Not sure what to buy for your pregnant colleague, relative or friend? We’ve got you covered. Try these 10 practical baby gifts designed to give busy new parents a hand.
Forget about those cutesy baby items that only look good but don’t serve much purpose beyond that. Such items are probably quickly set aside in favour of something else that helps harried parents better take care of their babies.
What you want are gifts that actually fulfill a practical function, and which help new mummies and daddies do their jobs better or make their lives easier.
Consider these 10 newborn baby products.
Practical and best newborn baby products for new parents
|Baby Keepsake Library||S$123 at Uncommon Goods|
|Rainbow Sit-up Cushion||S$55 at Uncommon Goods|
|Personalised Alphabet Piggy Bank||S$82 at Uncommon Goods|
|Baby Shusher||S$55 at Amazon.sg|
|Wubbanub Afrique Lion Soft Toy and Infant Pacifier||S$25 at Amazon.sg|
|Angelcare Bath Support||S$62 at Amazon.sg|
|Oxo Tot Space Saving Drying Rack||S$50 at Lazada|
|Magnetic Me Organic Cotton Baby Footie||From S$48 at allemom.sg|
|NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator Bundle Set||S$23 at Pupsikstudio.com|
|AirFree Tulip Babyair 40 Air Purifier||S$399 at AirFree|
Baby Keepsake Library
Price: S$123.at Uncommon Goods
Recommended age: Adult
Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that babies grow up fast. Between all the thrills and spills and baby’s first moments, it can be hard to keep track of your newborn’s first milestones.
But with the Baby Keepsake Library, you’ll never miss another important moment again. This ingenious two-part library consists of a standalone chest of drawers – perfectly sized for small items and trinkets – and a standing folder organiser for keeping important documents, papers and photos.
The kit even comes with a set of labels (‘hospital keepsakes’, ‘first shoe’, ‘first tooth’, etc.) for clear organisation.
Gifting Baby Keepsake Library is also easy, thanks to its gender-neutral colour schemes: choose between a stylish slate grey or vibrant ocean blue.
Rainbow Sit-up Cushion
Price: S$55 at Uncommon Goods
Recommended age: 3 months+
This cute and colourful cushion not only makes for a good IG prop, it also has plenty of practical uses.
Designed to securely cradle your baby, this rainbow-shaped cushion keeps him or her propped up in place, giving you an extra hand when multitasking.
It’s also ideal for helping young babies to get used to sitting upright on their own, without the risk of falling over and hurting themselves.
Other uses include providing support when breastfeeding, or as a temporary cradle for short naps.
Personalised Alphabet Piggy Bank
Price: S$82 at Uncommon Goods
Recommended age: 6 months+
There’s plenty to love about this simple yet gorgeous item, from its handcrafted quality to its teaching and play potential.
Stimulate your baby’s motor skills by teaching them to pick up coins and putting them into this handsomely designed piggy bank, which can also be used as a shake-toy. It is finished with food-safe beeswax and mineral oil so it’s safe to handle.
Made from organic oak lumber, this piggy bank also doubles up as an educational prop, thanks to its alphabet shape and customised name plate.
As your child grows, it continues to accompany them as a beautiful savings tool and visual reminder of the importance of saving money.
Price: S$55 at Amazon.sg
Recommended age: 1 month+
Made from durable, BPA-free materials so it’s safe for babies while being easy to clean, the Baby Shusher is a sleeping aid designed to help soothe fussy sleepers.
Using a real human voice, the Baby Shusher lulls babies to sleep with its calming shushes. It comes with adjustable volume, as well as a 15- to 30-minute timer, sending even the crankiest babies to sleep.
The portable and easy-to-use device also comes with a removable wrist strap, so you can carry your baby while Baby Shusher works its magic.
Baby Shusher saves harried parents the time and effort of dealing with a baby that just won’t go to sleep. Runs on two AA batteries (included).
Wubbanub Afrique Lion Soft Toy and Infant Pacifier
Price: S$25 at Amazon.sg
Recommended age: 2 months+
Why didn’t we have these growing up?
A genius combination of pacifier and animal friend, this Wubbanub Afrique Lion is sure to become your baby’s favourite toy.
Not only does its medical-grade silicone pacifier offer safe suckling and teething relief, the six-inch animal plushie invites your baby to naturally and easily grasp and manipulate the toy. No need for pacifier cords or clips, and no more pacifiers dropping on dirty public floors.
Wubbanub is also easy to clean, just place it in a laundry mesh bag with the rest of the baby’s laundry, and convenience, and toss it into the washing machine.
Angelcare Baby Bath Support
Price: S$62 at Amazon.sg
Recommended age: From 0 months
Here is the ideal gift for inexperienced parents nervous about giving their newborns a bath.
The Angelcare Baby Bath Support will safely and gently cradle your baby come bathtime, allowing you to easily give your baby a pampering and thorough wash.
Featuring an ergonomic design for your infant’s comfort and soft-touch mesh that is gentle on a baby’s delicate skin, the lightweight yet sturdy bathing support is sized for use directly in the bathtub.
Alternatively, you can also use it on the bathroom floor, with a basin and water scooper.
Once bathtime is over, the attached loop allows Angelcare Baby Bath Support to be hung up for thorough air drying to prevent mildew growth.
OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack
Price: S$50 at Lazada
Recommended age: Adult
Baby bottles and milk-making tools need to be thoroughly disinfected between uses, and storing them with the rest of the plates and utensils found in the kitchen may cause cross contamination.
Keep your baby safe with the OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack, which provides a separate, organised area to store clean baby bottles, caps, nipples, scoops and more, safely away from the rest of the household.
With a multi-tier rack design, finding and assembling a bottle will be a breeze come feeding time. What’s more, its economically small footprint makes this the ideal bottle storage option for those with limited countertop space.
Magnetic Me Organic Cotton Baby Footie
Price: From S$48 at allemom.sg
Recommended age: 0 to 3 months
Pins, buttons and clasps on baby clothing can cause accidental injury when you’re trying to dress your baby. Help inexperienced or unsure parents avoid this upsetting scenario with Magnetic Me Organic Cotton Baby Footies.
These full-body jumpsuits come with magnets to safely and conveniently keep clothes closed and your baby covered up. Dressing up your baby has never been easier!
Also, they are made from 100% organic cotton, without harsh chemicals or dyes that could irritate delicate or sensitive skin.
Available in a wide range of cutesy, whimsical, colourful prints.
NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator Bundle Set
Price: S$23 at Pupsikstudio.com
Recommended age: From 0 months
Newborns and infants don’t yet know how to clear their noses. That’s why they need the Nasal Aspirator Bundle set from NoseFrida, which will help you keep your little one’s nasal passages clean and clear.
Instead of a nozzle that goes up the nose, the vacuum operated device instead fits over the nostril, staying outside the nose at all times.
Then, with you on the other end providing the vacuum action, you can conveniently and easily remove the mucus from your baby’s nose.
We see you turning a little green, so we’ll also add that the bundle comes with disposable filters to keep the proceedings hygienic for all.
AirFree Tulip Babyair 40 Air Purifier
Price: S$399 at AirFree
Recommended age: From 0 months
Keep your baby nursery free of airborne pollutants with the AirFree Tulip Babyair40 Air Purifier.
Tulip Babyair is demonstrated to destroy mould, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, pollens, pet dander, organic odours and other organic allergens, while reducing indoor ozone levels.
Unlike conventional air purifiers, the Tulip Babyair doesn’t use any filters, nor does it release ozone or ions. Instead, it utilises its proprietary technology to sterilise the air in a process akin to how water is sterilised through boiling.
The purified air is cooled down before it is released, so there’s no unwanted heating or temperature changes.
Besides offering filterless air purification (which means less cleaning, and no need to spend on replacement filters), the Tulip Babyair is also completely noiseless.
The device also has a night light mode, which gently projects a starry scene to help soothe your little one to sleep.
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By Alevin Chan
An ex-Financial Planner with a curiosity about what makes people tick, Alevin’s mission is to help readers understand the psychology of money. He’s also on an ongoing quest to optimise happiness and enjoyment in his life.