5 Practical Baby Shower Gifts

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Baby showers are a time to laugh, cherish, and to shower parents-to-be with more gifts than they know what to do with. Unfortunately, many baby shower gifts are interesting or pretty, but not too useful. That's what inspired us to create this list of practical baby shower gifts. All of the gifts below are unique, enriching, and have the potential to make life easier for new parents!

Illustration of a baby excited to receive a Panda Crate

Panda Crate

Practical Baby Shower Gift: Panda Crate

Panda Crate is a bi-monthly subscription box that comes with age and stage-specific activities and toys that spark early learning through creative play.

Grounded in the science of child development, we designed each crate with the Seattle Children's Hospital to help babies learn by doing what they do best — playing, exploring, and most importantly, interacting with loving adults in their lives.


Sound Machine

Practical Baby Shower Gift: Sound Machine

Sound machines can be lifesavers when managing a newborn. They produce lulling, soothing sounds that help babies slumber. As a result, parents will also get some much-needed sleep... which is more useful than just about anything!


Lulu Lamb & Blankie

Practical Baby Shower Gift: Lulu Lamb & Blankie

Like sound machines, a quality blanket and a cuddly toy can send a baby to blissful sleep. From Olive and Cocoa, this cute, fuzzy sheep snuggles next to the baby to keep them company while the blanket keeps them snug and happy. This practical pair comes gift-wrapped, and packaged within a hand-crafted wooden crate!


Non-Contact Thermometer

Practical Baby Shower Gift: Panda Crate

This is the ultimate functional gift: a thermometer that can read a child's temperature without stirring them from their slumber. When your friend is exhausted and worried that their baby may be getting sick, they'll definitely thank you for this gift! This baby shower gift has the added benefit of being useful for children of all ages, so new parents can use it for years to come.


Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

Practical Baby Shower Gift: Baby Carrier

Almost every new parent is going to need a baby carrier or björn, and this carrier from Ergobaby is a great option. It's machine washable, has adjustable settings for babies to toddlers, and includes a detachable storage compartment. Baby carriers aren't cheap, but they're bound to prove their usefulness every single day.

Hopefully this sheds some light on the awesome, practical baby shower gifts that are out there in the world. If you're interested in learning about how baby gifts can facilitate early brain development in products like Panda Crate, here are some notes from the experts at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Illustration of a baby person with a light bulb above their head