The Best Dog-Inspired Baby Gifts For New Parents

Bringing home a baby is an exciting time for new parents, and the months leading up to the big day are filled with shopping for items baby might need. I spent my entire pregnancy feeling overwhelmed by all the baby products I had never seen in all my years of being a nanny, and it was hard to find items that were both gender neutral and something I actually liked. But with a little bit of digging (and a whole lot of Googling), I was able to find delicate and adorable baby gifts for the tiniest humans.

Whether you are a friend or relative looking for a baby shower gift or you’re expecting your own child, these 9 charming dog-inspired baby gifts will make a welcome addition to any dog-loving human’s home!


puppy blanket
Best For Most Babies

Why we love it:

  • 100% soft, breathable cotton
  • Cute all over print
  • Machine washable

Amazon: Carter's Receiving Blankets

Made of super soft 100% cotton, these receiving blankets will keep baby cozy and make the perfect understated baby shower gift. I bought these for my son before he was born, and they worked really well as swaddling blankets. They work well to keep baby warm while still being light enough that baby won’t overheat, so we still use these exclusively even though my kid is way past the swaddling age.


Best For Newborns

Why we love it:

  • Good for safe sleeping in the first year of baby’s life
  • Long sleeves
  • Zip front closure

Amazon: Carter's Unisex Sleep Bag

The most precious gift you can give a new parent in the first year of a baby’s life is sleep, and this sleep bag makes it easier to keep baby comfy all night long so the adults can get some well-deserved rest. I got two similar ones for my son and he slept in these like a dream, while I was able to stop checking on him every two minutes because I knew he was safe and still covered during chilly winter nights.


Best For Babies Who Love To Shake It

Why we love it:

  • Suitable for babies 0-12 months
  • Plush velour rattles encourage baby to develop hand-eye coordination
  • Gender neutral

Amazon: Puppy Wrist Rattle & Sock Set

These rattles are so good for babies who are not yet mobile. Anytime I placed these on my son’s wrists and feet for our daily music time, he would happily move his tiny limbs and stare at his hands to see where the sound was coming from. This is definitely one of those items I never thought we’d both enjoy as much as we did.


hooded dog towel
Best For The Dapper Dog Parent

Why we love it:

  • Super soft and absorbent
  • Wrapped with bow for gift giving
  • Extra large size for babies

Amazon: Hudson Baby Dapper Dog Hooded Towel

Everyone else can keep their lamb or duckling hooded towels — this Boston Terrier towel is for the classy human pupper. It’s super big and absorbent, so your baby can grow into it.


dog art baby
Best For Gift Giving On A Budget

Why we love it:

  • Set of 6 8×10 prints
  • Original artwork
  • Sweet way to finish off a gender neutral nursery


This is a beautiful addition to any child’s bedroom and would make a wonderful baby shower gift. Printed on glossy paper, you could gift them as-is or get them framed if you’d like.


fisher price my little snugapuppy swing
Best For Babies Who Need A Little Extra Soothing

Why we love it:

  • Side-to-side cradle motion and head-to-toe swing motion
  • 6 swing speeds, 16 songs, soothing nature sounds
  • Adjustable seat positions and recline

Amazon: My Little Snugapuppy Cradle & Swing

Here’s another item I can personally vouch for. I dragged this thing all over the house in the first few months so I could get a quick shower in or pump while the baby happily watched from his swing. My dog Lady loved watching her baby brother lying in it, and would bump her nose gently against the edge of it to try to rock the baby herself.


little me cute puppies footie beanie
Best For A "Welcome Home" Gift

Why we love it:

  • Snap closure for easy middle-of-the-night changings
  • 100% cotton
  • Machine washable

Amazon: Little Me Puppies Footie & Hat

This adorable dog print footie with beanie comes in sizes Newborn to 9 months and is made of super soft 100% cotton for baby’s comfort.


Best For The Baby Who Has Everything

Why we love it:

  • Makes it easier to keep pacifier from getting lost
  • Latex-free pacifier
  • Durable one-piece construction

Amazon: Plush Puppy Newborn Pacifier

I was one of those people who swore I wouldn’t use a pacifier on my future kids, but then I had a baby and things got real. The stuffed puppy attached to the pacifier makes it easy to keep the pacifier in baby’s mouth, especially in the early days when your baby hasn’t figured out how to bring their hands to their mouth yet.


finger puppet dog book
Best For An Extra Not-On-The-Registry Gift

Why we love it:

  • Good for babies 6+ months
  • Encourages motor skill and language development
  • Features a rescue dog

Amazon: "The Dog I Love Best" Finger Puppet Book

What’s better than a book about a dog? A book with a dog you can actually pet! This finger puppet board book features a pup with sweet eyes for both parent and baby to interact with during story time.

Meet Nicole and Lady

Nicole Zalat is a former dog walker for Swifto and has been part of the BARK fam for three years. She supports her dog Lady’s toy destroying habit by making memes for a living. Her favorite dog breed is Dog.

Lady is an 8-year-old American Bulldog. She currently holds the world record for Longest Unnecessary Side Eye. Other skills include being petty in her sleep and eating your entire pizza but still closing the box so you don’t know it’s gone. Favorite basketball move: the Eurostep.


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