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Gifts for a Newborn (or Soon-to-Be-Born)

One of the most exciting and amazing occasions to celebrate is the arrival of a new baby! When buying a gift for a newborn, it is always a good idea to get something fun and cute but also practical, especially for first time parents. Think outside the box for this special occasion because the parents are used to getting presents at baby showers and from their registry.  Our favorite gifts are those with a special meaning, like your favorite childhood book with a little something written inside, or something unique that the baby can grow into or save and use for many years.

We polled our staff members across the country to find out everyone's favorite gift for a newborn or baby shower. Here are some of their answers:

Meredith R. (Chicago)Name trains are one of our most popular and unique gifts. Not only are they so cute as a decoration with the baby's name spelled out but they're also a real toy the baby can play with as they grow older! If you are looking to spend a little more and want more of a keepsake gift we also love these beautiful music boxes and personalized piggy banks.

Ashley D. (San Francisco) –  The Under the Nile Striped Layette Set or any Under the Nile Basics make a great shower gift. At Sprout we understand that what comes into contact with a baby’s skin is extremely important. That’s why we choose the best organic clothing making shopping and gift giving a lot easier. Under the Nile Basics are generously sized, durable and easy to get on and off! Mix and match kimono tops, rolled pants and bodysuits to make changing a newborn a little bit easier. Plus, with every Under the Nile purchase you make, you are supporting organic farming and fair wages in Egypt.

Frances Z. (Chicago)Baby Age Blocks make the perfect shower gift! Mom and Dad can keep track of their growing baby in photos by week, month or year with these hand painted, solid hardwood age blocks. 

Suzanne P. (San Francisco) -Our organic fleece blankets are the perfect keepsake gift for someone special. Little ones spend a lot of time cozying up to their favorite blanket. This soft, cozy and organic blanket is ideal for tummy time, the stroller and even nap time for a toddler. Made in the United States from 100% certified organic cotton and edged with a natural silk charmeuse trim, these are the perfect blanket all year-round.

Amy H. (New York) – The Sprout exclusive Black & White Soft Book is a go to. It’s never too early for a good book! This organic, soft book with six black and white animals printed on the inside and hand stitched kantha embroidery on the outside, makes a wonderful first book for babies.They are excellent first books that a little one can hold all on their own. Ideal for for tactile learning and focus and character/ pattern recognition.

Anna B. (San Francisco) Apple Park Picnic Pals Blankie Friends are made of 100% organic cotton with a hypoallergenic fill and environmentally safe dyes. These adorable blankies are easy for little ones to handle and make great little cuddly friends.

Ellie D (New York) – The Apple Park Hand Puppets are a great newborn gift (especially with the matching book). They're a great way to interact with a young baby, sing songs, make faces to entertain them. They are also organic cotton and safe for baby to suck and chew on. And they're really cute and soft!

Some additional ideas:

For a Baptism/Christening/Bris/Naming Ceremony, we love a personalized gift with the baby's name. These birth story pillows are an amazing way to display the baby's stats, as are these soft, organic cotton personalized blankets.

For twins, the Tag/Not It! sets are adorable and work well for girls or boys.

For big brother/big sister gifts, try these Big Sister and Big Brother T-Shirts to make them proud of their new role. Pair it with a Little Sister or Little Brother Bodysuite to make a great family picture!

Sprout San Francisco gift card.
We have a lot of great and useful gifts at Sprout but sometimes picking out the perfect gift can be overwhelming. If you just aren’t sure what to get, or want to let Mom and Dad decide, purchase a Sprout San Francisco gift card! The family will definitely appreciate the flexibility. Sprout Gift Cards never expire and can be used online or at any of our three locations!