The best gift ideas for new parents

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by Samantha Ball |

When your little one is born, all the gifts can be overwhelming. And while all new parents are grateful for the gestures, they’re probably thinking about what on earth are they going to do with the mountain of 0-3-months of clothing filling their home. We're here to help with the best gift ideas for new parents.

If you're not a parent and are buying a present for a new mum or new dad, baby clothing always seems like a safe option. But if you have a little browse you can find a gift that will last a lot longer than a sleepsuit a newborn might never even wear since mum and dad probably have 100 others to get through.

It’s always a struggle buying new parents gifts for themselves and their little ones, so take a look at the perfect gift guide that any new parent will really be grateful for. Take a look at our top picks...

The best gift ideas for new parents - 2022

There’s nothing worse than being unprepared for a teething little one, and you just never know when they will start. It’s really useful to have teething products on hand. So, this mitt that attaches comfortably to the baby’s hand is perfect for when those little toothies become irritable.

Review: "The turtle is so great for my daughter, easy for her to hold onto and she likes the textured side to bite onto. The glove is something she hates having attached to her hand. But, she still uses it and bites it like the turtle, so it's also great. She seems to love the crinkle noise the glove makes, too."

You can never have too many baby products and this Childs Farm kit is a must for new parents. The products are all perfect for throwing into a changing bag when the family is on the go. Plus, they’re gentle to use on baby’s sensitive skin. The set includes a baby wash, baby bedtime bubbles, baby moisturiser, baby bath thermometer and nappy cream.

Review: "Bought these for my new granddaughter. Her parents were concerned she may have sensitive skin as her father does and runs in the family. The whole range is great. This was a little case with essentials. Very pleased with purchase, good value for money."

Childs Farm has been a Mother&Baby Award winner for five years in a row!

Sensory development is important to a baby's development. So, rather than overload mum and dad with toys, why not get some musical toys that help stimulate the little one's senses? Each of the three toys emits different sounds that help develop early music and sensory skills.

Review: "So pleased I bought this. My 3-month-old granddaughter adores them. Grips them easily. Fascinated that she can make sounds with 2 of them by shaking. Also likes chewing them. Brilliant purchase which we will get a lot of use from."

This little owl will become a newborn's best friend. You can take this little guy on the go. It can be attached to cots, prams and car seats. It plays four soothing sounds, such as a heartbeat, white noise and rainfall with adjustable volume settings. If the baby cries, then the Ollie The Owl will respond. By playing 20 minutes of soothing sounds or lullabies, the baby will fall back to sleep. Sleep is exactly what new parents need!

This one is USB rechargeable, but there is a battery-powered option too.

Review: "The white noise helps keep our baby asleep during her naps - absolute godsend! The cry sensor is great. When our baby had a cold, she would cough and wake herself up. But, the cry sensor recognised the noise and re-started the white noise and she fell back to sleep! Hoping it still works for us when she's in her own bedroom! Definitely recommend giving this a go though!"

The Tommee Tippee Rechargeable Light and Sound Sleep Aids won Bronze for Best Sleep Product at our 2021 Mother&Baby Awards.

New parents will feel a lot more at ease when taking their newborn's temperature. This clever device is the perfect gif. It can easily track a baby's temperature. Plus, it can even measure the surface temperature of the milk or baby food with infrared mode. It's super easy to use and quick with a fast two-second reading.

Review: "Gift for daughter. She loves this so much she donated her other ear thermometers to a local hospital children’s ward."

The Tommee Tippee No Touch Forehead Thermometer was also Shortlisted for Best Safety Product at the 2019 Mother&Baby Awards.

This cube can provide endless amounts of fun for any baby. The six-piece attachments provide different experiences to help develop your little one's imagination and hand-eye coordination. Each side of the cube will unravel a new activity, from animal sounds and rotating rattles to a beads maze. It's recommended for babies aged 10 months and up. So, new parents will appreciate having this toy ready for their baby before their first birthday.

Review: "Finley seems to love his new cube even though he is only 8 months. It is bigger than I expected so very pleased. Great toy for a little one and educative as well."

Trying to juggle housework with a crying baby can be difficult. This baby carrier is the perfect solution, helping the baby feel close to his parents and comforted while freeing up mum's and dad's hands. A carrier is great on walks when you don't want to take the pram. Sometimes, all baby needs to feel comfort is to be close to you. All FreeRider slings are made from 100 per cent TENCEL™. Plus, they are soft, breathable, and come in a range of cool, beautiful designs.

Review: "I purchased this sling for our new great-granddaughter who is due to make her debut in 2 weeks' time. I am told by her mummy that the sling is beautiful, very soft and of the highest quality, thank you for supplying such a great product."

The FreeRider Baby Sling Carriers have been Mother&Baby Award winners since 2019.

Rear-facing car seats make it hard to know how your baby is doing while you're driving. This baby car mirror attaches to the backseat headrest, meaning you can keep your eye on your newborn on even the shortest of car journeys.

Review: "Wanted to be able to see my daughter in my rearview mirror so went for this. It wraps around the headrest. When I first put it on, it seemed secure enough after giving it some rough tugging to make sure it wasn't going to fall off on her while driving. I used it without any issues until she was old enough to be turned around."

This teething banana toothbrush is perfect to have around the house for when a baby starts teething. It’s also great for introducing the idea of brushing teeth. It’s made from silicon, and the peel handles make it easier for those little hands to hold.

Review: "This is lightweight and easy for a young baby to hold. We used it as a toothbrush initially and then as a teether. It is still in perfect condition a year later so is really good value for money. It is compact so can fit in a handbag easily to take with you."

While this might be a group investment, new parents will cherish this camera just as much as those precious family moments. When parents take photos, they tend to end up with thousands on their phones but nothing physical to show. So, they’ll really appreciate this gift. It's pocket-sized! So, it doesn’t take up much room in a changing bag either, and comes in a choice of six colours.

Review: "Easily one of the best presents I have ever brought the wife. She absolutely loves the camera, and it gives you instant memories at the time of taking. The pictures are small enough to fit into a purse so she keeps rotating to new ones. The camera is amazing, and the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys taking snaps and saving perfect memories."

A baby bouncer can be a real-life-saver. Suddenly, you can put your baby down for a few minutes and do the washing up. Or, maybe even treat yourself to a shower. New parents will LOVE you if you buy them this as a gift. The Joie Baby Dreamer Rocker has a position reclining seat, two-position adjustable leg rest and soothing sounds and vibrations to calm little ones. Plus there's a rotating toy bar with three adorable toys for playtime fun. It's lightweight and can easily be compactly folded for easy storage and travelling.

Review: "Purchased this for my granddaughter who loves sitting in it. Great baby seat and rocker combined in one. It collapses easily for storing or for travelling. Good quality fabric and great value for money."

Yes, really. It sounds disgusting - and, well, really is. But this is a game-changer when your newborn has a snotty cold and there's no way you can teach a one-month-old baby to blow their nose. Trust us on this one! Plus, we can almost guarantee it's not something the parents would have bought on their own accord.

Review: "This might be the single greatest invention for a baby. Seriously. I had a conversation with my wife asking “how else would you get out bogies without this?!” I have no idea. My daughter hates having slimy grey snot sucked out of her nose but the sheer relief on her face is amazing."

Need some more inspiration?

We'd recommend checking out our Mother&Baby Award winners for Best Product for a Newborn.

All are guaranteed to thrill new parents!

Plus, they have been tried and tested by real mums to ensure they're the best for new bundles of joy.

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