Christmas is a pretty special time of year when you have a new baby in the house. Its one of many lovely ‘Firsts’ to look forward to, and look back on. Its safe to say most babies won’t remember their first Christmas but as parents I think we’ll all remember those special moments. Picking gifts for a First Christmas are, for me, harder than subsequent ones. You want something they can treasure, something to mark the occasion perhaps, but generally something they’ll just enjoy.
This Christmas will be Little Dude’s very first Christmas, and he’s going to be seven months old. That makes him a bit easier to buy for because he actually DOES something, unlike brand new babies who, and lets be honest here, aren’t that interested in anything apart from milk and sleep. Here are my picks of some of the best First Christmas gifts out there, for babies of all ages up to one year. What would you add?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (TM) Play Time Toy
A classic book and probably one of the first we bought for Little Man, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is known and loved worldwide. There’s lots of related products you can buy – books, jigsaws, cup and plate sets – but for a First Christmas I think this sensory toy fits the bill nicely. Suitable from birth its a bright and appealing caterpillar which includes some of the highlights from the book. There’s a sun on one section of his body and an apple on another which, when pressed, plays “You Are My Sunshine”. Each section of the caterpillar is a different texture, makes a different sound, has a different interactive part. There are soft knotted legs along its length, and the tail features two chew rings for those babies that are teething. His head is bright and round, an exact copy of the images from the book. His antenna are sparkly and bright, and there is a bell hidden inside which rattles nicely. This would be great for tummy time, or even in the pram.
Its a great sensory toy in its own right, but it would make a lovely gift for your baby this Christmas, perhaps along with a copy of the book for you to read to them.
Sophie The Giraffe Gift Bag
Sophie is a much recognised classic too. Probably the most famous teething toy ever, you rarely see a baby without one of these. The Gift Bag features one of the iconic Sophie’s – a squeaky sensory toy designed to alleviate all areas of teething, an easy grip flower shaped rattle featuring a spinning clear ball centre housing a mini Sophie, and a mini teether which is also Sophie shaped but has a delicious vanilla scent to it. This all comes in a handy clear fronted fabric bag. This gift is a multi-sensory experience, with the visually stimulating spots on Sophie, the noise from the squeaker and the rattle, and the scent from the mini teether.
I think it would make a great first stocking for any baby, and it is, as you’d expect, suitable from birth. If you head down the page, you can win one of these for your own baby this Christmas!
Lamaze Flutterby Photo Album
This is one of my favourites – its one of those really clever products which would also make a lovely gift. Lamaze have created a butterfly that is suitable from 6 months. Your baby can hold it or it can stand up, and each of the four wing sections can be lifted up with ease. Beneath them your baby will find a photo of your choosing and, what is even more exciting for your little one, they will also hear a message which you can record. This is brilliant fun, and really easy to do. Photos and greetings from parents, siblings, grandparents, favourite characters, whatever you think your baby will love. I can also see this being indispensible to mothers that need to return to work, or that have babies with separation anxiety. Okay its not as good as the real thing, but to see your face and hear your voice is bound to bring a little happiness.
I love that it stands up by itself so you can have it one display in the nursery or playroom, and I love the simple yet brightly coloured design, The frame of the butterfly wings are textured too so your baby will love gripping on. A great Christmas gift.
Ella’s Kitchen Christmas Dinner
If you have a slightly older baby enjoying their first Christmas as I do you may well be weaning them. Another fun little stocking filler for them then would be their very own special Christmas dinner, which as well as being organic and delicious, is also raising money for a fantastic cause. Ella’s Kitchen’s Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner contains everything you could possibly wish for in a Christmas dinner – turkey, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, cabbage, cranberries and even sprouts. Suitable from ages 7 months plus it the perfect first Christmas dinner. And whats more 30p from the sale of each and every pouch will go to Kids Company – a charity helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families across the UK. By buying one of these pouches you are helping a child get their very own Christmas dinner this year.
The pouches are available from Tesco’s and there are also some available direct from the Ella’s Kitchen website.
Discoveroo Peg Smackeroo
Yes okay so I chose this for the funny name. Peg and hammer sets are nothing new, and whilst this one claims to be appropriate from 18 months plus I see no reason why it can’t be bought for a babies first Christmas. The bright colours make it visually attractive so it could be placed on display in a nursery, to be played with when parents see fit. I probably wouldn’t give this to Little Dude just yet – he’s firmly in that everything I pick up must be eaten and or dropped phase – but I’d happily let him play with it with supervision in the next few months. Eight coloured pegs fit in a sturdy wooden bench, to be bashed in with the included hammer. Its a classic toy with a fun name. A great buy.
My First Christmas Cheeky Face Tree Bauble
A first Christmas generally calls for some kind of commemorative keepsake, and I am a big fan of this personalised bauble from Born Gifted. A cheeky faced baby surrounded by pink or blue snowflakes shines out from this ceramic bauble beneath the words “My First Christmas”. You can include their name and the year on the front as well, and then on the reverse you can include four lines of text which is enough for a short message as to who the bauble is from. Whilst this is clearly not a gift specifically for your baby its a great item which you can bring out year after year and hang with pride on the tree and remember that very first year. When your child is old enough you can explain to them what it is and what it represents.
I love the cheeky cartoon style of the face on this bauble, because if there’s one thing we all have its a cheeky baby.
We finish with another item which isn’t really for baby but can again be shown to them in later years. This bespoke Baby Scrapbook by the incredibly talented Scrapbookerry is the perfect way to record all your babies firsts, so would be ideal for a very new baby this Christmas. It can be custom made to your needs, and can include ways to mark first moments, first baths, first smile, first steps, right through to their first birthday. The detailing on this book is breathtaking and it would certainly make a much loved and long treasured addition to any celebrations this festive period. If you want one of these though do get ordering it as soon as possible to ensure delivery before the big day!
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