Giving creative gifts is always fun, but when we give a baby gift, we like to know that it will also be useful for mom or dad or baby. So with both function and fun foremost in mind, here are some of our favorite baby gift ideas for new parents and parents-to-be.
Monitors As an alternative gift to video or audio baby monitors, consider the gift of a hygrometer. In drier climates, it will help parents know when to keep the humidifier running.
Baby Bag for Dad There are some really cool diaper bags that could bring dad into the baby gift loop, such as these messenger bags and backpacks.
Robotic Vacuum Robotic vacuums not only take care of vacuuming for busy new parents, but they do so thoroughly and quietly, cutting down on dust and contaminants to keep baby's bedroom air clean.
Lullabies for Parents If you've never heard Prince's song Raspberry Beret as a lullaby, you're really missing out. Rockabye Baby makes lullaby albums featuring classic tunes from Radiohead, Bjork, The Smiths, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, and other bands.
Baby Food Makers These multi-function kitchen accessories are great for blending, steaming, defrosting, and reheating fresh and healthy foods for baby.
As quickly as babies grow, there's always a need for newer and bigger clothes, such as rompers, pajamas, socks, hoodies, and hats in a variety of sizes.
Closet Organization Accessories
Organization is always a challenge for new parents. Cute hangers, hanging closet organizers, and alphabetical or labeled closet dividers would help keep baby's closet clean.
Footwear is a fun and functional baby gift, whether it's soft-soled crib shoes or booties sized for six-to-twelve month adventures.
Bibs and Burp Cloths
New moms can never have enough clean feeding and burping cloths. Look for soft, absorbent, adjustable, and machine washable designs.
Bath and Body
A make-your-own gift basket of natural, hypoallergenic bath and body products for both mom and baby will last for months to come. Don't forget to include a few bath toys!
Speaking of baby toys, you can never go wrong with a gift of push toys, squeeze toys, rattles, dolls, stuffed animals, or interactive educational products.
Books and Journals
Cloth books and board books are classic gifts for babies, but don't forget about mom. A journal or baby book would provide a keepsake for photos and reflections.