Best Holiday Gifts for Babies—Newborns to 6 Month Olds

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These gifts for babies from newborns up to 6 months old are the perfect first toys, keepsakes and must-have gear. From educational toys to curated kits that do the work for you, you’ll finish your shopping with our top picks for 2021.

Montessori Newborn Kit from Monti Kids

$75   BUY NOW

The wooden book introduces babies to language; the child-safe mirror is the perfect tummy-time companion; black-and-white cards promote visual tracking; and a wooden rattle, silicone teether and crochet ball support grasping and hand-eye coordination.

Little Camper Toy Teethers from Lucy Darling

$20   BUY NOW

This set of two modern teethers soothes sore gums and functions as a clutching toy. It does all this while looking super cool and reminding you about fun family adventures ahead.


The Birthdate Book from Birthdate Candles

$95   BUY NOW

For astrology fans: This made-to-order book illustrates a newborn's birth chart, a map of the stars and planets at the exact moment of birth. You get more than 70 pages of horoscope analysis into who a person is and what the future can bring.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic Basket Playset from KIDS PREFERRED


Plush toys in a soft picnic basket plus a familiar favorite character equals an excellent first toy. In addition to the famous caterpillar, you get an avocado rattle, bread, crinkly juice pouch, and felt foods.


Skin-to-Skin Babywear from Bonsie

$20.50+   BUY NOW

Skin-to-skin contact with you is essential for babies, and Bonsie's innovative footies, rompers and baby bags make that bonding time easier. Open two layered flaps to expose baby's torso while snuggling or nursing.

Octopus Water Play Mat from Baby Einstein

$15   BUY NOW

Tummy time is a splash with this water-filled play mat adorned with smiling sea creatures. The animals, including Opus the Octopus from the Baby Einstein series, float around when poked to promote baby's motor skills.

Upcycled Sari Baby Bibs from Ten Thousand Villages

$25 for a 3-pack   BUY NOW

Drool in style, baby! Hand-stitched by women in Bangladesh, these gorgeous bibs are made from recycled saris in beautiful colors and patterns. There's a terrycloth backing for absorbency and adjustable snaps for a comfortable fit.

Worry-Free First Year Kits from UpBring

$450   BUY NOW

Send a new babe six special boxes of exactly what they'll need, right when they need them. From diapers, wipes and swaddles in the 0- to 3-month kit and transition cups, snack cups and utensils in the 9- to 12-month kit, they've thought of everything so parents don't have to.

Newborn Dolls from Madame Alexander

$15+   BUY NOW

These newborn-friendly dolls come in three skin tones and have a soft fabric body for hugging. They're small enough to bring along on errands and vacations and will quickly become a baby favorite.

Sensory Muslin Squares from Etta Loves

$35 for a 3-pack   BUY NOW

These fabric squares do more than transfix your baby with their eye-catching patterns. They're designed to support baby's vision and cognitive development, and they work great as a burp cloth and for games of peekaboo.

Totter + Tumble Play Mats

$179+   BUY NOW

These reversible, antibacterial play mats have two subtle, stylish prints to choose between. Certified for newborns on up, your child will love the soft 1/2-inch-thick memory foam that cushions against falls and provides gentle support.

Marine World Baby Soft Toys Bundle from HABA

$55   BUY NOW

This set includes four baby must-haves: soft blocks, a fabric book, clutching toy/teether and a ball. Each comes with its own surprises (rattles, crackling foil, squeaker, bell) and a marine theme your child is sure to love.

Wooden Arch Playset from Coco Village

$150   BUY NOW

Add whimsy to your nursery or living room with this beautiful playset. Babies lay on a padded seashell-shaped mat and play with ocean-themed, tasteful wooden toys. Also comes with milestone blocks with text in English and French.

Honeybug Gift Boxes

$90+   BUY NOW

This well-curated gift box takes the guesswork out of what to buy. Choose from popular themes (animals, colors, prints, holidays and more), and recipients will receive high-quality stuffies, clothes, swaddles, books and other baby must-haves.

—Eva Ingvarson Cerise

Images courtesy of retailers.


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