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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.