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    28 Reviewer-Loved Gifts For Those Friends Who Are About To Be New Parents

    Presents that are about to become some of the most useful, beloved, must-have items in their lives.

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    1. A FridaBaby Baby Basics Kit which includes a snot-sucker, gas-passer, nail trimmer, and a silicone cradle-cap brush to deal with just a handful of the day-to-day issues a new bundle of joy will present.

    Baby basics kit box with gas passers, snot sucker, trimmer, and brush
    Inside of packaging with light blue silicon carrying case

    Promising review: "If you are looking for a great baby shower gift look no further. This kit has been a lifesaver when it has come to my newborn. As far as the product 'Windi' is concerned, I thought I will never use this. Now I think the fart straw is the handiest product on the market with my colicky gassy baby. The head-scrubber gently exfoliates. The snot-sucker is way nicer than a bulb syringe. I have used every product in the kit and my son is still only 6-weeks-old." —SP

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. A light but still warm Monica and Andy "Always" baby blanket for taking tummy time anywhere or snoozing in the stroller. Personalize it with an embroidered name for another $15.

    White blanket with alphabet pattern
    White blanket with elephant pattern
    Monica and Andy

    Promising review: "Best blanket! We buy this for every friend having a new baby, we love it so much! Our boys have had theirs for years!" —Cherissa K.

    "This is an amazing blanket, from the softness of the material to the colors and design...a perfect baby shower gift I can't wait to give!" —Lisa M.

    Get it from Monica and Andy for $29.99 (available in 12 styles).

    3. A Diaper Genie that'll be the quickest, most efficient, and least stinky way of disposing of an endless amount of disposable nappies.

    Diaper Genie with open lid showing blue bags inside
    White Diaper Genie stood next to a baby's changing table for scale

    I'm here to tell you that the Diaper Genie been a part of our babies' lives since their first diaper changes at home. It's not perfect but it is close. Once that diaper is slam-dunked in there, I only have to change the bag about once a day. Yes, you will get hit with the smell when you open it, but just don't get too close. Otherwise, all odors are contained when the lid is closed. 

    Promising review: "I have used these before and love that they keep everything clean and not smelly. I personally have put an additional air freshener on the inner lid to keep it extra fresh. This is also a really good gift for a new mom." —Rebekah 

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99+ (available in four colors).

    4. An eight-pack (trust us, they're gonna want these in bulk) of Mama Bear diaper pail refills because that Diaper Genie doesn't grant any wishes unless it's full of these plastic bags.

    Stack of eight blue circular diaper genie refills

    Promising review: "I bought these for my Diaper Genie. I’m a first time mom, I was gifted a Diaper Genie but I wanted a more affordable refill. Looking to save money anywhere I can. I came across these and they’re great! They’re really sturdy and do not have a scent to it. At least, I can’t smell anything. This will always be my go-to refills." —Shirley 

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    5. A handmade and hypoallergenic felt whale baby nursery mobile so babies can fall asleep and wake up to some super cute narwhals and belugas floating between the waves and the clouds above their crib.

    A mobile of various gray and blue whales and waves with a silver moon at the center
    By Emily Decor / Etsy

    By Emily Decor is an Etsy shop established in 2017 that makes felt nursery toys and is based in Odessa, Ukraine.

    Promising review: "This mobile is the star of my son's nursery! The quality is amazing. Every single stitch is perfect and overall is a beautiful piece. My 3-month-old loves looking at it and I've even noticed him smiling at it when he wakes up. Olya was very quick to respond to questions and made sure the mobile was exactly what we wanted. I can't say enough how wonderful this shop is!" —Krista McColl

    Get it from By Emily Decor on Etsy for $124+.

    6. A super spacious Evenflo Pivot Xplore all-terrain stroller wagon to push or pull one to two children on-road or off. Plus there's plenty of pockets and a detachable basket for storage and the dual UPF 50+ canopies mean they can spend even more time outdoors.

    Two children being pulled in the stroller wagon
    A gray and yellow stroller wagon with black frame and wheels

    I love this stroller so much and use it for more than hauling the kids around (groceries, packages, etc.). Definitely keeping this "wagon" once they've grown out of it! 

    Promising review: "After much research on double strollers best suited for an infant and a toddler I came across the concept of a stroller-wagon hybrid. I was sold and nearly ready to bite the bullet on the twice-as-expensive competitor and am so happy I found the Evenflo Pivot Xplore! We've owned it for almost a week and my husband, toddler, and I are all pretty geeked about it! First impressions: it's everything you could want in a 'swagon.' It's durable, comfortable, easy to maneuver, and easy to fold. To top it all off it comes with all the bells and whistles like sun canopies, snack tray, drink holders, and a storage basket included!" —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $246.40+ (available in three colors).

    7. "Rock Me Amadeus!"Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube for kiddies to compose and remix some of Mozart's classical music masterpieces by adding or subtracting any combination of instrument sounds from eight works by Wolfgang A.M. himself. It's baby's first beats lab.

    Baby holding white cube toy with multi-colored light up sides

    Promising Review: "We love this music cube. My son has played with it for three years. As an infant, he liked the colors and lights, as a toddler he loved to push the buttons and the music, now he uses it for random dance breaks — he jumps up and pushes the button and dances his heart out for the length of the music then goes back to whatever he was doing. It is in perfect shape despite living with a rowdy boy for almost four years. We have changed the batteries only twice. I have given this as a gift to everyone I know having a baby." —Janet B

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    8. A sterilizer and dryer to win the war against the staggering amount of funky-smelling baby bottles amassing in their kitchen in a desperate attempt to overthrow the ever-changing status quo.

    Model's hand turning blue knob on white sterilizer with clear plastic lid
    Top-down view of open sterilizer with baby bottles inside

    Bottle cleaning is the KP duty on your tour of babyhood (don't forget that you enlisted). 30 minutes is all it takes to make all of those rancid-smelling baby bottles sterile and dry. Our Papablic gets a workout multiple times a day, which is why this is a more economical and environmentally-friendly option than constantly running the dishwasher (especially if the dishwasher is you and not an actual appliance). The first time I traveled without it I realized how much easier (and better smelling) it made our life. Cleans easily with a little vinegar left in overnight.

    Promising review: "Looking for a baby shower gift or simply a bottle sterilizer? You've found it. This durable and affordable sterilizer is perfect for those late nights that you don't want to wash dishes. Just put some water it it and pop the bottles in and that's it. You will thank me later!" —Emily Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    9. A Lovery activity gym and playmat (which is washable) for developing their baby's physical, cognitive, visual, and motor learning skills. So much fun (and learning) packed into one colorful playset.

    Model and child playing with hanging toys on play mat

    Promising review: "I'm becoming an aunt for the first time in May! I'm so excited and have been trying to think of the perfect gift to get my sister. Last week I got a text from my closest girlfriend with a picture of her 6-month-old son on the Lovevery play mat followed by this text: 'This play mat has been a saving grace for me!!! I was sick all last week and I'd put my baby on the mat and he loved it. If I put him down anywhere else he cried and needed to be held, but everything they've designed for his age keeps him curious and entertained. It's amazing. Get one for your nephew!!!!' That's a pretty convincing review, so, of course, I got one!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $140.

    10. An electric nail trimmer set because tiny baby nails slice like Wolverine's adamantium claws, and cutting them can be a precarious proposition.

    Nail trimmer kit with multiple heads and clipper

    Promising review: "I use this almost exclusively on my 5-month-old and have since she was a newborn. I LOVE it. It’s so much easier than using clippers and it does come with clippers if you ever need them. It’s so gentle that it doesn’t hurt them if you accidentally slip, but it does work to file the nails down! When she was a newborn, I used it when she fell asleep on me after feeding (much easier when she’s asleep) and now that she only sleeps in her crib, I use it while distracting her with Baby Einstein. I definitely recommend this product!" —Kathryn

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    11. A glass-framed baby handprint/footprint keepsake for designing their own precious memories with included gold paint, a paint brush, a name/date printing kit, and four interior color options. 

    White frame with baby photos and hand and footprint

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my friend, who is having her first baby. She thought it was awesome and can't wait to put her baby's hand and foot prints in it." —Susan Getchell

    "This is an excellent product, it’s extremely easy to put together. I bought it super late when my baby was 7-months, we had to cut the matting off on the clay side so that his entire footprint would show. Definitely do this when your baby is a newborn or very small. It was a very sweet moment when we pressed his hand and foot into the clay. You don’t want to miss out on that. Buy it." —Sadiyah Gafoor-Ali

    Get it from Amazon for $18.96 (available in two colors).

    12. A set of foam play mat tiles to arrange in multiple design patterns that thankfully won't clash with the rest of the room (because gray and cream go with everything).

    Child model standing on white and gray patterned floor mat

    Carpet is simply not enough. This mat is part puzzle and part playground with 40 foam interlocking pieces for designing their child's play area with different shapes. The tiles are waterproof which makes them easy to clean after all that crawling and tummy time.

    Promising Review: "Goes great with my living room decor/color scheme, and so much more attractive than any other play mat I've seen. I get many compliments! Sufficiently thick with enough protection for inevitable head bumps. Really helps prevent my living room from being overtaken by baby stuff — the play mat defines and confines the play space — and helps me maintain my sophisticated living room as an adult-friendly space." —LBM202

    "We used these for baby shower decor AND the assorted patterns allowed the new parents to easily transfer these foam tiles into their baby room. No weird smell at all right out of the box. Went together easily and great quality! Absolutely would buy again! Great price!" —AprilB

    Get it from Amazon for $85.99+ (available in three colors). 

    13. A Munchkin "Warm Glow" wipe warmer so that baby butts (and parents' hands, come to think of it) never suffer the touch of a damp, chilly wipe ever again. Plus it has a night-light with a 10-minute auto shut-off function.

    White wipe warmer with lid open

    Promising review: "An essential for my baby. Every diaper change was an event full of crying and screaming until I bought this. Then it became a bonding time full of coos and smiles. I absolutely love this thing. It is super easy to set up and use, and you can buy the wipes in bulk which likely saves you money as well. If your baby cries every time you change the diaper, I highly recommend this." —Jorge

    "When this was given as a gift I never thought we’d use it. But now I love it!! Diaper changes are so much easier when you’re not putting cold and wet onto baby’s tushy. Love it and will give it as a gift to new parents!" —Amy L Jimenez

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    14. A nonslip, super-cushiony baby bath kneeler pad, because unless they're actually getting in the tub they're going to be praying (they're basically already in that position) for some much-needed support for their patellas from the unforgiving bathroom floor.

    A dual image of a blue whale kneeler hanging from the shower next to a model kneeling on the whale while tending to a child in the tub

    Soooo, this is Mr. Whale, at least that's what he's called in our house. My knees and I love him so much that I've even started to sing a song about him every night at bath time (come to think of it, it's more of a sea shanty). And it goes a little something like this: "He's Mr. Whale, he's Mr. Whale. He's got a tail(tale) telllllllll / When you set sail, please do not fail, to say hellllllllooooo!" It's just my little way of thanking him for his consistent quiet service in offering just the right amount of cushiness so I don't have to make that "old-man-getting-up" noise every time I've finished bathing my child.

    Promising review: "We were gifted this when our daughter was born, and now have gifted it in turn to three other expecting parents! This, and the arm rest, are used nightly and are saving our knees and arms!" —The Barr family

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two colors).

    15. An Aveeno "Baby & Me Gift Set" that'll have newborns (and new parents) feeling fresh, clean, relaxed, moisturized, and ready for bedtime (what little of it there actually is). 

    Wicker basket filled with four bottles of baby creams

    Includes baby wash and shampoo, calming baby bath and wash, baby moisturizing lotion, and stress-relief body wash (for parents). 

    Promising review: "Aveeno products are excellent. This particular set is a great value. Full size products in a gift basket shrink wrapped in plastic. Perfect. Just toss it into a gift bag and you're all set. Makes a great baby shower gift." —Cheryl Koziel

    Get it from Amazon for $20.78.

    16. A Levoit air purifier for removing up to "99.97% of airborne contaminants" so their baby's room will be free of allergens, pet hair, dander, smoke, mold, odor, and large dust particles. 

    White air purifier with black accents and a blue light

    Promising review: "This air purifier is amazing! I got it because I was noticing little fibers/particles in the air when the sun shined into my room. I have a baby, and I was disgusted thinking those little lungs were breathing anything besides air. My purifier was very easy to set up, and I ran it for about a week before checking the filter. I am just amazed at all of the debris it cleared from our air. The filter was easy to clean with a damp wipe and we're off for round two. The sleep mode is silent as well, which was important since it’s right next to my bed. I will be ordering more for the rest of the house! Definitely worth the money." —Charlie snethen

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99+ (available in two colors).

    17. A time- and life-saving formula dispensing machine that mixes and warms consistently perfect formula-based ba-bas in a matter of mere seconds.

    Model putting bottle up to white and black formula machine
    Baby Brezza

    Listen, listen, listen. Without hyperbole, the Baby Brezza has been one of my best investments for year one in babyland. Late-night feeds no longer become about fumbling, spilling, mixing, warming, and minutes later delivering a so-so bottle to a crying child. No, in seconds a measured and warm concoction is in hand and then in baby's mouth. Just add water to the tank and formula to the dispenser and serve bottles ranging between 2–10 ounces warmed to three different temperatures. The time, effort, and stress this wonderful machine has saved me from is emotionally immeasurable and worth the price tag. It even forces you to clean it after every four uses because that formula gets gunky and you get lazy.

    Promising review: "I use this for both of my children and it is the best gift I have ever given anyone for a baby shower. This has saved me many sleepless nights of dressing, able to push a button quickly and get the kids fed super quick. I will recommend this to every parent out there!" —Amazonreader

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    18. A pair of vegan leather Ten Little Everyday high top sneakers because a kid's first pair of kicks should be a little kick-ass and as any parent rushing to get the family out of the house will tell you, Velcro straps are a time (life) saver.

    Baby high top sneakers with velro straps in gray with white trim
    Ten Little

    Promising review: "We love this shoe — our second pair of Ten Little shoes and we will keep buying. The fit is great and my little one is so much more independent with these than other shoes. 10/10 — absolutely the best!" —Suzie A.

    Get it from Ten Little for $37 (originally $46; available in sizes 4–13 and four colors).

    19. An easy-to-clean (phew) Oribel Cocoon three-stage high chair that'll grow with a child from 6-months-old to 3-years. Folds up for easy storage and features six height adjustments and three reclining positions for feeding or napping.

    White and light blue high chair with two gray wheels

    Promising review: "LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I wish we would have gotten this when our baby boy was born. He is 18-months-old now but outgrew his current high chair we received as a gift. This one is SO easy to clean! It looks great! It is substantial. And very sturdy. I have had no issues with it. I love how it is so customizable with all the different adjustments. I love the harness for safety purposes. It's definitely 'spendy,' which is the only con. But I am very happy with this purchase!" —MauiMermaid

    Get it from Amazon for $229+ (available in seven colors and styles).

    20. A Boppy nursing pillow to help not only with feeding but also propping babies up, moving them into tummy time, and helping them sit upright. That's one hard-working pillow.

    A model using a white nursing pillow with animal character to feed a child

    Promising review: "These really are a must have. Everyone always tells you the millions of gadgets you just 'have to get' when you're expecting and you don't end up using half of them. This is not one of those. You will use this all day everyday. I got one as a gift and then ordered this one so I would have one for the main floor of my house and one for my den downstairs. The cover for this one is super cute and comes off easily to wash. You can actually wash the whole pillow too. When not using it to feed my son, I prop him up in it so he can look around. But you never wanna leave a small baby alone in it. You should still have at least one of these." —Spelllesswonder29

    Get it from Amazon for $44.77.

    21. A lightweight (but powerful), wood-grained finish Douni sleep sound machine with 24 soothing sounds for keeping the little kids fast asleep at home and while traveling.

    A circular white noise machine with a wooden finish and a gray speaker on top

    This was the third (maybe fourth) white noise machine I purchased for my baby/toddler's room and it's still getting the job done after nearly a year. There's a lot of city traffic and a very busy intersection outside our apartment windows and the Douni masks all of it (except for the occasional blaring ambulance siren). The wood grain is a nice change of pace from all the other white, black, metallic gadgets populating our home. Super powerful sound too!

    Promising review: "I would recommend this to anyone that wants a sound machine for themselves or their kids. I may make it a baby shower gift in the future. The only bad part is that I may have to buy two more for myself and my new baby on the way. I’m glad I found one I love." —Deb W

    Get it from Amazon for $35.97

    22. A super-soft, 12-inch "Bashful puppy" stuffed toy, because their little one deserves to have something as cute and cuddly as themself!  

    Child model in pjs holding black and white stuffed dog toy
    black and white stuffed dog toy

    Promising review: "Bought as a shower gift before my nephew was born and it’s now his favorite lovey. Carries him everywhere, sleeps with him, etc. Just bought a second one as backup for the first if he’s too well-loved or gets lost. Only downside is it’s not machine washable." —Mizlizstl

    Get it from Nordstrom for $25.