14 Gift Ideas for the New Parent

Make no mistake, parents: We love technology, but we don’t need robots to play with or care for our kids. That’s the fun part. There are so many innovative solutions to make the gross, grueling parts of this amazing, fulfilling, nothing-like-it, etc. job just a little easier than it was before. We have 13 of them for you here.

Innobaby Bath Scrub

Oh, the horror—the horror!—of cutting open a child’s little rubber bath toy and finding a nest of black mold within! These soft, silicone bath scrubbers are much softer than they look and come in adorable fish shapes. They’ll never buy another tiny, ineffectual wash cloth or disgusting rubber ball again. Buy for $10.

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Oh, the horror—the horror!—of cutting open a child’s little rubber bath toy and finding a nest of black mold within! These soft, silicone bath scrubbers are much softer than they look and come in adorable fish shapes. They’ll never buy another tiny, ineffectual wash cloth or disgusting rubber ball again. Buy for $10.

Becoming Brilliant

Instead of scouring the internet or soliciting word-of-mouth advice on how to raise smart, successful progeny, why not turn to the reassuring arms of science? Two developmental psychologists offer research-based solutions for parents hoping to help their children succeed in critical areas like creativity, collaboration and communication. Buy for $16.

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Instead of scouring the internet or soliciting word-of-mouth advice on how to raise smart, successful progeny, why not turn to the reassuring arms of science? Two developmental psychologists offer research-based solutions for parents hoping to help their children succeed in critical areas like creativity, collaboration and communication. Buy for $16.

NoseFrida the Snotsucker

This adorable and delightfully disgusting nasal aspirator is approximately fifteen zillion times more effective (rough estimate) than those ubiquitous blue rubber bulbs. Every parent needs a fast, effective way of giving their little disease vector some nasal relief. Buy for $15.

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This adorable and delightfully disgusting nasal aspirator is approximately fifteen zillion times more effective (rough estimate) than those ubiquitous blue rubber bulbs. Every parent needs a fast, effective way of giving their little disease vector some nasal relief. Buy for $15.

Temptraq

The only thing worse than having a sick baby or child is the idea of sticking a thermometer up their bum. These soft, flexible single-use patches offer 24/7 continuous wireless monitoring for keeping an eye on their fever without invading their privacy or waking them up. Buy for $14.

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The only thing worse than having a sick baby or child is the idea of sticking a thermometer up their bum. These soft, flexible single-use patches offer 24/7 continuous wireless monitoring for keeping an eye on their fever without invading their privacy or waking them up. Buy for $14.

Mifold Grab and Go Booster

The last thing a parent wants to do while traveling is to lug a heavy, bulky booster seat in one hand and a squirmy toddler in the other. The Mifold booster slips into a backpack and meets all the federal motor vehicle safety standards. Designed for kids aged four and up, or over forty pounds. Buy for $40.

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The last thing a parent wants to do while traveling is to lug a heavy, bulky booster seat in one hand and a squirmy toddler in the other. The Mifold booster slips into a backpack and meets all the federal motor vehicle safety standards. Designed for kids aged four and up, or over forty pounds. Buy for $40.

Hatch Baby Rest

Toddlers don’t have clocks, and even if they did, they can’t tell time. How are they supposed to know that 5 am is way, way too early for humans to be conscious? The simple, beautiful Hatch Baby Rest combines three necessary functions in one. It’s a night light, a sound machine, and a time-to-rise indicator, which parents can program from their phones. When the light turns green, it’s OK for the kid to wake up—at a decent hour, of course. Buy for $60.

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Toddlers don’t have clocks, and even if they did, they can’t tell time. How are they supposed to know that 5 am is way, way too early for humans to be conscious? The simple, beautiful Hatch Baby Rest combines three necessary functions in one. It’s a night light, a sound machine, and a time-to-rise indicator, which parents can program from their phones. When the light turns green, it’s OK for the kid to wake up—at a decent hour, of course. Buy for $60.

Ju-Ju-Be Helix Diaper Bag

Parenting rule of thumb: The smaller the human, the more stuff they need. The Ju-Ju-Be Helix could pass for any ordinary, stylish messenger bag, but with a changing pad, interior insulated bottle pockets for bottles and crumb drains. And of course, it’s entirely machine-washable. It also comes in gender-neutral colors so Dad won’t feel weird about carrying it to the park. Buy for $81.

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Parenting rule of thumb: The smaller the human, the more stuff they need. The Ju-Ju-Be Helix could pass for any ordinary, stylish messenger bag, but with a changing pad, interior insulated bottle pockets for bottles and crumb drains. And of course, it’s entirely machine-washable. It also comes in gender-neutral colors so Dad won’t feel weird about carrying it to the park. Buy for $81.

Instant Pot

Remember before you had kids, when that time in between work and dinner was known as “happy hour”? Now, it’s “frantically rushing home and stuffing some calories into tiny faces before bundling them into bed” hour. Help them reduce the harried hassle with the quick-cooking Instant Pot, which can cook rice in four minutes and chili in 15. Now they just have all that other stuff to worry about. Buy for $98.

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Remember before you had kids, when that time in between work and dinner was known as “happy hour”? Now, it’s “frantically rushing home and stuffing some calories into tiny faces before bundling them into bed” hour. Help them reduce the harried hassle with the quick-cooking Instant Pot, which can cook rice in four minutes and chili in 15. Now they just have all that other stuff to worry about. Buy for $98.

W&P Pineapple Cocktail Shaker

They might not get out as much nowadays, but they still like to party! As long as you come over before 10 pm and keep your voices down, because they just got little Jimmy to go to sleep. This festive shaker, the symbol of hospitality, will help remind them that even responsible parents need to unwind, socialize and see their friends. Buy for $99.

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They might not get out as much nowadays, but they still like to party! As long as you come over before 10 pm and keep your voices down, because they just got little Jimmy to go to sleep. This festive shaker, the symbol of hospitality, will help remind them that even responsible parents need to unwind, socialize and see their friends. Buy for $99.

Ergobaby Omni 360

For a baby, getting put down is a bum deal. Here you are, in a crib or chair, when if Mom or Dad would just. Pick. You. Up, you could be warm and cuddled, see things, and prevent them from drinking coffee or sitting at the computer! Most parents find a baby carrier to be a satisfying compromise for both parties. Using to the included inserts, they can wear this sturdy carrier from infancy through three years old, with several different carrying positions. Buy for $179.

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For a baby, getting put down is a bum deal. Here you are, in a crib or chair, when if Mom or Dad would just. Pick. You. Up, you could be warm and cuddled, see things, and prevent them from drinking coffee or sitting at the computer! Most parents find a baby carrier to be a satisfying compromise for both parties. Using to the included inserts, they can wear this sturdy carrier from infancy through three years old, with several different carrying positions. Buy for $179.

Medela Sonata

No one ever said pumping breast milk is fun. But the task can be made significantly less onerous with a quiet, small, discreet pump with a rechargeable battery and Bluetooth capabilities. Record pumping sessions wirelessly and carry the pump around if you forgot to get a drink. Keeping a second pump at the office will significantly reduce the amount of stuff a working new mom has to pack in the morning. Buy for $360.

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No one ever said pumping breast milk is fun. But the task can be made significantly less onerous with a quiet, small, discreet pump with a rechargeable battery and Bluetooth capabilities. Record pumping sessions wirelessly and carry the pump around if you forgot to get a drink. Keeping a second pump at the office will significantly reduce the amount of stuff a working new mom has to pack in the morning. Buy for $360.

Veer Cruiser

Pumpkin picking, apple picking, going to the petting zoo—If they have more than one kid, transporting the tots and all their stuff on picturesque outings can quickly become a logistical nightmare. Enter the Cruiser, a burly and endlessly adaptable wagon that can travel on the bumpiest dirt and gravel roads and be quickly adjusted for multiple children, toddlers, infants, dogs. It even has a mattress insert (that’s for babies, not for you)! Buy for $599.

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Pumpkin picking, apple picking, going to the petting zoo—If they have more than one kid, transporting the tots and all their stuff on picturesque outings can quickly become a logistical nightmare. Enter the Cruiser, a burly and endlessly adaptable wagon that can travel on the bumpiest dirt and gravel roads and be quickly adjusted for multiple children, toddlers, infants, dogs. It even has a mattress insert (that’s for babies, not for you)! Buy for $599.

Kuri

The only problem with creating beautiful memories is that you might be too busy making them to capture them. Beyoncé has a personal videographer following her and her children around, and now you can preorder Kuri, the adorable companion robot that will learn your floor plan, take photos and videos of your kids, play music and podcasts, and make funny little blooping noises. Preorder for $799.

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The only problem with creating beautiful memories is that you might be too busy making them to capture them. Beyoncé has a personal videographer following her and her children around, and now you can preorder Kuri, the adorable companion robot that will learn your floor plan, take photos and videos of your kids, play music and podcasts, and make funny little blooping noises. Preorder for $799.

Snoo Smart Sleeper

Exhaustion can drive sleepless new parents to the brink of madness. For years, baby sleep guru Harvey Karp has been preaching the gospel of white noise, swaddles, and jiggly rocking to help soothe those little guys to sleep. Now he’s made the Snoo Smart Sleeper, a crib that rocks and swaddles the tyke while piping in soothing sounds to help kids (and their parents) develop healthy sleep habits. Buy for $710.

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Exhaustion can drive sleepless new parents to the brink of madness. For years, baby sleep guru Harvey Karp has been preaching the gospel of white noise, swaddles, and jiggly rocking to help soothe those little guys to sleep. Now he’s made the Snoo Smart Sleeper, a crib that rocks and swaddles the tyke while piping in soothing sounds to help kids (and their parents) develop healthy sleep habits. Buy for $710.

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