Babies are not only a fun new adventure, but they’re also an opportunity to buy someone a great gift! If you’ve been invited to a baby shower for a family member, close friend or even a coworker, you might be wondering what you need to do to give the best gift at the event. The best gifts are both personal and practical. Here are some of the most thoughtful customized baby gifts that parents will actually use!
A diaper basket
Not every parent wants to store the clean diapers in the boxes they come in. And, considering that most newborns wear anywhere between eight to 12 diapers a day, a basket parents can use to easily grab a fresh diaper is essential. You can have it customized with the baby’s name or monogram to give it a really personal touch! Try to get one that’s sized pretty big so it can be used throughout the baby’s time using diapers. Then, once the baby is potty-trained, the parents can use it for storage of some other type. Win-win!
Even if the baby isn’t teething, many like to explore with their mouths. They put toys of all kinds into their mouths, so why not get the expecting parents some teething toys for the baby to use when they head into that stage of their life? Many teething toys come with soothing features as well, filled with lavender and mint scents that can make their gums soft. For many, this is a great addition to their toy chest, especially to have on hand when their baby does start teething. These toys come in many sizes and shapes, so there’s definitely something out there for babies of all kinds!
Another good idea to give to your friend is baby puffs, since these are made to protect babies’ teeth while nourishing them. you can find these easily online on sites like Serenity Kids.
Something to stay warm in
Did you know that you shouldn’t bundle a baby up in a puffy jacket when in the car? They aren’t buckled in properly with puffy jackets and clothing. This can lead to a serious safety hazard in the event there’s a car accident with a baby in the car. Instead, many doctors recommend placing a blanket over the baby’s legs to ensure they stay warm but aren’t risking death by being in a carseat with a jacket that loosens the straps. A personalized baby blanket is a great gift to give for exactly this reason. The expecting parents will need a lot of blankets for their baby, and the one you give can be perfect to stay in the car!
That’s right — books are a thoughtful and practical gift for new parents. And not just books for them to read as parents, but books for the baby, too. Reading is a skill best exposed to children around three to six months of age because of their color development and focusing abilities. For many parents, reading can be a way for them to escape after a long day, but it can also be a great tool to ensure their children are successful in the world. A set of books ranging in difficulty will be great for a new baby because as they develop, parents will have a new book for them to read!
Clothes of different sizes
Babies grow fast. So, instead of stocking the expecting parents up with a bunch of clothes for a newborn, consider getting some additional custom baby onesies for them to wear as they grow! Choose a variety of different sizes so that as the baby grows, they’ll have clothes to fit. This way, the parents don’t have to scramble to find properly fitting clothes! They’ll be forever grateful to you for thinking ahead.
While some parents like the idea of a one-shoulder diaper bag, a backpack can be just as functional. With so many pockets and a balanced weight between both shoulder straps, a backpack is a much more affordable alternative to a diaper bag. The zippers and pockets are great for storing items, and the multiple cup pockets are perfect for storing baby bottles or even the parents’ own water bottles. Many parents prefer a backpack over a one-shoulder diaper bag because it’s less clunky to carry. Then, it also frees up space on the stroller!
A sound machine
Many babies like to have some ambient or white noise playing to help them sleep. Many adults do, too! A sound machine that is also portable is a great practical gift to give expecting parents. That way, nap time will be a breeze no matter where they are! Whether they’re in the car or even on a walk through the neighborhood, a sound machine can make all the world of difference when the baby needs to sleep.
Breastfeeding moms will be beyond grateful to whoever gives her a bottle of nipple cream. Babies don’t always latch on right away, and there can be a slew of other complications when it comes to breastfeeding. While breastfeeding is best, it’s important that mom also feels healthy and comfortable feeding the baby. For moms who are breastfeeding, nipple cream is a lifesaver. She’ll be eternally grateful for the person who gives her enough to get through the breastfeeding stage of her baby’s life.
Bathtime for babies can be the bane of any parents’ existence if they don’t have the right tools to make it fun! Consider giving the expecting parents some baby toys specifically for bathing. They’re waterproof, but that also means they’re great to use in and out of the bath! Consider keeping them just for bathtime, though, so that the baby doesn’t get annoyed playing with the toys both during bathtime and outside. The parents will be so glad to have some toys to keep the baby happy while enjoying bath time!
Finding gifts to give to expecting parents that they’ll actually use with their new baby can feel like a daunting task if you aren’t sure where to start. There are many great, thoughtful gifts you can give that parents and baby both will love!
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