If you are headed to a baby shower in the next few months, you will be ogling those cute onesies, soft toys and blankets. But how about getting the parents-to-be a truly useful gift? Often parents are drowning in adorable baby paraphernalia but lacking in essentials. Here are eight items experienced parents know will be greatly appreciated by pregnant moms and new parents.
The Honest Co. cleaning products 1. For life's little (and not-so-little) messes
And a vacuum that charges and is cordless is even better. These are great for when baby starts throwing food and all of life’s little messes.
New parents want natural products for cleaning, especially with a new baby. You can gift parents a bundle of cleaning products from the Honest Company. Choose five products from their line of non-toxic, natural and biodegradable household cleaning products for around $35.95/month. You can give just one bundle, or sign up for monthly delivery.
EBL Battery Charging Station 2. Re-charge
Sooo many items we use for baby run on batteries, from baby monitors to toys. This will give parents one less thing to run to the store for.
Speaking of small electronics, this travel case is perfect for zipping up the baby monitor and accessories for an overnight at Grandma’s house!
Safety 1st Childproofing Kit 3. Stay safe, baby
Consider purchasing a variety of baby safety products. Plug covers, cabinet and drawer latches, doorknob covers — it’s amazing how quickly those cuties morph into crawlers and reachers! Package the gift in a lidded box so the parents can store it for future use.
At some point, parents will need a safety gate, but these products take up valuable space. Check out this retractable safety gate.
The Honest Co. eco-friendly disposable diapers 4. Diaper duty
If the new parents plan to use cloth diapers, a month or two of paid diaper service can be a lifesaver in that first sleep-deprived month. Diaper services deliver clean, sanitized diapers to your door weekly, and pick up the used diapers. You will never need to wash or even rinse these diapers, just put them in the provided hamper and leave them outside of your door for pick up.
Here are two Seattle-area options:
Baby Diaper Service and Diaper Stork. Many online cloth-diaper companies such as Olympia-based Simple Cloth also have registries and trial packs.
Or for an eco-friendly disposable diaper choice give them the gift of a month’s supply (or more) Honest Diapers diapers and wipes. Made of plant-based sustainable materials, these products are free of chlorine and other harsh chemicals, and they come in cute patterns!
My First Year Baby Calendar 5. For the many milestones
A cousin to the baby book, this handy calendar hangs on the fridge for popping a sticker on the day a milestone is reached. This is great for busy moms and dads because we all know that they probably won’t get a chance to fill in the baby book until after their little one’s first birthday.
Baby Log: Activities, growth and milestones is an iPhone app perfect for tracking on the go.
CountryBarnBabe Memory Box 6. Crafty keepsake options
Baby memory boxes
A memory box is great for tossing in anything you might want to save. Put in baby’s hospital ID bracelet, greeting cards, first pictures, etc. Later the parent can sort through the stuff and decide what to keep. Here’s one you can buy online through
You can even purchase a hand-made, personalized memory box from many Etsy sellers. For a classic rosewood box with the baby details engraved right onto the lid, check out the
Etsy shop AwardSourceLLC. The engraving is free, and the box is lined in velvet. For a vintage-looking, heirloom quality keepsake box or chest with engraved name, check out Etsy shop CountryBarnBabe.
CrockPot Slow Cooker 7. Making mealtime easier
Gone are the days of gourmet dinners for two, and experienced parents know how fast dinner time comes around. This programmable model is perfect for busy parents!
Or, give the gift of fresh produce, delivered right to the new parents’ door from Full Circle Farms by giving the family a gift certificate.
Be sure and include a cookbook! This one got rave reviews on Amazon and contains 200 recipes for the slow cooker!
The Baby Book by Sears and Sears 8. Baby know-how
Not the kind in which you record baby’s first words, but an instructional book for the parents. It’s nice to have a book for those middle of the night questions. Our favorite, The Baby Book by Sears and Sears, is falling apart from frequent readings! Choose from a plethora of instructional books to suit any parenting style.
This app from WebMD sends parents age-appropriate articles each week, and doctor-approved tips each day. You can also track baby’s milestones, and it features a searchable database for when you have a question. It even records photos and videos for a digital baby book!