The best presents for new parents

They're overworked and emotionally drained, but your gift could help.
A lineup of items perfect to gift to new parents
Help someone tackle parenthood this holiday with these gifts for new parents Amanda Reed

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It’s a cliche because it’s true: new parents never sleep. Unfortunately, shuteye isn’t something you can wrap up and hand to an adult in charge of a tiny human (though we do have some gift ideas to enhance their sleep for those rare occasions). But there are still plenty of ways to make the new chapter of their lives easier—and more fun. Here are the best presents for new parents that will keep them sane while keeping baby happy.

Best for storytime: Slumberkins Narwhal Snuggler

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Having a new baby comes with endless gifts from well-wishers. While an abundance of toys, books and clothes is not inherently an issue, new parents may begin to worry about spoiling their young child from an early age. Enter Slumberkins, which pairs an adorable stuffed animal toy with a matching book focused on a specific theme of personal and moral development. We received a fluffy Narwhal, coupled with an accompanying story promoting Growth Mindset. The set together fosters a can-do attitude and teaches children to approach challenges with enthusiasm and a strong sense of self. We were also treated to the Big Foot set, which encourages self-worth through a sweet story about rejecting materialism and embracing inner creativity. Slumberkins are the perfect gifts to give conscientious parents who aim to raise thoughtful, kind, and confident children.

Best baby clothes: MakeMake Dress

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Babies inevitably grow out of their clothes, which often means that much of children’s clothing is made of flimsy and environment-unfriendly material. MakeMake Organics offers adorable and beautifully crafted garments that are perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions. Each outfit is Instagram-ready, but won’t leave your child fussing with discomfort. My daughter wore the Cotton Ruffle dress in Driftwood for her one month photo shoot, and the compliments were endless. MakeMake offers clothes for babies and toddlers as well as nursery and bath time essentials like sheets, towels, and play mats, all featuring their soft and cozy organic fabrics.

Best swaddle: Dreamland Swaddle

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A big parental fear prior to childbirth is the lack of sleep. There is now an entire market for sleep-saving products, many using savvy technology, from motion-sensor rocking bassinets to oxygen-monitoring anklets. The Dreamland weighted swaddle addresses the same need without unnecessary or habit-forming bells and whistles. It couldn’t be easier to use, is super-soft, and the gentle weight provides instant relaxation for babies, prompting longer stretches of sleep. It’s machine washable, escape-proof, and features a two-way zipper for quick diaper changes. You can choose whether to swaddle your baby’s arms or keep them free. It’s worth the price and makes a great gift for sleep-deprived parents.

Best for formula users: Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced

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When a baby is hungry, time is of the essence. If new parents use formula, the Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced will help them mix up a bottle in no time. The device works with formulas from all the major brands and water to mix up the ideal balance and consistency. Parents can also customize the amount from one ounce to ten ounces and select from three different temperatures. And an indicator light will also turn on when it’s time to clean the funnel. A WiFi enabled version for $20 more allows parents to set up a feeding from the accompanying app and provides notifications when supplies are low for reordering.

Best hook-on highchair: Chicco Caddy Portable Hook-On Chair

A portable high-chair for any table

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Most restaurants have high chairs, but the houses of friends and family may not be so accommodating. This hook-on chair works on most any tabletop, saving new parents from the agony of eating with a child in their laps.

Best plate: Silikong Suction Plate for Toddlers

Silicon suction plate

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Most kids throw food on the floor. Efficient, enterprising kids throw the whole plate. Make them work harder for their messes with this compartmentalized plate that sticks to most surfaces.

Best for a night out: Darden Restaurants Gift Card

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New parents can use plenty of help around the house, but they could also use a break and some one-on-one time (with each other—or a plate of pasta). A simple gift card may not seem thoughtful, but they’ll forgive you—especially if you pair it with a promise to babysit.

Best for a helping hand: Amazon Home Services

A house cleaning (or any other household service)

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Looking after a new baby is hard and time-consuming, and it’s inevitable that other household duties will fall by the wayside. If you aren’t able to give the new parents a helping hand yourself, consider booking them a visit from an Amazon-approved worker. They have reviewed contractors for almost any task imaginable, from simple cleanings to handyman services to iPhone repair.

Best diapers: Huggies Little Snugglers Newborn Diapers

A buttload of diapers

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This is the equivalent of handing a new parent cash. And everyone loves cash.

Best for on-the-go: JJ Cole Bundle Me Winter Baby Car Seat Cover and Bunting Bag

Bundleme

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Say goodbye to blankets (which can bunch in awkward spots, slip off, and even get tangled in stroller wheels). Say hello to easy, cozy transfers between strollers and car seats.

Best for boogers: FridaBaby Baby Nasal Aspirator

The best snotsucker on the market

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A newborn doesn’t come out of the womb gracefully blowing its nose into a tidy tissue fold. You gotta go get those breath-restricting boogers. And the best snotsucker on the market is the NoseFrida. It’s hygienic, weirdly entertaining, and comfortable for the child, unlike most bulb-shaped booger busters.

Best for car rides: Yogo Baby Car Roller Sunshade

Car window roller sunshades

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These top-rated sunshades protect your baby’s delicate skin from the blazing sun. And unlike cling-on shades, they neatly roll up when not in use, eliminating the eyesore factor.

Best for diaper changes: Beba Bean Pee-Pee Teepee

Pee-Pee Teepee

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Because no diaper change should come with a free fountain drink.

Best baby monitor: eufy baby monitor

HD baby video monitor with night vision and smart alerts

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Amazon’s choice in the crowded baby monitor space is this gem from Eufy, which displays 10 times more detail than ordinary 240p displays. It also boasts a wide-angle lens attachment, 330-degree coverage, a built-in thermostat, instant smart alerts, two-way audio, and nightvison. The FHSS connection means the product is connected right out of the box—no WiFi setup necessary, and no burden on your home network.

Best sleep tracker: eufy Smart Sock and Monitor

best sleep tracker

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New parents keep tabs on their baby’s sleep and wake times, but how about real-time sleep data? Just pull one of Eufy’s Smart Socks on your baby, and it will provide detailed analysis of essential health metrics to your phone, including heart rate and sleep states. The associated monitor will also alert parents when the baby wakes up and comes with a night vision camera that lets you see what’s going on in the child’s room even in the dark. Designed for newborns through 18 months, the sock can be worn on either foot and is washable.

Best earplugs: Etymotic Research MP9-15 MusicPRO High-Fidelity Electronic Earplugs

Top-of-the-line earplugs

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Because someone in the house should get some peace and quiet. When one parent is tending to a screaming baby in the middle of the night, it’s not always possible for their spouse to find a quiet spot to catch some Zs. These Etymotic plugs are designed to combat the noise at rock shows, so they have an outside shot at working on a cranky child. (Note: We would never condone wearing earplugs simply to neglect a loud baby.)

Best stuffed animal: Cloud b Soothing Sound Machine

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This cute lamb plays 8 sounds, including white noise and gentle lullabies. An auto-off timer (set in 30-minute intervals) conditions their baby to sleep without the noise—and makes it so mom and dad don’t have to tip-toe back in to turn it off.

Best door silencer: ICObuty Door Silencer

Door silencers

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Mom finally got the baby to sleep after hours of rocking, nursing, singing, and cooing. She gently places her little bundle of joy down in the crib, sleepily tip-toes out of the room, closes the door behind her, and—CLICK—”Wahhhhhhhhhhh!” For under $10, you can help your favorite new parent avoid such a scenario.

Best privacy blanket: WeeSprout Nursing Cover for Breastfeeding

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Look for one with generous size (for maximum privacy) and an open neckline (for maximum bonding), that’s also machine washable. This one from WeeSprout checks those boxes, plus it can be used eight ways.

Best for the nursery: Uncommon Goods Personalized Birth Announcement

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Showcase the newborn’s stats with this personalized birth announcement, drawn in the style of a nursery-appropriate coat of arms.

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Amanda Reed is a commerce updates writer at Popular Science. She makes sure all product round-ups are up-to-date, shares deals happening all over the internet, and reviews various gizmos and gadgets. She lives in Pittsburgh with JunkJunk, a handsome, sad-looking tuxedo cat who only wants wet food and attention.