The 10 Best Baby Shower Gifts to Buy in 2018

Thoughtful presents for the new family to be

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Likely, the pregnant woman in your life has all of the big-ticket items she needs on her registry—the stroller, the crib, the car seat, and the high chair. And if they’re not on the registry, then a close friend or family member probably already bought it for her. So what’s left to buy besides diapers, onesies, and adorable clothes? The good news is that new parents need a lot of things that they don’t even realize they need before they have their babies. Below is a list of baby shower gifts that are unique and essential, and will set your gift apart at any baby shower.

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Best Overall: Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine

Everyone knows babies make a lot of noise. But do you know that babies also need a lot of noise to sleep? White noise, that is, which blocks out ambient sounds in the atmosphere. For that, the Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine is perfect.

Discreet and effective, the Marpac Dohm sounds like rushing air, and helps newborns from being woken up by honking, clattering dishes, or other children. It also helps adults who desperately need to sleep! You couldn’t buy a more useful gift for future parents.

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Best Budget: Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether

For whatever reason, the strange, androgynous shape of the Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether is absolutely irresistible to newborns. Easy to grip, and made of soft hygienic silicone, the Comotomo Silicone teether is every baby’s favorite first toy. It also works to effectively soothe gums inflamed from new teeth.

Constructed of a round loop with four short and easy to grasp “feet,” the Comotomo teether is inexpensive, but still well designed. It’s likely that no one else attending the baby shower will even know to buy this perfect newborn distraction, plus it makes a fun and conversation-starting gift topper.

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Best for Girls: CAVN Baby Monthly Milestone Blanket

Even if your friend or loved one swears not to become one of those parents, she likely won’t be able to stop taking photographs of her baby once she’s born. For baby girls, there’s the CAVN Baby Monthly Milestone Blanket, which comes with a flower crown to mark the months, and a pretty floral circle where a baby can lie for pictures.

The gift will be appreciated by your friend for many years when she looks back at the photographs she took of her baby girl’s first year.

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Best for Boys: WubbaNub Dragon Pacifier

A WubbaNub is a plush toy attached to a medical grade silicone pacifier that is easy for infants to grasp and hold, making it essential for mothers who just cannot put the pacifier back in their baby’s mouth one more time. WubbaNubs come in all different shapes, from lions to lambs, but the dragon is perhaps the most imaginative. Get the little one in your life fantasizing about dragons and other mythical creatures early with the WubbaNub Dragon pacifier.

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Best Unisex: Zutano Booties

Here’s something you never learn before you have a baby—socks do not stay on a newborn’s feet. And their feet are always cold to the touch! Every veteran mom knows that the best way to keep them warm is with Zutano booties, which are made of soft cotton, and secure around a baby’s foot with double snaps around the ankles.

Zutano booties come in many different unisex colors and patterns, making them a great gift for parents who don’t know the gender of their soon-to-be-born baby.

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Best for Twins: Delta Children LX Side by Side Tandem Umbrella Stroller

Every parent does research on the best stroller to use for newborns. But very few parents realize that the everyday stroller they choose is likely too bulky or heavy for travel, or even running quick errands, especially if they live in an apartment in a city. For that, they will need an umbrella stroller, which can’t be used until babies can hold up their heads.

Anticipate twin parents’ needs by getting them the Delta Children LX Side by Side Tandem Umbrella Stroller, a relatively inexpensive and compact umbrella stroller that works perfectly for two children of the same age. Even if they don’t use it everyday, they’ll be grateful to have it as an option when their twins are big enough to face out in a stroller.

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Best for Mom: HATCH Belly Mask

Baby showers are all about the baby. But mamas need a little loving, too, especially towards the end of their pregnancies, when they are uncomfortable, tired, and over it all. Treat the new mom in your life with the HATCH belly Mask, which fits over a pregnant belly, and contains ingredients like Aloe Vera to soothe aching skin, and propolis to lessen the appearance of stretch marks. Even if her belly looks perfect, she’ll appreciate the excuse to pamper herself.

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Best for On-the-Go: Skip Hop Baby Pronto Portable Changing Station

No matter how organized a new parent may be, diaper bags can quickly become stuffed jumbles of messiness. The Skip Hop Baby Pronto Portable Changing Station is a compact, all-in-one changing station that includes a changing pad, a pocket for phones and keys, a translucent wipes case, and a mesh pocket for diapers and creams.

It can serve as a wallet, or an entire diaper bag that’s quick and easy to store for on-the-go parenting. New parents don’t even know they need such an organized, easy to use item until they have their baby—but will definitely thank you afterwards.

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Best Classic: aden + anais Classic Swaddle Baby Blanket

There is no such thing as too many swaddles! This classic set comes in 18 different patterns and colors to suit the decor or sex of the baby. Parents can use these as an actual swaddle, a crib blanket, a shade, a burp cloth, and so much more. These blankets are made of 100 percent muslin cotton which feels super soft to the touch so both baby and parents will love the feel of this against the skin.

Reviewers give these glowing reviews with many people saying they use these well past their baby's first birthday for many various reasons.

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Most Practical: Amazon Prime

New parents are bound to be ordering a lot of stuff (think diapers, formula, burp cloths, and more), so why give them the gift of a year of free 2-day shipping with a yearly long Amazon Prime service. For $119 they can get packages delivered for free in 2-days. In some cities they can even get stuff delivered in a 2-hour window. What's more, they'll also get access to Prime Video which has both original and hit movies making those midnight feedings somewhat more bearable. ​They'll also get access to music and unlimited photo storage, which is a must for new parents.