Wander into any new parents’ home and you might assume they have everything they need (and probably a whole lot more). That said, anyone who has recently had a baby will say that they can never have enough muslins/towels/easy-to-wash baby clothes – although a fun gift or a lovely decoration for a newborn nursery never goes unappreciated either.

If you’re searching for a gift for a friend or family member with a newborn, here’s what the experts say.

Chrissie Rucker, founder of The White Company, says: “Gift set bags provide a selection of presents perfect for new arrivals and loved by new parents. They include a cotton blanket, booties, bodysuit and hat ideal if you don’t know the sex of the child.

“Choose gifts that are not only useful but beautifully presented, which make them memorable gifts and perfect for celebrating little ones’ arrival.”

Katey Sawyer, marketing manager at baby brand SkipHop, says: “In today’s market, parents are looking for products that are going to last the test of time. They’re much more interested in the quality and functionality of the products.

“Every parent-to-be will create their own wishlist of baby must-haves: from the stylish yet practical changing bag to their little one’s first plush toy.

“But when it comes to baby’s enjoyment, there’s no better way to keep them entertained than with some overhead colourful playtime to stimulate and engage their senses.”

Helpfully, the market is flooded with fun gifts for babies that are both useful and fun – that parents will love too.

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The verdict: Gifts for new parents

While not cheap, the Sleepyhead is a great versatile gift for new parents that they can use at home, outside or almost anywhere else on the go. Plus, it can be used again and again for younger babies or handed down to friends and family. To help decorate a newborn’s nursery, you can’t go wrong with a safari-meets-London-bus-themed All Aboard print, especially as it can be thoughtfully personalised. For a great budget gift, we like the Etta Loves muslins, which combine sensory entertainment with the item that every parent needs: more soft cloths to wipe up any and all kinds of baby spills.

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