As a new parent, you need a lot—like time to catch up on your sleep. A free, reliable and trustworthy baby sitter at your disposable (“Uh, mom, what are you doing right now?”) so you can have an afternoon or a night out to yourself, some spa gift cards, a cleaning person and a meal delivery service couldn’t hurt either, right? But if you’re looking for even more gift ideas, we’ve got just the thing.
Whether you’re giving or getting, these unique and practical gift ideas, geared for new parents like you, can make life with a new baby–the ultimate present–even better.
Gift Ideas Dads Can Especially Appreciate
Gender-neutral diaper bag. A diaper bag that’s fashionably gender neutral and functionable that can go from, say–baby to gym to work to baby again is great for multitasking Dads who are all in.
This Unisex Courage backpack by TWELVElittle, for example, features water-resistant crinkle nylon with sheep leather trim, a 14” laptop tech sleeve for your laptop or baby’s I’m-cranky-and-we’re-in-a-restaurant-iPad, and a hidden zipper pocket on the bottom (an unique feature in all TWELVElittle bags, totes and backpacks) for dirty clothes or diapers so you can easily quarantine the germy stuff. It comes with a nylon changing pad and two interior pockets for bottles, diapers and wipes.
Lumbar waist pack. Hey, fanny packs are back! They’re great for on-the-go dads (and moms) who want to dash out with baby or go for a run with the jogging stroller and still be prepared for diaper blow-outs. Fanny packs easily stow a spare diaper or two, a couple of pacis, travel pack of wipes, your cellphone and wallet.
Sports baby gear. Baby Fanatic offers licensed NFL, MLB and collegiate baby and toddler products, including pacifiers, baby bootie high tops, blankets and more. If you want something less team-specific, these Mam football pacis are cute, too.
Gifts Moms Will Especially Love
A diaper clutch. When you don’t need to lug your diaper bag–like when you’re just going out to dinner for a quick bite with your baby–a fashion forward diaper clutch does the job. It holds the essentials, such as a changing pad, a few diapers and wipes, your phone, a credit card and your driver’s license.
Socks that stay on. Babies and socks that don’t stay on go together like macaroni and cheese. Still, Cheski baby knee socks are designed to change all that. The sanity-saving socks feature a kick and slide proof design: elastic around the arch of the foot and the ankle and shin. Made from a premium quality cotton blend, they’re comfy for baby too.
Stretchy multi-use cover. The breathable and stretchy fabric is the Rorschach test of baby gear. (“I see a nursing cover.” “I see a cover for a shopping cart.”) It’s a nursing, carseat and shopping cart cover. You can also wear it as an infinity scarf or as a stretchy shirt. Whatever you use it for, it stays put without straps, rings or buckles.
Feel-Good Gift Ideas for Everyone
What makes these gifts especially great is that they’re just awesome–and they give back.
Lalabu shirts are the simplest way to babywear around. The mom version, the Lalabu Soothe Shirt, features built-in nursing bra panels and a fabric pouch that stretches horizontally for babies from birth to 15 pounds. It features an adjustable and hidden support panel for baby to provide head and neck support.
The Lalabu Dad shirt features a built-in fabric pouch with magnets that attach the pouch to the shirt. The shirt looks like a regular T-shirt when your baby isn’t in it.
In either version of the shirt, your newborn sits against you, frog-leg style in the pouch. “It’s a shirt you wear all day so the pouch is always with you,” says Lalabu co-founder Brian Fosse. “Just take your baby in and out as much as you want.”
The shirts are machine washable. You can put them in the dryer but they last longer if you hang them to dry. The Lalabu Soothe shirt comes in black, gray and blue, from small to XXL (women) and medium to XXL (men). If in doubt, get the medium. It’s the most popular selling size for men and women.
Giveback component: 2 percent of all topline revenue from the sales of Lalabu shirts helps women entrepreneurs improve and enjoy their lives as parents. “We make microfinance loans of $50 to $150 on average to moms in Africa through Kiva.org,” says Fosse. “A portion of our sales always goes back to the place where our inspiration began.” Get the full Lalabu story here.
Give your baby a lovey–and spread the joy of giving to a child in need, help those who are less fortunate and create jobs. Bears for Humanity is a social commerce company committed to helping its community and the earth. Their “Buy one, give one” program provides a stuffed bear to a child in need for every bear purchased. “Your teddy bear can change the world,” says Vijay Prathap, who founded the company with his wife, Renju.
Giveback component: Bears for Humanity stuffed animals employ at-risk women from welfare-work programs in the U.S. They’re made using only certified organic materials and Fair Trade practices.
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