Whether it's you or a preggo friend, you know I'm a fan of fun fitness gifts to get you back to that pre-baby body, or at least rev up those endorphins after birth. Even before you or your pregnant buddy is cleared to workout, they will apprciate gifts that get the blood moving. It's amazing how much a simple walk around the block helps in those first few days of adjusting to life as a new parent, not to mention recovering from the actual birth. It's true what they say: having a baby is exhausting, and new parents need all the sleep AND energy boosts they can get.
Though I listed some great New Mom Musts (along with that phenomenal paleo pop-tart recipe) several posts back, this list is a more complete mom-approved assortment of gifts that should be at the top of every holiday gift list for new parents. I know, I know, it's not even October, but just as with every year, the holidays are going to sneak up on you! (It cannot be just me that's frantically wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve, right?).
Not only do babies love them, parents will too: from getting fresh air and exercise with the help of the Weego Baby Carrier to my Best-Ever Breakfast Cookies (recipe below), these ideas will have you in first place for best spouse or best friend forever.
1. Hiking Carrier. Ideal for 6 months to 4 years, and it's perfect for day hikes, nature jaunts and more. Plus they can sit or stand, it's only about 5 pounds and the pockets mean no extra diapers bags or baby items to tote with you. For the adventurous parent, this lightweight supportive Baby Pack is a must!
2. Best Baby Carrier. Get some fresh air for you and the wee ones, get a little exercise and bond with baby (or both babies, heyyy fellow twin mama!) all at the same time. The Weego Baby Carrier double-pouch system is unique and the safest possible option for baby: it keeps their hips in the ideal "M" position and allows for a safe and comfy position for you and your newborn(s). My code of 12200 gets $10 off ay carrier. Trust me, they are priceless, especially for parents of twins (two free hands! I repeat: you'll have free hands for once!!)
3. This little mat. Not really fitness related, but an unexpected lifesaver from baby to toddler ages. It can go anywhere: airplanes, restaurants, friends' houses and anywhere potentially yucky or stainable, like your friend's white rug. It's anti-microbial, 100% food grade silicone and creates an easy cleap up surface for snacks, crafts or crayons and paper (my 21 month old's latest obession: drawing. Everywhere, even when a crayon is absent, her fingers draw with imaginary crayons. Heart melting, yes it is). This mat can be rolled up or folded neatly, comes in a bunch of great colors AND is under $10.
4. Best-Ever Breakfast Cookies
This yum-tastic recipe is the best because it's fast and easy AND it will nourish and invigorate any parent that needs a little treat and healthy energy to get going in the morning (so, like, every parent).
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 egg or egg replacement (chia "egg" is great too)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup almond flour
3/4 cup gluten-free oats
1 tablespoons ground chia seeds
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
sprinkle sea salt (optional)
3 tbsp nondairy chocolate chips or currants or mulberries
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Mix all wet ingredients together in a large bowl, then stir in dry ingredients.
3. Stir in mulberries or dried fruit on hand, or for a sweeter option, nondairy chocolate chips.
4. Divide into 12 cookies and bake for 8 minutes or until set but look still are slightly soft. Let cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before pulling off the cookie tray. Store extra covered in the fridge; they will keep for a few days.
5. A portable high chair. This one is lightweight and portable. Take it camping, or to a friend's house or to your favorite cafe: all you need is a sturdy table. Plus, remove the cloth part and toss it in the washing machine. (This part is a huge bonus; because all high chairs get filthy, trust me. Machine washable everything=genius).
6. A clever organic swaddle. There's tons of soft swaddle blankets out there, but how many make you laugh or double as a photo backdrop? This one is organic, funny and totally accurate. Plus as baby grows and you're out jogging in the jogging stroller, tuck it around their legs to serve as a little warmth or sun blocker. They also have lovely options that are a little more shall we say, delicate like this floral one:
7. Dry Shampoo. Whether you're an active mom or not, this will be your handiest trick to faking clean hair. Spritz on this dry shampoo for a cleaner 'do, and to hide unwashed strands. No, you will not have time to shower often in those early days, so this fantastic dry shampoo and a few baby wipes will do wonders for you in lieu of a shower. And even if you manage to squeeze in a workout, the odds are slim you'll have time to shower immediately too. (Trust me, a chance to workout AND shower while your baby or babies stay asleep or calm is a rarity...at least in my world).