15 Best Gift Ideas for Babies and Newborns

Choosing a gift for the little ones or expecting parents can be a hassle. With so many products to choose from, you should be thoughtful and make the right decision. Here are our top 15 picks for Christmas gifts for new moms and dads. However, these baby gift ideas will come in handy at any time of year. We compiled this list based on consumer reviews and selected the best ones in every category. If you pick lovely and memorable baby shower gifts, it will be much more than just a random item – they will make parents' lives significantly more comfortable and remind them of you every time they use it.

What to Look for When Choosing?

There are many newborn Christmas gifts to choose from. When you don't know much about baby items, it can quickly become overwhelming. Here are the essential criteria that will help you pick a gift that the parents will never forget:

  • Babies born during the winter need snuggly clothes to keep their little toes warm and toasty. 
  • Summer babes will need light clothing, sunhats, and so on. 
  • If you look ahead and select items meant for when a baby is older, consider what the weather will be like when the baby is six months old or so and choose accordingly.
  • Be reasonable and practical
    While it's great if your gift is adorable and cute, it has to serve a purpose. This doesn’t mean that all cool baby gifts are impractical; you just need to find items that bring convenience to new parents' lives.
  • Consider the season
    If you’re choosing a Christmas gift, then you can get something warm and snuggly. If it’s hot where you are, adjust your choices accordingly. Buy something that the parents will get good use out of.
  • Choose a gift that will serve for a long time
    Check the quality of the material and assess its durability. Avoid really cheap products, flimsy plastic, and thin structural elements. Ideally, the item should be able to be passed down to younger kids or friends and family.
  • Find toys with high play value
    Most of us know that kids tend to ditch new toys very quickly. Before you know it, the toy is already left somewhere in the corner. Choose the one that can be used in a variety of ways and has many moving parts.
  • Incorporate developmental and educational benefits
    Play-based learning is one of the most effective tactics for developing children. Even babies as young as several months have specialized products that involve active engagement.
  • Be creative
    Who says you need always to take a traditional avenue? Even a regular item can be exciting: there are fun patterns, cool gadgets, and unusual takes on everyday products. Make the gift personal and customize it if you can.

1. Diaper Caddy Organizer with Zip-Top

Why we chose it?

The greatest thing about this organizer is that it combines convenience with a nice-looking design. Thу height of the box creates room for all kinds of needs: diapers, clothes, shampoos, and lotions, etc.

It has a variety of uses: a changing bag, a bag for daycare, traveling, and much more. The cover protects items from rain, dust, and dirt, as well as preventing them from falling. It is a better alternative to the typical strapped bag where everything gets mixed all around. In case of spillage, the insides can be wiped with a damp cloth.

What parents say?

Best tote on the market!

What an amazing product! Everything about it is exactly what I could ask for in a baby tote. The leather handles are a great quality and a very nice length. The material is durable AND fashionable. The dividers inside are handy as well as versatile. Storage is not an issue with all the handy pockets along the outside. The zipper top keeps things hidden and clean. Highly recommend this tote!

Librymom

Key Features:

  • Unisex
  • Adjustable dividers
  • Eight external pockets
  • Zippered lid
  • Durable, waterproof polyester
  • Sturdy leather handles

Verdict

With the grey patterned print, it is one of the most versatile baby shower gifts, as you can gift it when you don’t know the gender of the baby ahead of time. It makes an excellent gift for the simple reason that every parent has to fiddle with various baby items, and this bag significantly simplifies the process. It is equally convenient for twins, or two babies/toddlers since it fits many things. Overall, the gift will prove to be useful year after year.


2. Boppy Original Newborn Lounger

Why we chose it?

This newborn lounger is incredibly comfortable for the baby to sit and lay in. The cushioning is thick and dense enough so that they won’t sink in. At the same time, it is squishy enough to provide more comfort and make sure they won’t slip off. The material is soft and doesn’t change after washing.

The slight angle of the lounger keeps the baby in more of an upright position to avoid reflux. The safety of this positioning has even been confirmed by a pediatrician, according to some parents. Remember that the product is designed for awake time.

What parents say?

Awesome for getting baby to sleep alone

I couldn't get my 3 week baby to sleep on his own AT ALL - he had to be on top of one of us, sleeping on our chests, or being held. This was the first thing we felt safe putting him in to sleep (in his crib). I know it's not totally recommended but we did do some testing first to make sure he wouldn't couldn't move out of it, and showed the pediatrician as well who agreed it was a safe position. This is the first thing that got him sleeping alone and it's been a dream come true. If something happens to this one I'll certainly buy another.

AD

Key Features:

  • Unisex
  • Suitable for babies up to 16 lbs
  • Light and portable
  • Washing machine-friendly
  • Slightly inclined

Verdict

You can give this lounger to any parent because of its versatility. Whether they mostly spend their time at home, visit their friends and family, or go outside, they can bring it with them. Most parents get the best use out of it when they are doing chores. Instead of carrying the baby in their hands, they will ensure a safe, cozy position.


3. Portable Diaper Changing Pad

Why we chose it?

The changing pad is thin so that you can take it anywhere you go; it also provides cushion for the baby's comfort. There are separate compartments for diapers and wipes, as well as a zippered pocket for your belongings. The diaper compartment has an adjustable clip to expand its size as the baby grows. The handle allows you to carry the pad easily.

These types of baby’s first Christmas gifts are suitable for doctor visits, quick trips out of the house, and similar outings since it’s not as big as a changing bag. It will fit just enough items to last you for several hours.

What parents say?

Awesome product!

I love this! It stays in the car with extra diapers and wipes and whenever we're out and about and don't need to carry the diaper bag, we just simply take this and strap it to the stroller. It's so convenient and Carrie's a lot of extra diapers. I have and infant and a toddler, who's still in the process of potty training, so I carry two different sizes of diaper and it holds up perfectly. I carry about 4 diapers of each size, wipes, the travel size diaper cream and baby powder and it's been holding well so far.

Michael L.

Key Features:

  • The wide changing pad area
  • Water-resistant surface
  • Large mesh pocket
  • Exterior zipper pocket
  • Non-toxic material
  • Easily foldable

Verdict

There aren't always places to change diapers comfortably. This changing pad eliminates that search and helps parents when they're out and about. It provides a clean, safe place to change the baby, with diapers and powder handy.


4. Minimalist Baby Memory Book

Why we chose it?

This album has outstanding reviews highlighting its perfect balance of prompts for writing and space for photos. It includes the sections "Your arrival", "Your first year", "Records & Milestones", and "Years 2-5". This book incorporates pages for holidays and other themes.

This book gives you the freedom to make it your own. You don't have to cut down your photos to fit the page or overcrowd them with your notes. The pages are smooth and thick, and the cover is made of fabric.

What parents say?

Perfect baby memory book!!!

This is THE perfect baby book!!! I really wanted a beautiful memory book with a timeless, classy feel that still had cute elements without being tacky, and with a good balance between prompts on what to include and blank space to have the freedom to add whatever we wanted. This book achieves all of this perfectly! The linen cover is gorgeous and the pages have adorable designs while staying simple and modern (no zoo animals everywhere). I appreciate that there is room for writing down the birth story, and not a dedicated page for every holiday, first tooth, etc. I actually was gifted a different baby book for my twins (two of them actually!) which was good but had a tacky amount of animal drawings, and will be returning that to purchase two of these books, even though this one is more expensive, because this book is exactly what I want. Highly recommended!!!

Kibo

Key Features:

  • Contains 60 pages
  • Gender-neutral
  • Modern-style
  • Themed open-ended prompts
  • Blank customizable pages
  • Heavyweight cover and pages

Verdict

If the parents prefer sleek designs without dorky cartoon /animals, this gift is the one. Despite the simplistic design, it features pretty graphics so that it’s not dull and boring. It will be great for all kinds of families, including adoptive families.


5. Swaddle Blanket

Why we chose it?

This product can satisfy different needs. For example, it can be used as a swaddling blanket. The material will not make the baby overheat, even in hot weather. Then, you can throw them over your shoulder when the baby spits up or wrap it around like a huge bib. As the baby gets older, you can use the blanket to cover them during naps.

Many people agree that these blankets only get better after washing. They are very soft right out of the box, but after even just one trip through the washing machine, they will feel even better. So, as you continue to discover new uses, it will continue to hold up incredibly.

What parents say?

Great shower gift!

LOVE these blankets! I purchased them for a baby shower gift. They are my go-to gift after receiving my own when my daughter was born. They can be used as a blanket, nursing cover, car seat canopy, swaddle, burp cloth, on-the-go changing pad, etc. These are the blankets we used when we introduced our daughter to sleeping with a blanket. They are so soft and breathable and get softer every time you wash them. I can't say enough great things about these blankets.

Amanda V Isaacs

Key Features:

  • Multi-use
  • Breathable and light 100% cotton
  • Variety of prints
  • Bright and vibrant colors
  • Doesn’t fade after washing

Verdict

In addition to being one of the 1st birthday gift ideas, the owner will be able to use them for years. It will be great for parents who enjoy bright colors as well as those who want to have something in contrast to their other muted baby items.


6. Baby Monitor - WiFi Baby Camera

Why we chose it?

Despite the affordability, this product is very sturdy, easy to connect to, and provides excellent quality. In the long run, it is everything you need from a baby monitor. Many users note that the camera is comparable to high-end models.

The image quality in both day and night modes is crisp, and it will make parents' lives less stressful. The camera is managed over an iOS or Android app. Videos are available for up to 10 members without lagging or changes in connectivity.

What parents say?

Great value

My parents watch our newborn at their house some days and I wanted to buy them a camera for their house without spending a lot of money. I could honestly say this camera competes with my 199$ camera. the picture is incredibly Clea and the night vision is actually better then the camera I have which is important because its dark when the baby naps. I actually am going to buy another one for my house!

Gino Chacon

Key Features:

  • 1080P Full HD Night Vision
  • Supports remote control
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Motion tracking functionality
  • Message alerts

Verdict

If the future parents are not particularly techy, it will not be the issue. The camera is easy to set up and operate. It is a great product to have, especially for bigger houses or when parents have chores to run. At the end of the day, they could opt to use it a regular security camera.


7. Shopping Cart Hammock

Why we chose it?

It is one of those unique baby gifts that attracts everyone’s attention at the grocery store. You can attach the hammock to different-sized carts and still have plenty of room to fit in all the items you need. And babies love being able to keep eye contact while lying in the hammock.

The baby is securely buckled up without feeling restrained. The fabric is very durable and will survive numerous trips to the store. Once disassembled, you can carry it in the trunk of your car without it taking up much space.

What parents say?

Be prepared to get stopped with a lot of “awwws” :)

I was putting off going to the grocery store because I didn’t want to lug the damn car seat in with my new baby. So I got this expensive piece of cloth and plastic, and I have zero regrets! I park by the cart return and plop her in, right there in the parking lot. It makes grocery shopping so much easier. And she even fell asleep in it at Target! Everyone stopped and checked her out in her little hammock, so if you don’t like strangers stopping you ever other minute to tell you how cute your baby is, this ain’t for you! (But get it anyway.)

Kate

Key Features:

  • Soft 97% cotton
  • Holds up to 50 lbs.
  • Secure attachment strap
  • Compliant with safety certificates
  • Non-bulky
  • Easy assembly

Verdict

The hammock will be of enormous help to parents with two or more children. Instead of pushing a stroller with one hand and a cart with another one, down the aisle, they can have the baby snuggled up straight in the cart. However, even first-time parents will be grateful for this gift, especially if their baby hates being in the car seat carrier or being worn in a sling.


8. Baby Folding Play Mat

Why we chose it?

When babies start crawling, it seems like they never stop moving around. After a while, their knees might get hurt if they often crawl on a hard surface. A padded mat covers up a big area in the room and helps your baby explore the floor safely.

Colorful graphics and mazes keep them intrigued and give parents some time to relax. It is easy to clean and light enough to bring with you to any room. When you no longer need it, it folds up to a reasonably small square.

What parents say?

Baby's Knees dont get hurt anymore

My baby loves crawling on this baby mat as he was so intrigued by the maze and horse designs on both sides. I even tried crawling on my own and my knees dont get hurt at all. It folds up to be really small but when expanded it is a very good size, almost covering up the entire area in front of my sofa. Cleaning the mat is pretty easy since it is waterproof and it's light to move around the house. Compared to the baby mats that cost over $100 from the other baby stores, this is definitely the best deal I can find so far.

Lincoln K Si

Key Features:

  • Very spacious
  • Water- and moisture-proof
  • Comfortable padding
  • Colorful patterns
  • Folds up for storage

Verdict

This product has great value that balances good quality and doesn't take a toll on your budget. In fact, $100 alternatives are no better, as stated by many users. This mat is essentially a gift for the whole family since everyone can lay down on it and enjoy the comfort. It also makes for good entertainment when you have guests with kids over. 


9. Star Projector with Timer and Rotation

Why we chose it?

The projector offers a wide choice of different colors and color combinations. If you want to mix it up, you can set the slow spinning stars to spin or even take the dome off. You can adjust it depending on what you need.

You can get a lot of different features, such as changing colors, rotation, night light, and timer, for a reasonable price. Also, the timer comes in handy when kids like going to sleep with a light, but you don't want it to be on an entire night.

What parents say?

Fun assent light

Absolutely love this little machine. It has many different colors and color combinations to chose from. I love the fact that you can set a timer for how long you want it to run. With the dome off it lights up our entire living room, walls & ceiling. With the dome on it diffuses the light and makes a nice assent light. It's very quiet, does not get hot or put out any heat. You can have it plugged in or running on batteries.

Darran Hight

Key Features:

  • 16-color lighting options
  • Supports different looks
  • Sleek design
  • Supports upgrades
  • Simple to use
  • Plugged-in and batteries compatible

Verdict

This is one of the fail-proof baby Christmas gifts. With one side and one power button, the kids will be able to change the settings themselves. It is not only entertaining for the kids but also makes the entire nighttime routine easier for parents. The projector has multiple uses for kids of different ages: a rotating night sky is for younger children, and by removing the cover, you make it into a lamp for the older kids.


10. Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

Why we chose it?

This two-part toy is excellent for may purposes. The dashboard in the front has many tunes, buttons, and activities. This interactive piece has everything from a mini piano to triangle/circle/rectangle cut-outs to develop coordination and motor skills.

The walker part should only be used for an already walking child. If that's the case, it will be amusing to watch them pull themselves up and learn how to push it. You can set the wheels to either slow or fast modes depending on how well the child walks.

What parents say?

Product is amazing!

Only buy this if your ready to have a walking child. Product is amazing! Our son started crawling at 7 months and 2 weeks later he was pulling himself up on this and pushing it like a drunken sailor. Wheels have a slow speed for beginners and a fast speed for novices. Detachable play board that has many tunes, buttons, and activities.

Enit

Key Features:

  • Good-quality plastic
  • Speed controls on wheels
  • Multiple rollers, gears, shape sorters and buttons
  • Interactive parts for playing
  • Musical elements
  • Appeals to different ages

Verdict

This product offers versatility. While one kid pushes the walker around the room, the other one can sit and play with a detachable panel. Or it can be one of the toys that follows the growth of one child, and they use it differently as they grow up. In any case, it will provide hours of entertainment.


11. Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

Why we chose it?

Any parent would take the opportunity to free up their hands. A multi-use chair allows the baby to lay down, sit up in it and play. They can nap in it, take bottles, and simply hang out near their parents. You can rock the chair with one foot to soothe the baby while you’re doing something else.

The vibrating functionality is also a big plus. Some find the instructions slightly confusing, but it is easy to set up once you get a hold of it. The rack with animal buddies keeps them entertained and helps with gross motor skill development.

What parents say?

We love this chair

We love this chair. Our four month old does too. He can sit up in it, lay down and play. It rocks and vibrates so that is a big plus. It is easy to set up, even though the instructions are kind of confusing. It is nice to have a product for children who are a bit bigger than usual. Our four month old is almost 19 lbs so having this chair with the weight limit is great. We’ve been looking at other products too, but are glad that we have bought this chair instead.

Kevin

Key Features:

  • Holds babies up to 40 lbs.
  • Soft, padded seat
  • Stationary and rocker positions
  • Vibrating mechanism
  • Removable bat-at animal buddies

Verdict

You can recommend using the rocker when the parent wants to shower, cook dinner, or simply lie down and keep the baby safe and engaged with something. Some babies prefer rocking; others love vibrations. But if at least one trick will help the parents get the baby to sleep, they will be happy with it.


12. GERBER 19-Piece Essentials Gift Set

Why we chose it?

This large set includes almost everything you need: five onesies and two sleep n' plays, five knit caps, three bibs, and four blankets. The colors range from bright to muted, so choose one according to the parents' preferences.

The coordinating pieces look pretty while also offering high-quality. The material and stitching stand up to wear and tear and don’t change after multiple washing cycles. The clothes are specifically designed to help you get them on and off easily.

What parents say?

Very satisfied

I gave this set as a gift for friends who just had a baby. The set was perfect was it had not only short and long sleeve jumpers but also, hats, liquid proof bibs (very important) and blankets (equally important) that can serve as burp cloth etc. My friends thanked me and told me that this was the best gift they have received (even compared to what they got from family members). Perfect!!

Tilleli

Key Features:

  • Soft and breathable materials
  • Wide range of patterns
  • Great value
  • Opaque colors after washing

Verdict

This gift is perfect for expecting parents as it can be packed in a hospital bag. Not all parents want to invest in clothes for infants since they grow so quickly. But with this gift, you check an important step off their to-do list. Overall, they will have all the basics wholly covered.


13. Plush Creations Talking Sea Creature Set

Why we chose it?

The set includes several toys that are small enough for children to carry them or fit in their bags. Parents should also have enough room in the changing bag for this toy. It is great for interactive play and teaching kids some new words.

The material is soft to touch, and the colors are bright and visually stimulating. To make the toys talk, look for a locator that is beside the button. The only consideration is that it might be hard for younger kids to push the button on their own.

What parents say?

Adorable!!

This toy is absolutely adorable!! I bought this for my niece for her 1st birthday and I think she is going to love playing with it. Definitely a great value!!

Amazon Customer

Key Features:

  • Four toys and one sizeable zippered reef
  • Soft plush
  • Safe fabrics and dyes
  • Interactive, makes talking sounds
  • Washable

Verdict

Themed baby gift ideas are a great way to sneak in some educational play. You can teach them about different creatures, show them how to take them out of the zipper and put them back in, etc. Luckily, the sounds are not too loud, so it will not annoy everyone around.


14. Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Food Jar

Why we chose it?

There is a wide range of graphics so you can ask the parents what the child would enjoy. Most kids love having matching sets – with their water bottles, backpacks, etc. While it is a cute addition to their everyday life, it is convenient and also serves its purpose correctly. 

This little set is perfect for taking hot lunch to kindergarten. Make sure not to put boiling hot food inside of it, as it will stay the same temperature and make it harder to eat. Alternatively, you can pack yogurt or some other cold food, and it will remain cool until lunchtime.

What parents say?

Super cute and great heat insulation

Love this container. It's super cute, matches her lunchbox, and most importantly keeps her food warm until her lunchtime.

Carla J

Key Features:

  • Stainless steel
  • Variety of designs
  • Built-in holder
  • Safe materials for hot foods
  • Keeps both hot and cold temperatures

Verdict

If you want to help parents teach their kids independence and how to take care of themselves, this product is an essential first step. They can open the jar without adult help and attach the spork easily. Even if they drop it, it should not be an issue.


15. Organic Bamboo Baby Hooded Towel

Why we chose it?

Soft baby skin requires gentle care. For this reason, you need to look for the most delicate fabrics on the market. This natural, eco-friendly bamboo towel checks all the boxes for newborn skin needs. If you handle it correctly in the wash, it will not lose its softness in the least.

The material is durable enough to sustain many washing-machine cycles. The hood and the towel, in general, are oversized so you can use it for infants as well as keep it for when the baby grows bigger.

What parents say?

I recommend these hooded bath towels!

These hood towels are of an amazing quality. I bought several hood towels for a gift for my sisters baby shower from different brands. Decided to keep this one and returned other ones. The quality and presentable packaging is the best out of several hooded towels I ordered. Highly recommend.

Niko

Key Features:

  • 100% organic bamboo
  • Extra thick cloth
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Very absorbent material

Verdict

This example of a best newborn gift is definitely a safe bet. If parents have already purchased or been gifted some towels, an extra one will never hurt. Most reviewers are even jealous and want to purchase the same one in an adult size. It arrives in cute packaging for gifting, and a little door hanger that comes with it is an extra nice touch.

Conclusion

That concludes our list of the best baby gifts for any occasion. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the wide selection of baby products on the market, use this list to guide you. Remember that you don’t have to splurge beyond your budget – if the gift is personal and practical, any parent will be happy.

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