The 10 Best Baby Gifts to Buy for 2017

Keep those little ones busy and entertained with these gifts

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Wondering what to get that adorable bundle of joy in your life for baby’s first birthday, holiday or maybe a celebratory milestone? Well, look no further because we’ve found some of 2017’s hottest new baby trends, mommy must-haves, and parent-approved favorites to gift. 

Our picks are chock full of brain-building, large-motor-function-developing toys. But we also uncovered a pretty cool tech gadget to make mom and dad’s life a little easier, a few fab infant loungers, and of course the simple...MORE essentials every bambino should have. Not to mention our favorite baby gift: a keepsake book to tug on your heartstrings. And if you're shopping for the holidays, don't forget a gift for the new parents as well, because they deserve it! 

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    The Boppy Lounger cradles little ones in an ergonomically-designed recessed interior that ensures a safe, snug fit. Cushioned sides support baby’s head, neck and limbs for full mobility. Designed for babies up to 16 pounds, the 18” x 7” x 18” versatile cushion gives parents a hands-free break or can be used to support baby when feeding, during tummy time, or while sitting. This cushion can easily be taken on the go with the attached cloth handle. Our favorite feature (and what’s sure to be mom...MORE and dad’s favorite too) is the wipe-clean fabric, or better yet, for big messes the entire cushion is machine washable. We love the gender-neutral gray elephant print, but this is also available in pink and taupe.

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    The versatile Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano Gym has four fun modes of play for every baby stage. In lay and play mode, this Gym allows baby to lay on their back and look up at their reflection in the mirrored sun or swat at and practice grabbing the five dangling toys that spin, clack and smile back, all while chubby baby feet kick at the large buttons on the piano to hear the music. In tummy time mode, the Kick & Play Piano Gym helps infants practice keeping their heads up as they...MORE focus on the brightly-colored characters on the mat. For little ones working on sitting, the overhead bar is easily detached and the piano can lay flat. Lights and music keep little minds engaged and large chunky buttons help to develop gross motor skills. The piano can be detached from the play mat for the play-n-go mode when baby starts to get around. If you want something that’s baby-girl-specific, consider getting this interactive toy in pleasing pink.

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    We can pretty much guarantee that the Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper will be a parent favorite among baby gifts. This sleeper is ergonomically designed to cradle baby so they feel comforted, safe, and secure. The sides are made from a breathable mesh and the seat insert is easily removed for machine washing. Hands free rocking will lull baby to sleep and help keep them asleep with up to six hours of continuous rocking that can be set to one of two adjustable speeds. Twelve lullabies and...MORE three lilting nature sounds also soothe baby’s senses. The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper folds flat for easy and convenient storage or travel. 

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    Yes! Parent’s will thank you for this gift. The WubbaNub Infant pacifier is specially designed so there are no more lost binkies, forgotten pacifiers, or dropped dummies. The WubbaNub pacifier is made from single-construction, medical-grade silicone that’s BPA, latex, and Phthalate free. The soft cuddly animal that’s attached to the binky is simply adorable and easy for little hands to grasp. The stuffed companion adds another layer of soothing comfort and is constructed from an ultra-soft...MORE cotton plush. WubbaNubs can be cleaned by hand or in the washer machine for easy, germ-free care.

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    Babies love to get their groove on and with Fisher-Price’s BeatBo they’ll have a dancing partner that’s just their size. Fun songs are activated when your little one touches any of BeatBo’s buttons on his belly or feet. BeatBo wiggles his hips and head to the rhythms and brightly colored LED lights illuminate and pulse to the beat. Three interactive modes allow BeatBo to grow with baby. BeatBo’s Dance ‘n Move mode plays upbeat tunes. In games mode BeatBo introduces numbers, colors and the...MORE alphabet as well as simple games like “Freeze Dance”. For a customized sing-along, mom or dad can record simple phrases that BeatBo will remix into lively beats. This award-winning toy comes in either multi-color or in pastel pinks and purples.

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    Baby’s gross motor skills will get a real workout with the best-selling Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo. The rotating seat allows for 360 degrees of fun with dangling, spinning and light-up jungle friends. As baby jumps, the lights and music are activated, reinforcing basic cause and effect. A plush parrot and blue frog dangle from soft canopy leaves and other friendly critters flank all sides of the jumperoo. With an adjustable height (maximum height of 32”) this safe, fun, and comfy seat is...MORE sure to keep babies from 3+ months engaged. The red rainforest frog seat is detachable and machine washable for easy cleaning and the legs of the Jumperoo pivot and fold for compact storage. 

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    Bedtime just got a whole lot easier with the Hatch Night Light and Sound Machine. This sleek, modern looking, and invaluable baby gadget will be parents’ new best friend. Controlled from a smartphone (yes, android and ios systems work) parents can set the Hatch to multiple brightness levels, colors, sounds, and volumes. The fully-customizable features allow parents to turn on soft light for late-night feedings and diaper changes, white noise to quiet down fussy little ones or an ok-to-wake alert...MORE to soothe toddlers anxious to get out of bed in the early morning hours. And if you really want to customize this baby’s nursery, consider picking up a set of patterned coverlets (sold separately). 

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    Sometimes the best gifts are those ingenious essentials that make life a little easier. These silicone bibs are definitely one of those things! With easily adjustable closures that stay in place, these lightweight bibs are designed to fit kids ages 6 months to 6 years. These bibs are the bad-boys of babywear — designed out of 100% food-grade silicone, they’re waterproof and stain-resistant. Cleanup couldn’t be any easier! When done with feeding time simply empty the catch-all of any food, then...MORE wipe the bib clean or pop it into the dishwasher for sanitizing. The bibs are available in four fab color combos: lime green and turquoise, pink and purple, red and blue or orange and gray. We recommend getting more than one set for little mess-makers.

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    This exquisitely-illustrated board book is one keepsake that parents will read over and over to their little ones. Author and illustrator Nancy Tillman captures the love of new parents, the uniqueness of a child, and the jubilation of creation. The painterly photos capture the soft ethereal feel of the prose and the magic of welcoming a new addition to the family. Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook or on kindle, this treasured 32-page book can be found in whatever format is best suited...MORE for baby’s library. “So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain that they whispered the sound of your wonderful name.” Tilman’s melodic and heartfelt prose is a must-have for children and parents alike.

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    The Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball is the perfect addition to any baby’s toy chest. This is sure to be a well-loved, well-chewed and drooled on favorite. The multi-sided ball is adorned with textures, patterns, rattles and bright colors for baby’s sensory development and worldly engagement. The easy-to-grasp design promotes the development of fine and gross motor skills. Parents will never want to leave home without the Bumpy Ball, which is perfect for tikes from newborn to age three. 

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