Expecting parents often don’t know what they will need for their baby. Whether it’s their first baby or their fourth, there is always the need for a few essential items that will help them take good care of the baby and make their baby feel even more loved than they will already be. First-time moms and dads will need a lot of things, but if it’s not their first baby, they are still going to need to replace some hand-me-down and essential items that some children can’t share or items that have worn out and need replacing. Here is a list of six things that are great baby shower gift ideas for the new, not-so-new, and expert parents in your life.
Babies live in pajamas. As cute as the outfits are that you are going to buy for the new baby, they may only wear them once for a picture of the rare family party they are going to attend, or they are going to outgrow the outfit rather quickly as they start to gain weight and length in the first year of life. Baby pajamas are a great gift idea, because the baby will be in them almost everyday. Since the baby will probably sleep for the first few months of life, the more comfortable they are the better they will sleep. Pajamas will get great use and they can be washed and used over and over again. You can also get a couple of sizes bigger for when they grow so they will already have the next size up and that will be a big help to Mom who may not have the time to go out and buy new pajamas. Sleep sacks are also a great idea. They are worn over the pajamas and replace swaddles as babies grow.
Although disposable diapers are great for when you are on the go or travelling, cloth diapers are growing in popularity because they are best for the environment and great for saving a lot of money. It is no secret that disposable diapers cost a lot of money, and when you are changing a newborn 10 times a day, the cost racks up. If the parents are interested, cloth diapers can be purchased relatively cheaply and you can keep using them over and over until it’s time to buy a new batch. If you’re spending a lot of time at home with the baby, it’s easy to clean off the diaper and wash it for reuse later. When parents get a gift that helps them save a lot of money, it’s a win for them and they can have less worries.
Every parent of a new baby simply wants their child to sleep through the night. If the parents are well rested, they can be their best selves for their child. It’s most safe to have a completely empty crib for a baby, so having comfortable sheets will help the baby feel comfortable and sleep more soundly. Getting sheets made from bamboo and cotton help create a breathable fabric that is cooling when it’s hot and warmer when it’s cold. They are also super soft and will help any baby feel cozy while they sleep. A lot of crib sheets also come with great designs and patterns that are the perfect final touch to any nursery. No matter what the nursery theme is, most crib sheets can resemble or match that theme well. You also wouldn’t believe how often the sheets need to be changed when there’s an accident in the crib.
Baby Stroller Caddy
When you have a baby, your stroller becomes an extension of your storage space. With so many compartments, strollers hold jackets, food, bags, toys, phones, tablets, books, groceries, and clothes. By getting the new mom a baby stroller caddy, they will be able to organize all the essentials right on the handle of the stroller. Bottles, snacks, wipes, and diapers can all be stored in the caddy and the rest of the stroller can be used for all the other miscellaneous items making being out and about easier for Mom or Dad.
There are so many different kinds and brands of carriers out there, but listening to how the mom wants to carry her baby and what features she is looking for can point you in the right direction. Baby carriers are incredibly helpful, especially in the early months on a baby’s life when they want/need to be carried a lot. They allow the mom to have free hands for other things, including eating and taking care of their own well-being as well.
Stroller/car seat gate check bag
If the parents travel often, bags to safely transport their stroller and car seats while flying will be helpful. It helps protect their stroller and car seat so it doesn’t get super dirty or damaged.
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Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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