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DIY FUN Newborn Survival Kit for Baby Shower

Glam Up a Gift Card Gift with a Newborn Survival Kit

Car seats, cribs, rockers, layettes, nursery decor – all will likely appear on your friend’s baby-shower registry.

How about giving that mom-to-be what she really needs; plain ol’ cash in the form of a gift card.

I’ll admit a gift card isn’t the most exciting thing to see opened at a baby shower, so why not add a touch of creativity by including it in a DIY newborn survival kit.

I designed such a kit for a close friend’s baby shower and she had a great time unpacking it and reading about each item.

It was much more exciting than just opening a card with a gift card inside.

Here’s a list of items to include in your newborn survival kit and labels for those needing a bit of explanation.

Most items are available at your local dollar store.

Here's a list of items to include in your newborn survival kit and labels for those needing a bit of explanation.

Fun Newborn Survival Kit

Rain Pancho: 

Hazmat Suit (use during meal times and diaper changes).

Safety Goggles: 

Protect eyes from accidental sprinkles on the changing table.

Face Mask: 

Protection against toxic fumes during diaper changes.

Industrial Strength Gloves: 

Help avoid touching biohazard waste material.

Turkey Baster: 

Remember to get every crack and fold!

Long-Handled Tongs: 

To keep those stinky diapers far away.

Diaper Disposal Bags: 

Biohazard Waste Material Disposal Bags.

1 Diaper: 

You’ll need more…

newborn with hand on cheek and brown hat

Baby Wipes: 

Cleans bottoms, hands, and faces while doubling as a baby sponge bath!

Ear Plugs: 

Use at night and during the day, as necessary.


Mute Button.

Energy Drink: 

When sleep has evaded you.


 So you don’t have to do this again in the near future.

Pregnancy Test:

just in case protection fails.

Nipple Cream: 

For when breastfeeding really sucks.

Eye Mask: 

For cat naps anytime, anywhere.

Gift Card: 

For everything else.


To hold everything.

Use your own creative genius to add more items to the kit.

Pack everything into the basket and wrap it with a pretty bow.

Later on, the mom-to-be can use the basket as a diaper caddie.


Maisie Knowles is the founder of, a website reviewing only the best baby products.

She earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado in 2003 and currently spends most of her time at home with her two young girls.

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