Here they are, presents that go beyond the baby registry. These gifts for newborns and babies up to 6 months celebrate their names, decorate their nurseries, help them with developmental skills and more. Read on for our top picks for 2020.
Tinkle Crinkle & Friends Activity Gym by Baby GUND
Bright colors, eye-catching patterns and a host of cute and cuddly characters encourage babies to learn, play and interact. The fluffy cloud is a helpful tummy-time friend, and the sun mirror is baby-safe. Press the caterpiller to hear fun sounds, and the bunny, bird and hedgehog offer opportunities to grasp and rattle. The activity gym can be set up in just a few minutes.
Available at gund.com, $89.
Name Stories Personalized Art Print
Celebrate a baby's name with a personalized art print that describes that name's origin and meaning. You choose the background color, size and whether you want it framed.
Available at namestories.com, $25.
My First Hess Truck: 2020 Fire Truck
This cuddly plush toy is as great for snuggles as it is for playtime. Touch the nose for truck sounds, lights and songs ("Wheels on the Bus" and "If You're Happy and You Know It").
Available at hesstoytruck.com, $20.
Dream Weighted Sleep Sack by Dreamland Baby
This weighted wearable blanket is designed to help babies relax and sleep faster and longer. Designed in partnership with NICU nurses, pediatricians and sleep consultants, it's weighted on the front to promote back and side sleeping but doesn't restrict movement; your baby can still roll, sit and stand while wearing it.
Available at dreamlandbabyco.com, $79.
Custom Board Book Garland Kit by Attic Journals
These one-of-a-kind garlands are made from board books rescued from landfills. Choose a child's name or meaningful phrase and receive letters that you then DIY into a unique garland for baby's nursery.
Available at atticjournals.com, from $12.
Monti Kids Activity Gym
Build a child's coordination, concentration and motor skills with this thoughtfully designed activity gym. Videos and written guidance explain how to adjust the included mobiles and activities as the child develops.
Available at amazon.com, $297.
Sleepy Moon Light-Up Snow Globe by Pottery Barn Kids
When the soft, warm light is turned on, snow automatically starts to fall in this snow globe. It also plays Brahms' "Lullaby" to soothe baby into a deep sleep. The base of the globe can be personalized with a child's name for sweet, special nursery decor.
Available at potterybarnkids.com, $49.
Rose & Rex Mint Ice Cream Baby Rattle
This sweet sensory toy is made from knitted organic cotton and has a soft rattle and bell inside.
Available at roseandrex.com, $20.
BRAVE HOODS Strong Like Mom Onesie
This cute onesie does more than just make a statement. With each purchase, the company donates an item to a child fighting cancer.
Available at bravehoods.com, 20.
Wee Gallery Clutch Ball - Nordic
High-contrast, hand-painted graphics of animals will catch your baby's attention, and the clever shape makes it easy for small fingers to grab.
Available at amazon.com, $38
Copper Pearl Knit Swaddle Blanket
Copper Pearl is beloved for its ultra-soft fabrics and beautiful prints and colors. These beautiful swaddle blankets are large enough (46 x 46 inches) to grow with kids from a swaddle to a cozy blanket. Copper Pearl also sells headbands and hats to match.
Available at copperpearl.com, $24.95.
Cheski Sock Company Girls Crawler Bundle of Socks
Socks that actually stay on a baby's feet, thanks to elastic reinforcement at the ankle and arch. This bundle comes with 9 bestselling, supercute socks and fits kids 3-9 months old.
Available at cheskisockcompany.com, $39.99.
Name a Star from International Star Registry
Name a star for a child through the International Star Registry. The recipient receives a certificate with the star name and coordinates, as well as a sky chart showing the location.
Available at starregistry.com, from $54.
Large Elephant Blanket Set by Teddykompaniet
A soft elephant stuffie and cozy blanket are perfect for playtime and will look great in the nursery.
Available at triactiontoys.com, $29.99.
Personalized Wooden Ruler Growth Chart by Fat Brain Toys
Track baby's height with this growth chart customized with a child's name. The growth chart comes apart into two pieces for storage.
Available at fatbraintoys.com, $99.95.
Koala Roly Poly Toy from Tiger Tribe
This cute koala has a weighted bottom, so it will wobble but not falll down. A bell inside makes a pleasing jingle as babies push and grab the koala. Each purchase helps Australian wildlife.
Available at amazon.com, $17.93.
Crystal Collection Play Mat by Famokids
These hand-illustrated and painted foam floor mats come in a soothing pattern and five stylish colors: tan, pale grey, blue, soft pink and light green. Made of non-toxic EVA foam and just under a half-inch thick, Famokids play mats provide a soft place for babies to lay and toddlers to play. They wipe clean with a dry cloth and come in a 4 ft x 6 ft set consisting of 6 tiles and 12 edges, so you can customize the right size for your space.
Available at famokids.com, $119.
Tubby Todd Beautiful Beautiful Me Gift Set
With a book that celebrates all skin colors and races (Beautiful Beautiful Me by Ashley Sirah Nicole Chea) and a bubble bath in a decadent quince and honeysuckle scent from Tubby Todd, parents and babies are in for a real treat.
Available at tubbytodd.com, $30.
Cashmere Hair Bow by Jack & Mary Designs
These cashmere hair bows are made from upcycled sweaters and attached to a soft nylon headband. They can also be worn as a hair tie for older kids and even adults! They come in an array of colors.
Available at jackandmarydesigns.com, $8.
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—Eva Ingvarson Cerise
featured photo: Monti Kids
Editor’s Note: Prices and availability reflect the time of publication.