Your baby’s first Christmas is a momentous and significant occasion and one that most parents are keen to mark in some way. But choosing Christmas gifts for a small baby can be fraught and difficult. After all, they’re not old enough to tell you want they want Father Christmas to pop into their Christmas stockings.
The key to a successful Christmas gift for a baby is to choose something that they will treasure in future years, something that is practical, or something that will make them raise a gummy smile under the Christmas tree. Don’t worry, we’ve done all of the hard work for you. Here are some of the best Christmas gift ideas for baby’s first Christmas.
A Cuddly Toy
Babies and toddlers of all ages love cuddly toys. They are comforted by them and use them to project their own social and emotional development. The different colours and textures of a cuddly toy provide a meaningful introduction to playing, whilst studies have shown that soft toys can have a positive effect on a child’s development from birth.
There are a wide range of cuddly Gund gifts for Christmas 2018 and the good news is that soft toys are also an affordable option if you’re shopping for a special gift on a budget. The teddy you gift to a baby now is likely to be one that they will carry with them, love, and treasure for the rest of their lives. Choosing a Christmas-themed soft toy is a great way to honour the special occasion of baby’s first Christmas and the right plush toy is durable enough to withstand frequent washing and stay in good shape so it can be played with year after year.
A few things are certain about all babies - they poop, they drool, and they drink milk. Why not embrace this with a fun and affordable gift that would make a great stocking filler? Christmas bibs come in a wide range of different colours and styles and they are perfect for mopping up milk and pureed Christmas dinner (depending on the age of your baby). As an added bonus, whilst a great Christmas bib is a style statement in its own right, it will also help you to keep your baby’s festive outfit clean all day.
A Personalized Christmas Bauble
Want your baby to make as big a mark on your Christmas tree as they have on your life? Then why not give him or her a personalized Christmas bauble? There are a huge range of different options available. These can feature your baby’s name, their date of birth, their hand print, or even their portrait. This is a great gift option because it can be brought out and hung on your tree year after year. It is also a great way to treasure and remember their tiny handprints, baby faces, and everything else that has made your baby’s first year so precious and significant.
Why not use this gift as the start of a collection of baubles? You can buy a new bauble each year featuring something significant about your child as they grow (including their drawings or handwriting when they are old enough) and then have a wonderful collection of 18 baubles to treasure once they reach adulthood.
What better present than the gift of great children’s literature? It has been proven time and time again that children who are exposed to books regularly and from an early age are more likely to be proficient readers and develop a love of books as they travel through their school years. Why not embrace this, and instil a passion for literature in your children by giving them a box set of classic children’s books for Christmas? The Peter Rabbit collection or the Winnie the Pooh anthology are great places to start if you don’t have any favourite children’s books of your own that you’d like to share.
You can write an inscription into the front of the book which will serve as a life-long memento of the child’s first Christmas and this is a gift that you can use again and again. Reading bedtime stories is also a great way to form a bond with your child. It can also help to establish a bedtime routine that will ultimately help him or her to sleep better and for longer - good news for both of you! Books can also be an affordable choice, making them a great stocking filler if you’re shopping on a budget.