OK, let’s be honest (for just a minute!) most babies don’t actually NEED the load of presents we think we should provide. They’re too little to understand getting a gift, and other than a tendency to eat the wrapping paper, may not appreciate whatever you give them (except the box it comes in). But starting traditions and hoping for that smile, laughter and extra bits to play together, it’s so much fun buying them a little treat that it’s hard to resist!
Obviously at 1+ years, or with older kids around, there is no getting away from the fact…. everyone loves a gift, and most of us love giving them!
So for tiny ones, you could consider re-gifting something they already own (who’s going to know?!) or something 2nd hand (I have done both with a 7 year old, with something they had obviously forgotten about and not unboxed & 2nd hand - cleaned up and they had no clue!)- see our article on Shopping on a budget- but if you really want to get something for baby, here are our Top Ten suggestions...
Here are our top ideas for babies aged 0-12 months.
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These fun little egg characters live inside their egg box. They squeak when you press them, and help baby to develop hand-eye coordination as well as colour and shape recognition. A favourite with 100s of families.
A little bunny comforter is a super cute and cuddly addition to any nursery, and these ones from My 1st Years are adorable. Plus you can have your baby’s name embroidered on, making it even more special.
This is a beautiful way to store those precious mementoes from Baby's first year - from the hospital tag to your scan photos - and keep the memories safe forever.
These little mats are perfect to give baby some exercise, while lying down! With musical notes for little feet to kick at, and overhead arches with toys, lights, and movement, this is great for baby’s sensory development. And the soothing colours won’t clash with the wallpaper.
Yes, you read that right! Once baby has discovered their feet, you’ll find they are endlessly fascinated by their toes (it’s hilarious). These socks come with rattles and taggies, to stimulate baby’s sensory development - and to keep their hands busy when you’re changing the nappy. Win win!
This is a fantastic “book” for very small babies. Made of soft fabric, with high-contrast images, it’s perfect for helping baby’s eyes develop their ability to focus.
It’s time for a puppet show! Baby will love it when you tell silly stories, or sing nursery rhymes, accompanied by this gorgeous, knitted hand puppet.
Ahh, Sophie. The delightful giraffe teether with the really annoying squeak! But babies absolutely adore her. This version of Sophie is great: a soft, natural-rubber teething ring made from sustainable, ethical materials and food-grade paint: perfect for baby’s tetchy gums. And no squeak. Bliss.
You’ll look back at photos in years to come and go “ahhh.” Baby will look adorable in one of these soft sleepsuits from My 1st Years.
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