When you think about it, giving a present to a newborn baby is probably the easiest gift you’ll ever give. It doesn’t matter what you buy, that kid isn’t going to know, care, or remember it. Then again, their parents will. Which is why you should probably at least try to impress them with one of these newborn baby gifts.
Skip Hop Egg Shakers
If you want your buddy’s kid to have a long, fruitful musical career without necessarily having the talent to match, here are two words for you: backup percussionist. It’s the special teams of band members — all the reward, almost none of the risk. And for those who question, “Aren’t those just rattles?”, here’s a question for you: Do just rattles make three different noises?”
Sophie the Giraffe
Sophie is the inanimate kid whisperer. Babies love her, particularly teething babies who hate everyone. Nobody knows how the hell it works, and nobody needs to — it just does. This is as much a gift for the kid’s parents as it is for the kid.
If you have kids of your own, then you probably can recite the short and sweet rhythm of Margaret Wise-Brown’s classic by heart. If you haven’t read this book a million times, it’s the story of a sleepy rabbit saying goodnight to everything in his great green room, including your kid.
Dr. Seuss Stroller Toy
You know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but even newborns can have lots of good fun that is funny. Okay, so that’s from the Cat in the Hat but it applies all the same to this plush Horton hanging from their stroller, play mat, or car seat. It’s soft, organic, and the rattle inside will keep the newborn baby entertained when all they can do is just sit, sit, sit, sit.
Laifa Baby Zippy Jamz Dual Zipper Sleep Sack
There’s nothing worse than finally getting a kid ready for bed only to realize that “oops, they crapped their pants” and, guess who’s starting the whole process over again? Ask any parent you know. If said newborn baby was wearing a ZippyJam, however, that diaper change would be a breeze. These sleepers feature an ingenious, patent-pending two-zipper design: one zipper runs from foot to collar for dressing, the other along the inseam for easy diaper access. They’re made of organic cotton, use lined zippers that won’t pinch, and are available in a number of colorful styles with fun names like Go Go Geometric and Sleepy Clouds.
Koala Baby Lamb Plush Mat
Because your new-parent friends can’t hold that newborn baby all the time, give them a safe place to put the child down while they enjoy a well-deserved turkey sandwich. This little lamb mat is super soft, grips the floor, and is machine washable when baby spits up.
Fantastic Firsts Personalized Milestone Cards
This handsome set of 30 illustrated cards highlights [insert the child’s name here — it’s personalized!] first-year milestones with fun animal drawings, all ready to snap/post those pics to social media. Flip ’em over though and there’s space to fill in the pertinent details of said accomplishment. They also provide a checklist of year-one milestones so their parents can tick them all off.
Mary Meyer Taggies Oodles Owl Cozy Blanket
Who’s your favorite new kid on the block? Who? Who? This 16-inch by 16-inch cozy blanket rocks 23 of those looped ribbon tabs infants love to play with, is embroidered with Oodles the Owl, and has a soft satin backside that’s as smooth as the newborn baby’s.
Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo
Okay, so baby may not be stacking Tobbles right out of the womb but it never hurts to give a 6-month-old a head start. These six colorful pieces are “uniquely weighted” so they balance, nest, and spin beyond the newborn baby’s “wildest expectations.”
Rubbabu Elephant on Wheels
Rubbabu’s all-natural soft rubber toys are squishy and fuzzy and perfect for infants to grab on to and play with. They come in all sorts of designs — from animals, blocks, and balls to cars, trucks, and elephants on wheels.
Oli & Carol Vintage Animals
These animals, which are inspired by 60s-era design, offer a different vibe in children’s toys. They’re soft and great for teething babies. There are five in all and you can choose from Bob the Bunny, Bubbles the Sea Horse, and more.
Yoee Baby bills itself as the “most-funded baby toy in Kickstarter history,” and all that cash may have been worth it. The toy, similar to rubbing your newborn with a feather, exercises your baby’s sense of touch. Once they can reach and grab, it can help develop their motor skills, too. It also has a rattle and teether built-in. Choose from six different animals to find the right fit for you.