10 Best Baby Gifts For New Mothers: Features, Price, Pros & Cons

10 Best Baby Gifts For New Mothers: Features, Price, Pros & Cons

Invited to a baby shower? Are all of your friends entering that phase of life where there seems to be a new baby every few months? Are you tired of trying to find the perfect gift? Rely on us here at sweetmomsblog.com to inspire you with some great gift ideas in our 10 Best Baby Gifts for New Mothers list.

When you are thinking about buying a gift for new parents consider several factors:

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  • Does this family have other children? When you are buying a gift for a second or third (or more) child, be aware that this family will already have a lot of gear, clothes, blankets and so on, so you may want to concentrate on more personal items. The Keepsake photo frame or the Animal Lovers Baby Book might be good choices.
  • How big a space does this family live in? For families living in tight spaces, small meaningful gifts are the ticket. You might want to consider the Brownlow First Bible or the elephant-themed keepsake box for families living in small spaces.
  • New moms appreciate practical items. Look for gifts that solve common problems or that have multi-functionality. We include several ideas here on our list, like the diaper changing pad or the feeder/teething toy.
  • What is your relationship with the new mom? If you are very close, a more personal item is appropriate. If you are just a passing acquaintance, you will want to stick with a standard gift. For more personal gifts, check out the swaddling blanket or the Brownlow first Bible.

How We Reviewed The Best Baby Gifts

For our best 10 lists, we looked at several products that offer convenience for new moms and dads. We looked for products that are special, practical, meaningful and particularly different. We want you to be able to choose from a wide variety of possibilities and depending upon your relationship with the new parents, your budget and your esthetic preferences may vary.

We looked at the materials that each product was made from, the practicality of the gifts, the sentimental value of the gifts, and the overall rating of each of the products. We wanted each item on this list to be a quality piece you could pick up for any new or expecting mom and know it will be a great gift! As such, we looked at products with multiple uses or which will be useful over many years.

We know you may be invited to several baby showers each year and buying gifts for all your friends can be costly. We looked for products that deliver great value but do not break the bank. We hope and trust you will find just what you are looking for on this list of 10 best baby gifts!

Overall Price Range Of The Products On Our Best 10 List

Your particular budget is the only restriction on cost for new baby gifts. We focused our attention on gifts ranging from $6.00 to $35.00 just to give you lots of options.

What We Reviewed

  • Tiny Ideas Baby's Hospital Keepsake Photo Frame, Perfect Unique Gift For New Or Expecting Parents
  • Lucy Darling Little Animal Lover Memory Book
  • Portable Foldable Writable Hanging Wall Height Chart
  • Portable Diaper Changing Pad - Waterproof Baby Travel Bag with Detachable Changing Mat and Storage Compartments
  • Grab n’ Shake Rattle Teething Toy Set | Fresh Food-Fruit Silicone Feeder & Teether
  • Joie Bean Premium Baby Blanket Set with Plush Toy
  • Baby Swaddle Blanket with Baby Quote
  • Brownlow Gifts Baby's First Bible
  • NASHRIO Baby First Tooth Fairy and Curl Keepsake Box
  • Cloth Book for Baby Soft Activity - Pack of 6

Features

Not just another photo frame, the Tiny Ideas Keepsake frame has a space for a photo of the newborn with a place designed especially for the baby's hospital bracelet. It's a small gift, only about 9in X 9in. with space for a 6in. X 4in. photo. Yet, it is thoughtful and gives the new parent a place to display this important memento - the teeny tiny baby hospital ID bracelet.

The frame can be wall-mounted or set up on an included easel for a tabletop display. It is made of rugged plastic with an acid-free photo mat. It comes in three colors: a blue mat with a white frame, a pink mat with a white frame, or a white mat with a silver frame.

The photo mat in all three colors comes already inscribed with the message that says, "welcome little one."

Pros

  • Versatile display options 
  • Affordable
  • A thoughtful gift that doesn't add to the household clutter of a new or expanding family.

Cons

  • Not for moms whose hospital experience was distressing
  • Some parents may not like the pre-inscribed message

Features

Every new parent wants a way to record all the adorable and beautiful moments of Baby's first year and beyond. Especially for the mom who is not - or does not have time to be - crafty, the Lucy Darling Little Animal Lover Memory Book makes it simple. The pages are already labeled and cute without more effort than attaching a photo and writing a few words. This memory book makes our list of the 10 Best Baby Gifts for New Mothers because it is useful and thoughtful.

For those concerned about the environment, this book is printed with soy-based inks. It includes pre-birth pages, arrival pages including a space for Baby's footprint, a few pages to document the world news and trends, several blank pages, and if you want to keep on documenting, five birthday pages and a first day of school page.

Pros

  • Useful and makes the task of documenting Baby's "firsts" simple 
  • Eco-friendly gift
  • Traditional baby gift

Cons

  • The animal theme may not appeal to all parents
  • Is not a completely novel or unique gift - people have been giving baby books to new parents for generations.

Features

Among the 10 Best Baby Gifts for New Mothers, you might expect to find a hanging growth chart and this Ashtonbee product has features that make it a great gift. No one wants to record their child's growth on a door jamb anymore! This height chart hangs from a sturdy rope attached to the top. It is portable, foldable and durable. Unlike other growth charts, this one is made of canvas for a product that will last until Baby grows up. It is easy to mark with any fine tip marker and can move with the family.

The design of this growth chart is simple and elegant - no fancy illustrations. It is a simple, gender-neutral black and white design and has both metric and standard measurements.

Pros

  • Gender-neutral, simple design  
  • Portable: you can move it around your home and take it with you when you move
  • Durable

Cons

  • Requires precise measurement for installation
  • May not be the first thing a new parent needs 

Features

We include this Diaper Bag and Changing Pad on our list of 10 Best Baby Gifts for New Mothers because it has plenty of great features. It has three compartments to help Mom keep all the gear organized. It has a detachable, waterproof changing pad and velcro strips so that you can attach the bag to your stroller or to Baby's car seat.

The changing pad is extra wide so that no matter where the parent has to change Baby's diaper, he or she can be sure that the baby is not reaching past the pad to germy surfaces. The whole bag is easy to clean and has a gender-neutral design.

Pros

  • Extra-wide detachable changing pad
  • Compartments to help keep everything organized

Cons

  • The star design may not appeal to some
  • Measuring only 13 X 8.5 X 1 inches, this bag may not have room for toys, bottles, etc.

Features

Who does not love a product that has multiple functions? Busy new parents will appreciate the functionality of this Rattle/Teething Toy/Feeder - which is why we include it here on our list of 10 Best Baby Gifts for New Mothers.

First, the Grab n' Shake is a feeder designed to help introduce Baby to solid food. It has a silicone pouch perforated with holes so tiny that only the smallest particles of food can get through.  Feed your baby pureed fruits or veggies, milk, frozen juice, or even medicine. Just fill it, snap on the cap, and throw it into the diaper bag.

Second, the Grab n' Shake is a teether with various shapes and textures designed to stimulate Baby's gums, ease the teething pain when the time comes, and support healthy tooth growth.

Finally, to support Baby's fine motor skill development, the Grab n' Shake triples as a rattle.

Because this one is going to go directly into Baby's mouth, Mom and Dad will be pleased that it is BPA-free, BPS-free, LEAD-free, PVC-free, and PHTHALATES-free. It is made of food-grade silicone and is easy to use and to clean. It is dishwasher safe and can be boiled to sterilize.

Pros

  • Multi-functionality   
  • Non-toxic material

Cons

  • Some parents prefer to introduce solid foods using a spoon and not a feeder

Features

We love products that last. That is why we include this blanket set in our list of 10 Best Baby Gifts for New Mothers. Baby will love this soft blanket, and with its generous size (30 in X 39 in.) it will be useful for years. Choose a polka dot print, stars, or a bear print. The blanket is made of washable polyester fleece that is soft to the touch gentle on Baby's skin, hypoallergenic, and warm.

Each blanket comes with a plush toy. Choose a blue hippo, green frog, gray elephant, brown dog, pink teddy bear, or yellow duck to complement any decor or preference.  

Pros

  • Machine wash and dry      
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons

  • Some parents prefer natural fibers

Features

For a more heart-centered and unique gift, you will love this swaddle blanket. Made of pure, organic cotton and decorated with a beautiful quote, it is a gender neutral heirloom. It is large and breathable, machine washable and versatile. Parents can use it to swaddle and comfort the newborn baby, use it as a breastfeeding coverup, cover the stroller, or a light naptime cover.

Cotton is the preferred fabric for Baby's soft skin. It breathes and is soft to the touch. Since the best premium cotton is organic and grown without chemicals, you can be sure this blanket is safe.

Pros

  • Organic cotton is most certainly safe for Baby's skin  
  • Beautiful quote makes this an heirloom, worthy of handing down through generations

Cons

  • Quote may be too personal for some
  • Some parents might not like the white color

Features

This tiny volume (only 3 X 3.75 inches) will fit in the diaper bag so you can carry it along with you or keep it safely in Baby's nursery. The leatherette cover comes in your choice of blue, pink or white. Inside, find classic Bible stories with 19th-century illustrations. It makes our list of 10 Best Baby Gifts for New Mothers because of its endearing, heirloom quality.

This first Bible makes a thoughtful and inspirational gift for the family who values traditional Bible stories. It was created by the Brownlow family who has made a name in inspirational gifts.

Pros

  • Small and personal          
  • An unusual and meaningful gift
  • Classic, traditional baby gift

Cons

  • Respect family values before gifting

Features

When looking for a more unusual baby gift, consider this Keepsake Box. It is a small, elephant-shaped set of twin boxes - one for keeping Baby's hair from a first haircut and one for keeping the child's first tooth in the years to come. The interlocking boxes are made from a non-fading, non-rusting zinc alloy and lined with deep, rich blue velvet.

This product makes our list of 10 Best Baby Gifts for New Mothers because of its small size, and great usefulness and appeal. That first curl can never be adequately preserved in a baby book, and neither can the lost teeth in years to come. This adorable set of interlocking boxes is just perfect to preserve these important mementos of childhood.

Pros

  • Durable and adorable
  • Makes an unusual and meaningful gift

Cons

  • The elephant design may not appeal to everyone
  • One of the highest-priced items on our list

Features

It is never too early to introduce the best baby gifts to the joy of books. This set of six soft books are specially designed for babies. Each book is on a different topic: Alphabet, Numbers, Fruits, Foods, Farm Animals and Sea Creatures. The books are soft and washable. Baby can even take the books into the bath.

The pictures are colorful, and the words are simple and in a large font. If there are other children in the new baby's house, it will be nice to provide the newcomer with his or her own special books.  

Pros

  • Washable, durable 
  • Colorful and entertaining

Cons

  • Some parents prefer all natural materials for their baby's toys
  • Some parents may want to wait to introduce books

The Verdict

We hope that our list of the 10 Best Baby Gifts for New Mothers has given you a lot of ideas about the next best baby gifts you will buy. Whether you are looking for the personal or the practical, you are sure to find a great gift that fits your budget!

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