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If your budget is tight, shopping for baby shower gifts can be a less-than-joyous experience.
A few weeks ago I opened up Facebook one evening to see that yet another of my friends was having a baby. I guess I’m just at that point in my life where everyone around me is settling down and having kids.
Meanwhile, I’m singing to my dog and dancing around the house like:
My first reaction to the news was to scream hysterically “OMG EMILY’S PREGNANT!!”
Followed immediately by, “Oh dang, what am I going to get her?”
First of all, my budget had veeeerry little wiggle room. Second, Emily wasn’t just a friend; she was my best friend in high school. Even though we’ve grown apart some since then I still wanted to get her something special that also wouldn’t destroy my bank account.
I knew that would require some research, so I turned to the one company that never lets me down: Amazon.
I’ve done a lot of shopping for new parents over the past few years, and I’ve kept a list of some of the favorite and best-reviewed items I’ve gifted.
Here’s what I came up with for thoughtful, parent-verified baby shower gifts that won’t break the bank. And that new parents will actually use and love.
New parents do a lot of learning on the go. Most spend the majority of the first few months just trying to keep their head above water and remember to feed themselves between diaper changes and nap time. You can give your expecting parents a head start by granting the most valuable gift of all: the gift of knowledge.
Author Suzy Giordano is a mother of five and one of the best baby sleep specialists in the country. This book will help your expecting parents have their baby sleeping 12 hours a night and 3 hours during the day in the first 12 weeks. Can you imagine a better gift?
Thousands of parents give high praise to Dr. Harvey Karp and his baby-soothing methods. This book teaches parents how to find their baby’s “off” switch and how to calm and relax even the fussiest of newborns.
Breastfeeding mothers will love the humorous approach Tamaro takes to one of the most confusing parts of new motherhood. She also includes tips for breastfeeding in different scenarios (work, home, weaning).
Three tips: stop talking, check out, and be consistent. This book is chocked full of real-world scenarios to help parents understand and deal with temper tantrums and discipline their children effectively.
Babies grow up too fast. Every parent wants to remember their child during their sweetest and most innocent time. These gifts will help parents keep those memories alive.
Blankets are something every new parent needs, and it’s a super sweet gift that the child can keep forever. You may even still have your own baby blanket from when you were a child!
This easy-to-follow guidebook allows parents to record the most memorable moments of their child’s first year. The journal includes space for pictures, and the prompts are quick and fun.
Baby footprints are the cutest! This adorable picture frame and prints display is a perfect addition to any nursery, mantlepiece, or office. Guests will ooo and ahhh their hearts out!
Bedtime stories aren’t just for bed. Naptime, sitting on the potty, riding in the car, anytime is a good time for a book with your little one. There’s no better time to instill a love of reading.
Okay, this one’s more for the parents — for a little comic relief on those nights when their new little bundle of joy just won’t go the f**k to sleep. With the Audible version of this book read by Samuel L. Jackson, your new parents are in for some much-needed comic relief.
I’m a big fan of books. They’re great for a number of things: reading in the bathroom, before bed, or just relaxing at home. This one is incredibly sweet and moving. It encompasses perfectly the joy and jubilee of a new life.
A golden oldy! This story about a child in search of the perfect pet is great for babies and pre-readers. Little ones will love lifting the flaps to see what’s underneath.
This heartwarming little book tells the tale of Gerald the Giraffe. Gerald wants to dance, but all the other creatures laugh and scoff because “Giraffes can’t dance!” Finally, Gerald gets the encouragement to follow his dreams. It’s an inspirational message every child should hear.
Bath time can be scary for new parents with little or no experience. These tools help keep baby comfortable, safe, and clean.
Babies must get that precious newborn smell from somewhere. Soon after baby comes home, they’ll need a safe, comfortable place for bath time. I’ve bought this soft, flowery sink bath for several new parents now, and they’ve each loved it!
Nature knows best. This Burt’s Bees set will help keep baby clean and doesn’t include the harmful chemicals found in other soaps and shampoos.
These 100% cotton hooded towels are built to keep baby warm, dry, and lookin’ cute after a warm bath. They’re also super soft and comfortable, so they won’t irritate baby’s sensitive skin.
To round it out, here are a few last great items every new parent needs. From teething, toys, to safe sleep, these gifts are sure to be a success.
This gift isn’t for every new parent. You’ll want to check and see how they plan to handle diapers. Overall, cloth diapers are a solid alternative to disposables. They save money since they’re reusable, and they’re easier on baby’s bottom.
Amber necklaces have become popular in recent years. However, they are an obvious choking hazard, and many parents aren’t willing to take the risk. These BPA-free teething rings are a much safer bet for soothing baby’s sore mouth.
Pillows, blankets, and toys in a crib pose a hazard and can increase the risk of suffocation. Experts recommend waiting at least 12 months to put anything in your baby’s crib. Sleep sacks like this one are a safe alternative that will keep baby warm, cozy, and sleeping soundly throughout the night.
This isn’t just any regular ol’ thermometer. This thermometer comes with an app that provides guidance on how to soothe symptoms and when to take meds or call the doctor. It also takes a digital temperature reading accurately, so sleeping or squirming babies aren’t a problem!
Which of these was your favorite? Do you have a go-to baby gift for new parents? Share it in the comments!
I’m a financial coach and author + owner of Goodbye to Broke. I love all things personal finance, money management, and healthy living. And I talk to my dog way too much, if we’re being honest.