Every expecting parent will receive baby clothes, blankets, diapers and wipes. While these items are necessary and useful, be the one who gives a gift that will surprise, delight and simplify a new parent’s life as they transition into the beautifully chaotic world of parenthood.
While we already recommend consulting the provided registry, sometimes it’s nice to go above and beyond with unique gifts for expecting parents. So whether your grandma, grandpa, friend, aunt, or uncle, here are 9 gifts for expecting parents that will guarantee to put a smile (and maybe some relief) on their faces.
1. The Gift of Relief and Relaxation
Whether this gift is for a first time parent or a parent with multiple kids already, relaxation is always a good gift to give.
You can book a spa day or prenatal massage or you can purchase a gift card so she can book it herself!
2. A Postpartum Doula
Postpartum doulas specialize in the fourth trimester, or the first three months after birth. They have special training in lactation and baby care, but their focus is on helping the parent recover from birth and adjust to parenthood. You can think of a postpartum doula a little like a personal postpartum coach, there to help and cheer you on in the time directly after birth. They might also help with light housework, meals, and incorporating older kids into the new experience.
Postpartum doulas work in your home or virtually. Most postpartum doulas work on an hourly basis or offer packages that include a set number of hours.
3. Smart Mug
Parents don’t always get the luxury of drinking a fresh cup of coffee or tea. Give them a smart mug to keep their cup of coffee or tea hot until they’re finally able to enjoy it.
The new parents will be spending a lot of time at home. A great gift idea for expecting parents is something cozy to wear while they are spending time getting to know their new bundle of joy.
For expecting mothers, Hatch has some of the best postpartum loungewear, plus a few extras.
For dads, check out The Great Clothing for sweats, Henley’s, and tees that will make all the stay-at-home times nice and cozy.
5. Meals or Food Delivery Gift Cards
When a new baby arrives, the last thing on parents’ minds are meals (a part from their children). But keepings parents rested and fed is just as important as their new baby!
Help them out with a few of these options for meal times:
- Make homemade meals they can keep in the freezer.
- Get them food delivery gift cards.
- Pay for meal kit delivery services.
- Create a meal train so others can contribute too!
6. Family Photos
A picture does say 1,000 words and having the first moments as a new family captured is a gift that will last a lifetime. Reach out to local photographers or ask the new parents to choose their favorite and pay for the newborn and/or first family photo session.
7. Something that Will Grow with the Baby
Throughout a baby’s life, parents will acquire a lot of gear. But the best gear is the kind that grows with the little ones will help parents in the long run by not letting all the things pile up for use one day and into the garage the next.
At Ergobaby, we believe babywearing is one of the single best things you can do for your family- and the best part is that it can be done anywhere, at any time. It’s amazing to know that we have the ability to positively impact so many areas in development through doing something that brings so much joy to everyone involved. Babywearing is a family affair, and having your partner wear your little one aids in developing a close relationship and deep bond between the two of them, as well.
There are so many benefits to babywearing. The cuddles, the hands-free to get things done, the freedom. But it’s actually backed by science too!
Evolve 3-in-1 Bouncer
Evolve Bouncer is there for the moments parents need for themselves. From a cozy newborn lounger – to a relaxing infant bouncer – to a functional toddler seat – the 3-in-1 bouncer is built to grow with families. With 3 distinct heights, and a timeless, lightweight design, Evolve simplifies a parent’s life, so they can focus on what matters most.
Evolve 3-in-1 High Chair
The Evolve 3-in-1 High Chair helps you share the magic of everyday moments together. From infancy through the toddler years (and beyond), your little one can join you at the table to eat with the family, get crafty, or do school work. It doesn’t stop there. As they grow into budding sous chefs, they can stand tall on their kitchen helper to get in on all the action. Thoughtfully selected and beautifully designed materials ensure the ultimate in support, function, and safety through every stage of growth.
A comfort-focused, compact stroller that goes from fitting airplane overhead bins to strolling city streets. Travel with ease without skimping on what matters: comfort and quality. This compact stroller is newborn ready and can carry growing little ones up to 50lbs.
8. Portable UV Light Sanitizer
Life with little ones is bound to get germy, but there are some essentials that are important to keep clean. Whether it’s bottle feeding on the go or the favorite paci dropped on the ground, a portable sanitizer will help parents keep a baby’s essentials clean while on the go.
9. Something That Will Make Them Laugh
It’s easy to get cranky when you’re sleep-deprived, hungry, missing social events, etc. Give the gift of laughter with this new parent discussion coin. Whether it’s time to change a dirty diaper or get up for a 3 a.m. feeding, the new parents can flip their fate and let the coin decide if it’s mom or dad’s turn.
The greatest gift they will receive is their new baby. But any of these meaningful and unique gifts for expectant parents is sure to come in a close second. Each gift is designed to help make preparation and life with a baby a little less overwhelming and a lot more enjoyable. And who wouldn’t want that?