Wondering what to buy a little one for Christmas? Whether you’re a parent looking for stocking fillers or a friend or family member looking to buy a Christmas present for a little loved one, I can guarantee the first Christmas gifts (suitable for 0 to 1 years old and up) on this list will be well received by both newborns and parents! Here are some of the must have first Christmas presents.
Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide was first published in 2017 and has been updated every year with the very newest and best Christmas gifts for your little ones. It was last updated November 2019.
One of the things I love about babies is how simple they are. A good product is one that may have been released this year, or ten years ago or even far longer. When you’re looking at gifts for newborns, you don’t have to assess whether it’s something they’ve seen on TV or their friends are talking about, or if it’s the newest, hottest trend. All you have to ask is whether this gift is good for a newborn, whether it will help them learn, grow and have fun!
Right, time to make some babies very happy! Note that some of the items on this page were gifted free of charge for evaluation, whilst Amazon links are affiliate links. I made the final say on what made this list entirely based on merit, and based on my experience with my own son.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Babies in 2019
Ewan the Dream Sheep makes an amazing first Christmas present. I’m not just recommending this because I’m Welsh, honest! Ewan is a cuddly sheep that plays a heartbeat and womb sounds that offer babies a great deal of comfort. It is especially good for those who suffer from little ones who have broken or unsettled sleep. It’s not just for babies, it can be soothing all the way up to the toddler years so it’s a gift that will last. Ewan the Dream Sheep has a very soft glow as well, which creates a reassuring night-light to fall asleep to. The sounds and light stay on for 20 minutes after activated, and being a sheep, is entirely gender neutral and suitable for all children. And giving the gift of a good night sleep might be the very best thing in the world.
This 100% natural rubber giraffe called Sophie was created in France in 1961 and has become a firm household favourite so will make an ideal Christmas present for a newborn. Sophie is suitable for boys or girls and especially for those with an interest in nature and animals. She is ideal for babies from 0 – 12 months and can also be purchased in a dual Teether Gift Set for the ultimate teething gift set. There are a lot of Sophie items available, so a small gift package could be put together with a matching, cute design. Other options include Storytime with Sophie (Board Book set), Sophie’s Busy Day (Touch & Feel Book), Peekaboo Sophie! (Board Book), Sophie’s Multitextured Ring Teether and more.
This is a little bit similar to Ewan the sheep, in that it is a soft cuddly toy that makes soothing noises and offers a night light. In this case, the baby can activate the sounds themselves, although there is not a distinct heartbeat. It’s also a little smaller, but is entirely suitable from babies up to toddlers. It comes in two colours, brown and pink – they’ve clearly set out their gender expectations there, and I’d like to have seen more options since it is quite a colourful toy. I really like the extra addition of tiny little teethers for feet, and at £12.99 this is a very affordable must-have.
If you’re looking for a bigger “show stopper” then consider the Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo. We have both the full sized one, and the smaller fold up space saving jumperoo and I can personally attest to how great these are for development. They do take a bit of floor space and are quite noisy, but it’s well worth it for the amount of physical and mental enrichment they provide. They are suitable up to a maximum of 26lbs, so double check the baby isn’t too big before purchasing. Otherwise, I think this is a household addition that will be well used every single day. The price is usually around the £70-80 mark, but it is well worth it. It holds it’s value well and once the baby has outgrown it, often sells second hand for a reasonable value.
I have actually written a separate review on this before, because this is William’s favourite toy! It is suitable from birth but can be used all the way up to toddling age, is inexpensive (around £11) and full of sensory play. Lamaze also do a lot of other products and have a ridiculous amount of experience in baby enrichment through play. Quite frankly, I’d love one of everything. You can browse the entire Lamaze range here, and be confident you’re buying from a high quality company that values education through stimulation right from birth. If you’re only picking one thing, I think with over 1600 5 star reviews, mums and dads everywhere have approved of Freddie.
Cuddly toys are a popular purchase, but you want to make sure that it’s a good quality so it can last the years. Children often get very attached to their toys and they provide comfort, soothing and have powerful positive memories attached to them. A favourite cuddly toy is something that we’ll remember our entire lives, but finding one that really captures their attention and imagination can sometimes be challenging.
Here are some excellent cuddlies on Amazon that would make a perfect baby’s first Christmas gift, and all under £10 makes them a perfect stocking filler or smaller gift!
There are also a ton of practical gifts you could be giving that will help both parents and baby. For example, I never seem to have enough bibs, clothes, washcloths, toiletries or baby food! It might not always be appropriate if you don’t know the baby that well, so you may not know the stage of weaning or how the parents are handling meals, or what type of skin products they use, so don’t be shy about asking if you’re buying for another family.
I sincerely hope that this Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide has given you some ideas! Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed something you’d highly recommend to others.