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BFP’s Ultimate Gift Guide

Looking to give a gift to someone special in your life but feeling overwhelmed by all the options out there? That’s why we created our BFP Ultimate Gift Guide! 

We put our heads together and came up with a list of some of our very favorite things to help you give to those you love most. Here are our suggestions for gifts for newborns, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, new parents, grandparents, pregnant people and those trying to conceive.

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Gifts for Newborns (0-3 Months)

From tummy-time mats to high-contrast books, we suggest our favorite gift ideas for the tiniest cuties in your life.

Black White Board Book

by Tana Hoban. Really simple, high-contrast book that was an absolute favorite in the newborn phase. Before they develop the ability to clearly see colors, babies are drawn to high-contrast black and white images.

$5.79 on Amazon at time of publishing

Look, Look! (High Contrast Board Book)

This is the first book that Shanna bought for her first daughter when she was a newborn. The high-contrast, black-and-white images are fun for the littlest babies to stare at.

$7.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Baby Einstein Ocean Glow Sensory Shaker

Laura’s mother in law got this cute little jellyfish shaker as a gift and it was a hit! When you rattle the shaker, it plays soft classical music and lights up, allowing newborns and infants to experience cause and effect, but it isn’t annoying!

$9.59 on Amazon at time of publishing

Manhattan Winkel Toy

The perfect toy for little hands — this doubles as a teether and a rattle! This is an absolute favorite for newborns and infants and should be a must-have for every new baby!

$9.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Sassy Tummy Time Floor Mirror

If your baby is having trouble with tummy time, this mirror can help! It has high-contrast designs, is soft and safe, and can be propped up right next to the baby so they can check themselves out during tummy time!

$10.79 on Amazon at time of publishing

Cute Animal Baby Socks

These adorable socks keep baby entertained as they kick and play.

$12.68 on Amazon at time of publishing

Philips Avent Soothie Snuggle Pacifier Holder

This soft, comfy soothie holder is a favorite among new parents for soothing their little ones.

$14.88 on Amazon at time of publishing

Yoee Baby Monkey Rattle & Sensory Toy

Laura and her husband nicknamed this cute little sensory toy “MonkeyDoo” and it was their son’s favorite toy from the time he was born! It has multiple textures, a rattle, and a teething ring, so it’s perfect for helping your baby learn all about their senses! It’s also super cute, and you can also get a Fox, Kitty, Lion or Puppy version.

$24.95 on Amazon at time of publishing

Tadpoles Soft Eva Foam Mat

This puzzle mat is a cheaper (and adorable) alternative to the Baby Care playmat.

$24.98 on Amazon at time of publishing

Sophie the Giraffe

Sophie is a beloved classic for good reason! She has a soft texture, a pleasing squeak and is perfect for teething.

$24.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Activity Play Mat

An activity play mat is perfect for newborns and infants to keep them entertained during tummy time. This Baby Einstein 4-in-1 activiy play gym has a kick-and-play piano, multi-sensory toys and more to occupy little ones while they are on their tummies, on their backs or in a sitting position.

$49.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

BabyBjörn Bouncer

Very simple but effective bouncer that babies love! You can dock your baby in this bouncer starting at 8 pounds, and let them enjoy how their own body movement gently sways the bouncer. Laura was able to get a lot of housework done while her baby happily bounced away in this thing.

$199.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Gifts for Infants (4-12 Months)

Infancy is a time for play, physical growth and exploration! Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for little ones who are learning to roll, crawl and walk.

Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys

These teether keys can be tossed in the fridge so baby can teeth on something textured and cold.

$3.89 on Amazon at time of publishing

First Years Stack Up Cup

These cups are a fun addition to the bath! They have holes in the bottom that can sprinkle water. Outside the tub, they can be stacked or nested.

$3.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack

This classic baby toy is fantastic for helping little ones work on their fine-motor skills.

$5.00 on Amazon at time of publishing

Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks

It is so fun to watch baby learn to use this toy throughout the months. It is fun to use to teach shapes, and eventually little ones will be able to fit the shapes into the correct holes!

$7.88 on Amazon at time of publishing

Lamaze Freddie the Firefly

Shanna’s daughters loved this snuggly sensory toy with high-contrast colors, crinkly wings and hidden mirror.

$14.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Peekaboo Forest

We love this adorable book with soft pages and adorable animals hidden behind crinkly flaps.

$14.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Dance Scarves

These translucent juggling and play scarves are great for sensory development, songtime, and playing peekaboo with your baby. You can stuff them into a box and learn about object permanence, drape them over the baby’s head to their neverending delight, and throw them into the air to see them flutter to the ground.

$14.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Gazillion Bubbles Solution – 2 Liters

If you’re going to have the best bubble machine, you should have the best bubble solution! It’s a little pricey, but this makes the best bubbles that don’t sting little one’s eyes and don’t stain! Can even be used indoors (though it might get slippery on hardwood.) We buy this stuff in bulk!

$15.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Walker

Baby will love practicing their walking with this fun and interactive walker.

$24.84 on Amazon at time of publishing

Hello Magazine Subscription

Shanna’s baby received this subscription when she was a baby and is still enjoying it today. It has cute rhymes, stories, songs and pictures.

$29.64 / year on at time of publishing

Windrio Bubble Machine

This is like the iPhone of bubble machines. It has a really powerful rechargeable battery, and can oscillate 90 or 360 degrees automatically. This thing is a bubble MACHINE, if you catch my drift. Bubbles for daaaaaays.

$29.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

This is a great toy that will keep your baby’s interest for months, possibly years! It starts as a toy you can explore on the floor, then converts into a push toy that helps early walkers explore while having fun. It’s still keeping Laura’s toddler entertained at almost 2 years old!

$34.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Leap Frog Learn ‘n’ Groove Music Table

One of Shanna’s top pick for babies is a music table. Her babies loved using it to pull to stand, and enjoyed all the musical features.

$39.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Fisher Price Walk Bounce & Ride Pony

This fun push toy is a blast for infants and toddlers to ride and bounce on, inside or outside!

$39.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Nothing is cuter than a little baby in a tiny toy car. Use this to push your baby around town. We also love it because it grows with baby and can be used by toddlers and preschoolers alike!

$54.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Battat – Wooden Activity Cube

This is a really wonderful, sturdy wooden toy that grows with your baby! It’s a great option to help them learn to pull to stand, and toddlers continue to play with it as they learn letters and shapes!

$59.95 on Amazon at time of publishing

Fisher-Price Rainforset Jumperoo

This was a beloved item in both Shanna and Laura’s house. Their babies delighted in bouncing up and down while playing with the cute toys in front of them.

$104.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

ECR4Kids – SoftZone Climb and Crawl Activity Play Set

These interchangeable climbing blocks create the perfect mountains, valleys, obstacle courses and more for infants and toddlers to explore. Shanna and Laura both own this and can attest to its quality, versatility and fun-factor!

$133.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

BabyCare Playmat

This cushy, attractive playmat is durable and easy to clean. It makes an ideal landing pad for infants and toddlers learning to stand, walk and climb.

$157.94 on Amazon at time of publishing

Gifts for Toddlers (1-3 Years)

Toddlers are rapidly developing their gross motor skills, fine motor skills, language development and more. These fun gift ideas support their growth and create an all-around fun time!

Chalk City Sidewalk Chalk

What child doesn’t love sidewalk chalk? These chunky sticks are fantastic for little hands.

$9.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Cityblock Board Book

Really cool board book with lots of pages that all have cutouts and interesting flaps to explore.

$10.39 on Amazon at time of publishing

Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag

These large blocks are perfect for small hands!

$10.47 on Amazon at time of publishing

Melissa & Doug Water Wow

This artistic activity uses a brush and water only! It’s a creative project with no mess. Huzzah!

$10.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Fisher-Price DoodlePro Slim

This magnetic doodle pad has been a big hit in Shanna’s house for years. Draw and erase. Do it over and over again. Such fun!

$19.00 on Amazon at time of publishing

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Magical Oven

Toddlers and preschoolers will love using their play-doh with this creative baking kit. The oven “bakes” the muffins, cakes and pies — all made from play-doh!

$24.22 on Amazon at time of publishing

Battat – Big Red Barn

Super cute play barn opens up so little ones can see eveyrthing going on inside! Laura’s toddler loves the little toy animals and farmer, and will spend a lot of independent play time with this adorable playset.

$24.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

High Five Magazine Subscription

After your baby has aged out of “Hello” magazine, move on to “High Five.” It’s so fun!

$29.64 / year on at time of publishing

Little Tikes First Slide

This adorable slide folds up for easy storage, and is a major hit in Laura’s small house! It’s small enough for toddlers to navigate on their own, and allows them to climb and slide independently whether or not you have access to a yard or playground!

$29.97 on Amazon at time of publishing

UTEX 3pc Space Astronaut Kids Play Tent

This large play set comes in three pieces that collapse down for easy storage. You can play with all the pieces or just one at a time. Laura’s toddler loves pretending he’s in a spaceship and crawling through the tunnel! You can also fill them up as a ballpit for extra fun!

$34.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Baby Joy Balance Bike

A balance bike is a great introduction to bicycles for little ones. And it is so cute to see them on their tiny bikes!

$45.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

A Box of Blocks — 3 Books

A set of 3 great books for toddlers! Every page of the book has really neat cutouts that are interactive and fascinating for the little ones.

$47.00 on Amazon at time of publishing

Keet Roundy Childrens Chair Microsuede

This little reading chair is so fun for little ones! Shanna will often catch her toddler sitting in the chair all by herself reading a book.

$49.88 on Amazon at time of publishing

KiwiCo Subscription

We love our KiwiCo crates! They provide creative, hands-on projects for kids of all ages, delivered right to your doorstep. Your little ones with be thrilled to recieve their crates in the mail! Use code BFP at checkout for 50% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line!

$60.00 / 3 months on at time of publishing

Melissa & Doug Wooden Chef’s Pretend Play Toy Kitchen

Shanna’s play kitchen has been well-loved by her two daughters, and continues to engage them with lots of pretend play.

$142.77 on Amazon at time of publishing

Gifts for Preschoolers (3-5 Years)

Imaginative play and creative skills take off during these years, so here are some of our favorite gift ideas for the preschoolers in your life!

Kinetic Sand and Tool Kit

Looking for a sensory activity that engages kids for long stretches of time? Get this kinetic sand! It’s not nearly as messy as regular sand and can easily be molded into sandcastles and more.

$14.97 on Amazon at time of publishing

Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set

Encourage the future vet in your life with this adorable set that Shanna’s kids adore.

$21.96 on Amazon at time of publishing


These magnetic building blocks are so fun for kids! Shanna’s children enjoy building houses, towers and roads out of them.

$53.56 on Amazon at time of publishing

Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Blocks

These wooden blocks are fantastic quality and tick so many boxes! Creativity. Building. Fine motor skills. Good times. We love them!

$60.37 on Amazon at time of publishing

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel

This easel encourages creativity with its white board, chalkboard and paper holder.

$63.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Gifts for New Parents

Looking for something to give the new parent in your life? We’ve been through those first few trying months, so ooooh baby, do we have some ideas for you! Here are some of our favorite gifts for those who have recently become parents.

Go to Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood

A collection of hilarious and honest sketches from the author Lucy Knisley’s first year of parenthood. These will make you laugh out loud and feel seen!

$10.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting by Janet Lansbury

Shanna and Laura both love the RIE method of parenting and have learned so much from this book. We always recommend it to new parents!

$11.95 on Amazon at time of publishing

HBO Max Subscription

No one binges more TV than new parents!! Give them the gift of premium television!

$14.99 / month on at time of publishing

Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Alexa

The Echo Dot is perfect for new parents who are always busy with baby. Ask Alexa to play music, set timers, set alarms, adjust the air conditioner and more!

$49.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Espresso Maker Cappuccino Machine with Steam Milk Frother

Cooooffffffeeeeeee. We consumed so much coffee as new parents. Make it quick and easy for new parents to get their caffeine fix with this espresso maker.

$56.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Kindle Paperwhite

Laura recently got one of these super lightweight e-readers and she wishes she had gotten it sooner! Super convenient to have around, it allows you to read books and magazines with one hand and without stressing your wrist. And you can also read in low light while breastfeeding or while the baby is sleeping nearby. Perfect for new moms!

$129.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Sonos One SL – Microphone-Free Smart Speaker

The Sonos speaker is an amazing quality speaker that works over wifi to play all your favorite songs. Pair it with Alexa, and you never have to use your hands to play music again!

$179.00 on Amazon at time of publishing

Gifts for Pregnant People

If you are looking to give a fabulous gift to a special person who is pregnant, look no further! We have curated a list of our favorite items that will delight any pregnant person in your life.

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

by Lucy Knisley. This fantastic memoir is part graphic novel, part science and history lesson, and all heart. It follows the author’s TTC journey, including miscarriage and a traumatic childbirth, but never loses it’s ability to look at the world with a loving eye.

$13.49 on Amazon at time of publishing

Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy

by Angela Garbes. A fantastic, refreshing read about the history and science of pregnancy, without the prescriptive judgments you’ll get from other pregnancy books. It’s like the emotional/narrative cousin to Expecting Better.

$14.69 on Amazon at time of publishing

Cute maternity T-shirt

Maternity T-shirts can be a fun gift for someone who is expecting. We especially love this “My Baby Loves Tacos” shirt because… well, who doesn’t love tacos!? Scroll through the other maternity shirts at this link to find one that fits the vibe of the pregnant person in your life.

$17.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Prenatal Yoga Classes Online

A subscription to or any other online yoga studio that offers maternity yoga classes is a fun gift that can last an entire pregnancy! In addition to prenatal yoga, many studios also offer stretch, meditation, pilates classes and more that would be great during pregnancy. Glo also offers postnatal classes, so this could also be a wonderful gift for a new parent.

$18.00 / month on at time of publishing

Designer Hospital Gown

Give the gift of labor-and-delivery style with an adorable designer hospital gown. Regular hospital gowns are fine, but a bit drab, and a cute gown might be one of those small touches in the delivery and recovery room that makes the hospital stay more enjoyable. Shanna wishes she’d had one of these when she gave birth!

$29.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Cozy Slippers

Pregnancy can cause aching feet. So gift the pregnant friend in your life some soft, comfy, memory-foam slippers to ease the pain! Shanna has these exact slippers and looooooves them.

$30.95 on Amazon at time of publishing

Maternity Pajamas

Comfy from head to toe, and designed to be breastfeeding friendly, these maternity pajamas transition from pregnancy to new motherhood and are a great gift for you pregnant friend!

$30.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Microplush Heating Pad

Say goodbye to old-school, stiff, plastic heating pads and hello to cushy, flexible ones that your pregnant friends will love cozying up with to relieve aches and pains. Making the transition to a high-quality heating pad was one of the best decisions Shanna has ever made (a close second to having children), and she was grateful to have it during pregnancy.

$34.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil

Laura loves this body oil during pregnancy. It smells really good, comes in a convenient spray bottle, and doesn’t leave a greasy feel. Great for trying to reduce stretch marks or just trying to feel pretty and normal during pregnancy!

$35.00 on at time of publishing

Pregnancy Pillow

Give the gift of comfort with a U-shaped pregnancy pillow. We love how comfy and cozy these pillows are and how they support pregnant bellies, backs, knees and hips.

$48.59 on Amazon at time of publishing

Gifts for Those Trying to Conceive

Trying to conceive can be a big part of the journey to becoming a parent. Here are some of our favorite items that we loved during that time that we think could make meaningful gifts.

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

by Emily and Amelia Nagoski, twin sisters who have developed a really revolutionary way to look at stress and how to deal with it in your daily life. TTC and pregnancy are so stressful by nature, and this book gives the most practical, actionable tips of any book I’ve ever read. This book is life changing!

$11.44 on Amazon at time of publishing

Scented Candles

Scented candles can set the mood for babymaking! They can also create a sense of peace and calm, which can be helpful for those stressful TTC days.

$11.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life

If you’re TTC and finding it difficult to keep up the momentum, or you’re a new parent and it seems impossible to get in the mood, this book is for you! It’s a really fascinating look at the science of sex, from the co-author of Burnout.

$14.75 on Amazon at time of publishing

Rainbow Light Preconception Multivitamins

These preconception multivitamins allow those trying to conceive to get enough folic acid before and after conception. Shanna loved the Rainbow Light brand, which helped reduce her nausea during pregnancy, and she loves that these are labeled “preconception” vitamins so that taking a vitamin doesn’t remind those TTC every day that they are not yet in the desired “prenatal” phase.

$24.50 on Amazon at time of publishing

Premium Subscription to a Fertility App

Fertility apps can be very useful in tracking menstrual cycles, ovulation and more. The premium versions of these apps offer a wider variety of features and more in-depth data. A small luxury that someone TTC might not purchase for themselves.

$47.99 / year on at time of publishing

Zip Up Fleece Robe

This is what Laura wants for Christmas this year! A warm, oversized, super-comfy robe that zips up the front for easy breastfeeding access!

$51.99 on Amazon at time of publishing

Gifts for Grandparents

If you are looking for something to give the Grandmas, Grandpas, Nanas, Pop Pops and Doodles in your life, consider one of these items that will keep their grandkids on their mind!

Customized Photo Coffee Mug

Grandparents will love having morning coffee with their grandchildren with a customized photo mug of your baby!

$16.70 on at time of publishing

Echo Show 8

This device makes video chatting with grandparents a breeze!

$104.99 on Amazon at time of publishing