This summer my husband and I welcomed our baby daughter, our first child, into our lives so when Julie asked if I’d create a gift guide for new parents, I jumped at the chance since my thoughts on the matter are still fresh. The first thing to remember when giving a present to a new parent is that with babies comes a lot of stuff, too much stuff. The kindest thing you can do is to either select something from their registry, order them a Postmates gift card (thank you brother and sister-in-law!), or send them something discreet and beautiful. The last thing anyone needs is a monstrous play pen, anything that makes noise, or plastic on plastic. Here are 10 gifts, many of which we have and love, for the new parent in your life.
Above: Founded by San Francisco-based art director Laura Bogert, Nido Box is a subscription service for age-appropriate toys for “the minimalist parent and chicest baby.” Each kit, sold separately or as a year subscription, is the perfect selection of Montessori-led toys for your baby, be they one to two months old, three to four months, five to six months, and so on. $900 for the full year or $160 per box. Above: Babies love musical things and if you’d prefer not to hear a recording of Old MacDonald on repeat, this Siebensachen Music Box is a nice alternative. Playing Mozart’s Voi che sapete from Marriage of Figaro, the solid beech wood ball turns by an oversized key; €69.50 at Elenfhant. Above: Practical? No. Beautiful? Absolutely. Jeweler Sophie Buhai’s Baby Collection features six sterling silver or pear accessories for babies. It’s the sort of thing I imagine my daughter passing on to her son or daughter someday. Pieces range from $150 to $350 at Sophie Buhai. Above: Learned about these thanks to Caroline Feiffer: Wet Wipes Covers from Danish brand Barnekammer (249 kr at Studio Mini). Before baby, I figured we’d keep our wipes hidden in the top drawer of the dresser next to our changing table. Turns out you really need them out and at the ready. This works wonders for covering unsightly packaging, and can graduate to a tissue cover once your baby is out of diapers. Above: A sweet and soft handknit like the Hvid Blanket Cream is great for the newborn nursery. Knit in Belgium from lightweight cream-colored cotton, the blanket is €72 at Elenfhant. Above: Full disclosure: I bought this but have yet to fill in a single page! Time flies fast with a newborn but this Baby Book from Artifact Uprising is the best I’ve seen yet. You can select your favorite color fabric cover and within are thoughtful prompts for recording those important moments and sections for adding your favorite baby photos. So much better than a zillion photos on your iPhone. $99 at Artifact Uprising. Above: A collection of baby bath products—nappy balm, lotion, bath oil, shampoo and body wash—made in Denmark with oat kernel, nordic cotton, sweet almond, shea butter, aloe vera, and jojoba and without harmful additives like dyes, fragrance, phthalates, and alcohol. $85 for the full Dear Baby set from So Kind. Above: While a diaper pail is not the world’s most glamorous gift, the Ubbi Diaper Pail ($79.99 at The Tot) is actually pretty fantastic. It’s the nursery equivalent of some of our favorite trash cans made with a powdercoated steel body. The pail effectively contains diaper aromas and is a better experience than a clunky plastic can. (Keep in mind, new parents will open and close the pail anywhere from 6 to 10 times per day.) Above: Ferm Living’s Memory Box Set includes 21 pieces—envelopes, cotton bags, books, notecards, and little boxes—for documenting everything from the first haircut and pair of shoes to favorite pacifier and more. The box is $91 at Smallable. Above: The Newborn Cotton Booties are the sort of booties that actually stay on a baby’s feet, for most of the day. Made from felted Italian cotton, the booties are $20 at Makié in New York. (See Shop Owner Makié Yahagi’s Charm-Filled Loft in SoHo, New York for more.)
Plus an idea for new parents in the age of the pandemic:
Above: Having a new baby during Covid can be an especially solitary experience. There are many family members that baby may not be able to become familiar with as they would in other times. I like the idea of creating a board book with photos of friends and family that you can share with baby on a regular basis. From Artifact Uprising, a custom Baby Board Book starts at $40.
For more gift guides see our posts from this season: