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Best Newborn Toys and New Baby Gifts

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Newborn babies don't do a lot of playing right off the bat, but they'll soon start to explore the world around them, and there are lots of toys and gifts to help baby do just that. These newborn toys and new baby gifts are perfect for holidays or baby showers.

1. Cloud B Twilight Sea Turtle

Twilight Sea Turtle
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Instead of a plain nightlight for baby's nursery, try out this plush sea turtle that can project stars onto the walls and ceiling of the nursery. Three colors of lights shine through the turtle's shell, which has five endangered sea creatures highlighted on it. The lights will turn off after 45 minutes to save the batteries. A storybook is included so you can eventually tell baby about endangered sea animals, and a star guide will help older kids pick out the stars they see projected from the turtle when they go out and look in the night sky. This is a cool gift that will be fun and useful for several years.

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2. Lamaze Jacques the Peacock

Lamaze Jacques Peacock Toy
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Bright colors, patterns and interesting textures make this peacock toy from Lamaze a great choice for small babies. There's a music feature and a little mirror, too. Though newborns are a little young to do this on their own, you can use this toy to play with baby, moving the peacock around as the music plays and letting baby learn to follow the sounds. This toy is easily stashed in a diaper bag, too, for instant distraction when necessary.

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3. Rockabye Baby! Lullaby CDs

Rockabye Baby CD
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Many parents steer clear of baby lullaby CDs for fear of not liking the music. With Rockabye Baby! CDs, you can choose your favorite music group and listen to soothing renditions of your favorite songs. A few of the groups available as lullabies are: Nirvana, Beach Boys, ColdPlay, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Radiohead and U2. Baby can go to sleep to soothing sounds and you can secretly sing along in your head to music that doesn't irritate you! If you're a country music fan, look for the new Hushabye Baby CDs from the same company that feature lullaby versions of popular country music songs.

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4. MD Moms Baby Silk Baby Basics Set

MD Moms Baby Silk Basics Set
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Unlike a lot of gift sets with tiny sample-size products, this baby basics set from MD Moms features full-size containers of the company's fantastic hair & body wash, baby skin lotion and diaper rash cream. I love the clean-rinsing hair & body wash. Since you don't need to use much at a time, these products will last for quite a while. Even the packaging is thoughtful - the products are in a sturdy, flip-top box with a magnetic catch that you can use to store small items or baby keepsakes.

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5. Aden and Anais Muslin Wrap Blankets

Aden + Anais Muslin Baby Wrap
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These soft, versatile muslin blankets will quickly become a parent and baby favorite. Aden and Anais blankets go beyond traditional pastel pink, blue and green, with a variety of cool patterns and modern color combinations, whether you know baby will be a girl or boy, or even for a unisex baby gift. Use these wraps to swaddle your newborn, throw a wrap over the top of your car seat or stroller for shade or to block the wind, use the blanket as a burp cloth or even a changing pad. These wraps are machine washable, so there's no worry about getting them dirty. The breathable material keeps baby cozy but not too hot.

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6. In My Tree Book

In My Tree Book
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I love the graphics in this cute book about an owl who lives in a tree. The story is sweet and focuses on family being the best part of home. Little ones will really love the owl finger puppet that can peek around and through the book at them. What a fun tradition to start for your baby's bedtime routine!
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7. Little Giraffe Chenille Duo Blankets

Little Giraffe Blankets
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You have to touch a Little Giraffe chenille blanket to understand why parents go crazy over them. The chenille is luxuriously soft and thick, so it's comfortable for baby whether you tuck the blanket into a stroller, bundle baby up in it against the cold, or use it as a floor covering for play time. The chenille duo blankets feature a classic baby pastel chenille on one side - you choose from pink, blue or soft green - and the flip side is a rich mocha color. The blanket is trimmed in coordinating satin. Little Giraffe blankets are the ones that started the luxury baby blanket trend!

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8. Deglingos Plush Rattles

Deglingos Rattle
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The amazing textures on the Deglingos plush rattles are fun for babies to touch, plus as soon as baby learns to grasp and shake, that rattling noise provides another reward. These rattles from the Deglingos series are modern and eye-catching, each with an animal character that you can use to interact with your little one. These rattles are easy to clean up, as well, after they end up in baby's mouth.

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9. A Sweet Bouncer

The First Years Kickin Coaster Bouncer
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Baby bouncers are a fantastic gift for a tiny baby, because they can be used for soothing as well as for fun. For parents, the bouncer represents a few minutes of free time for a shower or a bite to eat. These versatile bouncers have a great variety of features and can be found at prices to fit any budget.

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