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22 thoughtful gifts for new parents that they'll actually want to use

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 13 Nov 2019

Looking for a gift idea for a friend, cousin, or coworker who just had a baby' We've got you covered.From baby Allbirds (aka "Smallbirds") to a flexible and comfortable carrying sling that a few parents at Business Insider swear by, we've got 22 ideas for every budget.Looking for more gift ideas'We've got you covered with the ultimate list of holiday gift guides.Gifts for new parents tend to be a little different than the ones you get for the baby shower. They're a bit less necessary, erring more on the side of fun and cutewhich are the best kinds of gifts to give if you ask us.Though you can never go wrong with the gift of diapers (and yes, we included those in this list), it's a lot more satisfying to give a gift you know they'll cherish for years to comeand we've got plenty of those, too.This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Parachute; it also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*A matching pair of sneakers from their favorite startupAllbirds Smallbirds, available at Allbirds, $55No, we're not lying... popular shoe startup Allbirds really calls their baby shoes "Smallbirds" and it's giving us cuteness overload. They come is sizes 5T to 10T.A pillow spray to help them get a good night's sleepThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, available on Amazon, $28When new parents finally get a chance to catch up on some rest, they'll love having a little something to help them fall into a deeper and more relaxed sleep. A lovely blend of lavender, chamomile, and vetivert gives this pillow spray its relaxing scent. One of our reporters swears by it for a better night's sleep.A cleverly designed towel that quickly dries and comforts babiesParachute Hooded Baby Towel, available at Parachute, $29Parachute's line of baby sheets and towels is cuter than we could have imagined. As a gift, we love this all-over hooded towel for a quick yet cozy dry time.*Sponsored by ParachuteA home cleaning service they can schedule through AmazonAmazon Home Cleaning Services, available on Amazon, from $20 per hourYou'll definitely want to coordinate with them beforehand, but there's nothing a new parent needs more than a chance to relax while someone else cleans their house. Though prices and availability vary by area, you should be able to book a cleaning professional to do any type of service around the home (including a deep clean) at around $20 per hour.A keepsake calendar filled with sweet photosArtifact Uprising Wood Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, $25Surely they've posted or sent you enough photos to fill a 12-month calendar with sweet pictures of their baby. Turn those images into a real keepsake they'll use all year with this practical photo calendar.A cozy and flexible baby slingBaby K'tan Original Carrier, available on Amazon, $49.95This sling makes hands-free carrying comfy for both baby and parent. It's a gift one of Business Insider's own gives to new moms after having used it with her kids from the time they were born until they were toddlers.Crib sheets in cute printsBrooklittles Crib Sheets, available at Brooklinen, from $32The internet's favorite adult bedding startup recently launched a line of sheets for little ones. They feature fun patterns and prints that evoke the same playful spirit as the rest of Brooklinen's options and make for the perfect actually useful gift.A custom birth announcement they'll cherish foreverCoat of Arms Personalized Birth Announcement, available at Uncommon Goods, $120You can't go wrong with a custom piece of artwork that honors both parents and baby. It even comes framed so it's ready to give as a gift they'll cherish (and probably hang in the nursery).An Amazon Prime membership so they can order suppliesAmazon Prime gift subscription, three months, $39A membership to Prime opens up a whole world of convenience for new parents who would otherwise be completely overwhelmed by all those extra trips to Target and CVS. They can order whatever they need for the baby or themselves and have it delivered in two days (sometimes less) without having to leave the house.You can also gift a full year for $119. If they already have a Prime membership, they'll be able to convert your gift to credit so they can spend the money on anything they need.A cute pair of moccasinsFreshly Picked Baby Moccasins, available at Freshly Picked, from $39Available in a huge selection of fun prints and vibrant colors, these adorable baby moccasins will definitely make an appearance on their Instagram. It may not be the most practical clothing gift you could give them, but it'll definitely be the cutest.A portable gadget for fussy sleepersBaby Shusher Sleep Miracle, available on Amazon, $34.99Whether they're in the car, at home, or even out in public, a portable Baby Shusher (aka white noise machine) will help fussy babies fall asleep wherever they are.A swaddling blanket that transforms their baby into a burritoTortilla Baby, available at Uncommon Goods, $48Your eyes might be deceiving youthis is not, in fact, a baby wrapped in a real tortilla. It's a swaddling blanket that'll make their little bundle of joy look like a delicious and snuggable burrito.A portable lounger that babies can't easily roll out ofDockATot Deluxe Lounger, available on Amazon, $195Though it's a little pricey, new parents love this lounger that keeps babies feeling like they're being swaddled and comforted without the need for an actual swaddling blanket. It's also great for keeping them secure on the couch or bed so parents can have their hands free.A parent friend also recommended this$32.83 Boppy pillow as a less expensive (and slightly more relaxed) alternative.A custom storybook pillowPersonalized Storybook Pillow, available at Uncommon Goods, $120Not only can you customize the pillow with everything from the parents' names to the baby's skin color, you can also add your own "book review" to the back where you can share your excitement. This is truly a gift they'll never forget.An essential supply they can never get enough ofHuggies Little Snugglers Diapers, available on Amazon, from $49.87It's not the most fun thing on the list, but it is the most important. Any time you're going to give a fun gift to new parents, consider also gifting some diapers along with it. This pack is meant for babies between 12 and 18 pounds, so it'll be particularly useful a few months in once their baby has gained a bit of weight.A hilarious pacifierMustachifier, available on Amazon, from $9.99It doesn't matter the baby's genderthese silly pacifiers will give everyone a big giggle!A meal kit delivery service so they can cook for themselvesBlue Apron Subscription Gift Card, from $60Busy new parents don't often have the time to cook well for themselves. Blue Apron delivers pre-portioned ingredients right to their door with recipes for three easy-to-cook meals they can make at home. $60 will get them one week of meal kits, and you can gift in increments of $60 for additional boxes.If you're not sure which service to order from, check out our guide to the best meal kit delivery services, which includes options for special diets.An interactive play matFisher-Price First Steps Kick 'n Play Piano Gym, available on Amazon, $52.05Though the sounds may drive the parents crazy, baby won't be able to get enough of this interactive mat.A portable way to secure babies to their seatsYissvic Chair Harness, available on Amazon, $14.99It won't elevate baby like a high chair does, but this portable harness will prevent slipping and sliding off of restaurant seats.A pregnancy journal to track progress and memories"Expecting You: A Keepsake Pregnancy Journal", available at Uncommon Goods, $12.95If the new parents your gifting have just announced that they're expecting and don't yet have a baby to spoil, this journal is a perfect gift to help mom keep track of her experiences, emotions, and changes throughout her pregnancy.A pacifier that won't keep falling to the groundWubbaNub Baby Cow Pacifier, available on Amazon, $18.95A pacifier attached to a beloved stuffed animal is less likely to fall to the ground a thousand times a day. They'll be thanking you for this cute and clever gift.A luxe bassinet that rocks crying babies to sleepSNOO Smart Sleeper by Happiest Baby, available at Pottery Barn, $1,295The SNOO is incredibly expensivethere's no getting around it. But if you have the budget, and your friends or family members have a fussy baby who doesn't sleep well, it might just be the greatest gift you can give them. It senses when babies are tense or squirmy and gently rocks them to sleep using motions that mimic a parent's gentle bouncing.Looking for more gift ideas' We've got you covered.Our ultimate list of every gift guide you'll ever needCreative gift ideas under $25Thoughtful gift ideas under $50Clever gift ideas under $100Cool stocking stuffers on AmazonAffordable tech gifts under $25Thoughtful gifts for her, all under $50Cool gifts for him on Amazon
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