One of the most common inquiries I see and hear within Catholic Facebook groups is for gift recommendations for newborn babies. It’s a popular topic that yields lots of comments, so it seems beneficial to derive a list of Catholic shops with beautiful items for babes. With Spring fast approaching, it seemed like the perfect way to share in the traditional time of celebrating new life!
Catholic Baby Registry Gift Ideas
You know that dreamy, newly-baptized baby smell? Now there’s a way to keep your baby smelling like that no matter what day it is! CheruBalm is a small line of high-quality, natural, and convenient skin balm available in three Catholic themed scents. “Chrism” brings scent-memories of that once-in-a-lifetime sacrament. “Silent Night” smells of lavender and chamomile and is perfect for application right before bedtime. Lastly, “Flowers from Heaven” smells of rose geranium and is inspired by the Saint Therese.
No matter which scent you chose, you can rest assured that your balm is 100% all natural, with no synthetic or petroleum-based ingredients. For those wondering, it is even compatible with cloth diapers!
This Catholic maker offers a set of exquisitely knit Holy Family dolls with which any child would be drawn to play. They are truly eye-catching! Another similar product offered is their teether-rattle combo which is made of a wooden ring and knit pima cotton which can be purchased as a Holy Family set, or individually as Mary, Saint Joseph, or the child Jesus.
With a name that nods to the devotion with which these items were made, and also who they honor, this Catholic-owned shop carries cotton and Muslin swaddles. Hand-dyed in small batches with details of gold, each of the various colors offered makes for an inviting sight! Whether you choose Our Lady of Guadalupe or the Divine Mercy swaddle, you can be certain your heart will be inspired to pray that your child will be wrapped in heavenly goodness each time you wrap your her in its luscious softness.
An Etsy shop designed to clothe any baby with Christ from “head to toe, heart and soul,” Caelesti Co. is full of delightfully handmade organic pieces. For nighttime necessities, take a look at their swaddles, sleepers, and knotted gowns—many of which are made with unique Catholic-themed prints. For daytime accessories, check out their adorable bonnets available in gingham and floral prints, as well as in prints that honor the Nativity and Saint Lucy. Their organic teether sets (which honor Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, the Irish Saints, and Our Lady of Kibeho) include a bib, a handmade paci clip, and a wooden lovey-style teether. More products are always being added to the store so be sure to check it out for more beautiful Catholic creations.
An impeccable olive green muslin blanket dotted with lilies and the words, “St. Kateri, pray for us” would make a sweet and practical gift for any newborn babe. Pair it with the Future Saint Water Reveal Book and Dry Erase Activity Cards, and baby will have goodies to bring to Mass in the following years to help them focus and learn about the most precious mystery of our faith.
Thy Olive Tree
Looking for a keepsake that captures not only developmental milestones, but also a child’s relationship with their Creator? My Catholic Keepsake Baby Memory Book may be just what you are seeking! Modern in design and built for durability, these memory books contain spaces to record important sacramental events of a child all the way through high school.
With a wide variety of organic cotton baby bonnets and bibs, you are sure to find a pattern and style perfect to your liking. Marian patterns honor Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Our Lady of Kibeho. Saintly designs include Saint Joseph, Saint Therese, Saint Francis of Assisi, and the Holy Family Hearts. All items are made to order and restocked regularly, so even if a favorite item is unavailable, it will return to the shop soon!
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His Girl Sunday
This small business offers hand-painted wooden peg dolls made in the hopes of inspiring prayer within every “domestic church.” Created with exquisite detail, peg dolls offered portray a wide variety of the Communion of Saints, and also include a few beloved literary characters such as Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins.
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Little Praying Hands
What better way to teach a Catholic babe about the intercession of Mary than with a Rosary Ring Chew? A 100% food grade silicone ring designed to look like a traditional decade ring, this Catholic baby teether is easy to hold and easy to clean! The best part is probably its affordability!
Betty Jo Sews
A plethora of baby goodness awaits you at this store. Plush (and silent) saint dolls and fabric books are ideal companions to bring along to Mass. Handmade saint pennants are perfect for any nursery. And my personal favorites are the baby leggings that don patterns of the Sacred Heart, Our Lady, and the beloved Catholic author G. K. Chesterton.
A wooden toy company that aligns faith with play! Saintly box sets introduce children to the heroes of our Catholic faith.The Francis Friends Lacing Set provides opportunity to develop fine motor skills. Temporary Saint tattoos are colorful and fun to show off! And the Saint Joseph Workshop Chunk Puzzle is the perfect gift for any baby born in the year of Saint Joseph!
Meyer Market Designs
This shop offers a variety of inspiring Catholic goodies. Our favorites for Catholic babies include the stuffed saint dolls, and the ultra soft throw blanket with the inspirational quote, “Do not be afraid to be saints!”
The Little Rose Shop
This lovely shop has a superabundance of soft and snuggly items perfect for a new baby—and even the older kids! Their blankets and pillow cases are beautifully designed with traditional prayers as the patterns. They also offer personalized pillows and blankets asking for the intercession of your child’s patron saint! Pair one of those with a gorgeous custom saint doll (restocked seasonally) and your child is sure to sleep surrounded by grace.
Fiat to Halo
A business that prides itself in assisting little ones in learning to play while they play! Their Cozy Rosaries are lusciously soft blankets that can be used for tummy time while babe is young. As they grow, the Rosary pattern printed on the blanket will help young ones participate in your family Rosary in an age appropriate way. Kids may walk, scoot, or move a toy from bead to bead on the Rosary as your family prays. You may even find that your little one enjoys it so much he will even use it when he is playing by himself!
Just Love Prints
If you’re in need of nursery decor, this Catholic small business is a good place to look! From inspiring prints of baby Jesus and the Holy Family, to traditional prayer prints, coloring pages, a Catholic alphabet, and personalized name prints, you may find yourself with a cart full of goodies for your favorite little one!
A business with a passion for babies, Chews Life is probably best known for their variety of charming silicon teething products (including full rosaries, decade rosaries, enlarged saint medals, and pacifier clips). However, they also offer adorable Emmaus crib shoes and saint snacker bibs, as well as an adorable Mary pacifier doll.
Shining Light Dolls
Shining Light Dolls is a Catholic business teeming with products and activities to encourage kids to grow in their faith.Their classic saint dolls include a variety of saints from around the globe and are attractive, durable, and the perfect size for tiny hands! The plush dolls are larger, softer, but just as well-designed, helping children to associate the peace and comfort with Jesus, Mary, and the saints.
There are so many newly published children’s books designed to help a child grow in their faith. A few of our favorites include…
- A is for Angel: The Alphabet in Sacred Art // This remarkable book combines truth and beauty by combining basics of the Faith with religious masterpieces.
- Cloud of Witnesses: A Child’s First Book of Saints // A cute introduction to the Catholic Communion of Saints.
- Father Ben Gets Ready for Mass // A fun and interactive way for young ones to learn about the source and summit of our Faith!
- A Little Catholic’s Book of Liturgical Colors // An age-appropriate, rhyming introduction to the liturgical colors your baby will see at Mass.
- This is the Church // The stunning illustrations will grasp the attention of any reader (young or old) as you teach your child about the story of Salvation History.
- Lily Lolek: Future Saint // A sweet story of a young girl with the dream of becoming a saint.
- God’s Glorious Girl // A book which speaks truth about the brave, strong, and kind woman each girl was created to be!
All of these are perfect for sticking in the diaper bag and bringing to Mass!
What’s your favorite thing to gift to newborn babies? Have a favorite shop we didn’t mention? Share your go-tos with us in the comments!
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