Do you need some good ideas for a baby shower gift or a newborn present? While there are many cute, fun items available, some of the best gifts are practical ones that parents will use every day.
That’s why we recommend giving them a gift that will help their babies have a safer sleep and help reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). It’s one of the most important gifts you can give a parent.
1. If you have any new or expectant parents, you could surprise them with a safety-approved crib or bassinet. Look for a slat spacing of less than 2-3/8 inches and no drop sides on the crib. Check the CPSC website to make sure the crib or bassinet hasn’t been recalled.
2. Firm crib mattresses are essential with a fitted sheet. The fitted sheet should fit snugly over the mattress, leaving no room for too much extra space. There are many fun, cute designs of fitted sheets available, which can make a baby’s crib even more adorable!
3. Nursing-friendly clothing and nursing covers make great presents for mama! Breastfeeding has been proven to significantly reduce SIDS, which is a big deal. And it’s also important for reducing the health risks associated with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease later in life. Help parents take care of their new baby AND start them off on the right foot with good breastfeeding habits!
4. Gift Cards for Meals. Parents have a lot of things going on in their lives, especially if they’re expecting or have just given birth. This can cause stress and anxiety, which is not good for anyone. But it’s especially problematic when it comes to the baby’s sleeping habits—parents who are not well rested and have fewer outside stressors will be better adapted to handling all the new safety responsibilities of newborn babies. Relieving stress on parents helps them keep a level head so they can make the right decisions for their little ones (and themselves).
5. Consider giving your support to new or expecting parents in your community. Offer to clean the house, cook a meal or two—whatever it takes! Giving your support will help keep the baby safe and healthy. You’ll also be doing your part to ensure parents can focus on creating a safer sleep environment for babies. When parents have support from their friends and family, they are more aware of their baby’s needs and more likely to take steps that keep them safe and reduce the risk of SIDS.
Hopefully, you’ll find the ideas on our list useful. Whether you have a friend or relative who has recently had a baby or are looking for gift ideas for yourself, we hope we can give you some ideas to help babies have a safer sleep and reduce the risk of SIDS.