Being a new parent is overwhelming, period. It’s easily one of the biggest changes that an individual or couple will ever go through in life. The best gifts for new parents compliment the sentimental aspect of creating new life, making the transition a teeny bit easier or allowing them to relax and unwind as much as possible in that first year. Take a look at this list of gift ideas for a variety of parental personalities.
No doubt a stroller will be 100% necessary at some point. Mom and Dad will need to get out and about and back to the routine soon. One thing to keep in mind is to keep things light weight. There’s the baby, the diaper bag, the bottle, the car seat… you get the point. Having large obnoxious items becomes stressful when travelling. This one is light weight and easy to fold and go. It comes with a basket to store goodies and reclines into 5 different positions for comfort. Suitable for up to 50 lbs so it can be used as the baby grows, unlike others specifically meant for infants only.
Sound machines are a necessity for new parents. It can take a lot of work to get a baby to fall asleep, and once you do, keep them there. A sound machine will help with this process by letting them sink into a deep sleep. With a sound machine you can worry less about the dog barking, company knocking at the door, or vacuuming the floors. This one offers 6 different sounds to fit your baby’s preference. It can be plugged in or battery operated. While you’re at it, grab two to block out the new baby cries for the parent that takes a break with a mid-day nap.
Being a new parent really does show you how time flies. Parents will want to write down memories and milestones. Provide a modern baby book that puts it in their hands so that they don’t forget to document it. This book covers the first five years, and helps with birthdays, holidays and space for whatever you want to write specifically. This sentimental choice is not only excellent for parents but your baby will love checking it out when he or she is older too! The woodland theme is appropriate for little boys and girls alike.
Sometimes a little laughter goes a long way. Being a new parent can be emotionally draining. Lighten the mood a bit with this hilarious book. No, you will not be reading this as a bedtime story. You will read about the number one goal after having a child. Getting them to sleep peacefully, without putting your head into a wall.
Making dinner just got much more difficult with that new little bundle of joy. Enter the Instant Pot to make dinner in a flash. This pot replaces 7 other kitchen appliances such as the crock pot, rice cooker and steamer. It also has super handy quick control buttons depending on what you are making such as chili, multigrain and porridge. Did we mention it makes dishes up to 70% faster? They will thank you, trust us.
Hands free cleaning? Sounds fabulous new parent or not! This splurge is worth the money. Mom and Dad will love cleaning (or not) the hardwood floors and carpet areas using a simple remote. This one also works with Alexa and Google Home for voice command options, and use the app on your smart phone for even more control. It has a self-charging dock station. They can set it to auto clean or to one of the specialized cleaning options such as edge mode to really target the edges.
Every parent needs a baby monitor, and a good one at that. This one specifically is high tech and boast more features than most. Not only does it offer the essentials you need around the house, it also gives insight on air quality, humidity and temperature. You can also view live video and talk to your baby from anywhere, not just within the radius of your home. You can shush and comfort her from a far or whisper I love yous as well. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and more.
Ask any parent that isn’t new to the game and you will most likely hear how beneficial a rock ‘n play is. They are a massive help for naps, or in the beginning stages when baby isn’t ready for the crib. The sweet vibrating sound and motion is soothing for babies and calms those cries that can get chaotic. If you have a baby that has re-flux, the incline is helpful for their digestion as well. It’s lightweight, portable and has some little toys that can entertain as well.
Let’s face it. At some point parents will realize there is something they need or should have registered for. A gift card can help pick up the pieces. Amazon sells everything for babies and toddlers that they might need. There are far too many unforeseen things that parents might need, so Amazon covers a wide variety of options.
The first-time baby gets sick can really set parents into panic mode. Help them be prepared with an easy to use yet accurate thermometer. It can be used on the forehead or in the ear, and it quickly registers temp with your squirmy and often upset baby. This one lights up red and green so you know when it’s ready to go. You can even save the temperatures to monitor closely how the fever develops, which is very important for small babies.
Consider a Gift Card to eat out or more appropriate, get carry out. Gift cards are perfect for new parents because they don’t love the extra task of preparing dinner. They also don’t like leaving their babies sometimes so they can bring the food back home. You can give one of these gift cards that is valid at several different restaurants, there’s sure to be one nearby that will come in handy for a meal on you!
They will never have flown through batteries like they’re about to now. From all the interactive toys, to sound machines, and swings, they all can run on batteries. One of the best things you can buy is rechargeable batteries and the charger itself. It will save loads of money in the long run because batteries can get expensive. This one comes with AA and AAA batteries.
Amazon truly has it all. This gift is best to let them cash in on when they are ready, as they may not appreciate strangers being all up in their business during the first few weeks. When they are exhausted and overwhelmed, they will be relieved that cleaning their house is being taken care of. Cleaning services by Amazon cover basically everything besides wall and window washing. Just enter the details of the home and let the parents schedule within 90 days of purchasing.
This pillow is extremely helpful for new moms. It makes nursing super chill and comfortable. It’s not just limited to nursing though. Both Mom and Dad can sit with new baby and help them grow and strengthen those developing muscles. It can prop them up in the early stages, support tummy time and assist with sitting when they’re ready. There are a variety of covers in different colors and prints that can match the nursery and personal taste.
There should be a lot more time spent at home now days. The TV stick allows for streaming from Netflix, HBO, Hulu, ESPN and more. This one is for the parents to enjoy some adult time and focus on what THEY want, since that won’t necessarily be number one at the moment. All that time spent feeding the baby, rocking the baby, cleaning up after the baby can really call for a change of thought process and mindless entertainment. Its great for portability and you can plug it in wherever you are and pick up where you left off if you get distracted.
Let’s not forget to be an adult among the “goo goo ga gas”. If the new parents are winos this gift would be awesome. They offer a variety of options monthly from one bottle only, sweet wines, premium and beyond. There is absolutely no obligation to keep it going and free shipping. How fun to unwind each month and reconnect over a new bottle of wine.
A diaper bag for Dad. Mom probably already has something she’s picked out, but Dad most likely hasn’t thought of it. No risk of feeling feminine, just organized and on top of his Dad game. Mom can totally use it as well. It’s got comfy shoulder straps and stroller straps as well. Large mesh pockets and small mesh pockets within for extra clothes and burp cloths. It’s a nice waterproof grey fabric suitable for both guys and gals.
Bring on the coffee for the lack of sleep coming from multiple night awakenings. Even if their lucky and have a baby that sleeps well from the get-go, there is bound to be some changes in their own sleep routine. Keurig’s are great because they don’t require an entire pot to be made. New parents typically don’t enjoy the luxury of sitting around and sipping coffee. So, one cup at a time is ideal, and it’s ready in seconds. It’s super easy to just add water and grab your flavor of choice.
Yep, they’re about to be that parent. But seriously, baby carriers are genius. They don’t have to let the baby’s schedule dictate the things they still want to get out and do. Being hands free while you shop, go hiking or prepare meals is super handy. Not to mention babies love being held close to mom and dad. This Ergobaby has excellent reviews and is a brand you can trust. It offers multi position, mesh fabric for optimal air flow and a large pocket for storage for any extras that may be needed. Mom can also nurse easily with this carrier.
Now that life got messier, smellier and overall more germy, consider this gift idea. This plugin helps purify the air around you and your growing family. It kills germs with the use of UV-C light and Titanium Dioxide helps odors caused by your every day life. The Diaper Genie can only control so much! It also helps with pet odors. This device is filter free and the only replacement they’ll need is a bulb every 6 months or so.
When a baby enters the world, they are so used to be wrapped up tight in mommy that it’s somewhat of a shock when they finally arrive. A sleep sack mimics that feeling and comforts the baby making it easier for them to sleep soundly. This is a big win for mom, dad and baby. You can Velcro him or her in as tight as they like, and transition with arms out as they get older and more mobile. The extra weight alone will help baby sleep and keep them nice and toasty without the safety issues of blankets in the crib.
New parents will truly appreciate the chance to visit the spa of their choice and have a little me time. These cards are valid at 1000’s of locations nearby for Mom and Dad to use toward massage services, manicures, pedicures, haircuts and more. They never expire so even if they don’t get around to it right away, they have time to use it when they are ready. Their website lists locations where the card can be used if you know they have a salon or spa that they prefer.