.

Halo Micro-Fleece Sleepsack Swaddle

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against loose blankets in baby’s crib, so parents opt for wearable blankets and swaddles to keep baby cozy. This popular Halo fleece sleep sack is made from soft micro-fleece and features zips from both the top and bottom for easy diaper changes. Velcro “wings” help swaddle baby’s arms to protect against the startle reflex. We love it, because baby’s arms can also be left out if she’s not the swaddling type. Choose from a slew of pretty colors and patterns.

Hatch Rest+ 2nd Gen

This combination sound machine and night light from Hatch is ideal for parents seeking two-in-one baby gear to help them save on space. It plays as many as 18 sounds and melodies to help babies and kids drift off, but also serves as an sleep trainer for tots with a “time to rise” light setting. The night light also comes in handy for those middle of the night feeds. The Hatch Rest+ comes with a battery charging base to improve portability. Settings are all controllable from an app on your phone.

Copper Pearl Premium Knit Fitted Crib Sheet

Blowouts and spit-ups means new parents can never have too many crib sheets. These sheets from Copper Pearl are made from soft knit fabric and are resistant to stains. They also stand up to plenty of wash and dry cycles (we tested them and they came out on top)—a definite bonus during the newborn phase. Choose from a whopping 127 prints and colors to find one that fits your loved one’s nursery decor.

My First Library: Box Set Of 10 Board Books For Kids

Books are a great way to help little ones wind down, and this adorable set offers 10 colorful titles. The set features board books, which are durable enough to withstand rough handling and gumming that naturally comes with little ones. Each book has a theme, including the ABCs, birds and colors, to help baby learn during story time.

MyBaby SoundSpa On-The-Go-Portable White Noise Machine

Sometimes naps strike when you’re on the go. Frequent travelers appreciate this portable white noise machine, which clips directly onto a car seat or stroller for impromptu sleeptime. It offers four sounds: heartbeat, white noise, ocean and lullaby. This machine is battery operated and features an automatic shut-off at 15, 30 or 45 minutes. Another bonus: It’s petite, making it easy to tuck into a diaper bag.

PrimaStella Silicone Chew Spoon Set

Sure, babies aren’t going to be ready for purees right away, but that time will come fast. This spoon set from PrimaStella is made from soft silicone and features texture around the center and ends for easy gripping. The BPA-free spoons come in a rainbow of pretty colors and even double as teething toys. Each spoon holds up to 1/2 teaspoon of food.

Graco Blossom 6-In-1 Convertible High Chair

Graco’s Blossom 6-in-1 offers an impressive six seating options to help parents as baby grows, serving as an infant high chair, traditional baby high chair, infant booster, toddler booster, youth chair and seat for two kids. The chair has a one-handed tray that’s removed with the press of a button, and the whole seat is padded for baby’s comfort. We named it the best high chair overall after rigorous testing thanks to its seamless features. Flip through six height positions and three recline levels to find the one that’s just right for that particular moment in time.

Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls

Bowls are a must-have for holding purees and cereals when baby is ready for solids, but they can quickly become a projectile. This bestselling set of three from Munchkin has suction bottoms that “stick” to the table or high chair tray to help them stay put. The BPA-free bowls come in three sizes and are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. They’ve also racked up over 54,000 reviews on Amazon with an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5.

Baby Brezza Safe And Smart Electric Baby Bottle Warmer

Even if mom is planning to breastfeed, she’ll need a bottle warmer to help keep baby fed and happy for those times she can’t be there. And, if she’s formula feeding, a quality warmer is a necessity. Baby Brezza’s warmer offers two heat settings—including a defrost option—and syncs to an app on your phone, so you can get messages that the bottle is ready while you’re changing a diaper. The warmer automatically shuts off once the desired temperature is reached, and fits most bottle sizes.

How We Chose The Best Baby Shower Gifts

To choose the best baby shower gifts, I consulted boutique owners and a midwife for their input on items new parents need and love in those first few months. I also got their input on the products that are most popular among their patients and customers, and spoke to real moms about gifts they loved from their own baby showers. As a mom of four young children myself, I have years of experience with new baby gear—including most of the products on this list—and know which baby products tend to be used regularly, along with which are easily forgotten.