The 13 Best Baby Boy Gifts to Buy in 2019

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Whether you’re welcoming a new bundle of joy or celebrating a milestone, we found some of the best-loved gifts for a baby boy. From fashion-forward drool wear to wooden activity centers for busy hands, there’s something for everyone at every price point.

Our gift guide is geared for baby boys newborn to 12 months, however, many of our choices will be well-loved long after they turn one. Chock-full of highly rated, parent-approved favorites, our picks include the very best toys, essentials and memorabilia for gifting.

Our Top Picks


Most Popular: Baby Hand & Footprint Picture Frame Kit

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For a truly heartwarming gift consider the frame that allows parents to forever capture those little hands and feet. This simplistic 9x11 white frame comes with a place to easily make an imprint of baby’s chubby hand and foot along with two spots for special photos. The easy-to-follow instructions walk mom and dad through the casting process. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete this fun DIY, but it will be cherished for a lifetime.


Best Overall: Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Keep baby engaged with this best-selling Jumperoo. There’s no shortage of colorful, interactive spinners, roller-balls, and light-up whatchamacallits. This play center will bounce with baby’s movements, encouraging muscle and balance development. Brain-building play helps develop baby’s motor control and hand-eye coordination while giving parents a much-needed hands-free break.

Parents will love that this play station is both safe and comfortable for their little guy. The Jumperoo comes with a soft padded seat that swivels with baby’s movements. As baby grows, so too can the Jumperoo, with three different height settings to accommodate babies up to 25 lbs. and 32”. One of our favorite features is how easily this can be tucked away when not in use. The base easily converts to a nested position making this ideal for parents tight on space or for transporting to grandma’s house.


Best for New Walkers: Robeez Super Sporty Lime Loafer

 These will be the only shoes your little man will need. They are crafted from soft, high-quality leather to protect tiny toes. Their non-slip construction ensures that even the most active little one won’t accidentally lose a shoe. Fun designs and machine washability make these the go-to shoes for chubby baby feet.


Best Budget: Bandana Bibs, Set of 8

Who says essentials like bibs can’t be on trend? These adorable bandana style bibs not only catch all of the mess, but they’re a fashion statement. Spit happens—constant drool and damp around baby’s neck can be irritating and damaging to those adorable baby duds. These double-layered, moisture wicking bibs have literally got baby covered. The 100% cotton outer layer quickly absorbs mishaps while the polyester-fleece backing keeps moisture from baby’s clothing and skin. An adjustable snap closure allows for the bib to be adjusted as baby grows. And our favorite part, they come with a 100% ‘Risk-Free Satisfaction Guarantee.’


Runner-Up, Best for New Walkers: Kakalu Assorted Non-Skid Baby Socks, 6-Pairs

 As baby begins to cruise around the house they will need a little extra protection against slips. These socks are specially designed with anti-slip, non-skid technology to help baby’s little feet grip the ground when standing or walking. We love the neutral pack of gray, black and cream socks but they are also available in fun bright colors with the same anti-slip bottom.


Best for Bedtime: HALO Sleep Sack Plush Dot Velboa Wearable Blanket

New parents can rest assured that when they zip their little one in for the night, they won’t have to worry about tangled blankets or chilly bottoms. The HALO Sleep Sack keeps baby snug and warm without adding unnecessary blankets in the crib. Soft plush dot velboa will keep baby warm with plenty of leg room for kicking and stretching.

The Sleep Sack is available in small (10-18 lbs.), medium (16-24 lbs.) and large (22-28 lbs.). One feature parents are sure to love is the reversible zipper on the bottom of the sleep sack. This allows for easy access without having to unzip baby out of the entire thing to do a middle of the night diaper change.


Best for Preserving Memories: Lucy Darling Little Animal Lover Memory Book

This adorable book will help new parents track their baby’s milestones. With simple to use fill-in-the-blank pages to document everything from monthly milestones to baby’s favorite foods and first home. This eco-friendly book comes with 48 pages to fill with things like ultrasound pics, baby’s first footprints, his birth announcement and hospital bracelet, a family tree and so much more. Parents can capture all of the special moments as their baby boy develops month-to-month in an easy-to-use 9x9 layout. This is sure to be a cherished keepsake.


Best Educational: Hape Country Critters Wooden Activity Play Cube

This is one toy that will last a lifetime. Solid wood craftsmanship paired with brightly colored non-toxic play elements make this the perfect toy for busy hands. With four sides and a table top packed with moveable beads, spinning mazes, shape sorters and more, there are endless play possibilities. Durable construction ensures that it won’t easily tip, making it ideal for little ones to hold onto while at play.


Best for Swaddling: aden + anais Swaddle Blankets, Set of 4

These muslin swaddlers make the perfect gift as they are both trendy and essential. Swaddling is one of the best ways to bring a baby comfort, and these 100% cotton, lightweight, oversized (47”x 47”) blankets make swaddling baby a snap. The uses for these ideal blankets go far beyond just swaddling. Their lightweight fabric makes for an excellent nursing cover, stroller blanket, or burp cloth. And if you're not sure about this color and design combo check out any of the other 21 combo packs available. They all have fashion-forward color combos and designs!


Best for Playtime: VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck

 Busy boys will love the lights, sounds and interactive play with this dump truck. Ideal for play that aids in the development of motor skills—big, brightly colored buttons teach simple phrases, color recognition, and melodies. For early walkers the pull-string allows baby to pull it around and explore their environment. Complete with 3 ‘boulders’ sized just right for little hands that can be popped into the cab of the truck to hear it count aloud.

Parents will appreciate the volume control: off, low, high for when they need a little quiet time. From the makers of award winning learning toys, this dump truck is a perfect first toy. Suited for little ones ages 6 months to 3 years.


Best for Bathtime: Aveeno Baby Mommy & Me Gift Set

Perfectly packaged in a reusable canvas storage box this set of daily essentials has a little of something for both momma and baby. Aveeno is known for their soothing colloidal oatmeal formula that is gentle enough to use on newborn skin. Included in the gift set for baby is a full-sized bottle of Baby Wash & Shampoo, a Daily Moisture lotion, and Baby Calming Comfort Bath and lotion for those fussy nights. And when mom needs to unwind the set has a little something for her too. Included for mom is a full-sized bottle of Stress Relief Body Wash. 


Best for Teethers: Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy

Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy


The easy-grip, BPA-free teether is a must-have toy for babies 0-24 months. The lightweight design is ideal for helping to develop hand-eye coordination and a two-handed grip. Pliable, brightly colored, loops intersect on a center cube that makes a soft rattling sound with movement. The loops are made of durable, yet soft, plastic that won’t break down. For added enjoyment this toy can be popped into the freezer to soothe a teething baby’s sore gums.


Best Sensory Toy: Noggin Stik Baby Toy

 This textured, easy-grasp baby toy is quickly gaining popularity among new parents as a top rated interactive toy. The happy Noggin Stik face lights up with a soft red, blue or green light alternating colors with movement. The black and white base is a rattle with a mirror fitted in the bottom for reflective fun. The design of this toy will keep baby engaged and stimulated with its multi-functional use.

Tested by Verywell

How We Tested

We bought a top-rated gift for a baby boy and our reviewers (and their families) tested it for one hour. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these gifts, from their usefulness to their entertainment value. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Gift for a Baby Boy

Usefulness: While there’s an array of adorable baby items to choose from, sometimes the most appreciated ones are those that are the most useful — the ones parents reach for over and over and wonder how they’d survive without them. If you opt for a more practical gift, rest assured it’ll be appreciated down the line.

Sentimentality: If you want a gift that’s going to be cherished for years to come, select something meaningful. Items that commemorate or capture a baby’s milestones in some way are often favorites for sentimental parents — and many can be personalized to make them even more special!

Fun: Toys make great baby gifts, and there are options aplenty. From rattles and fun teethers for infants to toys they’ll have fun with when they get a bit older, choose a gift that’ll keep them engaged. Just be sure to consider age recommendations and other safety warnings, too.

Test Results: Baby Hand & Footprint Picture Frame Kit (Most Popular)

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What We Like

  • Clear instructions

  • Easy to use

  • Looks beautiful

What We Don't Like

  • Clay feels uneven

Baby Hand & Footprint Picture Frame Kit
Baby Hand & Footprint Kit
Baby Hand & Footprint Picture Frame
Baby Hand & Footprint
Baby Picture Frame Kit
Baby Hand & Footprint

This product won over our testers because it was simple to set up and easy to use. One reviewer also thought it looked great: “The frame is sleek and clean looking,” she said. “Even with uneven clay, the footprint looks beautiful.” Our testers didn’t have many negative things to say, but one noted that she was unable to achieve a smooth finish with the clay — even after rolling it for five minutes and flattening it with a mug: “If you have an infant,” she explained, “you’ll likely have trouble getting a clean handprint or footprint. I found that it was just easier to get a footprint, though that took a few tries, too!”

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