Great Gifts for Baby’s First Year


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It can be hard trying to come up with gifts for new babies. For baby’s first Christmas or birthday you want gifts that they will get a lot of use from as well as something that is practical. Below are some great gifts for the baby.

A great gift will also have use for a long time to come and not just be tossed aside within a month. For my kids, since the beginning, I started cycling their toys and gifts.

I would put some of their gifts they received unopened up in the closet and every so often I put some toys away and bring out new ones. I love toys that I can bring out months later and they will still love playing with them.

Once I had my son, I cycled out all the baby toys from my daughter and she loved all of them still even at almost 2 years old. She loved showing her little brother how to use them all.

Great Gifts for Babies 1 and under

So below are all of my favorite gifts for baby’s first Christmas or their first birthday, that they can enjoy now and later too.

Perfect Gifts for Baby’s First Birthday

Activity Gym Gifts for Baby

These activity mats are great for babies. When they are newborns they love to lay and look at all the lights or kick at the piano. As infants, they start grabbing at all the toys. They are also encouraged to start rolling over so they can reach certain toys. Once babies become more stable at about 3-4 months, Baby Jumpers make great gifts for the baby.

The piano from the kick n' play gym is  one of the great gifts for baby.
My daughter loving her piano from her Kick n’ Play Piano Gym.

It is also great for tummy time. The mats are so colorful and engaging, they won’t even realize they are doing tummy time. The Kick n’ Play Piano Gym is great because the piano is removable so they can enjoy it when they start sitting. This one was my daughter’s favorite.

Learning Gifts for Baby

I love gifts that keep babies busy but also are teaching them at the same time. Although most of the time with babies, playing is learning no matter what.

Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack
  • ​5 colorful rings, perfect for grasping and stacking
  • Bat-at rocker base
  • Top ring has shiny surface with rattling beads inside

You can’t go wrong with the classic ring stacker. This is a favorite for all babies.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy
  • ​75+ songs, sounds, tunes & phrases!
  • ​Puppy’s hands, foot, ear, and light-up heart respond to baby’s...
  • ​Teaches 100 first words & introduces parts of the body, shapes,...

This little dog is adorable, it teaches colors, body parts, music, and more. It comes in a pink sister puppy one or this one. My kids love them. My son now sings along with his, it’s so cute!

VTech Wiggle and Crawl Ball,Multicolor
  • Move and crawl with the animal friends on the Wiggle and Crawl Ball by...
  • Interactive ball wiggles and wobbles on its own encouraging your...
  • Press the dog, cat and bear buttons to hone fine motor skills and...

This is a very entertaining toy, it rolls around when they push one of the buttons. It encourages them to crawl around and follow it. It also teaches colors and animals. Both my kids loved this one.

VTech Click and Count Remote, Black
  • Baby remote control plays more than 45 sing-along songs, melodies,...
  • Toddlers can pretend channel surf through 9 channels including weather...
  • 10 colorful buttons introduce colors, numbers and shapes to keep your...

Your babies are going to go for the remote, it just happens. Start them off with this one and they won’t know they are missing out on the real thing. Plus it sings and teaches numbers. It took some convincing for my daughter to play with this one instead of the real remote, but my son loved it from the beginning.

Practical Gifts Babies will Love

Vulli Sophie The Giraffe New Box, Polka Dots, One Size
  • Sophie la giraffe, the most beloved teether for over 55 years
  • Made of 100% natural rubber from the Hevea tree
  • On each box, there is a QR code to authenticate your Sophie.

I admit I was skeptical about this giraffe. There was so much hype about it. But, I decided to try it out and I am so glad I did. My daughter LOVED her Sophie! The mini-one it comes with was also a favorite and perfect to keep in the diaper bag. Once she was a little older and I had my son, I then gave it to him, but I would still find my daughter trying to sneak it away.

White Noise Sound Machine | Portable Sleep Therapy for Home, Office, Baby & Travel | 6 Relaxing & Soothing Nature Sounds, Battery or Adapter Charging Options, Auto-Off Timer | HoMedics Sound Spa
  • 6 Soothing Sounds: Choose from 6 digitally recorded relaxing Sounds:...
  • Compact & Portable For Travel: Don’t worry about Not Sleeping while...
  • Helps Your Baby Sleep: Add the Soundspa's rhythmic nature noises to...

A white noise machine is a must for babies and toddlers. This one is great. It is simple but does the job. It also has a battery backup, which thank goodness for, since we are in California and can be without power for four days during a safety blackout.

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise
  • Multi-functional: Rest combines nightlight, sound machine, and...
  • Easy to use: Rest can be programmed to turn on automatically, can be...
  • Grows with your child: Rest grows with your child’s needs -...

The Hatch Baby is also a great sound machine for babies or toddlers. It also does triple duty! It is not only a sound machine, but a night light and a time to rise light. The night light is great for when you are still breastfeeding during the night.

I recently got one for my daughter’s room so she knows when it is okay to get out of bed. This is needed during daylight savings time to avoid any extra early wakings.

The Sleep Sheep Sound Soother was a favorite for both my babies. My son still uses it every night and can’t go to bed without his “lamby” on. This one turns off after some time. My son can now easily turn on himself which he will do if he wakes in the middle of the night.

Snoozies Cozy Little Lovies Plush Satin Baby Blanket - Pink Owl
  • Made of Satin and Plush Fabric
  • Measures Approx. 12
  • Perfectly Sized for Tiny Fingers

A Cozy Little Lovies Plush Satin Security Blanket is another favorite. They come in so many different animals and blanket types. I love the ones that have some satin around the edges and Minky too. It gives babies different textures to feel and cuddle.

Both my kids never took to pacifiers and instead had these lovies to help soothe them. My son has a fox and my daughter has a pink bear.

Her pink bear is now lovingly called ‘purple bear’ since it has been so well-loved and washed so many times. It is more of dark dingy pink (this is also the 3rd one, so you might want to order an extra). She still will not go to sleep without this particular one too, so we can no longer switch it for a newer one.

Storybook Gifts for Babies

Books are great gifts for babies of all ages. You can’t go wrong with any book. I love getting the board books, they are a little more sturdy and hold up to reading over and over. I try to get my kids’ new books all the time.

They have quite the little library going. Which is good because they both love books. It is also a great part of a bedtime routine. Bedtime routines help babies sleep better.

Below are some of my kids’ absolute favorite books. These are the books they requested over and over as babies and still request now. A lot of them have had to be taped back together from so much use, but they are still favorites.

Any books by Caroline Jayne Church are absolutely adorable. My kids love them all! And I love reading these books to them too.

Any of these gifts will make any baby happy. Be sure to take lots of pics while they open their gifts, they will be favorites to view for years to come. Need gifts for babies a little older? Check out these gifts perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

What gifts did your baby love? Any other gift you are looking for, in particular, let me know, I’ll tell you what my kids loved!

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