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Best Baby Gifts of 2022: Top 61 Products

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Best Baby Gifts of 2022:  Top 61 Products
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By Wendy Schmitz, Juliet Spurrier, MD, and the BabyGearLab Review Team
Thursday September 29, 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. 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 September 29, 2022, to incorporate our latest picks for Baby Backpacks.


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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 fun too! Much learning and adventure can happen in the tub with the exciting tub 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 great infant bath tub. With options that fit in tubs and sinks and others that support little bodies, here are our favorites.

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.

Best Baby Washcloth

Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloth

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Baby Shampoo


Don't forget a great 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 great toy for teething 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.

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 be confusing and daunting, not to mention often fall apart while little ones sleep. A great swaddle or sleep sack 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.

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 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. So fun, 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 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 could demand when growing, there is a chance nipples can get sore, and a soothing 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 help absorb leaking from breastfeeding, this non-glamorous gift can be a lifesaver over the alternative of wet spots on shirts.

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


As little ones get older, tummy time can also be a form of entertainment, so don't forget a fun baby gym!

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 great bouncer or 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 a great stroller or using a device for baby wearing.

Carriers and Backpacks


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

Best Overall Baby Carrier

Nalakai Ring Sling

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Best Comfort Sling

Maya Wrap ComfortFit Sling

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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 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.

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 for Ease-of-Use

Philips Avent DECT SCD501/10

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Video Monitor


Best WiFi Baby Monitor

Nanit Pro

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Best Baby-Specific Features

iBaby Care M7 WiFi

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Sound Machines


Sound machines offer 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.

Best Overall Machine

Letsfit White Noise Machine

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Favorite Portable Option

VTech Myla The Monkey

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Crib Mattresses


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

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


A 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 baby bottles. 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 Budget-Friendly Bottle

NUK Simply Natural Glass

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Bottle Warmers


Bottle feeding is easier with a quick and simple 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 great breast pump whether they plan to go back to work or need to run an errand. Pumping and storing milk is a useful practice to boost supply and have food on hand if mom is not.

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 a great pairing with cloth diapers. While perhaps not the go-to for every kind of mess, many environmentally-friendly parents will love adding less to their trash bag.

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 and changing pad cleanups, every baby needs baby wipes.

Best Overall Baby Wipe

Water Wipes

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Best Wipe for Eco-Health

Seventh Generation Free and Clear

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Diaper Cream


While perhaps not the best standalone gift, at some point, every baby will need diaper cream. Tossing a tub or a tub into a gift bag with other diapering-themed selections can give new parents supplies 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 in a stink-free diaper pail. 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 Bang for the Buck

Creative Baby Tidy

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Diaper Bags


Diaper bags keep all diapering supplies in one place for running errands or travel. Gifting a useful diaper bag with lots of 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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