56 Ideal Baby Shower Gifts for Baby Boys
Most baby shower gifts are targeted towards the parents-to-be, but giving them something that their upcoming baby boy will love can be just as appreciated. Not only can a lot of thoughtfulness and care go into the selection of a baby shower gift, but getting something for the little boy to play with or use will save the parents from having to run out and buy it themselves—which they’re surely appreciate, perhaps even more than the little one will like their gift.
Whether you want to commemorate his birth with a personalized pillow or piece of art, or give him a cuddly little toy to accompany him throughout his early years, there are plenty of great gifts on this list which are sure to please the little bundle of joy and his parents alike.
Musical development toys that play to the baby are all well and good, but what better way to instill the enjoyment of playing music in baby's head than to let him take an active part in it? This kick-toy by Fisher-Price lets the little Beethoven use his little toes to give the keys a little tinkle whenever he's feeling kicky. Colorful lights on the keyboard dance in time to the music he makes. Tie it to the crib, and watch him craft his next great opus with either hands, feet, or both.
Brand new walking skills are best matched with some brand new kicks! Well, this pair won't quite be "brand new" if opened on the baby shower, since it'll be months before a baby learns to walk, but it's close enough. Incredibly soft and flexible, with a non-slip sole, this pair of baby loafers was made to assist the shakiest legs in carrying those tiny feet to greatness. The interior is also pretty roomy to allow for breathability, and Its flexibility lets it accommodate baby's feet even as it grows.
This chummy octopal is yet another friend that will introduce that baby boy to the wonders of music. Aside from being just extremely cuddly and colorful in general, each of its tentacles has a differently colored pad that plays a different note when pushed. That means this eight-tentacled pal has a whole octave of notes on him! As baby’s musical prowess develops, he’ll learn to press the pads in such a way that makes pretty melodies, marking his first steps on the path to becoming a great musician.
Containing seven different melodies, this baby version of an iPod can take that tiny tot into a world of music beyond his yet undeveloped imagining, and will probably spark something in him that will turn him into a musical maestro in the future. It's perfectly sized for babies from 3 months old to toddlers three years old to grasp and features volume control to keep disturbances to a minimum. On top of that, it's also a mighty fine teether!
This wacky, loopy looking teether isn't just a weird sight. Its entangled hoop design makes it easy to grip and develops baby's hand-eye coordination with all of the ways he can grasp at it. The hoops, all center on a cube, serves as a rattle when the teether is shaken. The plastic is completely BPA-free and can withstand the heaviest use from the sorest baby gums.
Bandanas are one of the most stereotypically boyish clothing articles ever conceived. That’s why giving it to a baby boy to serve as a bib can be a point of both cuteness and comic relief. This set by Dodo Babies comes with four stylish snap-buttoned bandana bibs that are super absorbent while being eye-catching and fashionable. The set also comes with a pacifier holder, pacifier clips, and a little gift bag to hold it all together.
This fun-loving giraffe pillow will give baby's little tum some very welcome support when he's lying on his stomach. Its U-shape makes it effective for building baby's shoulder and neck strength. It can even be wrapped around the baby's waist to help him balance when he's learning to sit up on his own for the first time. The Tummy Time Discovery Giraffe also brings along his other animal friends, such as an elephant rattle, a hippo mirror, and a baby giraffe piano. Together they make up a great multisensory toy that can teach baby about shapes, animals, colors, and sounds.
Endless excitement is in store for the little tot who finds himself plopped on this bouncy play station. Loaded to full with baby toys like spinners, clackers, and a whole bunch of other stuff, the Rainforest Jumperoo will let baby bounce to his heart’s content, and even entertain him with the mounted toys in case he gets bored of even that eventually. Not to mention, it lets parents take baby off of their hands without him getting bored and bawling again, so you’ll be doing them a favor with this gift, too!
Spice up those monthly baby updates posted online or sent to relatives with these adorable little tie stickers that commemorate everything from birth to one year old, along with every event in between. There are also ties for baby's first smile, baby's first unaided stand, and even baby's first full, uninterrupted night of sleep — a stylish touch for when Mom and Dad are sharing their little man to the world.
This baby swaddle is large enough to encase a newborn with space to spare – it's almost like a sleeping bag – setting it apart from the snug but sometimes constricting swaddle blankets out there. This one lets the baby have a bit of freedom of movement and breathability while still being warm and snuggly, and its generous space makes it suitable even for babies up to 12 months old.
This premium pair of baby bottles by Comotomo are designed from the nipple down to feel as close to actual breastfeeding as possible, quickly getting baby accustomed to drinking milk from a bottle. The nipples are made of food-grade silicone, and wide enough to make cleaning incredibly easy. The nipple also has two anti-colic vents. The bottle itself is made of flexible material, and the whole thing is completely microwaved safe, although it's best not to let it exceed the boiling point.
This striped footie and cap will not only keep that baby boy comfortably clothed and warm – it'll make him look cute as a button while doing so! This utterly darling footie is front-buttoned and 100% cotton like the hat, making it cozy yet breathable. Nothing but high praise for this product by Little Me, given its fantastic fabric and affordable price.
These clever (and sometimes a teensy bit cheeky) quote socks serve as pretty useful nonverbal communicators for the baby that you know is going to come out a smart aleck. Better start him off early with what he's good at, right? Joking aside, this 4-pack of non-irritating cotton sock pairs make for amusing novelty items, except these novelty items are useful too.
All wrapped up in a canvas tote bag, this ocean-themed bath set comes with a hooded towel with the awesome visage of a grinning shark printed on it. If that wasn’t enough to sell you on this set, it also comes with a navy blue pair of swim trunks, decorated with little fishes swimming among waves; as well as a coral sun hat with a crab on top of it. Perfect for baby’s first swim outing, even though that may be a bit far from the future given that it’s only the baby shower. Still, when the ocean calls, it’s best to be ready.
Enhance that kid's ability to come up with bright ideas even while he's still drooling in his crib, with this bright lightbulb of a rattle. Aside from being a regular rattle with a funny face on it, the NogginStik catches baby's attention and makes something magical from it, by letting him make the connection between bopping and shaking the rattle to make the light change colors. Cause and effect are one of the most important mental tricks for young'uns to develop, and making it happen as soon as possible can bring nothing but good. It also makes babies' cries stop like that, so there’s that, too.
This baby-sized duffel bag is filled with four plushies shaped like balls from four iconic sports. Any sports fan parents would love to watch their kid play with these things. It’s also a great way for them to determine which sport their kid likes best by observing which plushie he likes to gnaw on the most. Or maybe he’ll have them all as his favorite, and prove to be capable of mastering all four sports in the future.
This dumbbell-shaped rattle is an interesting take on an old formula: it’s a traditional double-headed rattle shape, but all the rattle beads are kept in the handle, and the heads are Oballs made of flexible material that double as teething aids. The central rattle is textured and clear, so the baby can see all the colorful beads inside doing their rattley work. Cleaning is as simple as wiping it clean with a damp cloth because immersing it in water isn't advised.
Hand-eye coordination aids are all the rage when it comes to baby toys, and that’s not without good reason. Developing good hand-eye coordination as early in life as possible is suggested to lead to deft, dexterous fingers in the future, and if you want that little tyke to be handy with tools around the house or train him up to be a musical maestro, hand agility is an invaluable thing. These rainbow stacking rings are purpose-built to help baby develop just that.
This blue-trimmed white bib has a classic look about it that gives it a pleasant air of familiarity. What’s great about this gift is that you can get any amount of text that can fit within the area of the bib for the same price, whether it be baby’s name, birthdate, and other biometrics; or just a cute, clever quote in large typeface. It’s also snap-closure for easy putting on.
Babies are going to be zipping around the house sooner or later with newfound grace (or lack thereof, but they’ll still be zipping). Minimize accidents by equipping them with these non-skid baby socks, helping him stay upright and perambulating on two legs like a champ. These socks are available in a muted greyscale color scheme or a much brighter one, though the more colorful set is more expensive.
This small, quaint-looking, book is just waiting to be filled to bursting with all of that baby boy's precious memories. From his first hair that fell off to pictures of him conquering the monkey bars at the playground for the first time (with a lot of help from Dad, of course), whatever the story, this 48-page 9"x9" book will keep it in store for generations to come and laugh at how adorable baby was when he was still… well, a baby.
This toy cube with five playable sides comes jam-packed with fun and educational playthings on every side. There are all sorts of learning games and toys in this thing, including shape-sorting, maze-solving, and lots more. All parts are non-toxic, so there's no need to worry about baby swallowing something harmful when he gives the cube a little taste. There are small parts, though, so it's best to let him play with supervision at least 12 months old.
Dump truck toys and little boys are two things in this world that go hand in hand. If you're looking for a surefire gift that'll leave everyone pleased, the VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck is just that. Its three brightly colored balls rumble around in the back of the truck as it's pushed around, and the dumping mechanism requires deft hands, making the baby develop the motor skills required for the task. On top of that, this toy also makes a bunch of fun sounds and lights.
This onesie is comfy enough to use for playing, sleeping, going out for some sun, and just about any baby activity in between. It features both snap- and zipper-closure, making it an easy clothing item to put on and take off – great for when baby needs a change of clothes in a cinch. This footie from Petit Lem has 19 different designs to choose from, all of them made from the same comfortable, machine-wash-friendly cotton.
This adorable owl emits soothing sleep music instead of hooting. It's so good at what it does that even some adults have reported falling asleep listening to it, which would embarrass them in front of any rugrats they might have tried to put to sleep (assuming they didn't fall asleep to it right then as well). This wide-eyed bird of the night can sing 10 different tunes, with a 30-minute sleep timer for power economy.
Get that baby chimp into a bathrobe before he freezes! This sock monkey-themed bathrobe and bath slippers set looks so cute and silly. It's a wonder if Mom and Dad won't at least flash a smile as they're drying baby off after a good bath. Another item made out of 100% cotton, this bathrobe, as well as the slippers, are soft, flexible, and absorbent, and can stay in service drying baby off until he's as old as nine months old.
Everyone needs words of encouragement to grow like a plant needs sunlight. All the better if you could give someone a whole storybook of encouragement! This beautiful storybook by Emily Martin promises baby all of the things he could be if only he reach out and grasp it. Filled with well-drawn illustrations that are equal parts cute and funny, The Wonderful Things You Will Be is a great book to read to baby, letting him know at a young age that the world is his oyster.
These easily grabbable spiked rubber balls are fantastic playthings for the baby boy who likes to play with things using his mouth as much as with his hands. This four-pack of colorful spiked balls have been a popular choice for baby toys thanks to them being safe to put in the mouth and the way they captivate babies so. The rubber spikes also make for great sensory development.
The HABA Ring Around is a set of rainbow rings that are looped around a bigger wooden ring. The smaller, more colorful rings move around freely along the bigger one, making it look like a key ring of sorts, and give it a rattle effect. Manipulating the colorful rings also helps develop fine motor skills. The wood is also smooth and non-toxic, making it a fantastic teething toy as well. The Ring Around is essentially a teether, rattle, and clutching toy all rolled in one simple and inexpensive package.
Another terrific grasping and clutching toy, this plastic ball has 30 finger holes of varying sizes, making for lots of ways to grasp it; and teaches the baby a thing or two about how to use those little hands of his to clutch things in, too. Along the center of the sphere is set a long rainstick cylinder filled with colorful beads that make that calming sound of falling rain just like the real thing. Plus, its mesh design makes it incredibly sturdy, so it can handle a lot more than an over-eager baby throwing it against the baby room wall!
This stacking puzzle doesn't rely on a restrictive center post, so it's a lot more lightweight and safer than most of its kind. It's made even more special by being capable of being stacked even if it isn't in the correct order. So long as the peg is fitted in the slot, the piece stays on. Great for teaching the baby how to use fine motor skills to complete a task; one that's forgiving enough to make completion, and subsequently gawking in awe at what he's created, a whole lot easier.
This play mat unfolds like a pop-up book to reveal two long overlapping arches that meet at the center, from which a bunch of veggies- and fruit-themed plushies hang. The mat is also printed in the style of a lush farm with fresh produce, happily growing alongside animals and numbers. The mat also has a baby-safe mirror, a pocket for the friendly plush carrot, and crinkly peek-a-boo leaves that pop up along with the arches.
Seeking to sow a musical spark in the mind of that little tyke? This nifty gadget of a toy will give you all you need and more. With five instrument sound buttons and an orchestra button to fill the six sides, that baby need only press whichever buttons he wishes to recreate eight of Mozart's masterpieces. Just that and the cube will take care of the timing and everything. Press the orchestra button, and the cube will play the composition in its full glory for him. That ought to instill in him that pretty sounds combine with other pretty sounds to make pretty music.
This domed travel mirror set against the back of a cheerful turtle's shell, serving as a pleasant frame for when baby wants to enjoy himself by looking at his reflection. It does sound a little mundane, but self-recognition is one of the markers of cognitive development, and the sooner baby crosses that milestone, the better. Plus he'll get a kick out of an experience that's new to him, too. Dangling from the mirror are two equally cheerful stuffed animal friends to give baby even more company. It's got attachment straps and an easel back for easy hanging or mounting on any surface.
Stimulation is a vital part of a baby's mental growth, and that's one reason baby mobiles are such a popular crib implement. This one by Wimmer-Ferguson holds high contrast images and colors, to better enhance the development of his eyes.
The mobile holds eight cards, with some more in reserve, and all of them are completely interchangeable to change up what the baby sees from time to time. The cards are also labeled by age to guide parents on which to put up on the mobile to optimize development. The mobile also has an adjustable suspension cord to increase the distance from the baby's face as his eyes develop to see farther.
Sometimes it's best to go back to basics, even with baby toys. These tree-themed wooden blocks are a good example of a classic baby toy you can never go wrong with, with its simplistic but effective design that never seems to fail to entertain and elicit a smile from babies who stack them together and knock them down. Smoothly sanded to be splinter-free, this set of blocks is completely safe to be touched by baby's delicate hands, and large enough to not be a choking hazard.
This set of 8 brightly colored stacking cups would be a joy to play for the ever curious baby boy. Each one in the set is larger than the set, letting baby stack them together by fitting them into one another or like a house of cards. Of course, first he’ll just be hitting them together or banging them against the crib, but as he gets older and wiser he’ll devise new and fun ways to stack them together… and then knock them down. Each cup has a large number of embossed on the bottom part for teaching numbers and counting.
Babies are fond of jingling keys, but letting them fall into their tiny hands for them to gnaw on is ill-advised as well. Let the little guy chew on these teether keys instead. They're made of a material that doesn't get frigid when frozen as to make chewing on them uncomfortable, and each key has a different surface texture for different tooth eruptions, with two textures to each key.
This innovative toy takes the joy of popping bubble wrap and turns it into an attention-grabbing (and keeping!) toy for babies. Each of the colorful, differently sized dimples can be pushed, popped, poked, and grabbed, making them a medley of fun tactile sensations. It’s a simple concept, but it’s effective and captivating, and a brilliant enhancer of fine motor skills and cause-and-effect establishment.
Wouldn't want baby's first bath to be too lonely, would we? Go the extra mile and instead of a boring old rubber duck, give baby some company he won't ever be bored with. These four bubbles, two animal friends and two colorful rattles, spin around the whirling waters of the bathtub to swim circles around the baby as he giggles in delight. If anything's going to keep that hyperactive little troublemaker in the bath, it's these bath buddies right here.
This multisensory toy is just about all you can ever want from a stroller toy, and then some. It’s a multi-textured dog plushie, a teether, a rattle all in one, and it can hang from a stroller to keep baby entertained when the long walks at the park with Mom get a little boring. The soft bandana teether can detach from the larger toy for Mom to wear around her wrist, so the baby doesn't need the whole toy if he needs access to an emergency teething aid.
This whirly-dirly wonder wheel's main objective is to help baby's visual tracking and motor skills grow. It is done by encouraging baby to use his hands and eyes in conjunction to make the tricolored wheel spin and make the beads within go nuts while the green, cyan, and yellow parts blend in a pretty mix of colors. It's got a sticky suction cup for attaching to any surface, and the stem that the wheel's mounted on has even got clacker rings.
What's better than bath toys keeping baby company while Mom gives him a little scrub-a-dub-dub? One that swims right along with him, of course! This nimble penguin needs a short wind up and off he goes speeding all along with the bathtub, making babies who have a bit of beef with water to forget it for a bit. Not to mention, he'll probably try to catch the speedy swimmer in his hand, and that builds up hand-eye coordination some too.
Teething has never been simpler, or eez-ier! This 100% food-grade silicone teether is shaped and sized just right for little ones to hold onto themselves. It's got multiple teething surfaces for all kinds of new tooth eruptions, and it also includes a carrying case for clean stowing when the baby's not feeling like gnawing on anything to soothe his toothache.
Thinking of starting the young lad's literary training early with a spot of poetry? This interactive nursery rhyme book from VTech is the way to go. Featuring seven popular musical nursery rhymes, four movable book pieces, and three light-up animal tabs, he'll be engaged and learning them by heart in no time at all. If this is read to him every night, chances are he'll be an enlightened nursery rhyme aficionado by the time he reaches Pre-K.
What’s better than one rattle? Two! These colorful toy maracas are topped with brightly patterned pom-poms instead of shakers, and the real rattles are three beads in the pommels of the handles. He’ll get a kick out of shaking these rattles around, maybe even to the point of tiring himself out. If that’ll be the case, then it’ll mean a great workout for his motor skills.
This soft baby toy is filled with diverse patterns and textures, and even lets out an occasional sound or two. Baby’s tiny hands will be completely occupied by the Skip Hop, with all of its rattling, crinkling, ring-grasping, and soft squishing. The colorful bandana teether also detaches for wearing. The whole thing is PVC- and Phthalate-free, so you don’t have to worry about baby using all of the other parts of it as a teether, either!
Leave it to VTech to transform even baby walkers into something educational. The Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker comes jam-packed with fun learning tools, such as a music system with five piano keys and 70+ sing-along songs, as well as spinning rollers, shape sorting puzzles, light-up buttons, and animal sound buttons. The wheels work well on level ground or carpeted floors, and baby can use the walker to prop himself up as he learns to walk, and then plop back down and go nuts with all the enjoyment it has to offer.
This comfy donut-shaped inflatable cushion comes together with a triangular arch to form a multisensory playnest environment, filled with textures, sounds, and interesting sights in the form of a farm scene on the cushion and bursts of color here and there and everywhere. The five hanging toys can be rearranged to provide some variation in the environment. This entire playnest is a whole smorgasbord of sensory development, making the title “gym” appropriate.
Think baby might need a bit more stimulation? How does seven sunrays' worth sound? The Whoozit Baby Activity Toy is covered top to bottom with contrasting graphics like checkers, stripes, and dots, to develop baby's pattern recognition better. It's also got a bunch of hidden noisemakers, adding some auditory stimulation on top of the visual part. It can also be mounted on carriers and strollers with the included strap.
Bundled together in this powerhouse of a gift are two classic baby toys that you cannot go wrong with if you tried. A ring-stacking toy and a block-sorting toy, whose blocks can also be stacked. The sheer prevalence of these toys in just about every playroom, at home and Pre-K, and how long they've been in use speaks to the potency of these amazing toys. It's a no-nonsense, solid gift choice.
This electronic self-rolling ball will send baby boys rolling right along with them soon as they’ve developed the balance for it. After even the slightest nudge, the Move and Crawl Ball will wiggle itself this way and wobble itself that, all the while encouraging baby to use all of his locomotor skills to go after it.
Once he grabs hold of the ball, he’ll have a ball (pun intended) with all of the buttons to push in and sounds to come out of it. This playful little plaything has 40 sounds, including sing-along songs, animal sounds, phrases, and sound effects, all with built-in volume control to boot.
Far from your average everyday play mat, the Meadow Days Super Play Mat is worthy of the "super" in its name by having something special tucked away in each of its twelve padded panels. Surprises ranging from interesting textures or flaps that open and close will train up baby's senses and motor skills. There are even a detachable mirror and a teething ring. The broad mat has enough room for the fussiest of tykes, and everything in it will keep him occupied for hours.
Yet another sensory stimulator, the Lamaze Clutch Cube condenses all of its special stimulants into a compact cubic package. Covered with colorful animal pictures, and greyscale and colored patterns stimulate visual reception, and the various textures of the different fabrics to a side stimulate tactile reception. Upon shaking it makes more than one sound, adding to its auditory stimulation. The plastic rings on it are made for teething. It's even apple-scented, so it stimulates the baby's sense of smell as well.
This three-legged table is chock full of learning activities for curious baby boys. Mounted on the table surface are five piano keys that pronounce words in three languages and play classical melodies, and littered throughout the rest of it are buttons, switches, and balls for the ever-fidgeting baby who needs something to mess with.
The table legs are strong enough to support baby while he leans on it, making it a useful aid for when he’s finding his balance, too. The legs can be detached to set the surface on the floor, for sit-down and tummy time fun.
The foremost thing that this set of shapes will provide to baby is a sense of 3D spatial reasoning and shape recognition. Though blocks do provide some of that, having a large enough representation of the different shapes in his hand to turn around and play with is a lot more effective. Not only that, the Mind-Shapes develop color recognition by contrasting solid color with patterns and black-and-white pictures. Each shape also has varied textures, and they all sound different when shaken too.