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It’s safe to say that a lot of new parents don’t actually know what they need before they have a baby. There are blogs with endless lists of items you should buy, and there is always the new, hot, technological tool that is guaranteed to get your baby to sleep from day 1 and also help them learn their ABC’s by day 2.
The truth is that you don’t really need a lot of products, and many of them are just marketed well but don’t actually work. Sure, there are some that are really useful, but if you have a swaddle, some diapers, and a couple onesies, you can get by for a while.
While you may only need a few things to survive, there are certainly many products out there that make new parenting a bit smoother. It can be difficult to navigate through all the information and you could end up spending thousands on a bunch of items that will do nothing but clutter your living room, or you’ll give up, go the minimalist route, and buy nothing.
If you have a baby shower coming up and don’t know what to get for your friend/sister/sister-in-law/etc, or you are having a baby and don’t know what to put on your registry, then this blog post is for you. Read on for some gift ideas that we found useful during those first few months.
- Magnetic Me Footie Pajamas - A purely genius idea. Magnetic Me came up with a line of children's clothing that uses magnets instead of snaps or zippers. In the middle of the night, when your newborn is crying, eliminating the task of fumbling in the dark trying to button a onesie back up is life changing. One of the best parts of this line of clothing is that there is no over-the-head design, which means no having to pull a wet onesie off a crabby baby. The reviews on Amazon speak for themselves.
- Set of Peter Rabbit Books - Some may find it silly to read to an infant, but don't let that stop you from doing it. As newborns, they won't catch on and be captivated by the stories, but they will look at the colors and listen to your voice. It can be a great way to get through that last hour of the day where babies tend to be fussy. Eventually, they will become familiar with the pictures in the books and will develop a love for reading - or at least listening to you read.
- Skip Hop Activity Playmat - A playmat is essential for new parents, especially if they have hardwood floors. What I like about the Skip Hop Activity Gym is that it is super soft, has a pretty design, and there are a lot of different features for your baby to explore and play with. Playmats are great for tummy time and for when you need to do something that requires two hands and need a safe place to plop your baby. This one will keep your little one occupied and happy exploring hanging toys and fascinating colors, so parents can get a quick break.