11 Books For Baby Shower Gifts That Aren't 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

Whether you’re looking for the perfect baby shower gift for your book-loving bestie or you’re on the hunt for a fun (and MUCH less personal than that breast pump she registered for) gift to give the newly-pregnant person in your office, this parent-to-be has just one tip for you: books are the best baby shower gifts. Ever. And practically nobody thinks to give them. (I’m in line returning approximately 11,000 gray-and-white striped baby body suits as I write this, I swear.) Whether it’s because everyone just assumes the new parent will be too busy with their new wee-one to pick up a book (valid concern) or books just aren’t as cute as bunny-footed baby sleepers (depending on who you ask) you can pretty much bank on the fact that a bookish gift will stand out amongst the onesies. And when it comes to the best books to give as baby shower gifts, there is a whole wide, bookish world out there beyond What To Expect When You’re Expecting (because believe me, they already have at least four copies of that one.)

Here are 11 books that make the best baby shower gifts — some for parent-to-be, others for baby, and plenty that both parent and baby will love.