Looking for the very best gifts for a newborn? You've come to the right place! We've sorted through all of the product recommendations in every category we cover and have come up with the top 10 best products for newborn babies that parents probably aren't getting from everyone else, all under $50! These are the kinds of gifts that will have parents thinking "Wow, how did they know I needed this!"

The products we recommend fall into five categories: Playing, Sleeping, Feeding, Changing, and Soothing, which pretty much sums up what parents and infants will be doing with the 24 hours in each day!


    Toy: Lamaze Clip & Go Jacque the Peacock

    Just about every infant will go ga-ga for Jacque, with his huge variety of textures, colors, and patterns. As babies develop their senses, they'll discover new and interesting aspects to Jacque nearly every day!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The attached clip allows parents to hang Jacque in the activity gym we recommend later on this page, which will allow children to get a better view and practice reaching out with hands and feet to interact with Jacque!

    Toy: Baby Paper - Crinkly Baby Toy

    While it may seem a little odd to parents who invest in all sorts of fancy toys, infants tend to have the strongest affinity for really simple objects, and particularly like crinkly plastic. To satisfy their desire while keeping them safe, we recommend this "Baby Paper", which produces a satisfying crunch when wrinkled, and will amazingly keep infants occupied for hours!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Once babies start teething, they'll also enjoy chewing on this baby paper, which luckily, unlike real paper, won't dissolve in their mouths!

    Toy: Noggin Stik Baby Toy

    While it may surprise new parents, newborns don't actually "play" in the way older children do. They first need to develop their senses, including sight, hearing, and touch. This toy provides stimulation to encourage interaction using all of these senses. It has a thin, grippy handle sized just right for tiny infant hands to grasp, a light up "noggin" that changes colors with each shake and encourages infants to track with their eyes, along with a rattle sound. And when infants get a bit more advanced, they'll enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror on the base of the toy!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The only issue we had with this toy was that the batteries ran out after about three months of regular use. It requires three 357-type watch batteries, which are a bit unusual, so you might want to pick up an extra set when you purchase the Noggin Stik.

    Play Gym: Baby Einstein Play Gym

    Until babies learn to sit up, they are going to spend a whole lot of play time on their backs, and later on their stomachs. There's no better place for them to be during this stage than in the Baby Einstein Play Gym. Over the months, you'll watch as they learn to interact with the various toys and games in the gym, from the animals and rings to the musical star on top.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This is one of the best investments you can make for baby, as it will remain useful throughout infancy.


    Warm-Weather Swaddle: Halo SleepSack Cotton Wearable Blanket (Newborn)

    We used Halo Sleepsacks from the moment our little one arrived, and they were truly indispensable. Unlike a lot of swaddles, the Halo SleepSack is super-easy to put on. Just zip it up and close the two flaps using the hook-and-loop closures. You can swaddle your baby arms-in or arms-out, depending on whether they sleep better with their arms down or near their face.The "Newborn" size is perfect for infants from 6-12 pounds. Note that if baby arrives early or petite, you may want to start with the preemie size, ideal for children under 7 pounds or so.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While traditional swaddles are a very common gift, they can be really hard to use (although some parents take pride in mastering the technique!). Additionally, many infants will eventually break out of swaddles even when properly secured.

    Cold-Weather Swaddle: Halo SleepSack Micro-Fleece Wearable Blanket (Newborn)

    For newborns arriving in colder climates or winter months, this micro-fleece version of the Halo SleepSack is the one to get. It's super-cozy and will keep little ones comfortable and warm. It's also available in a preemie size for babies under 7 pounds.

    The Guru's Tip:

    As an added bonus, the micro-fleece SleepSack will dry really fast after a wash, meaning it's almost always ready for the next nap time!


    Burp Cloths: Gerber 4 Pack Flannel Burp Cloth

    There's almost no product parents will get more use out of than burp cloths, and these durable but soft flannel cloths from Gerber will last throughout infancy.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Whether parents put these burp cloths on their shoulder during actual burping, or just keep them handy to clean up messes during feeding or in the car, parents won't want to go anywhere without these!


    Changing Pad Liner: Boppy Changing Pad Liners 3-Pack

    There's nothing glamorous about changing diapers, but it doesn't have to be frustrating either. When a little one's mess gets a little too messy, these Boppy changing pad liners will save parents tons of time. Throw the dirty liner in the hamper, toss another one on the changing pad, and get back to the important work of diapering!

    The Guru's Tip:

    We recommend two sets of these for newborns.


    Pacifier: WubbaNub Infant Pacifier - Monkey

    There's nothing more proven than a pacifier to sooth babies, and this one includes a fuzzy giraffe to not only entertain baby, but also help keep it in place when baby is resting. It's weighted to hold the pacifier in place. As an additional benefit, it makes the pacifier a lot harder to lose! Wubbanub offers a wide variety of animals to choose from; in addition to the one displayed here, there's also a giraffelamb, and puppy, among others.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This product actually uses the popular Philips Avent pacifier, which most parents will already be familiar with!

    Sound Machine: Marpac Dohm-DS All-Natural White Noise Sound Machine

    Infants are born into a world very different from the womb; after 9 months spent hearing voices, breathing, a heartbeat, and plenty of other noises, they find themselves in a world that can be eerily quiet. That's why a sound machine can be so helpful to help babies fall asleep.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While there are plenty of cheap sound machines on the market, they typically use very short, repeating sound clips that have noticeable static and skips, particularly where the loop begins. This one generates real sound, using a fan, rather than playing low-quality sound clips. While at first glance, its lack of rushing water or chirping bird sounds may seem disappointing, these sounds aren't actually more soothing to babies than pure white noise.