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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holidays are looming. So get your credit card(s) ready, you’ve got some shopping to do! This week, we are putting together our annual Well Rounded gift guide to help you find something for all the special people on your list -- the pregnant gal, the new mom, baby, toddler and dad. So tune in each day to see our picks. First up: best gifts for pregnancy!

If you still don’t know what to get your pregnant friend, take a deep breath. We are here to save the day with a sack full of ideas that are so cool, they’ll give Santa a run for his money. Whether you want to dress her bump, make her laugh or help her feel more comfortable as her bump gets bigger and heavier, our picks below are the perfect gifts for the mama-to-be in your life.

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1. Luxe Valet Service. With this on-demand valet parking service, the expecting mom can go to her OBGYN or prenatal massage appointment and avoid the headache of having to search for a parking spot in the city. All she needs to do is let the app know of her final destination, and poof! A Luxe valet will be waiting on the side of the road not only to park her car, but also to wash and fuel it! To learn more about the app, click here.

2. Belabumbum Nightie, Robe and Headband Combo. Help your pregnant gal pal get comfy at night with this Belabumbum set. With its adjustable straps and easy lift-up nursing access, the super soft jersey nightie is ideal for pregnancy and beyond. The robe has soft lace trims, which will add a little luxe to her evenings. $84, buy here. *

3. The Snoogle. Pregnancy insomnia be gone. The mother of all pregnancy pillows fulfills the duties of five pillows to keep expecting moms comfy and cool all night long. $51, buy here.

4. Remarkably Average Parenting. Written by creator of parenting site Mommy Shorts Ilana Wiles, this funny-as-hell book celebrates the fun of being a mom. Full of hilarious essays and illustrations on parenting, it's the perfect survival guide for the normal parent. Because there’s already enough serious stuff to think about while waiting for D-Day. $15, buy here.

5. Storq Basics. Gift your preggo BFF with all of her pregnancy essentials in one click. This Storq bundle comes with 4 maternity must-haves (a dress, leggings, a skirt and a tank) that she’ll be able to wear from early pregnancy to the first few weeks of postpartum. $250, buy here.

6. eCreamery Pregnancy Cravings Deluxe Collection. If your friend has a sweet tooth, treat her to this ice cream sampler pack made specially for the pregnant gal. With flavors like Eating for Two and Peanut Butter & Pickle, this decadent ice cream line will satisfy her cravings and give her a good laugh. $54.99, buy here.

7. Earth Mama Pregnancy Essentials Bundle. Every mom-to-be deserves a little TLC. This pampering set is full of safe, natural and herbal pregnancy care products that will help her ease all the discomforts and worries that come with pregnancy. $59.95, buy here.

8. Hatch Collection Onesie. Every expecting mom needs a onesie -- for her that is. This Hatch jumpsuit is made of a merino/cashmere blend that is so soft and comfy, she’ll feel as good as she looks. Plus, she’ll want to wear this pregnancy staple well after birth. $258, buy here.

*Thank you to our sponsor Belabumbum for supporting our Well Rounded gift guide.

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Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)

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Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

This article was sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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