28 Must-Have Newborn Baby Gifts That Parents Will Be Endlessly Grateful For

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A new baby might feel like a gift all by itself—they're called bundles of joy for a reason—but that doesn't mean the baby (or, really, their parents) won't appreciate a few actual presents too. Parenting a newborn is tough, but the right newborn baby gifts can help make the process easier and be absolutely adorable at the same time.

If you want to spoil the new mother, try one of our gifts for new moms—but if you want the best baby gifts that the parents will appreciate too, perhaps you'll find the perfect one among our recommendations.

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Woolybubs Baby Shoes

Yellow baby slippers
Woolybubs

These super-sweet little slippers are a perfectly stylish (and soft) addition to your favorite baby's wardrobe. They're made of a completely biodegradable material, so when your baby outgrows the shoes, they won't clutter up the landfill—you can compost them or simply boil them away.

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Birds in Harmony Mobile

Delicate birds in red, orange, and yellow on a mobile
store.moma.org

The best baby gifts are the ones that will stay with the little one as they grow. This beautiful bird mobile, conceived by artist Katsumi Komagata, will brighten up a corner of their nursery now, but it's sophisticated enough to enjoy long after the baby's moved on from the crib.

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Nature Friends Baby Activity Chair

Woodgrain cotton-and-hemp activity chair with animal toys

This totally adorable play activity chair is stylish enough to look good in their living room—and features a bunch of fun, nature-themed toys for little ones to explore on its tray. It's made of organic cotton and hemp, so it's softer (and more eco-friendly) than many traditional baby toys.

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Kladdig Multicolor Bib

Full-sleeved bib with multi-color polkadots
Ikea

It's only a short few months before your favorite baby is moving on to cereal and baby food, so help them make dinnertime a lot less messy with this easy-clean bib made of recycled polyester and rubber that keeps their favorite outfits covered (and free of mashed squash stains or finger paint disasters when they're ready for art projects). Bonus: Just swipe it down with a damp cloth or pop it in the washing machine and it's ready for the next meal.

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Chewbeads Metropolitan Necklace

Soft sea green and beige silicone and wooden bead necklace for teething babies
Chewbeads

Babies adore pulling and chewing on jewelry—so gift your favorite new mom a perfectly polished necklace that is totally baby-safe, with silicone and wood beads perfect for teething, and a breakaway clasp for added safety.

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Honest Baby Organic Cotton Bodysuits

10 onesies in a rainbow of colors
Honest Baby Clothing

New moms can never have enough onesies—and this pretty pack of 10 organic cotton onesies have them covered in every color of the rainbow.

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4Moms Cleanwater Tub

white and blue infant tub
4Moms

Designed by moms to make bathtime super-easy, this tub keeps the water clean by allowing you to flow water in from the clean water reservoir, then flow it out through a side drain. A built-in temperature monitor ensures that the water never gets too hot for your little one. And they can readjust the tub to make it work from the newborn days until they're ready for the big tub.

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Baby Keepsake Library

Keepsake Library for Baby Gift
Uncommon Goods

That first year is a blur—and all those milestones big and small can slip away. But this clever library can help them preserve everything from their baby's favorite binkie to a lock of hair from their first haircut—so it makes a very welcome gift for new babies.

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Lou Lou & Company Dottie No Scratch Mittens

Best newborn baby gifts - Lou Lou & Company Dottie No Scratch Mittens
loulouandcompany.com

The stretchy cuffs on these too-cute mittens ensure they'll stay on (and keep the baby's hands covered, especially if they're inclined to scratch themselves in their sleep), while the cozy feel will keep the baby from wanting them off immediately.

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Baby Shusher

Best newborn baby gifts - Baby Shusher
amazon.com

A top-seller for soothing babies to sleep, this compact tool emits a calming shush to help lull babies, with 15- and 30-minute timers to work on even the most resistant sleepers. Portable with adjustable volume and easy to clean, this tool is a must for giving tired parents a break.

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Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

Best newborn baby gifts - Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
buybuybaby.com

This smartphone-controlled machine functions as a soothing sound machine and a night light in one, with tools to offer soft light for midnight-hour diaper changes and sounds for soothing and comforting. You can adjust the color, brightness, and sound, and even create custom programs that teach older kids when it's OK to get out of bed, start bathtime routines, and more.

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Cuddle + Kind Lucas the Llama

Best newborn baby gifts - Cuddle + Kind Lucas the Llama
cuddleandkind.com

This handcrafted doll is just the thing to decorate the nursery until the baby is old enough for a stuffed best friend. Made with premium cotton, safety-certified, and available in two sizes, it's the sort of newborn gift that will be kept around for decades.

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Lovevery Play Gym

lovevery.com

This adjustable, development-friendly play set grows with your baby: Designed to entertain and encourage development through the first year of the baby's life, it includes a range of tools, toys, and guides to keep baby and parents happy and occupied.

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Mushie Cleo Pacifier Clip

Best newborn baby gifts - Mushie Cleo Pacifier Clip
target.com

A new-baby must-have, this convenient—and chic—clip will make sure the all-important pacifier never falls to the floor or ground. Clip one end to the baby's clothes, loop the other around the pacifier handle, and go forth into the world.

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Boba Wrap

Best newborn baby gifts - Boba Wrap
boba.com

Machine-washable, designed to be hip-healthy, and one-size-fits-all, this dynamic wrap is the perfect low-maintenance carrier for newborns from birth to 35 pounds. Parents will love its adjustability (and washability), and babies will be comforted by the hold and fit.

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Fridababy NoseFrida Snotsucker

Best newborn baby gifts - Fridababy NoseFrida Snotsucker
amazon.com

Non-parents may cringe, but those who have already had kids know: This practical gift will turn into a must-have. Non-invasive, gentle, and with hygienic filters, this tool is a better way to clear stuffy noses (and it's all dishwasher-safe).

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Baby-Led Feeding by Jenna Helwig

Best newborn baby gifts - Baby-Led Feeding by Jenna Helwig
amazon.com

Packed with great tips, guides, recipes, and more, this book (from Real Simple's food director!) will guide parents through the transition to solid foods in a way that includes healthy, wholesome foods instead of purees and mashes. It may not be necessary at first, but parents will be ready for this book within a few months and grateful for its guidance when the time comes.

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Angelcare Baby Bath Support

Best newborn baby gifts - Angelcare Baby Bath Support
target.com

Bath time is a lot more fun—and can also actually take place in the bath—with this simple tool, which keeps the baby securely in place while you wash them. The support also has drain holes to prevent mildew buildup and hangs for quick drying.

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Lalo Chair

Best newborn baby gifts - Lalo Chair
meetlalo.com

This cute, streamlined high chair will be a hit as soon as the baby is big enough to sit up in it—and then it will last years beyond that thanks to its 2-in-1 make, which allows the high chair to be converted into a play chair later on.

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OXO Tot Space-Saving Drying Rack

Best newborn baby gifts - OXO Tot Space Saving Drying Rack
buybuybaby.com

Particularly in homes where sink and countertop space is tight, this vertical drying rack is a super-helpful gift. It can hold several bottles and lids at once without dominating the counter, and it has removable (dishwasher-safe) trays to make room for valves, pacifiers, and more.

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Kleynimals Clean Key Animals Teether

Best newborn baby gifts - Kleynimals Clean Key Animals Teether
destinationbabykids.com

Many babies love playing with (or chewing on) keys. Give parents a cleaner, safer alternative with this non-toxic stainless steel set, which lacks the potential lead contamination, sharp edges, and grime that often come along with real sets of keys.

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Aden + Anais Essentials Harry Potter Swaddle Blankets

Best newborn baby gifts - Aden + Anais Essentials Harry Potter Swaddle Blankets
buybuybaby.com

Introduce the new arrival to the magical world of Harry Potter early with this themed set, which features four pretty, themed patterns with scars, stars, snitches, and more, all printed on 100 percent cotton blankets made to be gentle against delicate skin.

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MamaRoo4 Infant Seat

Best newborn baby gifts - MamaRoo4 Infant Seat
4moms.com

This smart seat has five ranges of motion and five speed options—for a total of 25 combinations—to help the new baby feel comforted and rocked even when they aren't being held, giving parents a break.

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I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Best newborn baby gifts - I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
amazon.com

Reading to babies has proven developmental benefits, especially if you start early. Give parents something uplifting to read to their little one, even if they don't quite understand it.

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Fridababy 3-in-1 Picker

Best newborn baby gifts - Fridababy 3-in-1 Picker
target.com

One of those must-have tools that seems less like a gift and more like an essential, new parents will still be unendingly grateful for this newborn baby gift, which has four different tips for gently removing fuzz, gunk, and more from the baby's various crevices.

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Keekaroo Peanut Changer

Best newborn baby gifts -Keekaroo Peanut Changer
amazon.com

They'll be able to turn any surface into a changing table—under careful supervision, of course—with this easy-to-clean changer, which cradles the baby during changing time and then is easily wiped down immediately after. Holds up to 30 pounds.

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SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet

Best newborn baby gifts - SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet
happiestbaby.com

Packed with smart technology that imitates the calming sensations of the womb, this bassinet offers gentle rocking, soothing white noise, and swaddling for a complete sleep-promoting experience. It can automatically respond to the baby's needs if it detects fussing or crying, and it's purported to add one to two hours of valuable sleep time per night: all worthy returns for its hefty price tag.

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Modern Art Baby by Michelle Jardines

Best newborn baby gifts - Modern Art Baby by Michelle Jardines
amazon.com

Research has found that highly contrasting colors help develop little brains. Get the newborn in your life started with this colorful, bold book, which uses shapes and colors (and the author's experience as an abstract oil painter) to encourage visual excitement and stimulate newborns.

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