The holidays are here, which means spending time with family and friends, eating delicious seasonal treats, plus gifting thoughtful presents to loved ones. If you have new or expecting parents on your holiday gifting list, it can be challenging to choose the right gift, but have no fear because we have you covered!
At Doona, we have always been committed to making parenting simple, which is why we made it easy for you with our list of holiday gift ideas for new and expecting parents. We carefully curated our picks for holiday gifts with several valuable and unique items that will make life, and parenting, so much easier for every new mom and dad (and little one) on your list. So keep reading, and get ready to gift something special!
Digital baby journal
Those first years spent with your little one are unforgettable. With modern technology, it has never been easier to save and record moments. A personal and thoughtful gift, you can purchase a membership with the app Qeepsake. New parents are encouraged to capture memories and milestones as they happen through their smartphones. The app even lets parents print all these beautiful memories in a hardcover book they can treasure forever.
Baby wipe warmer
As every parent knows all too well, those middle-of-the-night wake-up sessions infants experience can be quite taxing on first time parents. Hopefully, our next gift idea will help. A Baby Wipe Warmer is a simple way to comfort crying infants, which can go a long way, especially in the early hours of the morning. These warmers store baby wipes at a comfortable temperature so parents can wipe them without the shock of an icy cold wipe.
Infants grow at lightning speeds, and their minds do, too. Having educational toys that promote learning while creating a sensory experience and guiding imaginative play is essential. From stacking cups to nesting stars, Mushie has a great selection of open-ended play toys that introduce babies to playtime, engage fine motor skills, and stimulate learning. Plus, they come in cute, fun, and colorful designs.
Mindfulness app subscription
Mindfulness and relaxation are gifts that every new parent needs. All the sleepless nights, early wake-ups, and wall-to-wall worries during the first few years of life are enough to stress out even the most relaxed parents. Luckily, there are a few apps for that! Apps like Headspace offer guided meditations that anyone can do in minutes. Gifting a mindfulness app subscription to the new parents in your life will work wonders for their stress levels, making them better parents in the process!
Baby sleep monitor
Speaking of sleepless nights, give the gift of a good night's sleep this holiday season with a baby monitor. First-time parents can sleep without worrying about their little one with a baby monitor. Having peace of mind during bedtime is easy, especially with Owlet. Connected to an app, mom and dad will receive notifications regarding movement, heart rate, when they wake up, and overall sleep quality. The app also detects sleep patterns and sleep/wake schedules for naps and overnight.
A meal kit service
From changing diapers to feeding your baby, nourishing yourself, and planning dinner, let alone finding time to cook, is the last thing on your priority list. For a fast, healthy, and delicious dinner, meal kit services are the most underrated gifts for first-time parents. From Blue Apron to Hello Fresh, each service provides weekly food boxes filled with yummy recipes and all the ingredients needed for culinary wonders in no time at all. It's the perfect gift for every type of home chef and eater, plus it's all delivered to their door.
Doona Car Seat and Stroller
Getting around with an infant can be quite a daunting task, especially switching from going in and out of the car seat and stroller. Luckily, we have the perfect solution for busy, on-the-go parents. Our Doona Car Seat & Stroller transforms at the click of a button going from a car seat to a stroller in seconds. Our fully integrated travel system can be taken from a car to a bus to a train to a taxi and fits in most airlines' overhead compartments — making daily adventures easier. Tested to the highest safety standards, the Doona Car Seat & Stroller comes in various colors and is fully assembled and ready to roll right out of the box. The new parents in your life will thank you!