The best baby shower gifts of 2020 – from royalty-approved accessories to Instagram-friendly gems
WHILE there are some universals all new parents need, it can be a challenge picking the perfect gift for the mum-to-be in your life.
But from time-saving saviours to royalty-approved accessories and Insta-friendly gems, we've got you covered with something for everyone.
Havin' a giraffe
Aden + Anais might be best known for their top-quality super-soft swaddles, but their baby clothing deserves just as much recognition.
Their latest Comfort Knit range includes this genius knotted gown set – allowing easy access for quick nappy changes – in a range of quirky and pretty prints.
Plus it's bang on trend, with Millie Mackintosh dressing her new daughter Sienna in the Perennial Pink print – so you know it's perfect for fashionistas (both little and big!).
- Comfort Knit Gown and Hat Set, £27.50, Aden + Anais – buy now
High chairs don't exactly inspire enthusiasm in design obsessed mums to be – until they see Stokke's Tripp Trapp that is.
Practical and mega-chic with a range of on-trend colours, this big-hitter is guaranteed to impress any interiors enthusiast (and those who simply like their kitchen furniture Insta-friendly).
Plus, one of the real selling points of this chair is that it's not just for tots – its award-winning design means it transforms into a chair to be used all throughout childhood, and even into adulthood, so it's well worth the investment.
- Tripp Trapp Chair, £178, Stokke – buy now
- Tripp Trapp Baby Set, £47, Stokke – buy now
Go Peanuts for it
Let's face it, teething won't be fun – for anyone.
But you can make a new mum's life just a little easier (and a whole lot brighter) with this stylish beech and muslin teething comforter from Etta Loves.
The nostalgic print isn't just a treat for Snoopy-loving parents either, as it's designed to support visual development in babies from around five months, right when that oh-so-challenging teething phase really kicks in.
- Peanuts Teething Comforter, £18.50, Etta Loves – buy now
Carry on regardless
It's with good reason that BabyBjorn is the one of the most trusted names in the very crowded baby products market.
The Swedish brand is not just known as safe, but stylish – with celeb mums from Heidi Klum to Sarah Jessica Parker all known to be fans.
Take a maternity style cue from them and check out the super-light and ergonomic Baby Carrier Air One, that can be used from when baby's a newborn right up until they're three years old.
- Baby Carrier One Air, £163.99, BabyBjorn – buy now
Heir it is
It might be a cliche but it's become one for a reason – baby needs a beautiful blanket to keep him or her cosy and secure, and it's something they can treasure themselves as they start to grow.
And you can rest assured you're getting top-class quality when you opt for royal favourite Rachel Riley, who's designed several of Prince George's most iconic outfits.
Also available in Ivory and Soft Pink, any mum-to-be – royal or not – will be excited to add this to her nursery collection.
- Moss Stitch Blanket, £79, Rachel Riley London – buy now
Nappy bags aren't typically top of the list when you think of covetable accessories, but French brand Babymoov have turned that perception on its head with this oh-so-stylish backpack.
And while it's absolutely fashion-forward, this genius backpack is top-notch on practicality – with insulated compartments, adjustable capacity, waterproof changing mat and pushchair clips included – so the active mummies in your life will thank you for it, not just the style mavens.
We're especially loving the colour-pop of yellow, but the Le Sancy also comes in a bright Mineral Blue or the slightly more subtle Smokey Grey.
- Babymoov Le Sancy Changing Bag in Saffron, £90, Babymoov – buy now
Snug as a bug
Help new mums take the guesswork out of swaddling with this clever wrap from Natural Baby Shower.
The adorable 100% Merino wool set is supersoft on newborn skin and also comes with a teeny beanie to keep baby's head warm.
We love this chic Slate Grey version, but it's also available in Natural and Misty Rose.
- Merino Kids Cocooi Babywrap & Hat, £54, Natural Baby Shower – buy now
New breast friend
This breastfeeding pillow has received consistent five-star reviews from new mums with very good reason.
The versatile product isn't just a godsend to help your baby settle in the perfect position while breastfeeding – you can also use it while you're pregnant to support your back, or at night time to support your knees or bump whilst sleeping on your side.
And as mum's little one gets older, it's also ideal for tummy time play. This one's a safe bet for any mum-to-be, and that's before you even get to the adorable woodland pattern.
- Chicco Boppy Pillow, £29.99, Boots – buy now
While parents are keen to get their little one out and about as early as possible – and while it's usually a joy to do so – it can be a rather stressful experience if mum wants to stop for a coffee and baby's less than pleased when their buggy's not on the move.
That's where this innovative British brand come in, with their cute rocket-shaped gadget that attaches handily to the side of your pram and vibrates to soothe your little one (and keep parents calm too!).
Mums have described the award-winning design as an "absolute game-changer" and something to "never leave home without" – so they'll likely be excited to try the company's latest gadget, The Zed, too.
The astronaut-shaped device employs similar vibration techniques to the original Rockit but adds a nightlight and is designed to be placed on baby's mattress to help them nod off – meaning sweet dreams for the whole family.
- Rockit Rocker, £39.95, and Zed Sleep Aid, £29.99 – buy now
Help mum remove the hassle from dressing and undressing her little one with this genius sleepsuit from British brand Magnet Mouse.
Instead of fiddling with tiny buttons or poppers every time a nappy needs changing, the super-smart design means the babygro practically fastens itself – as tiny hidden magnetic fasteners clip it securely back together.
Impressed mums have said they make night changes "swift and simple" – in keeping with the brand's "cuddles not struggles" motto – and we are in love with that adorable tail motif.
- Mouse Tail Cotton Onesie, £24.95, Magnet Mouse – buy now
Cheer we go!
Infantino products are well known for their bright and bubbly colours, with some of the best sensory and tactile exploration toys on the market.
This Box of Cheer is no different and ticks plenty of boxes for those looking for a fun but practical gift for any new baby.
Including a cuddly fox-shaped teether, teethable sensory balls, a multi-coloured high chair toy and quirky animal shaped teethable links, you know this is one set mum will be getting plenty of use out of!
- Infantino Box of Cheer, £30, Argos – buy now
Get your glow on
Help mum take the guesswork out of keeping baby's nursery the perfect temperature with this oh-so-chic room thermometer from Tommee Tippee.
The soft-touch dome features an easy colour coded system to indicate if the space is too warm or cool, and its cosy nightlight function has three levels of brightness to help baby sleep soundly.
Parents have raved about the minimalist gadget's accuracy and also its "relaxing glow" – so it's both a practical and pretty gift for mum-to-be.
- GroEgg2 Room Thermometer, £29.99, Boots – buy now
It can be tough for new parents to know which products are going to be gentle enough for newborn skin – so take some of the worry off their shoulders with this gift set from Kit & Kin.
The eco-friendly brand promise all their products are dermatologist approved and made without any harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances.
This award-winning bundle includes calming baby oil, body wash, hydrating bubble bath, body lotion and soothing magic salve for any trouble spots.
They also stock pamper sets just for mum, and their nappies and wipes have proved a big hit with eco-conscious parents too.
Plus, it was co-founded by Emma Bunton and really, if you can't trust Baby Spice with this then who can you trust?
- Naturally Nourished Baby Bundle, £38.65, Kit & Kin – buy now
More and Mori
The perfect gift from godparents or grandparents to help keep baby kitted out from the get-go, Mori's starter set has it all.
Featuring bodysuits, a blanket, muslins, towels, a teeny beanie and even their award-winning Clever Sleeping Bag, the celeb favourite has all bases covered – and the bundle means you're paying over £100 less than if you picked up everything separately.
Kim Kardashian posted her first ever photo of daughter Chicago to Instagram wearing one of the brand's sleepsuits – and if it's good enough for her, then who are we to argue?
- Starter Set, £158.70, Mori – buy now
Support where it's needed most
It's a breastfeeding mum's everyday essential, and that's why it's so important she actually likes her nursing bra!
Trusted brand Bravado have managed to make the practical oh-so-pretty with this pink leopard print – while keeping mum's comfort their top priority.
And for mums who plan to pump, they've provided a much-needed alternative to the bland bands of other companies with this clever 'clip-and-pump' cover.
It attaches directly on to mum's nursing bra meaning they can pump securely in comfort, and style too.
- Original Nursing Bra and Clip and Pump Accessory, from £23, Bravado – buy now
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