Buying a Christmas gift for a baby is a strange one. If you’re anything like us – you can’t help but get excited for them, yet they literally have no idea what is going on. They just have a great time lapping up the extra attention, looking at twinkly lights and playing with wrapping paper. What a brilliant day without a gift in sight!
I openly admit that we do not spend an equal amount of money on each of our children – it depends on the longevity of the gift, who it will get used by and who needs something. Perhaps this will change as they get older. For a baby, we buy just one present – usually a toy. I try to find things that will be interesting now, but then serve a purpose once they get older. I’ve been deciding what to buy Otto, and thought I would put together a little gift guide. The term ‘baby’ is used loosely and denotes anything under 18 months.
Here are my picks:
- Wooden tea party biscuits – These are visually appealing to babies – brightly coloured and different shapes, but useful as they get older for tea parties and learning numbers 1-10 (on the reverse).
- Pear and watermelon cup – Ok, ok. Not really baby, baby, but isn’t this the most gorgeous first proper cup? There is a watermelon on the reverse, and a few more delicious designs in the collection. Made from extra sturdy plastic to cope with drop after drop.
- GALT pop up toy – I’ve come across this toy a few times and babies that can sit up will enjoy looking at it and having a little nibble. Eventually they will learn to press the little people down so that they pop back up. Thrilling I reckon, and good for basic colour recognition.
- Noah’s Ark – Babies love posting things, seeing them disappear and then rediscovering them again. As they get older they can have a go at slotting them in the right places.
- Baby Milestone cards – I have never bought any baby milestone cards, but I do think they are great. I found it amusing that these ones include: ‘I ate quinoa for the first time’. One for the posh babes out there.
- Colour Creatures heads and tails – A simple and fun matching game. It has numbers and dots on the back too, for basic counting. This one will be relevant for a good few years.
- Peter Rabbit wooden skittles – These are so beautiful. Lovely to look at, baby safe. Perfect for storytelling and skittle playing as your baby grows.
- Balancing cactus – This will look fabulous on a windowsill, or a shelf until it’s no longer tempting to eat. It’s a fun balancing game that older children can enjoy with their friends.
- A radish rattle – This goes against everything I mentioned earlier. A rattle has a limited lifespan, but I’ve always had a thing for radishes (and swedes) so I couldn’t resist adding this in!
- Go Get ’em Tiger print – More for parents, than babies, but I love it. Go get ’em indeed.
This is not a sponsored post…just pure love.