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Practical Baby Gifts 

Practical baby gifts always are a good pick. Let's be honest, something for the shelf is probably pretty and nice - but if you give a practical baby present you can be sure that it is actually used. Often with thankfulness and memories of you, too.

My recommendations include some special and unique practical baby gifts, also some of which the new parents never knew they existed unless they hadn't gotten them as a present. At my baby shower I received some pretty cool stuff of which I did not know before and whenever I use these extremely beneficial gifts I think of the donor and am really grateful!

I hope you enjoy my best finds on practical baby gifts!

Pimped Up Diapers And Wipes

There are lots and lots of 'common' useful baby gifts around such as diapers, wipes, bibs, onesies, socks, bath time accessories, etc. And there is absolutely nothing wrong about giving something like this, especially if it is nicely presented in form of a gift basket, a baby sock bouquet, a diaper bouquet, a diaper animal or a diaper cake. Find free and easy instructions for various diaper gifts, such as the beautiful diaper cake pictured above, here.

Travel High Chair

Chances that the new parents have already got a highchair are high. But did they think of a portable high chair, too? If you know the couple likes to travel or go out for dinner a lot or even that mummy needs to take baby to work from time to time, a portable highchair surely is a great practical baby gift! Restaurant high chairs often are dirty and gooey and not very 'trustful'. If you bring your own you know for sure the chair is safe and clean. There are models that fold easily and are just clamped to the table. The Phil & Ted's Lobster high chair is lightweight and made of aluminum and nylon. It comes in red or black and is suitable for toddlers up to 37 pounds. Parents call this super practical travel chair 'a must for going out and travelling'. 

Car Seat Sun Shade / Car Seat Cooler

This literally is a COOL practical baby gift idea! Give a COOL bundle for baby. If the baby lives in a very hot area a car seat cooler (such as the Baby Bee Car Seat Cooler Pad) might be a good idea. Otherwise a car seat sun shade like the Mommy's Helper Car Seat Sun Shade should do it, too. They both prevent the seat from getting too hot and hot metal buckles are a thing of the past. For a COOL gift set add a baby window shade, there are tons with cute characters (Disney, Dora, Sponge Bob, Hello Kitty, etc.) available and a bottle cooler bag and / or an insulated sippy cup (try the Playtex Sipster Cup - 2 Pack). Et voila, a COOL gift set for a COOL baby!

babyletto Bowery Convertible Bassinet

Here's a baby bassinet with a twist! Once baby outgrows this modern looking crib, it can be converted into a sturdy toy box! Now that's what I call handy and that's what makes it a truely practical baby gift!

Baby Hangers and / or Baby Closet Organizers

It may sound strange to you to give baby clothes hangers but normally new families tend to have 'just' plastic hangers while you could give handpainted wooden hangers such as the cute Wild Animal Hangers or Transportation Set Hangers from Kidorable.
Also a great practical baby gift idea are the Baby Closet Dividers by Lucy Darling. They help to make baby's closet well arranged and sorted by sizes and keep it just tidier. This is one of the helpful products I was not aware of before I saw it at a baby shower!
The Delta 24 or 48 Piece Nursery Closet Organizer Sets come in various baby colors. These unique kits help a new mommy to perfectly organize baby's closet.
For details click on the images!

Nosefrida - Nasal Aspirator

The Nosefrida is a nasal aspirator helping baby to better breathe when its tiny nose is congested. Find all information on this ever so practical device here.

Products To Help Baby Sleep Better

See gift ideas helping babies and toddlers to fall asleep more easily. Let baby, and consequently the new parents, slowly drift away into a peaceful slumber with these practical sleep aids for babies.

Bathing Accessories In A Baby Gift Basket

The Aquatopia Deluxe Safety Bath Thermometer Alarm is a fun bath thermometer that comes in the form of a turtle. It activates automatically, reads the bath temperature every two seconds and alerts you with an audible alarm if the water is too hot or too cold. This makes bath time safe and fun! For a baby bath gift basket add some bathing ingredients such as baby shampoo, baby soap, a sponge, a bath cloth, squirting toys, etc. A great addition is also a Shampoo Visor / Foam Visor / Bath Visor.  No more tears and no more tantrums when washing baby's hair! This visor prevents the foam to run into baby's eyes.
Add a hooded baby towel and your practical baby bath gift basket is perfect!

Pull Along Wagon

A kids wagon always comes in handy whether for a trip to the zoo, the park or any other outdoor activity. It sure makes a practical gift and at the same time it brings fun and entertainment. See various models of kids pull along wagons and choose the one right for your needs here!

The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block

(Not only) celebrities like Madonna, Michelle Pfeiffer and Pierce Bosnan praise Dr. Harvey Karp (a pediatrician in Santa Monica, California) and his approach to calm crying babies and help newborns sleep longer! Available in several languages as a book or DVD. This review on The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old just says it all: 'At birth, this book should be included as a "manual"! This would spare many parents a lot of grief and anger. It is simple, clear and entertaining. Had I read this earlier, I could have done without all the numerous other books.'

Practical Baby Gifts

Twilight Turtle Nightlight - Twilight Ladybug - Twilight Carz - by Cloud b

This baby nightlight is just awesome and so cute at the same time! It's hard to decide which nightlight to choose as a gift as they are all so adorable. The Cloud b Twilight constellation nightlight comes as a turtle, a sea turtle or a ladybug. 
And absolutely everybody loves it - mum, dad, baby, toddler and kids are equally thrilled. The Cloud b animal nightlights project star constellations onto the ceiling at night and soothe babies and kids who are afraid of the dark. It uses batteries but will turn off after 45 minutes to preserve battery life. The nightlight comes with an adoption certificate and a constellation guide.

The bubbly Octopus To Go nightlight is equally as cute and projects stars or images no matter whether you are on the go or at home.

Click on the photos below to find out more about this absolutely beautiful practical baby gift! 

Baby Bouncer - Baby Swing - Baby Playmat

How about a colorful baby bouncer, baby swing or baby playmat? These keep baby entertained and safe for a few minutes so mummy can quickly have a phone call or do some cooking while having at least her hands free. Some of these bouncers and swings even come with a built-in entertainment center or a musical toy.     

Check out baby bouncers suitable from birth and up.

Little Remedies New Parents Survival Kit 

A pack full of livesafers for the new mom and dad. Need I say more? Just practical and a great baby shower gift!

Nursing Cover

A nursing cover is a great gift for moms on the go. It gives the nursing mom privacy and freedom to breastfeed in all places and situations. The cover sort of looks like a stylish apron and comes in various styles and designs. Some breast feeding covers are plain-colored and unobtrusive while others are colorful and eye-catchingly patterned. And some even come with frills! So there's something for every type of mommy. Most of the covers are either made of 100% cotton or microfiber. They are multifunctional and cannot only be used as a nursing cover but also as a baby blanket or a sunshade for baby. And they are so small, they fit in any diaper bag. Check out the ones from Bebe Au Lait or Hooter Hiders, as these make especially practical baby gifts! Of course you may also get these just for yourself ;-)

More Practical Baby Gift Ideas

Baby Video Monitor

Do you need a baby monitor with a video screen or isn't just a monitor enough? Well, a baby monitor is a great thing. But a video baby monitor is even more practical. The reason is quite simple: if you can see your baby it gives you peace of mind that baby is gone back to sleep again. Without a screen you'll need to open the door and have a personal look to verify everything is okay. This, however, might disturb baby and instead of going back to sleep baby might be all the more awake when it sees mummy or daddy at its crib. So if you consider giving a baby monitor go for the REAL practical gift and take a baby video monitor.

Bumbo Baby Seat 

The Bumbo Seat is a floor seat where a baby of approx. 3 months and older can sit up on its own - this makes mommy's life just a little bit easier! Check it out!

Baby Photo Onesie Monthly Milestone Stickers

These stickers are so practical to remember baby's age in your keepsake photos. Just stick the appropriate number on baby's onesie and take a pic. This colorful sticker sheet contains a sticker for every months from 0-12. Very cute, very practical and a very nice gift - many parents surely do not even know something like this existed...  

Boppy Pillow / Boppy Nursing Pillow

A nursing pillow is not only great for nursing but also for letting baby rest comfortably and fully supported. The versatile Boppy Pillow lifts the baby to an ergonomic position for comfortable feedings, then transitions to the perfect spot for propping, tummy time and learning to sit. Most Boppy Pillows have a removable slipcover which zips on and off for machine washing. The Boppy Nursing Pillow is also available with a 100% organic slipcover. Lots of positive reviews on amazon confirm that the Boppy Pillow is one of the best nursing pillows around, and it makes a practical baby gift for sure.

Amber Teething Necklace

An amber teething necklace can help when baby teethes and is in pain. A happy baby means happy parents, so this is a prectical gift, too. Read about all the benefits here.

In my twins baby gifts section I have listed some more practical baby gifts which are not only helpful for twin parents but also for singleton parents! View more practical baby gifts here!

And in my modern baby gifts section you will find even more useful baby gift ideas!

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