Choosing a present for a baby can be difficult, especially if it’s not your own child and you don’t know what they need but want to use your own initiative to pick the perfect gift. It’s always worth considering baby gifts that will make the new parents lives easier as while they’re little, babies don’t actually need too much. 

To help you out, we’ve pulled together plenty of great gift ideas that a newborn baby and their doting parents will adore!

Best baby gifts

With mercifully little fuss and fiddling you can use this affordable kit to make a lasting impression of your precious bundle’s tiny hands or feet. It takes only seconds (then a few days to dry), the materials are skin-friendly and harmless and you can have multiple do-overs if you don’t get it quite right on the first attempt. 

SweetDreamers Ewan the Dream Sheep - grey

Ewan The Dream Sheep is a baaarilliant soft cuddly toy with light and sound features, including white noise such as actual womb and heartbeat recordings. This calms babies and toddlers, helping to lull them into a peaceful slumber.

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. 

Baby Gift Set - Blue Hamper Keepsake Box with Baby Clothes, Newborn Essentials and Teddy Bear

This gorgeous set includes a teddy bear, baby clothes, essential toiletries and a beautiful memory box. 

Done by Deer Raffi Comfort Blanket

This super soft comfort blanket is perfect for little fingers to explore. It also attaches to baby’s dummy, meaning mum doesn’t need to worry about losing it in Asda! 

Fisher-Price Rainforest Deluxe Gym

With three play settings and more than 10 toys & activities, the Fisher-Price Rainforest Music & Lights Deluxe Gym keeps baby busy as a bee, at home or on the go! 

florentine 3-pack silky soft swaddles

Babies can never have too many muslins and this three pack of high quality swaddles is as beautiful as it is useful. Pre-washed, so it’s super soft from the start against their delicate skin, the muslins will double up as burp cloth and nursing cover.

Mum tester Emma Carter said: “My little girl was very poorly when she was born, and loves to be swaddled from being in intensive care, so this product will actually be a godsend for me, as it’s very easy to use due to the instructions on the box, and washes very well. The breathable fabric also means that they dry really quickly which, as a mum of two young children, is a must given the amount of washing I do day to day.”

Jellycat Bashful Bunny Medium Toy

This adorable stuffed animal toy from The White Company is bound to be loved by the lucky little recepient. Made for snuggling, this sweet bunny will make the perfect addition to any nursery. 

Pooh Classics Range Disney Keepsakes Baby Box with Compartments New (DI167), 200 g

You collect all sorts of special bits and bobs when you have a baby, which is why keepsake boxes are such a handy gift. An ideal gender neutral present, there are six compartments in the base and two compartments in the lid so plenty of room for all those lovely little keepsakes to be kept safe and sound. 

Liewood Augusta Hooded Towel Rabbit Rose

When it comes to bath time, a specific baby bath towel is a huge help to mum and dad so they can wrap up their baby and dry them quickly. Made from soft organic cotton fabric, we adore the sweet rabbit hood. Just think of the photos!

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy

Cuddly, soft, and educational, this play puppy is a great way to introduce baby to music. When baby touches him, the puppy replies with silly phrases and singalong songs, which you can adjust as little one develops. He also prompts – ‘can you find your ears?’ – so baby starts to learn everything from body parts to colours and counting.

Baby Journal And Record Book

In the Instagram age, there’s something lovely about a timeless book of baby’s keepsakes. Fill this exquisite book with the little one’s milestones – handprints, first curls – as well as photos of precious moments.

Emily Thorpe

Having worked for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news and product pages, features and  interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton and Alex Jones, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online.

A fondness for travel, chocolate and her sausage dog Luna, in her spare time. Emily also runs the lifestyle blog, Musings & More.