The first three months
Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
The first few months with a new baby are a bit of a whirlwind, especially if you're a new parent. Many cultures and experts suggest a period of 6-8 weeks after birth where you stay home, limit visitors, and rest (we agree!). Know that you won't be able to do everything you were before, at home or at work, and give yourself the space to adapt. Changing your identity to a mom or dad is a big deal, and you may respond surprisingly.
The best gift for a family with a newborn is space and time. Offer to pick up necessities, make dinners, set up a grocery delivery, or book house cleaners.
About postpartum depression: It's a disease that affects 1 in 5 women (ALL women, not just women who gave birth) If you're feeling sad, anxious, obsessive, tired, or just different, talk about it! Know that you are not alone, and there's help if you need it. Read more about PPD here.
Newborns need a safe place to sleep, eat, and feel loved. They don't need ANY toys at this age, it's easy for them to become overstimulated from lights, noise, being held, or movements. Make sure you're keeping to your recommended check-up schedule and following your pediatrician’s advice.