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Gifts for Baby

If someone you know is expecting, you may be wondering what to buy as a gift for the baby. Shopping for baby gifts can be fun — there are so many adorable outfits and cute toys available — but you also want to buy something that will be used.

Two factors to consider when buying a baby gift are how close you are to the family and how much you intend to spend. Parents are usually very grateful to have essential purchases covered, so if you're planning on a large gift, it's worth considering a bassinet, car seat or stroller. If you're buying an item like this, it's a good idea to let parents know in advance so they don't end up with more than they need. Infant swings, gyms, playmats and nursery decor also make practical gifts.

If you're not as close to the family and don't know exactly what they need, clothing is usually an excellent choice. Babies can go through many outfits in a day, so parents are usually happy to have more. Although it's natural to buy newborn clothes for a newborn, they'll be outgrown very quickly, so consider buying larger outfits as well.

Another approach is to look for baby toys and other items that parents might not buy themselves. Rattles, teethers and crib toys are all good choices for young babies, and they'll enjoy plush toys, play stations and learning toys as they grow older.

Whatever you choose, you'll find it for less at Walmart.