Nothing is more exciting than shopping for and experiencing the Christmas season with a little one along for the ride. Something about a new baby makes the magic of the season truly come alive. So, bring on the giggles, naps beside the Christmas tree, and sneaks of sweet treats if your little one is of age! Christmas is almost here and will no doubt be extra special this year!
Whether you choose to commemorate your baby’s first Christmas with an inaugural ornament, kick off the want/need/wear/read philosophy, or gift them with so many presents they get tired of opening them, let Truly Mama guide you with some tried and true gift ideas for baby’s first Christmas.
My First Pet from ebba, $25
Soft and sweet, the My First Pet set is the perfect size for little hands. With a tiny house that holds a bunny, puppy, bird, and kitty your baby is sure to love these first pets. There is also a chicken coop farm version that is equally precious if your family vibe is a bit more country.
Classic Wagon Walker from Radio Flyer, $80
Radio Flyer has been a classic Christmas gift for decades. We particularly love the classic wagon walker as it acts as a sit to stand toddler toy, early walker assistance, and book or toy storage when it is parked.
Wooden Balance Board from TKmom, $72
Talk about a gift that will grow your baby’s development and last for years. Wooden balance boards are the perfect indoor crawling base, reading wedge, stool, table, and more. Gift it young and watch it expand your child’s horizons for years to come.
Play Tunnel from Kiddey Store, $22
Little crawlers adore the fun and excitement of tunnel play. One of my babies thought it was so fun to haul all his toys and books inside and then pretend to be stuck. We have had many laughs thanks to our play tunnel.
No matter what you buy as your baby’s big gift, be sure to add an Indestructibles no-tear book or two. The illustrations are amazing and they are truly up to the test of baby hands.
Made of safe silicone, Dimple Digits is a colorful, on-the-go toy that encourages fine motor skills, early counting practice, and color identification. As you build your little one’s toy selection definitely pursue all of Fat Brain Toys options – they have some spectacular infant toys.
Busy Activity Hive by Fisher-Price, $15
Your baby may not be able to sample honey yet, but they can enjoy all the fun of buzzing bees and their hive with Fisher-Price’s Busy Activity Hive. Ideal for babies 9 months and older this toy features real wood details plus a metal bell and other textures to engage their senses.
Play Gym by Lovevery, $140
There are a huge assortment of play gyms out there, but Lovevery has created the most beautiful one for sure. Whether you are looking for a cozy spot for newborns to practice tummy time or an interactive station for sitters, Loververy’s play gym is a great choice.
Jumbo Knob Puzzle from Melissa & Doug, $10
Melissa & Doug dominates the wood toy category of toys and their puzzles for babies are absolute perfection – sturdy, cute, and long-lasting. This jumbo knob one is the perfect first puzzle.
Leather Moccasins by Freshly Picked, $59
Do babies care about new shoes? Probably not! But, baby shoes are darling and eventually essential. This year, splurge on a pair of leather moccasins; Christmas is definitely the time to do it!
Dohm Elite Sound Machine from Yogasleep, $50
Go for a practical baby gift that will get used every single day … maybe multiple times a day! The Dohm Elite Sound Machine is one of the best and an item that will give back day after day, year after year. Because, let’s face it, the gift of peaceful sleep is a great one!
Outfit your little one with a reading and play corner with a kids tent front and center. A large gift like this will become the perfect hangout in the year to come. Be sure Santa plans time to get it all set up BEFORE gift giving begins so your little one can crawl right in and explore right away.
Baby Lit Books, $10-12
If you want to raise a little reader, kick off their library with a few Baby Lit books. These classic board books were created with babies in mind and take beautiful literature like The Secret Garden and Don Quixote and make them baby friendly.
Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone from Hape, $30
Get ready to make some noise! Little musicians will love the play and sound capabilities of the wooden Hape xylophone and enjoy the fine motor practice of the pound and tap bench. So smart to meld two toys into one.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you put in a baby’s first Christmas stocking?
Think ahead to the upcoming year; search developmental milestones for year 1-2 and let that guide your gift buying. I also love to fill stockings with consumables like new and favorite snacks, bath toys, toddler silverware, new socks, and laminated photos of family members so they can practice facial recognition.
What is the best gift to give a newborn baby?
Newborns grow and develop so fast! Rather than gifting based on their current size and skills, think ahead a few months. By spring will they be ready for new shoes? By summer will they be excited to crawl all over a small outdoor play structure? Of course, it is always a good idea to ask the parents what they need most. Maybe some necessary items were forgotten on the baby registry. Christmas is the perfect time to fill in those gaps.
What gifts do new moms really want?
New moms love thoughtful gifts, but if you really want to WOW a new parent consider gifting a service rather than buying something at the store. Surprise her with a massage, a housecleaning service, or a meal delivery subscription like Hello Fresh or Daily Harvest. Of course, so you have something to wrap up with the certificate or email confirmation pair a massage with a lotion or essential oil, a housecleaning with a new sponge or fragrant dish soap, and a meal delivery service with a fancy bar of chocolate for a special dessert after their healthy meal.
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