Best Gifts for Babies

Let me start by saying babies don’t need much – they are happy with a boob and a set of jingling keys – but just try to tell new grandparents, aunts and uncles that are itching to go nuts at Toys R Us. If you don’t give them a list you will end up with a drum set or a battery operated Dora toy that can loop a stroke inducing “Hola!”

Because you know what people love to get babies as gifts? Noise. The chance of you getting an item as a gift is in direct correlation to the difficulty of finding the off button and the number of screws holding the battery cover on.

When Grandma asks what the baby wants for Christmas, I know it is tempting to say, “Anything is fine!”

DO NOT DO THIS.

You are putting yourself in danger of having to repeatedly listen to the same voice on ten different toys until you want to stab yourself in the ear with baby’s first tablet stylus.

Send this list to her, instead. Nothing here makes noise unless it is actual music.

I’ve noticed that many sites are putting together baby gift lists that have a lot of, well, expensive, short-lived stuff on it. Don’t get me wrong, you know how I love me some hippy-whittled-Parisian-giraffe teethers, but when you’re shopping for a baby, you want to get things that your baby will really enjoy that aren’t necessarily cheap, but have a little staying power to get the most bang for your buck.

Let me know some of the great gifts that you think should be added.

big love blanket | belle&beanzer

belleandbeanzer.com $38.00

These blankets are so incredibly versatile — arm pockets for swaddling, nursing, strolling, etc. Plus, it looks like a heart when you lay it down. Sweet.

Zutano Newborn Unisex - Baby Fleece Bootie - Baby Fleece Bootie - APPLE/POOL/NAVY 3M

Zutano Newborn Unisex-Baby Fleece Bootie 

Amazon $20.98

These highly rated booties are the shit! Bootie. Fleece. Cozy. C’mon!

8 Piece Tegu Pocket Pouch Magnetic Wooden Block Set, Tints

Tegu Tints Pocket Pouch 8 Piece

Amazon $24.84

Sometimes the simplest things are the best things. These smooth, little blocks are non-toxic with a water-based lacquer finish so your baby can go nuts with them.

Hanna Andersson Baby Baby Snugglesuit Jammies With Feet, Size 60 (6-9 Months), Blue Sea

Cozy-up Snuggle Suit | Baby Sleepwear

Hanna Anderssen $21.94

I think Hanna Anderson pajamas are just so beautiful. They had me at “snuggle suit”

Eco baby newborn fabric ball Teething toy in mint green blue gray -Modern baby Sensory strar fabric first ball, Unique toys ,geometric

Geometric Modern toy Teething by TIMOHANDMADE

Etsy $45.00

Cool handmade teether. It’s like a little baby weapon!

Extra Large Play Mat - Windy Day

Vintage Owls in Navy | Baby J Company

babyj.com $135.00

These handmade playmats are just too gorgeous. They are lined with minky. I swear the world would be a better place if we all just had more minky in our lives!

Alphablock

Amazon$11.02

Name Bubbles Write-On Baby Bottle Labels

Name Labels | namebubbles

Wool Felt Crown

Wool Felt Crown

RH Baby & Child $16.00

Personalized wooden blocks alphabet letter by littlesaplingtoys

Etsy

Melissa & Doug Wiggling Worm Grasping Toy

Amazon $6.79

This simple little worm is surprisingly popular with babies. Plus, it’s almost impossible to break while twisting and forming it into new shapes.

Organic Baby Rattle Inchworm Infant Toy Pastel Rainbow Color Teether

Organic Baby Inchworm Infant Rattle Color Teether by ecoleeko

Etsy $17

C’mon. Inchworm. Rattle. Teether. So perfect.

9 Custom Baby Closet Dividers Organizers by GinaMarieOriginals

Etsy $22.95

Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit Microfleece - Pink - 6-9 months

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit

Amazon$39.95

Any baby that needs to transition out of swaddling will love this little sleep suit because it’s heavy enough to muffle their reflexive startles that tend to wake them up.

Earth Mama Angel Baby a Little Something for Baby Kit

Earth Mama Angel Baby A Little Something For Baby

Amazon $14.99

Earth Mama Angel Baby has some of the best stuff out there and this little gift pack contains shampoo, body wash, bottom balm, lotion and baby oil.

aden + anais new beginnings gift set, liam the brave

aden+anais Newborn Baby Gift Set , For The Birds

Amazon $59.95

You can never, ever go wrong with aden+anais and they just came out with this newborn gift set. It contains two swaddles, a burpy bib, a mate lovey, and a swaddling book.

Art Cards for Baby - Garden Collection

Wee Gallery Art Cards for Baby , Garden Collection

Amazon $13.99

High contrast art cards not only appeal to babies, but would also make really cool nursery decor.

Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether, Orange

Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether , Orange

Amazon $6.99

These are a great little gift for babies. They are made of medical grade silicone, are easy to garb and are great to gnaw on.

Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pod , Snuggle Bug

Amazon $11.84

Babies hit a stage where they love to put things in and take things out (this often involves your toilet) so toys like this have a long shelf life. Squishy and fun when they are wee, and in and out good times when they are older.
Cloud B Tranquil Turtle, Aqua

Cloud b Twilight Turtle Tunes

Amazon $44.95

Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest Soft Book

Lamaze Cloth Book , Peek-a-Boo Forest

Amazon $12.72

Babies love little flip books and these cloth versions allow for some serious mangling ; )

Fox and Finn 'Mackenzie' Silicone Teething Necklace for Babies | Safety Knotted Silk Rope | Does Not Pull Out Hair | 14 Inch Drop (mint + smoke + latte)

Fox and Finn ‘Mackenzie’ Silicone Teething Necklace

Amazon $15.96

Medium Colored Zip Top Tote Bag from Lands’ End

landsend.com$40.00

My kids each got a personalized like this and I use it all the time. I’ve used it to for toys, extra clothes for preschool, and overnighters. Be sure to get the zip top so it doesn’t tip over and you have little socks everywhere. LL Bean also makes one so be sure to check them out to compare styles.

Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy

Winkel :: Manhattan Toy

Amazon $11.49

They things are indestructible and won’t hurt if your baby clocks you (or herself) in the head with it. Babies love these things and they aren’t crazy expensive.

I Am a Bunny Board Book

Amazon $4.99

I am a big fan of books. You can never go wrong with them. I also love board books because they are durable, wipeable and typically pretty short to match everyone’s attention span at bedtime (including mine). I’m going to put a whole list together of books I recommend but I Am a Bunny is my hands down favourite for babies.

Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover, Moby

Skip Hop : Moby Bath Spout Covers

Amazon $8.29

It covers the bath spout so they don’t knock their little noggins on the faucet. I had one. It rocked.

 

Corolle Calin Blue Sky 12″ Doll

Amazon $29.97

These are the best damn dolls. Despite being all fancy and french, they are the perfect size and, because the body is soft, the are extremely loveable. I bought one of these for my friend’s daughter and she hauls it everywhere.

Playskool Busy Poppin’ Pals (Colors May Vary)

Amazon $25.10

Nothing beats hours (okay minutes) of fun like a cause and effect toy. This one is sturdy and the doors are less likely to fail causing a kid meltdown.

 

Clemmy 20 Piece Soft Block Set

mastermindtoys.com $29.95

Somebody bought my son these as a gift and both the boys still play with them. They are nice and soft so they are good to just roll around until you can stack. They can just be put back in the bucket (the all go through that crazy put-it-in-something stage. Best of all they don’t hurt if you step on the (I’m looking at you Lego) or fall on them.

Spielstabil Nesting Stacker

Amazon $18.99

Nesting bowls. Stacking toy. Bath toy. Build it and knock over toy. Put crap in it toy. Sand toy. Pails are good.

Name Your Tune Personalized CDs

Name Your Tune Personalized Children’s CDs – Name Your Tune

nameyourtune.com $20.00

These are fantastic. I got one for both of my sons and it really is something how they actually record your kid’s name into the song and it’s not all shit like with “If you’re ‘insert robotic name here’ and you know it”. It really does sound seamless. I think it’s especially great for kids that have unique names and aren’t going to find the preprinted mugs with their names on it anytime soon.

Robeez Booties brown

myrobeez.com $38.00

These are the best damn baby boots. They are warm. They never come off and they cover up the bare spot between the top of your socks and the bottom of your pants. They are also great for indoor slippers.

Dudecraft / Aunty Cookie

auntycookie.com

Gifts don’t have to be bought and if you have someone who is really handy that is itchy to do something for your baby, I can’t tell you how well this think would go over.

The Dual Measures Growth Chart

The Dual Measures Growth Chart by KimsSister on Etsy

Etsy $60.00

Growth chart that can stay up after they have outgrown fairies but haven’t outgrown *growing*.

UNICEF Inspired Gifts Early Childhood Development Kit has puzzles and art materials to stimulate young minds

UNICEF USA Gift

Learning Resources Smart Splash Sail Away Shapes

Learning Resources Smart Splash Sail Away Shapes

Amazon $12.75

I love these little boats for kids of all ages. And since they don’t have a hole in them you don’t have to worry about black mildew water being squirted in your face by a fun-loving toddler.

Playsilks

Amazon $25.97

The possibilities are endless with play silks. You can use them to tickle faces and play peek-a-boo for infants. For bigger kids they make great capes and forts. You can find them in a variety of sizes and colors.

Rockabye Baby! Good Day, Goodnight: The 5 Year Anniversary Compilation

Rockabye Baby! Good Day, Goodnight: The 5 Year Anniversary Compilation

Amazon $24.98

This a cd you didn’t know you wanted. But you do. The Rockabye Baby collection is surprisingly great — I bet you had no idea Tool would so so great as a lullaby. If you don’t believe me, check out the Amazon reviews!

Product DetailsBabyLegs Lil’ Rainbow Leg Warmers

Amazon $10

All babies should have leg warmers. These are newborn sized, but BabyLegs makes them for preemies and bigger babies, as well. There are also a ton of other brands selling similar items.

Melissa & Doug K’s Kids Pull-Back Vehicle Set

Amazon $20.29

You really can’t beat these for the price. Each set comes with four safe, soft, and washable cars. They roll surprisingly far, even on carpet.

Melissa & Doug Flip Fish Soft Baby Toy

Amazon $12.39

This is a great exploratory toy for little ones. Each fish scale has a different texture and lifts up to show a drawing. It also has a teether corner and is plush, crinkly, and huggable.

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