What Are The Best Gifts For Baby's First Christmas?
Is this your baby's first Christmas? How exciting! Though you might want to make it special for your little one; don't put too much pressure on yourself: There’s no need to go over board (even though there will be some excellent photo opportunities!)
Luckily, when one reader submitted a Mom’s Query on our Facebook Page, our community gave some great suggestions on what to give your newborn, to celebrate their first Christmas:
"Hi Moms. My baby will be 4 months old at Christmas and is my first born. My question is, what did other mums do for Christmas presents for a baby so young? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!"
Deirdre: They don't know it's Christmas, but it's still exciting for parents to have things under the tree! Maybe a playmat or some rattles ... also things he may use in the coming months, such as first word books or a toy that encourages them to crawl, bath toys etc are all good ideas.
Sarah: I found a lot of family bought clothes as gifts, so I just bought some useful toys that they can use throughout the year. You can keep them until baby is big enough for them.
Imelda: When ours were that small at Xmas, Santa gave things we needed. So playmats, bouncer (we had a 2-month-old and 2-week-old at Xmas). If family want to give, ask them to give something you really need. I always loved when my mam gave boxes of nappies: It’s the simple things!
"They don't know it's Christmas, but it's still exciting for parents to have things under the tree!"
Muireasa: Santa brought Sophie the Giraffe, and some pyjamas. It was all about mammy, daddy and the grandparents at that point!
Rachel: I did a huge hamper full of necessities like nappies, wipes, formula, Sudocrem, Vaseline etc; some clothes and PJs; new swimsuit and swim nappies (we were taking lessons.)
Sharon: Teddy with the year on it, play mat, teething toys, soft blocks, bath toys … anything really the child could use over the next few months. My three kiddies still have their first Xmas teddies and they come out every Xmas.
Maryanne: Get a Fisher Price Jumperoo ... the best investment you can IMAGINE. My 8-month-old has lived in it for the last three months and still loves it. Keeps them safe, and gives you a chance to get bits and pieces done.
Penny: Soft activity cubes. Remember cousins etc will want to know what Santa brought to your little one.
Rachel: Santa got a walker for when she was bigger. Mammy and daddy got her bath toys, and clothes!
Editor's Note: There has been some research suggesting that over-use of Walkers and Jumperoos can be bad for baby's development, particularly for the hip joints.You can read more in our article: 'Will A Walker Slow Down My Baby's Development' by baby sleep and development expert Fiona O'Farrell.
Lena: A playmat. Mine will only be 5 weeks old, but has older brothers so have to give something: My eldest only got a musical teddy for Christmas when he was born, no other small children around so no explaining to do!
Amy: My son was 3 months and we got toys to hang on his buggy and soft toys like soft blocks and a baby walker to use later on.
Lorraine: We got our first little boy a Vtech walker. He was only 3 months old but a few weeks after Christmas he used to kick and play with the removable play centre. They move quickly after a few months so worth getting something they can play with after a few months. Enjoy your first Christmas as a family of three x
Dani: Got him a play mat with stuffed toys hanging off it! He was 3 months at Christmas.
Louise: We did clothes, a Vtech teddy, and vouchers for days out and play centres.
Arlene: Mine was 3 months her first Christmas. We got Vtech teddy, clothes, books etc. but the best thing we got was the Vtech hippo music and stars thing. Still use it every night 2 years later. Oh, we got that crawl and roll ball too.
Jacqueline: A cardboard box we made into a car we had it for two years she loved it and teddy could go for a spin with her!!
Caithriona: Mine was seven months and we got her a rocking horse and a walker thingy and a ride along: Spent about 100 euro but the photos are great and she still has the horse 4 years later! Enjoy and don't stress out it doesn't have to be perfect.
Trish: She got a teddy with chewy ears, crinkly feet, rattle etc and a cute outfit to wear for Christmas day.
Something to treasure
Iseult: Tiny Kooka make beautiful teddys and keepsakes from your favourite baby grows & pyjamas.
June: We had lots of little toys and I had lots of first things like first Santa letter, Christmas outfit etc. I kept it all to show him in years to come. They don't know what's going on but you're creating memories.
Aisling: We got a little book with his name written into the story, and wrote him a letter and will give it to him to open when he is older.
Joan: A tree decoration would be nice, something they will always have x
Caroline: I got both of mine a Waterford crystal ornament with their name and the year on it and another every Xmas after that, my eldest moved into her own place this year and I gave her all her ornaments for her own tree.
Melissa: We bought our boys a Newbridge silverware money box as a keepsake first Christmas present. My 1st was 6 weeks old and my 2nd was 11 months at their first Christmas.
Alisha: We did very little because as the firstborn, grandparents, aunts and uncles went overboard! We got her a Sophie Giraffe teether, and some gear for tummy time!
Elizabeth: My little girl was nearly 6 months at Christmas and everything we did was more for me than for her! But enjoy it - just don’t go overboard unless you can afford it. Before you know it she’ll be making a Christmas list one mile long! Have a wonderful first Christmas with her!
"His current favourite toys are empty water bottles, saucepans and paper..."
Melanie: Is there anything he needs? My baby will be 1 the week after Christmas so we are giving him a Vtech tree toy that cost less than €25 for Christmas. His current favourite toys are empty water bottles, saucepans and paper. I might get a few more bits like the little toy instruments from Lidl as he doesn't have any, but not going overboard cos he's too small to understand. I heard of babies getting a bigger car seat for Christmas!
Katie: Very little #badmom lol! They won't remember anyway.
Sharon: You don't have to buy anything, the baby won't know. You will be spending a fortune in years to come, believe me Just get some sentimental things to mark the occasion and take plenty of pics. Next year you can indulge!
Ciara Norton: I wouldn't get them too much at that age, just a few things is fine. Maybe one or two nice baby toys, I found my babies liked the Lamaze toys. And my babies all loved the "That's Not My..." books. And then maybe a Christmas babygro or something like that, just for fun. And if there's anything they need like clothes, etc.
So what did you/ what will you give your little one for their first Christmas? We'd love to hear your stories. You can submit your own Moms Query, and get involved in the conversation, on Facebook.
Please note: Some comments have been edited for editorial purposes.