The Ultimate Guide | The Best New Baby Gifts that encourage development | Tested and recommended by mums!

The Ultimate Guide to Best New Baby Gifts that encourage development

Tested and recommended by mums!

If you’re expecting or headed to a friend’s baby shower, you’ll want to pick out the perfect gift that’s both stimulating and educational. We’ve asked 50 mums for their opinion on the top new gifts that help a baby’s mind grow.

The best and most popular items are the ones that stimulate a child’s brain by activating all of the senses. From nursery wall stickers to educational baby classes, grab a meaningful gift for your baby or a friend’s child with our list of the best new baby gifts that encourage development.

1. Books, books and more books!

2. Baby Play Mat or Baby Gym

3. Baby Classes and Playgroups

4. Nursery Decorations

5. Cot Mobile

6. Wooden Blocks and Stacking Cups

7. CDs and Music



1. Books, Books and More Books

The Ultimate Guide | The Best New Baby Gifts that encourage development | Tested and recommended by mums!

Every child needs them. It doesn’t matter how old they are, books for babies and newborns are by far the most popular gifts for learning development and entertainment. Storybooks offer loads of visual imagery that will stimulate your child’s visual senses. Babies love to hear a mother or father’s voice softly reading a story to them, even if they don’t fully understand the words. The feel of brightly drawn lines, black and white designs, pop-up characters and dazzling mirrors gives a baby tons of mental and physical sensory information. As they get older, they’ll be able to comprehend more sounds and sights and the power of a story.

Mums raved about the beauty of reading to a baby. It helps you grow closer as a mother and child as you navigate new words within the pages of a story. Books are portable and great for taking story time on the go. Educational and endlessly enjoyable, children’s books with pictures and interactive features are mums’ classic, top-choice gift for a new baby.


2. Baby Play Mat or Baby Gym

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As voted by mums, baby play mats are the second best gift you can buy for a baby to encourage development. With their rich display of sights and sounds, baby play mats offer a safe, rewarding play area for new babies. Their tactile shapes and surfaces will keep your child engaged for hours while you can rest assured that they’re safe and secure. Watch your child fall in love with a play mat’s dazzling lights and sounds, encouraging your baby’s motor skills, reaction time, and hand-eye coordination. Babies can learn to move and support themselves with new physical challenges and interactive experiences. Reflective objects and hanging chimes will increase a baby’s perception of space and sound.

Baby play mats and baby gyms often fold easily, making them ideal for storage and travel. Your baby will continue to enjoy their play area for many years to come. It’s a lasting gift that will stimulate your child’s brain and give them an enclosed, safe place to play.


3. Baby Classes and Playgroups

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As another great gift for the developing little one, baby classes give mothers and their child a rich bonding experience by exposing a baby to new experiences. Classes and playgroups can offer anything from relaxing baby massages, swimming instructions, and various social interactions. Mothers and fathers can meet other parents and discuss various child caring techniques. Children can play with others and learn basic social skills. Enrolling in a class encourages a baby to build confidence by overcoming their fears and trying new things. Group experiences also create a new sense of inclusion for young children.

Look into enrollment options for various baby classes at your local gym, park or a nursery. It’s a great reason to get your baby out of the house by exposing them to a whole new world


4. Nursery Decorations

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Your child spends more time in their crib or nursery as they do anywhere else. That’s why mums agree that decorations such as artful prints, canvases, nightlights and wall stickers for a nursery are one of the best gifts to give a newborn child. Available in loads of exciting designs and colors, nursery wall stickers and other decorations create a stimulating, and yet soothing environment for your child to sleep and feel at home. Fluffy rugs and wall decorations give your baby plenty of tactile surfaces to feel and explore. Musical Lamps and gently hanging lights can put your baby to sleep by showing them new sights and sounds.

If you’re buying nursery wall stickers or decorations for someone else’s child, consult them on their taste beforehand. Create a mix of different sights and colors to give a child a range of sensory experiences to enjoy. Witty Doodle offers an expansive collection of stunning art prints and wall stickers for nurseries. With so many themes and images to choose from, you can find the perfect decoration for your baby’s nursery or for a friend’s.


5. Cot Mobile

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Whether it’s a crib or a changing station, babies love to spend time on their backs. Gazing up at a colorful, interactive cot mobile creates an invigorating, friendly environment for your child to relax and have fun. Cot mobiles can be hung over any surface where a child might spend their time. They come with plenty of exciting colors and shapes to engage your developing child. Babies will be tempted to reach up and use their muscles to try and grab at the hanging images. Give your baby a peaceful, enriching experience during downtimes with a new cot mobile.


6. Wooden Blocks and Stacking Cups

The Ultimate Guide | The Best New Baby Gifts that encourage development | Tested and recommended by mums!

As one of the oldest toys for babies and young children, wooden blocks and other stacking toys are great for building a child’s physical abilities. They’ll be able build tiny towers and knock them down, bang blocks together to make noise, pick them up and pass them around. A child will improve their hand-eye coordination and motor skills by sharpening their concept of weight and scale. Wooden blocks are extremely durable, able to last a child’s endless bite marks. Stacking cups also come in a range of colors with numbers or shapes on each side, further developing a child’s learning skills.


7. CDs and Music

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Rounding out the list, mums agree that music will improve a baby’s ability to speak, grow, and listen. Playing soothing sounds on the computer, iPod or a CD will expose your child to the musical wonders of the world. Some songs have great lyrics and are great for singing along, letting your child master their vocabulary and speaking skills. Other types of music, especially classical, are great for boosting a child’s brainpower and can calm they down if they’re upset. Plenty of new baby music is enjoyable for both a mother and her child. You’ll share tons of memorable moments by singing together or enjoying beautiful compositions.



Good luck with your shopping!

Julia & Aggie.

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