Francesca ShillcockStuck on ideas for an upcoming baby shower? Here's our round up of the best gifts for mum and the little one…
Heading to a baby shower? If you're struggling to think of the perfect gift then fear not as we have you covered. Here's our ultimate guide of the best presents for the little one and a few thrown in for mum-to-be too. From adorable clothes to practical items that she won't be able to live without, this list has it all. Click through the gallery to see…
Rachel Riley striped smocked set
Baby clothes don't get cuter than this set from designer Rachel Riley, who counts the Duchess of Cambridge among her famous clientele. With its hand-smocked style across the chest, the vintage look and adorable collar make the outfit even more charming. Available from three months to four years.
The likes of Beyonce and Serena Williams are big fans of the Nuna brand and we can see why – just look at this gorgeous baby sling. The CUDL baby carrier can be worn on the front for newborns or on your back for tired toddlers, so you'll get lots of mileage out of it.
This cute white baby towel with a grey star hood is the perfect unisex gift for a new parent – we just love the built-in hood for drying wet little heads after a bath. The towel also has a strap so you can have both hands free to dry baby.
These gorgeous colourful wooden teethers are fantastic for teething babies to chew on – plus they look pretty cool too. Available in Pomegranate, Blueberry, Kale, Lemon and Strawberry, and BPA silicone-free.
As any mum will know, babies mean carrying all the essentials around once the little one arrives. And what better way to do it than with this stylish backpack from Bow & Rattle? The Jenny bag comes in black and mushroom, and is both chic and practical with its multiple compartments both inside and outside. Perfect for mums on the go.
Aden and anais, jungle jam 4-pack classic swaddles
Swaddles and muslins are a must and if these ones look familiar, it's because Prince George had them as a baby! Check out this adorable jungle print on this handy four-pack from Aden and Anais. Available in other designs, too.
This blanket is the perfect choice and comes with a royal seal of approval too. The Duchess of Sussex was spotted cuddling adorable baby Archie in this Dohar from Malabar at the polo in Berkshire this summer. All of Malabar's dohars are handmade, extremely lightweight and made of three thin layers of Indian cotton voile. And with stylish designs too, you can't go wrong.
Breastfeeding needn't be a hassle with these essential nursing tops from New Zealand based online company Cadenshae. The maternity activewear is both stylish and discreet, allowing expectant and nursing mums to feel confident and comfortable. The brand offers a range of nursing tops and bras that will help mum-to-be on the breastfeeding journey while looking great at the same time.
These milestone cards are the perfect way to ensure the mum-to-be celebrates the everyday achievements. With designs focusing on mum-milestones such as 'today I washed and dried my hair' and 'my first day parenting alone', mum-to-be gets to celebrate achievements as well as the baby's milestones.
You can never have too many baby grows and this starry number is an ideal baby shower present. Made in grey with adorable white stars, it's perfect for the mummy-to-be that doesn't know what she's having. Simple, yet stunning, the cosy knit is super soft, too.
When you're pregnant, it's all about keeping comfortable whilst your bump gets bigger. That doesn't mean you have to feel frumpy though! This beautiful maternity outfit by Jayde is just the getup for mums-to-be that still want to look chic. The 'Maternity Princess Set' is a glam two-piece that's made in soft material with on-trend puff sleeves. It can be made in a variety of shades and fits - either go for skinny trousers, or a loose wide leg. Best of all, once the baby is here, it's cosy enough to keep wearing.
Sure, the focus is on the impending arrival of a new baby, but mums need a pick-me-up too. And what better way to do that than with this decadent treatment to relax the body and mind at the Elemis spa. A skilled therapist uses Japanese Camellia Oil, which, if applied daily can help prevent stretch marks, but will give dry skin a burst of moisture. Plus, Victoria Beckham has tweeted about how much she loved this stuff during all her pregnancies.
This luxurious oil from Elemis is the perfect treat for the mum-to-be. With the finest grade oil for Aromatherapy, this oil nourishes nails, hair, skin and scalp. Rich in plant collagen, it'll also keep skin moisturised and supple, helping to prevent stretch marks.
You can't go wrong with a cashmere blanket, and this adorable rainbow print one from Pure Collection is perfect. Crafted in cashmere to stay warm throughout the chilly winter months, it's an indulgently cosy cover-up that is sure to be treasured. For 0-6 months.
Baby might be too young to enjoy his or her first tipple, but that doesn't mean they can't stay classy with this hilarious champagne flute bottle. The bottle is made from BPA-free plastic and has a changeable teat so it is durable. Cheers to that!
For when things get a bit messy, a trusty bib is essential. Complete with adorable designs, these bibs from the Hippy Chip Bumkins range are made from an easy wipe and waterproof fabric, making mealtime easier and cleaner.
This adorable octopus, named Piu Piu, is an adorable gift for the new little one. As well as looking cute, the toy has a very special use. The octopus was designed with premature babies in mind, as the tentacles remind them of the umbilical cord. Piu Piu also plays lullabies to the melody "la-le-lu" and can be easily attached to cradles, highchairs or bouncers.
A play mat is essential. This gorgeous option from Nattou has a variety of activities to stimulate the baby's mind, including four hanging toys overhead comprising of cuddly toys, a soft ball and a mirror.
My 1st Years, Personalised Disney Dumbo record book
Cherishing precious moments with a brand new baby is something all mums love to do. Recording moments such as first steps and first smiles can be done in this gorgeous Disney book from My 1st Years. Gift can be personalised too.
This adorable baby nest is the perfect addition to any new mum's collection. The Kally Baby Nest features a 100 percent cotton hypoallergenic re-washable cover, with premium diamond stitching for additional comfort. It's designed to be the perfect width and is specially developed for babies aged 0-8 months old.
Just. Too. Cute. These adorable bunny rabbit booties are carefully made from knitted organic cotton with a soft, mint green lining. They have delightfully shaped ears and embroidered features and come in a beautiful bunny-shaped drawstring bag.
Have you ever seen a playmat as stylish as this? Designed for wooden or tile flooring, this luxury quilted playmat is made of 100% cotton, oeko tex standard poly wadding. How chic is that turquoise trim?
These adorable booties are a must-have. The super soft, vegan shoes are perfect for walking and non-walking babies and come with a handy pull on design. Available in sage green, dark rose, warm grey and classic navy.
It's all in the name! This gift set is perfect to take to a baby shower and comprises Mori's bestselling sleepsuit, wrap front bodysuit and hooded towel for bathtimes. There's also an adorable hat, bunny comforter and blanket. The set comes in stripes, plain grey or pink stardust colourways.
In the cold winter months, this wrap will definitely come in handy. This gorgeous item from Kura is perfect for keeping out the cold while your baby's in a car seat, buggy or just around the house. Available in a selection of colours, it's 100% cotton.
Those teething times are often dreaded and not fun for both baby and mum, so the monkey teether from Matchstick will definitely come in handy. Made from BioCote® anti-microbial technology, which kills 99.9% of microbes, and prevents bacteria from growing on the teether, Monkey Teether is the latest baby must-have!
This adorable polar bear is perfect for winter babies. The musical toy projects four different coloured lights with the option of six different light displays onto the ceiling whilst playing calming nature sounds and lullabies. Ideal for soothing baby to sleep.
Bobux make some truly adorable animal-themed soft sole baby shoes, like this pair of cub booties. Crafted from premium leather, the shoes also feature small round ears that are flexible to allow for movement and play. The sweetest addition to any outfit we'd say!
Can we have an adult version?! This baby nest is too cute for words, but also ultra-comfy for bubba. The snuggly lounger is optimised for quality sleep and comfort and is designed to curve around baby's back while pulling in around them. It's like one big massive hug.
This backpack will soon become your lifesaver. The main section can fit bottles, food, clothing and bibs aplenty, while the top pocket is padded for your laptop or tablet. There's a mid pocket for a changing mat and nappies, a nifty side wipe dispenser pocket plus another front pocket for your essentials like a phone charger, keys and pens. The bag also features an interchangable front patch which you can swap with other colourways and keep updating from Zellie-Zipper's collection as the seasons change.
Nessa is new vegan skincare brand that is championing 'mum care'. Before mum enjoys the little one, there's the inevitability of childbirth. And this brand has a couple of products that mum won't be able to live without. The Nipple SOS is a relieving balm packed full of moisture-boosting butters, expertly blended with tropical fruit oils to soothe and renew dry, cracked nipples.
These aren't just any old socks! In partnership with WWF, Critically Endangered Socks makes baby socks which help protect baby animals. They can also double up as hand puppets for when bubba's had enough of wearing them. A perfect gift for animal lovers.
Get the party started with Bonjour Baby Showers' Baby Shower in a Box kit. It has everything you could possibly want to throw the perfect baby shower, including bunting, balloons, confetti, a banner, baby shower games and more. Organised or what?
This adorable toy comes all the way from Australia and is ready for some hopping fun! Suitable for ages 12 months and up, you can press her paws to learn new songs, sounds and phrases, or place her baby inside to hear her talk about her little one. Adorable!
Melissa & Doug's The Wonderful World of Peekaboo Cloth Book
Spark their imagination with this soft cloth book, featuring five peekaboo animals, a delightful story, and colourful artwork. The simple text is easy to read aloud and will have kids chattering in no time. Best of all, it's machine washable.
SHOP: The Wonderful World of Peekaboo Cloth Book, £11.99, Amazon
Calming and healing skincare set
This four-piece luxurious organic set contains body lotion, baby massage oil, baby face cream and nappy change cream and is dermatologist-approved for even the most sensitive, dry or eczema-prone skin.
Ollie the Owl is one of Tommee Tippee's cutest characters, and this plush soft comforter will help soothe your baby in no time. You can also buy Ollie in a gentle light and sound sleep aid as part of the Gift of Sleep Grofriend Bundle.
Keep your little one warm and cosy with this super soft swaddle towel, available in both pink and blue. Swaddling can help your baby feel safe, just like when they were inside mum's tum, so it's a great way to keep them calm and help prepare them for sleep.
Mama Designs have a range of muslin and swaddles, but these pineapple ones are particularly unique! Each pack comes with two muslins made of super soft, double-layered 100% cotton, so they are gentle on your baby. Perfect for swaddling, burping, feeding, wiping, comforting, a light blanket, a pram cover and anything else you can think of!
Light up baby's room with the Next2Stars Projector, which will flood their surroundings with twinkling stars. The light and sound device has three functions: if you press it once you get a ceiling projection, if you press it twice the toy turns into an atmospheric lamp and if you press the button three times you have a nightlight lamp.
This sweet gift box comprises a rattle and swaddle and is available in three different colour themes, but we particularly love this fawn, leaves-printed set - ideal if Mum doesn't know her baby's gender.
Your nursery never looked brighter with this unicorn play gym, perfect for all the unicorn lovers out there! The soft fabric will keep baby comfortable during tummy time play, while the mat also features taggies, a saddle mirror, and plush removable cross bars.
Say hello to Bertie the Lion, a cute teething toy that's easy to hold and safe to chew. Baby's teething gums will be soothed in no time thanks to Bertie being made of soft and pliable silicone. The toy is fridge-friendly too!
This sweet gift set comprises the essentials for any newborn baby and includes a super soft cotton sleepsuit and comforter, in an adorable cloud nine print. It's available in a range of colours too.
SHOP: Sleepsuit & Baby Comforter Gift Set, £19.95, snuz.co.uk
Leapfrog Butterfly Counting Friend
Another musical toy is the butterfly counting friend from Leapfrog. This cute toy will play up to 10 minutes of classical melodies with rainbow coloured light-up wings. Press the buttons for songs that will introduce numbers and colours to the little one. Suitable from birth.