Happy Friday, Everyone! If you’re visiting here after viewing this morning’s segment on Fox, welcome to the iFamilyKC blog! We hope you’ll stick around a bit and discover what our little book with big resources is all about. Our goal here at iFamilyKC is to connect you with all of the wonderful events, opportunities, and businesses available to you across the Kansas City metro. We are so excited to have the opportunity to work with Fox 4 to share some great gift ideas for new parents. Don’t worry if you missed the show, all of our ideas and product descriptions can be found on this post. All that said, here are our top five favorite products for the Spring of 2014.
#5- Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin
I vividly remember when I was pregnant with my daughter how fearful I was of that “dirty diaper stench”. I think that’s why I think diaper pails make such great gifts for new parents. The Arm & Hammer Diaper pail by Munchkin is an award winning, patented system that locks in odors. Coming in at just under $35, it’s an economical choice for any new and expecting family. Here’s what the company has to say about this great product:
Dirty diapers: the great parenting equalizer. But while nobody can escape that offensive smell, you certainly don’t have to live with it (and neither does your sweet, unsuspecting babe). Enter the Arm & Hammer™; Diaper Pail by Munchkin®, the award-winning diaper disposal system with the odor-busting duo of Arm & Hammer® baking soda and a patented, self-sealing lid to capture odors and lock them away.
Preferred by moms two to one over Diaper Genie® Essentials, the Arm & Hammer™ Diaper Pail by Munchkin® relies on the time-tested power of baking soda to absorb that dreaded dirty diaper smell. It offers dual defense: each time you insert a diaper, a sprinkle of baking soda is dispensed onto the bag. The self-sealing lid locks the bag and keeps it locked when you reopen – preventing that familiar burst of foul air emitted by other pails. The disposable refill bags hold up to 30 diapers and snap shut for easy tossing without letting odors escape, while the side door allows for quick and convenient removal.
And talk about the baby gift that keeps on giving: the pre-filled, vented baking soda dispenser continuously absorbs and eliminates odors even when your diaper pail is not in use, so your nursery smells sweet, like babies should. Ah, the joys of parenting.
#4- The Shade from Imagine Baby
As the warmer months approach, parents of infants will be looking for those great products that help protect their bundle of joy from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Children under the age of two are especially susceptible to ultra violet rays and since sunscreen isn’t an option before six months of age, products like The Shade from Imagine Baby really come in handy. This car seat canopy retails for under $40 making it a great gift choice for expecting moms. Here’s what Imagine Baby has to say about their product:
The Shade by Imagine Baby is an award winning infant carrier canopy that protects baby from outside elements and germs. It also provides baby with a shaded place for napping when on the go. Made from a soft, stretchy micropoly/Lycra material The Shade provides baby with UPF 50+ protection from the sun’s harmful rays and fits easily on most infant car seats.
- UPF 50 + sun protection
- Water resistant
- Year round use
- Flexible fit on most infant car seats
- Easy care – machine wash cold, line dry
- Fits into any size diaper bag
#3- Finn + Emma
I cannot get enough of Finn + Emma’s wonderful products. Browsing through their catalog *almost* makes me want to have another baby but that’s not why I love the company so much. I really love that Finn + Emma have such a strong focus on sustainability. They’re not kidding around when they say they care about outfitting adorable babies in clothing that also happens to be environmentally safe. Finn + Emma’s product line of gender neutral clothing makes for great gift ideas for parents who are waiting to reveal whether their sweet baby is a boy or a girl. Take a look at what the company has to say about themselves (I dare you not to love them after reading this):
Welcome to the land of Finn + Emma, where we live in the balance of stylish and sustainable, whimsical and sophisticated, classic and
contemporary. With fresh prints, modern colors, and heirloom quality construction, we are creating a new world for the organically grown baby.
One where boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past, and adorable, wearable, remarkable organic cotton is abundant!
Sustainability is bountiful too. You grew your little one organically, so why add chemicals now? Only the finest 100% organic cotton, eco friendly
dyes, and all natural wood will do for your little munchkin, and we’ve got plenty. And on top of that, our garments and accessories are produced in
fair trade settings that focus on social and economic independence for local people, women especially, working to provide for their families in a
safe and fair environment.
We love style as much as we love sustainability, and in the land of Finn + Emma, there’s no reason to choose between the two.
#2- La La Lounger
Some of the best gifts you can give to new and expecting parents are those that can grow with their children. Transitional items like the bouncers that can be turned into toddler chairs or this La La Lounger really offer a bigger bang for your buck. I especially love the La La Lounger because of it’s ease of use. This is a great way to provide comfort to infants and small children while keeping them ground level. As the parent of an older toddler, I love that the La La Lounger can be used as a floor cushion for reading, relaxing during movie nights, or snuggling up with siblings (or parents :)). With a retail cost of under $100, it’s a great gift that can be used for years and years. Take a look at what the company has to say about this product:
This LaLaLounger is made from one of our 100% cotton designer fabrics. Choose your favorite fabric and the LaLaLounger will be made from it. Although the upholstered LaLaLounger can be spot cleaned or dry cleaned, we recommend purchasing a slipcover to protect it. Purchase a slip cover of the exact same pattern, a coordinating one, or a completely different pattern. It’s all up to you!
#1- Shapes Discovery Boxes by Lakeshore Learning
Rounding out our list of gift ideas for expecting parents we have the Shapes Discovery Boxes by Lakeshore Learning. Even though this particular item is geared towards older infants, I believe educational gifts are great for expecting parents. These discovery boxes, in particular, are fun because they come in an assortment of colors with soft, washable toys inside each box that match the shape they belong in. This is another great transitional gift idea that we’re confident new parents will just love. Here’s what Lakeshore has to say about their product:
Tots just open up our inviting boxes…and get a super-appealing introduction to basic shapes! Each 5″-tall box contains 4 irresistible items that share the same shape, including a labeled beanbag, an abstract shape and 2 everyday objects. Tots explore shapes one at a time as they open up the boxes to discover a round cookie, a triangular pizza slice and more! 4 surface-washable vinyl boxes and 16 shapes.
We’d love to hear from you so tell us: What are your go to gifts for new and expecting parents? Connect with iFamilyKC anytime online, on Facebook, and on the go by picking up our little book across the metro!