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9 Items Every Expecting Family Should Have On Their Holiday Wishlist

We’ve put together our nine favorite must-haves for the expecting parent’s holiday wishlist in 2022! 

If you’re like most expecting families, the holidays bring with them a mix of emotions – including joy, anticipation, and excitement. But they can also be a little daunting, especially when it comes to gift-giving. What do you need when you’re pregnant? What do you need post-birth? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! 

Check out our list of nine indispensable items that every expecting family should have on their wishlist this holiday season. From foot pedal diaper bins to postpartum essentials, we’ve got all your bases covered!

1. A baby carrier or wrap for both mom and dad

Baby carriers and wraps are ideal for new parents, because they allow you to keep your hands free, but still cuddle and bond with your little one. Plus, they’re great for when you need to get things done around the house or run errands with a baby in tow. We recommend getting a unisex carrier or wrap so it can be used by both mom and dad – that way everyone can enjoy the benefits of hands-free baby wearing. 

2. Baby clothes of all colors and sizes

Let’s be honest, is there anything cuter than a baby in a hat and matching onesie? Newborns grow so quickly that they’ll be out of their newborn sizes before you know it, so it’s important to stock up on baby clothes of all sizes. You can never go wrong with the packs of multiple onesies … we’ve yet to meet a little one who made it through an entire day without at least one outfit change.

A cozy nursery adorned with a crib, adorable clothes, and a charming basket.

3. Car seat and stroller

You’ll want to make sure that a baby car seat and stroller are towards the top of your holiday gift list. These are two must-haves for anyone with a baby, and your back will thank you for it! A baby car seat is essential for safely transporting your little one, while a baby stroller is perfect for getting out and about with your baby in tow. So whether you’re looking for the perfect present for a new parent or just want to treat yourself, make sure a baby car seat and stroller are at the top of your list!

4. A diaper bag that can double as a purse or backpack

Any new parent will tell you that a diaper bag is an essential item, and it’s one of the first things you should add to your holiday gift list. A diaper bag can double as a purse or backpack, and it’s perfect for carrying all of your baby’s essentials when you’re on the go. Whether you’re looking for a stylish diaper bag or a functional one, there are plenty of options to choose from. Diaper bags come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and designs, so you’re sure to find one that fits your style. And with so many different features to choose from, you can find the perfect diaper bag for your needs.

5. A diaper pail with a foot pedal to make changing diapers easier

Any expecting parent knows that diaper changing is going to be a regular part of their routine for the next few years. A diaper pail with a foot pedal can help make this task a little bit easier. The diaper pail will hold all of the dirty diapers until you’re ready to take them out, and the foot pedal will allow you to open the pail without having to touch it. This is especially important when your hands are full of a squirmy (sometimes stinky) baby. 

6. A comfortable rocking chair for the nursery

A nursery rocking chair is the perfect gift for any expecting parent! Not only are they incredibly comfortable to sit in (especially during those late-night feedings), but they also help to soothe and calm the baby. Rocking chairs are also a great way for new parents to bond with their child; there’s something truly special about rocking your little one to sleep. If you’re looking for the perfect nursery rocking chair, be sure to check out our holiday gift guide. We’ve got a great selection of rocking chairs that are sure to please any new parent.

A modern nursery featuring a crib, chair, and rug, creating a serene ambiance for a baby's room.

7. Noise-canceling headphones to help baby sleep

Whether it’s for nap time, nighttime, or anytime a baby needs some peace and quiet, these headphones will help the baby (and parents!) get the rest they need. Did you know that babies have smaller ear canals than adults? This means that everything sounds much louder than it does for us. As a rule, babies should not be exposed to noise higher than 70 decibels. The best noise-canceling headphones for babies should have a NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of at least 20 decibels. The higher the rating, the more protection they offer.

8. Nursing bras and pads

Any new parent will tell you that one of the best things about the holiday season is getting everything on your baby registry! And while everyone focuses on the bigger items like the crib and the stroller, don’t forget the nursing bras and pads! These are an essential for any nursing mother, and they make a great gift for any new parent. Not only are they practical, but they’re also a great way to show your support for nursing mothers. So if you’re looking for a unique gift for a new parent this holiday season, consider nursing bras and pads!

9. Cord blood and perinatal tissue banking for the baby

Giving the gift of cord blood banking is one of the greatest gifts of all. You’re investing in a happy, healthier future. Expecting parents can ask for family members to help contribute to the costs. Crowdfunding sites make it easy to set up a cord blood banking registry and family members can contribute as much as they’d like. It’s a gift that lasts a lifetime.

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