23 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.

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April 19, 2021

I love to give gifts (and usually go overboard, if I'm being totally honest), so when my best friend announced that she was expecting her first child, I was so excited that I immediately started stocking up on presents. Teddy bear-patterned onesies? Check. A cute 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 mom to help make her 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.

Seriously, put this postpartum recovery kit at the very top of the list. This thoughtful, 33-piece Essentials Set from Frida Mom contains everything she'll need after giving birth, from disposable underwear to cooling pads and healing foam. Everything comes packaged in a handy, toilet-top caddy, too, for maximum convenience.

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Hello, thing-they-never-knew-they-needed! Prevent tears over spilled milk with this genius bottle holder. Parents will use it well into toddler years, too, as this suctioned stand also fits sippy cups.

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Humidifiers always come highly recommended for first-time parents, but none self-clean like this one. Because humidifiers trap bacteria so easily, keeping them clean is essential, lest you create more problems than you solve, but this nifty humidifier uses LED lights to sanitize and kill mold and bacteria without mom or dad ever having to lift a finger. Talk about a game-changer.

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Keep baby's essentials clean on the go with a portable sanitizer. If they haven't learned this already, new parents will quickly see how frequently their little one drops their paci, bottle or teether. This handy device makes it super simple to remove germs when on the playground or at a restaurant.

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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.

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Being hands-free almost never happens as a busy parent, which is why this wearable pump is a must-have for a new mom. It can be worn discreetly, and the silicone pouch creates a gentle, silent suction – no batteries required. Even better, there are only two parts to clean, and they're both dishwasher-safe! If you're looking for a time-saving, innovative gift for a new mom, it doesn't get better than this.

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Consider this the gift they didn't know they needed. This handy stroller caddy actually stretches to fit sunscreen, toys, a phone, keys, wallet and more. It's also completely insulated for baby bottles and coffee cups, making walks around the park or trips to the zoo so much easier.

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There's some truth to that joke about new parents never getting to enjoy a hot cup of coffee (since they're so busy taking care of everyone else). So why not treat Mom or Dad to an Ember Smart Mug? This sleek little cup can be programmed via the Ember app to maintain their desired temperature for 1.5 hours until they're ready to take a sip.

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Now here's a gift that she'll reach for over and over again. Crafted from lightweight, stretchable fabric, this multi-tasking cover adapts for car seats, shopping carts and even breastfeeding in public.

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Give Mom an easy way to keep her baby close and get things done with this snuggly-yet-supportive carrier. It's suitable for newborns and infants up to 25 pounds and can be used for inward and outward-facing positions.

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Perfect for when she needs a quick pick-me-up, these hydrogel eye masks will de-puff and brighten her under-eye area, making it look like she got plenty of sleep. She can even stash them in the fridge for a cooling effect and use them in less than five minutes.

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Who knew that a cute diaper bag and breast-pumping tote actually existed? Equipped with multiple pockets, including an insulated pocket for baby bottles and wet cloths, this stylish backpack will make it easier for new moms to transport and organize pump parts.

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You know what they say: The days are long, but the years are short. Help Mom savor and celebrate every moment with this Insta-worthy milestone blanket. The black-and-white palette and sun-and-moon motif are fitting for boys and girls and will easily complement the nursery.

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Since she'll likely be spending a lot more time at home (and a lot of time pacing the floor to lull baby to sleep), these plush slippers will not go unused or unappreciated. Made from 100-percent polyester with special faux-fur trim, they'll cushion her feet and keep them warm at all hours of the day.

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Every mom deserves a necklace as beautiful and meaningful as this. Help her show off her brand-new title and keep her little one close to her heart with this darling design that reads, "Mama." It's available in sterling silver, 18-karat gold and rose gold, too, so you can shop for the finish that best suits her style.

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For the record, we're huge fans of the Boppy. This versatile nursing pillow is great for new moms and dads, as it gently lifts their baby to a more ergonomic position for breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Later on, they can use it to build baby's neck strength and help them learn to sit up.

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Help Mom and Dad maintain some calm through the chaos with this robot vacuum. (Which has Wi-Fi connectivity, we might add.) After downloading the app, they can schedule cleanings with the press of a button and focus on taking care of their little one.

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Give Mom one less thing to worry about while packing her hospital bag with this ready-to-wear maternity outfit set. The thoughtful gift box includes a super-soft nightgown, robe, briefs and socks.

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It's hard enough for Mom and Dad to charge their own batteries — let alone their phone's — so they'd definitely love this compact charging hub. The device is compatible with the Apple Watch, as well as iPhones 5 through X, and will fit neatly on their dresser or nightstand.

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You know the rule, "Never wake a sleeping baby"? With this sweet hanging sign for the front door, Mom and Dad will be able to share that message with visitors. The sign is crafted from mahogany wood board and comes with a leather or rope strap for displaying.

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Mom and Dad had a busy day of keeping up with the baby, so when they finally bathe him and get him down for the night, the last thing tired parents wants to do is clean up. Luckily, this two-piece tub takes a lot of the work out of it. The large-capacity opening with integrated handles allows them to scoop toys out of the tub, while the holes on the sides drain the water and help the toys dry faster.

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To be clear, this is not a gift for the new baby — just the new parents. But when those sleep-training (and regression) nights get really rough, Mom and Dad will appreciate having this hilarious book on hand. They'll laugh through the tears and remember that it's all part of the process.

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The greatest gift you can give new parents? Some peace of mind while their precious little one sleeps through the night. With more than 1,400 reviews and an average 4.5-star rating, this Owlet Smart Sock is a huge hit online, as it wraps around baby's foot and monitors their heart rate and oxygen levels. It also sends updates straight to Mom and Dad's phones, helping greatly to reduce their anxiety.

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