The 9 Best Baby Gifts of 2019

Keep those little ones busy and entertained with these gifts

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Hatch Baby Rest Night Light and Sound Machine at Amazon

"Controlled from a smartphone—the Hatch can be set to multiple brightness levels, colors, sounds, and volumes."

Best Budget: WubbaNub Infant Pacifier at Amazon

"Specially designed so there are no more lost binkies, forgotten pacifiers, or dropped dummies."

Best for Tummy Time: Boppy Newborn Lounger at Amazon

"Ergonomically-designed recessed interior that ensures a safe, snug fit."

Best Play Gym: Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym at Amazon

"Lights and music keep little minds engaged and large chunky buttons help to develop gross motor skills."

Best Interactive Toy: Fisher-Price Dance and Move BeatBo at Amazon

"Babies love to get their groove on and with the BeatBo they’ll have a dancing partner just their size."

Best Jumper: Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo at Amazon

"Rotating seat allows for 360 degrees of fun with dangling, spinning and light-up jungle friends."

Best for Feeding: Waterproof Silicone Bib at Amazon

"Designed out of 100% food-grade silicone, they’re waterproof and stain-resistant."

Best Book: On the Night You Were Born Board Book at Amazon

"This exquisitely-illustrated board book is one that parents will read over and over to their little ones."

Best for Motor-Skill Development: Sassy Bumpy Ball at Amazon

"Multi-sided ball is adorned with textures, patterns, rattles and bright colors."

Our Top Picks

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

5

Bedtime just got a whole lot easier with the Hatch Night Light and Sound Machine. This sleek, modern looking, and invaluable baby gadget will be parents’ new best friend. Controlled from a smartphone (yes, android and ios systems work) parents can set the Hatch to multiple brightness levels, colors, sounds, and volumes. The fully-customizable features allow parents to turn on soft light for late-night feedings and diaper changes, white noise to quiet down fussy little ones or an ok-to-wake alert to soothe toddlers anxious to get out of bed in the early morning hours. And if you really want to customize this baby’s nursery, consider picking up a set of patterned coverlets (sold separately). 

Best Budget: WubbaNub Infant Pacifier

Yes! Parent’s will thank you for this gift. The WubbaNub Infant pacifier is specially designed so there are no more lost binkies, forgotten pacifiers, or dropped dummies. The WubbaNub pacifier is made from single-construction, medical-grade silicone that’s BPA, latex, and Phthalate free. The soft cuddly animal that’s attached to the binky is simply adorable and easy for little hands to grasp. The stuffed companion adds another layer of soothing comfort and is constructed from an ultra-soft cotton plush. WubbaNubs can be cleaned by hand or in the washer machine for easy, germ-free care.

Best for Tummy Time: Boppy Newborn Lounger, Elephant Love Gray

The Boppy Lounger cradles little ones in an ergonomically-designed recessed interior that ensures a safe, snug fit. Cushioned sides support baby’s head, neck and limbs for full mobility. Designed for babies up to 16 pounds, the 18” x 7” x 18” versatile cushion gives parents a hands-free break or can be used to support baby when feeding, during tummy time, or while sitting. This cushion can easily be taken on the go with the attached cloth handle. Our favorite feature (and what’s sure to be mom and dad’s favorite too) is the wipe-clean fabric, or better yet, for big messes the entire cushion is machine washable. We love the gender-neutral gray elephant print, but this is also available in pink and taupe.

Best Play Gym: Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym

Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym

Courtesy of Amazon

The versatile Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym has four fun modes of play for every baby stage. In lay and play mode, this Gym allows baby to lay on their back and look up at their reflection in the mirrored sun or swat at and practice grabbing the five dangling toys that spin, clack and smile back, all while chubby baby feet kick at the large buttons on the piano to hear the music. In tummy time mode, the Kick & Play Piano Gym helps infants practice keeping their heads up as they focus on the brightly-colored characters on the mat. For little ones working on sitting, the overhead bar is easily detached and the piano can lay flat. Lights and music keep little minds engaged and large chunky buttons help to develop gross motor skills. The piano can be detached from the play mat for the play-n-go mode when baby starts to get around. If you want something that’s baby-girl-specific, consider getting this interactive toy in pleasing pink.

Best Interactive Toy: Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo

Babies love to get their groove on and with Fisher-Price’s BeatBo they’ll have a dancing partner that’s just their size. Fun songs are activated when your little one touches any of BeatBo’s buttons on his belly or feet. BeatBo wiggles his hips and head to the rhythms and brightly colored LED lights illuminate and pulse to the beat. Three interactive modes allow BeatBo to grow with baby. BeatBo’s Dance ‘n Move mode plays upbeat tunes. In games mode BeatBo introduces numbers, colors and the alphabet as well as simple games like “Freeze Dance”. For a customized sing-along, mom or dad can record simple phrases that BeatBo will remix into lively beats. This award-winning toy comes in either multi-color or in pastel pinks and purples.

Best Jumper: Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Baby’s gross motor skills will get a real workout with the best-selling Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo. The rotating seat allows for 360 degrees of fun with dangling, spinning and light-up jungle friends. As baby jumps, the lights and music are activated, reinforcing basic cause and effect. A plush parrot and blue frog dangle from soft canopy leaves and other friendly critters flank all sides of the jumperoo. With an adjustable height (maximum height of 32”) this safe, fun, and comfy seat is sure to keep babies from 3+ months engaged. The red rainforest frog seat is detachable and machine washable for easy cleaning and the legs of the Jumperoo pivot and fold for compact storage. 

Best for Feeding: Waterproof Silicone Bib

Sometimes the best gifts are those ingenious essentials that make life a little easier. These silicone bibs are definitely one of those things! With easily adjustable closures that stay in place, these lightweight bibs are designed to fit kids ages 6 months to 6 years. These bibs are the bad-boys of babywear — designed out of 100% food-grade silicone, they’re waterproof and stain-resistant. Cleanup couldn’t be any easier! When done with feeding time simply empty the catch-all of any food, then wipe the bib clean or pop it into the dishwasher for sanitizing. The bibs are available in four fab color combos: lime green and turquoise, pink and purple, red and blue or orange and gray. We recommend getting more than one set for little mess-makers.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best baby bibs can help you find what you're looking for.

Best Book: On the Night You Were Born Board Book

This exquisitely-illustrated board book is one keepsake that parents will read over and over to their little ones. Author and illustrator Nancy Tillman captures the love of new parents, the uniqueness of a child, and the jubilation of creation. The painterly photos capture the soft ethereal feel of the prose and the magic of welcoming a new addition to the family. Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook or on kindle, this treasured 32-page book can be found in whatever format is best suited for baby’s library. “So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain that they whispered the sound of your wonderful name.” Tilman’s melodic and heartfelt prose is a must-have for children and parents alike.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best board books

Best for Motor-Skill Development: Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball

The Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball is the perfect addition to any baby’s toy chest. This is sure to be a well-loved, well-chewed and drooled on favorite. The multi-sided ball is adorned with textures, patterns, rattles and bright colors for baby’s sensory development and worldly engagement. The easy-to-grasp design promotes the development of fine and gross motor skills. Parents will never want to leave home without the Bumpy Ball, which is perfect for tikes from newborn to age three. 

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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)

5

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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