Want to give something a little out-of-the box on its own, or along with, the usual clothes, blankets, and baby gear at the next baby shower you attend? These are some of my favorite baby shower gifts for Catholic moms.
- Parenting with Grace: The Catholic Parents Guide to Raising Almost Perfect
Kids, by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak. I just love this book. It is hands-down the best parenting book I’ve read…and it’s Catholic! Filled with theological, psychological, and practical information, the Popcaks build a case for a Catholic style of parenting that is simply brilliant, and inspires me to work hard to build our family according to this way of raising healthy, happy, holy children. Since I first wrote this post, the Popcaks have released another great title called Then Comes Baby.
- A Spiritual Bouquet. Yes, definitely unconventional, but why don’t we do this for each other as Catholic moms? The thing I really needed most at my baby shower was lots and lots of prayer from my closest family and friends. Prayers that I would grow in virtue and my ability to be a good mother, prayers that I would have a safe and healthy delivery, prayers that my baby would be happy and healthy.
- A book from the Catholic Picture Book List, which you can grab – for free – by popping your name and email address into the boxes at the bottom of this post. These are my favorite religious books for littles, and any one of them will be a hit.
- Saint Softies. These adorable, thoughtful homemade felt saints are perfect for baby showers and will have everyone else at the shower oohing and aahing over their creativity. For the extra crafty mom, try making them yourself!
- Our Lady of La Leche prayer card, novena, statue, medal, or some creative homemade item with the prayer printed, etched, or sewn on it. I fell in love with the Our Lady of La Leche prayer during my pregnancy, and continue to pray to her after I giving birth to and nursing my son. “O Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of Your tender Mother, Our Lady of La Leche, who bore You close to her heart during those long months before Your birth, I place my baby and myself entirely in Your Hands. Free me, I beseech You, from useless and consuming worry. Accept the sacrifice of my aches and pains, which I unite to Your sufferings on the Cross. Above all, most merciful and loving Jesus, protect this child You have given to me from all harm, bestowing the health and vigor every baby needs. Implant in my heart and on my lips the words and prayers of Your Mother and mine, our Lovely Lady of La Leche. All this I ask that my child and I may live to praise forever Your Holy Name. Amen.”