If you have ever tried to sanitize baby bottles the old-fashioned way (dunking them in boiling water on a hot stove), you understand it can be a little tricky. If you want a real challenge, try sterilizing a bottle in the middle of the night with a fussy baby wailing and your partner worried about an important presentation in the morning. Do your expecting friends a favor and help them avoid that kind of late-night drama. Give them a steam sterilizer.
Steam sterilizers allow parents to safely sterilize several bottles, nipples and bottle rings at a time so they will be ready to use during midnight feedings. They can also be used to sterilize pacifiers, hard plastic teething rings and chew toys for older infants. Some sterilizers are made to be used in a microwave and others are stand-alone electric units made for the countertop. For safety’s sake, look for products that are BPA Free and Phthalate-free.
Travel Bottle Warmer & Chilled Bottle Bag
Travelling with an infant is always challenging. Making and preparing warm bottles can be difficult on long car rides. Consider giving your prospective parent a travel bottle warmer that plugs into the car’s power port. Generally they work in minutes and include an insulated bag to keep the bottle warm after heating.
Chilled bottle bags use removable, re-freezable gel packs to keep liquids chilled until needed. This gift is perfect for traveling to visit relatives, walks or excursions out.
Let’s admit it – no parent likes to have a sick baby. And sick babies do not like parents who try to stick pokey things in uncomfortable places. But a digital thermometer is an essential tool for every parent to have on hand. There are three types of digital thermometers: regular (stick-type), tympanic (in the ear), and temporal scanners (forehead).
Regular thermometers are considered to provide the most accurate readings on infants when the temperature is taken rectally. But this can be uncomfortable for both parent and child.
Tympanic thermometers work by measuring the heat of the blood vesicles inside the eardrum. Slightly less accurate than regular thermometers, the temperature range can be 1-2 degrees cooler when taken in the ear. But this type of product is generally more comfortable for kids and caregivers to use.
Temporal scanners are the newest type of thermometer on the market. These scanners register the baby’s temperature by taking infrared readings of blood vesicles under the skin. They are the least invasive and the most comfortable, especially for infants and toddlers who may not enjoy having a thermometer in the ear. They also allow you take readings while the child sleeps.
No matter which thermometer you chose, it will be a welcome gift.
Think King Stroller Hooks and Buggy Cups
One thing you discover when you have a child is parenting keeps your hands busy. Which make the Think King Stroller Hooks one of the best inventions ever for parents. These small hooks attach to stroller handles, shopping carts, etc. and give mom or dad (or grandma) a place to hang the diaper bag, the purse or tote bag while out on walks or taking trips to the grocery.
Removable Velcro straps allow you to place the clips on virtually any cart, buggy, or pram, and anti-slip backing helps keep the clip where you put it. Think King also makes a Buggy Cup, a pouch with a drawstring top that can be mounted on a stroller and used as a cup holder or pouch for keys, pacifiers or any of the many things parents need.
Manicure & Pedicure
When it gets close to the big day, chances are that mom may not be able to even SEE her feet, let alone paint her nails. So give mom (and a guest) a technology-free gift she can enjoy before the baby comes. Treat the special lady (and a guest) to a manicure and pedicure at a local salon.