Best Newborn Gift Ideas


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KOKOPAX TOP PICK

Finding the best gift for your newborn baby was not easy, but after 100’s of hours spent playing around with so many great baby products; we can finally announce our winner, the Charming Baby Handprint and Footprint Frame set.

We found this to be a really great all round gift, as it gives both the parents and baby a really memorable sharing event together that becomes set in stone forever more.

Without exception, all of our parents loved the activity and said that they would definitely be hanging it somewhere in their home as a memory of their loved one when they were such a small and adorable new addition to their family.

It scored nearly full marks in terms of all round satisfaction and most of our babies seemed to love getting their hands and feet dirty. Most of our parents said that they would be buying more for later birthdays to create yet more wonderful memories, which in the future they could look back on and wonder, was their child every really that small?

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Kokopax’s Top Pick: Charming Baby Handprint and Footprint Frame Package

Kokopax’s Top Pick: Charming Baby Handprint and Footprint Frame Package

This, do it yourself handprint and footprint frame package includes everything you need to set your little babies ...

User Rating: 3.95 (1 votes)
2 Skypiers – Newborn Socks: I Love Mum & Love Dad

Skypiers – Newborn Socks: I Love Mum & Love Dad

If you are looking for the safest possible gift for a newborn baby and don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, then ...

User Rating: 3.75 (1 votes)
3 Colorful Newborn Baby Wrap Swaddle Blanket, Oenbopo Baby Kids Toddler Wool Knit Blanket

Colorful Newborn Baby Wrap Swaddle Blanket, Oenbopo Baby Kids Toddler Wool Knit Blanket

If you are looking for a present that wins the cutest baby present prize then this is it. This beautiful designed, ...

User Rating: 2.75 (1 votes)
4 Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker, Geo Diamonds

Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker, Geo Diamonds

This is another great gift idea and one that any baby will appreciate. Our babies loved this rocker and most smiled ...

User Rating: 3.4 (1 votes)

 

How do you buy a really great newborn baby gift?

There is a real art to buying a really great gift for a friend’s, or indeed your own newborn baby. Then main reason for this is that the baby is really too young to have much idea and understanding about what you are buying. Indeed, for some of the toys we tested, our babies seemed more in awe of the packaging it came in than the actual toy.

When you buy a baby gift you are really trying to please the parents and not the baby. All babies of that age are fascinated by anything in the world around them, but quickly get bored of any one thing and move on to something else. To help you buy the best possible gift here are some things you should look out for:

Make it Fun

Unless you know the parents you are buying your gift for then we strongly recommend making the gift as fun and colorful as possible. This will not only please baby, but will guarantee a much higher chance of the parents liking it.

Make it Memorable.

Anyone who has ever bought a present to see it a few weeks later thrown in a cupboard, or worse still in a charity shop window will know how terrible it feels.

The secret of buying a great gift is not about money, it’s about making it something that lasts.

All parents want as many memories of their little one as possible because their children grow so quickly. Buying something that can bring back memories of just how little and adorable their little baby was, will definitely make your present the best of the bunch.

Make sure it is safe and appropriate for the baby you are buying it for.

All too often we hear stories from parents about totally inappropriate gifts. Buying gifts that are not suitable for children of that age, when it might contain small pieces the baby can swallow, or harmful chemicals is a seriously bad idea. Buying pink clothing for boys or other unsuitable styles is also something to avoid.

How we review

Trying to standardize a test for so many different baby products was a nightmare. So instead, our team of experts decided to go with their gut and stick to a very simple test scoring system with this challenge.

We decided just to go with a timed exposure test on our babies to see how much they liked the item upon first sight and after timed them to see how long it took for them to lose interest in it.

For our parents, we asked them to report what we call the ‘fun factor’ to see how much they liked it and also how much they thought their baby liked it. We also asked them to tell us how long they thought they would use the present and to record any other observations such as safety, ease of use etc.

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Kokopax’s Top Pick: Charming Baby Handprint and Footprint Frame Package

Charming Baby Handprint and Footprint Frame Package Review

This, do it yourself handprint and footprint frame package includes everything you need to set your little babies hand and foot prints in stone for ever more. It includes a soft, air drying clay that is super soft so it won’t cause your baby any discomfort when pushing its hands into it. This clay air dries to a smooth, hard surface on its own without the need to be heated or mixed with anything else. The clay is completely nontoxic, meaning your child is 100% safe.

Charming Baby Handprint and Footprint Frame Package

This set comes with a nice wooden frame with an acrylic glass front, so you never have to worry about dangerous glass pieces on the floor should it fall over. The frame is designed to sit nicely on any top and allows you to add two pictures of your baby alongside their hand and foot print.

This set comes with a nice wooden frame with an acrylic glass front, so you never have to worry about dangerous glass pieces on the floor should it fall over. The frame is designed to sit nicely on any top and allows you to add two pictures of your baby alongside their hand and foot print.

Cons:

  • Despite our assurances, some parents were a little apprehensive about their children touching the clay.
  • Some parents were not happy with the clay.

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Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker, Geo Diamonds

Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker, Geo Diamonds

This is another great gift idea and one that any baby will appreciate. Our babies loved this rocker and most smiled themselves off to sleep really quickly. Our parents found it ideal for calming their babies and were really impressed that it could be used for babies from infants to toddlers.

This rocker provides a safe place for your baby to sleep or even to play. It comes with a really great removable toy bar that has two dangling toys to keep your little one occupied for hours upon end. Lots of our children seemed mesmerized by these and a few immediately started crying when we took them away. In fact, one or two of our babies actually went home with these toys as they wouldn’t leave without them.

Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker, Geo Diamonds

This is another great gift idea and one that any baby will appreciate. Our babies loved this rocker and most smiled themselves off to sleep really quickly. Our parents found it ideal for calming their babies and were really impressed that it could be used for babies from infants to toddlers.

Another feature that our babies loved was the in seat vibration function that is designed to help relax and soothe baby while it rests. For the larger babies it has a collapsible kick stand and a comfy three part harness, which allows it to easily become a seat for them to safely sit in.

Cons:

  • Batteries not included.
  • Chair does not rock by itself. Requires pushing.

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Colorful Newborn Baby Wrap Swaddle Blanket, Oenbopo Baby Kids Toddler Wool Knit Blanket

Colorful Newborn Baby Wrap Swaddle Blanket, Oenbopo Baby Kids Toddler Wool Knit Blanket Review

If you are looking for a present that wins the cutest baby present prize then this is it. This beautiful designed, baby wrap wool knit blanket is quite simply adorable. Not one of our parents said that they would not be anything than delighted to receive this as a gift, but were also super-fast to start taking pictures of their baby as soon as it was wrapped up tightly in it.

This baby wrap is guaranteed to keep your baby nice and warm as it is made from wool with a fleece exterior, which can be used as either a blanket or a sleeping bag. It comes in 6 different colors for you to choose from and is suitable for babies from newborn to 12 months old.

Colorful Newborn Baby Wrap Swaddle Blanket, Oenbopo Baby Kids Toddler Wool Knit Blanket

This baby wrap is guaranteed to keep your baby nice and warm as it is made from wool with a fleece exterior, which can be used as either a blanket or a sleeping bag. It comes in 6 different colors for you to choose from and is suitable for babies from newborn to 12 months old.

Not only will this baby wrap keep their loved one warm and cozy, but it will keep a smile on their face as their little one will look absolutely adorable in it.  

Cons:

  • The pink color is a little darker than in the pictures.

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Skypiers – Newborn Socks: I Love Mum & Love Dad

Skypiers - Newborn Socks: I Love Mum & Love Dad ReviewIf you are looking for the safest possible gift for a newborn baby and don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, then these I love Mum & I love Dad socks are the things to buy.

Suitable for any baby between the age of 0 and 6 months, these socks won a smile from every single set of parents we showed them too. They come in two pairs, with one set featuring I love Mum and the other featuring I love Dad print.

Skypiers – Newborn Socks: I Love Mum & Love Dad

If you are looking for the safest possible gift for a newborn baby and don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, then these I love Mum & I love Dad socks are the things to buy.

The socks are super warm as they are 65% cotton and proved long lasting despite repeated washings.

Cons

  • Not good for single parent families

Our Final Thoughts

Finding the best gift for a newborn baby is certainly a real challenge. We tested hundreds of products and found many surprising failures with products we were sure would be a hit.

We would strongly recommend going with your gut and not being too upset if your present missed the mark. Never forget, babies are a really tough crowd. In the end, if you stick to our recommendations, we are sure your gift will be a success. But if you want to be absolutely sure, we strongly recommend trying one of the products from out list.

If you are at odds as to which one to pick, we recommend that you pick the Charming Baby Handprint and Footprint Frame Package, as it is not only a nice sharing experience between the parents and their child, but also is a unique idea that most of our parents never thought of doing, so really loved.

When buying a newborn baby gift, should I buy something for the parents or for the baby?

Believe it or not, this is the most common question we are asked about buying newborn baby gifts from someone. The logic behind this is sound, since the baby is too young to really have any awareness as to what you have bought them, it doesn’t really matter what you get it.

Buying a newborn baby present is actually more about pleasing the parents, and this can actually be very hard indeed. We recommend avoiding clothes unless they are very original and fun, since most parents will be very particular about what they want their baby to wear.

Instead we recommend trying to find something fun for baby to play with, or depending how well you know them, trying to find something that they might be missing, such as a baby rocker etc.

What are the best newborn baby gifts for parents?

We strongly recommend that if you are buying a present that you really want to stand out and last for a long time that you look for presents that will immortalize their baby as it is now. This can be in the form of getting photo items such as mugs, canvas prints etc., or something else like the hand and footprint frame on this list.

Are there any newborn baby gifts I should avoid buying?

Yes. So far as what you buy as your newborn baby gift, it should be appropriate for the parents you are buying it for and also the baby. Buying pink clothes for a baby boy is a no for example. There is little point in buying tickets to an amusement park as the baby will be too young and the parents unable to go when it’s such a young age.

We heard from a parent once who told us of a relative who bought her 10 boxes of diapers, which she then had to store in her own bedroom for months upon months.

Finally, be sure to check to make sure that whatever item you are buying is suitable for young children. Do not buy toys with small parts as there is a danger they will eat them. If you are in doubt check the box or ask someone for help.

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