Baby Shower Gift Ideas

A baby shower is an occasion to celebrate the creation of a new life. Traditional baby showers are for the expecting mother with gifts for the new arrival. Preparing for motherhood can be daunting and expensive. The shower gathers friends and family to offer advice, support and presents. Customary shower gifts are centered on the baby and include clothes, bedding, bath items and diapers. Recent trends have started to include the father in the celebration and preparation of new life and gifts are often for expecting mother or soon-to-be father.

Gifts ideas for the Mom

Many gifts for a baby shower are directed toward the expecting mother, as it should be. Pregnant women sacrifice for nine months and endure physical changes with emotional ups and downs. Many of the necessities or luxuries needed when having and raising a child are for the mother. Some gifts are for the time before the baby is born and others for after the baby have arrived. Recent trends include:

• Pregnancy pillow - Help support the expecting mother's sleep position and provide comfort while at rest. A pregnancy pillow can also be used after the baby is born for nursing or feeding.
• Pedicure - Just what a woman with swollen feet and a growing belly that is unable to even see her feet needs.
• Sling - This will allow a mother to complete her daily tasks while nurturing her newborn.
• Rocking Chair - A place to comfort, feed and enjoy the baby.

Gift ideas for the Dad

With men playing a larger role in the nurturing and raising of children many baby showers include the soon-to-be father in the celebration. Just like women, men often sacrifice for their new baby and often share in the emotional ups and downs. Preparing for fatherhood is foreign to many and a gift to educate, support and encourage the new father is a growing trend. Gift ideas include:

• Diaper Tool belt - Get the daddy-to-be everything he needs to help change a dirty diaper in the style he is use to.
• Body Pillow - After the baby comes, the sleep deprivation starts and even daddy needs a good night sleep. A body pillow can also be used to help hold and support the baby during feedings. Moms aren't the only one that can feed a baby.
• Diaper Bag - Find a "macho" bag to fill with baby essentials. No man wants to carry a pinkish, floral bag.
• Book - Help the new dad get ready for fatherhood with a book on what to expect during a child's first year. There is a lot to prepare for and getting ready is half the battle.
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