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12 great baby shower gifts you can get from Carter’s

Some because they’re necessary and others just because

Jumper, dress, pants, and sunglasses on a pink background next to a hoodie, onesie, socks and pants on a green background Credit: Carter's

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Personally, I love shopping for baby showers. It’s one of those events where it’s good to stick to the registry, but also totally acceptable to go off book and buy the cutest item you can possibly find—in addition to the four-pack of towels you signed up for, of course.

Carter’s has a ton of perfect items for newborns and new parents. Plus, they’re always running incredible sales—one week you can get half off all pajamas, while the next you can get buy-one-get-one jumpers. We took some time and brought together the 12 items that will have every other guest at whatever baby shower you attend wishing they’d found them first.

1. A great backpack that can double as gift-wrapping

Llama backpack
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A kid-sized backpack you’ll wish came in adult varieties.

There’s nothing like an incredibly well-reviewed item to get us started. This animal-themed backpack for kids comes with an insulated snack-pouch (a feature I wish was incorporated into the design of all my bags), and is the perfect present to store other presents in, or to stand alone as a gift with great forethought. It’s got nearly 1,000 reviews on the site, and it comes in a variety of animal designs, from llamas to bumblebees and even giraffes.

Many reviewers use this bag as a diaper bag thanks to its roomy dimensions and many said that the bag stood the test of time with their kids.

Get the Zoo Little Kid Backpack for $22

2. Extra bodysuits for the person that already seems to have everything

Bodysuits
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At this price, you can never have too many.

Bulk is better where babies are concerned. This 7-pack of bodysuits in a variety of prints and patterns is a great gift, even for the person who has everything, because you can never have enough basics. Each bodysuit comes complete with overlapped shoulders to make getting them on and off easy. Reviewers love the quality of these bodysuits, as well as their great price.

Get the 7-Pack Hearts Original Bodysuits for $22.80

3. A shower-stopping koala number

Koala jumper
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An outfit so nice we featured it twice.

It keeps getting cuter from here on out, folks. We’ve featured this koala outfit before, but when faced with the prospect of choosing great baby shower gifts I couldn’t resist.

With two separate pieces and buttons on the sides, this koala set is sure to have everyone at your baby shower in an uproar. Reviewers love how soft these overalls are and recommend checking the size dimensions before purchasing.

Get the 2-Piece Striped Tee & Bear Shortalls Set for $14

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4. This incredible pair of cat boots

Cat boots
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We apologize if this has given you Cats flashbacks.

Apologies, but all rationality has fled in the wake of these cat boots. With plush faux fur and sweet embroidered cat whiskers, these cozy booties are a perfect gift option for anyone having a newborn.

Reviewers note that these boots can run a bit large, but love that their kiddos could grow into them and recommend them for the colder months.

Get the Carter’s Cat Boot Baby Shoes for $18

5. A sweet plush that will bring a smile to everyone’s face

Elephant plush
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“Elephant Love Cuddly” would be the title of this blanket’s musical number.

This will inevitably invoke a chorus of “aw”’s. This BPA-free plush toy is a perfect little gift for any baby shower, and reviewers love to give it as a gift, noting that their kids love to sleep with the plush.

Get the Elephant Plush for $12

6. A dinosaur jumpsuit that grandparents will adore

Jumpsuits
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This will make the family photo for sure.

Treat someone you love to this adorably monstrous suit for an incoming loveable monster. This jumpsuit is beloved by reviewers for how soft and warm it is, and the green cloth spines along the hood and back are sure to make this piece a family favorite.

Get the Hooded Striped Jumpsuit for $9.00

7. A pair of sweet slip-on booties to keep tiny toes warm

Booties
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You’ll want to bury your toes in these booties.

Accessories seem like they would be a peripheral item when building out a whole new wardrobe (for a baby or for whoever), but accessories usually provide the personality an outfit needs to be individual—and these booties are full of personality. These booties in white cotton have a hand-woven look.

Reviewers recommend these precious booties for their price and how cozy they are. Plus they come in two pairs, so your giftee will have a spare pair when one sock inevitably goes missing.

Get the 2-Pack Chenille Booties for $6

8. A pack of soft blankets

Baby blankets
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Staple items make great gifts.

Basics are perfect baby shower gifts—they show your giftee that you really care, that you’re helping them to prepare for this new chapter. These receiving blankets come in neutral colors and patterns (including a sweet elephant pattern) and they’re made with flannel to keep any baby safe and comfortable.

Get the 4-Pack Receiving Blankets for $24

9. A hooded towel for the coziest of bathtimes

Hooded towel
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Can you say no to more elephants?

Weirdly, I feel that baby bathtime photos are universal, as in, everyone knows that one will appear on the family group chat over Christmas or show up in an album somewhere. This cuddly elephant towel will be the star of baby photos for years to come.

Reviewers love this cotton terry towel for its absorbency and minimalist style as well as its obvious cuteness.

Get the Elephant Hooded Towel for $14.40

10. A dinosaur onesie that’s got form and function

Dino onesies
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Your inevitable Instagram post of this could be captioned “rawr,” just sayin’.

Sometimes the best baby clothes are the ones that are easy to get on and off. With this dinosaur onesie, you won’t have to sacrifice style for utility. Featuring snap-up buttons from ankle to chin, this footed onesie with an excellent dinosaur embroidered print is a perfect shower gift in that it’s cute and also won’t leave your giftee cursing you as they attempt to change their child.

Reviewers appreciate how cozy and warm this onesie is, and many recommend it for the ease the buttons provided.

Get the Dinosaur Snap-Up Cotton Sleep and Play for $8

11. A bunny set for the baby that’s already mom’s favorite

Baby set
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Hop to Carter’s and grab this before it’s gone.

Carter’s is well-known for its amazing sets, and this 3-piece bunny-themed ensemble does not disappoint. Complete with two bodysuits with overlap shoulders and a pair of elastic waistband pants, this set will be a perfect wardrobe staple that your giftee can mix and match with, or color coordinate as they please.

Reviewers love the bunny theme for this set, but there are additional versions in themes like ladybug, elephant, and unicorn if you’d prefer.

Get the 3-Piece Bunny Little Character Set for $10

12. A whale blanket because whales are a must

Whale blanket
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Humpbacks and sperm whales and blue whales (oh my).

I love it when whales make it into my articles organically. This velboa whale blanket is plush, soft, and machine washable. Your giftee will love the blue and grey whale print and cozy material of this adorable gift, and years later, when a child approaches their parent with this in hand, you’ll be able to smugly proclaim that it was you that got them their favorite blanket.

Get the Whale Blanket for $14

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