My 18 Non-Toy Gifts for Children post has been such a huge hit! Evidence that most of us are tired of the overabundance of toys! But, as one kind reader pointed out, that list is geared more toward school-age children, and we have other ages that need some attention.
So, here you have it:
18 Clutter-Free Gifts for Expectant Parents
- Diapers. Cloth diapers are becoming hugely popular, which is wonderful for our environment as well as much healthier for baby bums. But it can also be a huge investment to get started. Receiving a couple of quality covers or packages of prefolds is a huge help. I recommend GroVia covers, wipes and prefolds. Disposable diapers are also a nice gift for the times when cloth diapers just aren't practical.
- Spa Packages. Being a parent of a new baby is pretty exhausting. Most days are considered a success if everyone got fed and mom got a shower. Giving a massage, hair appointment or facial/manicure/pedicure are all great gifts that celebrate the mom.
- Restaurant gift cards. Some days it's just a juggling act and having dinner taken care of is a complete relief. Grocery store gift cards and coffee shop gift cards are also very nice to receive.
- Noisemaker. For first time parents, it's nice to have baby used to noise while sleeping, so parents can vacuum, have the doorbell ring or talk on the phone while baby is napping and not worry about waking baby. It's also great for the baby with older siblings, so baby can nap and the siblings can play.
- Baby Proofing. Outlet covers are great and there are more options than just having small plastic pieces all over our house- so shop around.
- Baltic Amber Teething Necklace. Not to chew on- the essential oils in the amber releases when it's warmed on the skin, giving pain relief to the baby.
- Camera. If you know the parents well and know what their camera situation is, this is an excellent idea. Having a nice camera makes a big difference in picture quality. You can get a nice digital camera that takes video as well.
- Photo Session. There are many wonderfully creative photographers these days, and having sweet pictures of your family is really special.
- Air Purifying. Having clean, good quality air is definitely appreciated, especially if anyone in the home is sensitive to smells. Salt lamps offer a nice calm glow and can be used as a night light as well. You can read about the benefits here.
- Water Purifying. Bath time is important and none of us want to expose our babies to harsh chemicals that are often found in our water supply. There are charcoal bathwater filters that work great for removing 99% of the chlorine found in city water.
- Pamper with Smells. Gift an essential oil diffuser and a bottle of cleansing essential oil, its refreshing aroma quickly eradicates unpleasant odors and purifies the air and environment with the essential oils. I recommend therapeutic grade essential oils.
- Blankets. Just to warn you, most babies get a lot of blankets. But if you just can't help yourself- swaddling blankets are really nice.
- Books. It's never too early for books. Did you know that reading to babies changes the way their brains develop and gives them a better chance at life? How cool is that?! You can watch a video about it here. Our favorites: Sandra Boynton books, Robert Munsch books, Bill Peet Books.
- Clothes. Ok, I'm going, to be honest here: people love baby clothes and love buying baby clothes. The issue is that most of the clothes they give the baby, just aren't practical. I always had plenty of dresses for my daughter and cute sweater vest outfits for my sons, but what I really needed were some basics: Sleepers, bodysuits, pants, socks, a jacket, and wool tie-on hat.
- Meals. Dinners are great, but if the family has a good support network and is receiving meals, how about some easy breakfast and lunches? Yogurt parfaits, granola, artisan bread, butter and jam or bagels, and cream cheese are lovely gifts.
- Doula Service. If mom hasn't given birth yet, doulas are amazing to have with you, Dad's particularly love this gift. An experienced doula will help set the new parents' mind at ease and assist any support people in helping mom the best way possible.
- Postpartum Doula. A postpartum doula can do anything the mother needs: clean the house, do laundry, help with siblings and prepare meals, as well as help them process through their birth, give breastfeeding support, or just hold the baby while mom enjoys a shower.
- Coloring Book. Give mom a cute book and some nice pencils so she can have an easy creative outlet in her downtime.
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