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20 Favorite Gifts for a New Baby

gifts for babies

Today my little baby turns 3 years old (!!!!!), which has me nostalgic and weepy and retrospective. It also has me answering a lot of “What kinds of things is he into?” questions from friends and relatives looking for a birthday gift. So today I’ll be rounding up my favorite gifts for every birthday, starting with the very first birth day.

If you’re looking for a little something extra to give a new baby to celebrate his/her birth, here are 20 no-fail baby gifts:


  • Hevea Panda Teether, $13.50 1 of 20
    Hevea Panda Teether, $13.50
    The baby probably has a Sophie (or 7), but the practicality of this Hevea teether might outshine the rest. And mom will love that it's made from 100% natural rubber — meaning no phthalates, PVC, added colors, silicone, BPA, or any of the other bad stuff. It's also sustainably produced, and packaged in recycled and biodegradable materials.
    Buy from Hevea
  • Wee Gallery Art Cards, $12.95 2 of 20
    Wee Gallery Art Cards, $12.95
    Designed with bold contrasting colors and repeating patterns to stimulate developing eyes, these cards captivate newborns — especially useful during diaper changes.
    Buy from Wee Gallery
  • Blabla Rattles/Dolls, $20 – $52+ 3 of 20
    Blabla Rattles/Dolls, $20 - $52+
    Every baby needs a blabla doll — a cuddly, soft, hand-knit work of art that babies instinctively gravitate towards. I also love their miniature rattles, which are a more affordable blabla option.
    Buy from blabla
  • Skip Hop Hug & Hide Activity Toy, $16.99 4 of 20
    Skip Hop Hug & Hide Activity Toy, $16.99
    One cuddly friend opens up to reveal fun activities, like a smaller baby friend, a mirror, and teethers.
    Buy from Babies R Us
  • Skip Hop Zoo Playspot, $50 5 of 20
    Skip Hop Zoo Playspot, $50
    These colorful interlocking EVA foam tiles can be constructed into any size or shape that you'd like — and it's an instant play area for any house. (Like for tummy time!)
    Buy from Skip Hop
  • Vulli Chan Pie Gnon, $16.39 6 of 20
    Vulli Chan Pie Gnon, $16.39
    Sophie the Giraffe's lesser-known sibling is just as safe and loveable — made from natural rubber, with no unsafe chemicals or dyes. In fact, I personally think Chan Pie Gnon is easier for little hands to grasp than the infamous Sophie.
    Buy from Amazon
  • Personalized Alphabet Blocks, $26.40 7 of 20
    Personalized Alphabet Blocks, $26.40
    If you really want to go above and beyond, these personalized (organic) wooden blocks are handmade to spell out a first name, last name, or just a message.
    Buy from Little Sapling Toys on Etsy
  • Little Alouette Wooden Teething Toys, $12 – $17 8 of 20
    Little Alouette Wooden Teething Toys, $12 - $17
    When it comes to handmade wooden teething toys, Little Alouette is one of the very best — hand-carving safe, natural toys (from locally sourced hardwoods) from one mom to another.
    Buy from Little Alouette on Etsy
  • Sleep Sheep, $25 9 of 20
    Sleep Sheep, $25
    This adorable plush sheep is actually a white noise machine featuring four soothing sounds: heartbeat, spring showers, ocean surf, and whale sounds. Even if your friends are insisting on using non-electronic sleeping aids, they'll eventually thank you for this.
    Buy from Giggle
  • Treetop Friends Activity Mirror, $17 10 of 20
    Treetop Friends Activity Mirror, $17
    There's nothing sweeter than watching a baby coo and gurgle at his or her own reflection. This mirror (which can be stood upright during tummy time, or attached on other toys with the loop on the back) is full of developmental sights and sounds — including squeakers, crinklers, and mixed textures.
    Buy from Giggle, $17
  • Rainbow Fish Rattle, $18 11 of 20
    Rainbow Fish Rattle, $18
    This handmade rattle is the perfect toy for grasping, chewing, and shaking. (Mom will love that it's made with water-based dyes and natural, nontoxic oils.)
    Buy from Romp
  • Mind Shapes, $24 12 of 20
    Mind Shapes, $24
    Each shape features rattle noises and different textures, as well as developmentally stimulating colors and patterns — perfect for baby.
    Buy from giggle
  • Mushroom Pudgy Rattle, $12.99 13 of 20
    Mushroom Pudgy Rattle, $12.99
    Handmade from silky bamboo threads and stuffed with corn-derived fibers, this is a sweet (and safe!) first rattle.
    Buy from Dandelion
  • Wobble Towers, $19 14 of 20
    Wobble Towers, $19
    These gorgeous stacking toys will look as good on a shelf as they do on a play mat. And baby will love the gentle wobbling motion from the curved base. This toy is sure to become a family classic.
    Buy from Romp
  • Rabbit Ernest, $28.95 15 of 20
    Rabbit Ernest, $28.95
    Even if baby already has an overwhelming collection of plush toys, mom won't roll her eyes at this Moulin Roty bunny. There's something cuddly and comforting about this soft, easy-to-grasp rabbit that's likely to become baby's first friend.
    Buy from Amazon
  • B is for Bear, $9.95 16 of 20
    B is for Bear, $9.95
    I have to include this because it was my son's absolute favorite first book. We actually went through two copies because the first well-loved book started to fall apart at the binding. That's how many times we flipped through these pages.
    Buy from Barnes & Noble
  • aden + anais Issie security blankets, $19.95 17 of 20
    aden + anais Issie security blankets, $19.95
    If baby doesn't like to be swaddled in aden + anais swaddlers (or quickly outgrows them), these soft muslin security blankets will still give the classic comfort of aden + anais.
    Buy from aden + anais
  • Ball O Beads, $19 18 of 20
    Ball O Beads, $19
    These colorful chunky balls are woven together to be grasped, chewed, and rolled around — a perfect tactile toy.
    Buy from Romp
  • Plan Toys Activity Baby Gym, $47.90 19 of 20
    Plan Toys Activity Baby Gym, $47.90
    Mom will love that it's compact and collapsible, and baby will love the hanging toys — no blinking lights or blaring music. It's especially cool that all of the hanging toys (a rattle, grasping toy, and mirror) can all be removed and played with separately.
    Buy from Amazon
  • Any board book 20 of 20
    Any board book
    While moms will appreciate any books to grow her little one's library, board books are best for the beginning months — otherwise the pages will get ripped.

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