When shopping for new parents, gift-givers inevitably fall into two
camps: those who have had a baby and those who have not. Experienced
parents tend to know exactly what a new parent needs, while the rest
of us—well intentioned as we are—often turn up with a onesie and a casserole.
Not that there’s anything wrong with a casserole! Busy new parents
will appreciate anything you bring. Of course, you’ll really make
their day if you give them something you selected just for them, not
just for that new baby.
This gift guide is designed for parents who love to travel. Their
family has grown, but that doesn’t mean the adventure needs to end.
Instead, a new adventure is just beginning—parents get to introduce
their children to the world. Here are ten gift ideas for new parents
to make their first trips with the baby even better.
FOR PARENTS ON THE GO
Gone are the days of throwing a few things in a pack and setting out
(for now, at least!) Traveling with a baby requires a lot
more planning—and a lot more stuff. Instead of lugging around a
bulky diaper bag, new parents can be more mobile with a daypack for
the baby. The lightweight
($79) is the perfect hands-free diaper bag for all
their family adventures. Who says a diaper bag needs to be frumpy?
FOR PARENTS WITH A TOUCH OF CABIN FEVER
Spending days at home can be a big adjustment for new
parents—especially adventurous ones. Help new parents feel a little
luxurious when they venture out of the house, even if it’s a quick
trip around the block, with stylish shoes. Timberland’s
Boat Shoes ($110) come in four beautiful colors for her
and the Heger’s
Bay 3-Eye Boat Shoes ($120) comes in six cool
colors for him. Both shoes feature OrthoLite® comfort foam insoles to
keep them walking no matter how many times they’ve already paced the
floor that day.
FOR EVERY NEW PARENT EVER
It’s a fact: New parents need sleep whenever and wherever they can
get it. Eagle Creek’s plush
Nap Rest Set ($45) helps parents catch some shut-eye
wherever they are, from the airplane to the rocking chair in the
baby’s room. The kit comes with a fluffy neck pillow, a
super-comfortable eye shade, and earplugs for the nights when it’s the
other parent’s turn.
FOR HIKERS, SKIERS, AND MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
New parents can be a lot more active than you might think. Outdoorsy
types can strap on the baby and set out for a hike, even if it’s a local one. Of course, the baby will need
something to wear for his/her first expeditions. Wrangler’s
Pocket Bib Overalls
($34) are adorable for boys or girls and make the
perfect outfit for baby’s first big outdoor adventure.
FOR PARENTS WHO CAN NEVER FIND THEIR KEYS
For such a small person, a new baby needs a whole lot of stuff. It’s
often little stuff, too: tiny nail clippers, ointment, a baby
thermometer, and so much more. Eagle Creek’s convenient
Specter™ On Board ($46) hanging toiletry kit keeps all
those little things organized. When it’s time to travel, parents can
zip it up and set out—there’s no need to sweat the small stuff.
FOR WINTER FUNSIES
If it’s baby’s first winter, a snowy day could come at any time.
Make sure your new parents are ready to take the adorable “baby in the
snow” photos with this cute winter hat. Thanks to the retro tassels,
Snowflake Beanie ($32) is particularly darling. Made with
Merino wool, it’s warm, too! That means the hat still works when
adventures go beyond the backyard. If your new parents live down
south, it may not snow but they will appreciate the adorable
Sock Sampler ($22), made from quality merino wool and sure
to keep little feet toasty warm.
Eagle Creek’s compact
Waist Pack ($30) is a perfect gift for new parents for
three major reasons. One: Fanny
packs are totally back in style; two: Yoga pants don’t have
pockets; and three: Babies have a tendency to fall asleep without
warning. Make new parents feel like Inspector Gadget with instant
access to all their essentials. That means the phone, pacifier, hand
sanitizer, headphones, and snacks are on hand at all times.
FOR COOL PARENTS
If your friends always seem to look cooler than you, you can only
expect the same from their mini-me. The
Infant Checker Slip-On V Crib shoes ($25) are just like
classic Vans, only they’re tiny and made for babies. If they really
want to ace the those family travel photos? The parents can wear
theirs, too. Oh come on, it’s adorable!
FOR TYPE A TYPES
Parents aren’t just packing for themselves anymore. Help new parents
keep their luggage organized with Eagle Creek’s
Specter™ Starter Set ($59). These ultra-light organizers
make packing a breeze. Parents can use the garment
folder to keep
their clothes wrinkle-free and use set of
Pack-It Specter Cubes ($40) for all of those tiny baby’s
things. Mess, managed!
FOR CAMPERS, PARK-GOERS, AND STARGAZERS
A great blanket is a must-have for any family who wanders. The
Nap Blanket ($31) is made of super-soft fleece. Parents
can bring it on a flight, pack it for a picnic, or keep the blanket in
the car for whenever inspiration strikes. As an added bonus, the
blanket doubles as a pillow when folded for last-minute naps (for both
parents and baby).
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