Buying presents for babies is something we all have to do from time to time. Whether buying for your own children, or for those belonging to friends or family, you want to buy something that will be appreciated by both the baby and parents.
I have put together a list of things that my children own and love that would make lovely gifts for all babies.
Something beautiful to wear
If you are looking for that perfect gift for a new little bundle, getting them something to wear is probably a good idea. When they are older, they may be less than excited at the prospect of receiving clothing as a gift. When they are too little to know the difference however, it will probably be a gift welcomed by the parents.
One of my favourite brands for really special outfits for babies is Emile et Rose. They specialise is really beautiful classic baby clothes up to age 24 months in gorgeous soft colours. All four of my children have had beautiful outfits from this brand. They have been my favourites to dress them in. They wash really well and are such nice quality that they have still been immaculate condition to pass on to other children.
Another place to look for a really special baby outfit is the wonderful Children Salon. They stock over 200 brands of exquisite childrenswear, so are you are guaranteed to find something that you will love.
Something to chew
Teething toys are always a huge hit with babies and toddlers. We really like these keys which can be put in the freezer to soothe sore gums.
Something lovely to cuddle
My daughter Bella is OBSESSED with her Jellycat Bunny, “Pink Bunny”. She was so in love with her bunny, that before my second daughter was even born, we bought her one too. Zara also loves her bunny very much. Both girls will not go to bed without them.
My children are not the only ones that love these bunnies. So many children that I know have one of these bunnies as their one “special” toy. I think it’s the ears, they are lovely to hold. My girls hide their eyes behind them when they are tired. Maybe the ears are the magic ingredient, maybe it’s something else, all I know is that the Jelly Cat Bunnies are a huge hit with tiny people. If bunnies aren’t your thing, they do a whole selection of other animals too.
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There is nothing more lovely than to receive a personalised baby gift. When I has by 4th baby, a very dear friend bought her some gorgeous baby grows and matching bibs with her name embroidered on them.
They were from a wonderful company called My 1st Years, who priovide a wide range of lovely items that can be personalised with the child’s name. They do everything from toys, to clothing, to bags or items for their rooms.
The My 1st Years gift boxes are really special too, and double up as really nice keep safe boxes.
Something to play with
I would thoroughly recommend the Lamaze Activity Baby Toys. They come in lots of different types, including a butterfly, a unicorn, a puppy and a robot. They have lots of interesting textures to explore, plus handy hooks to attach to Pram’s or car seats. You can never have too many of these, making them excellent gifts.
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Something to read to them
Children can NEVER have enough books and they are never too young for you to start reading to them. Board book versions of classic children’s books are generally the best option for babies as they are tough enough to stand up to babies as they become heavy handed toddlers.
Check our my blog post about Books That Should be On Every Child’s Bookshelf for more ideas.
Something to entertain them
It took me until baby number 4 to splash out on one, but we finally bought a Jumperoo. Worth. Every Penny. It means that I am actually able to put baby girl down somewhere that she is safe and happy. It is very much like door bouncers that I have had before, but it is suspended within it’s own three pronged frame, meaning that she cannot be swung into a door frame by her siblings (a very real risk in a door bouncer). It also has a whole range of activities to touch, see and listen to.
Even if you are buying a gift for a newborn who is too young for a Jumperoo, this is something that they will benefit from in no time at all. It is quite pricey as a gift, so more suitable for a close family member perhaps, or even something to club together with a few friends to get. Trust me, the parents will thank you when they can put their baby down long enough to eat a meal thanks to this wonderous contraption.
Something to encourage learning through imaginative play
We have this picnic basket which has been lovely for shape sorting, following instructions and imaginative play. It can be played with on lots of different levels, from the basics starting to explore putting things in and out of something, to role play as they get older.
Those are a few gift ideas for babies. Have your babies had any of those items bought for them? Which were your favourite?