28 Awesome And Useful Baby Gifts For First Time Parents

Emily Wendzich
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Making the decision to have a little one is a life changing event. With the first baby, you are creating a whole new family, and that experience is especially positive for the first time parent.

Buying for the first baby is exciting, but in reality it’s a lot of fun to buy for a new baby. Many of the fun products will be very useful too, like baby monitors and baby carriers.

Here are 28 fun and useful baby gifts for first time parents:

NameCategoryProduct
COZY HEDGEHOG Baby Closet DividersBest OverallCOZY HEDGEHOG Baby Closet Dividers
Made for MeBudget PickMade for Me
DockATot Deluxe+ DockUpgrade PickDockATot Deluxe+ Dock

1. COZY HEDGEHOG Baby Closet Dividers

Our rating: 9 / 10

COZY HEDGEHOG Baby Closet Dividers

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I’m sure that all new moms must have been thrilled to receive this gift for their babies. With the deluxe storage container, you can organize all your baby’s clothes in the closet by size or by gender.

OsoCozy Organic Prefold Cloth Diapers, Crayola Blue.

This diaper is machine washable after 8-10 washes it will become fluffier. This is a lot better than the flats which will feel soft immediately after washing. This is a complete package of 15 pre-folds made of 100% organic cotton.

2. Snuggle Me Organic

Our rating: 9 / 10

Snuggle Me Organic

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Pros:

  • Protects your baby from germs and the floor
  • Lightweight but incredibly sturdy
  • No uncomfortable wires or stiff fabric, very plush

If your baby is anything like ours, he’ll be moving at a rapid speed and a new floor seat is definitely the way to go. We loved the Snuggle Me Organic Baby Lounger. Bulky activity centers and bouncy seats are great, but your baby probably won’t be able to sleep in that position.

3. Shatterproof Baby Backseat Mirror

Our rating: 9 / 10

Shatterproof Baby Backseat Mirror

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Pros:

  • Great for the price
  • No frame distortion
  • Doesn’t fog up
  • No vibration
  • Possible that an older sibling enjoys the rear-view of himself or herself
  • Black background makes it easy for baby to see herself
  • Can be deceptive to drivers around you
  • Large enough to observe entire rear seat
  • Comes with a manual
  • Comes with accessories

Cons:

  • The view will be a little distorted when the mirror is wide
  • Parents reported that their kids don’t find anything to watch
  • Adapters will have to be purchased separately

The Shatterproof rear-view baby mirror mounts on top of the head rest of your vehicle's back seat. The mirror is shatterproof and is designed to be impact-resistant. It's also recommended by pediatricians across the country.

This rear-view baby seat mirror features two adjustable straps, which secure the mirror to your vehicle's headrests. The straps should be long enough to accommodate the tallest of headrests.

4. 10-Pack Baby Bandana Bibs Upsimples Baby Boys Bibs

Our rating: 9 / 10

10-Pack Baby Bandana Bibs Upsimples Baby Boys Bibs

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Pros:

  • Suitable for drooling babies
  • Easy to clean
  • Packs of 10 bibs
  • Can be used in the dishwasher
  • Packs of assorted colors

If you’re looking for baby bibs, then this 10-pack is perfect for you. There are no more oil-painting them on your baby. They’re reusable, so you won’t need to worry about washing them every day too.

Some parents prefer to buy bibs in sets. This set comes in a wide variety of colors: white, black, pink, blue, and green. The fact that you have an assortment of colors makes this a wonderful baby gift set.

These baby bibs are just the right size and don’t take up a lot of room in your diaper bag. You’ll be impressed with the material, which is very soft and lightweight. They’re also absorbent, so you don’t have to worry about drippy drool messing up the clothes of your toddler.

5. 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Diaper Bag

Our rating: 9 / 10

4-in-1 Convertible Baby Diaper Bag

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Pros:

  • Versatile, multi-purpose bag
  • Comes with a changing pad and bassinet
  • Great for diaper bags
  • Pockets include insulated interior and exterior pocket

(L x H)

The Diaper Dude diaper bag is a 4-in-1 baby bag with a removable diaper backpack. This diaper bag has four different alternative methods for carrying the bag.

It comes with an insulated interior and exterior pockets, a changing mat, a bassinet, and a diaper backpack. You also get the clever "Diaper Dude Stink Sack" that can help stop embarrassing diaper odor from ruining your day.

6. The Original Cushy Closer Door Cushion

Our rating: 9 / 10

The Original Cushy Closer Door Cushion

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Pros:

  • No more loud baby or pet doors with a screech
  • Helps prevent kids from being accidentally locked out
  • Bearable to just the right amount of softness with puffy panels
  • Comes in different colors
  • Easy to install, fits on most latches
  • No assembly required

Cons:

  • Found item to be smaller than expected
  • Does not prevent dogs from easily accessing door

Parents, anyone with pets and curious kids know that doggie and kids doors can be very dangerous. This door guard is a guaranteed baby safety must-have. Keep your curious little ones safe with the Cushy Door Guard. They are easy to use and install on any door that has a latch or lock.

This baby safety door latch cover works to keep your little one from opening or closing the door, while letting your pets go in and out as they please. Say goodbye to those old annoying loud baby and pet doors with a screech. Cushy door guard is the best remedy to quieten any noisy door in your home. It is made to fit on most doors or cabinet latches with simple application.

7. bblüv Trimö Electric Nail Clippers

Our rating: 9 / 10

bblüv Trimö Electric Nail Clippers

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Pros:

  • Includes LED light
  • Ideal for babies 0-12 months
  • Long-lasting battery

Although there are many nail clippers out there, they’ve been using the same basic design since the 1960s. Pretty disappointing for something in your baby’s mouth. But even the best baby nail clippers will dull eventually, so we love that the Bübüro ® trims with a battery-operated, rotary blade design. (*Update* Be sure to get the version with LED light!)

This baby nail clipper has a powerful rotary blade, according to those who have used it (*Update* Some say it comes as a safety hazard, so beware) and comes with a LED light, which parents say comes in handy when they aren’t able to see to clip their baby’s nails.

The Bübüro ® trimmer is ideal for babies 0-12 months (*Update* Many parents say that the nail clippers get overheated quickly. You’ll be better off with a cordless option.) and is rechargeable (*Update* Be sure you know how to charge it before you buy it!).

8. ezpz Happy Mat

Our rating: 9 / 10

ezpz Happy Mat

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Pros:

  • BPA free and dishwasher safe
  • Large helping size with two sections to use
  • Deep suction cups
  • Non-toxic material and easy to clean
  • Versatile design

Ezpz was started in 2013 to bring an assisted feeding solution to kids by founder and inventor Samuel Hoffman. He recognized the needs of kids and created the Happy Mat, a dishwasher safe, removable silicone plate that comes in two different sizes and colorful designs.

What we love most about this mat is the unique design. It’s divided into two different sections, and one of the sections is removable to make cleaning and storage easier. The grip material on the bottom ensures that it won’t move when your toddler tries to move it. The mat is also flexible to ensure it’s not overstuffed.

9. Car Seat Covers

Our rating: 8 / 10

Car Seat Covers

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Pros:

  • Made from premium quality materials
  • Very affordable and high value
  • Washable fabric
  • Extremely soft and cozy
  • Comfortable – stretchy fabric

10. Hanging Diaper Caddy

Our rating: 8 / 10

Hanging Diaper Caddy

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The hanging diaper caddy is an ideal diaper caddy to have if you’re frequently changing diapers. It fits cribs, play pens, changing tables, and bassinets and is able to hold as many as 12 diapers with extra pockets for baby wipes.

This diaper caddy can be used for changing both boys and girls and is an attractive carrier that’s ideal for most nurseries. Like most diaper organizers, it has two pockets for wipes, a pocket for baby powders, and two small pockets for lotions so you’ll be able to store everything you need to have for any diaper change.

The hanging diaper caddy is made from a durable canvas that’s built to last. It also has two handle so you can carry it with two hands without straining.

11. PooPoose Wiggle Free Diaper Changing Pad/ Changing Table Pad

Our rating: 8 / 10

PooPoose Wiggle Free Diaper Changing Pad/ Changing Table Pad

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Pros:

  • Great design
  • Cute
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to clean
  • Great storage
  • Looks great in any nursery
  • Practical
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Looks like it will last a long time
  • Well-made

This changing table works great for our 10 month old son. It's super easy to set up for travel and large enough to hold anything he needs on it. It has 4 small storage spaces and 2 large. They're very easy to access and hold all the things we need, diapers, wipes, creams, a burp cloth, etc.

We love this changing table for our son. It's very sturdy and does not shake at all as some reviews said. There is some assembly required which honestly took me longer to figure out what I was supposed to be doing than actually doing it.

12. Summer Pop ‘n Sit SE Highchair

Our rating: 8 / 10

Summer Pop ‘n Sit SE Highchair

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Pros:

  • Collapsible design
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Seat is dishwasher-safe
  • Comes in a range of colors

Green/Aqua.

The Summer Pop ‘n Sit SE portable high chair is designed with simple modern sensibilities and is perfect for use during outside BBQs or when dining with friends.

The seat of this high chair is 100% waterproof, made from durable material, and can be easily wiped clean. The vinyl upholstery offers a soft and comfortable seating area.

13. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

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Pros:

  • User-friendly
  • Allows you to prepare your food quickly
  • Waterless cooking
  • Environment friendly

Cons:

  • Loud machine
  • Takes up a lot of space

100% Stainless Steel.

14. Wooden Kids Growth Chart Ruler

Our rating: 8 / 10

Wooden Kids Growth Chart Ruler

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Pros:

  • Features wooden ruler for convenience
  • Easy to remove
  • Can be personalized for an extra fee

Using thousands of years of experience in Asia, this traditional-looking growth chart provides your baby with a way to see how quickly she is growing up. The time it takes for her height to double is clearly marked on the ruler itself.

The chart can be removed and used in other parts of her room, but you can also get the same ruler for the wall. It can be decorated so that you get to express your artistic skills.

15. BEABA Babycook 4 in 1 Steam Cooker & Blender and Dishwasher Safe

Our rating: 8 / 10

BEABA Babycook 4 in 1 Steam Cooker & Blender and Dishwasher Safe

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Pros:

  • Great for beginners
  • Easy to clean
  • Saves time
  • Steam cooking method is healthier for the baby

Cons:

  • Noisy
  • Product is a little overpriced.

The BEABA Babycook is a multi-function steam cooker and blender that can be used as a steamer, blender, proctor, grinder and warmer. The four functions come separately but can also be used together. The steamer function can prepare about 3.5 cups of food for your baby. Simply put the food in the steamer cup, pour the breast milk, warm water and vitamin C into the container and start the machine.

The BEABA Babycook has a powerful steam function that allows you to cook food for the baby, purees it and then automatically blend it to give you a light puree. The machine makes sure you don’t burn the food, and the puree is fully cooked when it goes into the microwave.

The BEABA Babycook is a great way to make sure your baby gets everything she needs from the food. It can be used to blend, grind, proctor and warm milk.The Babycook makes the otherwise tedious task of feeding your baby easier, convenient and even fun.

16. Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Vaccuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Our rating: 8 / 10

Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Vaccuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug

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Pros:

  • Keeps drinks cold for up to 4 hours
  • Keeps drinks hot for up to 12 hours
  • The lid opens with just one finger
  • Can be used for both hot and cold liquids
  • It is BPA-free
  • FDA-approved
  • Available in 7 beautiful colors
  • Accessories include straw, band, and the lid cover
  • The handle is comfortable to hold

The Contigo AUTOSEAL has been designed with an AUTOSEAL feature and it can be opened with just one finger. Other features of this travel mug include the stainless steel construction and a sweat-free design. It also has an airtight and leak-proof valve that comes with a vacuum seal technology.

With the stainless steel construction, this travel mug will never get scratches and it can handle hot liquids up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a twist lock lid which you can open and close with just one hand. It is also available in seven beautiful shades.

17. Baby Shusher

Our rating: 8 / 10

Baby Shusher

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Pros:

  • Adorable design
  • Cute, soothing sounds
  • The baby shusher is great for traveling
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean.
  • It is affordable
  • Portable
  • The baby shusher is well-made and high quality
  • It is highly recommended by new parents and childcare professionals
  • It helped new mothers and parents get their newborn from crying to reassure sleep

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have a light
  • It takes a while to get the hang of turning it on from the side (as opposed to just pressing a button).

The baby shusher isn’t just popular because it’s adorable, but also because it is a good sound machine. Babies fall asleep to the soothing sounds. It’s a great traveling companion also, lightweight and easy to clean

It’s a great product. It’s one of the best gifts for newborns and toddlers. It's highly recommended by most children's specialists, parents, and child care professionals.

18. Itzbeen Pocket Nanny Baby Care Timer

Our rating: 8 / 10

Itzbeen Pocket Nanny Baby Care Timer

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Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Improves baby care
  • Reduces crying
  • Helps parents establish good habits
  • Quality product
  • Compact and lightweight

Keeping a baby on a schedule for feeding, napping, and playing time is important for the baby’s development. There are several baby care products on the market that make this easy to do. One of our favorites is the Itzbeen Pocket Nanny.

This device is a simple timer that can be programmed for an adjustable number of minutes and hours passing before the alarm goes off. When the alarm goes off, the device vibrates and or rings, depending upon the alarm you've chosen.

The Pocket Nanny will work best ONLY for babies that are old enough to recognize the vibration and or noise as an alarm and to understand that the alarm goes off at the same time every day. While the manufacturer discourages its use for premature babies, we have used the Pocket Nanny for premature babies quite successfully.

19. Kid’s Ice Packs

Our rating: 8 / 10

Kid’s Ice Packs

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Pros:

  • Keeps cool for many hours
  • Stays flexible
  • Great for rubbing on muscles and joints
  • Has a textured, bumpy canvas on the back side
  • Large enough to cover a good area
  • Durable
  • Great for small children
  • Folds into a ziplock-type bag

Elbow, Knee, Ankle, Wrist, Foot | Adult Size Extra Large BPA Free Flexible Cover (Flexi-Care Cooling-Neck).

These ice packs are a lifesaver! My husband and I both have larger than average joints (his knees and wrists and my hips and ankles) and have run into problems with these joints aching for hours, even after icing for just as long. These flexible cooling packs are really great for larger joints. We both used them on our joints after a long day of walking and hiking. With each ice pack, we were able to ice for several hours, and the pain subsided much, much faster than usual.

20. Freshly Picked

Our rating: 8 / 10

Freshly Picked

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Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Available in different sizes
  • Variety of colors
  • Comes with a money-back guarantee

Cons:

  • Some users had issues with narrow feet
  • Fewer color options

Freshly Picked moccasins are adorable and affordable footwear for your little ones. They come in four different sizes for both boy and girl, and in nice colors. The sizes range from Newborn to Toddler.

This little footwear makes the perfect shower gift as well. We love that they come in 4 different sizes with free returns so that you can be sure to choose the perfect place for your baby. The shoes are made out of buttery soft suede leather and once on, your little ones will feel like walking on clouds.

A few consumers have noticed that, in some cases, some of the shoes run narrow. The manufacturers of the shoe recommend checking size and width before purchasing as well, so that you can certain that the shoes will fit properly.

21. BundleBee Baby Wrap/Swaddle/Blanket

Our rating: 8 / 10

BundleBee Baby Wrap/Swaddle/Blanket

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Pros:

  • Super lightweight and soft
  • Easy to wrap, swaddle or blanket
  • No need for extra sleeves or baby carriers
  • Better than using the stroller or carseat

Cons:

  • Tends to slip
  • Doesn’t work for bigger babies

The BundleBee Baby Wraps were designed to help keep newborns warm, safe, and comfortable during the babywearing experience.

The Aqua Polka Dot baby wrap is made of a premium quality, breathable, anti-pilling micro-fleece material and is lightweight, flexible, and warm. It’s designed to fit babies from 0-4 months and is great for excursions into the outdoors.

The baby wrap is the perfect lightweight accessory for keeping your infant warm and comfy during travel or in chilly temperatures. Tags at either end make it easy to find the best fit.

22. Babysense Under-The-Mattress Baby Movement Monitor

Our rating: 7 / 10

Babysense Under-The-Mattress Baby Movement Monitor

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The Babysense is a safe, non-contact baby monitor. It features an advanced movement sensor pad that is placed under the mattress, a large visual readout of both sleep and movement, a quiet vibration alarm, and adjustable sensitivity.

This monitor has been in the market for over 7 years and has been tested to be the most efficient movement monitor in the market. You can use this monitor on a full bed and either on your child or the entire bed or even both if you want.

This monitor is best for newborns to 3 years old as it can only monitor movements from up to 15 feet away. This means that it can effectively be used as a standalone monitor for the first 3 years of a child’s life.

23. DockATot Deluxe+ Dock

Our rating: 7 / 10

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock

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Pros:

  • Cute, cool, and safe
  • Can be used from birth to toddler stage
  • Free standing and lightweight
  • Works well with other types of mattresses
  • Large surface area
  • Great for cozying up with your little one
  • Easy to clean
  • Good for travel
  • Can be folded up easily
  • Compatible with other DockATot accessories

Cons:

  • The cover is a bit fragile
  • Not too comfortable for infants

The folks at DockAtot recently introduced a larger, more versatile version of their original dock. The DockATot Deluxe+ Dock – Celestial Blue, is a great addition to your nursery. It's a safe, comfortable place to rest for your baby. It easily cozies up for nap time, or time spent lounging on the living room floor. This is a fine example of an all-in-one bed for babies.

The DockATot Deluxe+ Dock – Celestial Blue, is made out of compressed cotton and polyester padding that makes any surface it's resting on comfortable. The extra padding offers a thick, soft, and durable place for baby to rest on. The sides and top of it are elevated so that baby's face is never resting on any part of the mattress itself. This makes it great for co-sleeping and infant use.

24. Made for Me

Our rating: 7 / 10

Made for Me

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Pros:

  • The ultimate gift
  • Available in different colors and sizes
  • You can customize it

Made for Me Baby is a company that strives for perfection and attention to detail. They pride themselves on superior customer service and product quality. These are the two reasons why Made for Me Baby is a top baby gift brand.

The Made for Me PlaySuit Baby Bodysuit has a unique style which all the dads will love. It’s a personalized bodysuit that is ideal for taking your child’s pictures. It comes in a wide array of colors and sizes to match your baby’s needs.

This shirt is also “made for me,” which gives it a warm, comforting allure. This one-piece bodysuit comes with a snap bottom which is easy for parents to put on and off. The soft fabric is great for babies.

25. NEPAK 8 Pairs Baby Crawling Knee Pads,Anti Slip,Baby Knee pads

Our rating: 7 / 10

NEPAK 8 Pairs Baby Crawling Knee Pads,Anti Slip,Baby Knee pads

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Pros:

  • Excellent quality
  • Thick enough to protect knees from bumps and scrapes
  • Easy to put on
  • Adjustable straps
  • Wash well

Cons:

  • Run small
  • Not WOW”

Summer Baby,Toddler,Kids.

There are thousands of baby knee pads sold online but only one name you need to know…NEPAK baby knee pads.

NEPAK baby kneepads for crawling are specially designed for active and tender babies, can be used comfortable for daily wear.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a good gift for first time parents?

We all know how exciting it is to become a parent for the first time! The parents-to-be will be happy to receive any new or useful baby gift. Here is a list of the best baby items you can get your friend or relative who has recently became a new-born parent.

These products are from reputable brands and will surely help the parents have a more comfortable and pleasant baby care experience.

It is always a wonderful moment for the family to welcome a new life, and you want to make this experience special, so let’s find out the most popular and top quality baby products that can be the best gift for first time parents.

What is a unique baby gift?

Unique baby gifts are those that anyone can use or anyone can give. Most baby stores sell stereotypical baby gifts with cutesy baby designs on everything. These may be incredibly dubious to a new mother or father, who wants to be proud of their family but often isn’t when they’re constantly being showered with gifts that they didn’t want. Babies are cute, but not initially. So, what are the unique baby gifts? I’ll teach you a little secret. It isn’t a baby toy.

What is the best gift for a new mom?

If you haven’t had any children yet, you may not understand the needs and difficulties a new mom may encounter during the first few months. There isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to a new mom’s needs. Therefore, choosing what to give a mother-to-be shouldn’t be done hastily. Here are 28 ideas that are sure to put a smile on any mom’s face.

What to buy for someone who just gave birth?

A new baby is an exciting and rewarding experience, no matter what the circumstances! There is nothing quite like experiencing your first child and the new bundle of joy that comes with it. If youre looking for ways to express your gratitude and congratulations, here are baby gift baskets that are sure to please the new parents.

New babies are hard to buy for. As theyre not yet old enough to tell you what they’d like, you have to go the extra mile and be creative. And excitingly enough, you can find plenty of unique Baby Gifts for the occasion.

Call your friends and family members that have children and ask them for suggestions. Or better yet, ask a few of the parents to help you with the planning for a baby shower. Parents will appreciate the gift of an organized surprise and shower!

Conclusion

Babies have changed a lot over the past 20 years, and as a result, the way new parents care for their little ones has changed as well. A combination of more education (often due to the internet) and improved science and technology have made it possible for parents today to nurture their kids in a way that was never before possible. This combined with the changes in the way we view ourselves as a culture means that parents today are more hands-on and more dedicated to their children than ever before.

The items being sold to new parents have changed over the years as well. What was once acceptable now has a negative stigma associated with it. This is caused in part because of things like the rise of the Internet.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
COZY HEDGEHOG Baby Closet DividersBest OverallCOZY HEDGEHOG Baby Closet Dividers
Made for MeBudget PickMade for Me
DockATot Deluxe+ DockUpgrade PickDockATot Deluxe+ Dock