Having just had my second child, I can tell you exactly what kinds of gifts new and expectant parents love. Here are six perfect gifts for that special someone in your life who has just or is just about to welcome someone new into theirs.
Poor dad-to-be, always taking a backseat to the pregnant mom. Keep in mind it's his baby too! DaddyScrubs are adorable hospital-style garb with the words "I'm the Daddy" scrawled across the back and "Daddy" on the front where the doctor's name tag would normally go. You can also go all out and get the whole Daddyswag gift set. It includes the scrubs, an "I'm the Daddy" tee, "I'm the Daddy" hat, "I'm the Daddy" coffee mug, three pens, sunglasses and stickers. The gift set goes for $90.
The mom-to-be has probably spent a small fortune on not-so-cute maternity clothes, and chances are she's planning to scrimp on the PJs by trying to make an old pair work. Pregnant ladies need a lot of good sleep – something she won't get in a pair of uncomfortable jammies. Splurge on a pair of lurin pajamas from Marigot ($155). The super-soft fabric and drawstring pants will keep her comfortable no matter how big she gets. They come in three styles: nightshirt only; top with long pants; top with shorts.
Dads: Take note. This is the perfect thoughtful gift for your baby's mom so she can take a memento of her little one wherever she goes. This name bar necklace by IsabelleGraceJewelry is crafted from silver and inscribed with two names separated by a 22k gold heart ($155).
For the parents who are all about sharing TMI (too much information), what better gift than an ultrasound Christmas tree ornament? These are made by Radiant Art Studios and feature the ultrasound image of the baby on the way on a 3.5-inch frosted glass ornament. You can also have the baby's name on the ornament, if the parents-to-be are so inclined to share. Cost: $20.
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A book is a great gift to get parents and babies started on a life-long path of reading together. A book that's actually about the baby – their baby – makes a great gift even better. The I See Me company makes personalized children's books; Hello World is the best choice for the new arrival. The company takes the details of the baby's life – name, birth date and more – to create a special book that's all about them. $30.
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Let's not forget about the baby! Keep those tootsies warm with fortune cookie booties ($28, Uncommon Goods). Handmade from extra-plush fleece with floor-gripping soles, each slipper curls into a delectable cookie shape when not in use. They come with two thoughtful fortunes for the baby to grow into: the ultimate treat for your little sweet. Fortunes read: "From small beginnings come great things" on one bootie and "An amazing adventure awaits you" on the other.