The baby shower is a great opportunity to have fun with your loved ones, celebrate your baby’s arrival, and, of course, get all those diapers and presents that will help compliment the baby’s layette. The celebration has to match your style: if you’re more of a homebody, you can do it at your apartment building’s event room, for example. If you love a good party, consider doing it at a children’s buffet. If you work at a big company, your co-workers might want to surprise you with a party.

Anyways, regardless of the kind of event you have planned, it’s essential to think about:

  • Invites: doing it online is way more practical
  • Food and beverages: pastries and finger food can be catered
  • Number of people invited: depends on what you have in mind
  • Souvenirs: ideally, they should follow the theme you picked for the maternity souvenirs
  • Decorations: simple flower arrangements, balloons and hanging pictures aren’t expensive and have a nice effect
  • List of presents: See below

What presents to ask for in your baby shower?

This is a very subjective topic. At this point, you’ve already bought several little outfits for the baby, right? And you should get some more from their godparents and closer family members. So, take advantage of the list for the baby shower to ask for diapers, nutrition-related items and hygiene products to put together a small toiletry cabinet for the baby.

The amount varies depending on how many people you’ll be inviting, but avoid asking for too many things with an expiration date. Keep in mind that shampoos, soaps and diaper cream should be hypoallergenic or free of dyes and fragrances, so it’s not a problem to ask for specific brands you prefer. Also, ask for different diaper brands: it’s good to have options and see which ones your baby adapts to best. Below, we’ve suggested some basic items to start off your list:

  • Cloth diapers
  • Nappies
  • Newborn disposable diapers
  • Disposable diapers size small
  • Disposable diapers size medium
  • Disposable diapers size large
  • Non-scented, hypoallergenic baby wipes
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Ph neutral baby soap
  • Ph neutral shampoo
  • Baby oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-tips
  • Bath thermometers
  • Bathtub
  • Bathtub stand
  • Hooded towels
  • Terry towels
  • Bath toys
  • Digital thermometer
  • Nail scissors
  • Soft silicone toothbrush to clean the baby’s gums
  • Baby nasal aspirator
  • Hairbrush and comb
  • Thermos bottle
  • Sheets for the stroller
  • Teether
  • Toys for the stroller
  • Big baby bottle
  • Medium baby bottle
  • Small baby bottle
  • Baby bottle warmer
  • Baby bottle cleaning brush
  • Baby bottle sterilizer
  • Tweezers

See more about this topic here:

+ How to set up your layette checklist

+ Baby clothes: important care tips