Having a baby can be a wild time for new parents, no matter how prepared they think they are. Whether they’re the type who are blissed out and glowing or more stressed out and struggling, they deserve a treat for taking it all in stride. We asked a few new parents that we know for recommendations of gifts that are particularly cherished during this challenging time, and we also curated a few top-selling, high-rated picks to round out the list.

Rather than let the baby take them down a totally unfamiliar path, these gifts for parents and baby will welcome the little one into their world, or at least meet them in the middle. And some of our picks will even give parents some ever-elusive self-care time (in very short increments, of course). Because a happier, more confident parent is a better parent — are we right?

NewVisionDesignUS Family Matching Shirts (starting at $17.24, originally starting at $22.99; etsy.com)

NewVisionDesignUS Family Matching Shirts
NewVisionDesignUS Family Matching Shirts

Here’s a simple way to start getting parent and baby in sync: matching family tees. In fact, get the whole family involved since these come in sizes and prints for mama, dada, big bro, big sis and baby. The modern design says that they’re the cool family without having to speak anything at all.

Cleverfy Shower Bombs With Essential Oils ($19.99, originally $24.99; amazon.com)

Cleverfy Shower Bombs With Essential Oils
Cleverfy Shower Bombs With Essential Oils PHOTO: Amazon

They may not have enough time to themselves to settle into a relaxing bath, but when they do find a few minutes to hop in the shower, these bestselling scented shower bombs could do the trick.

Mommy Milestones New Mom Gift Wine Labels (starting at $15.99; etsy.com)

Mommy Milestones New Mom Gift Wine Labels
Mommy Milestones New Mom Gift Wine Labels PHOTO: Etsy

These fun custom bottle labels help new moms celebrate the unique moments of mommyhood like “First Mommy Meltdown” and “First Night Out With the Girls.” They come in 90-plus color options and in packs of four to 12 labels, each with its own milestone. Choose from 12 prewritten milestones, or chat with the maker to customize them.

MountainMoverz Gold Mommy and Me Bracelet Set (starting at $116.10, originally starting at $129; etsy.com)

MountainMoverz Gold Mommy and Me Bracelet Set
MountainMoverz Gold Mommy and Me Bracelet Set PHOTO: Etsy

Let these new parents and their newbie glow even more with these matching 14K gold bracelets. Choose from a variety of sizes that let this tradition continue for years.

’Untamed’ by Glennon Doyle ($16.80, originally $28; amazon.com)

‘Untamed’ by Glennon Doyle PHOTO: Amazon

Not that they’ll have a ton of time to read a book just for now, but “Untamed” is 2020’s must-read empowering tome, and one of our top picks for 2020 summer reads.

Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Eyemask ($26.10, originally $29; brooklinen.com)

Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Eyemask
Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Eyemask PHOTO: Brooklinen

This sleep mask may mean the difference between rested and raging. One new mom that we spoke with said, “A silk sleep mask for Mom is always nice because she’ll be getting in sleep at all hours of the day.”

Parachute Home Cashmere Baby Blanket ($149; parachutehome.com)

Parachute Home Cashmere Baby Blanket
Parachute Home Cashmere Baby Blanket PHOTO: Parachute

Parachute makes some of our favorite luxury sheets that are worth the price. So, needless to say, we’re fans of its baby blanket as well. This cashmere number will wrap both parent and baby up in luxurious comfort during those middle-of-the-night feeding sessions.

Ella+Mila Nail Polish, Mommy&Me Set ($16; amazon.com)

Ella+Mila Nail Polish, Mommy&Me Set
Ella+Mila Nail Polish, Mommy&Me Set PHOTO: Amazon

If they’re the kind of person who loves getting mani-pedis, chances are that having a baby (and the current Covid-19 situation) may be preventing them from taking a trip to the salon. Enter Ella+Mila nail polish that’s designed so that both the parents and their little one can do their nails safely at home.

These nail polishes don’t have any toxic formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin or camphor that are common in nail polishes. They’re also vegan, cruelty-free, made in the USA and have some of the cutest names and colors. For example, these two here are named “I Mint It” and “Wheels on the Bus.” Be sure to check out our guides on how to give yourself a salon-worthy manicure and pedicure too.

CherryNow Cute Tassel Cotton Rope Decorative Mini Hamper (starting at $15.79; amazon.com)

CherryNow Cute Tassel Cotton Rope Decorative Mini Hamper
CherryNow Cute Tassel Cotton Rope Decorative Mini Hamper PHOTO: Amazon

With kids come messes, and with messes come more storage needs. This trendy, tassely basket makes it easy to stash and transport some necessities for the baby from room to room. It’s available in two sizes — small to hold little things like bottles or a phone and large to hold toys — and two colorways.

Maya Brenner 14K Gold Asymmetrical Letter Necklace (starting at $240; baublebar.com)

Maya Brenner 14K Gold Asymmetrical Letter Necklace
Maya Brenner 14K Gold Asymmetrical Letter Necklace PHOTO: Baublebar

If a splurge is in order, this personalized necklace is a thoughtful way to go. Choose from white, yellow or rose gold — whichever are their faves. Choose from two chain length options and up to three initials.

OurLoveWasBorn On the Day You Were Born Canvas Print (starting at $65 unframed; etsy.com)

OurLoveWasBorn On the Day You Were Born Canvas Print
OurLoveWasBorn On the Day You Were Born Canvas Print PHOTO: Etsy

Mark the occasion of their little one’s birth with a (literally) star-studded affair. Whether they’re into astrology or not, this is a cool gift that shows how the stars were aligned on the baby’s birthday. Choose from three fonts, three design shapes and loads of colors, sizes and frame options.

Baby Socks Gift Set ($15.99; amazon.com)

Baby Socks Gift Set
Baby Socks Gift Set PHOTO: Amazon

They may already have their own silly “If You Can Read This” socks, but what about the little one? Now the baby or toddler can make their own funny statements with the bottoms of their feet, from “50% mom, 50% dad, 100% perfect” to “If you can read this, bring me some milk.”

’Cat and Nat’s Mom Truths: Embarrassing Stories and Brutally Honest Advice on the Extremely Real Struggle of Motherhood’ by Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer ($13.47, originally $16; amazon.com)

‘Cat and Nat’s Mom Truths: Embarrassing Stories and Brutally Honest Advice on the Extremely Real Struggle of Motherhood’ by Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer PHOTO: Amazon

Having kids is a major life change. This book airs the truths of motherhood in a witty way that will make new moms feel more comforted by knowing they’re not the only ones going through these ups and downs.

Rustic Wood Frame Gray Felt Letter Board ($19.97; amazon.com)

Rustic Wood Frame Gray Felt Letter Board
Rustic Wood Frame Gray Felt Letter Board PHOTO: Amazon

Letter boards have become an integral part of social media and photo-taking. This 10-inch-by-10-inch one comes with more than 500 characters, including white and gold letters, emoji, script words and more so that they can document all of the precious moments and milestones for future reference — because they’re probably not going to remember otherwise.

Goobie Baby Harper Silicone Teething Necklace for Mom ($17.99; amazon.com)

Goobie Baby Harper Silicone Teething Necklace for Mom
Goobie Baby Harper Silicone Teething Necklace for Mom PHOTO: Amazon

Jewelry can help any outfit look put together, but this necklace does more than that. The marble and wood look of these silicone beads is trendy, yes, but the necklace is also safe for teething babies to grab on and chew. There are a bunch of color and texture combinations to choose from, so there’s bound to be one that matches their style.

Hatch Nurse-to-Errands Onesie ($248; hatchcollection.com)

Hatch Nurse-To-Errands Onesie
Hatch Nurse-To-Errands Onesie PHOTO: Hatch

OK, it’s a splurge, but we adore this super soft, super stretchy, super stylish grown-up onesie from Hatch. As one reviewer put it, “This onesie is perfect for nursing. Soft, comfortable, stretchy and flattering, this outfit allows for effortless nursing while looking amazing. I would wear it every day if I could… Wait, I have worn it almost every day since I got it. Love, love, love.”

MadeByMiniMoo New Mom Achievement Stickers ($4.77; etsy.com)

MadeByMiniMoo New Mom Achievement Stickers
MadeByMiniMoo New Mom Achievement Stickers

New parents need a sense of humor about how upside down life gets with a newborn. That’s why we love these hilarious stickers that help them celebrate things like attempting to exercise and cleaning up a major blowout.

SweatyRocks Cover-Up (starting at $14.99; amazon.com)

SweatyRocks Cover-Up
SweatyRocks Cover-Up PHOTO: Amazon

Nursing modestly can be challenging while at the park, the beach or anywhere else in public. Giving them a stylish cover-up like this will make it easier.

Birdies Starling in Latte Suede ($120; birdies.com)

Birdies Starling in Latte Suede
Birdies Starling in Latte Suede PHOTO: Birdies

Mom might still be dealing with baby weight and swollen ankles, but a pretty pair of comfortable shoes will let her focus on something that hasn’t changed: her sense of style. These loafers from Birdies self-proclaim to be “seven-layer clouds for your feet.” If that doesn’t sound good to a mom who spends loads of time on her toes, we don’t know what does.

Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book ($13.22; amazon.com)

Mom
Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book PHOTO: Amazon

Motherhood is full of once-in-a-lifetime moments. Unfortunately, due to lack of sleep and constant distraction, many of those moments go forgotten. Luckily, there’s this simple diary that helps her jot down at least one little thing about each day for the first five years of her little one’s life.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 ($179.95; amazon.com)

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

Another splurge on this list, the new 12-ounce Ember Travel Mug is everything we love about the Ember Mug 2, plus it fits in a cup holder in the car or stroller and lasts twice as long (up to three hours on a single charge)! One mom says it “keeps coffee or tea warm/hot until you can get around to drinking it.”

Bubzi Co Baby Footprint and Handprint Kit ($21.95; amazon.com)

Bubzi Co Baby Footprint and Handprint Kit
Bubzi Co Baby Footprint and Handprint Kit PHOTO: Amazon

Those first days and months tend to go by in a blur, so giving a memento like this bestselling hand or footprint kit is a fab way to help them remember when their baby was oh so small.

Note: The prices above reflect the retailers’ listed prices at the time of publication.