Your challenge: There's a new baby in town but it's been a while since you bought a gift for someone so. . . new. Tiny babies don't really need much "stuff," but gifts *are* appreciated, and a few strategic purchases will make you star of the baby welcoming committee.
The solution: Think: Sleep, soothe, play. Life for a newborn baby is pretty simple (and it's pretty sweet, too). Their day revolves around eating and sleeping (it's the LIFE!) so gifts that center around those core activities are always appreciated.
Sleep: You'll be a hero for delivering a cozy gift that helps baby to actually sleep. While the baby's parents probably already have a crib, they may not have a rocking sleeper, which is the absolutely perfect place for baby to enjoy a living room lay down. The relaxing motion and sounds can let parents work hands-free for a few minutes, while still keeping baby close. Hero. Status.
Soothe: Give the new parents a few minutes of a break from rocking baby to sleep with a sweet, soothing sound machine. It's an out-of-the-box idea that will be met with tears of joy. Bonus points for including a pacifier to help baby learn to self-soothe.
Play: Help baby meet milestones, have fun and look cute with a play gym that can quickly pack up when playtime is over. (See non-stop eating + sleeping schedule). Even if parents already have a mat, an extra for grandma + grandpa's house, or an upstairs/ downstairs set, is super appreciated.
Bonus: If you show up gifts-in-arm to meet the little one, do mom and dad a solid and 1. Let them know you're coming ahead of time 2. Wash your hands before you ask to hold baby and 3. Find a simple way to help. (I spy a pile of laundry). You're officially the best. Friend. Ever.
Pro-tip: Food of any kind (especially the delicious variety) is always appreciated for new parents. And if you can't make a homemade meal, a gift card to GrubHub or DoorDash does just the trick.
You've got this.
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