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  • 12 Functional and Gender Neutral Baby Shower Gift Ideas

    Blue or pink? End the debate by going for these useful gifts that can help the parents, too
    by Kate Borbon .
12 Functional and Gender Neutral Baby Shower Gift Ideas
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  • How do you buy a present for a baby shower? Many instantly settle for something pink, yellow, green, or blue — depending on the gender of the baby. But with the rise in popularity of gender reveal parties and expectant parents keeping the gender a secret until the birth, you may not have the time to source and buy a gift.

    No need to worry as you don't have to base your gift according to the baby's gender. There are gifts that can be useful until his growing years. Choose wisely and it can be a huge help to the parents as well.

    12 gender neutral baby shower gift ideas

    If you’re going to a baby shower and you're clueless about what to buy as a gift, you can go for practical and useful items like baby clothes and developmental toys. You can also consider giving home products and other essentials that may come in handy until his first year. 

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    Baby clothes and accessories

    There are numerous stores that sell adorable baby clothes that come in colors, prints, and styles that will look just amazing on a little boys and on little girls. You can also go for sandals — yes, baby will probably grow out of them quickly, but he can use it as he learns to take his first steps!

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    Bibs

    Bibs are any parent’s go-to product for wiping baby’s drool and getting rid of food stains and spills. There are lots of different bibs you can get, but look at these trendy ones that are sure to add an extra ounce of style to any baby outfit.

    Cloth diapers

    These diapers are safe and environmentally-friendly, making them ideal for babies to use. There are diapers you can look for that are made of absorbent material and that keep baby’s skin soft and rash-free, and which can fit all babies, regardless of size.

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    Blankets

    A blanket will make the perfect addition to a little one’s room. Swaddle blankets are also a great option, since swaddling can help babies sleep better, especially during their first months of life. Just make sure the blanket you get is made of thin fabric, so that it is able to hold baby’s shape well.

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    Developmental toys

    Even babies can play, so they need toys that will aid in their healthy development. Developmentally-appropriate baby toys include mobiles, rattles, balls, and stuffed toys — in other words, toys which help engage their senses. You may also consider getting an activity mat which may come in handy for tummy time.

    Teething toys

    Though a baby’s first tooth usually erupts at around 4 to 7 months of age (or at around 3 months old for some babies), gum pain can start happening earlier than that. Teething toys can help ease the pain and soreness associated with this stage.

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    Bath products and toys

    Tiny toys like rubber duckies and cups can make bath time fun for babies! Other bath products like shampoo, soap, body wash, toiletries, and other baby care products will be appreciated by the parents, too! Consider giving bottles of lotion and skin moisturizer. A tiny bath tub isn't a bad idea either. 

    Baby grooming kit

    Part of keeping baby healthy and happy is making sure they are well-groomed. Give him a set of grooming essentials complete with a comb, a brush, and a nail clipper, and his mom will surely be excited to use it.

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    Photo album

    Time passes too quickly and while you can easily upload photos online, nothing beats flipping through a photo album complete with milestone notes and stickers! Aside from photo albums, you can also give memory books or even picture frames that will also serve as cute decorative pieces for their home.

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    Products for baby’s room

    Speaking of home décor, products like these adorable hand-painted crates can also serve as great baby shower presents because we all know having baby involves having to keep stock of a lot of different essentials. These cute crates will also add more charm to any nursery.

    High chairs

    High chairs are awesome pieces that will make it easier to care for baby during mealtimes. Among the many great options you’ll find in baby stores, this particular product has a spacious storage basket underneath, is foldable (it won’t take too much space at home), and can be reclined into different positions so your little one can take naps after eating.

    Baby bag

    Of course, no mom (or dad) can do without a handy bag to carry baby’s essentials during family trips. Make sure to go for a bag that has plenty of storage space but is also easy to carry around, and is not difficult to clean.

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