Congrats! You’ve got a beautiful bundle of joy on the way. You may have already taken a look at our ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, which is a great place to start when looking for ideas on what to add to your registry. Perhaps you’ve even already gotten to work on your baby nursery, and hired a professional painter from Teaberry or another local painting service to help create a beautiful mural or color scheme.
As you know, having a baby on the way requires plenty of planning and preparation. Your baby shower registry can help you streamline many of your current and future tasks. The following is a list of unique items that you may not have thought of, and aren’t on many roundups when it comes to baby shower registry lists. Of course, you want to have all your baby must-haves, which include everything from bibs to a car seat. But it’s always fun to throw in a few key items that are less traditional for your list. Here are five unique items to add:
Fashionable Foam Tiles
You may have already heard of foam tiles, and they’re pretty popular in the world of parenting. These foam play mats are the perfect place for your little one to have fun and grow without hurting themselves. And in a world where wooden floors are the trendy norm, foam tiles are the perfect cushiony alternative. They can be placed and removed easily, and thanks to their versatility, can be taken anywhere in the home, and even to other locations.
Fortunately, you don’t have to invest in the classic multi-colored puzzle piece foam mats that are most popular. There are plenty of modern foam mats that come in fashionable forms. Little Nomad is one of the most popular companies in this field. The company appeared on Shark Tank, and has a tagline, “The most beautiful play foam mats ever—plus play space decor for style-minded mamas.” Choose from a wide variety of play mats that look more like chic carpets than play space for your children.
BabyLit Board Books
It’s never too soon to jump start your infant’s love for literature, so why not start by reading them some childproofed versions of your favorite English classics? The company BabyLit provides beautifully illustrated books that are familiar to parents. These include titles like “Don Quixote”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and “Pride and Prejudice.” You can find many of the BabyLit books on Amazon.
Toy & Clothes Subscription Service
A subscription service gift is essentially the gift that keeps on giving. Why not put a year’s subscription box on your registry? Fortunately, there are plenty of cool subscription boxes for kids and babies. For instance, Milestones ABC sends out quarterly boxes that are filled with educational toys, clothes, and books for newborns to kids age 10. Then there’s Mac & Mia, a subscription box that sends out fashionable baby clothes for busy moms who don’t always have the time to shop for trendy new baby clothes.
A bath thermometer may not be the first product that comes to mind when creating your baby shower registry, but it’s incredibly useful. Without it, you’ll continuously have to test the water with your hands, going back and forth between the cold and hot water settings, seeking the perfect water that’s “just right” for your little one.
A bath thermometer eliminates the guesswork. The perfect baby bath water temperature is the same as body temperature, and a thermometer ensures you get it right time after time. Check out this list of best baby bath thermometers.
Baby Food Maker
If you’re a health conscious mom who wants the best natural food for their kiddos, a baby food maker is a great option for your registry. Though there are many to choose from (you should do your own research to see which you’ll enjoy the most, and read plenty of reviews), they all perform the same basic functions, which allow parents to turn fruits and vegetables into natural drinks and foods for their infants and toddlers.
Not only is making your own baby food healthy, but economical and easy as well. You’ll save money by skipping out on store-bought jars and pouches, and feel much more confident about the food that goes into your child’s mouth. Some products, like Beaba Babycook, is designed to be easy to use with just one hand, allowing you to multitask seamlessly with your baby still in your arms. Other products, like the Baby Bullet, also come equipped with plenty of complementary accessories, like storage cups and tray.