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The Best Newborn Baby Gifts

Buying gifts for newborns is no easy task. Here's your inspiration.

So you’re shopping for newborn gifts, and of course, you’re lost. Because here you are, wading through newborn baby gifts that don’t seem to serve any actual purpose other than taking up space. That’s why we took it upon ourselves to find the best newborn gift ideas, along with the best newborn gifts that are thoughtful, unique, memorable, and actually something parents could use. 

Newborn Gift Ideas

Babies love blocks, and now, here's a genius gift that combines blocks with classic nursery rhymes.

This 28 block set features two images from Mother Goose stories on each block. Kids can play, and learn. And it’s a beautiful gift.

This super-soft lamb is covering with shiny and soothing tags babies love to play with.

Babies can grab and yank and pull on this lamb, for seemingly ever.

This cuddly organic cotton baby towel has a hood in the center, allowing parents to wrap their babies using the entire towel and leaving no delicate skin exposed.

You really can’t get much better than this towel, which feels like a warm hug, and comes from a family-owned business.

Speaking of bathing, this is a bath mobile for the tub. Suddenly, bathtime becomes a blast.

Babies are entertained by spinning flowers and a swiveling fountain, both of which contribute to sensory development. It fits any size baby tub.

These sweet blankets have looped ribbon tags that babies love to explore and rub.

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.

This best-in-class play mat and baby gym has removable accessories for stage-based learning and five development zones for your baby, to keep him or her curious and engaged.

This play mat and baby gym turns into a fort when your child outgrows it. But first, it was specifically designed and created to promote cognitive, visual, and motor development in newborns and older babies.

For the parents who document everything on Instagram, these are the perfect blocks to showcase their newborn's development.

Created specifically to photograph well, these wood blocks can make number combinations ranging from one to 40 weeks. Sure, the concept is a bit twee, but hey, at least these are understated and cute. 

This little birdie plays 10 relaxing songs, plus the sound of mama’s heartbeat and birdsong. It'll be deeply appreciated by tired new parents.

Plus, this sound machine and sleep soother is portable, and projects a constellation of star lights colors on dark ceilings or walls.

No, babies don't need socks. Yes, these socks are damn funny, made of soft cotton, and aren't in-your-face cheesy.

There’s nothing cuter than baby feet, so wrap those chunks up in these socks. They’re amusing, and will keep baby digits warm in cold weather.

Skin care isn't the most original of gifts, but babies need to bathe, and Mustela makes some of the best stuff on the market.

Every new parent will thank you for the newborn shampoo, no-rinse cleansing water, body lotion, diaper rash cream, and cleansing gel that’s included in their prettily-packaged set.

According to Stanford Children's Health, newborns sleep roughly 16 hours a day. So they'll need plenty of sleep gear, like this organic cotton set.

Why these sleepers? Because they’re made of organic cotton, because the patterns are dreamy, and because the elastic band at the bottom and a lap neck make dressing and diaper changes easy.

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