While pregnant with my daughter my obsession with tutu dresses, frilly pink tops, and jumbo size hair bows kicked into overdrive as I created my baby shower registry making up nearly half of my wish list. I included the usual first aid kit, diaper bag, and onesies 3packs and while I was extremely grateful to receive exactly what I requested from loving friends and families, now that I’ve been a mommy for a year I’ve realized that there were more important items I should have added to my baby registry instead of the talking pink teddy bear. As I watch Savannah’s cute clothes shrink in the wash and become permanently stained by baby food, I was inspired to create a list of 10 odd, but essential, baby shower gifts all expectant mothers should request as these items will remain useful year round and for many years to come!
Stationary sets allows mom to easily send “Thank You” cards for year round baby gifts. Register stationary that’s not specifically a “baby” oriented theme so the cards can be used for any occasion no matter the time of year or holiday. Anna Griffin Pink and Gold Foil Thank You Cards (50 count)The best little helpers when mom has to get inside the house with both baby and groceries. The Spiral Wrist Keychain will keep keys close hanging from the wrist and the Trip Grips can hold up to 70lbs! Spiral Wrist Coil Keychain & BAG-MATE
Garanimals socks are sold 6 pairs to a pack and is the ONLY baby/toddler sock brand thus far that my daughter hasn’t been able to wiggle out. The bra bag will help keep sock pairs together when washing and drying, also holding mittens, delicate hair bows, and crochet headbands. Garanimals and Bra Bag
Baby will become mommy’s regular shopping buddy and a cart cover keeps baby from touching and gumming germ riddled shopping cart handles. Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Cozy Cart CoverRestaurant dining will become a part of regular family outings and baby will soon need a plate and seat of their own. Play tray detaches to reveal regular booster seat, great for keeping baby in place! EzPz Happy one piece silicone placemat + plate and Summer Infant 3-Stage Booster SuperSeatBaby will be moving and scooting everywhere by the end of the year and the Sesame Street Tiny Steps Walker will keep baby entertained with attached toys during those long trips to the opposite side of the room, and later converts to allow baby the ability to walk behind and push when learning to walk. Sesame Street Tiny Steps Walker
This gadget makes camera phone photo capturing of both mother and baby together much easier and this model works with both iPhone and Android devices. The Orbit Pro II Selfie Stick
Great for Facebook loving mommy’s that will no doubt litter their FB walls with weekly milestone photographs of baby, and the flip book is delivered monthly, photos can be easily removed and arrive already photo frame sized. At the baby shower, mom can simply download the app on her smartphone and you add your card info during checkout! Groovebook
All parents know there will be a time when baby develops a cough, gets a stuffy nose, and all the usual rough weather annoyances and this basket will help ease mom’s bug worries for precious baby. Bundle these products inside a deeply built wicker basket which can later be used for additional storage: Lip Chapstick , Little Remedies New Baby Essentials Kit, Carex Hot Water Bottle, Mother’s Milk Tea , Summer Infant SwaddleMe Cotton Swaddling Blanket
No matter mommy’s fitness level eventually she’ll want to get out and about with baby so a stroller built for tough terrain would be perfect for outdoor exploring and is an awesome post-baby health incentive. If you’re iffy about offending just attach this article and blame it on us! Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller