Trying to think what to get for a baby’s first christmas is much harder than I remember it to be. I think because the first time around with our eldest we were so excited about that first Christmas as a little family of three that we just bought anything and everything. Second time around we are of course just as excited to experience that first Christmas all over again, but we know from experience that we are better off buying gifts that he can actually use now and in the next few months rather than toys and gifts that he wont be able to use until he is older and much more mobile.
So I’ve thought long and hard about what gifts we can get now that he will be able to use and enjoy, and here are eight toys that I think that are perfect for baby’s first Christmas from some of my favourite baby brands:
Stacking toys are great for babies in the first 12 – 18 months, perhaps even longer. For me, stacking toys are one of those toys that you really get value for money from as little ones seem to get more and more out of them as they grow. Smaller babies are most likely just going to be interested in grabbing and mouthing the different pieces, and then as they get older they start to enjoy actually stacking the toys and may start to notice the different numbers, colours or shapes. There are lots of stacking toys out there, but I particularly love this Janod one which I think will also look great in little ones rooms.
I have had a love affair with Skip Hop since the little lady was a baby. I just can’t get enough of their cute animals and I was so excited to see that they have recently extended their range to include soft activity toys like this fox bandana buddy. I think all little ones need a little activity toy and this one is cute as well as fun.
A fun and colourful activity mat should definitely be on all parents list as an essential. We have the alphabet Skip Hop activity mat that the little guy has inherited from his big sister, but I am totally in love with their new Tipi version. I think it is the coolest looking activity mat I have ever seen and wish I had an excuse to buy a new one so that I could get this one!
We resisted the urge to buy a jumperoo when we had the little lady because we were in a much smaller place back then and had very limited space. Now we don’t really have that excuse any more and I think that the little guy would really benefit from having one. He already seems quite active and in need of entertaining so a jumperoo is definitely on his list for this Christmas and I’ve heard great things about this Fisher Price one.
A baby walker is probably one for the slightly older baby, I’d say from around 8+ months, but again I think its something that all babies need eventually. The little lady had a pink plastic V Tech one that played music, flashed and did all sorts of things which we’d definitely consider getting again, but I do love the look of this cute wooden Janod doggy one. Especially as you can put bricks or other little toys in it that they can then have fun pushing around.
We we lucky to be sent a pack of these Little Tikes Giggle Surprise Blocks a few ago and the little guy absolutely loves them. They are really quite simple as a toy, but so bright and fun. We have them out ALL of the time. I love them and would absolutely recommend as a first Christmas gift for any baby.
Now that the little guy is finally enjoying tummy time I would love to get him this tummy time giraffe. We never really tried any specific tummy time toys with the little lady, but I think the little guy would quite enjoy and benefit from one and this one looks fab. I love that it’s not hugely expensive either so I definitely think this will be finding its way into his Christmas sack this year.
I’m expecting the little guy to start becoming a lot more mobile over the next couple of months and think the Catch Me Crabbie is a perfect toy to encourage him to move about. I am loving the Little Tikes Ocean Explorer range at the moment and this is one of my favourites from the range.
So there you have eight toys that I think will make great gifts for baby’s first Christmas. Lots of these are on our little ones list or are things that we already have and would recommend.
Still need inspiration for your older ones? Dont forget to check out my children’s christmas gift guide!
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