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I always find it so hard to buy gifts for babies and toddlers. They always have everything they need and there are only so many toys that a baby can play with. So I thought it might be nice to put together a few gifts for babies and toddlers that are practical. Useful gifts that babies, toddlers and their parents would appreciate plus a few toys and fun things for good measure.
Toiletries and Bathing
Babies and toddlers often have plenty of toys and clothes so one thing I love to gift is good quality toiletries. Baby Kingdom create dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and vegan friendly products made to protect your little one’s skin. One of our favourite products this year is the Body Cream that can be used daily to leave skin feeling nourished, soft and hydrated.
Original Sprout also have this fantastic Baby’s First Bath set which would make a wonderful gift. Original Sprout has a lovely range of luxurious shampoos, conditioners, styling and body care products that are suitable for the entire family and the set includes Hair and Body Wash, Scrumptious Baby Cream and a Cradle Cap Comb.
Munchkin have a fantastic range of bath time products and we’ve tried many of them over the years. This Bathtime Fun Bath Toy Bundle is a fantastic gift to make bath time as fun as possible. The set includes a Scuba Buddy swimming toy, foam letters and bath crayons, everything you need for the best bath time!
Munchkin also have a lot of products for meal times and one of our favourites are their Miracle 360° Sippy Cups. Available in a range of colours, they are spill proof and leak proof and have a spoutless dentist approved design. A fantastic step up from a traditional sippy cup. You can see all Munchkin’s fantastic gift options here.
Another great brand where mealtimes are concerned is Mamamade. Not only do they create delicious nutrient-rich meals, fabulous finger foods and tasty breakfast bowls for little ones but they have a great range of tableware products too.
Mamamade make Silicone Suction Bowls, Silicone Weaning Bib and Baby Weaning Spoons in a variety of colours, creating a perfect gift for any weaning baby or toddler. The products are all really well designed and easy to clean too.
We’ve recently been introduced to the Mizzie The Kangaroo range and absolutely love the brand. Every single Mizzie product has been designed to help children learn through play by stimulating the senses, developing fine motor skills, teaching cause and effect and encouraging the love of reading and singing. You can see the full range of bright and colourful Mizzie The Kangaroo products here.
Every parent will be familiar with Sophie la Girafe and Sophie now has a whole range of books too. Sophie Goes to Sleep is a great gift for any baby this Christmas, and a fantastic first bedtime book too. Following Sophie in her bedtime routine, it will be a soothing end to the day for any child.
One of our favourite things to gift this year is a Tonies Toniebox Starter Set. Toniebox is a complete audio system for children aged 3+ that stores up to 90 minutes of audiobooks, music and educational fun for children. It has a 7 hour battery life for listening on the go, plus a vast collection of Tonies to collect.
Each Tonies character has a story that downloads onto the Toniebox the first time it’s used and then each time the child puts the character on the Toniebox it plays that story. There are also Creative Tonies that you can fill with your own audiobooks, stories or adventures to play whenever you like.
Toniebox is a fantastic gift that can be enjoyed for years. There are no screens, no cables and not even any tricky buttons. Toniebox gives young children something fun and engaging to listen to and play with and it completely revolutionises bedtime too! It’s no surprise that it’s the fastest growing preschool toy in the UK in the last 12 months and so a fantastic gift for even the youngest of children that will be enjoyed for years.
Another of our favourite finds for babies this Christmas is the Taf Toys Newborn Kit. Specially designed for newborns, it’s full of the most needed developmental toys for babies. It contains twelve must have newborn developmental products and a developmental guide that explains how using each toy inside this kit helps the baby to develop. Everything is beautifully made, it’s a box of fun that any family would treasure.
Another great gift for even the smallest of babies would be the Chicco Baby Bear Night Light. Baby Bear is a soft night projector that symbolises bedtime for any baby. Pressing bear’s tummy to activate the light which automatically turns to standby mode after 20 minutes. The projections change colour accompanied by relaxing music or nature sounds. It’s a really lovely gift for Christmas or any time of the year and comes in a range of colours too.
Cuddly toys are another fantastic gift for babies and toddlers, especially if they’re made to last. Peter Rabbit toys are ones that have been loved by children for generations and Enesco have a beautiful range of soft toys, including this Benjamin Bunny, that will be treasured for years to come.
Another lovely brand of baby accessories and toys is Penny and Lola which launched in 2021, supporting the NSPCC. The Penny and Lola range is based on the characters from The Happy Song by Imogen Heap and aims to spread the happiness of the song through their beautiful products.
I love the brand and know that any family would love the animal characters that instantly give a baby a happy, fun, cute and imaginative furry friend. You can see the full product range here.
One of my favourite gifts for babies is shoes. They’re the sort of thing new parents often don’t think to buy until a baby is walking but soft sole shoes are a great gift for little ones. Bobux have a beautiful range of Bo-Buddies that allow a baby’s feet to breathe in the soft premium leather but will a;sp feel stable for standing with non-slip suede sole. You can see the full range here.
Baby blankets are something that children, and the whole family, really cherish and keep for years – often passing them down to siblings or even the next generation. I love the Disney range from Enesco and this Disney Baby Blanket is simply beautiful. A wonderful gift for Christmas.
Something completely different, but a fantastic gift for new or expectant parents would be one of Bambino Mio’s complete sets – saving them from ever having to buy a nappy again! At such a financially difficult time, saving money is at the forefront of many people’s minds and so using reusable nappies could save a family money that could be better spent elsewhere.
Bambino Mio’s complete sets make it simple for parents to get started on their reusable nappy journey and is the most convenient and cost-effective way to purchase everything they need from baby to toddler, plus they create a better planet for future generations.
So there you have all our practical gift ideas for babies and toddlers. I know they have always been the hardest for us to buy for so I hope it gives you some inspiration and if you’re looking for even more ideas, you can see all our gift guides here.