If you have ever been invited to a baby shower, you know that there are 2 kinds of gifts you can give the new mommy: the gifts that are very practical stuff or the gifts that impress her and are totally useless. I think I would choose for the first one.
Sometimes what is "essential" for one mother can be completely pointless for another mom, so you have take that into consideration.
Let me give you some examples that I think will be really appreciated:
diapers - they will never complain about this
and baby crib sheets
In the Philippines there’s actually no baby shower but instead a party is held after the baby is born and is celebrated the same time the child is baptized.
This makes better sense since a baby shower is a celebration of the baby. This way guests actually enjoy seeing the baby who is being celebrated.
It's also much easier to find gifts because you already know the gender.
Is there anything you would like to add to this list? Would love to hear about it.