13 Gifts New Parents Don’t Even Know They Need

A couple kissing a little baby.
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Being a new parent is exciting, exhausting, and overwhelming! If you’re trying to pick the perfect present for a new parent in your life, you can go one of two routes: something for the baby or something just for them.

Either way, ideally, you want your gift to be something they can actually use that’ll make their lives easier, rather than pile up and create clutter. Here are a few options they probably didn’t even realize they needed.

For the Anxious Parent: Owlet Smart Sock Baby Monitor

The Owlet app on a smartphone showing a baby's heart rate and oxygen level next to the Owlet smart sock baby monitor.
Owlet

It’s not cheap, but the Owlet Smart Sock Baby Monitor can be a lifesaver—literally. This little sock monitors a baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels while she’s asleep and allows parents to keep an eye on her vitals without waking her up. It’s an especially great gift for a new mom who might feel like she doesn’t know what she’s doing, or for the parents of a child dealing with an illness.

Obviously, even with the Smart Sock, you should still keep an eye on your sleeping baby, but it offers peace of mind that will benefit many new parents.

For the Anxious Parent

Owlet Smart Green Sock Baby Monitor - Track Heart Rate & Oxygen Levels - With Smart Notifications - See Hours Slept and Historical Trends - The Ultimate Baby Monitor for Peace of Mind

The Owlet Smart Sock monitors a baby's heart rate and oxygen levels to give anxious parents extra peace of mind throughout the night.

For the On-the-Go Parent: Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack

The Dagne Dover Diaper Backpack.
Dagne Dover

As far as diaper bags go, backpacks reign supreme. Most new parents probably already have a diaper bag, but another one never hurts—especially when it’s the Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack. It has everything a parent could want, including plenty of storage, lots of pockets and pouches for little items, a changing pad, and two key leashes for keys and a pacifier.

You can attach the straps to a stroller, and the luggage strap on the back makes it ideal for travel. The best part is its sleek, gender-neutral design doesn’t look like a clunky diaper bag.

For the Sentimental Parent: Write to Me Baby First Year of You Journal

The "Baby" First Year of You Journal lying on top of a baby blanket.
Write to Me

A baby book is a must to keep track of important milestones, photos, and special moments, and this Baby First Year of You Journal by Write to Me is a gorgeous keepsake. With enough pages to record everything about baby’s first year, parents can write down whatever they want to remember. There’s plenty of space for photos, and there are also prompts to inspire parents.

The linen cover makes this the chicest-looking baby book of all time, and it comes in a matching linen box to keep it safe forever.

For the Parent Who Has It All: The Honest Diapers Diaper Cake

A pack of wipes, a tube each of All-Purpose Lip Balm, Bubble Bath, Baby Laundry Detergent, Face + Body Lotion, and Shampoo + Body Wash lined up in front of the Honest Diaper Cake.
Honest

If the new parents in your life seem to have everything, practicality is always a good way to go. Every parent can always use more diapers, and the Honest Diaper Cake is a cute way to gift them.

There are 70 diapers in there, along with small sizes of other Honest products, like shampoo, balm, wipes, and bubble bath. The diapers are hypoallergenic and made from plant-based ingredients, so you can rest easy knowing they’re safe.

For the Parent Who Needs Caffeine: Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Espresso Machine

A small pile of ground coffee beans, next to the Wacaco Minispresso GR and its included cup filled with espresso.
Wacaco

Any new parent could use a little more caffeine. Unfortunately, trips to Starbucks become harder when you have to tote a newborn along, which is where the Wacaco Minipresso comes in.

This light, portable espresso machine means tired parents can brew a cup no matter where they are. It’s great for busy parents and even better for working mamas!

For the Parent Who Needs Caffeine

Wacaco Minipresso GR, Portable Espresso Machine, Compatible Ground Coffee, Small Travel Coffee Maker, Manually Operated from Piston Action

This portable espresso machine allows parents to get their caffeine fix no matter where they are.

For the Parent Who Can’t Sit Still: Yeti Rambler Mug

yeti rambler mug
Yeti

When you have a baby, the days of slowly enjoying your coffee are pretty much over. Instead, it’s more likely you pour a cup, and then desperately try to gulp it down before it gets cold, while doing things for the baby.

Enter the Yeti Rambler. This vacuum-insulated mug keeps hot beverages hot for hours, no matter how busy you are. The lid is also very convenient for someone who’s holding a fidgety newborn.

Better still, the Yeti Rambler pairs perfectly with the Minipresso.

For the Parent Who Can't Sit Still

YETI Rambler 14 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug with Lid

The Yeti Rambler mug keeps coffee hot for hours, so new parents can still enjoy it, even after being sidetracked by a newborn.

For the Hands-On Dad: TBG Tactical Baby Carrier

A man wearing the TBG Tactical Baby Carrier on his front, and a baby's socked feet dangling below it.
Tactical Baby Gear

Wearing your baby is an excellent way to bond with and tote her while leaving your hands and arms free. For the dad who wants to get in on the toting action, the TBG Tactical Baby Carrier has a less feminine design and keeps baby close, facing in or out.

For the Hands-On Dad

TBG Tactical Baby Carrier (Black Camo)

The TBG Tactical Baby Carrier is an effective way for dad to bond with and care for baby.

For the Parent Who Needs Sleep: Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine next to a smartphone showing "Baby's Room on the app.
Hatch

Many people assume newborns need silence while they sleep, but the opposite is often true. White noise is similar to the noises they hear while they’re in the womb.

The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine offers plenty of sounds to soothe baby—and mom and dad—to sleep. The night-light makes for an even more relaxing environment.

Parents control the Baby Rest via an app they can customize. For older kids, there’s a convenient time-to-rise feature that lets them know when they can get out of bed.

For the Parent Who Needs Sleep

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise

Parents control the Hatch Baby Rest Night-Light and Sound Machine via a fully customizable app on their phone.

For the Parent Who Needs a Break: Vinebox Subscription

A Vinebox next to some Christmas ornaments, a glass of wine, and a vial filled with a sample of wine.
Vinebox

Almost every adult can relate to feeling like you need a glass of wine at the end of a long week—and that goes double for new parents.

A Vinebox subscription is a nice way to introduce the new parents in your life to some really delicious wine. You can opt for either the six-month subscription, which includes two boxes, or the one-year subscription of four boxes.

Make Bath Time Easier: Parachute Hooded Baby Towel

A toddler lying on her back in the Parachute Hooded Baby Towel.
Parachute

Babies require many towels, so don’t worry—the parents you’re buying for can definitely use a few more! The Parachute Hooded Baby Towel is perfect for bath time! Made of 100 percent Turkish cotton, it’s super-soft and cozy, and the hood keeps baby extra warm.

As far as baby towels go, this one’s pretty sweet!

Make Meals Easier: Daily Harvest Gift Card

Four Daily Harvest Smoothies.
Daily Harvest

Ask any new parent what they really want for Christmas, and the answer will probably be someone to do their chores and cook for them, and some sleep. You can help with one of those by gifting them a Daily Harvest Gift Card.

They can use it on frozen smoothies, nourishing veggie bowls, soups, and oat bowls or bites. Made with fruits and veggies, these frozen cups are easy to store and even easier to prepare—you just heat them on the stove or throw them in a blender.

They’re delicious, healthy, and arrive right on the doorstep for quick and easy meals or snacks throughout the day.

To Get Organized: Itzbeen Pocket Nanny Baby Care Timer

The Itzbeen Pocket Nanny in its package next to one outside the packaging.
Itzbeen

Keeping track of everything a new baby needs is exhausting. You have to know when it’s time for him to eat, when his last diaper change was, when he needs a nap, and how long he’s been awake. It’s especially difficult when you have literally anything else going on.

The Itzbeen Pocket Nanny Baby Care Timer helps parents keep track of everything. The simple push of a button gets everything a bit more organized.

To Keep Baby Cozy: JJ Cole Original BundleMe Bunting Bag

The JJ Cole Original BundleMe Bunting Bag.
JJ Cole

It’s tough keeping a newborn warm in a stroller or car seat in the winter because, due to safety precautions, they can’t wear puffy coats.

The JJ Cole Original BundleMe Bunting Bag is the perfect solution! It’s cozier than a blanket, and you can easily tuck it around pretty much any stroller or car seat.

The BundleMe Bunting Bag keeps baby covered up and toasty no matter how far the temperature drops.

To Keep Baby Cozy

JJ Cole Original Bundleme Bunting Bag, Canopy Style, Graphite

The BundleMe Bunting Bag keeps baby snuggly, safe, and warm in a stroller or car seat.

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