Sunday 12 November 2023

Christmas Gift Guide | The Best Gift For Babies

Babies are one of the most difficult groups to gift at Christmas because, unlike everyone else, they can't tell you what they want. So when it comes to finding the perfect present, you're pretty much looking to please the parents! From adorable clothes and innovative essentials, to developmental toys and nourishing body care, there are a huge number of great gifts available for babies this festive season. Below are some of the best...

Nanobebe | Flexy Silicone Bottle
First up is the Nanobebe Flexy Silicone Bottle (£10.99, a new bottle that blends style and innovation. Perfect for babies who are both breast and bottle feeding, the ultra-soft, breast-like silicone teat makes it easy for them to transition between breast and bottle, and the ergonomic design is comfortable for both baby and parent.

The Nanobebe Flexy Silicone Bottle is the only baby bottle teat to feature three vents and a non-collapsible design, so baby can keep the perfect latch without any post-feeding fussiness, gassiness, or discomfort. It also features a stable, non-tipping base to prevent spills and the easy-to-read volume scale has a clear viewing window to help with the preparation and tracking of exactly how much your baby is consuming.

With FOREO’s ISSA Baby (£99, you can give the gift of great milk teeth this Christmas. This sonic silicone toothbrush is designed to make early oral hygiene fun and fuss-free for 0-4 year olds. Featuring ultra-soft silicone bristles and gentle sonic pulsations, ISSA offers the optimal solution for early oral hygiene needs.

10,000x more hygienic than nylon-bristle brushes, the ISSA Baby has two modes, massage and brush. The massage mode clears food fragments and soothes teething pains, while the brush mode cleans without scratching enamel or gum tissue. The toothbrush also boasts a smiley face feature that rewards and encourages good brushing habits.

The innovative baby brush is made using medical-grade silicone, which is free of BPA and phthalates. It comes with a two year warranty and delivers up to 480 uses per charge.

Mamas & Papas | Bug 3-in-1 Floor & Booster Seat with Activity Tray

If you’re looking for a durable gift that will grow with baby, I recommend the Mamas & Papas Bug 3-in-1 Floor & Booster Seat with Activity Tray (£75 Mamas & Papas).

Designed for little ones who have mastered supporting their own head, the bug provides babies with a safe and comfortable place to sit and play, thanks to a comfy padded insert that can be removed for easy cleaning. It is packed with removable and adjustable features, one of which being a pop-off play tray that holds eight interactive sensory toys. It also features a super-stable base that enables it to be put on the floor for safe playing or placed on a seat for weaning. Once the baby is old enough to sit at the table, the Bug can be strapped safely to a dining chair.

The 3-in-1 seat adapts as baby grows, thanks to three different modes – Floor Mode (3 – 12 months), Chair Mode (6 to 12 months), and Booster Mode (12 months to three years). Once baby gets bigger, extra room can be created by taking out the removable crotch post and padded insert. Conveniently, the Bug is also portable and easy to move around thanks to its comfortable carry handle. This portability enables parents and little ones to eat out, without worrying about a lack of high chairs.

MORI | Teddy Bear Pramsuit
Pramsuits make for great gifts as they are an essential item for any baby. There are many on the market but none come cuter than the MORI Teddy Bear Pramsuit.

A must-have gift for the winter season, MORI's Teddy Bear Pramsuit (£59.50 is crafted with 100% recycled polyester sherpa to make it super soft and cosy. Its front zipper makes it easy to put on and take off and its heat-preserving material and elasticated cuffs help keep in the warmth, ensuring baby stays safe and toasty even in the chilliest of conditions.

With its gorgeous teddy bear print and bear ears stitched into its hood, this snuggly pramsuit is guaranteed to give any baby the adorable factor.

BabyBjörn | Baby Dinner Set
The BabyBjörn Baby Dinner Set (£29 is the perfect present for babies that are ready to wean. It has been cleverly designed to make dinner times fun and easy for little ones. The set includes a sturdy plate, cutlery, cup, and soft bib.

The plate’s trefoil shape makes scooping up food easier, while the strip underneath prevents the plate from sliding around or tipping over. The spoon and fork are shaped to not slide down into the plate, and their short handles are easy to grip. The cup is stable, easy to hold, and its contents can be seen through the frosted plastic. The bib’s soft neckband is adjustable and its deep spill pocket catches food and mess. It is also sturdy and holds its shape, ensuring food doesn’t leak out at the slightest of baby movements.

The Baby Dinner Set comes in four colourways, powder blue, powder pink, powder yellow, powder green, and grey. It is easy to clean and dishwasher-safe.

VTech | Twist & Play Cube
For the babies that love to play, I recommend the Twist & Play Cube (£40 Selfridges), an interactive toy designed for infants between 9 to 36 months old. It features six interactive and engrossing sides of fun that will encourage inquisitive little ones to learn through play. There are piano keys, a steering wheel, a clock, a pretend play phone, gears, beads, and a shape sorter, all of which enhance a baby’s motor skills and help develop hand-eye coordination. There are also fun responses, sing-along songs, and melodies, alongside the introduction of numbers, colours, places, animals, and more!

The cube is colourful, fun, and easy for any baby to interact with. It is also well crafted and durable, enabling it to last even the roughest of play sessions.

Fisher-Price | Poppin Triceratops
Another great toy to gift this Christmas is the Fisher-Price Poppin Triceratops (£33.99 John Lewis).

Perfect for little dino lovers aged between 12-36 months, the Poppin Triceratops is designed to be pushed or pulled to activate colourful 'eggs' that pop and tumble inside the dinosaur’s back. It also features motion-activated lights and three buttons that trigger Smart Stages, a collection of 40+ songs, sounds, and phrases that teach letters, numbers, colours, and shapes.

The Poppin Triceratops comes with four colourful dino egg balls for babies and toddlers to grasp and drop into the dino's back. In addition to being fun, it is a brilliant toy for helping strengthen an infant's gross motor skills and fine motor skills.

Etta Loves | Animal Print Playmat
The Etta Loves Animal Print Playmat (£75 John Lewis) is the perfect playtime gift for newborns.

This organic cotton playmat provides perfect stimulation for tummy time and playtime. It is reversible with one side featuring a dalmatian print for ages 0-4 months, and the other featuring a leopard print for 5+ months. The prints have been scientifically designed alongside experts in infant vision to support a baby's visual and cognitive development throughout their first year. The patterns also encourage babies to use their back, neck, and shoulder muscles (helping them prepare for rolling and crawling) as they'll want to push up to make more sense of the print.

The Animal Print Playmat is made with organic cotton and contains a padded polyester fill, making it super soft and comfortable for all babies.

JoJo Maman Bébé | Tartan Party Dress
For the babies likely to be inundated with toys this Christmas I recommend gifting a gorgeous outfit, and no brand does baby clothes quite like JoJo Maman Bébé. If you’re gifting a baby girl this year, I recommend Jojo's Red Tartan Party Dress (£38 JoJo Maman Bébé), the perfect outfit for the festive season.

Made with 100% cotton, this beautifully designed dress features classic shades of red and green tartan, a wide waistband that ties at the back, a velvet Peter Pan collar, and a voile lined skirt for an extra special take on a traditional look. Sizes range from 6-12 months, all the way up to 6-7 years.

JoJo Maman Bébé | Gingham Jersey All-In-One Pyjamas
For the baby boys, I recommend the JoJo Maman Bébé Gingham Jersey All-In-One Pyjamas (£19 JoJo Maman Bébé).

Ideal for night-time wrigglers, these one-piece pyjamas keep baby covered all night to ensure a cosy night's sleep. They are also made using 100% super soft cotton that is gentle on even the most delicate skin. Sizes range from 0-3 months to 2-3 years.

Rachel Riley | Ivory Moss Stitch Bonnet
Accessories also make great gifts for babies and one of the best accessories to gift this festive season is the Ivory Moss Stitch Bonnet (£20, a classic bonnet that will complement just about any baby outfit. It comes from Rachel Riley, a British award-winning children's clothing brand known for quality, style, and traditional craftsmanship.

The beautiful bonnet features a handy tie under the chin to ensure baby's head remains warm and snuggly at all times. To make it extra special, it can be customised with a monogram detail.

Bamford | Mother & Baby Gift Set
My final gift recommendation is one that will be loved by both mother and baby. It is the Mother & Baby Gift Set (£85 from B Corp British brand, Bamford.

The nourishing set includes Bamford's Chamomile Hair and Body Wash, Calendula Face and Body Moisturiser, Mother Calendula Treatment Oil, Mother & Baby Balm, and Chamomile Body Powder.

This natural collection of gentle products are formulated with moisturising, protecting, and soothing ingredients and are free from alcohol, parabens, mineral oils, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, and silicone. The products not only benefit the skin, hair, and body, but provide a lovely bonding experience for mother and baby.

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