Baby Shower Gifts A Mumma Actually Needs

Baby Shower Gifts A Mumma Actually Needs

This blog has been a sponsored collaboration with Nurofen for Children but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Being the first of my friends to have babies, I have become the go-to gal when asking for gifts ideas for baby showers and baby birthdays amongst my friends. Some might say as I’m the Yoda of gifts for new mums. With two little ones of my own I have a mighty good list of practical and purposeful items every mama is going to need.

So, I thought I would share my wisdom with you all and put together a little guide of gift ideas for new mamas that I promise they are going to thank you for!! And even better they are all under $150!!

An online shopping order

It doesn’t matter how much preparation you do before the baby comes. You will be held up in that house like it’s World War III outside and the thought of making that epic trek to the supermarket for all those forgotten critical supplies will seem so daunting. Save a mama’s bacon by gifting her an online shopping order that’s delivered to her house!

A voucher for a cleaner

When you have a baby, the last thing on your mind is cleaning the house. But with the barrage of visitors you can feel overwhelming pressure to trying and keep it all up, all while try and keep this tiny new human and yourself alive. A voucher for a cleaner is a much welcome (and practical) gift.

White cloth nappies

Sounds weird I know, but the 20 pack of terry towel nappies is going to be your new best friend. If someone hasn’t told you yet babies spew – a lot!! And you want to have these bad boys stashed all over your house for all impeding projectile vomits.

Trust me your mama friend will thank you for this simple but practical gift!

A Temperature Monitor

It is almost a guarantee that the first time your bubba gets sick it will be in the middle of the night when you are least prepared. Giving a parent the opportunity to feel in control of their child’s temperature is possibly the best gift you can give them. The Nurofen for Children FeverSmart Temperature Monitor is an easy to use device that goes under your baby’s arm and gives you real time updates of their temperature when they have a fever. A super thoughtful and practical gift for any mum.

For your chance to win one of 5 Nurofen for Children FeverSmart Monitors, please leave a comment below the blog!

A new set of Pyjamas

As any new mum would know you spend a lot of time up in the middle of the night feeding. Hey sometimes you don’t even make it out of your pj’s the entire day! Your pj’s and dressing gown will become your new best friend, so you might as well have a nice comfy set. And while a lot of people will be buying cute outfits and toys for the baby, you will absolutely make a mammas day with this one!

A Netflix subscription

Because the only thing on offer on free-to-air tv for those multiple middle of the night feeds is carving knife and ab buster commercials. I’d much rather be watching Orange is the New Black.

Trust me this one will get you epic brownie points!


Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Nurofen for Children. All information about non-Nurofen products are my own thoughts and opinions. When using any Nurofen for Children Products, always read the label. Use only as directed

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  1. Crystal
    February 9, 2018 / 11:15 am

    I wish I had frozen pre cooked meals ready to go!
    I could hardly walk to the toilet let alone stand at a stove top cooking. A frozen lasagna over 100 Pairs of tiny shoes my daughter Never wore any day!!

  2. Caitlyn
    February 9, 2018 / 11:29 am

    Agree with the mass pack of terry towel nappies/spew rags/clean uper of all things. I love to get Mum something for her so maybe a massage/facial voucher that they can use a little bit after bubs arrival to get some ‘me/alone’ time and make them feel a bit spech again.

  3. February 9, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Agree with the mass pack of terry toweling nappies/spew rags/clean upper of all things. Also love to get Mum something for her so maybe a massage or facial voucher for a few months later so she can have a bit of me/alone time and feel a bit special again.

  4. Lara Hall
    February 9, 2018 / 11:46 am

    Love the cleaner idea because who has time to clean with a newborn..
    I usually make a nappy cake for any baby showers I have to go to. I try to include bottles, dummies and of course nappies and as much basic stuff as I can.. I also try and include something for mumma either some chocolate or a voucher for a massage..

  5. Amie
    February 9, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Yes!!!! Cleaner would be amazing, that way Mumma can sleep when Bub sleeps.
    I also think healthy frozen meals, so have a group of friends do a massive cook up of her favourite meals. I think this would have made my life as a new mum (all 4 times) so much easier in those 1st few weeks. Specially when you have more than one child dinner times become such an anxiety filled stressful time.

  6. Erin
    February 9, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Terry towels – 100%!! I got given 2 packets and saved me 100 times over!! I like to give nappy/baby wipes because you can NEVER have enough!! But I do love the cleaner idea. I still need one 10 months later 😬🤦‍♀️!

  7. February 9, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Totally agree!! Especially the white cloth nappies & temperature monitor. Love articles like this; practical gifts definitely are the best for a new Mum!

  8. Lucy Banner
    February 9, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Love this!! And so true!!
    My go to gifts are plastic bibs (they are great, they wipe off and are super handy to take if going out for tea and a sippy cup!
    One of the best presents I got was a thermometer! Honestly you don’t ‘want’ to need it! But when it’s 2am and your 3 weeks old is unsettled it’s a blessing!

  9. Hayley
    February 9, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Love this! Especially the terry towelling nappies, as a first time mum I got given them and thought I’d never use them… then my daughter was the most spewy baby, I ended up having to buy more 😂

  10. Lauren
    February 9, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    Great list! A bath thermometer was another thing we used heaps in the early days.

  11. February 9, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    I now always give gel discs for those first few weeks when you have sore cracked nipples. These discs feel amazing and I can not believe how quickly they heal up those hellish cracks.

  12. Vanessa
    February 9, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    You came to hospital when I had Lilly with a package of medical supplies. Was the best! Nurofen…. Nipple cream…. I can’t even remember what else but it was the essentials for me and baby! Thanks Liv!
    My fave gift from my shower was a thermometer…. Which has since died and is in need of replacing so thanks for the reminder! Xx

  13. February 9, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    I have just put together 3x baby shower gifts of some new breastfeeding friendly PJs! Everyone seems to gift the baby to be something, and forgets about the mum doing all the hard work! Plus I found that i had nothing i could whip the boob out of during the night so i had to go purchase all new PJ’s for myself once i had my daughter.
    I also added some Hydrodisc Breast Pads because those things work wonders on those sore, cracked nips!

  14. February 9, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    Something for MUM! Like a voucher for Kmart lol or an comfy pair of PJ’s. Something for BUB! Feedware, a thermometer is a great idea, or supplies like nappies, wipes, ect. Something to HELP! Voucher for a food delivery service or a gift card for a COFFEE SHOP 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

  15. J Elle
    February 9, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    My go to baby shower gift is a hamper I make myself! I have three kids (8,7 & 1) so I’ve learnt over the years what is best to give to a new mama because it’s things that I would have loved when I had mine. I make a hamper with a weeks worth of freezer meals, a couple cute baby outfits, some cloth nappies (they always come in handy), baby bath essentials from Thank you & Sukin, some Mama tea to help with recovery, a travel coffee mug, bath salts (to help relax mum), baby ponobiotics (I am a huge believer in helping probiotics) and a voucher to get their nails done. Amazingly, the hampers actually don’t cost too much to make (around $80…which is what I’m happy to spend on my girls) and they light up when they see that it’s not just another onesie or bag of nappies haha! ❤️💕

    • J Elle
      February 9, 2018 / 3:08 pm

      (I have a friend who gifts me the voucher for their nails for them) 🙌🏻

  16. Laura
    February 9, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    We were given a rubber duck for the bath that has a temperature gage on it for the bath water. It he been so helpful and still use it every night 😀

  17. Amelia
    February 9, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Chemist warehouse gift voucher. You spend so much money there.
    Wipes and bibs. Never enough.
    Beat gift i got was a massage for post baby. It was bliss

  18. Racheal Kamer
    February 9, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    A swaddle. I could never wrap our girls tightly enough so the swaddles saved us. Some chocolate for Mumma and some meals once Baby is born.

  19. Elyse
    February 9, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    My go to is always a thermometer, bonds zipped, gel breast discs and a magazine subscription so they feel connected to the outside world!

  20. Anonymous
    February 9, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    My go to baby shower gift is a cocoandcru blanket. They are amazing. Also essentials such as bibs, wipes and usually a cute story book.
    My favourite gifts once baby #2 was born was definitely dinners I could reheat #lifesaver!

  21. Jessica
    February 9, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    A gorgeous quilted play mat (my fav at the moment is Mister Fly kids) – beautiful AND practical! Also, voucher for frozen meals. Especially when it’s a second bub and mustering the energy and brain power to devise dinner for the toddler is just way too hard.

  22. Melissa Maslen
    February 9, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    A cleaner voucher would be great! And I’m the same since becoming a Mum my baby shower gifts are so different! My go tos are the towel nappies like you mentioned, maternity pads, Ural, movicol, comfy PJs and a little pouch with lip gloss/hand sanitiser/hand cream to make it easy to find just for Mumma in the nappy bag.

  23. Emma Mirams
    February 9, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    A bottle of infants friend as you can use it from birth to help settle wind…
    A packet of multi mum nipple pads for mum..
    And a keep cup/travel mug filled with nice coffee sticks and tea bags so you have a chance to enjoy a somewhat hot cuppa…

  24. Elise
    February 9, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    WIPES ! Lots & lots of baby wipes haha I am still using baby wipes 5 years even if it’s for cleaning the car & using as make up wipes! Please tell me I’m not the only one 😂🙊

  25. Erin
    February 9, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    I always make a pack for the new for after birth! Including things like breast pads, lactation cookies, lip balm, ice packs ( for down there), hair ties, a small bottle of wine, magazines because it’s all those little things you forget when you first have bubs. And I think it’s nice for the mum to get things for herself at the shower not just the baby!

  26. Katherine
    February 9, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    Nappies, nappies and more nappies! Gel breast discs, baby nail file/clippers, bath thermometer…. I make a hamper with just lots of little handy bits and pieces. If there is a group a baby monitor is also another great gift 👶🏻

  27. Ashlee
    February 9, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    I like to put together a Breastfeeding essentials pack – breast pads, lansinoh, hydrogel pads, nipple shields, a feeding cushion and subscription to ABA! Breastfeeding is dam hard enough without support and the right ‘things’ to ease the early days.

  28. Jaclynn
    February 9, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    i Like to give a teddy/doll/soft toy. With both of my girls we have named all soft toys after the person they cane from. It’s a bit of fun and it’s a traditions we’ve passed into a few people! Also, cloth nappies for cleaning up in by far the best!

  29. April
    February 9, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Baby wipes! Use them to wipe up just about everything. And Bonds Wondersuits! Those double ended zips are lifesavers when it comes to changing nappies in the winter! xxx

  30. Rena
    February 9, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Great and practical list! I was blessed to have my mum cook and clean for me in the first couple of weeks which was a godsend! But definitely a cleaner would be perfect for any new mum. I always remember to buy something for the new mumma as she’s the one who is usually forgotten! PJs are a great idea too 😉

  31. Melanie
    February 9, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I gave terrible gifts pre kids! I even gave someone a birthday barbie for their kid thinking it was a cute collectable from their birth year… lame!
    My standard baby shower gift is a hamper of cloth nappies, baby Panadol, dummies, gel nipple discs, little lolly jar for bf energy and a few other little things for babe!

  32. Louise
    February 9, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    My go to gift is a voucher to bras n things or somewhere like that as a something for Mum. Whether she uses it for maternity bras, pjs or something to feel good after having Bub. Nice for Mum to be thought of at this time also 😀

  33. Caitlyn
    February 9, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I love to give gift cards. One for Bubs and one for mums.
    After I had my daughter the about of times I had to run to the shop after working out that I really needed something for either me or baby. It was so good knowing I had a gift card sitting there for that exact reason.

    I received for my baby shower sensitive baby washing powder. Milton. Nipple cream. Pads. And lots of face washes. Was the best gift given to me! Used it all!

  34. Mel Burnett
    February 9, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Ah you’ve nailed it with cleaner! I have gotten all my close friends and family a cleaner for the month. Who doesn’t want to not have to mop, vacuum, clean the shower or strip the beds. Especially after a c-section! That shir is priceless. I only wish I had been so generous to myself!

  35. Laura
    February 9, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Ergo cocoon or ergo pouch! So much time wasted trying to wrap a newborn and keep them wrapped. Only discovered them after baby number 4 😬

  36. Tessa
    February 9, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Breast pads, nappies the next size up, wipes, a massage or spa voucher for Mum!

  37. Elyse
    February 9, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    Sleep sacks! I always recommend sleep sacks. I am unco and such a bad swaddler. They are such a great practical gift. And food is always great. All our friends bought us take away or home cooked meals once we had our Bub. It was so great to just whip something out of the freezer.

  38. Monika
    February 9, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    I haven’t actually had my baby yet (a few weeks away – f**k 😳) but I am an overly organised and OCD person so I have already got everything we need in terms of “things”. So the cleaner/shopping/voucher gift idea is AMAZING. or the frozen meals. I have to have a csection for medical reasons so I know I’ll be out of action for the best part of 6 weeks and these would all be great helps.

  39. Maceala
    February 9, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Baby blankets went through quite a few in the first few weeks and still I found we didn’t have enough, never knew how much babies spewed or would pee through til we had one

  40. Kristy
    February 9, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    One of my besties had her first born a few months after I had my first born so I knew what she was in for – For her baby shower I put together a gift box of essentials…
    Wipes, nappy bags, dummies, bibs, singlets, muslin wraps, nipple cream etc. These are definitely more helpful than pretty outfits ❤️

  41. Kim Marling
    February 9, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I always like to get something for mama! And my go to baby shower gift is hospital bag goodies! So a small dry shampoo, face wipes, small deodorant, small shampoo and conditioner, lip balm, a nice moisturiser, fuzzy socks, some lollies…. That way they can just add it straight to their hospital bag and not have to worry!! Xx

  42. Amy
    February 9, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I give either a vaporiser (I check with the mum to be if she would like one first – I found it essential for my bub and still use it all the time!) or something mama-friendly….massage voucher or similar!

  43. Laura
    February 9, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    I’m currently pregnant and will definitely using these tips when people ask what gifts I’d like at my baby shower! I’ll be great full for whatever my family and friends gift me but I’m kinda already dreading the countless Teddy’s n toys I’ll be getting

  44. Ellie
    February 9, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    Perineum ice packs ! Body ice do a cute gift box set with ice packs for sore nursing boobs and an ice pack for a fragile nether region. It’s something new mums wouldn’t usually think of – something for them self to help recovery.

  45. Lizzie
    February 9, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Definitely cloth nappies! After only 3 weeks of being a mum, I will definitely be gifting these as baby shower gifts from now on. They have been the best thing I’ve been told about thus far in my pregnancy! Also Big W “Dymples” Cotton wraps have by far been my favourite wraps, they are the easiest to wrap our new babe in, even though we’ve been given at least dozens of the muslin wraps, I couldn’t go past these also, and will definitely be gifting them as a baby shower gift!

  46. Bec
    February 9, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    A thermometer is always handy!
    I would say Nappies as they will get used or clothes in the next size up as my babies weren’t in newborn clothes for very long. Oh and something to treat the new mummy.

  47. Rose
    February 9, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    The meals I had cooked and frozen in the weeks leading up to giving birth were an absolute lifesaver!! While I was cooking them I was unsure if we’d actually need them.. then after 1 night of hospital food I demanded my husband bring me some of lasagna I had made. It’s was the BEST meal. And I ate it (alternating with quiche) for lunch and dinner for about a week after I gave birth.
    And YES to those cloth nappies! Still one of my most used baby items at 9 months!

  48. Shannon
    February 9, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    Yes!
    I always give the women’s weekly birthday cake book (you know the one from when we were kids with the popcorn train on the front)! And the kids book “the wonderful things you will be” by Emily winfield Martin, its an incredible picture book!

  49. Emma
    February 9, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    I make a pack with baby nurofen, panadol, corams teething liquid, a thermometer, nappy rash cream and a box of stage 2 nappies.
    I then make a pack of bath salts, face mask, exfoliating scrub, bath bombs, shampoo, conditioner, soap and moisturizer for mum as she is not going to be able to get to a salon any gone soon.

  50. Amy Louise
    February 9, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Next baby shower gift from me is going to be a massage voucher for the Mumma. Baby clothes are gorgeous and hard not to buy but I had an abundance and my back was wrecked from labour so a little body maintenance for myself would’ve been perfect!

  51. Lisa
    February 9, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Hydrogel breast discs and dry shampoo are my number 1 go to gifted with triple and double 0 bonds onesies coz unless spewed or pooped on these can be worn for days….

  52. Leanne
    February 9, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    At my recent baby shower, it was so obvious who the mummas were, there presents were SO practical!! The white cloth nappies for sure, and medical needs (Panafon, neurofen and gripe liquid), plus maternity pads. And big points – a clothes hamper for all the babies washing!!

  53. Courtney Vincent
    February 9, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    My go to is normally a pack of cloth nappies as you said, hydrogel breast pads, bath thermometer, multiple blocks of chocolate and one of those mirrors for the car seat so you can see bubs whilst rear facing.

  54. Christie
    February 9, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    So many good ideas!
    I think something for both mum and bub is good, mums deserve some spoiling too! A cute keep cup for all those coffees needed to survive those bellish days after nights with no sleep, a magazine subscription for mum, so something spesh arrives just for her each month (mum life can be lonely at times, everyone loves a mag for a pick me up!) and then some classic kids books for little babe – not practical as such, but will be used and enjoyed for years !

    • Christie
      February 9, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Ahhh hellish not bellish 😳😳 clearly surviving one of those days today!

  55. Sheryn Barrack
    February 9, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    I always buy gel nipple pads, lansinol, a comfy Tom organic pads for Mum. No one tells you how uncomfortable the maternity ones are and that it feels like your wearing a towel between our legs haha!

  56. Courtney
    February 9, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    My go to presents are normally hydrogel breast pads, a pack of cloth nappies, multiple blocks of chocolate and a mirror for the car so you can see bubs when they are rear facing.

  57. Rachel
    February 9, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    My baby is 3 months old and my favourite things I received at my baby shower apart from the cute little outfits were nipple cream and a box of chocolates they both went straight in my hospital bag and came in handy those first few days in hospital.

  58. Samantha
    February 9, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    We didn’t reveal the gender of our first baby until the baby shower so actually got a fair few practical gifts over shoes and onesies.
    Being pregnant for the second time now, my favourite thing to gift to an expecting Mum would be chocolate (because duh – who doesn’t love chocolate) and either a little “care pack for bubs” (nasal aspirator/spray), comb, nail clippers, euky bear rub, sudo cream etc. or spoon, sippy cup and bowl set for when they’re older.

  59. Jessica
    February 9, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    I always make a nappy “cake” with next size up nappies! I pretty it up with ribbons and make it tiered to actually look like a cake! I stuff the center with washclothes and some varied size singlets and then top with something nice for Mum!

  60. Diandra
    February 9, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    LOTS of Baby socks.
    I had a winter baby so she always had a pair of socks on to keep her little feet warm. But we always seem to lose one somewhere along the way.
    Not to mention they cost the same as adult socks for like 1/8th of the material?!?

  61. Brylee
    February 9, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    Amen to a cleaner!
    Also, cooked meals would’ve be super handy.
    Wipes x1000, because who knew you could literally use them for everything.
    Disposable Change mats – because shit always occurs at the most inconvenient times.
    And… Bibs – there can never be enough.

  62. Chelsea Vanderlinden
    February 9, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    My go to items would be nipple cream and a fair few sets of washable breast pads!!!
    So many good suggestions above for new mummas 😍

  63. Amy
    February 9, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    My go to pressies are pharmacy items. I work in a pharmacy so items like your panadol, nurofen, lasinoh, bepanthan, infacol,

  64. Alev
    February 9, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    DIY hamper of wipes, baby grooming set (brush, nail clippers), nipple cream, nappy cream, baby bath wash, books, breast pads and a nice notepad & pen (for Mum to keep track of feeds or just write down her thoughts or things to do)!

  65. Courtney Holland
    February 9, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    I buy books that can be treasured and kept forever like Beatrix Potter, Roal Dahl! They are the gift that keeps giving and doesn’t get thrown or after the 1st 5 years

  66. Tamara
    February 9, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Two hampers: a Mum’s and Bubs matching ‘whoopsie daisy’ hamper. In mum’s hamper I include things she will need for the hospital; nipple cream, gel discs, maternity pads, lip balm, face wipes, and include something special like a nice body scrub or hair mask. For bubs hamper I have baby panadol, thermometer, saline solution, nasal aspirator, nail clippers, paw paw ointment, nappy cream, bath products, bandaids etc. everything to help during a whoopsie daisy moment (eg. Medical kit) bonus points if it’s in a cute box that mum can add to as baby grows and needs different first aid essentials 🙂 it’s been a hit every time!

  67. Katy Brown
    February 9, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    I don’t give the pretty & exciting gift I like to go useful & practical. A soaking bucket filled with napisan, stain remover spray, pegs, hanging mini collapsible clothes airer, little scrubbing brush & old fashioned cloth nappies. These things were a saving grace during that newborn stage

  68. Brigid
    February 9, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    A few Bonds Zippys (can never have too many!), baby panadol and infants friend for sore baby tums, and all the boring stuff everyone else forgets to buy like little white socks, face washers and breast pads! I don’t have kids so I’ve spent many hours googling in the lead up to baby showers and this post is great!

  69. Jo
    February 9, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    I used to buy the most impractical baby shower gifts but now I really think about what will be used even if no one swoons when it’s opened ha! These are my go-to gifts and are all things I think are extremely useful!
    Baby seat and tray
    Outdoor portable picnic / play rug (easy fold up, wipeable, water resistant are a plus)
    Small portable insulated cooler bag
    Shades for the car windows
    Pram pegs to clip and hold wraps in place especially over the pram!
    Cup holder / organiser / hanging mini purse for the pram handle bar – so much easier than looking through a big baby bag in the bottom basket
    A wipeable, soft, attractive looking play mat like munchkin and bear
    Quality breast feeding pillow (for BF mums – breast pads and nursing bras are also always in high demand)
    Love to dream zip up swaddles / ergo sleep suits / bonds zippies as easy pjs
    A good quality hooded bath towel and gentle bath products (these will always eventually be used)
    If all else fails you can never have too many baby wipes! And vouchers even though slightly impersonal are great for the ‘have everything’ mums! X

  70. Carlee Maher
    February 9, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    My fave go to baby shower present would have to be a riff raff teddy from riff raff & co! Worked a treat for my bubba, so any new mums around me get one as a present to have there ‘just in case’ it works just as well for them!

  71. Amelia
    February 9, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Reusable cloth breast pads and frozen prepared meals ready for when baby comes

  72. Bridget
    February 9, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    I am currently having my first baby and hands down the best gift I have received so far is Bras & Things vouchers! Maternity bras and new pajamas and it left me forced to spend it on myself- not my baby or partner like I normally would. It’s indulgent and necessary and I will now be gifting this to all new mums!

  73. Laura
    February 9, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    I recently gifted my sister in law and new mumma to be a maternity gift pack from Body Ice Woman … ice packs for the boobies and bits, the most practical present she got👌🏼

  74. Erin
    February 9, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    With my first on the way I’m loving all these ideas! I also love to give good quality toilet paper for hospital as this is the first thing my sister asked me to bring her when she had her first. My friend also appreciated the bodyice ice packs!

  75. Laura Gray
    February 9, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    Zaraffas drive-through coffee gift card! Sometimes you just need to get out of the house…but you still don’t want to have to put a bra on.

  76. Ainslie W
    February 9, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    I made up a large hamper for my friend, nipple cream was on the top of my list (Cos that sh*t is expensive & with a new born all I wanted to spend my money on with coffee & chocolate)
    Omo Sensitive washing powder
    Granny undies
    Maternity pads
    A hand towel to chuck over your shoulder for burping bubs (the pretty ones I was given were way to small)
    Milestone cards
    Breast pads
    Teething toys
    Thermometer
    Nurofen
    Panadol
    Nappies

    <3

  77. Hope
    February 9, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    Lily padz we’re amazing….they are a chicken fillet breast pad. Haha best thing ever!
    Most definitely the cloth nappies and I wish someone had given me a thermometer and pack with gripe water/infants friend, all to just make me feel like I was doing something for my reflux baby in the early days when I had no idea.

  78. Stacey
    February 9, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    Fresh pj’s I thought it was odd a friend giving me these soft but very granny elastic pj bottoms. I had all these cute ones just waiting to be worn after the birth of my twins. Well… the twins came via c section and nothing hurt more than wearing pants. Except with rather large granny pants. Still love them to this day.

  79. Kate
    February 9, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    I love to give the “tiny hearts” first aid kits, they are packed with the essentials you would not think you will need at 2am with a sick baby!

  80. Chantelle Freeman
    February 9, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    Packs of baby wipes from different brands. We went through almost every brand until we found the one that was right for our bubba. And a little mummy inspiration book full of quotes to keep you going on the hard days.

  81. Abbey
    February 9, 2018 / 11:02 pm

    My go to baby shower present is a hamper with lotions and potions in it, sudocream, bonjella, moisturiser, bath soap. As well as things for mum, ice packs, pads, nipple cream, lollies anything I can think of that I know they go through, so it doesn’t matter if it gets doubled up on! I also prefer to write a note in the front of a book instead of giving a card, that way the message stays forever and you can read the message every time you read the book.
    I had this for my baby shower and now I have a great library of kids books all with special messages in them!

  82. Libby
    February 9, 2018 / 11:29 pm

    Yes yes and heck yes! Love this article! I was also given a baby wrap that got me myself and the little man through those first few weeks when the “witching hour” (or hourS!) came upon him! I don’t know how or why, but when I popped my screaming newborn in, he suddenly settled! Magic! I now buy one for all my mummy-to-be friends!

  83. Lindsay
    February 9, 2018 / 11:41 pm

    Definitely agree with the white cloth nappies – they saved me so so many times. My almost one year old now uses it has his comforter for bed!
    Weirdly, I was given a pack of the adult pull up diapers for hospital – best present ever!!! So glamorous to rip off when you still have your epidural catheter in! I lived in them for the week post baby.
    You can also never go wrong with choc coated almonds as part of a broader kit.

  84. Phoebe Burnham
    February 9, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    Definitely spew rags! My mum made us a whole bunch, our bub was such a spewy baby, we had spew rags everywhere ready to go. Now that he is older and less spewy, I use them after meals to wash his hands and face.
    I was also gifted a large, quality waterbottle which I thought was a funny baby shower gift at the time but very quickly became my most used item!! Hydration for pregnancy.. labour, breastfeeding and beyond!
    Was also gifted a Bubnest which we loved and used every single day and I now gift this to expecting mums

  85. Alexis McDermott
    February 9, 2018 / 11:43 pm

    I wish I had of thought of a cleaner for my friends. My go to gift giving is the Gro egg and the baby sleeping bags for when they are a bit older. And I love giving old time classic books like Possum Magic and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  86. Gayanji Egan
    February 10, 2018 / 12:33 am

    I like to give something for the Mum, like a massage voucher. A book usually a tactile touch and feel book. Some basic outfits, like long/short sleeve rompers. For my very close friends, a few frozen home cooked meals.

  87. Sarah Rowe
    February 10, 2018 / 5:26 am

    For my baby shower I got heaps of practical gifts. I love baby food containers for meal prep which are handy, when they start solids and baby bath products and nappy cream.

  88. Jess
    February 10, 2018 / 6:44 am

    Frozen meals prepared before Baby arrives, Rite aid hydrogel breast pads are a serious must and I have to tell every momma to be who’s planning on breastfeeding about them they are a saviour! Definitly have the nice practical clothes like Bonds suits in a few sizes as well but also a little hamper withthings like Baby pain relief, you don’t know when they’ll start teething and new mum prob hasn’t thought of those things yet.

  89. Jen
    February 10, 2018 / 6:48 am

    ZIPPYS PYJAMAS!!
    I wish I had discovered them pre birth or someone would have told me about them so I could have used these from day 1!!! Stuff trying to button buttons in the middle of the night when you’ve had close to zero sleep!
    Definitely my go to, and in small new born size. Because you usually think your baby will not be a mini (judging by the size of your belly) and you pack only 0-3 months but the reality is girlfriend, your baby will most likely be wearing small newborn size for a few weeks!
    This and a stretchy wrap for a perfect swaddle!

  90. Kristin
    February 10, 2018 / 7:29 am

    You can’t go past the care package with all the essentials like nappy cream, teething gel, powder, wipes, face washers, a facial voucher for mumma, maternity pads, nappies etc these were a god send when I had my daughter via ceaserean

  91. Anna
    February 10, 2018 / 7:37 am

    I give a little Skip Hop cooler bag. Provides so many uses from birth to toddlers and beyond from carrying bottles to snacks. I then fill it with a few items that match the Mum/baby.

  92. Jess
    February 10, 2018 / 8:08 am

    I always used to be the designer dress giver *face palm* now I usually do hampers, with all essential things for a new born, nappies in different sizes, wipes, creams, bibs ect – and I always put something nice for mum to be in there! I’m loving the ideas of home cooked meals, cleaners and Netflix subscriptions! You could also do a magazine subscription for the mumma to be!

  93. Alex
    February 10, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I love this blog post Olivia!! So helpful especially for someone who is not a mother. I have been buying new mums useless stuff! My cousin is a new mum of identical twin boys! I bought her two outfits- one says ‘this one’ and the other outfit says ‘the other one’!

  94. Joanne Beadel
    February 10, 2018 / 8:22 am

    My go to baby shower present is sudocream. That stuff is super expensive and you can use it for everything. The pack of 12 towels was also my lifesaver too. They are the best.

  95. Alicia
    February 10, 2018 / 8:29 am

    Any breastfeeding gear for momma’s trying to breastfeed. Stain remover for baby clothes – because blowouts. Saline wipes for the tiny one’s nose – because colds and teething = runny nose.
    There was so much I never knew I’d need that friends helped with.
    Also – setting up a meal train for meal deliveries from friends is top notch. We had a friend organize one for us that had friends stopping by the house twice a week with meals for us for 7 weeks. A – we were fed well! B – I had adult human interaction during their visits!

  96. Jami bell
    February 10, 2018 / 8:37 am

    My go to baby shower gift is bubs first change mat cover, it has a wipeable bottom half and soft comfy top half, so much less washing! Get a little bit of poo and it and just wipe it off! Also wipes and baby bath products😍

  97. February 10, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Such good advice! My go to gifts are;
    – baby essentials (ntofen, sudocream, nipple cream etc)
    – Dayspa voucher specialising in pregnancy
    – giftvoucher to babyshop or a Coles/woolies
    – practical items for older babies – feeding etc

    And I always include a kind card encouraging them in their new adventure! Xx

  98. Reanna lantry
    February 10, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Bonds zippies are my go to. Cause let’s face it they are bloody practical, also fuel vouchers for the ridiculous amount of fuel you go through driving that babe around begging it will sleep. 👌👌👌

  99. Reanna lantry
    February 10, 2018 / 10:49 am

    Bonds zippies are my go to. Cause let’s face it they are bloody practical, also fuel vouchers for the ridiculous amount of fuel you go through driving that babe around begging it will sleep. 👌👌

  100. Jessie
    February 10, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Sleeping bags! Both of my babes always escaped swaddles! I found them so much more practical as I didn’t have to re-wrap them after their overnight feeds which made the transition back into their bassinet much smoother!

  101. Carissa
    February 10, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    My go to baby shower items are a bottle of Moët (usually kept for the first birthday celebration), box of chocolates, gift voucher for a massage, a baby hat and some of my favourite childhood books. I also love the above mentioned items, especially the terry squares for all the spew!

  102. Chloe
    February 10, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    CHOC-O-LATTE!!! That is, all the chocolate and all the caffeine in the world. I just had my second 2 weeks ago, and the biggest smile I have had since having her was opening up a gift to find a bag of chocolates for me…. best! Those bad boys were devoured before days end.

  103. Carly
    February 10, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    My go-to baby shower gift is books – baby can never have enough!
    Also, budgets can be tight when bub comes along and we were gifted some gorgeous, brand name items that we quickly found outlasted and outperformed the cheaper equivalents. Nappies, wipes, Bonds wondersuits and good quality muslin wraps are well worth the extra money and with everything else new parents have to buy, are so welcome!

  104. Rebekah Harley
    February 11, 2018 / 12:49 am

    100% to the white cloth nappies. Also an electronic water temperature gauge for baths. Nothing like the fear of boiling your first newborn to scare the pants of first time parents!

  105. Carly
    February 11, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    I would give mums to be my essentials, things i wish someone got me, so they dont have to do the late night chemist runs like me… all the boob stuff needed to make feeding at first half ok, nose spray, baby Panadol, wipes, nappies, chocolate for mum, beers for dad, panadol for both parents to start.

  106. Charlotte chambers
    February 11, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    A cleaner would have been the best present, having had 2 csections movement was not my friend. A girlfriend was amazing and bought a huge bag of all the comfort items, including lots of snacks.

  107. Kathie
    February 11, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    This is an awesome list!!! Love the cleaning voucher and the think outside the box gifts!!! Definitely saving this list. Thank you 🙌🏽

  108. Amanda
    February 11, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Love these ideas! Especially the new pyjamas. My work gave me a voucher for me to use on myself rather than the baby, so thoughtful!

  109. Kristie
    February 11, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    Totally agree. A good temp monitor was the best gift as a first time mum. Now 3 deep I would love to update. And white towels/spew rags omg the best. Netflix subscription would also rock. Love these ideas 😊

  110. Casey
    February 11, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    I always give a packet of the cloth nappies and at the time I get funny looks. A few months down the track though…. genius! Also something hand made that the baby can hold onto for ever if they choose 🙂

  111. Ash
    February 11, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    My BFF is about to have her first bub. I’ve gifted her a bodyice new Mum pack to keep her hooha in good comfort and her boobs cooled when they’re burning life fire through those first few weeks of feeding. I’ve also organised (because we live in different states) for a pressie or new PJs her fav chocolates and fruit to be delivered when babe arrives 🙌

  112. Jordie Herweynen
    February 11, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    The voucher for a cleaner would of been amazing!!!
    I have a 2.5yr old and I’m due with baby number two in March. Really rough (in and out of hospital) pregnancy. So a cleaner would of just been incredible 🙌

  113. Belinda
    February 11, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Great list all of which I got myself! Thanks

    • Belinda
      February 11, 2018 / 12:53 pm

      *i wish I got myself

  114. Terri Keane-Webby
    February 11, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    I love this blog!!! Another great gift for new mums is is prepared food! Be it homemade or brands like youfoods etc….

  115. Mel
    February 11, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    After having breastfed 3 babies I was always so thirsty! Now for all my pregnant friends I put a pretty drink bottle in their presents. Along with a voucher for a pedicure (pre baby) cos you don’t have time for that when baby comes along. A bottle of nurofen, because without fail baby we will get their first fever at 2am when nothings open! And lactation cookies… even if you don’t breastfeed, you’re always hungry with a newborn!

  116. Callie
    February 11, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    This would come in so handy!! The old fashioned ones are so hard to use and I never know if I’m getting the right temp!

  117. Hannah
    February 11, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    I agree with all of these great ideas🙏 My sister is having a baby soon and gifting her one of these thermometers would be awesome, or I’ll go with one that was suggested a few times breast feeding friendly pjs and some breast pads she actually gifted me comfy pjs for my birthday which was two months before my daughter was due and I wore nothing else in the hospital! Your amazing liv

  118. Elizabeth Tedge
    February 11, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    Mumma bear of 3 boys here and all of the above is definitely the perfect gifts for a new Mum! I would have loved a cleaning voucher!!!! That’s definitely my favourite oh and those cloth nappies is 100% a need for new mummas!

  119. Kimmy Mortimer
    February 11, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Essential is a soaking bucket for poo explosions and some gentle laundry detergent. So much poo those first few months *shudders*

  120. February 11, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    Hands down the best idea’s out! With a 4 month old baby these would have been perfect instead of the 4 baby record books I got haha. White cloth nappies have been our saviour. I don’t care if you don’t think you need them, I’m telling you, you need them! I wish I could be using the Netflix subscription though! I’ve watched one movie (in between cat naps) in 4 months! We have had a sick allergy babe that has screamed and vomited his entire life! Onwards and upwards from here!

  121. Emily
    February 11, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    Yessssss to cloth nappies!!! 🙌 while they might not be the most glamourous or adorable thing you get for your new baby, they will hands down be one of the most useful and versatile. And if only I was clever enough to get a Netflix subscription to get me through all those sleepless nights. I chose to watch a million seasons of Ink Master, which was a weird choice 🤔 but it got me through!

  122. Katie Thompson
    February 11, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    I always like to give a pedicure voucher for the mum to use before baby arrives. But also think the Netflix idea Is genius….will definitely be looking into the thermometer before baby no 2 arrive in May not loving the one I have already

  123. Emily030
    February 11, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    Yessssss to cloth nappies!!! 🙌 while they might not be the most glamourous or adorable thing you get for your new baby, they will hands down be one of the most useful and versatile. And if only I was clever enough to get a Netflix subscription to get me through all those sleepless nights. I chose to watch a million seasons of Ink Master, which was a weird choice 🤔 but it got me through!

  124. Amy Saezza
    February 11, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    My daughter is 10 months old and those cloth nappies have been an absolute god send! Not to mention having Netflix and yes it’s completely acceptable to continue watching Moana after your child has gone to bed! 😂

  125. Penny
    February 11, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Another good little gift is a mum box (all those lovely things you need: pads, lansinoh, chocolate etc)
    And all the things!!!

  126. Chelsea Poidevin
    February 11, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    I think all these ideas are amazing and so practical.
    Usually you get so many baby clothes at baby showers, don’t get me wrong you appreciate anything you get but most of the time your newborn is grown out of them in 5 seconds and hardly gets to wear anything.

  127. jodie
    February 11, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    terry towling nappies are a godsend for spews and baths in the newborn stage. we had a winter baby and would cover her in wet warm nappy to ensure her whole body was warm and she loved it. i also love the idea of a grocery voucher- the best 2 gifts i got post baby (didn’t have a shower) were a bouquet of donuts and a contintal roll!!

  128. Brooke Bew
    February 11, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    Oh my gosh yes! A shopping order or a cleaner!!! The best!

  129. Bec Kieboom
    February 11, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Great list! My cousins got me nipple balm & boob ice packs!! So bloody good!

  130. Megan
    February 11, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    Cleaner is a fab idea! I loved getting a room thermometer as well as a thermostat plug. Random I know… but helped keep buns room at a constant temp.
    Great blog!!!!

  131. Jessica jones
    February 11, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    Totally agree cloth nappy they were a life saver!!! And fresh pjs after giving birth we’re the only thing that made me feel normal again. One thing I wish someone told me about would have been adult nappies for after giving birth.

  132. Makayla Thompson
    February 11, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    These ideas are great!!

  133. Sherry
    February 11, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    I wish we had bought a decent thermometer! It’s the one thing you really need but no one ever gifts you! We had to rush out late at night to get a cheapy from woolies :/

  134. Danielle
    February 11, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    Love this blog!! I wish I’d have been able to show this to my family and friends when I was expecting my first! I lived in pjs for the first few weeks & wouldve given anything to have someone else clean my house!

  135. Leah Hall
    February 11, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    One of my good friends just found out she is having a baby boy. I think I’ll actually do the pyjama idea. & Netflix voucher 🙂 such a great idea. When I had my first I watched all of the good wife in about 2 weeks.

  136. Kimberley
    February 11, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    My favorite gift for a new Mum is a little first aid kit filled with things they may not have thought of when bubs has their first cold. I fill a first aid tin with things like nurofen, bonjela, fess, Vick’s baby balsam & a thermometer. I also write little tips inside the lid (eg. coat bubs feet with Vick’s & cover with socks to help ease a cough). And the cloth nappies, so simple but definitely one of the most used baby items!

  137. Melissa Caltieri
    February 11, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    Great ideas!
    The cloth nappies are always my go to baby shower gift, along with a hamper full of the necessities for bathing baby! The best thing you can do for a new mum when visiting is bring food/meals that can be frozen and easily reheated, visit for no longer than an hour. Don’t expect her to host you, make her a cup of tea and put a load of washing on for her!

  138. February 11, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    Definitely wish I had some cleaning help. After my csection coming home to the mess my toddler had made the previous 3 days and my partners inability to do the dishes a cleaner was definitely needed.

  139. Elizabeth
    February 11, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Awesome ideas. I have a couple of pregnant friends/family members so this was helpful! thankyou!

  140. Edwina
    February 11, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Practical and sensible… food or a cleaner. The temp monitor sounds amazing tho- takes the constant anxiety away when all you are doing is worrying about your little one when they are sick. Forget the onesies, this list should be the ‘go to’.

  141. Caitlyn
    February 11, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    All these things!! And a wrap or carrier to wear a grumpy baby so you can get things done ❤️

  142. Katie
    February 11, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    For my first I never bought the terry towelling nappies but now that I’m pregnant with #2 that is one thing right up my list of things to buy! You deffinetly use the first as a tester dont you 😂

  143. Alexandra
    February 11, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    I always work on the gift for baby, gift for Mum (or mum and Dad) and Small gift for siblings when going to baby showers. Something useful for the baby (pram liners, burp cloths, ergo sleep suits) something indulgent for the parents (new pajamas, artisan chocolates or a voucher for a good quality restraint that will do take-away) and something to read for the siblings (or a craft kit to keep them busy and give mum a break – if they’re old enough). These temperature trackers look like a great idea!

    • Alexandra
      February 11, 2018 / 2:52 pm

      This doesn’t even make any sense. That’s what happens when you type mid feed. My brain is mush.

  144. Louise
    February 11, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    I think it’s only now that I can buy something meaningful or even do something meaningful for a new Mum. I appreciated everyone’s kind gifts but you know the ones that come from experience and love because they are the ones you reach for or are so grateful for when you are unprepared and let’s face it when do you really have anything in control anymore… embrace the chaos!

  145. Louise
    February 11, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Find your tribe… best advice I could give. Love them, support them, be there for them in any little way you can. Motherhood can be so unpredictable and isolating, any little bit of kindness helps more than you will ever know!

  146. Abbey
    February 11, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Love these ideas
    New pj and terry towel clothes would definitely be my 2 out of those

  147. Amanda
    February 11, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    The cleaner idea is fantastic, love all these suggestions

  148. Chloe
    February 11, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Would have given anything for a cleaner! And breastfeeding-friendly pj’s are a must! Also pre-cooked meals; regret not having these done big time. Lord knows the 73926 visitors that you get over to ‘help’ will come only to cuddle your baby while you drag your tired, hungry ass around the house catching up on life! Lol.

  149. Elle tracey
    February 11, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    Cloth nappys amazing!! 👶
    Handmade outfits and handmade toys also amazing!!
    A chemist box.. including temp monitor, baby nurofen, ice pack, oils, baby bath oils, baby face washers, wipes, baby brush/comb, nappy rash cream, teething cream… etc…. amazing!!! 👌

  150. Samantha
    February 11, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    100% with the Netflix subscription, only thing that got me through ALL of those night feeds!

  151. Kelly
    February 11, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    My sister gave me a voucher to get my hair done, I used it for my first time out with out my baby and I was so grateful to be pampered. Something special just for the new Mum is always nice.

  152. Emily
    February 11, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    YES! Love the pyjamas idea 🙌🏻

  153. Kristy
    February 11, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    Defiantly nappies the next size up because mum would of stocked up on newborn sizes, a thermometer are great gifts and defiantly something in your gift for mum.

  154. Megan
    February 11, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    I’d love to win a Nurofen FeverSmart for my bestie who is soon to become a first time mumma bear : )

  155. Jess Middleton
    February 11, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    Wine!!! The answer is always wine!!! Need to ensure Mumma is prepared if a pump and dump session is required xx

  156. Kristie
    February 11, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    I’d love be in with a chance to win one of the thermometers 🌡 for my 3 month old boy! Thank you 😊

  157. Zoe
    February 11, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    The cleaner is an amazing idea. My mum got me that for my second child. Godsend 😍💪

  158. Jess
    February 11, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    Frozen meals was a life saver for me! Although I would’ve used a cleaner for sure. I’ve never thought of gifting a thermometer… What fab suggestions Liv!

  159. Elle
    February 11, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    I love to make nappy cakes for my friends (and friend of friends) they usually consist of a box of nappies, face washers, baby soap, bath toy, singlets, socks, etc and some chocolate for Mum 😉

  160. Jodie Mesaric
    February 11, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    Such a good list! I’ve also given a good soaking bucket and napisan. It looked like the most boring things to add to a present but it was thanked for later!!
    And yes 100% you NEED a good reliable themometer not one that gives you a different reading every time!

  161. Lauren Young
    February 11, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    Ready to eat meals and snacks! I find myself constantly reaching for unhealthy biscuits etc so something a bit healthier and ready to go is great!
    Boob ice packs for breastfeeding mummas coz when that milk comes in they are awesome! I recently used the lansinoh brand and loved them.

  162. February 11, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Love finding articles like these, could do with some preprepared food absolutely!

  163. Lizzie
    February 11, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    I was given a children’s book subscription! Two books arrived each month for three months! Was such a cool idea – it meant I got to open something new every month, and you can never have enough books!

  164. Kellie R
    February 11, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Definitely cloth nappies! Absolute god send! Best gifts I can think of for new mums, voucher for a cleaner, coffee shop voucher, panadol/nurofen/bonjella/barrier creams. Cause let’s face it’s this fevers, or teething or nappy rash come out of nowhere and ALWAYS handy to have extra!

  165. Shanelle
    February 11, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Some perfect ideas for a new Mum! I’d love to win this either for myself or my girlfriend whom is having her first bubba this year. X

  166. Mich
    February 11, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Bonds wondersuits! The zips were the bomb! Once i discovered them, there waas no turning back. My now 3 yr old still wears them.

  167. Steph Coleman
    February 11, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Just wanting to say these are such good ideas! After my first (I had 3 under 3) I realised how much I didn’t use! Although they were thoughtful gifts, the mums definitely stood out with the gifts they had given me!
    Meals yes! Coming around and doing a load of laundry! Or I even had a gf (when No.3 came along) come around and hold him, so I could sneak away for a long shower (he was a little Mr Clingy baby). It was a lifesaver!
    Something else that is – is definitely a good thermometer. I can’t believe how much you end up using them with young kids. Definitely worth the investment!
    On a side note – I love your work. Keeping it real and honest mumma, well done!

  168. Kirsten
    February 11, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    A hamper with wine, tarago cheeses, chocolate & nipple shields for mama! For baby – bonds zippy suit, baby Nurofen & baby panadol, moo goo scalp cream , that stuff is the best for cradle crap!!
    Love the PJ idea too!

  169. Rebecca M
    February 11, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    White cloth nappies 🙌🏼 I’ve got them in ever nook and cranny in the house. Super helpful! Since becoming a mum I opt for buying my friends practical baby shower presents. I understand a babies and mums needs so much more

  170. Erin
    February 11, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Bonds onesies – cute outfits are great but you need the two way zip for middle of the night changes! Always gift a fave book to add to the library and a home cooked meal they can either eat straight away or freeze in a throw away container!

  171. Melis
    February 11, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    Yes. Yes. Yes!!! Agree with all of these. Especially the thermometer. My twins were premmie and it gave me such peace of mind to be able to check their temps. Great list 🙂 And love your insta ❤️

  172. Taylor
    February 11, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Yes to the pjs. It’s nice to have nice new comfy pjs.. maybe even a few pairs. As you spend a lot of time on them for the first few days to weeks. And those back up pairs come in handy for when you get baby spew on you.

  173. Melissa Cannella
    February 11, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    I like to give the bath that comes with the stand because who wants to bend done after having a baby, especially if you have just had a c-section…. I also include the net which clip onto the bath, this to me is so important because of how slippery and delicate the babies are in the bath, it gives a new Mum a sense of security!

  174. Alex
    February 11, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    100% agree with all of these suggestions but especially the cloth nappies/spew rags ( we still use these for various things years later) and a cleaner voucher! Such great ideas!

  175. Bel
    February 11, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    You nailed it mumma! I’m going shopping for my preggo bestie now…..

  176. Laura
    February 11, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    If a mum is planning to breastfeed, lanolin cream is a nipple saver!

  177. Laura
    February 11, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Ah these ideas are so helpful! Due with my first in 7 wks and will definitely be sharing this list with my fam 😉 baby thermometer is definitely something I need to get though x

  178. Ashleigh
    February 11, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I totally agree with all these ideas someone gifted me a cleaning voucher best thing ever

  179. February 11, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    Oh my yes all of the above plus home cooked meals frozen in bulk to regain energy at all hours from being sucked dry! It’s all so tiring being a new mum (second, third or even tenth time >gee whizz) having a baby is hard and having a thermometer on hand would be so handy!

  180. Shannon
    February 11, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    I love me a 20 pack of cloth nappies! Kind of embarrassed but amused at the same time that once baby is past the spew stage I end up using them as gym/sweat towels 😂😂 Also when buying baby shower gifts, such as clothes I try to buy some larger sizes like 0, 1 & 2’s as you seem to get inundated with 0000, 000 & 00 sizes and it’s helpful to have the bigger sizes 😊

  181. Stevie
    February 11, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    I usually buy singlets, wash clothes, bonds zippy suit for the baby and then a voucher for a day spa for the mum to have some her time to feel good. My friend was thoughtful enough to get me a weeks worth of youfoodz as my husband works out of town and she lives in a different town. Helped me alot! But I also agree that a cleaner is a great idea

  182. Laura
    February 11, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    I agree! I was given a thermometer as a baby showe gift and it was honestly the best present. Whenever I am asked what a good baby shower gift is, I always suggest this.

  183. Rhiannon
    February 11, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    I read this aloud to my hubby and his eye brows shot up at the Netflix subscription suggestion…because you know Netflix and chill is all he heard 😂 great ideas! There is no better feeling than gifting something that becomes a well loved and used addition to their parenting journey 😘

  184. Natika
    February 11, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    Awesome ideas! I’m going to steal a few of these ideas as I have 2 baby showers coming up for 2 beautiful 1st time Mumma’s that threw me an amazing surprise baby shower not to mention the wonderful gifts. The least I can do is repay the favour with some fantastic, helpful gifts xo

  185. Viv churcher
    February 11, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    Love your ideas. All very good, the pyjamas I especially like, I gave that last year to my daughter who gave birth to her second beautiful bubba. I took her fresh homemade meals everyday for the first couple of months and went and took the kids off her hands while she had a sleep or just caught up on things. She had been through a particularly difficult birth and wanted her to get her strength back. I still take her meals at least once a week. The kids are now 5 and 9 months 😍💑

  186. Megan
    February 11, 2018 / 11:34 pm

    Love these ideas. Definitely always need a pack of 20 terry flats! And now with youfoodz, it would be super easy to gift a few of these, straight to their door!

  187. Vee
    February 11, 2018 / 11:47 pm

    I love these tips! I have a few months to go before my first one arrives but am already buying a bigger freezer and cooking like there’s no tomorrow 🙈 I’ve gifted a forehead thermometer at a baby shower before but the Nurofen one sounds even better!

  188. Lisa
    February 12, 2018 / 12:33 am

    I think the best present to any new mum is come baring food as last thing want to do is think about what to cook and prepare it..

  189. February 12, 2018 / 2:35 am

    A nice set of pjs is a great gift, and from close family some frozen meals is just an amazing idea! We are pregnant with baby number 2 and I would love to win a nurofen feversmart monitor! Such a great idea and will benefit both of our babies when it’s needed 😀

  190. Tracey McShane
    February 12, 2018 / 7:09 am

    My anxiety would love you forever if I could own one of the Nurofen Thermometers!

  191. Steph
    February 12, 2018 / 7:34 am

    Yes to the Netflix subscription and cloth nappy squares!!

  192. Alana Taylor
    February 12, 2018 / 8:07 am

    Yep! Hit the nail on the head with all the items!! I just paid for a cleaner for my Besty whose having a baby in 8 weeks!! I know she will be so appreciative!

  193. Kristie
    February 12, 2018 / 8:38 am

    What a great list!!! The temperature monitor would be a god send 😍

  194. Sharna
    February 12, 2018 / 8:48 am

    I love to give a little hamper of things for the baby and also things for mum. I have incorporated things like the cold packs for postnatal care, water wipes cloth nappies and even bliss balls. I am expecting my first baby and am lucky to have had a lot of friends have children before me to fill me in on what they think are the best things to use and little godsends items they have received.

  195. Gillian
    February 12, 2018 / 8:51 am

    The play group I belong to organises all you dinner meals for a week. Each night a different person cooks for you and shows up at your door at dinner time will a meal ready to go. It is an absolute blessing. I have cooked so. many meals over the years for all the beautiful mumma and there families. it just takes the pressure off..

  196. Gemma
    February 12, 2018 / 9:17 am

    I wish someone got me a cleaner after my bub as I had a c-section and could hardly move in that first week or so.

  197. February 12, 2018 / 10:34 am

    Such a great, realistic article! Love practical baby shower gifts!

  198. Sara
    February 12, 2018 / 10:46 am

    Having peace of mind and being able to monitor your baby with this device would be heaven sent.
    All mummas need a break and if that means not getting out of bed and just looking at your phone. Yay to that.

  199. Laura
    February 12, 2018 / 10:55 am

    Thankful for your suggestions! I have a baby shower coming up and these are much needed ideas.

  200. Donna Taylor
    February 12, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Amazing list! Cleaner 🙌🏻🙌🏻 And New pjs the best!
    I would love to win the thermometers for my little boy! 💙💙

  201. Lizz
    February 12, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    Great list! Love it all but if you must buy something cute, the Oball is a completely undervalued toy and always in my pressie basket.

  202. Kim Scott
    February 12, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Theae are great tips! Definitly all a must.
    I still have some of the 20 pack of cloth nappies in my linen cupboard that I use for spills from the kids. This is 4 years later! They are the ultimate must

  203. Dani
    February 16, 2018 / 7:58 am

    I like to do up a big hamper! I start off with a few wraps, couple of outfits and lots of singlets. I get some bibs, Dymadon/panadol, nursing pads, dummies, disposable change mats and other random helpful things. Finally, I like to do something for Mum. A gift bag of candles, some chocolate, or something else catered to Mum.

  204. Natika
    March 22, 2018 / 11:57 am

    My favourite grift to give is an Endota spa voucher.
    When you become a mum you don’t take time for yourself as there is always something else that you put your money towards, bills 💵 by giving this it forces them to take time for themselves , relax and be spoilt xo


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