It’s the age-old question, should I even get anything for my child that won’t remember this Christmas? Or, do babies and infants really need presents? Some people are just gift givers though and it’s how they show their love for others. But there are some great options when buying Christmas gifts for newborns so don’t throw the idea out the window yet!
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In 2012, I came to the strange cross roads of having a brand new, itty-bitty baby and the Holiday season on the horizon. It was this odd time in that I wanted to include her in the present opening festivities, but she was literally going to be 2 months old and what did I really need to buy my infant for Christmas that I didn’t already have?
Meh. There were better uses of my time and money.
However, I realized there are some great Christmas gift for newborns beyond the traditional baby’s first Christmas ornament.
9 Practical baby gifts to buy this Christmas
I will mention, that we personally own all but one of these, and the one we don’t is something we have played with many times before and has been on our wish-list for awhile.
Maple Landmark (Rolling) Mini Bell Rattle
I really love this little toy. It’s small, but not too small even for the youngest child. It’s made so that the bell inside is safe and protected. It makes a great rattle for the 1, 2, 3 month olds and then it becomes a great incentive for almost-crawling babies.
This is just a great, quality gift for your children that can build rational skills even in babies. From the youngest ages, babies are learning to grasp, pick up, judge weight, fit pieces together, make music, and more. This set does it all and grows with your child.
Stretchy Soft-Sole Shoes
We got a pair of leather soft-sole shoes for our daughter and somehow that same pair of shoes lasted two whole years until they were literally worn thin.
This is a purchase that can go with many outfits, help them develop the muscles in their feet, and actually are a practical baby shoe.
Manhattan Toy Skwish Grasping toy
We have two of these and even our preschooler still loves it.
The colors are bold and bright and each color bar is matched with its contrasting color. This is great for developing eyes and just a fun to for rattling, grasping, and squishing.
I purchased this for my daughter’s first Valentine’s day at 4 months old. It’s in gradient color order, kind of rattles when you shake it, and even turns into a bracelet of sorts for when they get older. (Like my preschoolers uses it as today).
Large Light & Sound Blocks
We adore our water blocks. They’re big and clunky which means they’re great for little hands. Plus, they’re beautifully mesmerizing even for newborns to stare at.
Of all the Christmas gifts for newborns, this one has some of the most potential to grow with your baby. The light and sounds blocks are both interesting and useful for kids of all ages to use in building & exploring.
Unique Nesting/Stacking toys
We have one that is a frog, there are other really cute options that are nesting chickens with the egg as the topper, and other out of the ordinary designs like this rainbow nesting & stack set. I personally like these because what kid doesn’t get a stacking and nesting toy as a child? Plus if you have multiple kids and want to save their toys for them, get each child a different one.
The texture on each of these is different, making them interesting & fun. Squish them to push out air, and even try to make a sound, roll them, and just play with them. My babies have loved them (plus I love B. toys). And they’re still relevant for games needing balls as the kids get older.
I have multiple sets of this stainless steel silverware collection and it’s been part of teaching our children independence from an early age. Though your child, if under 6 months, isn’t eating food, this is a great gift to prepare and they’re just as high quality as my own, adult silverware. We have used these with both kids to acclimate them to the table and eating food, even if it’s just playing with the tiny spoon.
OR a subscription box to enjoy as they get older
Finally, don’t forget something like an awesome subscription box that can grow with them and they get the surprise of opening it at an interval you set! Hoot for Kids has an awesome one that has educational toys and gifts for kids ages newborn to six years old.
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Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!