Let’s face it – while the birth of a baby is an exciting time for any family, it brings with it many challenges. From late night diaper changes to dealing with newborn cries that never seem to stop, new parents have a lot to deal with.
Thankfully, there are a lot of products in the market today that make the lives of new parents easier. If you are searching for the perfect gift for a loved one expecting a baby, here is our list of the eight best gift ideas for new parents in 2019.
1. Car Seat
What can be a more useful gift than one that ensures the comfort and safety of a baby while travelling in a vehicle? Although a car seat may not seem like the most creative or exciting gift idea, it is an essential item every parent needs. According to a survey by Singapore Medical Journal, 27% of serious injuries in children involved in car accidents are avoidable if proper restraints such as a car seat are used. Go for a rear-facing car seat as these are recommended for newborns and babies up to the age of 2.
When the new responsibilities start weighing in on the parents and making them feel like their heads will explode, it is vital for them to get out of the house and get some fresh air! Strollers are an excellent gift as they make the experience of going out with a baby so much easier. The baby can explore the outdoors from the comfort of stroller or catch some sleep, while the new parents enjoy their evening stroll or get some shopping done.
3. Diaper Bag
If the new mommy hates the idea of the typical bright-colored diaper bags of the past, get her a cool diaper bag she will love carrying when going places with her new bundle of joy. Backpacks are very much in style now as they are spacious enough to hold all of baby’s essentials. Since they are easy to carry, just hang it over your shoulder and your hands are free to hold the baby. Most of the backpacks come with multiple compartments including insulated pockets for baby bottles, making them an ideal bag for new parents.
4. Baby Carrier/Sling
Newborns love being carried but this isn’t always possible for a new parent who also has to look after the house, cook meals, run errands or get out of the house occasionally. This is why baby carriers are lifesavers as they allow both the parent and the baby to be comfortable while meeting the baby’s needs to be held. Get a good quality baby carrier and the new parents are sure to be thankful!
5. Baby Bathtub
Giving the baby a bath in the sink is easy and fun for the first week or two when the baby is tiny and doesn’t move around much but after some time, the new parents will need a bathtub. When choosing one, make sure to buy one that has a non-slippery surface to avoid baby from slipping.
6. Baby Blankets
Babies love being swaddled up in a blanket as it makes them feel warm and secure – just how they used to feel in the womb. This is why baby blankets are always handy and a gift every new parent will need plenty of. Go for the softest fabrics you find so that the baby can be nice and cozy. For babies born in winter, fleece blankets can be useful while lighter quilts are good for summer.
7. Play Mat
Let’s face it, babies need entertainment and after a few games, parents start running of out of ideas to keep their little ones occupied. A play mat makes a great gift as it keeps babies engaged while stimulating their development by encouraging them to move around and explore different objects. Pick one with bright colors, a variety of sounds and objects – the baby is sure to love it and so will the parents!
8. Gift Hamper
If you want to think outside the box and be creative, why not make a gift hamper with several items of your choice? There are many options when it comes to finding baby hampers in Singapore. You can make a hamper with different baby items such as cute onesies, blankets and towels with your own customization such as a particular theme or the baby’s name printed on each item. Alternatively, you can create a gift hamper for the new parents, perhaps a luxurious spa hamper for the new mommy to help her relax and unwind after a tiring day or one for the new daddy consisting of some great wine and snacks.
To sum up, welcoming a new member to the family is a special time for any new parent but they need to be well-equipped in order to get through it. Get items that will help make parenthood easier and they will surely be grateful. Happy shopping!