ACTIVE Parents Holiday Gift Guide
Pocket Nanny Baby Care Timer$24.99 1 of 12
The Pocket Nanny can make taking care of a baby run like clockwork. It has four separate timers to help rookie parents remember how long ago they changed a diaper, fed the baby, put them down for a nap, or gave them medicine. There's also a soft nightlight to help with changing diapers in the dark; so parents can avoid accidentally putting their hands in...that.
Boppy Pillow$30 2 of 12
If you've never heard of a Boppy Pillow, you probably don't have kids. But if you know someone who has a newborn baby or one on the way, this item is a must.
It helps make feedings more comfortable for both mother and child, and can help babies practice tummy time and sitting up when they're ready. They start at $30 for just the pillow, and you can choose from a selection of covers for a little extra.
Lullaby Light Cube$19.99 3 of 12
Good sleep is a critical component to good health and a rare commodity for new parents. Help the baby (and the parent) catch up on some Z's with the Lullaby Lightcube's soothing lullabies and heartbeat sounds. The Lightcube also projects a starry night onto the wall or ceiling and automatically shuts itself off after a preset amount of time.
Stackable Baby Food Containers$17.99 4 of 12
These containers from Little Sprout will come in handy for any parents interested in making their own baby food. Each cup has a dry erase label so you don't have to try to remember which puree is in which cup.
The containers also lock to each other and to their tray, so you don't have to worry about them toppling over in the fridge. They're also microwave-, dishwasher- and freezer-safe, and the screw-on lids help keep food fresh.
Beyond Junior Y High Chair$189 5 of 12
This eco-friendly high chair grows with the child thanks to the adjustable seat and footrest, so parents don't have to get rid of it when their kid outgrows assisted feedings. Once the child no longer needs a high chair, just remove the footrest and tray and lower the seat to convert it to an ordinary chair that can be used by big kids or adults. It only takes about 25 minutes to build, and is multi-functional to last a lifetime.
Diono Rainier Car Seat$379.99 6 of 12
Whether they're accompanying you to your next race or the campground, active parents usually have to haul their kids along with them.
We know what you're thinking: "That's a crazy price for a car seat!"
Before you roll your eyes at the price, consider that Diono's Rainier model is an investment that pays for itself over time. The seat can grow with the child and even convert to a booster seat for kids who weigh up to 120 pounds and are less than 5-foot-7. Plus, you know, it meets important safety standards or whatever.
Diono Seat Belt Pillow$9.99 7 of 12
Family road trips to national parks inevitably lead to naps in the car. Diono's seat belt pillow will help keep little campers happy by making sure they don't wake up with a crick in their neck. With its super soft micro-fleece lining, those kids will be knocked out in no time so mom and dad can drive in sweet peace and quiet.
Diono Stow 'n Go Car Storage$8.79 8 of 12
Are you picking up on the theme here?
Whether it's family road trips or after-school practices, people with kids have to drive a lot and their cars are usually a nightmare. They can keep that mess a little more organized with Diono's Stow 'n Go. With seven full-sized pockets and two cup holders, the Stow 'n Go helps control the chaos of kids in cars.
Thule Glide Jogging Stroller$349.95 9 of 12
New parents don't have to sacrifice their running routine just because they have a kid--they just need the proper accessories. Thule makes some of the best jogging strollers on the market, including their Glide model.
The Glide features a front fixed wheel, a convenient hand brake and a wrist strap on the handle so the stroller doesn't get away from the parent (a la Ghostbusters 2). Perhaps most importantly, it's also incredibly easy to fold with just one hand.
Thule Urban Glide Jogging Stoller$399.95 10 of 12
The key distinction between the Glide and the Urban Glide is the front wheel. The Urban Glide's front wheel has two settings so it can remain fixed while running for optimum safety, or switched to swivel while walking so it's easier to steer.
It has a few extra storage features compared to the Glide, but doesn't include the hand brake. The Urban Glide also features the same safety wrist strap and easy foldability.
Jambanz Bluetooth Speaker$32.99 11 of 12
Remember slap bracelets? The Jambanz is a Bluetooth speaker attached to a slap bracelet so you can listen to your music without blocking out surrounding sounds.
Being able to hear your surroundings is important for parents jogging with kids, as the little ones can start crying at any moment. When connected to a smartphone, the speaker can also be used to take calls.