The 28 Best Baby Gifts of 2022

From teethers to personalized art, these gifts are fun, thoughtful, and useful

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Welcoming a new baby into your life is a joyous event. Whether you are visiting in person or sending well wishes in the mail, a new baby gift is a thoughtful gesture. When selecting a gift, make sure it’s something that’s practical for the baby or parents and their life, can be used for a while, or won’t take up too much space. 

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The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine is a high-tech machine that functions as a sound machine, nightlight, and time-to-rise clock. For a budget-friendly gift, we suggest the Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy.

Some of the best gifts are something the receiver wants, or doesn’t even know they need, but might not be willing to buy for themselves. We carefully looked over age recommendations, along with toy safety, value, and design when reviewing products.

Here are the best baby gifts to fit your style and budget.

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

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Courtesy of Target 

The Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine earned our top spot because it's fully customizable, multi-functional, and easy to use. The high-tech machine works in three different ways: a nightlight, sound machine, and the time-to-wake clock. These three features are rolled into one smart device, and can be controlled right from your phone. If you need to take it on the go, simply plug it into any standard outlet or keep it in baby's nursery.

Copper Pearl Baby Bandana Drool Bibs, 4 Pack

Copper Pearl Baby Bandana Drool Bibs, 4 Pack

Courtesy of Amazon

A drooling baby is cute but wet onesies, not so much. This four-pack of snap-on bandana bibs are so adorable. Choose from tons of patterns and styles to mix and match for any baby. The super-soft bib absorbs drool, food spills, spit-up, or anything else. Machine washable, these are a sweet and affordable gift.

Pottery Barn Kids Sherpa Baby Blanket

Baby towel

Pottery Barn Kids

Super soft, this polyester sherpa blanket is the perfect addition to keep a new baby warm in their stroller or snuggled up at home. Available in six pastel colors, make the blanket a keepsake by adding personalization.

Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy

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winkel-rattle

Courtesy of Amazon

A classic for good reason, this developmental toy is perfect for two-handed grasping. As the baby develops, this rattle is safe and helpful for teething too. Simple in design, new parents will appreciate that this choice is quiet, aesthetically pleasing, and won’t take up too much room.

Bella Tunno Suction Plate

Bella Tunno Suction Plate

Courtesy of Bella Tunno

The well-named Wonder Plate is easy to clean, microwave and dishwasher safe, and best of all, it suctions to the table. While new eaters may throw their food, they won't be able to toss the plate.

The divided sections make it easy to portion out food and the bright colors and fun sayings are a bonus. Even better, for every product sold, Bella Tunno donates a meal to a child in need. 

Baby Briefcase Document Organizer

Baby Briefcase Document Organizer

Amazon

New parents may be overwhelmed with the paperwork and documents that a new baby will bring into their life. Stay organized with a trusty document holder made specifically for new babies. Included in the set are frosted folders, labels, a thank you note tracker, and much more.

Pottery Barn Kids My First Anywhere Chair

My First Anywhere Chair

Pottery Barn Kids

Gift a little one their very own cozy chair for sitting, screen time, reading, and playing. Pottery Barn’s kid's chairs are sized just right, can be personalized, and are available with a huge variety of slipcover options from classic to ruffled to sherpa.

NameStories Personalized Art

NameStories Personalized Art

Courtesy of NameStories

NameStories is an easy way to buy personalized art. Simply enter a name and the site creates a custom piece of art with the history and traits of that name. With a variety of print, font, and frame options, the art becomes a unique gift with custom text like birth date, birthplace, or anything else.

Stina & Mae Mini Over the Rainbow Oh Baby Gift Box

Stina & Mae Mini over the Rainbow Oh Baby Gift Box

Courtesy of Stina & Mae

Perfect for welcoming a new baby, this Black owned business has created a thoughtful gift box that includes adorable baby essentials. Made from organic materials, the set includes bibs, burp cloths, blankets, and more.

Mark & Graham x pbk Camo Changing Pad Clutch

Mark & Graham x pbk Camo Changing Pad Clutch

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New parents will be changing a lot of diapers. Make the task easier and stylish with this camo diaper pad clutch. Small and foldable, the clutch fits into a matching diaper bag and comes with a wrist strap to use on its own. For a personalized touch, add a name or initials.

UGG Bixbee Ankle Boot

UGG Unisex-Child Bixbee Ankle Boot

Courtesy of Amazon

Well-loved by parents, these super cute booties are warm, cozy, and most importantly, very hard for babies to kick off. Available in six colors and three sizes, these are essential for any winter baby and make a great gift.

Lambs Ivy Baby Gift Basket

Lambs Ivy Baby Gift Basket

Courtesy Of Lambs Ivy

Sometimes a more traditional gift basket comes in handy. With one click, send any new baby a lovely and impressive gift basket that comes wrapped and ready. Choose from a number of themes and products including blankets, stuffed animals, themed sleepers, and more. 

Rae’s Roots Gifts for Mama Sets

Rae’s Roots Gifts for Mama Sets

Courtesy of Rae’s Roots

New moms will appreciate this gift that encourages hydration, health, and taking some time for themselves. Rae’s Roots is a tea company geared toward moms, with teas to support every stage of motherhood.

Along with tasty teas and useful accessories, the beautiful packaging will stand out as mom sips her tea.

Philips Avent Soothie Snuggle Holder

Philips AVENT Soothie Snuggle Holder

Courtesy: Amazon

Gift a new baby their own little buddy. The stuffed animal makes it easy for any new baby to find the pacifier while the Soothie pacifier easily attaches and detaches for simple cleaning. Choose from four cute animal friends that a new baby will love to keep close.

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, Open-Top

L.L. Bean Boat & Tote

 Courtesy of L.L. Bean

A gift that’ll last a lifetime, an L.L. Bean tote that’s personalized with a new baby’s name can be used as a spacious diaper bag, beach bag, sleepover bag, or everyday tote. If you’re local, fill the tote with a homemade meal for a special gift for the tired new parents.

Little Muffincakes BGM Short Sleeve Onesie

Little Muffincakes BGM Short Sleeve Onesie

Courtesy of Little Muffincakes

Celebrate Black Girl Magic in style with this sweet short-sleeve onesie made by a Black-owned business. The black cotton onesie is adorned with gold foil stars and ruffled sleeves. Promote self-esteem from the very start and choose between three sizes for a little girl.

Nestig Crib

Nestig Crib

Courtesy of Nestig

If you’re planning on sharing the expense of a big present with a group or looking for a splurge-worthy gift, a Nestig crib is an amazing choice. Made from sustainable materials, five of the six unique and stylish cribs convert from a mini crib to a full-sized crib to a toddler bed (one converts from crib to toddler bed) and every crib comes with a conversion kit.

While it’s a high price tag, the gift will be used for years to come. 

JellyCat Soother Bunny

JellyCat Soother Bunny

Courtesy of JellyCat

One snuggle and you’ll see why JellyCat soothers are the softest around. Send a new baby the comfort of their very own soother. If the bunny isn’t your preferred animal, JellyCat makes tons of other Soother animals and all are super soft.

Impart Custom Book

Impart Custom Book

Courtesy of Impart

Great for a group gift when you can’t all be together, use Impart to create a custom book filled with wisdom from the group. A simple process that's all online, the website allows you to assemble a one-of-a-kind gift that’s filled with meaningful advice and messages from friends and family.

Grove Collaborative Gift Certificate

Grove Collaborative Gift Certificate

Courtesy of Grove

A new baby may bring about a new awareness of how to maintain a clean and healthy home. Send new parents a gift certificate to Grove Collaborative, an online marketplace featuring natural cleaning, home, and personal care products.

With everything from laundry detergent, sunscreen, diapers, and more, a gift card is sure to be quickly used and appreciated.

Rafi Nova Everyday Adventure Mat

Rafi Nova Everyday Adventure Mat

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Great for random diaper changes, hanging out in the backyard, or heading to the park, this Adventure Mat will be their favorite thing for years to come. This compact and portable mat is water-resistant and packs up in its own little pouch. The weighted corners and loops for stakes make it secure and stylish, perfect for adventure anywhere. 

The Honest Company Baby Arrival Gift Set

The Honest Company Baby Arrival Gift Set

Courtesy of The Honest Company

Welcome a new baby home with a gift set that covers everything a little one will need. It includes diapers, wipes, shampoo, body wash, diaper cream, and more. Perfect for gifting, the set comes in a prepackaged gift box.

Trophy Decorate Your Own Cupcake Kit

Trophy Decorate Your Own Cupcake Kit

Courtesy of Trophy

Celebrate a new baby with the best treat around: cupcakes! These sweet and colorful kits include everything new parents need to decorate and enjoy their own cupcakes. If they aren't ready to celebrate yet, the super convenient set can be frozen until parents are ready to party. 

Herbivore Botanicals Soak and Soften Kit

Herbivore Botanicals Soak and Soften Kit

Courtesy of Herbivore Botanicals

New moms need self-care too. This three-step skincare ritual creates a relaxing and skin-softening bath, perfect for a moment alone. Highly rated, the set includes body oil polish, bath salts, and a bath soak. To make the gift even better, offer to come over and hold the baby while she bathes! 

Seamless Gift Card

Seamless Gift Card

 Courtesy of Seamless

Tired parents will sing your praises if you give them the joy of not cooking. If possible, shop for a local gift card, but if that’s not doable, a Seamless gift card in any amount will allow sleepy new parents to order breakfast, lunch, or dinner from their favorite restaurants. 

Smash & Tess Romper

Smash & Tess Romper

Courtesy of Smash & Tess Romper

New moms may be unsure about what clothes fit their ever changing bodies. Gift her a cute and comfy romper that’s perfect for lounging but looks pulled together for when she needs to venture out. Inclusive sizing from XXS to XXXL means there’s a romper for every body out there. 

DC Superheroes Board Book

DC Superheroes Board Book

Amazon

Celebrate superheroes and diversity with this sweet board book that uses the power of superheroes to impart some important life lessons. Fun to read over and over again, a book always makes a sweet gift for any new baby. 

Cubbyhole Toys Personalized Wooden Puzzle Step Stool

Cubbyhole Toys Personalized Wooden Puzzle Step Stool

Courtesy of Cubbyhole Toys

A long-lasting gift, this wooden step stool doubles as a puzzle and a useful piece of furniture. A thoughtful present, personalized gifts are especially nice for kids with unique names since it can be hard to find their name in stores. 

Final Verdict

Any new baby gift will be welcome, but you can’t go wrong with a gift that will help the new parent establish a nighttime routine like the Hatch Rest Baby Sound Machine (view on Amazon) or a Pottery Barn Sherpa Baby Blanket (Pottery Barn). New parents will always appreciate food, so a Seamless Gift Card (view at Seamless) or Rae’s Roots Gifts for Mama Sets (view at Rae's Roots) will encourage mom to take a moment to herself.

What to Look for When Buying Baby Gifts

Useful

A new baby brings loads of gear into a home. When selecting a gift, make sure it’s something that’s practical for the baby or parents and their life, can be used for a while, or won’t take up too much space. The last thing new parents need is additional things in their home that will just suck up space. Consider what they have on their registry and if there isn't a registry, choose gifts that they can find useful for themselves or for the baby directly.

Age-Appropriate

While you may be tempted to give a new baby your favorite board game, it’s best to give something they can use now or within the next six months. If you gift clothes, sizing up is fine, but think of the seasons ahead to make sure it’s weather compatible. If you are going to go the diaper route, consider gifting a diaper subscription or a range of sizes that they can use during the first year.

Unique

Gift giving is the time to splurge or surprise new parents. Some of the best gifts are something the receiver wants, or doesn’t even know they need, but might not be willing to buy for themselves. Even the littlest luxuries will be welcome!

Why Trust Verywell Family?

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of an 11-year-old son, 8-year-old son, and 4-year old daughter. For baby gifts, Maya prefers to give gifts to the new parents or new siblings rather than the baby. A home cooked meal is priceless and she always enjoyed receiving food and gifts for her when each of her babies arrived home.

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