When you think about it, buying newborn gifts seems like one of the easiest things ever. After all, you could probably purchase anything without the baby really knowing or remembering down the road what you bought. However, their parents will.

Be it for a baby shower or just a gift to say, “welcome to the world,” when a baby is born, the once-in-a-lifetime occasion calls for newborn gifts. Deciding what to buy a new little guy or girl, however, can be a bit overwhelming.

These days, the possibilities are endless when it comes to all of the products and gear for newborns. That’s why the experts at Mustela are here to share the top 20 newborn gifts that new parents will actually use in 2020.

The 20 Best Newborn Gifts

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For Baby

1. A Complete Newborn Arrival Set

Sensitive newborn skin deserves only the best care, and Mustela’s baby skin care products deliver just that. The Mustela Newborn Arrival Gift Set contains everything you need to keep your baby’s skin soft and fresh from head to toe.

The gift set is a great way for the new parents to try the products before purchasing full-size bottles, and it’s perfect for packing in diaper bags or luggage for when baby’s on the go.

2. Soft Socks

baby in a blue onesie and soft socks which make wonderful newborn gifts

No one likes cold feet, especially a newborn! Gift a cute pack of socks to keep the new little one's feet warm.

Socks are necessary for all the seasons of the year, and parents will need plenty of pairs because these little socks are bound to get lost in the chaos (or the laundry!).

3. A Sassy Set Of Shoes

A new pair of comfy and stylish kicks are the sweetest gift for little ones who aren't up and walking yet but still need a layer of warmth over their socks in cold weather. Trendy shoes with cute colors and patterns will definitely put you at the top of the list of coolest newborn gift-givers.

4. Quality Bibs

baby wearing a bib while being fed oatmeal

While baby’s drooly smiles are adorable, they can lead to wet clothes and drool rash. A fresh set of bibs will help prevent that — in style.

Opt for bibs made from organic cotton and fleece, as they’re soft and absorbent and keep clothes dry. Also look for a set that’s adjustable so they can grow with your baby into toddlerhood.

5. Safe Bath Products

Handy for both parents and newborns, bath time sets like Mustela’s Limited Bath Time Essentials Set are the perfect gift to ensure a clean and happy newborn. Bath sets often include safe, effective products that are sure to make getting clean a breeze for both baby and Mom.

6. Baby Teether

happy baby enjoying tummy time with an orange teether

This little gift will earn you huge bonus points with the new parents when teething time comes along. A good teether should be long enough to reach the baby’s molars but not so long that the baby could potentially hurt themselves.

7. A Cozy Blanket

Every baby needs a special blanket, and those made with ultra-soft fabric and decorative designs make the perfect baby gift. Textured, soft blankets also provide the new baby with safe surfaces to explore and touch.

8. A Safe Toy

The best newborn baby toys are all-natural, soft, rubber, squishy, fuzzy, and perfect for infants to grab on to and play with.

They come in all sorts of designs — from animals, blocks, and balls to cars, trucks, and elephants on wheels — and are the perfect addition for a newborn’s playroom or nursery. After all, no baby can have too many toys.

9. Toys That Promote Development

baby playing with colorful wooden blocks and a truck

Similar to tickling your newborn with a feather, you can exercise your baby’s sense of touch with sensory toys like a rattle, activity balls and blocks, and pop-up toys. These stimulating toys are not only fun but help your baby learn.

10. A Perfect Pacifier

Pacifiers have gotten a bit of an upgrade over the last few years. Nowadays, many designs are not only cute to look at but are also manufactured to help keep the pacifier on your baby’s chest.

Pacifiers make the perfect newborn gifts because they are suitable for newborns through 6-month-olds since once babies start teething, they may bite through it.

For Parents

11. Milestone Age Blocks

For all those milestone pictures parents like to take, these blocks add some pizazz. Parents will get years of use from them, as they can be stacked to record how many days-, weeks-, and years-old a child is.

There’s even one to indicate grade, so they can be used for all those first-day-of-school photos throughout the years.

12. Easy-Change Crib Sheets

baby standing and looking upwards from inside his crib

If you’ve ever had to change a crib sheet due to an accident in the middle of a sleepless night, then you’ll realize exactly how brilliant an easy-change sheet is.

No more trying to tug and pull and get the corners to each stay put without pulling another one out. This innovative sheet has a bottom base that wraps around the mattress and stays put safely and securely. When it’s time to change the sheet, parents simply zip off the top portion and zip on another one.

13. A Diaper Bag

new mother packing a red and white diaper bag while seated

Every new parent needs a functional diaper bag. You’ll want to invest in gifting a diaper bag that is both sleek and functional, with many compartments to safely and securely carry all of the supplies new parents need on a daily basis.

14. Safe And Effective Skincare

Skin care isn’t just important for the new baby; it’s also crucial for the new mother. Look for natural skin care products that are safe for moms who are breastfeeding postpartum.

Mustela’s Ultimate Hydration Bundle for moms includes our best-selling Stretch Marks Prevention Cream, Stretch Marks Prevention Oil, and Soothing Moisturizing Balm. The cream and oil create the perfect day and night skin care regimen, while the soothing moisturizing balm keeps mom’s whole body moisturized.

15. Plush Baby Mat

Because your new-parent friends can’t hold their newborn baby all the time, give them a safe place to put the child down while they enjoy their lunch or just take a short break. A quality newborn baby mat is super soft, grips the floor, and is machine washable for when baby spits up.

16. Milestone Cards

tiny newborn hand grasping parent's finger

Much like milestone blocks, milestone cards make for a wonderfully sentimental gift.

Milestone cards highlight [insert the child’s name here — they can usually be personalized!] first-year milestones with fun animal drawings and extra space to fill in the pertinent details of said accomplishment. They also provide a checklist of year-one milestones so their parents can tick them all off.

17. A Bedtime Book

Bedtime stories are something new parents will treasure forever. They will have fond memories of reading special books to their little ones before bed every night.

Margaret Wise-Brown’s classic Goodnight Moon is the perfect bedtime read. If you haven’t read this book, it’s the story of a sleepy rabbit saying goodnight to everything in his great green room, including your newborn. It’s the perfect gift to help parents coo their little one to sleep in the nursery.

18. Sleeper Onesie With Diaper Changer

There’s nothing worse than finally getting a baby ready for bed only to realize that they had an accident and you have to start the whole process over again.

If the newborn baby was wearing a onesie with diaper access, however, that diaper change would be a breeze. Certain sleepers feature multiple zippers: one that runs from foot to collar for dressing, then another that runs along the inseam for easy diaper access.

You can help make changing a breeze by gifting one of these smartly designed pajama pairs.

19. A Healthy Body For Mom

pregnant woman sitting on a table next to Mustela products while resting her hands on her belly

From new mom to new mom, it’s safe to say that we all would like to work on getting our pre-baby bodies back after pregnancy. That’s why gifting Mustela’s Body Firming Gel to your gal-pal-turned-new-mom is a great idea.

Specially formulated for new mothers, Mustela’s Body Firming Gel tones and firms skin to help reshape body contours after childbirth. Its formula is hypoallergenic and safe for both moms and babies during prenatal and postpartum pregnancy, as well as during breastfeeding.

20. A Techy Monitor

Every new parent needs a monitor to be their eyes and ears when they’re not physically next to their little one. A high-quality monitor will set parents and baby up for added safety, security, and peace of mind.

With the above options, you’re sure to be the greatest gift-giver in the history of newborn gifts. Use these top-of-the-line ideas for inspiration when purchasing your next new baby gift.