Shopping for gifts is a challenge, especially when you’re trying to find the perfect present for new parents. The thing to keep in mind is that this is a time for celebration, love, and support. Don’t let the difficulty of gift selection overshadow the exciting milestone of a baby being born. Here are five items most new parents have on their wishlist:
1. Sterilizer for Bottles
It’s not as trendy as cute costumes and home decor, but a steam steriliser for baby bottles is one of the most practical presents you can give. Hygiene and baby-proofing are top priorities for any growing family, but many new parents start only with the bare necessities. A sterilizer is a small, easy-to-use product that ensures baby bottles are always perfectly safe and ready to go, even during travel or overnight stays.
2. Soft Fabric Blankets
A family with a newborn can never have too many blankets. From crib blankets to swaddle blankets and baby wraps, there are neverending ways that new parents will use soft quilts. You can buy a few small blankets (ideal for keeping baby warm and cozy) or go for lightweight, medium-sized throws which can be useful for crib or stroller coverage. You could even go for something larger and more luxurious for the parents to enjoy. Whichever option you choose, make sure your gift is machine-washable so it’s as hassle-free as possible, and made from breathable, natural fibers like cotton, flannel, or bamboo.
3. Baby Onesies
Baby fashion is as confusing as it is cute. No matter how darling the designs and prints may look, do yourself a favor and avoid the rabbit hole of trendy baby clothes! Instead, opt for the ever-practical romper. No parent wants to spend their time dressing their newborn in tiny individual clothing pieces that are going to end up in the laundry that same day. The one-piece is a classic because every newborn needs something comfortable that is easy to get in and out of. So, purchase a selection of long and short-sleeved onesies in various colors for baby to wear, and mom and dad to be thankful for.
4. A Quality Handheld Vacuum
Every parent signs up for the messiness that naturally comes with bringing a new life into the world. Knowing this doesn’t make it easier, but a gift like a small and powerful handheld vacuum can really help. Nobody wants to bring out their heavy, bulky vacuum cleaner every time there’s a spill or accident. Having a nifty little dustbuster on-hand is always a good gift idea for growing households.
5. Non-Baby Gifts For Mom and Dad
Everybody gets caught up thinking about babies, baby-proofing, and baby-gifting when a newborn has arrived. Chances are, the little one is going to be showered with love, attention, and more gifts than they could ever use. Choosing non-baby related gifts can be a thoughtful way to show your new-parent friends that you are there for them. Ideas could include something like high-quality pajamas or pillows to make the few hours of sleep they’ll be getting a little comfier, or something they’ll be able to enjoy when they get time together, like a nice wine, bath accessories, or a spa voucher.
All of these gifts would please any new parent, but at the end of the day, showing up and being there for your loved ones is what will mean the world to them.