We all love to spoil new parents with gifts but what will they actually use? Here are our top suggestions for presents all new parents need;
A soft, stretchy baby carrier that’s ideal for newborns, this has good head support and will hold your baby in the perfect position for hip development. Suitable from birth, it can hold your baby up to 11.3kg and is made from Oeko-Tex 100 certified fabric. It’s machine washable, too.
This wearable, hands-free breast pump will allow you to express milk for your baby to have later on, while you get on with a couple of things around the house. It’s small and lightweight and you can wear it inside your bra with no wires, tubes or fiddly extras, so it really is hands-free. It has a comfortable, soft silicone cup that fits snugly to your breast and it has several different functions and settings so that you can express the way you want to.
Every baby needs a soothing, comforting toy that can help them get to sleep. Ewan is one of the best-selling baby soothers and has won stacks of awards. Inside his fluffy tummy is a soft pink light that reminds your baby of being inside your tummy, plus soothing sounds of the womb too. There’s a heartbeat, shushing sounds plus white and pink noise. It even has a clever sensor that re-activates the sounds if your baby wakes in the night.
All babies need a drawer full of easy to put on outfits and the best-loved of these is the sleepsuit, also called the babygrow. This version from Baby Mori is made from bamboo and cotton, is super soft and has a zip that opens down the front and along one leg, so it’s super easy to change nappies even in the dead of night.
Make sure you help new parents sleep well by giving them a bundle of all the amazing SnoozeShade products. This set, which saves you 15% of the retail price, has SnoozeShades to fit the pushchair from birth to six months and then from six months and up, one for the car seat and another for the travel cot. The award-winning products are made from breathable mesh that protects your little one from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It provides a dark sleep space that helps your baby sleep well, no matter what’s going on.
New parents are often too tired to cook, yet this is a time when they really need nutritious food that will fill them up and pack in some vitamins – especially for breastfeeding mums. So, a voucher for a recipe box service that can take a lot of the faff out of food prep is ideal. While there are several schemes around – Gousto and Hello Fresh spring to mind – Mindful Chef offers recipes designed by nutritionists and they also have some good eco credentials, such as using free range meat and being a carbon neutral company. Choose from lots of recipes and there are gluten and dairy free and vegan options too.
All babies will need a highchair at some stage and what better gift than to give a chair that will last from birth to adult years? This beechwood highchair is fully adjustable, starts life with a removable bouncer chair that will snugly hold a newborn and then you can move the seat and footrest as your child grows.
Parents are often nervous when their baby is sleeping, so give them peace of mind with this video baby monitor that also comes with a motion sensing mat. Slip it under the crib’s mattress and if no motion or breathing is detected for 20 seconds, it will sound an alert. It has two-way talk back, an alarm to tell you when the battery’s low and a generous screen size.
Night feeds, early morning feeds, emergency feeds – new parents need to be on the ball at all times, as when a baby wakes, they will be hungry! This clever gadget prepares bottles fast. It blasts a shot of hot water into the bottle to kill germs, then it dispenses just the right amounts of milk formula and water and mixes them to the right consistency and temperature. It takes just two minutes.
When baby’s awake and happy, a bouncer is a great place for them to sit in comfort and safety while the parents get on with a few chores around the house. This bouncer folds flat, is light weight and portable and has three different positions suitable for play, rest and sleep. It bounces gently on its own or with baby’s movements and you don’t need batteries or wires.
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