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Holiday gift guide for new parents

Being a new parent is exciting, scary, and amazing all at once. When you have a baby, you have a lot to think about, from making sure your baby is getting everything they need, to figuring out a (somewhat) regular sleeping routine. With the holidays approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift for all those new parents on your list that they’ll actually use and love.

When it comes to gifts for new parents, you can’t go wrong with anything that makes their life a little bit easier. A gift that benefits not only baby but also makes the parents happier, and healthier, will go a long way. Let’s get into some great gift ideas for new parents.

Sound machine

That amazing feeling of finally getting your brand-new baby to sleep is something all parents are familiar with. When you’re a new parent, it can be hard to find the right bedtime routine, and being woken up in the early hours of the morning by a crying baby doesn’t help you master it. A sound machine that plays soft music, nature sounds or white noise can often help soothe a baby to sleep, and give the parents some much needed rest. Some sound machines even double as a night light, and can be controlled remotely from your phone. For a great gift that serves a dual purpose, opt for a smart speaker which not only functions as a sound machine but can also place orders, set reminders, and basically do everything except change diapers.

Baby monitor

Any parent worries about their baby when they’re not by their side, but when it’s your first kid, your nerves are at an all-time high. A baby monitor will give new parents the peace of mind they need to know their baby is safe, so they can get things done without worrying. Many newer baby monitors can even be accessed from your phone, so there’s no need for screens set up around the house. Now mom and dad can finally check off their to-do list while being confident their baby is peacefully napping – hopefully.

Meal delivery services

When bringing home a new bundle of joy, parents hands will be full making sure they have everything they need. This often causes many to forget about (or be too tired for) regular things like making dinner for themselves or cleaning the house, and those grocery shopping trips somehow don’t end up happening. Get them a gift they don’t even have to think about, like a meal delivery service, so they can put all the focus on baby.

Bottle cleaning brush

Cleaning baby’s bottles is essential, but can be a repetitive chore. Give them one less thing to worry about by gifting an innovative bottle-cleaning brush. It’ll take up almost no room on the counter, be within reach of the sink for easy access, and make cleaning bottles quick and easy. For even more convenience, pair with a bottle drying rack so they’ll never have to stress over whether there’s a clean bottle ready to go. 

Diaper bag

As a new parent, you tend to be very prepared. What if your baby needs a diaper change, or five new outfits throughout the day, or gets too cold, or too hot? For all those essentials, and not-so-essentials, that new parents bring with them everywhere, a diaper bag is the perfect solution. Some bags even include a built-in portable changing mat and multiple compartments for maximum organization. An easy-to-carry, practical bag will make sure they’re ready for anything, so outings are as stress-free as possible - try our Essentials Bag.

Soft toys

Toys to keep the baby engaged and help with development are high on the list of new parent essentials. In the early stages of growth, their new little one is developing motor skills and becoming interested in the world around them, so adorable soft toys are the perfect gift. With so many patterns and textures, there are tons of toys to choose from that will make grabbing and holding extra fun.

Teething toys

Before they can even sit up on their own, babies generally start teething. This painful stage can be hard to navigate, especially for new parents who haven’t been through it before. Teething can make for one upset baby, and some stressed out parents. Luckily, there are so many good teething toys out there. From varieties babies can hold themselves, to teething pacifiers and toys that can be put in the freezer, these soothing toys are sure to be greatly appreciated by any new parent. 

A customizable keepsake

The one thing all new parents can agree on is when you become a parent, time seems to speed up. Give new parents something to remember the days when their little one was brand new with a customizable keepsake. Whether it’s a calendar with their baby’s picture, an adorable birth announcement or a custom blanket or pillow, they’ll have something they can actually use and look back on for years.


The cold winter months is the perfect time to gift any new parents in your life a cozy blanket to keep their little one warm. With so many colors, patterns and materials to choose from, you can never have enough. A soft blanket can be used for so many things, whether relaxing at home or going on a winter stroll, and they’ll continue using it again and again.

Car Seat & Stroller combo

Your baby’s comfort and safety are always the top priority, especially when you’re doing it for the first time. There is so much information out there, so how can you choose the right car seat or stroller? A combination of both like the Doona Infant Car Seat & Stroller makes it simple by providing safety, convenience and style. With its seamless transition from car seat to stroller in one click, it’s easier on the postpartum body. It also has unmatched safety features, so they’ll be confident their little one is taken care of, making it the perfect gift for any new parent.

At Doona, we’re dedicated to making parenting simpler, easier and more enjoyable. It’s just our way of saying thank you to all the parenting superheroes out there.

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