36 thoughtful and practical gifts that new parents will love

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  • Looking for a gift idea for a friend, cousin, or coworker who just had a baby? We've got you covered. 
  • From a cute keepsake calendar to a flexible and comfortable carrying sling, we've got 36 ideas for every budget. 
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The best gifts for new parents, especially during a pandemic, are practical but still fun. This holiday, shower the sleep-deprived parents in your life with things that will make their lives easier and less stressful.

We've got humorous swaddles that turn your baby into a little burrito, coffee to keep the new parents bright-eyed, the best eco-friendly diapers (trust, they will be thrilled to receive diapers as a gift) and so much more. Read on for our favorites.

This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Miku. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.

Here are 36 of the best gifts for new parents:

A pillow spray to help parents get a good night's sleep

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ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, available at Dermstore, $29

When new parents finally get a chance to catch up on some rest, they'll love having a little something to help them fall into a deeper and more relaxed sleep. A lovely blend of lavender, chamomile, and vetivert gives this pillow spray its relaxing scent. One of our reporters swears by it for a better night's sleep.

A cleverly designed towel that quickly dries and comforts babies

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Parachute Hooded Baby Towel, available at Parachute, $29

Babies can get cold quickly after getting out of a bath, but this absorbent towel will keep them warm and cozy. Parents will like the practical yet adorable hooded design.

A smart baby monitor

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Gift the Miku Smart Baby Monitor, available at Miku, $399

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The Miku sends alerts and live video right to a user's smartphone. New parents will love that it tracks breathing and sleep with a powerful motion sensor, eliminating the need for a clumsy wearable. Even more, the app offers a range of analytics to troubleshoot sleep problems. The Miku is HSA/FSA approved, so you can purchase it with your HSA/FSA card at mikucare.com or submit your receipt to your plan administrator for reimbursement. 

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A keepsake calendar filled with sweet photos

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Artifact Uprising Wood Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, $25

Surely they've posted or sent you enough photos to fill a 12-month calendar with sweet pictures of their baby. Turn those images into a real keepsake they'll use all year with this practical photo calendar. 

An essential supply they can never get enough of

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Honest Diapers, available at Honest.com, $10.95/pack

These absorbent diapers are made of eco-friendly materials and come in fun prints. They even have holiday designs that will make changing that eighth diaper of the day a little more joyful. The company also has a diapers and wipes subscription box to save parents time and money. 

A comfortable and flexible baby sling

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Baby K'tan Original Carrier, available on Target, $49.99

This sling makes hands-free carrying comfy for both baby and parent. It's a gift one of Business Insider's own gives to new moms after having used it with her kids from the time they were born until they were toddlers. You can check out our top picks for the best baby carriers here.

Crib sheets in cute prints


Brooklittles Crib Sheet Sets, available at Brooklinen, from $27.20

The internet's favorite adult bedding startup recently launched a line of sheets for little ones. They feature fun patterns and prints that evoke the same playful spirit as the rest of Brooklinen's options and make for the perfect actually useful gift. 

A baby book parents will actually want to fill out

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Lucy Darling Flower Child Memory Book, available at Maisonette, $34.99

This fun floral book prompts parents to record memories of baby's first year, and even has space for their hand and foot prints. The colorful pages will make parents smile as they fill out milestones from each month.

A warm cup of coffee on a cold day

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Contigo Autoseal West Loop Insulated Travel Mug, available at Amazon, $19.99

In the first few months of life, babies go to the pediatrician a lot, and parents may need to trek there in frigid temperatures. Make sure they can keep their beverage of choice hot with this leak-free travel mug. It comes in over 30 colors and a variety of sizes, and keeps drinks hot or cold for up to seven hours.

An Amazon Prime membership so new parents can order supplies

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Amazon Prime gift subscription, three months, $39

A membership to Prime opens up a whole world of convenience for new parents who would otherwise be completely overwhelmed by all those extra trips to Target and CVS. They can order whatever they need for the baby or themselves and have it delivered in two days (sometimes less) without having to leave the house.

You can also gift a full year for $119. If they already have a Prime membership, they'll be able to convert your gift to credit so they can spend the money on anything they need.

A cute pair of moccasins

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Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins, available at Freshly Picked, from $45

Available in a huge selection of fun prints and vibrant colors, these adorable baby moccasins will definitely make an appearance on their Instagram. It may not be the most practical clothing gift you could give them, but it'll definitely be the cutest. 

A portable gadget for fussy sleepers

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Baby Shusher Sleep Miracle, available on Walmart, $34.99

Whether they're in the car, at home, or out in public, a portable Baby Shusher (aka white noise machine) will help fussy babies fall asleep wherever they are. The gadget plays a real human voice and has easy-to-use volume controls and a timer.

A pacifier that won't keep falling to the ground

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Philips Avent Soothie Snuggle Pacifier Holder with Detachable Pacifier, available at Amazon, $14.88

This cute and clever pacifier can be used beginning at birth. The pacifier and animal detach from each other, so it's easy and fast to clean both pieces. It comes in a variety of cute critters like an elephant, giraffe, monkey, and seal. 

A swaddling blanket that transforms their baby into a burrito

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Tortilla Baby, available at Uncommon Goods, $48

This swaddling blanket will make their little bundle of joy look like a delicious and snugly burrito. It will also deliver a laugh after a very long day or sleepless night.

A portable lounger that babies can't easily roll out of


DockATot Deluxe Lounger, available on BuyBuyBaby, $195.99

Though it's a little pricey, new parents love this lounger that keeps babies feeling like they're being swaddled and comforted without the need for an actual swaddling blanket. It's also great for keeping them secure on the couch or bed so parents can have their hands free. 

Parents also swear by this $32.83 Boppy pillow as a less expensive (and slightly more relaxed) alternative. 

Editor's note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

An embroidered blanket that will last for years

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Metallic Star Sherpa Baby Blanket, available at Pottery Barn Kids, $49.50

This cotton jersey blanket decorated with metallic stars has soft Sherpa backing, making it perfect for winter stroller rides. It can be embroidered with the baby's name or initials for an even more meaningful gift.

The best socks for a parent's tired feet

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Gift a Bombas Gift Box, from $65

Comfortable socks can make a world of difference when you're crawling out of bed at 3 a.m. to feed the baby. Bombas spent two years designing its super comfortable gym socks. With thoughtful innovations, like a blister tab and performance cushioned footbeds, their feet will notice the difference. Bombas also donates a pair to a homeless shelter for every pair purchased. 

A jolt of caffeine after a sleepless night

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Agaro Free-Dried Coffee (6 cup box), available at Swift Cup Coffee, $12

Instant coffee used to have a bad rap, but these are tried and tested by our experts. This six-pack contains individual packets of freeze-dried Ethiopian coffee. Just add 10 ounces of hot or cold water, stir, and enjoy.

A sleek bassinet that rocks crying babies to sleep


Snoo Rental Gift Card, available at Happiest Baby, from $29.69/week

The Snoo is incredibly expensive — there's no getting around it. But Snoo also has a more affordable rental program, so if friends or family members have a fussy baby who doesn't sleep well, it might just be the greatest gift you can give them. The Snoo senses when babies are tense or squirmy and gently rocks them to sleep using motions that mimic a parent's gentle bouncing. It also has built-in white noise, a hip-safe swaddle, and parents can control and monitor everything from the Snoo app.

Bilingual board books for early learning

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Canticos Board Books, available at Amazon, from $5.99

These books introduce numbers, shapes, first words, and more in both English and Spanish. Parents will appreciate these books, which make learning a second language easy and fun. 

A hilarious pacifier

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Mustachifier, available on BuyBuyBaby, $9.99

This silly pacifier will give everyone a big giggle. Plus, it might give the parents a moment of peace and quiet!

Editor's note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A meal kit delivery service so they can cook for themselves

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Blue Apron Subscription Gift Card, from $60

Busy new parents don't often have the time to cook well for themselves. Blue Apron delivers pre-portioned ingredients right to their door with recipes for three easy-to-cook meals they can make at home. $60 will get them one week of meal kits, and you can gift in increments of $60 for additional boxes. 

If you're not sure which service to order from, check out our guide to the best meal kit delivery services, which includes options for special diets.

A gadget to make diaper changes easier

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Diapertainment, available at Amazon, $19.99 

There comes a point where changing a baby's diaper is harder than wrestling an alligator. This nifty smartphone mount will keep them occupied with their favorite video for 90 seconds while you get the job done, and there will be no messy phone casualties.

An interactive play mat


The Lovevery Play Gym, available at Lovevery, $140

This activity gym designed by child development experts has five learning zones and a range of accessories to hold a baby's interest as they grow. Infants will love the high-contrast cards and teethers, while toddlers will gravitate toward the tent-like play cover. 

A pregnancy journal to track progress and memories

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"Expecting You: A Keepsake Pregnancy Journal", available at Amazon, $13.46

If you're gifting someone who has just announced that they're expecting and don't yet have a baby to spoil, this journal is a perfect keepsake to help them keep track of their experiences, emotions, and changes throughout pregnancy. It's a time unlike any other and one that can be hard to remember as a sleep-deprived new parent.

A portable way to secure babies to their seats

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Gift the Inglesina Fast Table Chair in Black, $69.99

This easy-to-use high chair is a favorite thanks to its convenience. It can be used with babies 6 to 36 months old and at any table up to 3.3 inches thick. Because it's portable, it's great for toting along to restuarants or grandma's house.

Editor's note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

A 5-in-1 machine to help baby sleep

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Baby Dream Machine, available at Baby Dream Machine, $109

This is so much more than a sound machine. In addition to making more stable "pink noise," it is also a cool-mist humidifier and aromatherapy machine and provides red light and night light therapy. And it's all packaged in an adorable bear design. 

The gift of getting some shut eye

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Halo Sleepsack Swaddle Wrap, available at Target, $21.99

There is no better gift than some much-needed sleep after many, many early wake-ups. With this transitioning swaddle, parents can comfort baby through the night without actually being there. The unique design allows baby to be swaddled with arms in or out, a key safety precaution once baby starts rolling.

Editor's note: This gift may arrive after Christmas.

An adjustable, washable pillow to ensure a good night's rest

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Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow, available at Amazon, $59.99

If you haven't guessed by now, sleep is precious for new parents. When they get to lie down, make sure it's the best experience with this customizable pillow. It's hypoallergenic and works for all sleeping positions.

Festive PJs so they can match this holiday season

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Star Wars The Mandalorian Sleeper, available at Hanna Andersson, $25

Matching family pajama sets are always popular during the holidays, but Hanna Handersson takes it up a notch with its film-inspired holiday prints, including this one featuring the The Child. Pick up one for baby and matching PJ's for the parents — and hope they send you lots of pictures.

The gift of strength and endorphins

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Peloton App Digital Membership, $12.99/month

Whether or not the new parents splurged on the Peloton Bike+ or the Peloton Tread, the Peloton app has thousands of classes to help new parents get some movement in their day without leaving their home. They can choose from strength, yoga, stretching, meditation, bootcamp, and more to help them feel great in both mind and body.

An all-in-one bath and body toolkit

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Fridababy Baby Basics Kit, available at Amazon, $34.98

Babies' nails are notoriously sharp, and this handy kit has the tools needed to tame those talons. It also comes with a soft silicone brush for cradle cap and a "Snotsucker," which sounds gross but is actually genius.

A time-saving food hack parents can feel good about

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Cerebelly Pouches, available at Cerebelly, $2.17 each

Making nutritious purees from scratch can be daunting for new parents. These shelf-stable pouches were created by a neurosurgeon and use science-based data to deliver nutrients to help with brain development. They contain organic vegetable-based recipes that taste great. 

A smart home device to act as an assistant

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Echo Dot 4th generation, available at Target, $29.99

With the new generation of this cult-favorite product, they can ask Alexa the weather, set a timer for a feeding, and turn off the lights. This hands-free device will help new parents already trying to juggle a bunch of tasks at once.

An Instant Pot for easy meals

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Instant Pot Duo 60, available at Amazon, $79

Our favorite Instant Pot is a great price for the many features and functions it provides. Parents can heat rice, make juicy pulled pork, or boil eggs with ease. It's very simple to use and makes many one -ot dishes, meaning less cleanup.

Something to soothe and protect baby's delicate skin

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Baby Dove Derma Care Body Wash, available at Walmart, $8.86

Baby Dove Eczema Care Cream, available at Rite Aid, $8.69

Make bath time a soothing bonding ritual with a basket of products that are delicate and gentle enough for newborn skin. Dove developed this soothing wash and cream with pediatric dermatologists and they're free from dyes, parabens, phthalates, steroids, and fragrances. 

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