First-time parents are so much fun to shop for because they need everything! The tiny little socks their baby will wear in a few short months are absolutely adorable. The little outfit melts their heart. While experienced parents absolutely also enjoy all the baby gifts, there’s something special about a couple’s first. What you as a friend or family member need to keep in mind, however, is that you should mix your baby gifts with a range of practical and whimsical gifts.
The Difference Between Practical and Whimsical Gifts
Practical gifts include things like diapers, wipes, and even nursery furniture. Whimsical gifts include things like a crib mobile or a cute little outfit. While the baby will still use that mobile or wear those clothes, they aren’t as essential for that baby’s health and well-being. A standard set of soft pajamas bought in bulk would also do the trick, for example, but it’s not nearly as fun as having cute little onesies and outfits for your baby. All you need to do is follow up a fun gift with something practical, and you are golden.
Top Practical Gifts
Baby Changing Essentials
Every new parent is shocked by just how many diapers they go through. Even if those new parents really want to be eco-friendly and use reusable cloth diapers, get them a pack of disposables. When it’s late, they are sleep-deprived and haven’t had time to clean everything, and the baby still needs to be changed; they will thank you. The same applies to backup wipes, towels, and so on.
From a baby wrap that the parent can use to keep the baby close to their chest and hands-free, to swaddling blankets to keep the infant wrapped up warm and tight, swaddling accessories are a great, practical gift for any new parent.
Nursery accessories can range from a great baby monitor to a soothing night light, to even extra fitted crib sheets (which will need to be regularly changed out) – they are all great practical gifts. The best part is many of these gifts can double as fun gifts, like the night light or fitted sheet. Other than extra sheets, for example, you will want to get in touch with the parents-to-be and even other gift-givers to coordinate so that you don’t end up doubling up on one item and forgetting another.
Top Fun Gifts
Fun gifts are cute! They’re the real delight of any baby shower and can really make any new parents feel delighted. They are a must, especially when you also focus a portion of the present on something practical. Once you have that practical item ticked off, you can then go crazy with cute outfits (just remember to buy for sizes throughout the baby’s first year), baby toys, books, mobiles, and more. These can be purchased new, or they can be donated from your own baby’s collection after they’ve outgrown them. Either way, these fun gifts are absolutely a wonderful expression of love, so have fun with it!