The 34 Best Baby Gifts of 2019

Keep those little ones busy and entertained with these gifts

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Our Top Picks

Monthly Milestone Swaddle Blanket at uncommongoods.com

"The Monthly Milestone Swaddle Blanket allows new parents to commemorate each month of a child’s growth until he or she reaches a year old."

L.L. Bean Everyday Tote at llbean.com

"A personalized tote bag with the baby's name is the best baby gift new parents didn't know they needed."

Artifact Uprising Baby Board Book at artifactuprising.com

"This thoughtful gift allows gift-givers to create a personalized keepsake featuring up to 40 pages of personal photographs."

Zutano Unisex-Baby Newborn Cozie Fleece Bootie at Amazon

"These newborn booties feature a two-snap enclosure that safely — and comfortably — secures the booties on even the tiniest feet."

World of Eric Carle, My First Library Board Book Block 12-Book Set at Amazon

"This box set includes twelve sturdy board books featuring Eric Carle’s classic illustrations and serves as great teaching tool."

Birth Announcement Pillows at uncommongoods.com

"Inspired by vintage subway signs from the 1920s and 30s, these pillows can be customized."

Faux Fur Kitty Baby Hooded Towel at potterybarnkids.com

"Lined with soft terry cloth, the towel transforms an adorable baby human into an adorable baby kitten."

Hatch Baby Rest Night Light and Sound Machine at Amazon

"Both a night light and a sound machine, the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine has an app that allows parents to adjust remotely."

Sherpa Baby Blanket at potterybarnkids.com

"This cozy blanket comes in three colors, and can be personalized with a baby’s name in nine different types of fonts."

On The Night You Were Born Star Map at etsy.com

"Add an extra personalized touch with this star map that will show the sky on the night of the baby's birth."

Our Top Picks

Monthly Milestone Swaddle Blanket

Monthly Milestone Swaddle Blanket

 Uncommon Goods

Completely Instagram-ready, the Monthly Milestone Swaddle Blanket allows new parents to commemorate each month of a child’s growth until he or she reaches a year old. Made of 100% certified organic cotton muslin, the Milestone Swaddle is 47-inches-long by 47-inches-wide, and features the months in a year arrayed like the hands on a clock.

L.L. Bean Everyday Tote

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 Courtesy of L.L. Bean

A personalized tote bag with the baby's name is the best baby gift new parents didn't know they needed. They can use it for weekend trips to the grandparent's house or just as an organizing tool. Whatever the need they'll be sure to use this baby gift for years to come.

Artifact Uprising Baby Board Book

Baby photo book

Artifact Uprising

One of the most thoughtful gifts available for both babies and new parents is the Artifact Uprising Baby Board Book, which allows gift-givers to create a personalized keepsake using personal photographs.

Choose from three different themes—people, places, and thankful—to create the ultimate board book or a new baby’s bookshelf. Or, create your own custom narrative using a template provided by Artifact Uprising. The books can feature up to 40 pages of photographs.

Looking for more ideas? Check our guide to the best baby gifts for girls.

Zutano Unisex-Baby Newborn Cozie Fleece Bootie

One of the secrets of parenting is that socks, no matter how adorable, do not stay on a newborn’s feet. The solution? Zutano Unisex-Baby Newborn Cozie Fleece Booties, which are made from 80% cotton and 20% polyester, and feature a two-snap enclosure that safely—and comfortably—secures the booties on even the tiniest feet. The booties wash well in the washing machine and can be passed on to multiple children.

World of Eric Carle, My First Library Board Book Block 12-Book Set

Even if you’re not a parent, chances are you are familiar with the work of the illustrator Eric Carle, who created classic children’s books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? This box set, which includes twelve sturdy board books covering topics ranging from numbers to animals in the zoo, features Carle’s classic illustrations and serves as a great teaching tool. A must-have for any baby’s library!

Birth Announcement Pillows

Birth announcement pillow

Uncommon Goods

Inspired by vintage subway signs from the 1920s and 30s, the Birth Announcement Pillows by Lori Blum are 16-by-16-inches, and made from linen and cotton. They come in a variety of different colors and can be customized with a baby’s name, birthday, birth weight and height, birth location, and parents. 

Want some more inspiration? Check out the best newborn baby gifts article.

Faux Fur Kitty Baby Hooded Towel

nursery blanket

Pottery Barn Kids

Ratchet up the cuteness level of baby’s bath time with a Faux Fur KittyBaby Hooded Towel by Pottery Barn. Made from 100% polyester faux fur, and lined with soft terry cloth, the towel transforms an adorable baby human into an adorable baby kitten. The towel is 34-inches-wide by 23-inches-long, and is durable enough for daily use. The towel is also available in a range of different animal options to suit the baby's ever-growing personality.

Hatch Baby Rest Night Light and Sound Machine

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Sleep is an elusive unicorn for most new parents—let’s be honest, for all parents. The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine is designed to make sleeping a little easier for the first few years of a child’s life.

Both a nightlight and a sound machine, the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine has a connected app that allows parents to adjust the color, brightness, sound, and volume of the device remotely.

Use the sound machine and nightlife features during midnight feedings in the first few months of life, and the ready-to-wake setting for older babies who need boundaries to know when to get up in the morning.

Sherpa Baby Blanket

Baby towel

Pottery Barn Kids

Perfect both for cold weather and tummy time on the floor, the Pottery Barn Sherpa Baby Blanket comes in three colors and can be personalized with a baby’s name in nine different types of fonts.

Measuring at 30-inches-wide by 40-inches-long, the blanket is made of durable polyester that withstands many years of use. The Sherpa blanket is a perfect keepsake that a baby can one day pass down to his or her own babies.

On The Night You Were Born Star Map

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Courtesy of Etsy

Add an extra personalized touch with this star map that will show the sky on the night of the baby's birth, plus their new name. You can purchase just the print or add a frame for an instant decor piece for their nursery.

Want some more fun ideas? Check our best unique baby gifts article.

Parachute Home Baby Bath Bundle

baby blanket

Parachute Home

Take the guesswork out of bath time by providing new parents with all of the materials they need for bathing their infants—minus the soap. The Parachute Home Baby Bath Bundle comes with two washcloths and a hooded baby towel and is made from pre-washed Turkish cotton. Best of all, the towels are free of any harmful chemicals and synthetic materials. 

On the Night You Were Born Board Book

One of the great pleasures of parenthood is reading to a child before bed. On the Night You Were Born by the author and illustrator Nancy Tillman is a great book to start the tradition. Initially self-published, the book, which features gorgeous illustrations and a joyful text, is a classic that can be read time and time again.

Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball

Every parent is concerned with ensuring that they provide the best conditions for their children to grow and learn. The Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball has features that promote cognitive growth in babies as young as 3-months old.

Highlights include a variety of bright-colored and patterned fabrics, a rattle, and bumpy surfaces that are easy for tiny fingers to grasp and hold.

Silicone Baby Bibs Easily Wipe Clean

Made of 100% food-grade silicone, the Baby Bibs by Happy Healthy Parent are the only bibs parents will ever need to use when they are feeding their children. Easy to clean with warm, soapy water, the bibs have a deep pocket that catches dribble and food. Not only will the bibs save new parents money on laundry, but the company also offers lifetime money-back guarantee to anyone not happy with the product.

Need more gift ideas? Check out the best baby shower gifts guide.

Letters to My Baby

Mom brain is a real thing. Aid a mom in remembering all of her favorite moments with her newborn by gifting them both with “Letters to My Baby,” a set of twelve empty sheets of paper that come with specific writing prompts such as “Your first home was like this.” Each letter can be sealed with an included sticker, and kept in the booklet to be gifted when a baby starts to wonder about his or her early years.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP

Currently, the “it” sleep accessory for newborns, the Love to Dream Swaddle UP allows babies to sleep with their arms up around their heads as opposed to bandaged to their chest—the former being more natural. It also leaves hands free so that babies can self soothe using their own fists. Made of 93% cotton and 7% elastane, the swaddle comes in three different colors, and is a wonderful gift for new parents who really need a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Kickee Pants Footie Pajamas

There are regular pajamas, and then there are Kickee Pants Footie Pajamas, which somehow manage to be both softer and easier to put on than any other brand of sleepwear. Made of 95% bamboo viscose, and 5% spandex, the brand is currently running a line of pajamas inspired by dinosaurs. 

Custom Catch Personalized Lovey

As opposed to a traditional lovey, which is generally the size of a washcloth, the personalized lovey by Custom Catch is 40-inches-by-40-inches, making it large enough to be used as a blanket. Made of plush velboa with a satin trim, the lovey can be personalized with a name, and is machine washable.

LL Bean Infants’ Ultralight 650 Down Bunting

baby bunting

L.L Bean 

A bunting is one of those big-ticket items that will score you major points with budget-conscious parents. Covered in 100% recycled mini-ripstop nylon, the LL Bean Infants’ Ultralight 650 Down Bunting is filled with water-repellent down that keeps a baby warm and dry even in stormy conditions. Other features include an insulated hood and roll down sleeves that cover a baby’s hands and feet.

Mustela Newborn Arrival Gift Set

Introduce the baby in your life to French beauty products by gifting him or her with the Newborn Arrival Gift Set, a complete set of all the skin products by Mustela, a French beauty brand. The kit includes foam shampoo, gentle cleansing gel for sponge baths, cleansing water for in between baths, baby lotion, and diaper rash cream, all specifically formulated for newborns. As an added bonus, the products smell great.

Mori Zip Up Sleep and Play One Piece

baby onesie

Mini Mori

Made from a signature bamboo fabric comprised of cotton and viscose, the Mori Zip Up Sleep and Play One Piece is the softest onesie you can buy a baby. Offered in a variety of gender-neutral prints, the Mori Zip Up Sleep and Play One Piece also features a zipper as opposed to snaps, making for quick and easy changes—something every parent needs.

Woolino 4 Season Basic Baby Sleeping Bag

Made from hypoallergenic Australian merino wool, the Woolino 4 Season Basic Baby Sleeping Bag regulates body temperature by wicking moisture away from the body. Other highlights include a double zipper that allows caregivers to unzip the sack from the feet, as well as a 100% organic cotton exterior. By gifting the Woolino 4 Season Basic Baby Sleeping Bag, you’re giving a child the only blanket they’ll ever need for the first few years of life.

Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush

Both cute and functional, the Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush develops good oral hygiene by encouraging children to brush their teeth from a very young age. The toothbrush, which is shaped like a banana, and features gentle bristles, is made from 100% food-grade silicone, and can also be used to relieve teething pain. This purchase is a great add on to any baby shower gift.

Baby Fruit Feeder Pacifier

Not only is the Baby Fruit Feeder Pacifier a great way for parents to introduce various solid foods to a baby, but it also provides minutes, if not hours of sanity by providing a distraction for curious feeders. The pacifier comes with three different sized silicone heads, into which can be placed various kinds of foods including frozen strawberries, bananas and avocados, to name just a few. Babies can suck and teeth on the food pacifiers, drawing out tastes through holes in the silicone. The pacifiers also provide relief for sore gums during teething.

WowWee Pinkfong Baby Shark Bath Squirt Toy

One of the only children’s songs ever to make the Billboard Top 100 list, Baby Shark by Pinkfong has inspired a lot of adorable merchandise. The WowWee Pinkfong Baby Shark Bath Squirt Toy kit is sure to delight any fan of the song, as well as provide dozens of hours of inspiration for imaginative play in the bathtub. Made of BPA-free plastic, the kit comes with four figurines Baby Shark, Daddy Shark, Mommy Shark and William the Fish. Watch out, William!

Vulli Natural Pacifier

Increasingly, parents are nervous about what they put in their babies’ mouths, and for good reason. The Vulli Natural Pacifier will please even the most cautious parents. Made in Italy of natural rubber, the Vulli Natural Pacifier aids the natural physiological development of the jaw and mouth. It is composed of a single piece of food-safe plastic without joints, crevasses, or corners, preventing mold or bacteria from growing during washes.

Skip Hop Farmstand Avocado Stroller Toy

Get the little one in your life addicted to all things avocado by gifting him or her the Skip Hop Farmstead Avocado Stroller Toy. Consisting of two halves that can be stuck together using Velcro, the Avocado Stroller Toy has a pit that consists of a rattle. A clear hook makes it easy to attach the toy to a stroller or a car seat.

Chewbeads Baby Silicone Links

Made of non-toxic medical grade silicone, the Chewbeads Baby Silicone Links come in a pack of five and can be linked together to create the perfect teething toy for a stroller or car seat. The links can also be used to secure a treasured toy when out and about.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Count & Rumble Piggy Bank

Another classic by Fisher-Price, the Laugh & Learn Count & Rumble Piggy Bank comes with ten colorful “coins,” and a piggy bank shaped like a pig. Songs, sounds, and educational phrases are activated by dropping coins in the slot in the bank, or by pressing the pig’s nose. The piggy bank is a wonderful distraction for young babies learning fine motor skills, and a great teaching tool for kids learning numbers.

Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy

The winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award, the Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy consists of a maze of soft, continuous tubes that are easy for tiny fists to grasp. At the center of the Winkel is a cube that rattles. The toy, which has been sold for 25 years, is a classic for any baby’s toy basket.

Little Unicorn Cotton Bandana Bibs

Made of 100% cotton muslin with adjustable snaps, the Little Unicorn Cotton Bandana Bibs consists of three layers of fabric and can last for hours around the neck of drooling babies. Even better, they come in beautiful patterns that resemble watercolor paintings.

Who Loves Baby Photo Album

Consisting of six four-by-six-inch photo pockets, into which can be slotted prints of a baby’s favorite people and places, the Who Loves Baby Photo Album also features bold patterns and bright colors on each page to make the album engaging for inquisitive eyes. Gift the photo book already full of photographs to save new parents’ time. 

GooGou DIY Paper Photo Frame Wall Deco

Consisting of 30 frames that each fits a four-by-six-inch photograph, as well as 30 mini wooden clips, and three hemp ropes each measuring over seven feet long, the GooGou DIY Paper Photo Frame Wall Deco is the perfect DIY nursery décor. Gift the kit with a few frames already filled with pictures, and let new parents fill the rest over the first year of a baby’s life.

Patagonia Furry Friends Fleece Hat

baby hat

Patagonia

If a baby wearing a bath towel with furry ears is the cutest thing ever, then a baby wearing a fuzzy hat with animal ears is a close second. The Patagonia Furry Friends Fleece Hat is made from 100% high pile fleece that is Fair Trade–Certified, meaning that it was sewn and was made using practices to protect the environment. Who says you can’t be cute and save the world at the same time?

Tested by Verywell

How We Tested

We bought one of our readers’ favorite baby gifts that our reviewers tested for more than 100 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this gift, from its versatility to its overall quality and price. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Baby Gift

Price: If money is no object, that’s one thing, but if you’re on a budget like most of us, then you definitely have to take a gift’s price tag into account. Fortunately, there are plenty of quality baby gifts out there in all price ranges. Once you determine how much you want to spend, you can narrow down your choices to find just the right gift for the baby on your list.

Usefulness: There are oodles of baby gadgets and gizmos out there that promise to help make raising a baby easier, make babies smarter, and do everything but change their diapers for you. The fact is, however, that many of them turn out to be more hassle than they're worth. The best gifts are those that other experienced parents say they found themselves reaching for over and over and can’t imagine living without.

Versatility: All that baby gear can stack up, so gifts that are versatile and can be used for multiple purposes are often most appreciated. Some are designed just for the newborn months, but many others are designed to grow with the baby and offer years of use. Those that lend themselves well to easy packing for travel and storage are often good choices, too.

Test Results: Hatch Baby Rest Night Light, Sound Machine, and OK-to-Wake (Best Overall)

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What We Like

  • Visually appealing

  • Programmable

  • Convenient iPhone app

What We Don't Like

  • Could use more sound/color options

Hatch Baby Rest Night Light, Sound Machine, and OK-to-Wake

Our testers were won over by this combination night light and sound machine based on its overall design and convenient features, including the ability to program it and control it from an easy-to-use iPhone app. “We have it timed to start just before our daughter's bedtime and to automatically turn off a couple hours after she falls asleep,” explained one of our reviewers, who also noted it’s perfect for multitasking parents. Our testers struggled to come up with any negatives about this product, only suggesting additional colors or sounds. “It really adds to the overall look of the room and has quickly become something we couldn't live without,” gushed one of our reviewers.

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