The 10 Best Baby Gifts

Updated November 17, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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10. Cloud B Twilight Constellation Night Light

The Cloud B Twilight Constellation Night Light will transform a little one's room into a panorama of a starry night sky, offering soothing fascination in the comfort of the crib. The undulating blue, green, and amber colors captivate older kids, too.
  • suitable for infants and young kids
  • auto shutoff after 45 minutes
  • no option to stay on all night
Brand Cloud b
Model 7323-ZZ
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

9. BubbyBabies Blanket and Rattle Set

Most of the components of the BubbyBabies Blanket and Rattle Set are super soft, making it ideal for little ones who are still developing their motor skills. Its seams are tightly stitched to ensure it will hold up well through lots of snuggling.
  • rattle handle is easy to grasp
  • gender neutral theme
  • embroidered words are stiff
Brand BubbyBabiesTM
Model pending
Weight 8.8 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Baby Aspen Terry Shark Robe

This Baby Aspen Terry Shark Robe features an incredibly charming and snugly design perfect for keeping little ones warm after bath time. Its hood resembles shark's teeth and the buttons look like a little shark's tail, for lots of fun pretend play.
  • ideal for infants from 0 to 9 months
  • 100-percent cotton construction
  • does not hold up well in the wash
Brand Baby Aspen
Model BA14003BL
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Laugh and Learn Puppy

The Laugh and Learn Puppy is an adorable way for your young baby to learn words and music while enjoying a cuddly good time. The puppy responds to a little one's touch with phrases, songs, and giggles, and can teach letters, colors, counting, and body parts.
  • large variety of responses
  • learning level changes as baby grows
  • seven activation points
Brand Fisher-Price
Model BLW32
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Cloud-b Sound Machine

This soft and snugly Cloud-b Sound Machine is made from 100% polyester and is designed to lull your little one to sleep with soothing noises that help block background sounds and create familiar comfort anywhere. It's the ideal travel accessory for little ones.
  • fits in most diaper bags
  • four sound options
  • adjustable volume settings
Brand Cloud b
Model 7302-ZZ
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Gund Winky Lamb Huggybuddy

If you can't decide between a plush toy and a baby blanket, get your little one the Gund Winky Lamb Huggybuddy. It's both items in one cute package that will keep baby warm and happy no matter where they are. It's also available in an elephant version.
  • embroidered facial details
  • conveniently machine-washable
  • soft and smooth satin underside
Brand GUND
Model 058928
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Aveeno Baby Mommy & Me

With everything from baby lotion and shampoo to lavender and chamomile body wash, the Aveeno Baby Mommy & Me is just as much a gift for mom as it is for baby. It's also a great comprehensive bathing set for grandparents to keep on hand for those unexpected family visits.
  • ideal for soothing a baby's skin
  • recommended by pediatricians
  • comes with a handy canvas tote
Brand Aveeno Baby
Model -1887
Weight 2.8 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Baby Aspen Five Little Monkeys Gift Set

The Baby Aspen Five Little Monkeys Gift Set will be remembered for years to come. It comes with a keepsake basket with an embroidered liner that's perfect for holding all of the many components of this gift, or for general storage when they outgrow some of the toys.
  • includes a soft banana rattle
  • comes with a velour blankie
  • wooden nap time door hanger
Brand Baby Aspen
Model BA11013NA
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Sassy Bumpy Ball

The Sassy Bumpy Ball is proof that you don't need to spend a lot of money to get a high quality toy that helps with child development. It features lots of bright colors and bold patterns designed to capture and keep a kid's attention, and contains rattle beads.
  • easy for babies to grasp
  • great for parent-child catch games
  • becomes an instant favorite toy
Brand Sassy
Model 80109
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. VTech Learning Walker

It's never too early to start exposing your baby to the world of learning, especially through motion and music. The VTech Learning Walker helps to encourage your baby's creativity with its five piano keys and pretend telephone for imaginative play.
  • bright colors keep kids engaged
  • plays 70 singalong songs
  • shape sorters develop motor skills
Brand VTech
Model 80-077001
Weight 5.6 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

What Do You Get A Baby?

Some people are notoriously difficult to shop for. We all have that one person in our lives who, even if you put a tremendous amount of thought and effort into a gift for them, will seem unimpressed by its emergence from all that carefully applied wrapping paper. Either you were way off the mark, or you were so very on the mark that you went out and bought them something they already have.

Really, there’s no shame in either outcome. If you got something they already have, then you clearly have an amazing sense of who they are and what they want, even if you aren’t up to snuff on the inventory of their worldly possessions. Even if you get something that totally misfires, the chances are that it had more to do with mixed signals (or no signals) coming from them than it did with your thoughtfulness. Some people have walls up.

This kind of thing shouldn’t really apply to babies, though. They don’t have quite enough awareness yet to really discern what they like from what they don’t like beyond feelings of discomfort and feelings of comfort. If they find themselves wet or hungry, they’re liable to cry about it. If they’re all cozy and warm, they’ll probably just drift off to a peaceful sleep. Taste in food is probably the only thing they develop a real discernment toward in their early months, and nobody buys a baby a case of food as a present.

To clarify the category of baby gifts, it may help to take a look at an old adage from the entertainment industry. When a production of any kind — be it film, television, commercial, etc. — seeks to cast a child, they’re really casting the parents. If a child has the look a director or producer wants and they seem even slightly pliable, then they can usually get the job done. The biggest differences come among “set parents,” who can either be the more insecure and demanding than the biggest divas out there, or they can be the perfect ally in capturing a great performance.

The same can be said for buying a baby gift. The kids barely know what it is you’re placing in front of them, but the parents sure do. If they don’t like it, you can be sure the kid will never see it, and will never get a chance to like it.

How To Buy The Right Gift For A Baby’s Parent

If it’s true that any gift you buy for a baby is primarily evaluated in the eyes of the parents, then it’s their tastes and preferences you should keep in the front of your mind as you evaluate the options on our list. What might thrill one parent to receive may cause another to blacklist you from all future events involving the child in question.

For example, there are incredibly engaging toys on the market that come in a slew of vibrant colors. They have flashing lights and a litany of interesting sounds, and many have the potential to add a little educational flair to playtime. And I have a dear friend in Maine who hates nothing the way he hates these types of toys. His son is almost three now, and I was fortunate enough to know the couple to the extent that I avoided getting them one of these contraptions. Instead, these parents prefer soft, simple toys for their child that maintain an atmosphere of peace and tranquility (as much as can be found in a house with a newborn, anyway).

Other parents, however, see this mindset as elitist and counterproductive. Our world is getting busier, louder, more colorful, and decidedly more distracting by the day. Many parents believe that depriving a child of toys that might prepare him or her for the world into which they will soon grow up can put them at a significant cognitive disadvantage.

A final important consideration — one that few parents even thought about a couple of generations ago — is the issue of gender in gift selection. Many parents today prefer to keep their children’s toys and clothes as gender-neutral as possible, both to keep gender norms from impinging upon the development of their child’s identity and to prepare the child for a world in which the concept of gender is becoming more fluid. Of course, there are parents out there who want to raise their children to meet the gender expectations of their sex, and if you get an intentionally gender-neutral (or gender oppositional) toy for a child of these parents, your friendship may very well suffer.

Buying For The Actual Baby

If you have a particularly close relationship to the baby in question (maybe you’re a parent or godparent, close aunt or uncle), then you might not have to worry so much about how the parents might react to certain types of gifts. You also probably have an inside track on how the child is developing and what their needs may be. As such, you’re in a position to buy with the baby in mind, and not the parents.

Babies’ skin is extraordinarily soft and smooth, except when it isn’t. Issues like diaper rash and other skin ailments can make their first year of life rather uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are all kinds of products out there that can help ease their suffering and bring their skin back to its natural, healthy state.

Some babies are very clingy. They may suffer from mild separation anxiety when their parents or caretakers leave the room. A high-quality stuffed animal might just be the ticket to keep the little one feeling safe and sound. Just don’t leave these in the crib with the child, as they can increase the risk of suffocation.

If the child has begun teething, any device that can mitigate the pain and discomfort this causes would be most welcome. These can be classic teething rings or more modern incarnations. Just know that if you get the kid a bottle of rum for its parents to rub along the gum line, most of it is liable to go to the grownups.



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Last updated on November 17, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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