The Best Baby Shower Gifts For a First-Time Parent
By Amy Sloane
Becoming a first-time parent is extremely special, and talks about “feeling over the moon” as the saying goes. One can only imagine the joy when their precious bundle arrives, and of course, every loving parent wants to be prepared and ready to go. Let’s be totally honest.
New moms and dads could use all the help they can get, and most of them hope to receive baby gifts that are practical, easy to put together, and can last through a lot of use. For those who’ve been invited, here are our favorite baby shower gifts for first-time parents that anyone would love to receive.
Electric Nail Clippers
This is a genius gift idea for newborns to toddlers, and it makes clipping their tiny, cutie-pie fingernails and toenails a breeze. Electric nail clippers are extremely gentle, painless, and quiet.
This device comes with two speeds and offers excellent filing, trimming, and polishing features to keep baby’s nails soft and smooth. A baby’s nails grow quite fast, and this cool gadget makes it quick and safe for a baby mani/Pedi.
Soft, Sensory Toys
There’s nothing quite like the classic set of building blocks to keep your little one entertained and experiencing their sense of touch. Your baby will be mesmerized by baby blocks that come with a contemporary design.
These blocks are soft, squishable, and artistically colorful, and best of all, they feature sensory inserts for little hands to grab and play with. Learning the ABCs this way is educational, fun, and these blocks are full of amazing texture.
Portable High Chair
Back in the day, the high chair was bulky and practically sat in the same place to make it easy. Say hello to the modern high chair that is ideal for our busy lifestyles. You’re going to need one sooner or later.
A portable unit is great for dining on the go, when you want to bring your little one outdoors on the patio and wherever your travels take you.
With a high chair like this one, it’s lightweight, designed with compact folding, and all you have to do is pop it open. Parenthood isn’t easy, so don’t worry about perfection. Take delight in the small, adorable moments.
Meal Delivery Service
Okay, this gift isn’t exactly for your new bundle of joy, but every first-time parent would appreciate a healthy, delicious meal that can be cooked in 30 minutes or less, comes with fresh, pre-portioned ingredients, and is easy to put together.
Most times, you’re going to be giving 100 percent of your attention to your newborn and just don’t have the time for coming up with the right ingredients, trips to the grocery store, and recipes for a nourishing dinner.
That is why a meal delivery service makes a wonderful gift to parents who are busy but could enjoy high-quality dining at home and create it themselves in just minutes.
Sleep Sound Machine
This is an incredible high-tech gadget that has been designed to lull your baby to sleep with a calming “shush” voice (a human voice). The small, compact device uses loud, rhythmic shushing noises to help your baby back to sleep.
The technology works with a calming, rhythmic shush that reminds your baby of being in utero. It soothes a fussy baby and gets them back to their zzzs in no time. It is doctor-tested and approved, and it’s really effective.
There’s nothing cuter than looking at the tiny, cuddly feet of a newborn. Going barefoot is the best medical advice for growing your newborn’s feet in a healthy way.
In the meantime, when it comes to protecting their precious feet, baby moccasins are a great baby shower gift to consider.
Not only is the footwear soft with flexible soles, but they come in gorgeous colors and are crafted with an easy-on elastic opening that stays put on the baby’s feet. The soft-sole mocs support a baby’s feet and are the next best thing to going barefoot.
If you’re a first-time parent awaiting your bundle of joy, congratulations. You’ve got this. If you’re attending a baby shower, then give our gift ideas some thought. They’re practical, useful, and super-cute!
Amy Sloane is an alum from Oregon State University and spends her free time as a freelance writer and knitting enthusiast. Amy loves reading, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Molly. Follow her on Twitter to read her latest blogs! @AmySloane2
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