Best Hospital Gifts for a New Baby

Monica PatrickAugust 23, 2010


Baby showers and parties are the main events for gift giving, but a last-minute hospital present is thoughtful too. Excited new parents may forget some of the necessities and others may not know what items are required to care for a baby. Gifts taken to the hospital are sometimes the most appreciated. Surprise the parents with hospital baby gifts they can use or presents that commemorate the baby's arrival.

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The trip home

The most important piece of equipment needed for the journey home is a car seat. Verify that the new family has an infant carrier that meets your state's standards. Infant neck pillows are good for propping up the baby's head to keep him comfortable during the car ride. A warm baby blanket to protect the child from the cold is also a nice gift. RedEnvelope's Cream Cashmere Baby Blanket is a functional keepsake that has classic style. Made from the softest cashmere, you can have the baby's name and birth date embroidered on the edge of the blanket. This beautiful gift will remind parents of this special occasion long after the day is gone..

Baby baskets

Wrapped, festive baskets are always fun gifts for parents to open. Give the Little Froggy Baby Basket from RedEnvelope. This gift begins with a reusable wicker basket covered in green and white checkered fabric. Tucked inside the basket is an ensemble of frog gifts. Useful gifts included are the snuggly baby booties for keeping the baby's feet warm as well as a burp cloth, bib and a cotton onesie. Alternatively, you might give a basket in pink or blue to celebrate with an "It's a girl!" or "It's a boy!" theme. Make your own gift basket by filling a catch-all basket with blankets, infant toys, washcloths and caps. Add an over-sized bow to the top of the wrapped basket. This ultra large bow can double as a door hanger on a hospital room or home door.

Memory book

Present the new mother with a keepsake memory book or baby book. This will allow her to record her thoughts and feelings right from the beginning of the parenting process. Pick a book that has an attractive cover and easy-to-fill-in pages. There should be pages dedicated to the birth and first moments together. Give mom and dad a nice pen set to use with the memory book.