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It’s a cliche because it’s true: new parents never sleep. Unfortunately, shuteye isn’t something you can wrap up and hand to an adult in charge of a tiny human (though we do have some gift ideas to enhance their sleep for those rare occasions). But there are still plenty of ways to make the new chapter of their lives easier—and more fun. Here are the best presents for new parents that will keep them sane while keeping baby happy.
Having a new baby comes with endless gifts from well-wishers. While an abundance of toys, books and clothes is not inherently an issue, new parents may begin to worry about spoiling their young child from an early age. Enter Slumberkins, which pairs an adorable stuffed animal toy with a matching book focused on a specific theme of personal and moral development. We received a fluffy Narwhal, coupled with an accompanying story promoting Growth Mindset. The set together fosters a can-do attitude and teaches children to approach challenges with enthusiasm and a strong sense of self. We were also treated to the Big Foot set, which encourages self-worth through a sweet story about rejecting materialism and embracing inner creativity. Slumberkins are the perfect gifts to give conscientious parents who aim to raise thoughtful, kind, and confident children.
Babies inevitably grow out of their clothes, which often means that much of children’s clothing is made of flimsy and environment-unfriendly material. MakeMake Organics offers adorable and beautifully crafted garments that are perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions. Each outfit is Instagram-ready, but won’t leave your child fussing with discomfort. My daughter wore the Cotton Ruffle dress in Driftwood for her one month photo shoot, and the compliments were endless. MakeMake offers clothes for babies and toddlers as well as nursery and bath time essentials like sheets, towels, and play mats, all featuring their soft and cozy organic fabrics.
A big parental fear prior to childbirth is the lack of sleep. There is now an entire market for sleep-saving products, many using savvy technology, from motion-sensor rocking bassinets to oxygen-monitoring anklets. The Dreamland weighted swaddle addresses the same need without unnecessary or habit-forming bells and whistles. It couldn’t be easier to use, is super-soft, and the gentle weight provides instant relaxation for babies, prompting longer stretches of sleep. It’s machine washable, escape-proof, and features a two-way zipper for quick diaper changes. You can choose whether to swaddle your baby’s arms or keep them free. It’s worth the price and makes a great gift for sleep-deprived parents.
When a baby is hungry, time is of the essence. If new parents use formula, the Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced will help them mix up a bottle in no time. The device works with formulas from all the major brands and water to mix up the ideal balance and consistency. Parents can also customize the amount from one ounce to ten ounces and select from three different temperatures. And an indicator light will also turn on when it’s time to clean the funnel. A WiFi enabled version for $20 more allows parents to set up a feeding from the accompanying app and provides notifications when supplies are low for reordering.
Most restaurants have high chairs, but the houses of friends and family may not be so accommodating. This hook-on chair works on most any tabletop, saving new parents from the agony of eating with a child in their laps.
Most kids throw food on the floor. Efficient, enterprising kids throw the whole plate. Make them work harder for their messes with this compartmentalized plate that sticks to most surfaces.
New parents can use plenty of help around the house, but they could also use a break and some one-on-one time (with each other—or a plate of pasta). A simple gift card may not seem thoughtful, but they’ll forgive you—especially if you pair it with a promise to babysit.
Looking after a new baby is hard and time-consuming, and it’s inevitable that other household duties will fall by the wayside. If you aren’t able to give the new parents a helping hand yourself, consider booking them a visit from an Amazon-approved worker. They have reviewed contractors for almost any task imaginable, from simple cleanings to handyman services to iPhone repair.
This is the equivalent of handing a new parent cash. And everyone loves cash.
Say goodbye to blankets (which can bunch in awkward spots, slip off, and even get tangled in stroller wheels). Say hello to easy, cozy transfers between strollers and car seats.
A newborn doesn’t come out of the womb gracefully blowing its nose into a tidy tissue fold. You gotta go get those breath-restricting boogers. And the best snotsucker on the market is the NoseFrida. It’s hygienic, weirdly entertaining, and comfortable for the child, unlike most bulb-shaped booger busters.
These top-rated sunshades protect your baby’s delicate skin from the blazing sun. And unlike cling-on shades, they neatly roll up when not in use, eliminating the eyesore factor.
Because no diaper change should come with a free fountain drink.
Amazon’s choice in the crowded baby monitor space is this gem from Eufy, which displays 10 times more detail than ordinary 240p displays. It also boasts a wide-angle lens attachment, 330-degree coverage, a built-in thermostat, instant smart alerts, two-way audio, and nightvison. The FHSS connection means the product is connected right out of the box—no WiFi setup necessary, and no burden on your home network.
New parents keep tabs on their baby’s sleep and wake times, but how about real-time sleep data? Just pull one of Eufy’s Smart Socks on your baby, and it will provide detailed analysis of essential health metrics to your phone, including heart rate and sleep states. The associated monitor will also alert parents when the baby wakes up and comes with a night vision camera that lets you see what’s going on in the child’s room even in the dark. Designed for newborns through 18 months, the sock can be worn on either foot and is washable.
Because someone in the house should get some peace and quiet. When one parent is tending to a screaming baby in the middle of the night, it’s not always possible for their spouse to find a quiet spot to catch some Zs. These Etymotic plugs are designed to combat the noise at rock shows, so they have an outside shot at working on a cranky child. (Note: We would never condone wearing earplugs simply to neglect a loud baby.)
This cute lamb plays 8 sounds, including white noise and gentle lullabies. An auto-off timer (set in 30-minute intervals) conditions their baby to sleep without the noise—and makes it so mom and dad don’t have to tip-toe back in to turn it off.
Mom finally got the baby to sleep after hours of rocking, nursing, singing, and cooing. She gently places her little bundle of joy down in the crib, sleepily tip-toes out of the room, closes the door behind her, and—CLICK—”Wahhhhhhhhhhh!” For under $10, you can help your favorite new parent avoid such a scenario.
Look for one with generous size (for maximum privacy) and an open neckline (for maximum bonding), that’s also machine washable. This one from WeeSprout checks those boxes, plus it can be used eight ways.
Showcase the newborn’s stats with this personalized birth announcement, drawn in the style of a nursery-appropriate coat of arms.