The Very Best Gifts They Won’t Have on Their Registry

While sticking to a parent-to-be’s gift registry can be helpful as they plan for baby’s arrival, sometimes brand new parents leave off important items that they just don’t know they’re going to need. If you’re searching for a baby shower gift that you want to be sure the parent-to-be will use, look no further than the list below. The items on this list all come highly recommended by the people who know baby items best – other brand new parents!

A Haakaa Breast Pump

The Haakaa breast pump has recently become popular with regular parents and celebrities alike. This simply designed pump allows mothers to nurse from one side as they pump from the other and to quickly and easily store their milk. Even if the mom-to-be in your life isn’t planning on pumping, she’ll find that the Haakaa brings great relief during the early, engorged days of breastfeeding.

Baby Basics

It can feel way more fun to buy tiny outfits, adorable blankets, and soft stuffed animals but, what babies really need are the basics. It’s always okay to go off registry if you’re buying diapers, wipes, diaper cream, or other baby basics that you know parents will use. Don’t hesitate to buy diapers in larger sizes while you’re shopping. Often, parents will stock up on newborn sizes but forget to stock up on the bigger sizes that baby will grow into in no time.

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A Baby Food Dispensing Spoon with Cap

Once a baby begins to eat solids, many parents find that this baby food dispensing spoon is a lifesaver when it comes to on-the-go feeding sessions. This spoon (with a handy cap) dispenses food right from the handle, eliminating a mess and making feeding time a breeze.

Something for Mom

While everyone is doting on the brand new baby, mom will be working hard to learn to care for their brand new bundle, healing from a major event, and trying their hardest to stay awake. Whether you opt for a massage gift certificate, an offer of a few hours of night-time babysitting, or a postpartum care package, something for mom is an absolute must!

A Beautiful Wooden Baby Hairbrush

A beautiful baby hairbrush is an item that’s equal parts useful and sentimental. This wooden brush will come in handy as parents work to stimulate baby’s scalp to prevent cradle cap and can be saved and stored as a keepsake once baby begins to grow up.

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The Very Best Gifts They Won’t Have on Their Registry

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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