Disclosure: I was provided Mommy’s Kisses, an oogiebear, Weleda Diaper Cream, nurturme baby food, a Dairy Fairy nursing bra, a Bendi Baby yoga mat, Laniege Water Mask and a Baby Shusher to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
If your schedule for the next 5 months looks anything like mine, there’s a baby shower every other weekend. I love all things baby, and I absolutely adore putting together the perfect baby shower gift basket. While I always like to include some oh-so-adorable outfits and accessories and a few items from the registry, I always try to incorporate some unique ‘off the beaten path’ gifts to give the gift basket some extra punch. Here are my top picks for unique yet practical gifts that any mom-to-be would love to receive:
There’s nothing worse than when your baby has a boo boo. Luckily, there’s a safe and natural treatment that’s easy to use and instantly makes your little one feel better. Treat your child’s bumps, bruises and boo boos with Mom’s Kisses, an all-natural, non-toxic formula that reduces pain and swelling quickly and safely. Simply spray Mom’s Kisses on your kiddo’s injury to instantly calm and soothe, while dramatically reducing the appearance of bruises. The spray bottle makes application super easy and the bottle is the perfect size to fit in a purse or diaper bag.
When my munchkins get a boo boo, out comes our ‘Magic Boo Boo Spray’. A spritz or two of Mom’s Kisses and my kids are up and running (and bouncing and jumping and headbutting and catapulting and somersaulting) all over the place again. While it’s meant for children as a safe, natural alternative to ibuprofen and Tylenol, I’ve used Mom’s Kisses on my own bumps and bruises several times, and the results are pretty incredible. Whether I’m using it on the kiddos or myself, I’m always amazed at how effectively Mom’s Kisses reduces swelling and pain, and how quickly it helps bruises disappear. Mom’s Kisses is definitely a must-have for any mom, and a fabulous addition to any gift basket!
Boogers are no fun. Trying to remove boogers from a squirming, hysterical child is even less fun. Enter, oogiebear. A safe (and super-helpful) alternative to the traditional bulb aspirator, the oogiebear effectively removes gooey snot and crusty boogers from your little one’s nose with significantly less hassle. Kids with colds can be tricky. Stuffy noses are bothersome and uncomfortable, and nasal aspirators are invasive, awkward, and don’t work effectively on dried snot. The easy-to-hold rubber oogiebear was developed by a Mom to ease her child’s discomfort during the worst of stuffy noses. With oogiebear, parents can simply scoop the boogers right out in half the time with half the struggle. oogiebear’s safe and gentle design features two different removal tools – a scoop on one end and a loop on the other. The adorable bear design on either end of the tool entertains children while also preventing the oogiebear from going too far up the nostril. It is by far the best and safest mucus removal tool for babies around!
No matter how severe their colds, my children have always HATED aspirators and saline, flat out refusing to let me use them on their stuffy noses. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how receptive they’d be to the oogiebear given their history of snot-related tantrums. Because of the oogiebear’s non-invasive design, I was able to gently and effectively remove all sorts of boogies from their noses! The oogiebear is easy to hold and maneuver, so I could work quickly and effectively before they really noticed what I was doing. Both the loop and scoop ends of the tool work wonders at removing stubborn snot, and the oogiebear is easy to clean and sanitize. I love having the oogiebear in my childcare toolbox, and I plan on including one in all future baby shower gift baskets!
Weleda White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream
A lovely blend of organic coconut oil, beeswax, sesame seed oil, white mallow extract, and nature-identical zinc oxide, Weleda’s White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream is at the top of my list of bottom care products. Gentle and safe for brand new little bottoms, this diaper cream works to prevent rashes and treat irritations on even the most sensitive skin. Soothing ingredients like sweet almond and borage seed oils cool and protect while also leaving Baby’s bottom perfectly moisturized. Unlike other diaper creams that are chock-full of yucky chemicals, Weleda’s White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream is 85% organic and ultra safe for babies.
My little man is prone to diaper rashes, and Weleda’s White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream is one of the only creams I’ve found that effectively treats the rash without over drying or irritating the skin with harsh ingredients. It smooths on easily, making diaper changes with uncomfortable, squirmy babies a breeze, and works instantly to soothe discomfort. I was really pleased with its level of effectiveness and blown away by how quickly it worked to relieve my son’s painful rash, and not having a yucky chemical odor was a huge plus. Having this diaper cream in my Mommy arsenal has been a major lifesaver, and I know your friends will agree. Weleda’s White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream is a baby shower gift basket necessity!
Most baby shower gifts cover the basics – furniture, bedding, diapering, baby gear, and of course all that adorable baby clothing. While baby bottles make great gifts, very rarely is actual food given as a gift for a new baby. Well, time flies when it comes to little ones, and before new parents know it, Baby is ready to start ‘big kid food’. I always like to include some sort of baby food in my gift baskets to help parents stock up ahead of time, and NurturMe is my go-to brand. NurturMe is a line of organic, quick-dried baby food and toddler snacks. The only baby food line of its kind, NurturMe’s innovative quick-drying process not only guarantees freshness, but also that children get plenty of important nutrients any time, any place. NurturMe’s pure quinoa cereals provide a healthy, gluten-free alternative to traditional rice cereals, while the carefully selected variety of super fruits and veggies in the dry pouch infant meals pack an intense nutritional punch. Each pouch of Yum-a-Roo toddler snacks contains 1.5 servings of fruit AND vegetables. All of NurturMe’s products are organic, kosher, gluten-free, GMO-free and contain zero added salts, sugars or preservatives.
Both my baby and my toddler are wild for NurturMe foods. With NurturMe, I am able to sneak tons of extra nutrition into their meals without them even realizing. The quinoa cereal can be mixed with breastmilk or formula as a starter food for baby, or added to pureed fruits and veggies as baby gets older. It’s not limited to babies either. My 2.5 year-old LOVES when I mix the quinoa cereal into her applesauce or yogurt. The infant meals are also great for both babies and kids. With yummy flavor combos like Sweet Potato, Oatmeal and banana, it’s not hard getting the munchkins to eat NurturMe! I put NurturMe into almost everything my kids eat – smoothies, yogurt, homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt pops, and of course, applesauce. The Yum-a-Roos are certainly yummy, and with more than a full serving of fruits and veggies, this is definitely a snack I can get behind. NurturMe is now a regular resident of our pantry. The kids love the delicious flavors and I love knowing they are getting plenty of vitamins and nutrients. In addition to the health benefits of NurturMe’s products, I also found that the quick-drying process and compact eco-pouch packaging made for lightweight, flat and easy to pack meals and snacks. Easy to tuck into a purse, backpack or diaper bag, NurturMe foods are perfect for active, on-the-go parents.
Arden Nursing Bra from The Dairy Fairy
Moms who plan to breastfeed often receive plenty of nursing accessories. Nursing covers, pumps, storage bottles, nursing pads, ointments and creams are often seen at baby showers. But what about nursing bras? Not so much. To me, a great nursing bra is imperative to a successful breastfeeding experience, and after two kids, I’ve found the nursing bra to end all nursing bras. Ladies, meet the Arden Bra from The Dairy Fairy. The Arden’s all-in-one design allows mom to nurse, nurse and pump at the same time, or double hands-free pump. The fully adjustable Arden bra accommodates the fluctuating breast sizes of nursing moms, while the innovative design also helps you keep track of which breast you last nursed with. In addition to its many unique features, the Arden Bra doesn’t disregard form for function. With touches of lace and a variety of available colors, the Arden is both practical AND beautiful. At a time when your hormones are flightier than a high school senior the week before graduation, your boobs spew milk in every direction at any given time, and your body doesn’t always feel like it even belongs to you anymore, something so simple as feeling pretty, feminine, and dare I say sexy, can do wonders for a new mom’s outlook.
I loved how easily I could transition from working to nursing to pumping (or nursing + pumping), and between you in me, how great I felt while doing it. The adjustable bra boosts and lifts in all the right places, while providing comfortable, discreet access for nursing and pumping. The straps can even be crossed for a racerback fit, which I found to be a huge plus. It’s also very comfortable for nighttime nursing. Nursing and pumping are a full-time job, and can be a difficult adjustment for some new moms. Having a great nursing bra can help smooth the transition from pregnancy to breastfeeding, and having a pretty great nursing bra is even better. Treat the new mamas in your life to a pretty piece of incredibly functional lingerie, and I guarantee you they’ll love you forever!
Any fitness-loving mama will be delighted with this super unique baby gift, and we guarantee you she won’t receive any duplicates. The Bendi Baby is a pint-sized yoga mat designed especially for little ones. Whether they’re watching Mom work out from the comfort of their own cushy exercise mat or perfecting their own downward facing dog, babies will love being involved in Mom’s exercise routine. The Bendi Baby even includes a ring for attaching Baby’s favorite toys. Baby is entertained while Mom works out – everybody wins! The Bendi Baby is even available in larger sizes for toddlers and older kids. My kids adore the Bendi Baby, and get such a kick out of exercising alongside me. The Bendi Baby makes them feel involved, ‘grown up’ and has introduced an appreciation for health and fitness at a very early age. I sharing quality time with my kids and helping to foster a love of physical play and exercise.
I have found that in addition to its intended purpose, the Bendi Baby also serves as a fantastic tummy time mat. It’s textured surface and bright colors are stimulating to Baby, and it provides a perfect balance of cushiness and support. Not only that, it’s soft and portable making it a perfect spot for naps on-the-go. Whether you’re at the beach or Grandma’s house, the Bendi Baby provides a wonderful and cozy spot for naps when a crib isn’t available. You wouldn’t believe all the uses I’ve found for our Bendi Baby! I absolutely love how versatile it is….and it’s just plain adorable!
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
While the ‘sleeping’ part may be out of the question with a newborn in the house, sleep-deprived moms still deserve nourishment and pampering too! With a hydrating blend of highly concentrated ionized mineral water, orange flower, apricot, chestnut, sandalwood, rose and ceramides, fatigued skin will be renewed, recharged and revitalized before you can say ‘feeding time’. With Laneige Water Sleeping Mask as their secret weapon, glowing skin doesn’t have to be a dream for new moms. The lightweight and lightly fragranced gel works its magic overnight, so even if you wake up every few hours to feed a little one, by morning your skin will be radiant!
The innovative water-based gel formula goes on smoothly and easily, (it even comes with a handy applicator!), without leaving behind a greasy residue. As soon as I applied the mask, I could feel just how thirsty my skin was, and it felt instantly hydrated. The gel wasn’t just sitting on the surface of my skin, but working deep within it to deliver big punches of much-needed moisture. I loved the soothing fragrance, and found that when I finally WAS able to lay down, the mask’s aromatherapeutic properties kicked right in. After using the Sleeping Mask just two times, I could already see a noticeable difference in the quality and texture of my skin. After several months of using the mask 2-3 times per week, my skin is dramatically softer and smoother. I always like to include a little something for Mom in my baby shower gift baskets, and Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is my new go-to! Trust me, your friends will thank you!
If there’s one thing every new parent could use, it’s a calm, sleeping baby. Unfortunately, 96% of the time that’s just not in the cards. While every baby is different and different tricks work for different kids, in my experience, the Baby Shusher is by far one of the most effective sleep aids. Simulating the sound of a parent’s soothing ‘shush shush shush’, the Baby Shusher keeps baby calm and soothed long after Mom or Dad has left the nursery. The Baby Shusher has two timer options (15 or 30 minutes) and a handy volume control to ensure that the ‘shush’ is louder than Baby’s cries, which aids in calming little ones. It even includes a strap which helps attach it to a crib, bassinet, car seat, stroller or swing. Talk about convenient! Whether it’s used to miraculously calm a fussy, crying baby or
simply to help ease Baby into a peaceful slumber, the Baby Shusher’s innovative shushing sound is a tremendous resource when it comes to putting Baby to sleep.
With my first child, I was equipped with every white noise producing toy, contraption or iPhone app. While all of them worked some of the time, none of them were consistently effective. Luckily, I discovered the Baby Shusher just in time for the arrival of my second child. It. Was. Magic. I kid you not, the Baby Shusher is an itty bitty plastic miracle worker. I was blown away by how quickly it calmed my son – and not just at bedtime. If he was cranky, crying or irritable, I’d switch on our Shusher and within minutes he was calm and happy as can be. What’s more, it also magically calmed my tantrum-throwing toddler down as well – and her tantrums were no joke. In addition to being insanely effective for both babies and tots, it’s also super portable. Toss it into a diaper bag or purse for easy on-the-go soothing. My advice to you? Give every mom you know a Baby Shusher. They’ll owe you for life!