When I became a new mom I was lost as to all the items I would truly need. Every woman knows the basics; diapers, clothes, pacifiers and bottles. What they don't know is all the little things that you forget to think of that truly help in a bind. Nasal syringes for stuffy noses at 1 in the morning, Boppy Pillows to save your arm when baby needs constantly held, colic drops for baby's belly when they are crying in pain from trapped gas; just to name a few. My favorite item I ever purchased for my son was the NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator! When your baby is up gasping for air because his drainage is so bad this item is a gift sent from heaven.
So you see it is nice to get the essentials, but if you are a person out shopping for a new mom, try to remember the situations she may face as a new mom. Then buy her a practical and useful gift. It may not seem flashy or eye catching when she opens her gift at her baby shower, but she will thank you later when she ends up needing it. Sometimes it's the least likely gift that makes a big splash!