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The best gifts are things that people need and want but don't get for themselves, and do new parents ever need and want a lot of things. If you're going to get them the perfect gift, try something that solves new-parent problems - and helps them feel loved and supported.
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Shower gift basics
What they need and why
Parents-to-be need lots of new gear: a place for the baby to sleep safely, a car seat to secure them while driving, clothes, bedding, books … the list goes on and on. With so many new realities to prepare for – and so many people all buying gifts for the happy expecting family at once – it can be overwhelming to figure out what new parents really need, and haven't already received.
What new moms and dads really need are gifts that soothe infants, help keep them entertained, or (a new parent's most fervent wish) keep them sleeping peacefully. And since they're likely to spend a lot more time around the house in the first few months of their baby's life, fledgling parents will also most appreciate gifts that keep the rest of the family fed and happy.
The following tried-and-true shower gift ideas are solidly in the "need" category and come recommended from parents with loads of experience with what's most useful for those first few days, weeks, and months of parenthood.
Aden + Anais Classic Muslin Swaddle 4-Pack
Soft and soothing for sleepy babies
Swaddling is one of the most effective ways to soothe a fussy baby in the early stages of parenthood (and if you don't know how to do it and want to, here's How to swaddle a baby). Having plenty of soft swaddle blankets to calm your baby's startle reflex will help everyone rest – and new parents will need plenty on hand for the frequent spit-ups and diaper snafus that happen often. Aden + Anais Classic Muslin Swaddle blankets are large and forgiving enough for new swaddlers who haven't quite mastered the technique yet, and they're super soft and lightweight too, which is great for babies born in all seasons. They come in 22 patterns, from classic or trendy, to match any décor.
Available at Aden + Anais starting at $49.95
DoorDash gift card
Dinner, done, for time-starved new parents
New parents barely have time to shower, much less prepare a healthy and nourishing meal. Providing families with an easy way to tackle dinner without a fuss is a great gift – and can also help relieve some stress during this period of adjustment. A gift card to DoorDash provides instant access to nearly all the major food chain restaurants and even some local neighborhood restaurants. Food is ordered from a computer or mobile app and is delivered right to the door.Dinner, done.
Available at DoorDash starting at $25
Eddie Bauer Backpack Diaper Bag
A hands-free way to lug baby gear
When you're lugging around a heavy car seat base, as is often the case with a newborn, a backpack diaper bag makes it much easier to carry your baby's essentials than in a traditional single strap diaper bag – the two straps distribute the weight and prevent dropping. The Eddie Bauer Backpack Diaper Bag has a sleek gender-neutral style and features an insulated bottle pocket to keep milk at the right temperature longer. There are plenty of pouches and pockets to keep items organized and the straps are padded for comfort.
Available at buybuy BABY starting at $64.99
HoMedics MyBaby On-the-Go Sound Spa
Keeps babies snoozing longer wherever you are
While some babies are good at blocking out noise while they sleep, others, well, just are not. To be on the safe side, a portable sound machine will keep babies snoozing wherever you may be. They're great for the car, noisy restaurants, and can often even drown out the sound of older siblings. HoMedics MyBaby On-the-Go SoundSpa is small, battery-operated, and features a durable plastic clip for easy attachment to a stroller or highchair. It plays four different sounds, including a heartbeat, ocean, lullaby, or white noise, and the volume is adjustable.
Available at Amazon starting at $9.99
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb board book
A sweet start to a new baby's library
Babies are used to hearing their parents' voices from the womb and often love hearing books read aloud. Finding a favorite book to read is an easy way to establish a consistent bedtime routine from a young age. Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb by Al Perkins is a great choice – its bright pages and pictures are eye-catching, and the rhythm and beat of this story is captivating for little listeners and parents like.
Available at Target starting at $4.99
Target gift card
Give the gift of whatever the new parents need.
Gift cards to a big-box retailer like Target will give parents the flexibility to pick up the last-minute items they need before or just after their baby arrives. Whether they need diapers, a different style of bottles, towels, or even household items, gift cards will never go unused and are often a favorite baby shower gift.
Available at Target starting at $5
Baby Bjorn Carrier Mini
Keep babies close and happy.
Baby carriers are a great gift because they make it a little easier to get things done around the house while keeping babies close. Since newborns enjoy being held, wearing babies makes it easy to keep them moving which is helpful during extra fussy moments. Parents can wear their babies while emptying the dishwasher, folding laundry, prepping bottles, or even grocery shopping with both hands free. The Baby Bjorn Carrier Mini is a small, easy-to-use and super-soft baby carrier that's ideal for newborns between 7 and 24 pounds. As your baby grows, she can be worn in either a facing-in or facing-out position.
Available at Target starting at $79.99
Fisher-Price Kick 'n Play Musical Bouncer
Vibrations and sound in your baby’s own chair
Most babies love anything that bounces or vibrates – some experts believe that's because they're used to mom's movement in the womb. A seat that vibrates, bounces, plays music, and keeps baby happy is a gift that keeps on giving. The Fisher-Price Kick 'n Play Musical Bouncer offers a colorful light show, music, and calming vibrations. Featuring an adjustable three-point harness, this seat safely holds babies up to 25 pounds. The colorful pad is machine washable and there's also a removable toy bar that is great for babies as they move from newborn to infant and start reaching out to play.
Available at Walmart starting at $49.99
Boppy Newborn Lounger
A safe place to put babies down
A baby pillow gives baby a cozy place to lounge around and see what's going on in comfort, and it's great for parents who already have older siblings. That's because when babies relax on a pillow like the Boppy Newborn Lounger, parents can enjoy snuggle time with big sisters or brothers while still keeping an eye on the little one. Designed for supervised awake time (never for naps or overnight sleep), this pillow is safe for babies up to 16 pounds or until he/she can roll over on his own.
Available at Amazon starting at $39.99
Just Born Pom Pom Hooded Towels
Sweet and cozy for after the bath
Hooded towels are a great and practical gift that all new parents need. Just Born Pom Pom Hooded Towels come in a pack of two and are made of soft and absorbent cotton terrycloth, so they'll feel great on your baby's skin. The hood keeps babies' heads warm – and parents will love snapping adorable photos of their clean little baby all wrapped up in a hooded towel after a sweet-smelling bath.
Available at buybuy BABY starting at $24.99
Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe
Keeps mom going after long, long nights
Parenthood can make getting out of the house for a morning coffee run a lot more complicated. Giving the gift of a specialty coffee maker will offer parents something to look forward to after a long, sleepless night. The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker can brew your basic cup of joe or specialty coffee drinks (hot or cold) in just a few quick minutes. It's easy to use, easy-to-clean, and can make up to ten cups of coffee at a time using coffee grounds (and not pods). For parents who prefer to run on auto-pilot in the morning, you can prep everything at night so all you have to do when you wake up is press a button.
Available at Kohl's starting at $199.99