If you happen to be anticipating a new baby this year — whether your own or a friend’s — you’re in luck. Because February 16 marks the of Chinese New Year and the official start of the Year of the Dog, which means you can celebrate babies and puppies, two of our favorite things!
So I had the best time looking for the perfect doggie-themed baby gifts to help all you welcome a new baby who’s slated to bring loyalty, responsibility, courage, playfulness, and good fortune to your home.
(As the mother of a Year of the Rooster baby, I’m officially jealous.)
So have fun perusing these Year of the Dog baby gifts that I think you’ll totally fall in love with. And unlike with dogs the real Humane Society, you can even take them ALL home. Yay!
I am so charmed by this adorable handmade baby Burpee, which you might better know as a bandana bib. Perfect Year of the Dog gift for babies, from the talented Pennsylvania-based Etsy maker, The Basic Suburban.
If you’re looking for a baby gift to bring a little Year of the Dog to the nursery decor, how cute is this knit dog crib mobile at Land of Nod?
Step aside, chihuahuas, French bulldogs seem to be the breed dominating 2018 baby gifts so far, and we’re not mad about it. So this French bulldog baby teether at Spearmint Love will be on point for 2018’s Year of the Dog baby gifts. And what better friend to drool with than a dog who knows all about it?
A baby book or photo album always makes a perfect baby shower gift, and Arpan’s dog photo album is just the right balance of fun, cool, and perfect for holding up to 200 photos of your baby. Which you’ll easily take the first day or so, ha. (Of course, getting around to printing them is another story!)
Not only do this Noah the dog knit dolls from Cuddle & Kind provide a best friend for one very lucky baby, your purchase guarantees 10 meals for a child in need. I can’t think of a sweeter gift.
LIke that cute swaddle on the baby in the Cuddle & KInd photo? We don’t blame you! It’s from Little Unicorn, who makes some of the coolest muslin swaddles, including this dog-print baby swaddle which is perfect for a Year of the Dog baby gift. It’s so cool…it’s currently out of stock (boo!) but sign up for alerts and grab it from Spearmint Love when it’s available again!
Oliver Chin’s charming Chinese Zodiac picture books are always a great baby gift, so be sure to find a copy of Chin’s The Year of the Dog, which is now relevant again after it was first published in 2006!
Yes, more Frenchies! Check out this organic cotton French bulldog onesie at Rosenberry Rooms which offers all the cuteness, none of the maintenance of real dogs.
What’s better than a balloon dog? Okay, besides a real, live puppy? I’m going with this whimsical balloon dog bookend from Land of Nod in shiny gold or bright orange. In fact, I’m totally coveting it for my own bookshelf.
I love a keepsake gift as much as the next mom, but I appreciated getting practical gear so much, too. Consider these cool, affordable Skip Hop doggie toddler utensils at Amazon that a new parent will be using before they can say “scraping sweet potatoes off the walls again.”
I love natural, non-plastic toys for babies (especially if they don’t break into electronic song every 10 seconds), so I’m fawning over this super cute Moulin Roty activity dog, and the mouse it carries in its back pocket, obvs.
Move over Sophie the Giraffe, here comes the Spot the Dog handcrafted natural rubber teething toy from Oli & Carol, available at Nordstrom at a great price. Puppy love!
My son has a few felt toys, and there’s something so sweet and endearing about their handmade look. Plus, you can feel great about knowing you’re helping at-risk women in Nepal find meaningful employment when you buy one–or all!–of the members of this felt dog family from our friends at To the Market. They’ll perk up any nursery nightstand.
Okay so just one more Frenchie — I can’t help it! Because I think my baby would definitely feel safer knowing this stalwart French bulldog lamp I spotted at Target was standing at attention in his nursery. Now if it could only get him to sleep through the night.
Of course, there’s always the traditional Chinese zodiac route to show off your newborn little dog. I really like this awesome Year of the Dog onesie by a shop called — wait for it — Chinese Zodiac, at Red Bubble. Bonus: It will make the perfect keepsake to stash away with those favorite baby gifts of 2018.