Gift Guide: Baby’s First Christmas
From sleepsuits to wooden rattles, we've got you covered when it comes to what to buy baby this season.
Baby’s first Christmas is an important milestone that parents want to celebrate with photographs, memoirs and memories. You want to give their little one something thoughtful & useful, but what exactly will that be? We’ve put together a simple gift Guide that details some of the best presents to get them this year.
Mum and Dad will have already bought little one a majority of essentials that they’ll need in the newborn to 3 month stage, so you’ll be able to think ahead for the future & include a few treats for baby.
Babies grow exceptionally quick it’s always a good idea to purchase some essentials for Mum & Dad in the next size up to help them prepare for the next stage. There will also be some other essential items that are considered more of a luxury, which new parents may not have already.
Sleepsuits & bodysuits: During the first 2 years of a little one’s life there isn’t going to be a moment where a sleepsuit or bodysuit isn’t needed, as they are worn multiple times a day. As they are considered baby’s second skin, it’s super important to only buy these items in safe and soft fabrics, as they will dictate baby’s comfort. If you buy them in a size bigger than currently needed, baby’s parents will be really grateful knowing they have more waiting for the 3-6 month stage.
Towel: It’s perfectly fine to use a normal towel to begin with for a baby, however the process is far easier with a specifically designed hooded baby towel. All parents will love a gift that makes bath time more straightforward. They’re sized perfectly for a baby and often made from materials that absorb more & dry quicker. Babies lose heat from their heads so it’s important to keep them dry and warm after bath time.
Blanket: It’s always nice to have more than the one baby blanket, especially those made from high-quality, organic fabrics as they’re far more delicate on little one’s skin. There’s nothing worse than an itchy blanket, and you don’t want baby to grow up and call you the Aunt or Uncle that gave them the forever uncomfortable blanket.
Muslins: The most versatile item on the whole list is muslins as they can used for pretty much anything; a swaddle, a cover-up, or as a nighttime comforter. Our muslins are loosely woven from pure cotton, which means they’re lightweight so parents can carry multiple ones in their bag & are they’re breathable for the warmer days.
Sleeping Bag: Parents could continuously ask Santa for a good night’s rest for Christmas or you could buy them a baby sleeping bag. By keeping little one at just the right temperature all night and preventing them from becoming uncovered, sleeping bags allow baby to sleep soundly. The MORI Clever Sleeping Bag also lasts for a couple of years so you can give Mum & Dad peace of mind knowing that they’ll be resting for some time.
We definitely consider toys as an essential when it comes to baby. Some would say they’re a luxury, but they keep little one entertained and provide a best friend that’s always there for them. Some can even be kept as heirlooms for more tiny feet to come.
Wooden: If Mum and Dad’s home is a Scandi dream, then the wooden toy will complement perfectly against white walls and wooden floors. The majority of wooden toys are crafted from natural, untreated wood, which means they’re safe for a baby to chew on. That’s right, a decorative toy, that’s safe to play with & dribbled on – it’s the perfect parental paradise. We’ve crafted a range of gift bundles featuring simple yet natural wooden toys, in collaboration with our friends at Sarah & Bendrix.
Teethers: Innovation is the word when it comes to the current teething toys that are on the market. If you’re buying for a Mum that’s conscious about more than just baby clothing, then one of the latest designs for teething toys is the necklace, so you’re technically giving two gifts in one. Mum can wear something stylish whilst also relieving little one of any teething pain they’re having. We love this one from Jellystone.
Plush: As much as we love wooden toys, they’re not ideal for a baby to cuddle up with during the night. Little ones love the soft feeling of a new found friend, especially when it’s their favourite animal. One company we love is Cuddle and Kind as for every teddy they sell, they provide 10 meals for children in need, which inspires us and reminds us to always be kind.
Literature ignites the mind when you are little & gives you something to dream about when you’re still learning about this new world. Books help babies to learn, understand concepts & develop feelings. Some books will become heirlooms for years to come, and even create stories themselves. You’ll know you bought the Where The Wild Things Are book that little one recalls Mum & Dad reading whilst sipping on warm milk in their favourite cosy blanket.
Delicate skin needs extra love and care, so it’s worth giving something that’s been made from natural elements. Parents always worry about keeping their baby safe, so with natural ingredients they can be sure that little one’s skin is protected from anything that might irritate it or make them feel uncomfortable. Many brands now also offer bundles that include similar products for Mum and Baby, so you can show you’re thinking about Mum as well as little one. One of our favourite brands that provide essential oils for mum & baby is Neal’s Yard Remedies, so we’ve collaborated with them to create a range of exclusive gift hampers.