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Best Baby Shower Gifts: A First Time Mom’s Favorite Baby Gifts Under $50

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By Candida

My girlfriend sent me a text message the other day looking for a baby gift under $50 for her expecting friend.

Here are some baby shower gifts which I feel are not only useful, but thoughtful — thoughtful in a sense that every time I use the item, I think of the person who gifted it to us.

These are all great baby gifts under $50 (…and yes, I really do love and use them all).

My Favorite Baby Shower Gifts

In no particular order…

Baby Diaper Cake – with different size diapers and decorated with small items like a paci-finder, teething toy, rattle, Nuk, etc. (Around $50)

diy diaper cakes make great baby shower gifts

Here are some places to order diaper cakes as baby shower gifts, plus DIY tips to make your own diaper cakes.

Moby Wrap Baby Carrier or Sling Carrier – helpful during those weeks of cluster feeding and baby wearing days. (Around $45)

Epoch Baby Hair and Body Wash – this tearless 2-in-1 foaming wash contains hibiscus used by native cultures and elderberry fruit. It gently keeps baby’s hair and skin soft, conditioned, and clean. Smells and feels great! (Around $20)

Baby Age Blocks – fun blocks with numbers, days, weeks, and months to capture baby in an age-stamped photos. (Around $10)

baby age blocks are great for photographing milestones

Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine – provides 12 soothing sounds to help baby sleep, plus an mp3 plug in port. (Around $45)

Baltic Amber Teething Necklace – since it can be worn as early as 4 weeks of age and all the way through the toddler years, this is an item that will continue to get a lot of use as baby grows. It provides natural pain relief for baby through teething and growing pains. (Around $30)

Here’s my review of the Baltic Amber Teething Necklace.

Aden and Anais Muslin Receiving Blankets – seriously the best receiving blankets, so light, soft and easy to swaddle. (Around $50 for a 4-pack)

Sophie La Giraffe – this cute giraffe teether is organic, made from 100% rubber and food-grade dyes. It’s also PVC-free and BPA-free. (Around $25)

Sophie the Giraffe is one of the most popular baby shower gifts ever

Ems 4 Bubs Hearing Protection Baby Earmuffs – nice to have for the live music loving family. They also protect baby’s hearing during 4th of July fireworks, parades, and other loud celebrations. (Around $30)

Bed Buddy Hot/Cold Pack – it’s an all-natural, conforming hot/cold pack that helps mamas relieve their sore muscles, aches, and pains. More importantly, it provides moist heat — to give mom relief from a clogged milk duct which can happen when breastfeeding. Filled with 100% natural ingredients, it’s safe for use near baby, too — and it has handles, so it can be incorporated into baby floor activities! (Around $10)

Bumbo Multi Seat – awesome multi-purpose baby seat has a removable tray. This baby floor seat can be used once baby can sit on their own all the way through the toddler stage. (Around $45)

i cannot say enough good things about the bumbo multi seat - a wonderful baby floor seat

Here’s my review of the Bumbo baby seat.

Bright Starts Activity Play Mat – provides a soft place for tummy time with fun, dangling toys for baby to play with when they start to roll on their own. (Around $50)

For tummy time, you need a baby play mat

Spark Create Imagine Farm Animals – a bucket of the cutest little farm animals that are made of soft plastic and have soft edges. Although these are recommended for ages 2+, they are the perfect sized toys for my baby’s little monkey hands. (Around $10)

another one of the baby shower gifts that will grow with baby

Baby Float Ring – I’m all about having a bath at the same time as baby too! The float ring goes around baby’s neck and keeps baby’s head afloat freeing up your hands to bathe baby while enjoying a soak yourself. (Around $25)

This is a must read: Are Infant Neck Floats Dangerous? Only If They’re Super Cheap Ones!

Little Tykes Outdoor Swing – I love this little swing for the easy set up and take down! It’s a great way for mom and baby to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. We have the toddler one, but the infant one is more secure for infants. (Around $30)

a secure baby swing is a must for every new mom

Carters Duo Head Support Insert – great 2-in-1 removable head rest for car seats and strollers. It’s the perfect addition to keep baby’s head secure while they’re still learning to hold their head up. (Around $15)

Luvable Friends Hooded Animal Towel – my clean baby looks absolutely adorable and snuggly in these hooded animal towels after a bath. (Around $10)

My baby wrapped in a hooded towel after a bath

Umbrella Stroller – this super lightweight, easily storable, and inexpensive stroller is handy to have as an additional safe place to put baby and be hands-free while moving around the house, the yard, or in tighter public spaces where a traditional stroller may be too big. (Around $30)

a lightweight umbrella stroller is one of the best baby shower gifts ever!

DIY Baby RX Assortment – make your own arrangement of useful infant items. (Around $50) These are the items that I’ve used most as a first-time mom and keep in my diaper bag at all times:

Baby Hand/Foot 3D Molding Kit – ok, so this one might not be as useful as the other baby shower gifts I’ve mentioned, but it is sure thoughtful and a wonderful keepsake. (Around $45)

some baby shower gifts are meant to be lifelong keepsakes - such as this baby hand mold kit

The Bottom Line…

Any of the above items will be a great gift, much appreciated, used often, and very thoughtful.

If the expecting mama has a baby shower gift registry, I would highly recommend that you try to get her something off her list — because she has more than likely done her research by asking friends and family about must-have items she will want and use the most. (That said, diaper wipes and diapers are always welcome!)

Here are a few other items I used regularly during my baby’s first 6 months.