Best Newborn Baby Gifts of 2020

Are you heading to a baby shower? Finding the best newborn baby gifts can be a challenge. Nobody wants to gift the baby something that will be useless and just take up space in the house.

So how do you choose the best newborn baby gifts? What makes a baby gift good? What do you even get a newborn who can’t do anything yet?

We’re going to go over all things newborn and give you some tips for the best gifts. We’re also going to highlight our top 25.

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    Buying Newborn Gifts

    Let’s cut to the chase: babies are expensive. As much as the parents-to-be may say they don’t want anything, there are some must-haves that everyone needs. Consider some of these options:

    1. Clothing

    If there’s one thing we’ve learned about parenthood, it’s that babies can be absolutely disgusting. From diaper blowouts to the first food experiences, baby clothes are bound to get ruined. Having some extras never hurt anyone.

    2. Keepsakes

    Memory books and other keepsakes are sweet and personal gifts. Most parents don’t think about these until they realize they haven’t recorded anything.

    Some people even have their baby memory books sitting out at their high school graduation parties. This means you’re gifting something that will last a lifetime.

    3. Toys and Books

    Toys and books may seem unnecessary for a newborn, but some can actually be beneficial. There are some things to keep in mind:

    • Sensory toys: Any toy that can make noise, light-up, or has different textures can be beneficial to a baby’s development. For the first few months, babies can mostly see black and white. High-contrast items will be entertaining for them (1).
    • Board books: As the baby gets older, they’re going to learn to grasp things. Board books provide a sturdier structure to hold onto.
    • Teethers: These have different textures to help soothe the baby’s gums and come in a ton of cute and fun designs. Some may even have a rattle attached.
    • Activity mats: These are bigger items, so make sure you don’t get a duplicate or one that the parents won’t like. They come with a soft mat for baby to lay on. They’ll also sometimes have toys that hang over the top for baby to look at and play with.

    4. Gift Cards

    Last but not least, the gift card. Don’t feel bad if you give a gift card. These can come in handy and help alleviate costs for new parents.

    What to Avoid When Shopping

    Keep in mind, there is such a thing as a bad baby gift. However, nobody wants to be the one who gifts the parents-to-be something inconvenient or distasteful. Here are some helpful guidelines to follow.

    • Baby sleepers with buttons: This may not seem like a big deal, but it will when mom or dad are trying to change a poopy diaper in the middle of the night.
    • Formula: This may be well-meaning, but formula shouldn’t be gifted unless the parents have explicitly asked for it.
    • Elaborate outfits: They’re adorable, don’t get us wrong, but chances are the baby will outgrow it before they have a chance to wear it.
    • Anything that goes against the parents’ interests or values: This can include religious-themed gifts or clothing with suggestive wording the parents may be uncomfortable with.
    • Newborn-size clothing: If you want to gift something the baby can wear right away, we suggest sticking to size “0-3 months”. Based on experience, this size will last a little longer.
    • Unsafe materials: If you want to give something like a teether or rattle, make sure they don’t contain anything that can be toxic to babies. Look out for labels that mention things like “non-toxic,” “BPA-free,” “no parabens,” etc.
    • Teething jewelry: The Food and Drug Administration recommends using teething toys for relief rather than teething jewelry. Teething jewelry can come with risks like choking or strangulation.

    The Best Newborn Baby Gifts of 2020

    Now that we’ve covered the ins and outs of choosing a newborn baby gift, it’s time to make a choice. Here are our top picks for newborn baby gifts.

    1. Vicks Starry Night Humidifier

    Best Gift for Sick Babes

    Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier with Projector & VapoPad Scent Pad...
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    This product is a must-have for when baby gets congested or needs a little extra light in order to sleep. It’s a cool mist humidifier that comes with a slot to insert Vicks VapoPads to help open nasal passageways.

    Along with that, it has a starry night projector that will project the moon and stars onto the ceiling in changing colors. This is a nice way to help soothe baby to sleep.

    It’s easy to clean and has two separate speed settings. We recommend using the low setting during sleep time. The high setting makes a significant noise so unless your baby likes this, it may interrupt sleep.

    The first time our daughter caught a cold, we were miserable until we remembered we had this. Up until that point, we only used it as a nightlight. Once we turned it on with one of the pads, our daughter instantly went to sleep without hesitation.

    It should be noted that your baby should be at least 14 pounds before using Vicks tabs with this humidifier.

    2. Baby Bandana Drool Bibs

    Drooling in Style

    Baby Organic Bandana Drool Bibs 8 Pack for Girls, Hypoallergenic Absorbent Soft...
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    Let’s be honest, babies are a drooling mess when they’re teething. That’s why drool bibs come in handy. Not only will they save baby’s clothing, but they’ll help prevent uncomfortable rashes, too.

    We like this drool bib set because it comes in a pack of eight bibs and there are two different themes to choose from. These can fit newborns to toddlers and are made of soft organic cotton for extra comfort.

    3. As You Grow Modern Memory Book

    Guaranteed to Last

    As You Grow: A Modern Memory Book for Baby
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    Nothing is better than being able to keep something that baby can look back on when they’re older and reminisce. This memory book is gender neutral and has enough acid-free pages to record moments from pregnancy up until kindergarten.

    It’s broken up into sections and comes with a pocket where you can store keepsakes as well. While baby won’t be able to fully appreciate this until they’re older, it’s a sweet gesture.

    4. Boppy Newborn Lounger

    Sit Back and Relax

    Boppy Original Newborn Lounger, Hello Baby Black and Gold
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    As much as a new baby wants to be held, there are going to be times when that just isn’t possible. This lounger will allow baby to feel comfy and snug. It’s lightweight and comes with a handle for easy transport, plus it’s machine washable.

    This product is recommended for newborns up to 16 pounds or until your baby can roll over on their own.

    5. Welcome Little One Board Book

    Best Book for Welcoming Baby

    Welcome Little One
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    If you want to give something heartfelt, consider this board book. It comes with colorful illustrations and a rhyming poem that promises baby a lifetime of love and care.

    There’s also a spot where you can fill in baby’s information. This includes their name and birth stats.

    6. Manhattan Toy Winkel Teether

    Work Those Hands

    Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy
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    This toy is perfect for helping the baby work on their grip and early dexterity skills. On top of that, the plastic loops are BPA-free so it’s okay if baby puts it in their mouth. It has a rattling sound when shaken.

    This teether has won several awards including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award.

    7. Monthly Milestone Blanket

    Documenting Baby Milestones

    Baby Monthly Milestone Blanket |DOUBLE SIDED + WREATH FRAME| Growth Month...
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    If the parents-to-be are into social media, this may be a good gift to consider. This milestone blanket is double-sided with one side for age and the other for milestones. It comes with a matching wreath to use for pictures and a storage box.

    Aside from picture time, this can also be laid out on the floor so baby can have comfortable tummy time. It comes with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee.

    8. Little Remedies Essentials Kit

    Essential Newborn Remedies

    Little Remedies Infant Essentials Value Pack | 3 Great Products for Baby's Nose...
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    This may not seem exciting but it will come in handy. In this kit, you get a variety of medicinal essentials for different ailments. That includes saline spray, a nasal aspirator, gas relief drops, butt paste, and gripe water.

    Gripe water is a solution of herbs and extracts from foods like ginger and fennel seeds. It’s said to help soothe gas and reduce colic in babies.

    All products are paraben-free and don’t contain any artificial dyes or flavors.

    9. Bubaloo Baby Teether

    Because Teething Sucks

    BABY TEETHING TOYS BPA FREE - Silicone Elephant Teether with Pacifier Clip...
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    There is nothing worse than a teething child. Not only do teethers help sore gums but by keeping baby calm, they keep parents from totally losing their minds.

    This baby teether comes in two options, an elephant or a butterfly. It also doubles as a pacifier clip so you don’t need to worry about baby losing their binky or their teether.

    The teether is made from BPA-free, food-grade silicone to ensure no toxins reach your baby. It should still be washed before the first use and can be cleaned with soap and warm water or pacifier wipes.

    10. The I Love You Book

    A Sweet Read

    The I LOVE YOU Book
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    This is a silly, yet heartfelt book that the baby is sure to enjoy well into toddlerhood. The author uses simple and vibrant illustrations.

    The wording he uses reminds baby that their parents love them even when they do naughty things like hiding keys.

    11. Baby University ABC’s Four-Book Set

    Future Scientists, Unite!

    Baby University ABC's Board Book Set: Four Alphabet Board Books for Toddlers...
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    If the parents-to-be are into science, this book set would make the perfect gift for their new baby. This set comes with four board books — ABCs of Space, Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

    Even though the content is far beyond their years, it still makes for a lovely bonding experience between caregiver and baby. Never too young to enjoy books.

    12. Baby Aspen Bathrobe

    After-Bath Snuggles

    Baby Aspen 'Let the Fin Begin' Shark Robe, Pink, 0-9 Months
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    If you want to gift a bathtime item, consider one of these bathrobes. It fits babies 0-9 months and comes in six different designs. You can choose between a pink shark or bunny, cat, lamb, unicorn, or princess.

    This is a thick terry towel and is made from 100 percent cotton. It also comes with a hood to help keep baby warm.

    13. Safety 1st Deluxe Health Kit

    Safety First

    Safety 1st Deluxe 25-Piece Baby Healthcare and Grooming Kit (Arctic Blue)
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    If you want practicality, then consider gifting this 25-piece health/hygiene kit. This one comes with everything needed for grooming including a convenient carrying case.

    It includes nail clippers and filers and items to help with the dispensing of medicine. On top of that, there’s an emergency information card that parents can fill out if needed.

    14. Skip Hop Silver Lining Playmat

    Gender Neutral and Aesthetically Pleasing

    Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Baby Play Mat and Infant Activity Gym, Multi-Color...
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    Activity mats are a popular item on baby registries, so why not try this oversized one? It has a sweet gender-neutral design so you don’t need to worry whether mom is having a boy or girl.

    In gym mode, baby can play with the removable toys that include a mirror, rattling star, and squeaker among others. The fabric is plush and soft so baby will always be comfortable. A cloud-shaped pillow is included for tummy time.

    15. Baby Quote Socks

    Best Novelty Gift

    Baby Socks Gift Set - Unique Baby Shower or Newborn Present | Cute Fun Quotes...
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    Novelty gifts are always a fun way to celebrate a new baby. These baby socks are just too cute. The pack comes with four different pairs of socks, each with a different saying on the bottom.

    They’re gender-neutral and are soft to the touch to ensure comfort for baby’s sensitive feet.

    16. HALO Baby Swaddle Sleepsack

    Swaddle Me Comfy

    HALO Sleepsack 100% Cotton Swaddle, Cream, Newborn
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    When babies are first born, swaddling is a must to help control their startle reflex while sleeping. This sleep sack is recommended by many hospitals. Some may even send parents home with one, too.

    The fabric is cozy and warm and made from 100 percent cotton. Parents simply zip baby into it with their arms through the armholes. Then they fold over the velcro flaps to hold their arms in place.

    This product makes swaddling a much easier process than when you use a regular blanket. There are 40 designs and colors to choose from, so you can choose your favorite.

    17. Baby University Four-Book Set

    Future Scientist: Part Two

    Baby University Board Book Set: Four Science Board Books for Babies (Baby...
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    This is one that could be paired with our other future-scientist set. It also comes with four books for baby including an introduction to Quantum Physics, Rocket Science, General Relativity, and Newtonian Physics.

    The wording is as simple as possible and the illustrations are vibrant and bright. This is perfect for new babies as their eyesight is developing.

    18. BiBang Baby Head Wraps

    Fashionista Baby

    BiBang Baby Girls Toddler Bow Headbands Turban Knot Rabbit Hairband Headwrap...
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    These headwraps are awfully adorable. They’re small enough to fit the little ones but have enough stretch in them to last a few years.

    They come in a pack of six head wraps and there are two styles available. One is polka dot with a simple bow and the other is a knotted design.

    19. Warner Bros Snuggle This Outfit

    You’re a Wizard, Baby

    Harry Potter Baby Boys' Layette Clothing Set Bodysuit Pants with Footies & Hat
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    For any Harry Potter fans out there, this is the perfect gift. This baby outfit comes with a onesie, pants, and a hat. This would make a nice, funny gift for pictures.

    The fabric is made out of 100 percent cotton and is lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking. It’s also machine washable and dryer-safe.

    20. Knit Swaddle Sleeping Bag

    Baby, It’s Cold Outside

    XMWEALTHY Newborn Baby Wrap Swaddle Blanket Knit Sleeping Bag Receiving Blankets...
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    This thick knit sleeping bag is great for families who live in cooler climates. It’s made from cozy material and comes in 10 different color options. The wooden buttons and hooded design add to the appeal.

    It’s most suitable for babies ages 0 to 6 months and can be fastened and unfastened easily for quick diaper changes and removing the baby.

    21. Burt’s Bees Baby Trial Set

    Best Bath Gift

    Burt's Bees Baby Getting Started Gift Set, 5 Trial Size Baby Skin Care Products...
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    If you want to gift something that you know baby will use, consider this bath set. It comes with trial-size bottles of shampoo/baby wash, lotion, rash cream, baby oil, and soap.

    Pediatrician tested and tear-free, you know you’re getting some quality products. We appreciate the small bottles, which are perfect for trying but not having to commit to. Also ideal for traveling with baby.

    22. Bigface Up Swaddle Set

    For the Flower Child

    Bigface Up Swaddle Sack,Newborn Baby Sleep Blanket with Headband (3 Sets)
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    The swaddle set comes with three blankets and matching headbands for each. The fabric is super stretchy and is able to fit babies from 0 to 3-months-old.

    Best of all? No velcro, zippers or snaps with this swaddle option which means ultimate comfort for the babes.

    23. Beebico Pacifier Clip & Teether

    Cheeky Coffee Theme

    BPA Free Pacifier Clip Holder Set - Baby Teething Toys for Girl- Silicone Beaded...
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    This pacifier clip and teether combo is another good option if you want to gift something to help with teething. This particular one comes in the shape of a coffee cup and has pale pink, gray, and white coloring.

    It conveniently clips to your baby’s clothing or car seat as well so it’s great for outings.

    24. Noggin Stick

    Baby’s First Sensory Toy

    SmartNoggin NogginStik Developmental Light-Up Rattle - Encourage Developmental...
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    Many parents consider this one the “ultimate sensory toy.” It has high-contrasting colors and lights up. This is really beneficial for baby’s developing eyesight.

    It has different textures for baby to feel, a mirror on the bottom, and makes a rattle noise when shaken. This toy is sure to keep baby’s attention and make tummy time much more fun.

    This toy also comes with a booklet to give parents tips on how to use it in a developmentally appropriate way.

    25. Goline Nursery Night Light

    Keep the Monsters Away

    GoLine Bunny LED Children Night Light, Cute Rabbit Multicolor Silicone Soft Baby...
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    If the upcoming baby is anything like most other children, they may develop a fear of the dark. This night light comes in three modes and lights up with different colors just by tapping on the silicone surface.

    The lamp itself is made out of BPA-free silicone. There’s a built-in battery for portable use, and the lamp can be charged in three-hours time via the micro USB port.

    Be the Best Gifter at the Party

    We threw a lot of information at you in this post. Hopefully, it helped in choosing the best newborn baby gift for what you need.

    Our favorite is the Vicks Starry Night Humidifier because when babies get sick, it’s tough. This product has been a lifesaver for our family and we hope it can help other families, too. Having something that can help keep the air clean and let them sleep easier is a definite win in our books.

    Have you used any of these products? Which is your favorite? Let us know!

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