20 Gifts That New Parents Actually Want to Receive
They already have the crib, stroller and boxes of diapers. So what do you do? Gift them a little something that will help them enjoy some peace of mind, too.
I love to give gifts (and usually go a little overboard), so when my best friend announced that she and her husband were expecting their first child, I was so excited that I immediately started stocking up on presents. Teddy bear-patterned onesies? Check. A stack of burp cloths and bibs? You bet. But in hindsight, I wish I'd paired those staples with something that was specifically for the new parents, to help make their transition into parenthood a little easier.
Well, now that they're expecting their second kid, I have some big ideas in my back pocket. If you want to spoil any parents-to-be, keep scrolling for a list of gifts that they'll love.
Though unassuming at first glance, this modern sound machine is truly a miracle worker for new parents. Not only is it easy to use and access via a smartphone app, but it also comes with a special time-to-rise setting that will help their little one adjust to a sleep schedule. Plus, the lights and sounds are customizable!
The greatest gift you can give new parents? Some peace of mind while their little one sleeps through the night. With more than 1,400 positive reviews and an average 4.5-star rating, this Owlet Smart Sock is a huge hit with parents, as it wraps around their baby's foot and monitors the child's heart rate and oxygen levels (and sends updates straight to their phones).
You know the rule, "Never wake a sleeping baby"? With this sweet hanging sign for bebé's door, the new parents will be able to share that message with visitors. Choose between the pink and blue hues, both of which have a timeless appeal, or shop both so they have one for the front door and one for the nursery as well.
Babies spend a lot of time in their beds, so gift the new parents with high-end, ultra-comfy crib sheets. This cute bundle from Brooklinen's Brooklittles collection comes with a quilt, two crib sheets and three swaddle blankets in fun, gender-neutral patterns and colors.
A family-friendly activity, precious piece of wall art and keepsake all in one, this personalized canvas growth chart will allow them to track their little one's height over the first few years. And since the chart comes in three classic hues, it's sure to fit in with their nursery, too.
To be clear, this is not a gift for the new baby — just the parents! But when those sleep-training nights get really rough, they'll appreciate having this picture book called Go the F**k to Sleep on hand to make them laugh and remind them that they're not the only ones losing it!
There's some truth to that joke that new moms never get to enjoy a hot cup of coffee since they're so busy taking care of everyone else. If you really want to spoil your loved one, treat them to this coffee warmer. It'll heat up their cup in two minutes and keep it hot for hours.
Since they'll likely be spending a lot more time at home (and a lot of time pacing the floor to lull baby to sleep), these unisex slippers will not go unused or unappreciated by a new mom or dad. Made from 100-percent natural wool, these Danish slippers are designed to contour to your feet over time.
Help them maintain some calm through the chaos with this iRobot Roomba 675 Vacuum Cleaner. (With Wi-Fi Connectivity, we might add.) After they download the app, the new parents can schedule cleanings with the press of a button and have one less thing to worry about.
Perfect for when she needs a little pick-me-up, this set of five eye masks will brighten and de-puff the under-eye area. Just let the new mom know that she can stick these patches in the fridge for about a minute to achieve a spectacular soothing effect. Pair the masks with a rose quartz facial roller for a real treat.
It's hard enough for them to charge their own batteries, let alone their phones — so they'd probably (read: definitely) appreciate this charging hub. The device is compatible with the Apple Watch, as well as iPhones 5 through X, and will fit neatly on their nearest tabletop.