The first Christmas is sentimental and special, and this is definitely something to lean into when you’re choosing gifts (like a special Santa sack you’ll use year after year), it’s also a great opportunity to collect the essentials for you baby’s next stage of development (weaning starting soon? Maybe Santa can bring you a BabyCook Solo). When it comes to toys for the under one, you’re looking for something that will surprise and stimulate a growing mind. Their brains are developing a million neural connections a second after all. The more senses a toy can appeal to, the better! Ahead, gifts to give on their very first Christmas.
Something special for keeps
This is the perfect summer blanket. Six layers of organic muslin cotton finished with a hand-stitched gold thread border. To make it extra special, you can have your little one's initials or name embroidered in the corner. Super sweet and definitely for keeps.
Baby's first piggy bank, except this one is shaped like an elephant. A chic one at that. This money box has the makings of a family heirloom. Your child will use it, then their child may, and so on... as long as physical money continues to be a thing. If not, they can use it as decor, and a talking point about the olden days when people bought coffee with coins.
Every baby needs a special bear. Moonie Bears are the most special because they come with a built-in nightlight and white noise machine. It features five sounds, seven light settings and an automatic cry detector which activates when your baby cries. It's suitable to be slept with from 7-months, but even before that it can watch over their little pal from a nearby shelf.
Something very festive
A special Christmas outfit is a must, and this little bodysuit is very Aussie-summer appropriate. It's soft organic cotton with stretchy leg cuffs too so it adheres to fuss-free newborn dressing guidelines.
Another gift with heirloom qualities. Kip & Co. Santa Sacks are so well made, they could quite literally last generations. There's already something old-worldy about them. If Santa is coming to your house, this is easy to hide in the linen cupboard and whip out at 9pm to put under the tree for the morning. And, it could save you a lot of wrapping. Something the environment will thank you for.
A Christmassy story that's sensory bliss for little hands. Babies just can't get enough of these touchy-feely books. And we love that they're called "touchy-feely" books.
Something for play and stimulation
A toy that doubles as decor, but will help your little one develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills from tummy time to when they're playing shops.
As far as toys that stimulate the senses go, this musical chicken hits them all. It rocks and flaps its wings, there are rattles, cymbals and a xylaphone to play. It's a baby band in one (really very cool) chook.
A toy you can use from day one, this sensory cube suprises and stimulates babies with multiple textures (poplin, twill, honeycomb, faux-fur and terry towel), a crinkly pocket, a rattle, and a solid maple ring. Easy to handle and explore it's a great play thing for the littlest of Christmas babies.