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Best Baby Gifts of 2023: Top 61 Products

Looking for the perfect gift for a new or pending arrival? We've got award-winning selections from little gifts to big
Best Baby Gifts of 2023:  Top 61 Products
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By Wendy Schmitz, Juliet Spurrier, MD, and the BabyGearLab Review Team
Monday January 23, 2023

Finding a gift for new parents and their newborn is a thoughtful gesture. Many people struggle with picking a gift that is unique versus something more practical. But, our baby experts assure you that practicality is the way to go. Adjusting to life with a newborn can be overwhelming, and your friends will appreciate practical gifts that make their lives with a new baby simpler.

That's where we come in.

No one tests baby products as extensively or comprehensively as we do here at BabyGearLab. And our experts have put together a list of great gift ideas, all of which were quality vetted through our extensive review testing process. We constantly update this list, so it is always fresh, as new and interesting products come on the market and undergo our detailed review and testing.

Here is our list of favorite baby gifts with something to fit every budget.

Editor's Note: We updated this article on January 23, 2023, to incorporate our latest picks for Breast Pumps.


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Bath Time Gifts


Bath time can be fun or anxiety-inducing, depending on your experience or knowledge level. But with the right baby gifts, you can make bathing a baby a more enjoyable experience for parents and little ones.

Bath Toys


Bath time isn't all about getting clean; it's about having fun too! Much learning and adventure can happen in the tub with top-ranked bath toys!

Best Overall Bath Toy

Munchkin Fishin' Bath Toy

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Best Eco-Friendly Submarine

Green Toys Submarine

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Budget-Friendly Bath Toy

The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys

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Infant Bath Tub


Bathing an infant is easier with a useful bath for support and proper positions. Parents will love the help of a top-ranked baby bathtub. Some fit in tubs and sinks, and others support little bodies. Check out our review of the best baby bathtubs for recommendations.

Best Bathtub Bargain

Angelcare Bath Support

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Baby Washcloths


Cleaning little ones is easier with a soft and absorbent baby washcloth. Creating a bath-themed gift set isn't complete without a great washcloth set. For recommendations, check out our review of the best baby washcloths.

Best Baby Washcloth

Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloth

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Baby Shampoo


Don't forget the best baby shampoo for sensitive skin and eyes for your gift bag. Most infant shampoos are good for hair and skin with light to no fragrance and easy-to-use bottles.

Best Overall Baby Shampoo

Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Shampoo & Wash

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Best Bang for the Buck

Honest Truly Calming Lavender Shampoo and Wash

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Toys and Books


Newborns are not the most interactive humans on the planet, but this stage is short and will be over in the blink of a sleepless eye. Because babies are rapidly advancing, soon they will need and want more interactive items, including toys and books.

Teething Toys


When little ones' teeth begin to appear, babies will appreciate a best baby teether toy to help relieve some of the discomfort associated with this right of passage.

Overall Best Teether

Comotomo Silicone Teether

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Best Teething Toy with Leash

Mombella Elephant Teether

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Toddler Books


It is never too early to encourage a love of reading. Most parents love and appreciate the gift of baby books to create this routine and tradition of reading to their baby.

Our Favorite Rhyming Book

The Pout-Pout Fish

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Best Classic Bedtime Book

Goodnight Moon

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Night Lights


No matter how you feel about little ones sleeping with night lights, being able to see at night for diaper changes and feedings without turning on a bright overhead light can be a game-changer. Check out our review of the best night lights for kids.

Best Overall Night Light

Hatch Baby Rest Night Light

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Best Budget-Friendly Night Light

LumiPets Bear

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Sleeping and Soothing


As any experienced parent can tell you, soothing a new baby and getting them to sleep are priorities for every new parent. Gifting helpful devices to increase the potential for a restful night's sleep is something mom and dad will appreciate and remember.

Swaddles and Sleep Sacks


Swaddling can feel confusing, and some traditional swaddling blankets can loosen while little ones sleep. Fortunately, our favorite baby swaddles and sleep sacks can be the best solution to quick and easy nighttime slumber.

Best Sleepsack

Woolino 4 Season Ultimate

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Best Newborn Swaddle

Miracle Blanket

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Pacifiers


Studies indicate pacifiers can potentially help prevent SIDs, a common concern for many new parents. With several pacifier styles and types available, you might want to buy a few so the baby has a choice. Our best baby pacifier review can help you narrow down the options.

Overall Best Pacifier

Chicco PhysioForma Soft Pacifier

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Best Budget-Friendly Option

Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier

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Bassinets


A bedside bassinet could be a great gift for those looking to stay close to little ones at night. A top-ranked bassinet allows for easy monitoring and nighttime feeding.

Best Overall Bassinet

Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper

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Quality Co-Sleeper at a Premium Price

babybay Bedside Sleeper

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Gifts for Mom


Buying baby gifts is fun and addictive. Honestly, it's so fun that you can easily forget about the lovely person who gave birth to this adorable creature. Don't forget mom when looking for gifts. We promise there has never been a mom who was sad about receiving something for her care or journey into nursing and motherhood.

Nursing Tops


A useful nursing top can be a great way to nurse in public without putting on a show. No matter where or how someone chooses to feed in public, a nursing shirt can keep everything under wraps.

Best Overall Nursing Top

BLANQI Everyday Pull-Down Support Tank

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Nipple Creams


Given the number of feedings little ones can demand when growing, there is a chance for nipples to become sore, and a nipple cream can help bring relief. Mom will thank you later after her first use of these soothing creams.

Best Heavy Duty Hydration on a Budget

Lansinoh Lanolin

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Nursing Pads


Nursing pads can be tucked inside a nursing bra to absorb leaks. While a non-glamorous gift, many mothers consider them lifesavers over the alternative of wet spots on shirts. Our review of the best nursing pads can help guide you to a comfortable and absorbent set.

Best Overall Nursing Pad

Curve By Cache Coeur

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Favorite Disposable Pads

Lansinoh Stay Dry

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Calming and Entertainment


All new parents need a break every now and then. Whether they hope to grab a bite to eat or get in a quick shower, there are devices designed for soothing or entertaining little ones to get grown-up hands available for other things beyond holding the baby.

Tummy Time


Tummy time is essential for your baby's development, and as little ones get older, it can also be a form of entertainment. Check out our review of fun baby gyms for recommendations.

Best Overall Baby Gym

Lovevery Play Gym

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Our Favorite Folding Gym

Skip Hop Farmstand Grow & Play

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Swings and Bouncers


We think a top-ranked baby bouncer or the best baby swing can be a game-changing baby gift for any overwhelmed parent who needs a moment to breathe.

Most Overall Bouncer

Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Bouncer

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Budget-friendly Bouncer

Baby Trend EZ Bouncer

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Best Overall Baby Swing

Fisher-Price Cradle 'n Swing

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Budget Friendly Travel Swing

Graco Slim Spaces

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baby gifts - the baby k'tan is easy to use and works for little ones from 8-35 lbs.
The Baby K'tan is easy to use and works for little ones from 8-35 lbs.
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Baby Carriers, Backpacks, & Strollers


Getting around with a baby from place to place is easier with one of the best jogging strollers or using a device for baby wearing.

Carriers and Backpacks


Little ones love the bonding experience of the best baby carriers, and parents love the hands-free designs that allow them to be on the move getting things done with a favorite baby backpack carrier.

Best Overall Baby Carrier

Nalakai Ring Sling

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Best Traditional Carrier

BabyBjorn One

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Best Overall Baby Backpack

Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite

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Best Bang for the Buck

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL

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Strollers


Many parents will be looking for the best full-size strollers suitable for errands and farmer's market strolls, so if your gift-giving budget allows, we've tested the best strollers on the planet.

Best Overall Full-Size Stroller

Thule Urban Glide 2

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Best Quick Fold

Thule Spring

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Nursery Gifts


Every nursery is unique, and most parents have a vision of how they want it to look or what they want to include inside. But, there are still great baby gifts to be had in this category, even if you don't know or share this vision. With big and small items in this group, there is something for every budget.

Baby Monitors


We've tested all types of baby monitors in the last 10 years, so there is something for everyone in our list of favorite baby monitoring devices, no matter what kind of monitoring you hope to do.

Sound Monitor


Best Overall Sound Baby Monitor

VTech DM221

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Best on a Tight Budget

VTech DM111

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Video Monitor


Best WiFi Baby Monitor

Nanit Pro

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Best Baby-Specific Features

iBaby M8 2K Smart Baby Monitor

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Sound Machines


The best sound machines play soothing white noise and lullabies to bring comfort. They can also help mask ambient noise if the home is busy or loud while little ones sleep.

Favorite Portable Option

VTech Myla The Monkey

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Budget Friendly Simple Machine

MyBaby Soundspa On-The-Go

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Crib Mattresses


Healthy top-ranked crib mattresses can be expensive, making them a great gift if your budget is higher. Considering the amount of time little ones sleep, giving them the safest, most comfortable place to slumber is important.

Best Overall Crib Mattress

Naturepedic Organic Cotton Classic 150 Seamless 2-Stage

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Best Lightweight Crib Mattress

Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress - Dual Firmness

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Gifts for Nursing and Feeding


How someone feeds their baby is a personal decision. But there are baby gifts that can make either choice easier or help create a hybrid of both options.

Nursing Pillow


The best nursing pillow can help with latch, back fatigue, and positioning for more comfortable nursing.

Best Overall Nursing Pillow

Nook Niche Organic

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Best 100% Organic Pillow

Blessed Nest Organic Nesting

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Baby Bottles


Even breastfeeding moms will need a top-ranked baby bottle. Buy the gift they will use again and again with a useful baby bottle for dads and other caregivers to enjoy the bonding involved in feeding.

Best Overall Baby Bottle

Comotomo

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Best Glass Baby Bottle

NUK Simply Natural Glass

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Bottle Warmers


Bottle feeding is easier with a top-ranked bottle warmer. Warmers allow parents to swiftly heat up bottles without much fuss or muss. A wonderful middle-of-the-night feeding tool.

Best Overall Bottle Warmer

Tommee Tippee 3-in-1 Advanced

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Innovative Bottle Warmer

Kiinde Kozii

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Breast Pumps


Breastfeeding moms will likely need a breast pump whether they plan to go back to work or need to run an errand. Plus, pumping and storing milk is helpful to boost supply and have food on hand if mom is not around. Our review of the best breast pumps can assist you in finding the right choice.

Best Overall Electric Pump

Spectra S1 Plus

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Best Compact Expressing Buddy

Baby Buddha

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Diapering


Diapers and diaper changes are non-negotiable with babies, and every parent will need some supplies to get going or up their diapering game. While perhaps not the coolest gift at a baby shower, we promise that all parents love and appreciate any item from the diaper category.

Cloth Baby Wipes


Cloth baby wipes are reusable and pair well with cloth diapers. While perhaps not the go-to for every mess, many environmentally-friendly parents will love adding less to their trash. Our review of the best cloth baby wipes can help you find a set.

Best Cloth Baby Wipe

GroVia Wipes

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Best Quality on a Budget

OsoCozy Flannel Wipes

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Disposable Baby Wipes


With the guarantee that all babies make messes, providing baby wipes can make you the superhero of gift-giving. There is no end to the need or the various ways one can use wipes, from tushies to boogers, even changing pad cleanups; every baby needs a top-ranked baby wipe.

Best Overall Baby Wipe

Water Wipes

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Compostable Baby Wipes Contender

DYPER Bamboo Baby Wet Wipes

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Diaper Cream


While perhaps not the best standalone gift, every baby will need diaper cream at some point. We've tested some of the best diaper creams available on the market. Consider adding it to a gift bag with other diapering-themed supplies, providing new parents with products they might otherwise forget but need.

Best Overall Diaper Cream

Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream

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Best Diaper Balm with Few Ingredients

Motherlove Diaper Balm

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Diaper Pail


Babies make diapers, and diapers stink. Whether cloth or disposable, parents need to keep them contained. Check out our review of the best diaper pails. While not adorable like some gifts, this gift will be one they use every day and be eternally grateful for.

Best Overall Diaper Pail

Munchkin Step

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Best Inexpensive Pail

Creative Baby Tidy

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Diaper Bags


Diaper bags keep all diapering supplies in one place for running errands or travel. Gifting one of the best diaper bags with lots of organization and storage will be a big hit at any baby shower.

Best Overall Diaper Bag

Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back

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Favorite Versatile Bag

Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F.

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More Information


We hope you've found our guide to the best baby gifts helpful. We've spent hours and hours testing and compiling information to bring you the gifts we feel are sure to please the pickiest parents or babies. If you didn't see what you are looking for, we've also picked awards for car seats, health and safety, nursery items, and more.

Wendy Schmitz, Juliet Spurrier, MD, and the BabyGearLab Review Team


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