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The 70 Best Baby Gifts of 2022

Looking for the perfect gift for a new or pending arrival? We've got award-winning selections for everything from strollers to diapers
The 70 Best Baby Gifts of 2022
Finding a great baby gift can be a challenge, but books are an option that can delight any age baby or child.
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By Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team
Wednesday May 11, 2022
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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. And. we make a point of constantly updating 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 list of our favorite picks on May 11, 2022, to incorporate our latest picks for Bassinets.


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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. From bathtubs to washcloths and shampoo, we've tested all the best items on the market.

Bath Toys

Munchkin Fishin' Bath Toy


A fishing pole with a magnetic bobber and three sea creature friends to catch and release in the tub

Green Toys Submarine


An eco-friendly submarine that floats or submerges for tub adventures, but is tricky to thoroughly clean the inside

The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys


A total of eight stacking cups of varying sizes with holes, making this a budget-friendly toy with endless possibilities


Baby Bathtubs

Boon Naked


Best for those who want to forgo the huge plastic baby tubs and prefer a space-saving, collapsible product

Angelcare Bath Support


This affordable tub is easy to use and supports babies with its cradle-like mesh that has a gentle recline and non-slip material


Baby Washcloth

Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloth


Splendidly soft bamboo washcloths that are perfect for use with babies of all ages

Kyapoo Washcloth


Extremely soft and cozy cloths at a budget friendly price


Baby Shampoo

Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Shampoo & Wash


A shampoo that may be attractive to families who strive to use products with clean ingredients as this product is fragrance-free and EWG verified, meaning it avoids ingredients of concern

Honest Truly Calming Lavender Shampoo and Wash


A 2-in-1 product (shampoo and body wash) that may appeal to families who need a reliable shampoo, enjoy a light lavender scent, and an easy-to-use pump dispenser


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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 like books, teething toys, or night lights.

Teething Toy

Comotomo Silicone Teether


A thoughtfully designed silicone teether with finger-like prongs that are easily accessible for teething babies

Mombella Elephant Teether


A well-liked teether among testers for its accessible biting points, and it includes a removable leash for an added perk


Toddler Books

The Pout-Pout Fish


A rhyming and catchy fishy tale about Mr. Fish feeling glum. Other sea creatures notice and offer advice. Can he turn his frown upside down?

Goodnight Moon


A classic and well-loved bedtime story that will lull your little one off to sleep.

First 100 Box Set


A budget-friendly set of books that encourages language development, making it perfect for babies and young toddlers.


Night Lights

Hatch Baby Rest Night Light


A versatile and multi-functional night light that you can easily control from your phone

LumiPets Bear


A kid-friendly night light that offers a range of colors and brightness, and remote control


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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. Be it a sleep sack or swaddle to calm the startle reflex, a bedside bassinet for quick midnight feedings, or a self-soothing pacifier we've got the best items in the bunch to choose from.

Swaddling and Sleep Sacks

Woolino 4 Season Ultimate


The Woolino 4 Season Ultimate is a sleep sack made from merino wool and organic cotton. The temperature regulating properties of the material make it a perfect choice for parents who want to use the same sleep sack year-round. While the price tag is more…

Burt's Bees Baby Beekeeper


Burt's Bees Baby Beekeeper is a lightweight sleep sack made from GOTS certified organic cotton. With the three available sizes, these sleep sacks can clothe your baby or toddler from birth up to 18 months. We appreciate that Burt's Bees makes a simple and…


Pacifiers

Chicco PhysioForma Soft Pacifier


A clear pacifier featuring a unique orthodontic nipple with an upward flex, plus a larger loop for easy hold

Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier


A pacifier of one-piece construction with a cylindrical nipple that is soft and collapsible to respond to babies' sucking pattern


Bassinets

Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper


The Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is a bedside bassinet that can stand alone or be attached to your bed. This product is the most accessible in the group allowing parents to stay in bed while comforting or feeding baby in the sleeper next to them. The…

Baby Delight Beside Me Dreamer


The Baby Delight Beside Me is a mesh-sided bassinet with a firm sleep surface. This economical option has a drop side and parent bed attachment strap, as well as height adjustment for the bassinet for a proper pairing as a co-sleeper. We like the…


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Gifts for Mom


Buying baby gifts is fun and addictive. So fun in fact, that it can be easy to forget 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 ever who was sad about receiving something for her own care or journey into motherhood.

Nursing Tops

BLANQI Everyday Pull-Down Support Tank


High-quality tank with built-in support for a postpartum body

Kindred Bravely Davy Sleepwear Set


Silky soft and non-restricting sleep set perfect for lounging but the fit could be hard to get right


Nipple Cream

Weleda Nipple Balm


The perfectly blended formula is creamy, hydrating, and lightweight, but metal tube may cause some spills

Lansinoh Lanolin


Thick and long-lasting cream that provides ultimate protection but has a sticky texture and will stain clothes


Nursing Pads

Curve By Cache Coeur


Extremely comfortable and perfectly contoured nursing pads that you forget you are wearing, but quite expensive

BabyBliss Bamboo


Reusable nursing pads with a form-fitting contour and budget-friendly price, but not as soft


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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. We think a great bouncer or swing can be a lifesaving baby gift for any overwhelmed parent who needs a moment to breathe. As little ones get older, tummy time can also be a form of entertainment, so don't forget a fun baby gym!

Baby Gyms

Lovevery Play Gym


A high-quality baby gym designed with child development in mind, offering stage-appropriate activities and zones for your baby to explore, learn, and play

Baby Einstein 4-in-1 Kickin' Tunes


A baby gym that delivers a compelling selection of lights, colors, and action for your little one at a good price for what is offered


Baby Bouncers

Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Bouncer


An adorable and affordable bouncer with all the features you might long for

Baby Trend EZ Bouncer


An inexpensive, useful bouncer that has the bare bones required to soothe sad infants


Baby Swings

Fisher-Price Cradle 'n Swing


The Fisher-Price Cradle 'n Swing earned our Editors' Choice award, beating out all the other options in our Baby Swing review. It outshines the competition regarding soothing ability thanks to its fully customizable features. It has soft, plush fabrics…

Graco Slim Spaces


The Graco Slim Spaces received our Best Value award and is a perfect choice for parents looking to travel with their swing or for something to keep tucked away at grandma's house for weekend visits. It is one of Graco's most compact swings and can fold to…


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


Transporting a baby from place to place is easier with a great stroller or baby carrier. Little ones love the bonding experience of a wearable carrier and parents love the hands-free designs that allow them to be on the move getting things done with a baby on board. Many parents will be looking for a suitable stroller for errands and farmer's market strolls, so if your gift-giving budget allows, we've tested the most popular strollers on the planet.

Baby Carriers

Nalakai Ring Sling


The Nalakai Ring Sling is a straightforward baby carrier that works as it should without hiccups or complicated wrapping or strap adjustments. This bamboo and linen fabric sling is simple in design and can be put on using only on hand. Most users can put…

Baby K'tan Original


The Baby K'tan Original carrier is a wrap type carrier without the wrap design. This unique carrier is made of two loops of fabric joined by a smaller third loop that provides a wrap style final position, look, and feel. This carrier works for babies from…


Baby Backpacks

Thule Sapling Elite


The Thule Sapling Elite is a high-end baby backpack carrier for little ones from 16-48 lbs. It features a cool mirror for spying on your passenger and lots of pockets for the organization of all your supplies. This backpack includes a sturdy waistbelt and…

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL


The Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL is a baby-carrying pack designed with women in mind, according to the manufacturer. This pack has narrower shoulder straps and pulls the passenger closer to the wearer for a more comfortable experience. Our female testers…


Full-size Strollers

Thule Urban Glide 2


The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a jogging stroller you can easily use as your primary stroller. This stroller is the easiest to maneuver with a large swivel front wheel, adjustable tracking for running, and rear-wheel suspension. It has covered storage with a…

Baby Jogger City Mini 2


The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is a lightweight full-size stroller for everyday adventures with some improvements on the older version. This stroller has adequate storage, an almost flat recline, and adjustable leg rest. It comes with a large canopy with…


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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 items from crib mattresses to monitors or a calming sound machine, there is something for every budget in this group.

Sound Monitors

VTech DM221


The VTech DM221 is a budget-friendly sound monitor with more features than the average product in this price range. The DM221 has excellent sound clarity with some of the best and loudest sounds in the group. This monitor has sound activation and two-way…

VTech DM111


The VTech DM111 is a no-nonsense no-frills baby monitor designed to transmit sound from one component to another without many features. This product does its job well with better than average sound clarity and an impressive range. This monitor is easy to…


Video Monitors

Nanit Pro


The Nanit Pro is the new Nanit offering that upgrades the camera to 1080 and comes with a few new features like more possible cameras and a breathing band. This WiFi video monitor can be used wherever you have WiFi access, making it a good choice for…


Sound Machines

Letsfit White Noise Machine


Our favorite sound machine with thunderstorm sounds so real you'll be smelling rain

MyBaby Soundspa On-The-Go


A wallet-friendly, portable choice that gives you just enough for on the go music and comfort


Crib Mattresses

Naturepedic Organic Cotton Classic 150 Seamless 2-Stage


Top-of-the-line mattress with quality and healthy materials - our favorite for babies and toddlers

Babyletto Pure Core with Dry Waterproof Cover


A lightweight and affordable mattress, but not natural materials


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Gifts for Nursing and Feeding


How you feed your baby is a personal decision. But there are baby gifts that can make either choice easier or help create a hybrid of both options. Breastfeeding moms will likely need a great breast pump whether they plan to go back to work or need to run an errand. A nursing pillow can help with latch, back fatigue, and positioning for more comfortable nursing. Alternatively, gifting a great bottle or bottle warmer can make bottle feeding easier as well.

Nursing Pillows

Nook Niche Organic


A comfortable and high-quality pillow that supports mom and baby with natural materials

Ergobaby Natural Curve


The Ergobaby Natural Curve is a simple, yet thoughtfully designed nursing pillow. The extra firm polyurethane foam is formed with a curve intended to keep baby in a belly-to-belly position with their head above their stomach to possibly aid digestion. The…


Baby Bottles

Comotomo


We love the Comotomo baby bottle for many reasons. From the shape of the nipple to the ease of cleaning, it is a bottle that will keep both babies and parents happy. The silicone body keeps toxic chemicals away from the baby's food and out of the…

NUK Simply Natural Glass


The NUK Simply Natural Glass bottle is a traditional bottle made from extra-durable borosilicate glass. We especially like the attention given to the nipple on the NUK with a unique orthodontic shape and broad nipple base that may be the perfect…


Bottle Warmers

Tommee Tippee 3-in-1 Advanced


The Tommee Tippee 3-in-1 Advanced won a place in our hearts as one of our favorite bottle warmers, thanks to its abundance of great features. It has a simple-to-use interface, heats bottles safely, and runs almost no risk of overheating. The use of a…

Chicco NaturalFit


The Chicco NaturalFit warmer quickly earned our Best Value award with a reasonable price tag and simple design it is easy to use and consistently warms bottles to the same temperature. This unit is water bath type making it safer than steam, but it tends…


Breast Pumps

Spectra S1 Plus


The Spectra S1 is the breast pump we think moms have been waiting for. It's so comfortable, quiet, and efficient, you might even wonder if it's working until you look down and see breast milk effortlessly being expressed. This pump is easy to use…

Medela Harmony with Flex


The Medela Harmony with Flex manual breast pump gives traveling and stay at home moms something that is challenging to find in a double electric pump, portability. This hand-operated pump is simple yet efficient at an affordable price. Its quiet and…


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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 games. We've put together a list of our favorite baby gifts for disposable and cloth diapers, cloth wipes, diaper pails, and more. 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

GroVia Wipes


Durable and versatile cloth that will find endless purposes in your home

OsoCozy Flannel Wipes


Large, durable, and affordable, but might be a bit thin for some


Baby Wipes

Water Wipes


Simple, healthy, and soft baby wipe with few ingredients and sturdy construction that make the smaller size easier to accept

Mama Bear 99% Water Baby Wipes


Impressive wipe with few ingredients and a better price than competing water options


Diaper Cream

Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream


The Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream is an effective cream that helps treat and soothe irritations on a baby's bottom. With natural ingredients, free of petroleum, fragrance, and preservatives, this cream is a product we love. However, the cream's…

A+D Zinc Oxide Cream


An effective diaper cream to treat diaper rashes that may appeal to families with a limited budget


Diaper Pails

Munchkin Step


The Munchkin Step diaper pail has impressive odor control which helped it earn our Editors' Choice award. The hands-free pail is easy to use with a convenient foot pedal, large capacity, and the self-sealing system helps keep the odors trapped inside the…

Creative Baby Tidy


The Creative Baby Tidy's ability to keep in the stink, even when depositing diapers impressed us during testing. Combined with its overall useability and the savings of utilizing regular kitchen trash bags, this pail won us over and earned the Best Value…


Diaper Bags

Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back


The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is a diaper bag that (nearly) has it all. It is roomy, but not bulky, polished, but not flashy, and it has one of the best organization systems of all the bags we tested. When packing for a day out with your baby, the Be Right…

Skip Hop Mainframe Wide Open


The Skip Hop Mainframe Wide Open Backpack is an innovative bag with the ability to stay open once the sides are pulled open. We like its easy-to-clean vegan leather material, exterior organization, and multiple carry options. It is a convenient…


Disposable Diapers

Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection


Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection diapers impressed us during testing due to their high absorption rate and cozy design. With uber soft fabric and a snug fit, even the most active babies will be comfortable wearing these flexible diapers. They also…

Mama Bear Gentle Touch


Mama Bear Gentle Touch diapers bring a lot to the table with a product that has higher than average performance for absorption and leak protection. This diaper had relatively quick absorption with more moisture on the filter paper than some competition…


Cloth Diapers

Rumparooz Pocket


After thorough lab absorbency testing and hands-on use with our baby tester, the Rumparooz Pocket diaper quickly became a favorite cloth diaper of ours, earning it a top rank in our review along with an Editors' Choice award. It's double gusset, and dual…

Flip with Stay Dry Insert


The Flip diaper cover and Stay Dry Insert are two parts of a stellar cloth diapering duo, sporting above-average absorbency performance and a wallet-friendly price tag. This hybrid diaper is easy to assemble and clean afterward. The single stay dry insert…


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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 and the BabyGearLab Review Team

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