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A rainbow baby mom shares thoughtful gift ideas that help celebrate the new baby and honor past losses.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and as a mom who had a rainbow baby after two consecutive miscarriages, it’s a month that’s close to my heart. Going through pregnancy after experiencing a loss can be extremely challenging, and it’s a journey that’s different for everyone.
I experienced a lot of challenging emotions when I had my rainbow baby. On one hand, I was overjoyed to experience the gift of a baby again. But on the other hand, I still grieved for my losses and didn’t want them dismissed.
One way I found to honor my losses and celebrate my new little one was incorporating a subtle rainbow theme throughout the nursery, with the simple scheme serving as a thoughtful yet gentle reminder. If someone you know is throwing a shower for a rainbow baby, consider giving them one of these 15 rainbow-inspired gifts that are both practical and meaningful. (Only if the recipient has indicated they’re open to talking about their loss, of course.)
From a neutral swaddle set that gives a subtle nod to rainbow babies (and is on sale!) to an adorable pair of rainbow moccasins that are 50% off, we love these baby shower gifts for rainbow babies from Nordstrom, Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Amazon, and more.
Felted Rainbow Wall Art
Pay homage to a rainbow baby with a gift that doubles as a piece of art that can hang in their room for years to come. The piece is handcrafted in a Fair Trade Certified factory from Nepalese wool felt and comes framed without glass, so it’s perfect for little hands to explore safely.
This artwork even comes with its own hanging hardware, making setup a snap.
Rainbow Rope Hanging Wall Decor
For a more budget-friendly wall decor option, pick up this rainbow rope hanging wall art from Target. The woven piece measures 15.5 inches tall and 10.5 inches wide, and it comes with hanging loops for easy installation.
Rainbow Swaddle and Cap
This neutral rainbow swaddle and cap set is made of stretchy polyester, so it can adapt to fit babies from sizes 0 to 3 months old. The neutral colorway isn’t too over-the-top—instead, it’s a gentle acknowledgment of the rainbow that came after the storm.
The swaddle measures approximately 31.5 x 31.5 inches, and we appreciate that there are no zippers, snaps, or similar choking hazards.
Primary Organic Zip Footie
Made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, these sweet rainbow heart pajamas are super soft and cozy. Available in sizes newborn through 18-24 months, this footie snaps under the chin for a snug fit.
In sizes 9-12 months and up, the feet are padded with anti-skid technology to keep your little one safe as they start to toddle around.
Living Textiles Hello World Gift Set
What’s better than a rainbow swaddle? A rainbow swaddle with sloths, of course. This Living Textiles gift set includes a cap, swaddle, and double-sided birth announcement card. The neutral beige color scheme is a subtle way to acknowledge a rainbow baby, and the swaddle and cap are both machine washable.
Rainbow Muslin Baby Blanket
Wrap your rainbow baby up in this eco-friendly muslin blanket, which is made from bamboo fibers for extra softness and gentleness on their skin. The muslin material can help regulate the baby’s temperature, providing coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. Plus, it’s more absorbent than cotton, so it can double as a burp cloth.
With a 47 x 47 inch size, the blanket can also be used for swaddling or as a breastfeeding cover.
Freshly Picked City Crib Rainbow Moccasins
Are these the cutest baby shoes to ever exist? They just may be. My own rainbow baby lived in tiny moccasins and I can confidently attest that they are the best type of shoe for actually staying on a baby’s foot. This pair comes in sizes from 6M to 24M and has a wide yet flexible sole for beginning walkers.
The upper, lining, and sole are all made of leather and the entire shoe is made in the USA. Plus, the moccasins are 50% off right now.
Embroidered Rainbow Storage
This sweet storage bin is not only adorable, but super practical, too. Featuring a tufted rainbow design and a couple of pastel pompoms, the Pottery Barn Kids-exclusive bin measures 16 x 16 inches and is made from 100% cotton.
Fill it with diapers and wipes for the perfect rainbow baby shower gift, or use it to neatly stow toys and lovies.
Rainbow Baby Milestone Signs
An affordable pick at $8, these milestone signs are a thoughtful gift for any parent wanting to commemorate their rainbow baby’s journey earthside. The bundle includes a total of 13 hexagon double-sided baby milestone cards to capture memories through the entire first year of life.
Because each sign is double-sided, parents can choose from 26 different designs. There’s a sign for each month of their first year and a “hello, world” birth announcement sign. When each sign is flipped over, there’s a milestone the baby will likely achieve in their first year, like “I can roll over” and “First Mother’s Day.”
Little Lights Rainbow Lamp
This lamp can double as decor for a rainbow baby shower and as a nightlight in a baby’s nursery (or a bigger kiddo’s room). Available in traditional rainbow colors and a pastel version, this pinewood lamp makes an adorable gift.
It can stand alone or be mounted to the wall with the included hardware, and there’s an included battery-operated remote to activate the dimmer and a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute timer.
Itzy Ritzy Silicone Teether with Rattle
Teething is an inevitable part of babyhood. Relive the little one’s discomfort with this cute rainbow teething rattle, made from 100% food-grade silicone so it’s safe for babies’ mouths. Plus, the texture helps soothe irritated gums.
While the rattle is a lovely gift for a rainbow baby shower, note that it is designed to be used by babies 3 months old and up.
Hudson Baby Silicone Rainbow Arch Toy
While this toy is technically meant for children ages 3 and up, it stands in as decor in a baby’s room until they’re old enough to play with it. When that time comes, caregivers can rest easy knowing the silicone is free from BPA, PVC, and phthalates, so it’s safe for tiny teeth to chew on.
In addition to helping develop fine motor skills, the stacking toy strengthens the kiddo’s core muscles as they sit up to play with it.
Little Ray of Sunshine Musical Activity Gym
Activity gyms and playmats are a must for any baby, and we love that this one has a dangling rainbow toy as a subtle nod to their rainbow baby status. The gym also comes with a hanging ball, flamingo, and sun, plus a printed reminder of this little ray of sunshine in the world.
And if that wasn’t enough, the playmat even plays “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
'Baby's First Year' Little Rainbow Memory Book
It’s true that the baby years fly by, so help the parents remember all of the remarkable moments of their baby’s first year with this rainbow-themed book. Measuring 9 x 9 inches, the hardcover book has monthly pages to fill in, along with prompts to capture the baby’s firsts and favorites.
As an additional gift to parents everywhere, the pages are simple enough that the baby book will actually be completed between other tasks. (Shoutout to my last child, whose baby book is still sitting undone…and she’s 4.)
Gllquen Baby Muslin Swaddle Blankets
This swaddle blanket set gives a subtle nod to one’s rainbow baby, while still leaving space for other emotions too. Measuring 27 x 27 inches, the six-pack includes neutral rainbow patterns, polka dots, and solids. Each blanket is made from a light blend of bamboo and cotton.
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