15 Gifts That New Parents Actually Want to Receive

They already have the crib, baby monitor 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 30, 2020

I love to give gifts (and usually go a little overboard, TBH), 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 mom and dad, 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.

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.

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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.

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Who knew that a cute breast pumping bag actually existed? Equipped with multiple pockets, a laptop sleeve and a cooler bag, this stylish and inconspicuous setup will make it easier for new moms to transport and organize pump parts.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Help them document their little one's major milestones from their first week home to Baby's first crawl with this set of colorful cards. Each one features a cute illustration that's perfect for a photo op.

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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!

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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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A family-friendly activity, precious piece of wall art and keepsake all in one, this woodland-themed growth chart will allow them to track their little one's height over the first few years. And since it features a classic black-and-white color palette and fringe trim, the chart is sure to fit in with their nursery, too.

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The new baby is bound to have plenty of toys, but what about a place to put them all? This mesh bag attaches right onto the side of the tub and keeps all the rubber ducks and fish out of the way while moms and dads enjoy a hot shower or bath.

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Sure, it's a gift for the new baby, but really it's a gift for Mom and Dad. Free of BPA, phthalates, lead and more (it's chewy on both sides, too!), this silicone taco will soothe a little one's gums and make for a hilarious photo op.

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They'll breathe a huge sigh of relief when they open this bamboo bowl and spoon set, which secure via suction cups. (Three cheers for a mess-free dining experience!) The bowl and spoon are both hypoallergenic and free from harmful chemicals.

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The greatest gift you can give new parents? Some peace of mind while their little one sleeps through the night. With 1,200 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).

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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.

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