Baby Toys

The Best Baby Gifts for Newborns Parents Will Love Too

While you can always turn to a baby registry for a shower gift or baby gift ideas, it can be fun to surprise parents (and their little bundles of joy) with a totally unique present as well. And since you can pretty much always depend on the baby to happily drool on whatever is offered, any baby gifts you get should be purchased more with Mom and Dad in mind, especially if they have limited space and a desire for things that their little one can actually use. Lucky for you, we’re here to take the guesswork out of baby gift shopping with presents that both infants and their parents will love.

To help you get started, we consulted the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute Parenting and Pets Lab, who test infant-friendly items throughout the year to find the best gifts for babies. The Lab looks for toys and gear that are well constructed, easy to use, helpful for development (if possible) and — of course — cute as heck, since that’s half the fun of baby gifts. And in addition to baby toys and gear, we’ve selected some nice things for parents, including top-reviewed items, editor’s picks and best-sellers for you to peruse. All of these items are good for newborns and up, unless otherwise specified.

Whether you’re in need of baby gifts for girlsbaby gifts for boys and gender-neutral gifts, we’ve got tons of options for you to choose from — and if you want to get something especially for Mom and Dad, then be sure to check out these thoughtful gifts for parents along with gifts for 1-year-olds, because you’ll be there soon enough.

This rattle doesn’t just make noise — it also lights up is covered in different stimulating textures to explore. Parents who want to follow along with their baby’s development will love that it comes with a guide that lists how babies should be using it as they go from week to week.
Sense & Grow Sensory Magic Tissue Box
Perfect for helping littles ones practice their fine-motor coordination, this soft tissue box comes loaded with 15 different scarves, which include a range of colors and textures to explore.
Crawligator Tummy Time Toy
Help make tummy time the most fun part of the day with this comfy crawling aid, which gives babies a safe space to practice lifting their heads and crawling (all while looking incredible cute). Ages 4 months+
Letters to My Baby Book
This book comes with 12 pre-formatted letters and writing prompts. Parents fill them out during that precious first year, and then deliver them when the child is all grown — just like a time capsule.
Tummy Time Water Mat
Give tummy time an instant upgrade with this water-filled mat, and watch as the baby becomes mesmerized by the shapes floating in water. It’s definitely comfier than putting the baby on a hard floor. Ages 3 months+
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