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The best newborn baby gifts 2021

You need to buy a gift for a baby - be it your niece/nephew, godchild or the newborn of a friend. But what to get them? You know everyone else will buy clothes, but you’d like to get something useful or something that will be treasured for years to come. Pick from this list and you’re bound to get extra brownie points in the (sleepy) eyes of the new parents.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jun 30, 2021

Newborn baby sleeping in mum's arms

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1. Sophie La Girafe

Sophie La Girafe

Considered by many as an absolute classic, Sophie La Girafe is a Lamaze toy that’s perfect for teething. Created in France in 1961 and made from 100% natural rubber and food grade paint, this little marvel manages to stimulate all five senses, soothing sore gums and providing hours of curiosity. It’s also easy for a baby to hold and squeeze, making it tactile and reassuring. This one comes in a pretty gift box too. If you want a gift that’s affordable yet beautifully presented, this is it.

“Maybe try a nice Lamaze toy (toys that 'do' stuff like rattle, rustle or are brightly coloured and have mirrors etc). A good teething toy is Sophie La Girafe.”

“They are the best things for a baby. Our daughter has had hours of fun from her Sophie La Girafe.”

2. Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

This Fisher-Price staple comes with a 360-degree rotation, which plays music and sounds to get babies interacting. Sought after by Mumsnetters as the dream learning toy for babies 9 months and over, this Jumperoo is the type of gift parents will thank you for later. It features 12 friendly rainforest animal toys and activities such as an alligator clicker, butterfly teether, a lion roller and two overhead soft monkeys. Plus, it’s easily adjustable with three height settings, is designed to strengthen fine motor skills and also encourages babies to jump and wiggle about. A gift that’s both fun and educational in equal measure. Job done.

“Get the Fisher-Price Jumperoo! A thousand times this. Saved my life. Pricey but worth every penny.”

“We bought one secondhand. The delight our child got from it made everyone's day.”

3. Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit Toy

Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit

You really can’t go wrong with this award-winning Manhattan Whoozit toy. Renowned for being a baby’s best friend, this is a classic, soft, multi-sensory activity toy with a big smiling face that babies adore. It features bright, eye-catching colours, various textures and patterns and is sure to hold attention and soothe anxious cries. Whoozit rattles, squeaks, crinkles and comes with loop attachments to fasten onto car seats, strollers or cribs.

“The best toy we got was a Whoozit and she loves it.”

4. Skibz Dribble Bibs

Skibz Dribble Bibs

If you’ve got a practical hat on, this gift idea could be just for you. These dribble bibs by Skibz will be a lifesaver to both parents and baby. They’re functional, stylish, comfortable and are perfect for teething mouths. These bibs come with an adjustable fastening, are known to keep their shape (no shrinking, fading or distortion) and are highly absorbent so babies don’t have to suffer soreness or chafing around the chin and mouth. You can even mix and match with different patterns.

“These Skibz bibs really came into their own when teething started.”

5. Julia Donaldson book set

Julia Donaldson book set

Mumsnet users love giving books as baby gifts because it’s something they can grow into and keep for a long time. These Julia Donaldson picture books come in a collection of 10 colourful stories, giving the family a chance to gather around, cosy up and share tales together. Even though babies won’t understand a word, they will joyfully react to the sound of your voice and is a great bonding experience.

“We got a Julia Donaldson set of 10. Our son obviously doesn't understand a word of it but he loves the rhythms and listens intently.”

6. Lansinoh mOmma Baby Bottles with NaturalWave Teat

Lansinoh baby bottles

Winner of the Mumsnet Best badge 2018, these bottles from Lansinoh are made from soft, natural-feel 100% silicone which mimics the breastfeeding action and are clinically proven to encourage babies to take to bottle-feeding naturally. Thanks to the impressive design of Lansinoh’s NaturalWave teat, which prompts an instinctive sucking action, parents can maintain their baby’s breastfeeding pattern and move from breast to bottle easily. The mOmma feeding bottles also come with air ventilation which reduces the baby’s intake of air, preventing colic flair-ups. As a trusted brand for more than 30 years, feeding bottles don’t get much safer or more effective than this.

“I switched my daughter over to formula at six months and she would only use Lansinoh bottles since they're designed to replicate breastfeeding.”

7. The Gro Company Roll-Up Grobag

The Gro Company Roll Up Go-Bag

Loved by parents everywhere, these cute Grobags from The Grow Company are the snuggliest gift you can buy for babies. There’s no need for extra sheets or blankets, these baby sleeping bags are all they’ll need to soundly drift off to sleep. All Grobags have accurate Tog ratings and you will be able to rest assured knowing the covers will stay put, thanks to the fastenings at the shoulders. Available in three ages: 0-6 months, 6-18 months and 18-36 months.

“A Grobag (sleeping bag thing) is VERY useful, I’ve used it every night for bedtime.”

8. Ewan the Dream Sheep

Ewan the Dream Sheep

Ewan the Dream Sheep is a best-selling baby sleep aid. This is due to the fact that it's been seen to help babies sleep peacefully, providing comfort and security by emitting real womb and heartbeat sounds. It’s cute, cuddly and highly functional, featuring three other calming sounds; rainfall, harp melody, and a vacuum cleaner noise. It also comes with a soothing night light and has been proven to reduce colic. Magic. Parents will love you for buying them this.

“Get a 'Sleep Sheep'. It makes all sorts of natural noises. How we laughed… until it was the ONLY THING that would get our baby to sleep for about three weeks. He doesn't need it anymore but I still take the sheep's innards with us (you can remove noisy bit from sheep) when we sleep in strange places to settle him.”

9. Fisher-Price Newborn to Toddler Vibrating Rocker

Fisher Price Vibrating Rocker

Colourful, convenient and space-saving, Fisher-Price strikes again with this newborn-to-toddler vibrating rocker seat. It comes with two comfortable reclining positions, features calming vibrations and comes with a fold-out kick-stand for sturdiness. It’s the ideal place to feed and, according to Mumsnet users, no baby gift list would be complete without a mention. At £44.99, it’s affordable yet practical and would be one well-received gift addition.

“I couldn't have gotten through the first few months without two Fisher-Price newborn-to-toddler vibrating rockers for my twins. That way you can be feeding one baby and rocking the other to stop the screaming. Later when they're a bit bigger you can sit between the chairs and feed them both at the same time.”

“I simply don't know how I would have managed without them. We bought two of the Fisher-Price folding ones. Wonderful!”

10. Angelcare Baby Movement Monitor

Angelcare Baby Movement Monitor

Last, but by no means least, is the Angelcare Baby Monitor. It has an under-the-mattress sensor pad, which monitors all the baby’s movements, no matter how slight, and if no movement has been detected for 20 seconds an alarm will sound. Its portable parent unit displays the nursery room temperature, and has a two-way talk back feature that allows parents to soothe and reassure their baby. The Angelcare Movement Monitor is top of the range and ticks all possible boxes as far as baby monitors are concerned.

“We were bought the Angelcare Alarm when our daughter was born, five years later we're using it for our son. Bloody wonderful thing.”

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