30 Best Baby Gifts for the Natural Family

Need something special to welcome a new baby? These unique baby gifts are all designed to make baby’s (and mama’s) life cozier, easier, or more enriched.

The Best Gifts for a New Baby-MAIN

Is baby finally here? There’s no celebration more exciting than the arrival of a new baby, and chances are you want to treat your friend or family member to something special to honor the occasion. But what’s suitable for a new baby? Below you’ll find a round-up of the best baby gifts for a crunchy family.

The only problem now is choosing which one (or two, or three) to get!

Best Newborn Baby Gifts

Though any baby gift will certainly be appreciated, the best baby gifts are useful presents that fulfill a real need—a carrier that will help mama get things done or a set of swaddling blankets to (hopefully) extend baby’s nighttime stretch of sleep just a little bit, for example. If you’re struggling, here are some great ideas for a new baby:

LÍLLÉbaby Ergonomic Carrier
LÍLLÉbaby Ergonomic Carrier

A cozy carrier is the perfect place for mid-day naps or nursing sessions on the go. This all-in-one baby carrier goes front, back, and forward-facing. Plus, it’s safe for baby’s hips.

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LÍLLÉbaby Ergonomic Carrier
Maya Wrap
Maya Wrap

If mama prefers a soft sling to a structured carrier, this one is a great, comfortable option.

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Maya Wrap
Aden and Anais Muslin Swaddling Blankets
Aden and Anais 100% Cotton Muslin Swaddling Blankets 4-Pack

These soft blankets are sure to become a favorite. They’re soft and oh-so-versatile. Whether mama uses them as a nursing cover or a stroller cover, these are a must-have.

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Aden and Anais Muslin Swaddling Blankets
Ana Baby 100% Organic Cotton Drool Bib Bandanas
Ana Baby 100% Organic Cotton Drool Bib Bandanas

Drooling is a fact of life, but frumpy bibs are not. These stylish bibs are cute, eco-friendly, and hypoallergenic.

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Ana Baby 100% Organic Cotton Drool Bib Bandanas
Lamaze Organic Onesies
Lamaze Organic Onesies

Wonderful for layering or wearing as-is, there’s nothing like a basic white onesie.

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Lamaze Organic Onesies
Burt’s Bees Organic Footed Pjs
Burt’s Bees Organic Footed Pjs

Can a baby have too many footie PJs? We don’t think so! Made from 100 percent organic cotton, these pjs are soft and cute.

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Burt’s Bees Organic Footed Pjs
Lovevery Organic Activity Mat
Lovevery Organic Activity Mat

Activity mats are great for tummy time, and the Lovevery mat features wooden teethers and toys made from organic materials.

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Lovevery Organic Activity Mat
Lifefactory Baby Bottle Starter Kit
Lifefactory Baby Bottle Starter Kit

Lifefactory is a great brand for mama’s water bottle, so why not share the love with baby? This starter kit includes everything baby needs.

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Lifefactory Baby Bottle Starter Kit
Moses Basket Set
Moses Basket Set

Crafted from pesticide-free palm leaves, this Moses basket set also contains 100 percent cotton bedding. Bonus: use as storage once your baby outgrows it!

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Moses Basket Set
American Baby Sweater Blanket
American Baby Sweater Blanket

While this baby gift shouldn’t be used in cribs, the organic cotton sweater blanket is large enough for cuddling but thin enough for swaddling.

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American Baby Sweater Blanket
BabyBjorn Natural Rocker
BabyBjorn Natural Rocker

Did you know that this rocker can help baby fine tune his motor skills as he learns to naturally rock himself? It’s suitable for 0-24 months and then converts to a toddler chair. It can also help constipated babies do their daily doo. It’s the ultimate baby gift!

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BabyBjorn Natural Rocker
Manhattan Toy Skwish Color Burst Rattle and Teether
Manhattan Toy Skwish Color Burst Rattle and Teether

Too many toys are made of plastic, but not these. These high-quality wooden toys are made of splinter- and chip-resistant wood and water-based non-toxic paint.

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Manhattan Toy Skwish Color Burst Rattle and Teether
Finn & Emma Hand-knit Flamingo Rattle
Finn & Emma Hand-knit Flamingo Rattle

These flamingo rattles are handmade in Peru using 100 percent cotton and stuffed with real sheep’s wool.

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Finn & Emma Hand-knit Flamingo Rattle
Organic Farm Buddies, Frenchie Fox Blankie
Organic Farm Buddies, Frenchie Fox Blankie

Cute? Check. All organic materials? Check. Super reinforced feet for teething? Check. Ideal for tummy time or nap time? Check. This blanket does it all.

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Organic Farm Buddies, Frenchie Fox Blankie
3 Sprouts Chicken Hooded Towel
3 Sprouts Chicken Hooded Towel

Ditch those synthetic towels and choose this 100 percent cotton hooded bath towel. It’s ideal for newborns and children up to 18 months old. Plus, it’s adorable!

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3 Sprouts Chicken Hooded Towel
PomPerfect Organic Soft Goat Hair Newborn Baby Brush
PomPerfect Organic Soft Goat Hair Newborn Baby Brush

Say bye-bye to bedhead (cribhead?) with this eco-friendly brush set. As a bonus, the gentle (non-itchy) bristles help manage cradle cap by stimulating baby’s scalp.

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PomPerfect Organic Soft Goat Hair Newborn Baby Brush
Natural Wooden Animal Shape Toys
Natural Wooden Animal Shape Toys

This set of four wooden animals offers a creative outlet for baby to play. The unique ridges offer sensory play for little ones. Plus, they’re safe for teething babies.

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Natural Wooden Animal Shape Toys
ALVABABY Baby Cloths
ALVABABY Baby Cloth Diapers

Is mama using cloth diapers? This is a gift that won't ever go to waste. The set includes six reusable, washable and super absorbent diapers in fun colors.

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ALVABABY Baby Cloths
Puracy Organic Baby Care Gift Set
Puracy Organic Baby Care Gift Set

This set is all made in the USA from plant-based materials. Plus, includes a plant-based stain remover—something every mama needs!

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Puracy Organic Baby Care Gift Set
Natursutten BPA-Free Pacifier
Natursutten BPA-Free Pacifier

Believe it or not, this paci comes from a tree—Hevea Brasiliensi, to be precise. This 100 percent natural rubber pacifier is even softer than silicone.

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Natursutten BPA-Free Pacifier
Book Subscription Owl Post
Book Subscription Owl Post

It’s never too early to start reading to babies. Give the gift of a book subscription and baby will always have new books to read.

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Book Subscription Owl Post
You Are My Little Bird
You Are My Little Bird

One of the best ways to stimulate a baby is through music—and this album will please both parent and baby.

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You Are My Little Bird
Baby milestone blanket
Baby Milestone Blanket

Help mama and papa keep track of baby’s growth and all those important milestones with this adorable (and cozy) photo prop.

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Baby milestone blanket
Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

There’s nothing like the gift of sleep—and this sound machine may just help mama and papa squeeze in a little extra shut-eye while baby snoozes peacefully.

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Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine
Boppy Newborn Hello Baby Lounger
Boppy Newborn Hello Baby Lounger

A lounger is indispensable. It frees up mamas hands and gives baby a safe place to snooze.

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Boppy Newborn Hello Baby Lounger
Baby Handprint Kit
Baby Handprint Kit

She can't freeze time, but this crafty, sentimental gift will help mama preserve baby's handprint and footprint forever.

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Baby Handprint Kit
Premium Ultra Soft Organic Bamboo Baby Hooded Towel
Premium Ultra Soft Organic Bamboo Baby Hooded Towel

A hooded towel doesn't just look cute, it keeps the towel in place while mom or dad rubs baby dry.

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Premium Ultra Soft Organic Bamboo Baby Hooded Towel
Baby Socks Toys
Baby Socks Toys

These brightly colored rattles velcro to baby's hands and feet for constant stimulation.

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Baby Socks Toys
MKONY Baby Crib Hanging Toys
MKONY Baby Crib Hanging Toys

Keep baby carefree and busy enroute with this set of adorable hanging toys.

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MKONY Baby Crib Hanging Toys

The Best Baby Gifts for Three Months and Beyond

Sometimes, despite your best intentions, you might not meet baby until a few months after their birth. If this is the case, it’s not too late to bring a baby gift, should you want to do so. In fact, new parents receive so many baby gifts in the beginning that they often have an overabundance of newborn baby clothes, swaddles, and other early items. If it’s been a few months, clothes for older babies or items to help with introducing solids or teething may be just what the family needs. Check out these much-appreciated ideas for some inspiration:

Mama Natural’s Real Baltic Teething Necklace
Mama Natural’s Real Baltic Teething Necklace

The only raw Baltic teething necklace that isn’t treated in an autoclave, this truly raw necklace is suitable for babies aged two months up to 3+ years.

Reusable Food Pouch
Reusable Food Pouch

Food pouches are a great idea, except that they can create a lot of waste. Choose a 100 percent food grade silicone reusable pouch and help the planet. Bonus points for filling with homemade baby food.

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Reusable Food Pouch
The Mama Natural Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook
The Mama Natural Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook

Ideal for the seasoned chef or the new parent who just started to cook for her babies. This book provides everything you need to approach baby-led weaning with confidence.

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The Mama Natural Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook
Ready, Set, Food!
Ready, Set, Food!

This scientifically-proven 15-day program helps parents introduce potential allergens slowly, safely, and effectively. In fact, it reduces food allergies in babies by up to 80 percent!

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Ready, Set, Food!
Roll up Bib
Roll up Bib

There’s no doubt about it: A new eater is a messy eater. But this food-safe silicone bib catches stray bits and rinses clean to make mealtime a breeze.

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Roll up Bib
ItyBity 100% BPA-Free Teething Necklace
ItyBity 100% BPA-Free Teething Necklace

What’s not to love about this BPA-free teething necklace? Mamas look stylish while babies have a safe chewy to nibble during cuddle sessions or even while mama’s babywearing.

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ItyBity 100% BPA-Free Teething Necklace
Baby University Four
Baby University Four-Book Set

Baby might not be able to say "mama" yet, but it's never too soon to introduce even the most complex concepts to the future scientists of America.

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Baby University Four
The Wonderful Things You Will Be
The Wonderful Things You Will Be

Parents and kids alike with love this New York Times bestseller. The sweet story about a parent's love for their child has some stellar illustrations, too.

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The Wonderful Things You Will Be

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The Etiquette: Do You Have to Bring a Baby Gift?

Well, you don’t have to do anything! All joking aside though, baby gifts are never required—baby gifts are optional, but definitely appreciated by the recipient. Think of it this way: A baby gift is a small token that shows you’re excited about the newest member of their family and are ready to support your loved one in any way possible. New parents have a lot on their minds—and have to purchase a lot, too! By bringing something for baby, you’re automatically easing this burden for them.

How Much to Spend on Baby Gifts

Ready for another ambiguous answer? There is no minimum when it comes to baby gifts. A baby gift is simply a kind gesture. But since this probably isn’t the answer you’re looking for, the information below can help demystify this dilemma a little bit.

When thinking about how much to spend on baby gifts, consider your own budget and your relationship to the family:

  • If you want to give a coworker or a neighbor a baby gift but don’t know them very well, $10-20 is probably more than enough.
  • If you’re shopping for your sister or best friend, you might stretch that to $20-50—budget permitting, of course.

Try to think beyond the monetary value of your gift. Something extremely useful—like a DIY nipple cream that cost you $5 to make or even the secondhand baby swing that saved your sanity when your child was a baby—may be more valuable than anything else you could buy.

Genevieve Howland

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 85,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

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