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With Christmas just around the corner, you must be super excited about that little angel’s first holiday season. Whether you are a mom or dad, a grandpa or grandma, an uncle or aunt, or even a close family friend, you probably can’t wait to make their Christmas extra special this year.
However, what sort of gift can you get a newborn for Christmas when all they do is eat and sleep? Ideally, you want to make sure that the gift is something they can use at that age. Babies grow very rapidly over the first few months. They are hitting milestones every day. You want your newborn Christmas gifts to help facilitate this development.
In this article, you’ll find a list of newborn Christmas gift ideas that’ll do exactly this. Some of these newborn baby gifts will also make mom and dad’s life a little easier, because, with all the sleepless nights they’ve had over those first few months, they need all the help they can get!
Tips for buying Christmas gifts for a newborn baby girl
Since they are still so young, there is a lot of overlap of the kinds of gifts you can give to newborn boys and girls.
However, here are a few tips that’ll come in handy if you are buying gifts for a newborn baby girl:
- Do not buy all pink if you don’t want to. While pink is a popular girls’ color, there is no reason why you shouldn’t buy things in other colors, too. They won’t mind!
- While dresses may look pretty, they are not exactly functional and may even make diaper changes harder for the parents. Avoid them if you can.
- As you buy gifts, do not buy things with lots of girly decorations like bows, flowers, buttons, or hooks. These can present choking hazards to the baby.
Tips for buying Christmas gifts for a newborn baby boy
Similarly, here are a few tips that’ll come in handy when buying gifts for a newborn baby boy:
- While blue is a popular boys’ color, you shouldn’t make it a priority when choosing the gifts. Consider things like functionality and developmental benefits first before color.
- Some toys for baby boys come with small parts that can raise safety concerns. You should especially avoid toys with small removable parts.
- As they start developing their personalities, watch out for what they are into, and get them a related gift. For example, if they are into animals, sports, or vehicles, you can get them a gift featuring those things.
At the end of the day, though, the best Christmas gifts for newborn boys and Christmas gifts for newborn baby girls have a lot in common. In fact, at this age, do not be surprised if they are more interested in the box than the gift itself!
Here are a few general Christmas gift-buying tips to help you choose the perfect present for that precious boy or girl:
Choosing the best Christmas gifts for newborns
The best newborn baby Christmas gifts need to be useful, either for the baby or their parents.
Here are a few tips that’ll earn you the title of the best newborn baby gift-giver of all time:
Think about their day to day activities
For example, supervised tummy-time is an important day-to-day activity that newborns need.
However, they are not particularly enthusiastic about it, especially during the first three or so months of life.
A great gift idea here would be something that makes tummy time fun and engaging for them.
Think about their milestones
For example, at about 4 to 6 months, babies start reaching out to grab things. They also start rolling over and sitting up at around this time.
This is the perfect time to introduce a playmat, especially ones with fun colors that they can stretch towards and play with during tummy time if you can get one that also features hanging overhead toys, even better.
Think about the parents
For example, by around the 4th to 6th month, babies are also ready for solid foods. Weaning can be tough for parents.
You can make their lives a little easier by getting something like a baby food maker for them.
Think about their development
For example, babies get good color vision at about 5 months of age.
You want to take this newly developed way of looking at the world by giving them something to look at, like a good picture book with lots of colors.
The right book would also provide the perfect opportunity to do silly voices and make them laugh!
Throw the rulebook out the window
While many parents like practical items that their baby can use right away, that doesn’t mean that these are the only kinds of newborn baby gifts you should give.
You can choose to go the humor route and get something hilarious like a funny t-shirt, or the sentimental route and get a timeless keepsake whose value they’ll only come to see as they grow.
What is the best gift to give a newborn baby?
Now that you have a rough idea about where to begin, here is a list of the most thoughtful newborn baby Christmas gifts you can get:
Newborn clothing gifts
You can’t go wrong with designer newborn baby clothes.
Besides just looking good, newborn clothing gifts are also great because they let the little one (and the parents!) get a lot of use out of them right from the first day.
Plus, because they are so cute, they can also be kept in a keepsake box as a reminder of how tiny that little angel used to be!
A keepsake box
Speaking of keepsake boxes, they are a great way of keeping all the little treasures from the first year safe.
From hospital bracelets to their first lock of hair to their first baby clothes, a keepsake box is like a time capsule that will capture those first days in ways no picture can.
Baby milestone blanket
With a baby milestone blanket, you get a beautifully visual way to celebrate your little one’s weekly and monthly milestones throughout their first year.
It is a great way to personalize the baby album or get lots of awws on social media.
Funny animal noises book
Babies love funny noises. And the AAP recommends reading to them right from birth. With a good book featuring funny animal noises, you get to kill two birds with one stone.
The best part about it is that it can be turned into part of their bedtime routine. And when they start to smile and giggle at your funny noises, you’ll fall in love with the book, too!
December through February features the coldest temperatures of the year in the US. If you want a newborn Christmas gift that can immediately be put to use, this is it.
To make it extra special, go for designer newborn baby clothes that are higher quality and more durable so they’ll last longer.
Tummy time toys
By the end of the first month, babies can lift their heads for a few seconds and turn their heads from side to side.
By the end of the third month, their neck muscles will have gotten a lot stronger, especially if they have been getting lots of tummy time.
However, most babies will protest a lot during tummy time, especially at the beginning.
Colorful, textured toys will go a long way in distracting them and helping them get their daily dose of supervised tummy time.
Playmats make great newborn baby gifts. Go for one with a toy arch above it that the baby can lay on their back on, look up, and bat away at the moving toys.
Portable playmats will also come in handy when you are away from home: they are great for keeping your little one entertained without their usual gear.
This is yet another thoughtful newborn baby Christmas gift that will end up being used at least a few times over the first year and beyond.
There are many options to choose from, from simple baby thermometers to high-tech ones that come with accompanying apps.
Travel changing pads
Babies constantly need diaper changes. It’s a little funny how they always seem to need them in the most inconvenient places.
With a travel changing pad, getting those dirty diapers changed in strange places becomes a little less worrisome for the parents. They’ll be able to turn any flat surface into a clean changing area instantly.
Baby food maker
Between the ages of 4 to 6 months, babies are ready for solid food. With a baby food maker, making the transition becomes a lot easier, especially for the parents.
Baby food makers automatically prepare solid foods or purees in minutes, saving parents the headache of preparing the baby’s food with one hand while holding them with the other.The best gifts for babies are the ones that tend to make the parents' lives a little easier, too. Keep reading to find out what some of them are!Click To Tweet
Finding that perfect gift for a newborn can be a little overwhelming. With so many options to choose from these days, it is easy to get choice paralysis and freeze.
Hopefully, this list has made things a little easier for you, whether you have been looking for the best Christmas gifts for a newborn baby girl or the best Christmas gifts for a newborn boy. Merry Christmas and happy shopping!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.