Useful & Creative Gifts for New Parents – Nasiba’s Guide

The Tot Founder and mama of three, Nasiba Adilova, shares her 14 must have items all new parents need. From a four position baby carrier to a soothing device that literally and figuratively “shushes” your baby, these gifts are total winners and perfect for new moms and dads.

Mom placing new baby into a dockatot baby lounger

One of the things expecting parents ask me the most is: “What do I really need during the first year with a baby?”

While there are numerous products I could recommend and positively rave about, I’ve done my best to narrow my suggestions to 12 tried and trusted products for you to consider. I know it’s tempting to go out and buy an adorable tiny tutu or tuxedo, but I promise your friend/family member will be forever grateful to have something a bit more useful once their baby arrives. 

To help you find the best gift, I’m going to go over:

  • Chemicals to avoid in baby products
  • Baby gift ideas for new parents
  • Non-baby gift ideas for new parents

Scroll down to learn more!

 

Chemicals to avoid in baby products

The main reason I founded The Tot was to create a central place for parents to find truly non-toxic products for their families. This resulted in The Tot Test. Before we use, recommend or decide to sell any product, we look deep into third-party testing, examine ingredients lists and ask in-depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure it’s free of the chemicals we avoid.

When it comes to products for babies, I’m particularly strict because they spend so much of their time on a lounger, play mat or mattress and tend to explore things with their mouths. Below is a list of the main chemicals I always avoid:

  • Bisphenols (BPA + BPS)
  • Flame Retardants
  • Harmful Phthalates
  • PVC
  • Formaldehyde

Click here to see the full list of chemicals I avoid and why.

 

14 baby gift ideas for new parents 

Whether you’re looking for baby shower gifts or Christmas gifts for new parents, here are a few useful ideas to consider:  

  • Developmental play & learn set
  • Baby Carrier 
  • Baby Bouncer
  • Nursing Pillow
  • Clothing Gift Set 
  • Baby Shusher
  • Baby Grooming Kit
  • Mother & baby gua sha set
  • Play Gym
  • Baby lounger
  • Sleep Sack & Swaddles
  • Backpack Diaper Bag 
  • Personalized dribble bib

Keep reading to see my product picks for each.

 

#1 The Tot Play & Learn Set 0 – 3 Months

 

Educational Bundles Cover

 

Helping your baby reach developmental milestones like reaching, grasping and shaking is incredibly important. That’s why we worked with an early childhood educator to create a booklet of activities and helpful advice based on age. We then compiled six of the best toys to help facilitate play-based learning.

 

Play & Learn Bundle 0-3m

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 0 – 3 Months

 

$120

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9 different sets available for 0 to 6 years

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#2 Ergobaby 360 All Positions Baby Carrier

 

Ergobaby 360 All Positions Carrier in Pure Black with baby

 

The thing I love the most about the Ergobaby All Positions Carrier is the fact that you can continue to use it until your child is up to 45 lbs, while keeping your back safe, which means toddler piggy back rides just got way easier. I also love that it’s machine washable, lightweight and a total life-saver at home or on the go.

 

Ergobaby 360 All Positions Carrier in Pure Black 

Ergobaby 360 All Positions Baby Carrier

 

$140

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#3 Nook Sleep Systems Niche Organic Feeding Pillow

 

Lifestyle image of mom and baby with Nook Niche Feeding Pillow in Misty

 

The Niche Organic Feeding Pillow does quadruple time as a pregnancy pillow, feeding pillow, infant lounger and even as an aid to sit up! It absolutely saved my neck, back and arms!

When you gift it, be sure to tell the mama to take it to the hospital! It’s a must-have!

 

 

Nook Niche Feeding Pillow in SeaGlass

Nook Sleep Systems Niche Organic Feeding Pillow

 

Ranging from $119 to $129

Available in more colors

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#4 The Tot Feeding Sets: Nursing

 

If the mama you’re shopping for is breastfeeding, I highly recommend The Tot Feeding Sets: Nursing.

Consisting of a booklet packed with helpful advice and tips from a Registered Lactation Consultant as well as nipple cream, breast pads, a nursing cover and silicone breastmilk storage containers, it contains all the nursing essentials I swear by for fuss-free feeding!

 

The Tot Feeding Sets: Nursing

 

The Tot Feeding Sets: Nursing

 

$139

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#5 Bombol Bamboo 3D Knit Bouncer

 

Bombol Bamboo Bouncer Pebbel Grey

 

Bouncers have been around for a long time and it’s because they work!!! What I love about the Bombol 3D Knit Bouncer is that it’s made out of breathable and hypoallergenic bamboo fibers.

I also love that it transitions into a toddler chair!

 

Bombol Bamboo Bouncer Pebble Grey 

Bombol Bamboo 3D Knit Bouncer

 

$99

Available in more colors

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#6 Hart +Land Organic Cotton Baby Clothes Set

 

A baby wearing a HART + LAND organic cotton onesie

 

This HART + LAND Organic Essentials 10 Piece Set will be one of the most appreciated gifts by the new moms and dads in your life. Not only is it really practical and useful, but parents will also fall in love with how soft the organic pima cotton material is on their baby’s skin.

 

Hart + Land $250 Gift Set in Micro Chip Grey 

HART + LAND 10 Piece Unisex Gift Set

 

$250

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#7 White Noise Machine

 

This little Baby Shusher device truly is a miracle worker. Designed by a doctor to recreate the shushing sound babies hear while in the womb, it audibly soothes your baby to sleep no matter where they are: crib, stroller or car seat!

 

Baby Susher Baby Shusher 

Baby Shusher Baby Shusher

 

$34.99

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#8 Fridaybaby Baby Grooming Kit

 

fridababy Baby Grooming Kit

 

Did you know it’s important to clean a baby’s gum after they’ve had breastmilk or formula? I didn’t either! Luckily, fridababy knows exactly what parents need to groom their baby! I highly suggest their handy kit!

fridababy Baby Grooming Kit 

Fridababy Baby Grooming Kit

 

$49.99

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#9 BEB Organic Soothing & Nurturing Gua Sha Set

 

Beb Organic Soothing Nurturing Gua Sha Set

 

Consisting of a Soothing Serum, Bubbly Wash, Silky Cream, Heart-Shaped Rose Quartz Stone and 38 Page Guide to Gua Sha, this BEB Organic soothing set helps nourish the skin of both Mom and Baby and can provide a beautiful bonding experience.

 

Beb Organic Soothing & Nurturing Gua Sha Set

BEB Organic Soothing & Nurturing Gua Sha Set

 

$128

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#10 Lovevery Play Gym

 

I could go on for ages about the Lovevery Play Gym (I actually did in this article), but what I love the most about this play gym is its versatility and longevity. Designed with your baby’s developing eyesight and hand-eye coordination in mind, it grows with your tot and includes features that help them develop their physical strength, coordination and vocabulary.

Lovevery Play Gym 

Lovevery Play Gym

 

$140

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#11 DockATot Deluxe+ Dock

 

One of the top selling items on The Tot, the DockATot Deluxe+ dock is the ultimate docking station for your baby ages 0-8 months old. It’s the number one item I recommend to all new parents. Multi-functional and multitasking, the Deluxe+ offers a safe and comfy spot that lets baby lounge, play, cuddle, do tummy time and get diaper changes.

The safe and non-heat harboring mattress allows baby to breathe openly and unobstructed. The DockATot is a place where you can lay your baby down to sleep that’s free from harmful chemicals and substances. If you’re looking for a good gift for new parents, this safe, non-toxic dock is the way to go.

 

The Deluxe Dockatot 

The Deluxe Dockatot

 

$175

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#12 Sleepsack Swaddle and/or Sleep Bag

 

As little ones get older they start to wiggle around, which inevitably causes their blanket to fall off of them. THEN they get cold, wake up and cry, and wake you up. The solution? The Halo organic sleepsack swaddle. It keeps tots safely tucked in all night long. Trust me – this swaddle is a game-changer you don’t want to live without.

If you want a sleep sack without the swaddle attached, you can opt for a classic bag from Kyte Baby like the one below!

 

Halo Organic Cotton Sleepsack 

Halo Organic Sleepsack Swaddle

 

$175

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Kyte BABY Baby Spring/Summer Solid Sleep Bag - Matcha

 

Kyte Baby Solid Sleep Bag

 

$49.99

Available in more colors

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#13 Diaper Backpack

 

Jem and Bea Eco Backpack

 

Not only easy to match with any look, the Jem + Bea Eco Backpack diaper bag lets you stay organized and comfortable on the go.

Complete with a travel change pad, the bag also keeps your hands free so you can easily pick up and carry your baby.

 

 

Jem and Bea Eco Backpack 

Jem + Bea Eco Backpack

 

$255

Available in more colors

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#14 HART + LAND Organic Pima Cotton Personalized Small Bib

 

Three hart + land organic cotton baby bibs

 

It’s no secret that babies dribble and drool which can leave their chests prone to rashes. I loved having these pesticide-free organic cotton bibs on hand! The best part: you can personalize them with a name!

 

HART + LAND organic cotton small bib

 

HART + LAND Organic Pima Cotton Personalized Small Bib

 

$14

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Non-Baby Gift Ideas for New Parents

 

Petite Plume Navy Gingham Womens PJ Set

 

While we know baby-related items are extremely important for moms and dads with a newborn baby, here are some thoughtful gift ideas that aren’t for the baby: 

  • Keepsake items like a parents journal or birthday letters to celebrate the new tot in their life 
  • Gift cards for a restaurant for parents to enjoy a date night 
  • Gift cards for a food delivery service so they don’t have to cook dinner 
  • Massage or facial 
  • Self-care items to remind parents that they deserve to pamper themselves
  • A gift set with coffee or tea for when they need a little extra energy 
  • Cozy pajamas

 

Emily Rollings Parents Journal & Birthday Letters

 

Baby brain is very much a real thing, which is why I love journaling! It’s also a great way to practice mindfulness.

These beautiful options from Emily Rollings will be treasured for years.

 

Emily Rollings Memories From Your Mother

 

Emily Rollings Memories From Your Mother Journal

 

$50

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Emily Rollings Memories From Your Father

 

Emily Rollings Memories From Your Father Journal

 

$50

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Emily Rollings Birthday Letters To My Baby Book

 

$58

Available in more colors

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Matana Organics Postpartum Mama Bundle

 

Giving the gift of a long bath is always a good idea! Made from organic ingredients, the postpartum bundle from Matana is just what every mama wants and needs.

 

Matana Organics Postpartum Mama Bundle

 

Matana Organics Postpartum Mama Bundle

 

$40

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LOLI Beauty Face Masks

 

When it came to my post-pregnancy skin, I needed HELP. But I also needed things that were free of harmful toxins, which is what led me to the wonderfully luxurious and effective face masks from LOLI Beauty!

LOLI Beauty Pank Pitaya Mask

LOLI Beauty Pank Pitaya Mask

 

$38

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LOLI Beauty Matcha Coconut Paste

LOLI Beauty Matcha Coconut Paste Mask

 

$38

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Petite Plume Flannel Pajama Set

 

Since moms tend to pretty much live in PJs during the first three months of their baby’s life, may I suggest these stylish, soft and easy-to-breastfeed in PJs from Petite Plume?

 

Petite Plume Adult Navy Gingham

 

Petite Plume Women’s Navy Gingham Flannel Pajama Set

 

$88

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