How do guests find out whether or not the mother-to-be has requested any particular baby gifts? Well, they can always just ask her. But a better option might be to ask the person hosting the baby shower. That way, the mother can be truly surprised and excited later on while she's opening her gifts at the shower.

Baby Gift Registry

Most expectant first-time mothers today register their gift preferences at a store that offers such a service. She'll spend an afternoon with a gift consultant selecting the items that she'd like to get for her baby. When guests know this registry information, the task of baby gift buying gets a whole lot easier. They just go to the store's gift registry computer, input the mother's name or sometimes just the date of the baby shower, and in seconds, a shopping list prints out.

The guest takes the shopping list to the baby department and looks for the items on the list. To make shopping even easier, the retail price for the various gifts is often included right on the shopping list. That way, if the shopper wants to spend a specific amount on the gift(s), it's easy to go down the list and select the gifts that are within that price range.

Besides being an effective shopping assistant, purchasing off the gift registry cuts down on gift duplication and it ensures that the expectant mother gets exactly what she needs and wants. She can add any baby items the store carries onto the gift registry – linens, clothing, car seats, bottles, diapers, nursery accessories, photo albums, monitors, whatever!

Although having a shopping list of baby gifts makes shopping so much easier, there are a lot of people who do not like to shop this way. They believe it's a rather impersonal experience, preferring instead to shop for something they feel to be more appropriate for the mother-to-be. This is a fine approach as well and is a perfect option when neither time nor money is an issue.

Engraved Baby Gifts

Baby gifts can be made even more special with the addition of personalized engraving. Engraving is popular especially when the baby shower is going to be held after the baby is born, because guests know all the birth details including the baby's full name, birth weight and height, and birth date.

Hostess Gifts

Typically the person who hosts the baby shower does not give the mother-to-be a gift. Instead, the bridal shower is her gift. Anyone who has ever hosted a baby shower knows first-hand that this is an elaborate (not to mention expensive!) gift.

Regardless of how the gift idea originated, there's definitely nothing else that compares to shopping for baby gifts!