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16 thoughtful gift ideas for newborn babies

Section: Baby

The baby is here and the gifts are flowing! Ahhh, nothing like a new arrival to make everyone want to give a little something special to show they care.

Finding something special to take the new arrival from birth to beyond, especially if you assume the parents have already got the really essential gear and read our guide to the 12 useful products that'll make life with a new baby so much easier. 

If you're looking for something a little more thoughtful, you're in luck as we've got lots of gorgeous gifts, practical staples and clever ideas that (very) tiny ones will love. New mums and dads will love you, that's for sure! 

15 newborn baby gift ideas

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1) Baby Safari Tummy Time Roller, £12, Mothercare

Suitable from birth, this tummy time roller stimulates senses and encourages them to start crawling. 
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2) Large Ellery Elephant, £19, Mamas & Papas

Ellery the elephant is the ideal friend, soft and cuddly, she's perfect for playtimes and naptimes too. 
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3) White superstars super square muslin, £18, BabyBoo

Mop up all spills with this gorgeous superstars square muslin from BabyBoo. 
Some of the uses for a muslin include, swaddle blanket, breastfeeding cover, light blanket on holidays or during the summer, and for drying after a bath. 
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4) Babyplay Activity Spiral Toy, £19.99, Amazon

The beauty of this developmental toy is it's versatility: use it to keep baby amused in the car or buggy, as well as at home. With dangling soft toys, colours and pattern, rattles, bells and a teether for tender gums, the spiral fits on to most prams, pushchairs and infant carriers.
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5) Rich Moisture Set, £16.99, Baby Dove 

The gorgeous set includes a personalised Baby Dove Rich Moisture Head to Toe Wash and Lotion, 400ml each, gift box and gift card and is available in rich or sensitive moisture. The perfect thoughtful gift for newborns, that new mamas will be grateful for! 
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6) Blue baby hamper, £34.99, Amazon

This gorgeous hamper includes a teddy bear, baby clothes, essential toiletries and a beautiful memory box. 
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7) Clay Handprint, £8.49, Baby Art

With mercifully little fuss and fiddling you can use this affordable kit to make a lasting impression of your precious bundle’s tiny hands or feet. It takes only seconds (then a few days to dry), the materials are skin-friendly and harmless and you can have multiple do-overs if you don’t get it quite right on the first attempt. 
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8) Penguin Baby Blanket, £20, John Lewis & Partners

Wrap up warm when you go for a stroll with this penguin print blanket. Knitted from cotton to provide super softness, this is ideal for prams or even cosiness at home.
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9) Fisher-Price Rainforest Deluxe Gym, £40, Argos 

With three play settings and more than 10 toys & activities, the Fisher-Price Rainforest Music & Lights Deluxe Gym keeps baby busy as a bee, at home or on the go! 
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10) Ewan The Dream Sheep, £29.99, John Lewis & Partners

Ewan The Dream Sheep is a baaarilliant soft cuddly toy with light and sound features, including actual womb and heartbeat recordings. This calms babies and toddlers, helping to lull them into a peaceful slumber.
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11) Bebamour Baby Changing Bag Travel Backpack £19.99, Amazon

Here’s a gift that marries function with style. This changing bag – a top bestseller on Amazon - will quickly become your go-to accessory. It’s got enough pockets for everything from wipes and dummies to blankets and toys, plus an insulated bottle holder and change mat. Add in comfy straps and good looks and you’ve got a winner. 
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12) Motorola MBP8 Audio Baby Monitor, £16.50, Amazon

The number one bestselling baby monitor on Amazon, this guarantees reassuringly crystal clear sound. It’s got a range of up to 50 metres and sounds an alarm to let you know when you’re going out of range, so you can move around at home without worrying. Sound-activated LEDs flash when baby wakes so you won’t miss a squeak.
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13) Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy, £18, Argos

Cuddly, soft, and educational, this play puppy is a great way to introduce baby to music. When baby touches him, the puppy replies with silly phrases and singalong songs, which you can adjust as little one develops. He also prompts – ‘can you find your ears?’ – so baby starts to learn everything from body parts to colours and counting.
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14) Baby Journal And Record Book, £11.97, Not On The Highstreet

In the Instagram age, there’s something lovely about a timeless book of baby’s keepsakes. Fill this exquisite book with the little one’s milestones – handprints, first curls – as well as photos of precious moments.
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15) Jellycat Duck Soother Soft Toy, £12, John Lewis

Soft on tiny hands, the extra length of this comforter means baby can keep a tight hold of it all day or night long. Gender-neutral, colour-neutral with no need for bells, whistles or fuss, this classic comfort blankie is sure to become a favourite. 
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16) A Mother & Baby magazine subscription! 

The perfect gift idea has to be a subscription to M&B Magazine, the UK's best-selling mag for new mums. Packed full of parenting advice and ideas every month, treat the new mum in your family to a subscription and she’ll receive the mag straight to her door every month. Click here to subscribe to M&B


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Winner of Immediate Media Award for 'Magazine Journalist of the Year 2016. Her hobbies include truffle mac and cheese, Class Pass and relentlessly checking (and scolding!) the weather app.

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