I don’t know about you but I find buying Christmas gifts for babies difficult. I’m not talking about newborns, I think I covered that in my newborn gift guide the other day. But 6 months up to just over a year. They are too young for most toys, but are probably over baby rattles and teddies.
I’ve had a think about the toys both of my boys loved playing with at that age and have listed them below for you. Would you add anything to this list?
When Lamb was a baby he had a few of the interactive books, like this Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Storybook Rhymes Book. He really loved them and we kept them for quite a while. We didn’t actually buy one of these for Bear, mainly because at the age they were suitable he had no interest in toys, and much preferred crawling around causing mischief!
Bath squirters are the PERFECT gift for an under 1. Once they are sitting up and can sit and play in the bath, something like these Nuby Bath Squirters would be ideal for them to interact with. They are small enough for them to hold, perfect for them ti chew on if they are teething. And squirting them a little with make water and splashing fun endnote scary. Both of my boys still love these!
A first Christmas isn’t a first Christmas unless you receive Tomy Hide & Squeak Eggs as a gift! We still have Lambs from his first Christmas, albeit half of the eggs are missing, and they continued to be played with. This toy is a must for an under 1 Christmas gift.
We bought Bear this VTech Baby’s First Smartphone as one of his first Christmas gifts and it was a great buy. It has 12 interactive touch pad buttons, and a sliding switch which changes the phone from applications to media player. It has sounds and lights and is lots of fun!
The Fisher-Price BeatBo is such a great gift for an under 1. Bear got this for his first Christmas and all the kids loved it. Lamb liked using the recording function and getting BeatBo to say funny things, while Bear loved watching him dance.
If the baby you’re buying for is holding their head well, then a Fisher-Price Jumperoo would be a great gift. We had the original Jumper for Lamb and it was a lifesaver. Luckily he LOVED jumping in it. He couldn’t roll and wasn’t very mobile as a baby, so bouncing on the Jumperoo really put a smile on his face. When Bear was a baby we had the Spacesaver version which was great as they really do take up a lot of space. But are SO worth it.
Both of my boys LOVE these pop up animal toys. Whether they are at a playgroup, friends house or Grandmas, they both gravitate towards them. This Fun Time Pop-Up Farm Friends is less than a tenner on Amazon, so a great buy.
Another classic baby toy around at the moment is the VTech Baby Little Friendlies Moosical Beads. We had this given to us for both boys and it was played with quite a lot. I think Bear liked it more, but both of them enjoyed it from a young age.
Of course you don’t have to buy an under 1 a toy for Christmas. You could always get them books or clothes. We bought a lot of ‘That’s Not My…‘ books when Lamb was a baby and have kept all of them for Bear. Bear is a HUGE fan of these books and last year one of his Christmas gifts was ‘That’s Not My Reindeer…’. This year I think I’ll get him ‘That’s Not My Polar Bear…‘ Now if you’ve got a unicorn obsessed child to buy for, you could always get ‘That’s Not My Unicorn!’
If you do fancy getting some clothes for them as a Christmas gift, then of course you could get them some of my lovely Lamb & Bear leggings! (Innocent plug 😉 ) I have lots of prints available up to ager 12 months, so there’s plenty to choose from. At this time if year I’d go for the penguin print, although they are almost sold out!
I hope you’ve found this gift guide helpful. I find this age range the hardest to buy for, but now I’ve had experience buying Christmas gifts for 2 under 1’s, I feel confident any of these products would be well received.
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