Congratulations–someone you love is having their first baby! If you’re already stressing about finding the perfect baby shower gift, relax. We did the legwork for you and found 15 of the best new products of 2017 that first-time parents will love (and really use!).
Hands down, the holy grail when it comes to pregnancy books is WTE. Having a baby is a fascinating, terrifying, miraculous process, and the sheer wealth of information that a first-time mom will gain from reading this book is invaluable. This latest edition features information on the Zika virus, postpartum birth control, food fads, push presents, VBACs and so much more.
The first time a parent hears their baby’s heartbeat is an often emotional moment and one that many new parents-to-be wish they could relive. Now they can with this stuffed teddy bear that comes with a device to record the sweet sound. As an extra special touch, the bear also comes with a pink tutu and a blue bowtie to help announce baby’s gender.
Fashion meets function in this ultra chic diaper bag from Newlie. The Sophia can be worn as a traditional shoulder bag or as a backpack, and the black and white stripes pop against the cognac-colored faux leather. The future fab momma better get used to answering the question, “Where did you get your bag?”
$114 (begins shipping in May)
Parents today are on the move, and, of course, they want to bring baby along for the ride. Beco’s new carrier is the perfect option for families on the go (hello, hands-free time!). It’s simple to use (a huge plus for sleep-deprived newbie parents), offers four ways to carry (front carry in, front carry out, hip carry and back carry) and fits babies from seven through 45 pounds.
Watching baby sleep is a habit that even experienced parents find hard to break. So when you hear that the new parents might be tempted to hover over the crib all night long, show them that there is an easier way to keep an eye on baby: the new panorama video monitor from Summer Infant. The remote control camera allows for 180-degree panning and tilting, and the enhanced zoom gives an up-close peek at the touch of a button.
For 35 years, Savannah Bee Company has created honey-based health and beauty products that are free of parabens, harsh detergents and more of the yucky stuff you don’t want on and in your body. That same philosophy was used when creating the Mommy to Bee kit. The four-piece kit includes Honey Lavender Bar Soap (gentle enough to use as a wash and shampoo), Royal Jelly Baby Butter (signature body butter made of chamomile and myrrh) and Bumble Balm Salve (calming relief and protects dry and chafed skin).
Anything that can help baby sleep better or longer will be greatly appreciated by new parents. This tiny machine packs a big punch. With 12 doctor-developed preloaded sounds (white noise, nature sounds and lullabies) and Bluetooth capabilities, it’s easy to create a peaceful environment for baby to drift off to dreamland.
The well-loved teether is now a fully submersible bath toy. Made from the same 100 percent natural rubber as the original giraffe, but with no way for water to get inside, this special friend still soothes baby’s itchy, painful gums while eliminating the possibility of mold and bacteria growth.
We all know by now that whatever we put on our skin ends up in our bodies. Safe to say the parents-to-be won’t want just any old lotion on baby’s precious skin, so give them peace of mind at bath time with the Live Clean baby line. The collection of body washes, lotions and diaper ointments is made of organic, plant-based ingredients and is free of harsh chemicals.
Drool happens. These bandana-style bibs will keep babies looking adorable, while also keeping their clothes dry. The secret is the 100 percent polyester fleece backing (the front is made of 100 percent organic cotton) which offers full absorbency. A portion of every pack of MatiMati bibs sold is donated to Chain Reaction, a non-profit organization which helps fight human trafficking in countries in Asia.
$21.95 (four pack)
Is there anything sweeter than baby shoes? Robeez new collection features spring staples such as espadrilles, ballet flats and oxfords. The teeny-tiny footwear is made of leather and has a more shoe-like fit, cushioned insoles and soft sole suede bottoms.
The amount of photos parents take of their new babies can be described as obsessive–well-intentioned and endearing, but obsessive nonetheless. These colorful and modern memory books are the perfect showcase for all those snaps from baby’s first year. And best of all, they’re simple to use, so parents can get back to what they really want to be doing: taking more photos.
A newborn’s first days (weeks, really) are pretty hazy for new moms. Hair may go uncombed, teeth may go unbrushed and a shower lasting more than five minutes is a distant memory. This super soft, feminine robe will keep momma covered and still looking pretty, even if she’s feeling the farthest thing from it. And not only is it honest-to-goodness-comfy–it’s also perfect for nursing.
Who says momma needs to wait until she pushes to get the present? For some women, pregnancy is actually physically and mentally harder than giving birth. The bold blue natural stone of the Annabelle necklace paired with cubic zirconia accents is sure to put a smile on her face. For a mom-to-be who might be having a tough go, that’s magical, indeed.
Say goodbye to messy buns or hiding under baseball caps; those ‘mom-dos’ are a thing of the past. When time is a premium, products that get the job done quickly are worth their weight in gold. This brush does what a traditional flat iron can without as many damaging effects.