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There is no more extraordinary gift than a bundle of joy, but after months of sleep deprivation, sometimes stuff is nice too. To help you give a new parent an unforgettable gift, we’ve compiled a list of items that will make their lives a little easier and maybe even get them some much-needed rest.
But, of course, not all the gifts are even for the baby. Some are just to make parents feel like real people who can participate in society and talk about more than dirty diapers and laundry. Or at least they can pretend to have some semblance of their old life.
- No VOCs or harmful off-gassing
- Environmentally friendly
Want to send an extravagant gift they’ll get a lot of mileage out of? A rocker or glider for a new parent is not exactly groundbreaking, but it is a game-changer. Soft rocking can soothe even the crankiest of babies.
This chair comes with a footrest that glides, great for achy postpartum bodies or anyone on their feet all day. This chair might be upholstered, but it can hold up to the abuse that children will throw its way. Spit up, drool, Goldfish crumbs? This chair can take it all and will still look good as new. All the stain-resistant qualities do not come at the expense of safety either. There is no off-gassing or chemical fumes, just plenty of opportunities for snuggling.
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2. Boppy Pillow
- Flexible for a variety of feeding styles
- Useful for tummy time
This pillow has been the secret weapon of breastfeeding moms for years. However, there is more than meets the eye to this curvy support pillow. Bottle feeders, dads, grans, and nannies can also utilize this pillow to support the baby while they feed and do it without wrenching their own body.
The pillow lends itself to various common feeding positions and will let feeding time be more relaxing with the munchkin at its optimal place for eating. It can also be used as a support for little ones while they learn to sit and raise their necks.
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- Convenient shelves for taller books
- Secure cushion
- Angled back for maximum comfort
The baby shower has long since passed, but the stack of books received as gifts still sit in a sad cardboard box. It’s time to get a shelf so you can encourage reading from a young age. The KidCraft bookcase has a built-in seat that is wonderful for reading with an infant on your lap or for an older child to lounge on while they practice reading.
In addition, it is an organizational piece of furniture that will be well-loved for years. This could make an excellent gift for adopters of school-age children who suddenly have a home with an influx of toys, books, and general kid stuff. Plus, kids love a superb chair that feels like breaking the rules.
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- Customizable settings
- Wide range of color options
- Simple and easy to use
This sound machine is the original and a celebrated classic for a reason. First, it is easy to operate. While many have theories about training babies to sleep through background noise, sometimes you need ambient sounds. This is an excellent solution, whether the neighbors always seem to have a landscaping crew on their lawn or a parent needs a quiet office space for a meeting. City dwellers may find this especially helpful.
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It is developmentally advantageous to let a little one move about on the ground. This is how babies obtain skills like supporting their heads, crawling, and eventually running. However, as anyone who has recently been on the floor knows — it’s hard. Joints over 30 simply cannot stay down there too long, or they will pay for it. Plus, playing on a soft surface decreases the chances of boo-boos, at least by a little bit.
While this piece is excellent for parents of kids in the baby stage, it’s good for older kids, too, especially those who like to show off their gymnastics and martial arts skills. It easily folds away for storage or transport.
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- Offers space-saving organizers
- Easy install
- Machine washable
Hardwood or carpeted floors are downright plush compared to the stone and porcelain surfaces in the bathroom. Kneeling over the tub to wash your kid can be a real pain. This easy-to-install kneeler and elbow rest will make the experience infinitely more enjoyable.
Plus, mesh pockets are included to hold bath toys or washcloths. Who doesn’t love a rubber ducky? If you’re a new parent, it’s one of those things you never realized you needed. Bathtime can finally be fun for all parties.
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- No special bags needed
- Pediatrician favorite
- Steel keeps out stink
Having a baby is a gross business, and it doesn’t get better until they are at least 15 years old. No matter how cute your little one is, they will spew enough bodily fluids to make you question if they have been switched with an alien species. Therefore, it is essential, especially during the diaper phase, to decrease the stink. You do live in a house and not a barn after all.
This particular diaper pail is an upgrade from a familiar classic. It does not require any unique, expensive bags; tall kitchen bags will do. Plus, it is stainless steel, which works exceptionally well at warding off the stink.
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- Works in 5-10 minutes
- Keeps warm up to 48-hours
What’s worse than late-night feedings and colic? Burning yourself on a baby bottle at 2 a.m. because you absentmindedly placed it in hot water too long. This little number can heat a bottle without scalding water and keep it that way for up to 48 hours. It works for formula and breast milk.
For new parents who need a night out, you don’t need to worry about them overheating the bottle because it is already done. If that is not tempting enough, this machine also dries and sterilizes bottles to take some labor out of the process. The uninitiated do not realize that parenthood also involves loads of cleaning. If it’s not the laundry, it’s the dishes. This lets mom and dad take a load off, at least for a second.
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- Easy to clean
- Soft and comfy
Diaper changes are a big part of your relationship with a baby for the first few years of life. They happen several times a day and are not always near the changing table or where you would want to lay your sweet child. Enter the peanut!
This soft, easy-to-clean, ergonomic wonder will be a favorite for new parents and their little diaper-wearer. Many moms and dads favor it over a changing table. Little ones love the shape, and parents love the ability for an on-the-fly change.
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- 360-degree swivel
- Quick assembly
- Mid-century modern design
A high chair might not be something a new mom has on her shower registry. Babies feed primarily in the laps of their caretakers until they start cutting teeth. Therefore, a high chair must be safe and flexible and fit in with the rest of the dining area.
Gone are the days of clunky plastic. This number leans into the smooth lines of the mid-century era and would not look out of place next to a birch dining table. The clear seat makes it unobtrusive. The swivel makes it so almost anyone can feed the munchkin from various directions, always essential. A baby who is welcome at the dining table is much more likely to be an adventurous eater.
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- No cords
- Ergonomic design
The thing about babies and toddlers is that you need to watch them like a hawk. This reality squanders alone time and makes daily tasks like bathing difficult, especially if you’re flying solo with the little one. Sometimes you just need both hands or wish your babe would chill.
This Swedish-designed wonder is just the ticket. The baby will be bouncing and entertaining themselves in no time and safely secured. Bring them into the bathroom and hop in the shower; they will be happy as a clam.
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- Hypoallergenic fabrics used
The Moses basket is a portable problem solver for the snoozing baby. It’s ideal for bringing to Grandma’s so the little one can nap and doesn’t need to be all cramped up in his seat. Plus, this is a wonderful travel bassinet if you are on the move, such as for the holidays. No need to set up a porta-crib.
This basket can fit up to a 1-year-old and has a whopping 30-pound weight limit. Plus, it features soft, light fabrics and a cute critter-inspired design. Some parents even use this particular model as a co-sleeping option. Even for parents who prefer to keep their baby outside their bed, it could be helpful in a pinch.
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- Extra gentle
- Soft, natural scent
It’s a well-known fact that babies smell heavenly, and their skin is buttery soft. However, special care needs to be taken to keep them in tip-top condition. Their delicate skin can fall victim to various disorders, including eczema, diaper rash, cradle cap, and even baby acne.
This French pharmacy staple is made to help keep the baby comfortable and moisturized. It is known to be used by many mamas with temperamental skin or breastfeeding-related cracking. Plus, it smells like a dream with none of the yucky stuff in the mix. It’s just the thing for babies.
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- Designed to last
- More extensive and easier to mark
- Easy instructions for measurement
Kids grow fast, especially in their first few years of life. As they get bigger, it is so fun to look back at where it all started. People would simply mark a hidden part of the wall in the past, but times have changed, and people move frequently or even rent. This portable option produces a keepsake regardless of homeownership.
It is clearly marked and comes with straightforward instructions for making accurate measurements. It is also made to last, great for nostalgic new parents everywhere.
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- Simple design, easy to use
- Adorable, gender-neutral bear theme
- Doubles as a photo album
The baby days are a whirlwind. Even with posting to social media, it is easy to forget all the adorable moments and milestones. Print albums and scrapbooks offer a more direct experience that is fun to share years later. Most school-aged kids cannot believe they once wore a diaper and were small enough to bathe in the sink.
It is an incredible keepsake that usually takes devotion and time. This option keeps it simple by asking to record memorable firsts and then add a photo. It’s an outstanding balance and gender-neutral to boot, making an excellent gift for parents of both baby boys and girls.
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- Connects to photo management software
- Can share 15-second videos
- Bluetooth enabled
Nixplay is the most popular photo-sharing frame on the market, and for good reasons. It works well and is easy to use. It allows parents to keep up with whatever is going on at home in real-time. They can even watch short videos of the little one doing that adorable thing.
It’s an ideal addition for working mothers who still need to express milk during their day. Photos of the baby can help ease the process along. A web-enabled app makes it easy for caregivers to send a quick update. Plus, who can get enough of that baby sweetness?
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17. Rocking Alpaca
- Easy to assemble and clean
- Sturdy structure
- Soft on baby skin
Rocking horses are so 20th century. The alpaca, now that is a thoroughly modern heirloom idea. This soft rocker is easy to assemble and sturdy, plus it’s hard not to smile looking at the animated little critter.
The soft fur will feel wonderful against the delicate skin of a little one. It supplies hours of fun and is likely to get passed down. Secure your place as your friend’s favorite “auntie” by getting this quiet and adorable gift.
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- Comes in three sizes
- Made to use
- Whimsical design
Blankets and babies go together like peanut butter and jelly. It is a foregone conclusion that any baby needs a blanket. However, not just anything will do. You want the ideal blanket but must strike a balance between softness and washability.
This blanket is soft, with a sweet Winnie the Pooh novelty theme. It comes in various sizes, making it great for a swaddle, a glider snuggle, or even a bed staple once the little one gets older. It’s so lovely, parents might claim it for themselves.
View Barefoot Dreams Pooh Blanket on Amazon
- Extra-large water tank
- Versatile with up to four different sizes
- Smart-uses barcode technology
New parents have no time for acidic swill. This “smart” coffee maker will make a treasured cup every single time. Plus, it offers flexibility. A shot may not be the way everyone wishes to wake up in the morning. An americano, better known as a cup of joe, is also an option. The extra-large water tank will keep overtired parents energized all week long.
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- Cook fast or slow
- Recipes included
- Proven safety features
There is nothing worse than getting to the end of the day and realizing there is still dinner to make. The Instant Pot makes it easy and quick to make something nutritious. Keeping nutrition in check is essential to being a good parent. One must care for themselves before one can give to others. This is especially true of nursing mothers who pass nutrition on to their children.
The Instant Pot can make soups or oatmeal and go fast or slow. You can set it and forget it in the morning or add your ingredients around 5 p.m. and have dinner on the table before six. It’s an outstanding sanity-saving addition to the kitchen, and the results are delicious.
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