The Best Gifts for New and Expectant Parents

Jamie Davis Smith
Dec 10, 2019 · 7 min read

When a new or expecting parent is on your list it can be hard to find the perfect gift for this new phase of life. There are plenty of great gifts that will let the new or expecting parents know you have their new lives in mind when choosing a gift. Here are some thoughtful choices that will help you stand out from the rest.

Owlet Smart Sock & Camera: Peace of mind is priceless when new parents bring a baby home. The Owelet Smart Sock 2 monitors baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels all through a soft, comfy sock that sends your phone real-time updates. Pair with the Owelet Cam to hear and see baby on your phone and use two-way communication to soothe baby from anywhere.

Baby Box: Finnish Baby Boxes have been the envy of American parents for some time because they are so simple, so useful and so cute. Now Finnbin has brought the concept to the United States and American parents can get a sturdy, and very portable, box suitable for newborns to sleep in. The box has not just a mattress and sheets, but also contains everything a newborn need to get started in life, form a starter outfit, tiny diapers, a thermometer, board book, and more.

Collection For Mom: The Oh Baby Box is designed just for the expectant and post-partum Mom. Each box is filled with items designed to pamper Mom based upon her stage of pregnancy or her needs after giving birth. At a time when so much focus is placed on the baby, make sure Mom knows that her comfort is important too! Another gift she will appreciate is the Materscence Rose Glow Mini Kit. Packaged in a beautiful and reusable pouch, the kit contains a three-step process designed just for a new Mother’s skin designed to purify, brighten, and protect.

Car Seat: Top of the list of every new parent’s list of needs is a car seat to keep their bundle of joy safe. Parents can sink a lot of money into buying different car seats and boosters over the course of a childhood so the Britax One4Life car seat changes that with a unique system that changes from an infant seat to a front-facing car seat to a booster. Any new parent would be thrilled to find one of these under the tree. Or, try the unique Doona PishPoshBaby Carseat that has integrated wheels so it can easily transform from an infant seat to a stroller without waking the baby. Also consider something that probably never occurs to new parents is the danger coats in car seats pose to children who can be injured in an accident when their coats become compressed and the straps no longer hold the child securely. Enter Buckle Me Coats. These coats, available for babies through preschoolers, that have strategically placed zippers to allow kids to stay warm and wear their coat.

Decadent Food: An expectant Mom may not be able to indulge in holiday cocktails but she can indulge in rich foods like chocolate and cheese. Try a Godiva holiday box or a Wisconsin Cheese gift box (with no soft cheeses!) so that Mom can really enjoy eating for two this holiday season. Pickles and ice cream are optional! Add a cheese board from Hurom made of Japanese Cypress that is antibacterial that can double as a cutting board when the new parents are cooking for a larger family.

Stroller: For most families, few things will get as much use for as many years as the stroller. A sturdy stroller that works well and is built to last will be a gift that will make the new or expectant parents think of you on almost a daily basis. The Britax B-Free is a great option that offers tons of storage, an easy one-hand fold. If the new parents in your life tend to go off-road, jog, or walk long distances try the Bob Revolution Flex 3.0 that can handle it all. Add on some extras for baby’s comfort like the Rockit rocker that attaches right to a stroller frame to provide the soothing rocking motion all babies love — and some need to fall asleep. For the Mom who wants a luxe stroller it doesn’t get better than the Cybex Priam Platinum with a table-height reversible seat, smooth suspension, and extra-large canopy great for napping. Add some accessories like the Perry Macklin stroller pillow to add support and comfort for baby.

High Chair: A highchair is one of the most-used baby items and one of the most seen since it will become a part of the home’s décor once it takes its place of honor in the kitchen. The Oribel Cocoon is a popular choice because it’s simple design looks great with any décor and its ability to adjust to three different positions, including reclining, means baby can be at the table at every age and stage.

High-Tech Pump: Give Mom the gift of freedom with a Freemie Liberty wearable pump that is small, discreet, and hands free. Plus, it doesn’t need to be plugged in to use. Any Mom who plans to nurse or pump will appreciate the freedom and time she gains with this high-tech solution to make her life easier.

A New Mom Dress: New and expectant Moms need new and exciting clothing to fit this new phase of life. Bloomaire has beautiful dresses that can take her from pregnancy through nursing and keep her feeling beautiful. These stylish dresses have very well concealed zippers that make it impossible to tell it’s made for Moms only.

Flexible Bottle: New and expectant Moms need to stay hydrated but sometimes plain water won’t do. This bottle by Fressko is the perfect solution. It comes with inserts that can be used to infuse water with fruit, steep tea right in the bottle, or to drink nutrient-dense smoothies.

Baby Carrier: Sometimes a parent doesn’t want to put their baby down, sometimes the baby doesn’t want to be put down, and sometimes it’s just easier to carry the baby. No matter what the situation is, a great baby carrier that can be used in all types of weather makes a great gift. The LilleBaby Serenity carrier has carrier has an adjustable seat to extend the life of the carrier and is adjustable at the waist and shoulders so that wearers of different sizes can use it comfortably.

Swaddles: If baby isn’t sleeping Mom and Dad aren’t either. This makes swaddles among the most valuable gifts you can give a new parent. SwaddleDesign makes super-soft swaddle sacks in a variety of designs and styles ranging from classic to more modern styles with arms up and sleeves. The parents will thank you in the morning!

Boppy: Boppy is synonymous with babies for good reason. Their iconic feeding a support pillow makes the perfect gift because it is so useful, first as a pillow that can be used for feeding, then as a tummy-time pillow, and finally a comfy prop when baby is learning how to sit. Boppy has now expanded into other useful pillows, like this total support pregnancy pillow that can be used to help the Mom-to-Be get comfortable while falling asleep or relaxing on the couch.

Baby Basics: Every new parent needs the basics. Check out Regalo Baby’s line of essentials from baby gates to play yards and boosters and floor seats. Every new parent will appreciate checking something they need off their list!

Expandable Luggage: A new baby means more to pack! Skip the cutesy kid-only bags that will only last a few years and instead opt for sturdy luggage that will grow with your family literally and figuratively. The Thule Crossover 2 expands so packing a bit more than you had planned is no big deal, it’s easy to maneuver so with kids in tow, and is sturdy enough to stand up to a toddler.

Comfort for Mom: New babies mean lots of time trying to catch some shut-eye when baby does at irregular hours or sitting down feeding baby. These sweats from Socialite are comfy enough for sleep but cute enough to wear around visitors. Need to go out? Swap out the sweatpants for jeans or leggings and its an instant on-trend outfit.

A Flexible Ring: Bodies change during pregnancy and after giving birth — even fingers! This means that wedding rings and just-for-fun rings may not fit. Enter the Flex ring from Modern Gents that works perfectly as a pregnancy and post-partum fashion statement.

A Gratitude Journal or Family Recipe Book: This heirloom quality Write to Me gratitude journal is the perfect way for new parents to remember how much they have to be thankful as their child grows. Writing it all down in one place makes it easy to revisit happy memories and share them throughout the years. Or, start compiling family recipes as new parents in special family recipe book that can be given to child when they leave the house to take the taste of home with them many years from now.

The Perfect Light: The Casper Glow Light is a gamechanger for anyone facing sleep issues. All new parents fall into this category. The Glow Light comes with an ambient sensor and new parents just need to jiggle the light to get the just the right amount of glow for the perfect amount of light for nighttime feedings or diaper changes. The Glow Light can be programed to decrease light over time and increase gradually in the morning to promote good sleep and gentle wake-ups.

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