Tuesday, 13 December 2016

*BLOGMAS* Gift Guide: Ideas on what to buy for babies under 12 months.

So buying for a new arrival aka a little bundle that's arrived in the past year isn't quite as easy as it seems. It's so easy to buy clothes but when they're in and out of them and barely get their wear, it almost seems like a waste of money unless you buy them in big sizes! I want to share with you what I think you should buy for new arrivals, young babies and soon to be toddlers. 

As this year is Imogen's first christmas, we've struggled as what to buy her! We've already bought her a bouncer, we've won a new pram, and she's being gifted a walker. That's all the big stuff gone! She will be 7 months and there's not much that babies are interested in at this age, and they've no clue what Christmas is so we've bought her a few toys we think she will enjoy. We know she will be spoilt so I wanted to share with you what we've bought as we're not going over the top. We will be adding a couple of books and some clothes to the collection which I'll show you in another post!

To kickstart things, I picked up this sing along microphone from the Sainsbury's toy sale last month. We already have a couple of things from Vtech and they're her favourite toys to play with so I know she will enjoy this. I know she's a little young, but hey, babies grow quick!

Next I picked up some stacking cups. They have different ages depending on brand but she's very hands on and she will love to sit and play with these. Most toys are 12 months plus, but as long as I'm there to help her, I don't see it as a problem. 

Another jingling jangling noisy thing. Babies love everything they shouldn't have. Her favourite toy is the tv remote and my house keys. I know she's going to love these as they also make noises too. 

This is a universal toy. A soft toy rattle. When she was younger, she used to thoroughly enjoy the noise of rattles, and now she likes to wave them around everywhere. Rattles are pretty standard so I'd keep your eye out for the bolder looking ones!

At 6 months old we have a backwards crawler. After seeing a couple of friends buying it for their little ones, I've decided to give it a go and see if it helps to encourage Imogen to crawl forward. Plus it's a unicorn which is a bonus!

So I've thought about some things that you could buy for children under 12 months and listed them below. The only thing I try to steer away from is cuddly toys as they normally end up at the bottom of a toybox somewhere! 

Waiting on arrival/Newborn
So this isn't the easiest to buy for. My advice is to ask the parents to be, if they'd like anything in particular or if they actually need anything even if it's for themselves to help through their new journey. Great things to buy are: 
  • Nappies- Buy bigger sizes as they'll probably stock up on newborn. 
  • Changing bag: R's dad bought ours and it's been the best gift when we're out and about.
  • Playmat- the more colourful and noisy the better they generally are. Babies don't care for style.
  • Polaroid camera- For quick pictures on the go. 
  • Gift vouchers- So then the parent's can pick things for themselves. 
  • Clothes in bigger sizes: try 6-9 or 9-12 as I doubt they'll have much and it'll help in the long run.
  • A photo shoot- Paying for a photo session or some photo's they'll never forget. 
  • Toybox - you wouldn't believe how much can amount up!
  • Blankets- You can never have enough blankets!
  • Dribble proof bibs- These come in handy! 

Under 3 Months
I'd stick to anything that's got sing songs or has lights and is colourful. As they're still adjusting they're slowly taking in everything around them so great things to buy are: 
  • Lights and sounds projectors
  • Musical box
  • Nursery rhyme books and cd's 
  • Soft toys with textures
  • A swing
  • Muslin Cloths: you can never have enough of these lying around

Under 6 Months:
Around this age they'll stick everything they can into their mouths due to teething. At this rate they're learning so fast it can be hard to keep up with them and to keep them entertained so I would recommend any of the following: 
  • Teething toys
  • Dribble proof bibs
  • Highchair/highchair toys
  • Big bibs/Aprons for weaning
  • Jumperoo (Keep an eye on amazon for deals, plus if you sign up to the free amazon prime trial, you can save an extra £15 on top!)
  • vTech toys as they are the ones Imogen plays with most!
  • Books! For storytime now and when they're a little bit bigger! 

Under 12 months:
 This is one of the more awkward stages to buy for. They're nearly there with things but they're not quite there. So think of things that they might like when they're a little bit bigger. 
  • Toy Kitchen
  • Walker
  • Activity table
  • Trike 
  • Backpack with reins
  • Cartoon DVD's
  • Sing along albums
  • Ball pool pit
  • Anything probably related to Paw Patrol/ Peppa Pig/ In the Night Garden. 

Some other things you can always buy are gift cards, clothes, chocolate (even though us mummies can't promise that we won't eat it!). I hope this post has helped you a little bit to buy for the little ones! 

Until next time! 


  1. That unicorn looks so cute! My youngest will only be 3 months so has been very difficult to buy for. Great list :) ox

    Amy | www.thesmallestofthings.com

  2. Such great suggestions!! Henry will be 6.5 months so we've gotten his christmas keep stuff, like his santa sack and stocking, plus artwork for his room and pjs.

    Rache; // http://illustratedteacup.com

  3. Some great ideas! I'll have a 5 month old at Christmas so will use these as suggestions!

  4. What great suggestions! I like that you've given lots of age ranges. My little girl is 3 months but I've been buying her things for over 6 months too as she'll want them soon enough.

    I've been keeping an eye on local selling groups for a jumperoo. Saw one yesterday going for £20 but someone beat me to it.

    Debbie x | www.hellodeborah.co.uk

  5. My son was 4 months last Christmas and it was such an awkward age to buy for! We ended up getting him a couple of things from 6m+ as I knew he'd be using them soon - and actually took advantage of not buying much as they don't realise haha x

  6. More blogs like this please!! Gifts they can use like toyboxes etc are such a good idea :)

  7. This is SUCH a good post as you've thought of every single age. Keys and stacking cups are a staple for under 1s in my eyes - oh and hide and squeak eggs.

    Emily / www.babiesandbeauty.com

  8. I have a two month old and I've had a major struggle trying to get him things he'll get use out of! These ideas are brilliant though - I'm on the lookout for anything noisy and bright now!

    Kirsty | www.lifewithboys.co.uk

  9. These are such great suggestions! Amelia will be 2 months in a few days and we're loving all things bright haha! <3

    Lucie xx | LucieLovesit.com

  10. 1) I love your daughter's name! I wanted that for my daughter but wasn't allowed

    2) this is a brilliant post - I love that you've given ideas for all different ages! x

  11. Some great gidfts here, A little nostalgia for me as L had some of these when she was a baby. All great for colour learning to.