Diving into the parenting world can be daunting. There are so many things that new parents need beyond the big-ticket items like strollers, cribs and diaper genies. Although those might be some of the flashier items available on the baby registry that are grabbed immediately by mother-in-laws and siblings, we found items that might not necessarily be on the top of your friend or family member’s registry. These gifts are thoughtful must-haves that’ll last a little longer than those cute little onesies that baby will wear for a few months. As you watch the new mom open your gift, they’ll be pleasantly surprised. These long-lasting gifts are a little outside of the box, but the new parents will be grateful for them. Durable and safe for the baby, these gifts will be used often.
Among our selections is a soothing rocker that can be used up through the baby’s toddler years. It’s vibrations will help convince the baby to go to sleep and let mom or dad have a much-needed break. Another pick is a universal cover that you can use for breastfeeding or covering your baby’s stroller. Our last gift idea is a super cute hooded towel that is also super safe for any newborn.
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1. Breastfeeding Nursing Cover
This stretchy cover is basically universal. Without any fasteners or ties, this infinity tube-shaped cover can serve as a nursing cover, stroller blind, car seat cover, shopping cart cover and even a scarf. It’ll give you privacy while you’re breastfeeding, providing 360 degrees of coverage, and keep your baby safe from dust, dirt and germs. It’s available in grey or watercolored designs.
2. Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier
Baby carriers are a must-have for expecting parents. This carrier from Infantino is great because it has so many different carry options. It has four different configurations: Facing in with a narrow seat, facing in with a wide seat, facing out and back carry. As the baby gets older, parents can change the configurations, instead of buying a whole new baby carrier. The seat, leg openings, straps and waist belt are all adjustable. There’s even a bib to protect mom or dad from a spit-up situation.
3. BAMOMBY Diaper Bag Backpack
This diaper bag has it all. Equipped with a built-in changing pad and many pockets, this easy-to-carry diaper bag will make taking the baby out of the house so much easier. In the small front zippered pocket there’s three insulated bottle holders. The largest main pocket can be for towels, diapers or baby clothes. There’s even a secret anti-theft pocket in the back of the backpack for laptops and other electronics. This backpack has special straps to attach to mom’s stroller. New parents will use your gift every day.