Shopping for babies and toddlers can be tricky since they can’t really tell you what’s on their wishlist. So, how do you choose a gift they’ll enjoy just as much (and hopefully more) than the box it came in? Our guide to the best baby gifts has everything from adorable essentials they’ll actually use (think hats, mittens and teething toys) to unique and useful sensory toys and puzzles from fan favourites like Blue’s Clues and Mickey Mouse. These best baby gifts cover every age and stage—from newborn to three years old.
Babies need to be bundled up in the winter—even when indoors. Keep their cute little noggin nice and warm with this pack of soft, 100-per-cent organic cotton hats.
The days are long, but the years are short. Help sleep-deprived parents keep track of those precious months. Having a soft prop like this one for documenting baby’s growth each month is the perfect baby gift.
This five-piece gender-neutral set from Disney has Winnie the Pooh’s inquisitive eyebrows and signature smile. It’s made with 100-per-cent organic cotton.
The best baby gifts are practical ones. These baby mittens keep hands warm, while also protecting little faces from tiny fingernail scratches. They’re also available in fun prints that you can mix and match with George sleepers and onesies.
With three sound settings (music, nature sounds and white noise machine) and three lighting options, this sleep soother has you covered. You can even create a personalized bedtime routine using the Smart Connect app. Plus, the sophisticated design fits in with any nursery decor.
Knotted corners and a ribbed plush backing provide tactile stimulus while the character blanket soothes and comforts little ones. Toss it in the washing machine for a quick refresh any time it’s had a bit too much snuggling.
It’s no secret that children practically sprout up before our very eyes, and items that help parents hold on to everyday moments are one of the best baby gifts. Capture their growth with this chart and journal that can be hung on the wall or folded and stored on a bookshelf.
This luxe sterling silver feeding spoon is a unique baby gift and the perfect keepsake to mark a special occasion like a baptism or baby’s first Christmas. Engrave the handle for an extra personal touch. (And if you want to buy baby essentials, check out these must-have registry items.)
With its easy-to-hold banana-peel handles, this infant toothbrush helps young children develop good oral hygiene habits early. The brush’s soft bristles gently massage gums and teeth to reduce teething discomfort. It’s also freezer and dishwasher safe.
Get them started with good hygiene from the get-go—because even gummy smiles need brushing. This fluoride-free training toothpaste is a gentle way to remove any plaque build-up on teeth and gums.
Baby builders will love stacking these interlocking blocks that are easy to put together and pull apart. The 24-piece assortment encourages developmental play thanks to the use of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. (Check out these 36 infant development toys for even more great gift ideas!)
There’s so much to explore on this camp-themed walker and activity centre. Babies will love pushing buttons for lights, sounds, music and phrases in English or French, while toddlers can flex their imaginations as they pretend-play with the food and fishing gear.
Grocery shopping just got more comfortable for your tot thanks to this soft, padded cart cover. It can also be used for restaurant high chairs and helps prevent your little one from putting their mouth on high-touch surfaces.
Tots on the move will love this push-along recycling truck and its cute songs, sounds and phrases. It comes with one figurine and three play pieces that kids can lift and load into the truck.
Foster the little feminist in your family with portraits and stories of women who have made a historical impact on the world, from pioneers and artists to leaders and activists.
Nurturing toddlers will feel so grown-up as they care for Cry Babies Jassy and her adorable pegasus pet—both of which cry real tears. Jassy wears unicorn-themed pjs and comes with a pacifier to help soothe her. The doll is available as Dreamy, with lighter skin and blonde hair. (For more pretend play, check out these 16 top baby dolls.)
This innovative puzzle encourages fine motor skills and problem-solving. Plus, it doubles as an imaginative game where little ones can pretend play with the wooden figures included (Blue, Magenta and Blue’s house).
Made from recycled plastic and packaged in recycled materials, this “green” truck is easy on the environment and a great toddler gift idea for encouraging young ones to reduce, reuse and recycle. Adventurous kids will have fun loading the detachable trailer with leaves and other outdoor discoveries. (These 24 ride-on toys for kids are also adorable.)
A balance bike is a fast, easy way to get kids comfortable with two wheels. The pedals simply fold in and out for an easy transition between Balance Mode and Pedal Mode. Adjustable handlebars and an adjustable seat allow the bike to grow with your kid.
Little ones are sure to serve up something sweet with this imaginative ice cream cart. They can practise following instructions by referring to the cute animal order cards or have fun creating something all their own.
Blue’s Clues lovers will be thrilled to receive their own Thinking Chair. When they sit down, they’ll hear Josh invite them to play and have to use their logic and problem-solving skills to find and solve clues.
With realistic features and removable clothes, this baby doll is ideal for toddlers who like to play pretend as Mommy or Daddy. It even makes life-like baby sounds, can move its head and really crawls! Additional accessories can be purchased separately.