2020 has been a year of new and unusual challenges and experiences for everyone the world over. For new moms and dads these complications are just part of the modifications they are making to adapt to life in their own “new normal” of a growing family. More than ever gifts for new parents can help them save time and effort, but also show you’re thinking of them, which is something everyone needs during these days of social distance. Whether you’re a new aunt, a close friend, or a coworker, check out this list of items to make life easier and more manageable for the novice parents in your life this holiday season.
Mom and Dad On The Go
Parents are always on the go, and for new ones it really feels like there is no end to the responsibilities and activities a new baby brings to the family. Whether running errands or seeing family or friends during the holiday season, new parents have a lot to do. These are some gifts to help new moms and dads get through their day quickly and safely, while out and about.
The Baby Trio from Elepho is just the thing to keep track of baby and infant care whether at home or on the go. Attaching the eClip to the seatbelt or car seat, in conjunction with the eClip app, keeps track of the temperature in the car and more importantly, functions as a reminder to prevent leaving a baby behind. This can be a concern for repeated trips in and out of the car while shopping, running errands, or even on the way to work. The bundle also includes Elepho’s eFloat to keep track of water temperature in the bath, and the eTherm, a quick and convenient thermometer that measures body temperature for babies, children, and adults in seconds.
After being out and about it may be nap time, or even bedtime, when new parents can use all the help they can get settling the little one down to sleep. Swaddling is one way to help babies (and therefore sleep-deprived mommies) get to sleep faster and easier. This Aden + Anais Swaddle Blanket set makes the perfect gift to wrap up baby or for many other uses in and out of the house. It can be a nursing cover, playmat, or just a handy blanket to cover the baby when out and about in the car seat or stroller. Especially now, a spare blanket will act as a protective cover for more than sun and wind when around town or celebrating with family or friends this time of year.
When packing up for an outing, extra bottles, milk or formula are often on hand, but parents may also need something portable and handy to keep them hydrated, or caffeinated, for the day ahead. We have just the gift to transport that morning cup of coffee or tea when off to work, shopping, or just going from room to room. This YETI Rambler Stainless Steel Tumbler will keep Mom or Dad’s drink the right temperature despite the interruptions. Available in a variety of colors, the tumblers are dishwasher safe to make it quick and easy when it’s time to clean.
At Home with Baby
Those first few months mean a lot of time with the baby at home, especially this year more than ever before. These items can make the day run a little smoother when chores pile up and new parents are trying to get things done around the house.
Keeping things clean is of the utmost importance anytime there is a new baby, and even more so now. This Wabi Baby Electric Steam Sterilizer and Dryer saves time and can clean everything from pacifiers to breast pump parts, bottles to kid’s dinnerware. This holiday season get the new parents in your life the gift that gives them peace of mind that these items are clean no matter where they’ve been.
As a baby grows and gets big enough to explore on their own, it’s not long before keeping floors clean and clear becomes a priority as well. Trying to push the vacuum cleaner around the house while holding a baby, along with a bottle or phone, isn’t something that is easily accomplished. At this point a robot vacuum cleaner is no longer luxury, it’s a necessity. With both sweeping and mopping abilities the ILIFE V5s Pro, 2-in-1 Mopping,Robot Vacuum will be there to pick up whatever comes it’s way.
Another hands free helper when Moms and Dads are cleaning, clearing or maybe cooking up a new dish, is this AmazonBasics Adjustable Tablet Holder Stand. Whether checking out videos on how to swaddle baby or streaming live with family and friends, this little stand is a great stocking stuffer for new parents to help catch up on the latest news and interests even when their hands are full.
Another especially useful stocking stuffer for the new parent on your Christmas shopping list is the Original Cushy Closer Door Cushion. Once the little one is soundly sleeping, quiet is the goal and these little life savers are just the thing to muffle the sound of a closing door when you can finally leave the room in peace. It not only silences doors from any possible rattling or slamming, but once the little one is older, it reduces the chances of getting locked in the room. Safety and security in a small package makes this a great gift for every young family this holiday season.
During this special time for every family, the focus is naturally on their newest member. Learning how to care for, and cope, with all the new needs, changes and challenges keeps new parents busy day and night. However it’s equally important, if not more so, for parents to find time for themselves, whether individually, or as a couple. Physically, keeping up with sleep, proper eating, and exercise fuel the body to keep up with the little bundle of energy. Emotionally, planning times for breaks, rejuvenating activities, and couple time are just as important to keep parents moving through whatever is in store for their new family. Below are some gifts for these special moments to help new parents refuel during this holiday season and beyond.
Best Gifts to Pamper New Moms (and Dads)
If anyone needs to be pampered, it’s a new mom this time of year. With so many changes to deal with emotionally, intellectually and physically, treat the new mom in your life to one of these items to help her feel like a princess. Give her the time to care for herself so she can also care for the others in her life.
The Ella+Mila nail polish collections are free from harsh chemicals so Mommy can have salon worthy nails without worrying when caring for the newest member of the family. Splurge for the ella+mila Nail Polish, Mommy Collection 6 Pack, or if parenthood isn’t so new, and Mommy has an older child that needs some quality time, try the ella+mila Nail Polish, Mommy & Me set for a splash color and fun when Mommy has the chance for one on one time with that new big sister.
When it comes to self care, nothing beats luxurious creams and lotions for new moms to feel like their old self again (at least for a little while). This holiday season consider Burts Bees Mama Bee Gift Set with three different products to help moms feel and look great. Leg and foot cream can soothe the aches of swollen and sore feet, while belly butter can help moisturize and heal the skin before and after pregnancy. After some self-care and rest, moms will be ready to tackle whatever is on the horizon.
Whether it’s for bedtime or just being home with the baby, surprise mom with this comfy, nursing-friendly pajama set from Ekouaer. Between late nights, early mornings, naps, and nursing, this will be mom’s favorite outfit in her wardrobe and the one she goes to for those days when there is nowhere to go. With cooler weather coming, parents can also use a blanket to keep warm during late night nursing or feeding. Get the Bedsure fleece throw for warmth and comfort when they can’t be in bed.
For other ways to rejuvenate and energize, or something for Dad’s to enjoy, nothing keeps you going like putting in some good tunes, or a captivating ebook. Whether on a morning walk, or nighttime feed these wireless Apple earbuds avoid the hassles of a cord when there is a little one to juggle.
If you’ve got a bookworm on your list, a subscription to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited provides an endless supply of great books and magazines available anytime on almost any device, including, phones, tablets or laptops. This is especially helpful these days when getting out to the library is not always possible. This gift has the added benefit of a multitude of children’s titles parents can take with them easily wherever they are when a little one needs to be read to during quiet time or before bed.
Best Gifts for New Parents to Enjoy Together
Whether enjoying the new experiences of parenthood, or trying to steal a few moments of alone time, these gifts can help parents make the most of this special time in their lives.
Help parents savor the memories with a book to help mom or dad jot down all the firsts, the fun, and the funny times as their child grows. Baby's Book: The First Five Years has spaces for words and photos to remember all the moments from the first announcement until their fifth birthday.
Nothing beats a digital picture frame to keep the memories alive as the family grows. With a variety of options available parents can upload and even email pictures to be displayed proudly at home. The Skylight Frame: 10 inch WiFi Digital Picture Frame, allows parents, friends, aunts, and grandparents to email from anywhere to keep photos up to date with the latest pictures of the new bundle of fun.
When you want to share the tunes the Bose Home Speaker can offer some of the best sound for any number of activities for babies and parents to enjoy. Quiet tunes can help with baby’s bedtime or for the adults, when it’s finally time to unwind. Children’s songs and stories can add to the fun while providing some screen-free entertainment. And when it’s time to clean up the right tunes will help move things along then too.
We hope you found some ideas or inspiration for holiday gifts for the new parents in your life, during this season. With some thought and planning, you can find just the right gifts to give new moms and dads a lift, and maybe even help lighten the load a little. Whatever you chose, whether it’s given in person, or with a gift card left at the door, these choices will show the new family you're thinking of them, and these days everyone can benefit from knowing someone cares, even if they can be there.