Great Gifts for New Dads

Since gift-giving season is in full swing, you may be wondering what to give the new dad in your life. His list may be a little different than it has been in other years, so here are five great gifts for new dads.

Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

A nice pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones may be just the ticket for a new dad who is adjusting to having a new baby. Because crying babies can be stressful. So he can use them to have a little break, and then pass them along to his partner when it’s her turn to have a break. And you get bonus points for giving him a gift his significant other can use too.

A Book They Can Read Together

Choose your favorite kid’s book(s) that you know he’ll love to read to his child. Go for some classics, or some new favorites, or something that will appeal to parent and baby alike. And you can never go wrong with a little Dr. Seuss or Eric Carle. You just can’t.

New Dad Survival Kit

Yes, these are a thing. And they’re pretty amazing. If buying a prepackaged kit isn’t appealing, put together a kit of your own. Fill it with the things you know he’ll need, accompanied by some of the things you know he loves. (Think diapers AND his favorite beverage. And maybe a classic movie you know he’ll want to watch with his kid one day.)

Free Babysitting Gift Card

Sometimes, the best gifts are the ones that don’t cost a thing. Offer a punch card of free babysitting to allow your favorite new dad (and new mom) some much needed time together away from the house. If you’ve been a new parent you’ll remember how important a little couple togetherness time helps, especially when you feel totally immersed in your baby.

Owlet Smart Sock 2

What new dad wouldn’t appreciate the gift of peace of mind and some sleep? The Owlet Smart Sock tracks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels and is designed to notify you if either falls out of range. And everyone knows that getting sleep as a new parent is one of the best gifts of all.

What are some of the gifts you most liked giving/receiving as a new parent? You can also check out our gift guide for soon to be moms!

 

 

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Best Gifts for soon-to-be Moms

The Christmas lists of expectant mothers might be a bit longer than usual, and probably different than her past Christmas lists. To help you with your shopping, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best ideas for the soon-to-be moms in your life.

Robot vacuum

The pregnant woman in your life needs a robot vacuum. Actually, everybody needs a robot vacuum, but especially soon-to-be moms. But vacuuming can be strenuous on a pregnant woman depending on the thickness of the carpet and the quality of the vacuum. Bending over for long periods of time and pushing a heavy machine through thick carpet can be exhausting. While she’s likely suffering from sleep loss, weight changes, aches and pains, a shifting center of gravity, and preparing for the baby, a robot vacuum can help her with one less thing she needs to worry about.

Owlet Baby Monitor

If you could wave a magic wand and give her more sleep, she would probably take that, but give her the next best thing by giving her an Owlet Smart Sock. Help her rest easier by letting the Owlet Smart Sock keep an extra watch over baby during the night. With an Owlet Smart Sock, mom can simply reach over and check her app to see her baby’s live readings. It is also designed to notify you if those levels go out of the preset range. Oh yeah, mom wants this for Christmas this year.

Diapers

It may seem too simple, it may seem too easy, but a mom can never have too many diapers. Even if she’s a cloth diaper-er, you can help her with this less-pretty part of parenthood. Getting her a variety of sizes would be super thoughtful, for it isn’t too uncommon that a middle-of-the-night blowout makes a parent realize that baby needs to move up a diaper size, but they can’t easily run to the store at 2AM. Trust me, they’ll be grateful.

Cozy blanket

Late-night feedings, early morning insomnia, or lazy-afternoon snuggles are all made better by a super comfy, soft, huge blanket. Chunky knit blankets are super trendy right now but also super soft, warm and cozy. You can’t go wrong with a plush microfleece blanket, either. Baby is going to get lots of baby blankets, but mom would be happy with a mommy blanket, too.

Restaurant gift cards

Gift cards may not seem like the most thoughtful gift, but to a pregnant woman, they are extremely thoughtful. Sometimes cooking is difficult. Various smells can trigger nausea, and when she’s already extremely busy, sometimes it just sounds good to eat some good food from a good restaurant. These will also come in handy when baby has arrived and she’s recovering.

What gifts did you love when you were pregnant?

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How to Survive the Holidays with a New Baby

Holidays are stressful, and having a new baby is stressful, but when you combine the two? Whew!

Stress level: Wynona Ryder in Stranger Things.

Thankfully, but also unfortunately, neither the holiday season nor the newborn stage last forever, and with a bit of planning and deep-breathing exercises you can survive the holidays with a new baby. Here are some tips to help you:

Maintain consistency as much as possible

It seems that once Halloween is over, there is a party or event every weekend until the end of the year. Time FLIES during the holidays and the hectic pace can wreak havoc on the schedule of a baby. Do your best during this busy time to maintain their schedule in order to promote good sleep and eating habits. Stick with a bedtime routine to help them learn cues for bedtime, which will not only help them sleep better at night but can help them sleep better in an unfamiliar place if you’re going to travel for the holidays.

Be reasonable about baby’s gifts

Most new parents are so excited about celebrating baby’s first Christmas that it’s only in hindsight that they realize the pointlessness of gifts. Babies this young don’t really play with toys or only do for a short period of time before they’re on to something else. Of course, you can buy gifts for them, but be reasonable in your shopping. Consider purchasing gifts that will extend beyond their newborn stage, like books, stuffed animals, or something you both can use like a new stroller or baby carrier.

Set ground rules with visitors

The holiday season, unfortunately, coincides with “sick” season. Family and friend get-togethers are a given, but sickness doesn’t have to be. Make a plan of action for keeping germs away from baby during the holidays. Don’t hesitate to ask visitors in your home to wash their hands upon arrival, and make sure to always wash your own hands while you’re out and about. Use hand sanitizer when hand-washing is unavailable, and don’t feel bad about asking hosts if anyone in their home is or has recently been sick to avoid exposure to germs. At such a young age, newborn babies’ immune systems are not as strong as adults, and it’s much easier to prevent an illness than to treat it.

Decorate carefully

As baby begins to roll around and crawl, remember that they will also put anything and everything they can reach into their mouths. Many parents have accepted that they must put their Christmas tree behind a baby gate or up on a table where baby can’t roll into it. Consider other decorations that could be hazardous to baby and adapt as needed to keep baby safe.

Travel safely (and with sanity)

Keep your new bundle of joy safe during the winter weather by having your car serviced for winter. Check road conditions before you leave and keep emergency supplies in your car, including diapers, wipes, formula, etc. for baby. Plan long travels around your baby’s sleep schedule to make the drive or flight easier on everyone. Expect to be pacing the aisle of the airplane or nursing during the flight to help keep baby calm and to help their ears avoid pain from the air pressure.  Bring a backup EVERYTHING in case something gets misplaced on your trip. Pacifiers, bottles, socks, blankets, etc.

What tips would you give new parents to help them with the holiday season?

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Top Baby Products for the Holidays

The holiday season is right around the corner. Here’s a list of some top baby products perfect for the holidays. So you can stock up on the perfect gift, or treat yourself.

Puj Foldable Bathtub

Puj Foldable Bathtub

This is a great idea for a new parent who doesn’t need a bulky bathtub for their newborn. The Puj is made of a BPA/PVC free material that is also mold and mildew resistant. Plus, it comes in fun colors!

 

Bumbo Multi Seat

Bumbo Multi Seat

I love that these come in more neutral colors. This is a vast improvement from the original and adjusts to accommodate children up to three years old. It also features a three-point harness and removable tray.

 

Doodle & Co Pop Pacifier

Doddle & Co Pop Pacifier

These are the only pacifiers that are self-protective. When it drops, the nipple pops back into its own self-protective bubble when it drops. So you don’t have to worry about cleaning it multiple times per day!

Solly Baby Wrap

Solly Baby Wrap

Made from Lenzing Modal, these baby wraps are lightweight, stylish and functional. The newest models also come in multiple sizes to take in account the height of the user. The fabric is breathable, too, so your baby won’t overheat.

Gathre Mats

Gathre Mats

From play mats to changing mats, Gathre has something for everyone, and (most) every budget. Made from bonded leather, and available in many patterns, Gathre mats are waterproof, wipeable and compact. Take it to the beach or on a picnic. Or just help keep toys in a specific area for easy cleanup.

Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

Owlet Smart Sock 2

The Owlet Smart Sock 2 helps you rest easier at night knowing that your child’s heart rate and oxygen levels are being tracked while they sleep.

What top baby products are on your list this holiday season?

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