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12 Baby Gifts That Parents Actually Need

A present for the little ones in your life can be useful—or it can just be more stuff. Read on for a selection of baby gifts that parents actually need.

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Written by
Brightly Staff
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A universal truth: babies beget things. Even for
the most eco-minded among us
, the stuff (whether essential, extra, or just cute) is a reality, and so are the gifts that are sure to come this year. The best way to gift a new parent? With usefulness in mind.
Below, you'll find a selection of sustainable baby gifts that will please the parents you love instead of stressing them out. From an environmentally friendly playmat to an all-in-one baby food maker (trust us), these gifts will make life a bit better for the entire family.

12 Useful Baby Gifts in 2023

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1. Vegan Leather Play Mat, $325

This durable, eco-friendly option is ideal for the most active little ones. Toki Mats' vegan leather play mat is made from natural foam, providing babes with a soft but firm surface to practice milestones and hang out on the floor.
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2. Waffle Baby Blanket, $59

Accessories designed to aid in cuddling sessions (and several hours of sleep) are always welcome. This baby blanket is crafted from touchable Turkish cotton and washes well when necessary.
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3. Organic Baby Washcloth, $12

Tub time should be a gentle affair. This organic cotton washcloth is made sans harmful chemicals or synthetics, helping keep bathtime clean.
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4. Hooded Waffle Towel, $31

Infused with naturally antimicrobial bamboo charcoal, this towel is proven to reduce bacteria by 99.9% compared to cotton. Plus, the fabric is sustainable, absorbent, and so soft.
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5. Coconut Oil Kids Bamboo Bandages, $7

Patch's bandages are made from 100% natural bamboo fiber and enriched with soothing coconut oil. And let’s not forget the cute panda print, designed to comfort during life’s little emergencies.
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6. Baby Hi-Loft Down Sweater Hoodie, $149

Patagonia
, but make it miniature. This warm and layerable hoodie is made from reclaimed and recycled materials to help eco babies weather the weather without harming the planet.
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7. Cloth Diaper Starter Kit, $70

1.8 billion
diapers
are thrown in landfills every year. This starter kit includes everything necessary to switch to cloth diapers, including washing powder, a laundry bag, and step-by-step instructions.
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8. LEN Nursing Pillow, $35

A parent's arms can only hold so much! A nursing pillow makes cozy, hands-free feeding a reality—and this one is made from recycled and sustainable materials.
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9. Bamboo Wet Wipes, $7

Clean-up is quick and easy with these bamboo wipes. The nourishing, hypoallergenic formula is designed to keep babies' skin soft, soothed, and rash-free.
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10. Babymoov Meal Making Station, $180

Making baby food from scratch is an easy feat with this meal station. This all-in-one allows parents to steam, blend, purée, defrost, sterilize, and warm fresh and healthy food.
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11. Bamboo Crib Mattress Protector, $59

This crib mattress protector is made from 100% organic bamboo and has a water-resistant TPU lining. It's breathable, hypoallergic, and thermoregulating, keeping the baby warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
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12. Washable Paper Storage Bins, $15

When you have a little one, organization is key. These washable paper storage bins are made from kraft paper that mimics the feel and function of leather. They can be used for
toys
, towels, and beyond.
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