GO-TO GIFT “The First Forty Days” ($25, amazon.com) has become the new postpartum bible. Understanding how to nourish and heal the postpartum body is key for a new family.
NO-NO GIFT BabyBjörn’s ”Baby Carrier Original.” It’s uncomfortable for the parents’ shoulders, back and neck. BabyBjörn has since designed much more comfortable carriers.
GO-TO GIFT Aden + Anais’s bandanna bibs ($10, adenandanais.com). I personally can never wash them fast enough especially when babies start getting to the teething-drool/solids stage. The patterns are super cute.
NO-NO GIFT Baby blankets. It’s lovely to receive one or two but when you receive 10 of them, there is no way you can manage to use them all.
GO-TO GIFT I love gifting things that are as useful as they are beautiful. It’s important to take into consideration what the parents will actually enjoy having in their home on a daily basis. I love the wooden baby gyms from the Lana Crocheting
shop ($82, etsy.com). They are perfect to place over a sheepskin throw.
NO-NO GIFT Anything plastic! And anything too bulky.
Beth Birkett Gibbs
GO-TO GIFT I’ll buy a couple of organic cotton onesies in size 6 -12 months from Trico Field ($122, tricofield.net), since that’s pretty much all babies wear for the first year of their life. I also like to add some style to include with the basics, so I’ll buy a cool bib and cute, cozy socks.
NO-NO GIFT A teething ring is the most useless gift: The best things for teething are homemade.
Julia Restoin Roitfeld
GO-TO GIFT I love Pottery Barn Kids as they have so many personalized items. My favorite are the children’s books ($39, potterybarnkids.com). You pick the story and genre, but the main character will have the name of the baby and mention his city and birth date.
NO-NO GIFT Fancy luxury baby clothes. They are uncomfortable and will get stained in a minute!
Celebrity Makeup Artist
GO-TO GIFT The Bonpoint sleep sack ($225, bonpoint.com). It is comforting to know your baby is safe and cozy, and it is also pretty! I think the feedback has been mostly that it’s such a clever gift and saves you the worry of putting a blanket in a tiny baby’s bed.
NO-NO GIFT Plastic toys and only giving pink clothing to a girl and blue for a boy.