20 best newborn gifts

newborn gifts

by Samantha Ball |
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When it comes to choosing newborn gifts, it can be difficult knowing what newborn essentials parents will actually need. It's always tempting to buy newborn clothes too because who can resist those tiny outfits? But if you are wanting to opt for something else, there are so many options.

It's no secret that a baby comes with a lot of stuff, from the large essentials to little items such as dummies, muslins and clothing. The mum-to-be might have also received gifts for a baby shower, so you might be wanting your newborn gift to stand out and really help them.

Best newborn gifts at a glance:

Best newborn gifts sleeping aids: Sweet Dreamers, Ewan the Dream Sheep - buy here on Amazon.
Best newborn gifts sensory flashcards: 0+ Month Baby Sensory Flashcards - buy here on Priya and Peanut.
Best newborn gifts swaddle: Love to Dream Swaddle Up Original Baby Sleeping Bag - buy here on John Lewis.

From special keepsake gifts to more practical items that mums or dads can use to make life a little easier, there's a wide range of newborn gifts that you can choose from.

Best newborn gifts keepsake

Best newborn gifts Baby Imprint Tin - Forever Treasured Pink
Price: £9.60 (was £12)

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An incredibly thoughtful gift, the Baby Imprint Tin - Forever Treasured Pink allows parents to make a mess free print of their newborn's hand or foot, so they can always remember how little they were. The tin can be used as a display, and has room on the back for baby's age and date of birth.

One review said: "I read the instructions. Trying to get my 5 month old to be still long enough to do this will be a challenge! Best for newborns when they are not so wriggly."

Pros

  • Lovely keepsake gift
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Tin not available in other colours
Dimensions:15.5 x 15.5 x 2.6cm
  • Clay for printing
  • Space on the tin for age and date of birth
  • Display tin

Best newborn gifts sleeping aids

The Sweet Dreamers, Ewan The Dream Sheep is a brilliant soft cuddly toy with light and sound features that works as a baby sleep aid to babies drift off to sleep. The sound features include white noise that include womb and heartbeat recordings to recreate the womb environment. Its Velcro tail means it can be attached to anything too.

Mum tester Samantha Walker said: "My little boy adores the sounds. He's four-months old, and the womb sound is his favourite by far. He sits smiling and giggling when Ewan comes out with us in the pram, which this helps me get on with tasks whilst keeping him entertained, and watching the light is a bonus, as it helps him focus for a lot longer than he used to. Ewan also helps him sleep (he actually sleeps through now, which never happened before) so it definitely does help settle and sooth him, which would make any mother’s life easier."

Read our SweetDreamers Ewan The Dream Sheep Review here.

Pros

  • Adorable design
  • Toy and sleeping aid in one
  • Makes four soothing sounds
Dimensions:10 x 15 x 5cm
Suitable for ages:Birth+
  • 4 x White noise sounds
  • Velcro tail
  • Soft and cuddly
  • Calming nightlight

Best newborn gifts sensory flashcards

These 0+ Month Baby Sensory Flashcards comes with 60 starter and advance cards that are designed to help stimulate baby's brain and develop their vision, focus and tracking. They're also good at aiding neck strength while sitting up or during tummy time.

One review said: "My 4 week old loves the cards! I was so shocked how well she followed them. 10/10" Another customer wrote: "I bought these for my two week old grandson and he is already trying to focus on the patterns. Showing him the cards seems to calm him. They are fantastic"

Pros

  • Develops vision and tracking ability
  • Stimulates the optic nerve
  • 60 different graphics

Cons

  • You have to use regularly
Dimensions:N/A
Suitable for ages:Birth+
  • 60 starter and advance cards
  • Black and white design

Best newborn gifts personalised book

A beautifully illustrated book about a new baby that is visited one by one, by adorable animals, each bringing a letter of the child's name. With a reassuring rhyme, the story is personalised to any child using their name, making it completely unique.

One review said: "The sweet relationship between animals and children is gorgeous. What a brilliant first book for baby." Another wrote: "What a lovely first book for baby. It's something their parents can keep forever."

Pros

  • Beautifully illustrated
  • Completely personalised
  • Preview the story first

Cons

  • You won't be able to order until the baby's name is announced
Dimensions:23 x 23cm
Suitable for ages:Birth to 6 years
  • Completely personalised
  • Optional gift wrap
  • 26 pages

Best newborn gifts swaddle

Love to Dream Best newborn gifts Swaddle Up Original Baby Sleeping Bag
Price: $27.99

With an arms up and hip healthy design, the Love to Dream Swaddle Up Original Baby Sleeping Bag is a great essential for newborns. It has a twin zip to make those midnight nappy changes a lot easier, and you can swaddle in seconds without having to worry about your baby breaking free from a blanket swaddle.

One review said: "Decided to try out a few different sleep bags for our new born and this is his favourite by far! It's super soft jersey type material which allows him to wriggle a bit whilst feeling secure."

Pros

  • No loose layers
  • Snug fit
  • Twin zip for easy nappy changes

Cons

  • Can't hot wash
Material:93% cotton 3% elastine
Suitable for ages:Newborn, small and medium
  • Certified hip healthy
  • Cotton fabric for moderate temperatures
  • Unique patented wings

Best newborn gifts pram aid

The Rockit Rocker is a little device that's going to make parent life easier, meaning your can enjoy a meal or hot coffee without having to rock the stroller! This portable Rockit attaches securely to any pram or stroller, and uses gentle motion to rock it. You can adjust the speed and it has a 60-minute cycle. It's even waterproof.

Our writer said: this was a really wonderful device that rocks the stroller really well. You do still have to push the pram if you need to add movement, but it saves your arms having to rock it while pushing, or sitting awkwardly with your foot on the pram rocking it. It was great being able to eat and have both hands free.

Pros

  • Gently rocks your pram so you can be hands free
  • Adjustable speed dial
  • Rechargeable

Cons

  • You might still have to push the pram back and forth
Dimensions:15.5 x 8.6 x 9.5cm
  • Rechargeable
  • Rocks any pram or stroller
  • Suitable from birth

Best baby book newborn gifts

This beautiful, simply designed Hello Baby Book helps parents record their baby's firsts. So much happens in that first year that it can be hard remembering when looking back, so giving them a diary to record those special moments will be something they can treasure for a long time. There's also space for adding in photos!

Pros

  • Document their first year
  • Space for little firsts and pictures

Cons

  • No onsite reviews
Dimensions:26 x 20.5 x 1.2cm
  • Fold out height chart
  • Pages to record little firsts
  • Pages for pictures

Best newborn gifts cuddly toy

Lots of parents receive baby comforters as gifts, but rarely teddy's that their little one can grow up to love and cuddle. The adorable Jellycat Bashful Bunny Toy is the perfect gift and friend for a newborn. Suitable from birth, it's super soft and comes in a variety of different colours - but we love this neutral colour.

One review said: "It's so nice product. Good quality, just perfect. I liked very much " Another wrote: "Bought them before! Nicely designed and organic material! Bunny is known to survive for years and washes well."

Pros

  • Super soft and snuggly
  • Suitable for newborns

Cons

  • Handwash only
Dimensions:31 x 13cm
Suitable for ages:Birth+

Best bath and bed newborn gifts

Presented in a beautiful box that can be used as a keepsake box, the Childs Farm Baby Gifting Suitcase makes a great gift for new parents. It has all the bath time essentials they'll need and is presented in a lovely box. The products are also gentle on baby's skin, as well as vegan and cruelty free.

One review said: "Bought as a gift for my friends baby, the gift set is lovely. I’ve never used this brand but I’ve heard lots of good things about it!" Another wrote: "Love this it makes a beautiful gift items are gentle enough for babies and the gift tin it comes in is amazing would highly recommend this company and there products well worth the money will be purchasing more great value for month."

Pros

  • Vegan friendly
  • Gentle on skin

Cons

  • Some mentioned the handle can pop out
Dimensions:22 x 6 x 21cm
Suitable from:Birth+
Scent:Tangerine, aloe vera and unscented
  • 1 x baby wash, 250ml
  • 1 x baby bedtime bubbles, 250ml
  • 1 x baby moisturiser, 250ml
  • 1 x nappy cream, 100ml

Best newborn gifts ornament

The Personalised Hopes And Dreams New Baby Keepsake is a beautiful way to wish the newest addition wellness in life. Their parents can keep it on display or in a keepsake box until their older, and read your wishes together. The ornament can be opened, and you can add initials onto the tag.

Pros

  • Can be personalised
  • Beautiful keepsake

Cons

  • No onsite reviews
Dimensions:6 x 6cm
Material:Wood, ribbon and paper
Cleaning:Wipe with dry cloth
  • Personalise with initials
  • Optional gift wrap
  • 1 x hope card
  • 1 x dream card
  • 1 x opening wooden ball

Best newborn gifts collectible

This adorable Disney Store My First Mickey 2023 Small Soft Toy is a cute collectible for the year that baby is born. Also available in a Minnie Mouse version, the soft toy is suitable from birth and has the year '2023' embroidered onto the Mouses' feet.

One review said for the Minnie Mouse Plush: "Got for a Good friend for her baby boy baby shower gift so adorable and really good quality as to be expected when its Disney plushie"

Pros

  • Available in a Minnie Mouse version
  • Cute collectible for baby's birth year

Cons

  • Hand wash only
Suitable for ages:Birth+
Dimensions:27 x 22 x 14cm
Material:Polyester fibres
Machine washable:No
  • Mickey wears pastel blue shorts and matching shoes
  • Embroidered facial features
  • Embroidered 'my first Mickey' and '2023' wording on feet
  • Soft-feel fabric

Best newborn gifts name blocks

Perfect for nursery decor when the new baby arrives and to include in photos, the Personalised Wooden Baby Name Blocks are handmade. There's 32 colour choices to choose from and you can select how many letters you want. You can even use words or phrases if you're not sure what baby's name is yet.

One review said: "The blocks look gorgeous in my baby’s nursery and match the colour scheme beautifully. I have also been able to use them for photo opportunities. Very pleased with them!"

Pros

  • Beautiful decor
  • Handcrafted

Cons

  • Each additional block costs extra
Dimensions:4.5 x 4.5 x 4.5cm
Material:Wood
Colours:32 choices
  • Hand crafted
  • Gift wrap available
  • Can do any name or words

Best newborn gifts with pink noise

A teddy bear is often a friend for life, which the Moonie Humming Organic Bear Night Light certainly will be. It can comfort newborns with it's soothing lullabies and pink noise sounds, and even has a built in nightlight to keep them safe in the dark as they get older.

One customer wrote: "So cute! This lovely bear has a magic crying sensor to comfort the baby with Pink noise (recordings from inside the womb). It’s a must have. I have bought three this year for friends having babies and they all LOVE IT."

Pros

  • 7 light features and 5 sounds
  • Machine washable

Cons

  • Recharging takes 3 hours
Dimensions:30 x 15 x 10cm
Material:Organic cotton
Suitable from:Birth+
Batteries:USB rechargeable
Washing machine safe:Yes once sound-light module is removed
  • Natural recordings of pink noise
  • 5 x sounds, including womb, heartbeat, sea waves, rain, mountain stream and wind
  • Gentle lullaby played
  • Adjustable volume
  • 7 x light colours
  • Smart cry detector
  • Mutes after 30 minutes
  • USB rechargeable

Best newborn gifts puzzle

A great way to display the new baby's name for the first year, they will then be able to enjoy playing with the puzzle and learning how to spell their name! The Wooden Name Puzzle is a great gift, becuse it's both practical and functional. You can add pegs to the letters to make it easier for little hands to move the letters, and you can choose a colour of your choice for the letters.

One review said: "The name board was better in person and beautifully made. The message on the back was a secret touch that brought tears to my eyes when I read it. The colours are vibrant and so pretty and the pegs that lift the letters out are made with quality. The heart shape at the end tells it all."

Pros

  • Optional pegs for easy holding
  • Can add a personalised message to the back of the board

Cons

  • Additional figures and letters come at an additional cost
Dimensions:Varies depending on name length
Material:Wood
Suitable from:1+ years
  • Optional pegs
  • Different colour choices
  • Personalised

Best baby carrier newborn gifts

Best gifts for newborns Freerider Acacia Sling
Price: £48 (was £58)

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While most parents will probably have a baby carrier for going on walks, the Freerider Acacia Sling is a great baby sling to wear at home and out and about in those early days. It helps to keep baby closer, helping to reduce anxiety. It's an ergonomic design and soft against baby's skin too.

Our Commercial Content Writer, Samantha, said: "I was bought this sling when my daughter was born and it was the best gift I'd received. I loved the newborn snuggles, but felt guilty that my partner was doing all the housework and walking the dogs and I wanted to help out more. This let me keep our daughter close and comforted while I was able to do a few household chores, as well as spend more time with my eldest, rather than being restricted by not having my hands free. It was a huge help."

Pros

  • Easy to tie
  • Hours of handsfree time
  • Customised fit

Cons

  • It can take a few goes to get confident with the tying process
Dimensions:500 x 50cm
Suitable from:8 to 30lbs
Machine washable:Wash at 30 on a delicate cycle
Material:Tencel

Best tummy time newborn gifts

Great in supporting baby's with tummy time, the Fisher-Price Grow-With-Me Llama Tummy Time Wedge supports your baby as they grow from lying on their back to pushing up at tummy time. It comes with a double sided blanket and 13 sensory toys to engage baby's senses.

One review said: "My baby is nearly 3 months old she loves tummy time, this product has helped to support her while enjoying her play time. The mirror and accessories are great additions to the llama has we baby can look at her self while on her tummy"

Pros

  • Four ways to play
  • Three take-along toys
  • 13 sensory discoveries

Cons

  • Doesn't say if it can be machine washed
Dimensions:43 x 39 x 38cm
Suitable from:Birth+
Material:Plush
  • 4 ways to play
  • 1 x carrot teether
  • 1 x self-discover mirror
  • 1 x watermelon rattle
  • Double sided soft blanket

Best newborn gifts keepsake box

The Luxury Wooden Baby Stars Memory Box is available in two sizes and can be personalised with the child's name, date and time of birth and birth weight. It has a clasp closing, and can fit in quite a lot of items such as baby grows, first shoes and any other mementoes.

One review said: "Baby keepsake box was beautiful. Nice quality and good size. My daughter liked it so much she bought one for her first baby!" Another customer wrote: "Brought as a gift. Well packaged. Arrived in good time. Lovely little box for those special memories and little keepsakes."

Pros

  • Two sizes and colours available
  • Beautiful keepsake box

Cons

  • No other designs available
Standard dimensions:10 x 24 x 24cm
Large dimensions:13 x 28 x 28cm
Material:Wood
Colour ways:Pink or blue
  • Metal hinges
  • Clasps
  • Wooden box

Best blanket newborn gifts

A timeless style and perfect gift, the Cotton Knitted Baby Blanket is a soft and snuggly design. It's gentle on a baby's delicate skin and is also a lovely neutral colour. Good baby blankets can be hard to find, but these are not only beautiful, but safe for baby too.

One review said: "Absolutely brilliant gift for a newborn baby. The gift bag with added personalisation makes a perfect present. Would definitely recommend to anyone. The baby blanket purchased was excellent quality. Thank you"

Pros

  • Machine washable
  • Timeless style

Cons

  • Limited colour choice
Dimensions:70 x 50cm
Material:Acrylic and cotton
Machine washable:On a coldwash
Tumble dry:No
  • Soft
  • Machine washable
  • Option to personalise

Best personalised star map newborn gifts

This Personalised Metallic Star Map Print is a wonderful keepsake for parents, and great for a newborns nursery. It captures the night sky on the day and minute the baby was born, and you can even include constellations that were at the location that night too. There are different sizing options and you can also choose whether to have the print framed or unframed.

One review said: "Fantastic! Its such a beautiful print. Excellent quality, brilliant idea and this is the third time I've bought one as an engagement present because they're so special!" Another customer wrote: "So beautiful and nicely wrapped and delivered on time ."

Pros

  • Completely personalised
  • Lovely decorative piece

Cons

  • Only metallic foil choices
Dimensions:29.7 x 21 or 42 x 29.7cm
Framing:Optional
  • Various sizeing available
  • Optional framing
  • Completely personalised

Best towel newborn gifts

The Clevamama Apron Baby Bath Towel with Hood can be worn as an apron using the clasp poppers, so you don't get splashed during bath time. You can then lay baby on your knee and wrap them up! It makes a lovely, practical gift.

One review said: "I bought this for my friend as a present, when her firstborn arrived. She loved it! It is lovely and soft for the baby, and means that mum doesnt get splashed. It is nice and big as well, so will be a good size up to when the baby is around 2. Quick delivery as well! It arrived 2 days after I ordered it!"

Pros

  • Large design
  • Gentle against skin
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No other colour choices available
Dimensions:98 x 98cm
Material:Cotton
Age range:Birth+
  • Hooded towel
  • Clasp popper feature

Do you have to give a gift for a newborn?

In short, you do not have to buy a newborn baby a gift. You could also gift the parents instead if you would prefer. But whatever gift you decide to choose, the new parents will appreciate the thought that's gone into it.

Samantha Ball is a Product & Lifestyle Writer for Mother&Baby and freelanced for the website for two years before joining the team full time. She's a mum of two and loves browsing for the best products and cute outfits.

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