Whether you know someone who has just had a baby, or you have just had one yourself, this time in your life is probably very stressful. No matter how many books you read, or advice you get, you will likely still be unprepared for when the baby comes. Fortunately, that is the experience for most people, so you are not alone. The journey will be magical and emotionally rewarding but that does not mean that is going to be easy. There are many products out there that can help ease the burden, but it can be tough to know what you are going to need. Here is a little advice on a few top things you can buy for a new parent.
A new baby will definitely keep you with your hands full. This is both figuratively and literally. However, this does not need to be the case when you get modern baby wraps. These handy devices can help you carry your new baby without any of the struggles of having to worry if you are holding them right. Wraps have been proven to reduce infant crying as well as increase the connection that a mother and a baby have.
You can enjoy hands-free wearing and carrying of your baby with even weight distribution to prevent back pain. The best thing about these gadgets is that they come in all shapes, sizes, and styles so you don’t need to worry about losing your wicked fashion sense.
If you are concerned that the wrap will not provide enough support, or you are worried about it not being suitable for going outside then you may want to invest in a baby carrier. These more substantial pieces of equipment allow you to carry your child in four different positions. From Front facing to back carry, these gadgets are suitable for children aged between 0 and 3 so can be a great addition to any parent’s tool kit.
Make sure when you buy one that you get padded shoulder straps and carrying areas. Babies are very wriggly and so will cause friction between you and the carrier as well as friction on their sensitive skin. You will also find clips that can help you make sure your child is secure. This device will no doubt help liberate you if you are a busy dad or mum.
Food Subscription gift card
One of the things that slips a new parent’s mind is looking after themselves. All priority goes to the newborn. Now this is not necessarily the wrong thing to do but a parent’s health will soon deteriorate if they are not looked after and that is of no use to anyone, particularly the baby. It can be tricky to find the time to make a nice and nutritious meal if you are constantly running off your feet and with the world being full of fast-food options, many parents say that it is hard not to just resort to them. This can be expensive and very unhealthy.
Fortunately, food subscription services provide a great option for those on-the-go parents to eat nice and healthy food without having to worry about planning recipes or going to the shops. These boxes deliver written instructions to you on what you will be eating for the week with items often portioned up so that your meals take no time at all. A gift like this may just make those first few months that little bit easier.
These great little devices encourage exercise and promote development in young babies. However, this is not their best-selling point. The best thing about them is that once a child is in one, it gives the parent a little time to decompress and even have tea. Make sure that you purchase one made with sturdy wood and one that has enough activities to keep your child entertained. These gyms are great for building hand-to-eye coordination skills without fear that they will hurt themselves. The gyms also give the child a chance to come into contact with a variety of textures to promote their curiosity and learning. The only thing to worry about is the space that some of them take up.
Again, another gadget that will hopefully help new parents take a load off and relax whilst their baby does the same. Bouncers are soft and promote a rocking motion that can help ease a baby off to sleep or keep them entertained for a little bit of time. Ones that are on the market just now offer a variety of different positions to keep the baby enthralled with all of the possibilities and when they are not in use can be folded away without taking up too much room. Again, if the baby is going to be sitting in this gadget for a lengthy period, it is worthwhile ensuring that the material is soft and sensitive to the child’s skin.
One of the biggest challenges to any new parent is trying to get the newborn to go to sleep. It’s the one thing that everyone in the family wants but the baby’s need comes before anyone else’s. This is why these gadgets are so useful to new parents. Sleep aids often come in cute and cozy new designs like bears or clouds to help promote a calm atmosphere and can even produce soothing lights to help promote better and longer-lasting sleep. Many today even come with lullabies or white noise to help the child go to sleep. These are often small and so can be taken with you wherever you go. If you are visiting friends, family, or camping, these are great to have to help make sure everyone gets the sleep they need.
New parent gifts
There are loads of things out there for new parents and if you are trying to get a gift for a friend then it can be tricky. The best thing to do is to avoid clothes. The child will soon grow out of them. At least it will be a year or two if you get a gadget like the ones above.