Before you is the list of Ten Best Baby Girl Gifts and Baby Boy Gifts, and I hope it will help you find the best Christmas gift for your own child, or it will at least make you the coolest Uncle or Aunt around the Christmas dinner table.
Christmas is the most exciting time of year when families gather For babies and newborns, safety is the name of the game. Since they don’t have a lot of gross motor control, focus on toys that are easy to grasp and maneuver. Toys recommended for children under the age of 3 must meet certain requirements that means they are not a choking hazard.
For babies aged 3-6 months, friendly advice is to wrap their presents in bright, shiny, crunch-when-you-crinkle-it wrapping paper for maximum impact. For babies aged 6-12 months, choose toys that encourage movement, whether it’s crawling, standing, or developing fine motor skills.
NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle
Why is it better?
- Encourages sensory development
- Lights up in colors to stimulate your baby and encourage visual tracking
- Easy-to-hold handle is textured
- Includes parent milestone guide
- 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
The Lineup At A Glance
10 Best Baby Christmas Gifts in 2023
1. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker – Best Interactive Learning Baby Walker
VTech is a trusted brand when it comes to many generations of parents, and exactly this walker, even though it’s a bit old design is ultimately loved, and very often parents’ first choice.
- Engaging and truly educational for infants.
- Great value for money
- Batteries need to be changed often
- It has no emergency brakes
You do not have to pay a fortune to get this interactive walker. Early learning center has 5 piano keys that play music and encourage creativity. The unit features 2 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters, 3 light-up buttons, pretend telephone handset, and mechanical elements that develop motor skills
The walker needs two AA size batteries to run the very enjoyable tunes. There are around 70 sing-along songs, baby phrases and music effects.
Another great benefit of this baby walker is that it can move on any surface, carpeted or wooden. The chance of any accidents or unfortunate occurrences happening is pretty low. Safe and cheap, it’s a perfect combo.
2. Skip Hop Baby Activity Playmat – Best for Tummy Time
5 hanging toys attach to 13 easy-to-hang loops offering irresistible multi-sensory play for baby at every stage of development. A mirror and built-in sounds and textures on the oversized mat add to the fun.
- 17 developmental activities
- 5 playful multi sensory hanging toys
- No music&lights
Spending time out of a crib or rocker is important for babies that are developing major muscle groups. A key way to give the baby this opportunity is tummy time. And a perfect gift for an infant that just started his sensory development, is this fun, and above all safe activity playmat.
This playmat has 17 different activities and includes such items as a mirror, crinkle and squeaker toys and overhead hanging toys for baby to look at. The mat is machine-washable—a definite bonus! Parents report that this playmat was entertaining and met the needs of their baby through various ages. For young babies just beginning to spend time on the floor, the set includes a tummy support pillow.
The Skip Hop Baby Treetop Friends Activity Playmat doesn’t have any musical components or lights—which may or may not be a drawback. Some parents preferred that this mat doesn’t have those features that can be a bit of sensory overload for young babies. Overall, this mat is described as being long-lasting and of high-quality materials
Some words of caution related to this product:
– Activity Mat and Tummy Time pillow should not be placed in a crib or playpen.
– Use this product only on the floor.
– Never leave baby unattended on mat.
3. NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle – Best First Learning Toy
This rattle is designed to stimulate your baby’s sensory exploration skills. From its light-up head that changes colors, to its textured body, it’s perfect for laying the foundation for sensory development.
- Includes parent milestone guide
- Encourages sensory development
- Requires 3 batteries
- A bit pricey
I know that for many parents this rattle is awkwardly expensive. I mean, it’s a rattle! But, take a second look at the description and please reconsider, as this toy is the best baby Christmas gift, and especially if the baby is three months old.
From the three months of age, baby’s sensory development is starting and toys like this can be nothing else but help. SmartNoggin Light-up Rattle is awesome for hand-eye coordination and understanding that the light changes upon the rattle bumping something or if the rattle is shaking.
It is well designed and balanced that stays in the baby’s hands even if the baby at that certain stage doesn’t get grasping too well.
The headlights up and changes between red, green, and blue, and is pretty bright when used in the dark, but not so bright that it should bother the baby’s eyes. The rattle makes a nice happy sound, like slightly shaking a mostly empty box of tic tacs. The mirror is actually worthy of being called that, unlike many toys with cheap plastic mirrors. Lights change with tapping or shaking of the toy and there is no way to turn it off (light goes out on its own after sitting still for 30 seconds, but comes back on with slight movement, so battery life is not very long if the toy is sitting in the diaper bag).
4. Melissa & Doug – Whose Feet? – Best Soft Activity Book
The Whose Feet? Soft Activity Book is a crocodile-inspired educational book for children of all ages. The book features dangly feet, a funny story, and colorful artwork.
- Dangly feet encourage grasping
- Simple text is easy to read aloud
- Not as crinkly as expected
This is the best baby Christmas gifts for babies under 1 year, money can buy. And for so many reasons. It is cheap, uses no batteries (meaning, environmentally friendly), made of cotton cloth which makes it easy to wash (just toss in the washer), and provides hours of fun for kids of different ages.
Babies enjoy chewing, grasping, listening to crinkling sounds, and others reading very simple story while toddlers love to invent their own stories based on the book and play with mixed up feet, over and over again. It’s easy to read, entertain and encourage infants to develop hand-eye coordination, motor skills, while their creativity is stimulated.
This squeaking, crinkling, foot-filled cloth book from Melissa & Doug K’s Kids is durably constructed to last through storytime, playtime, and the washing machine too!
5. Vulli Sophie La Girafe – Baby Gifts for Christmas
Probably one of the most popular teethers in the past few years. Sophie the Giraffe is also easy to recognize and very quickly becomes a familiar object for the baby.
- Hand-made of rubber
- BPA and Phthalate free
Sophie is pliant, she squeaks and she’s easy to wash. She’s also universally delicious to babies.
Made of 100% rubber, this ergonomically designed, sweet-faced giraffe is easy for baby to grip and offers a soft, pliable texture to soothe irritated gums.
Safe for hours of chewing, Sophie is hand painted with food-safe paint on BPA and phthalate-free rubber. This retro looking toy will keep baby engaged with a squeaker when gripped tightly, brightly colored spots, and an easy grasp design.Individually hand painted, each one is unique little giraffe, a teether every baby will love.
So if you are asking yourself what to get to a baby gifts for Christmas – hold it right here, because Sophie is the answer!
6. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy – Best Interactive Plush Toy
The Laugh & Learn Puppy is soft, cuddly, and fun. As your baby explores and plays, Puppy will introduce more than 100 words, body parts, colors and more, making learning fun and engaging.
- Engaging and real fun for infants.
- Long lasting gift
- Needs 3 batteries
- Damp cloth cleaning only
Everybody loves this adorable puppy, infants, toddlers, even preschoolers love to sing along! Puppy has a long battery life and can be passed on to another child without losing shape or the quality of reproduction. If the baby decides to take Puppy to bed, you can easily switch the whole thing off, because the last thing you need is “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in the middle of the night!
Because every baby develops at their own pace, Puppy comes with Smart Stages technology, so you can choose the level that’s best for your child. There are a variety of songs, sounds and phrases within each of the three levels of play. And Puppy’s light-up, multicolour heart even twinkles along to the music!
Level 1 – Explore – Baby can press Puppy’s hands, foot, heart, nose or ear to hear first words, colours, the alphabet, parts of the body and more
At Level 2 – Encourage – In this level, fun phrases reward little ones as they’re encouraged to count along, find colours, and identify the parts of the body
Level 3 – Pretend – Puppy’s ready to play pretend with fun sing-along songs and phrases that engage toddlers in exciting and imaginative play, all while expanding their vocabulary
The only downside is the toy is spot clean only, in my opinion all infant toys should be washable.
7. The Elf on the Shelf – The Best Christmas Gifts for Baby
This special box set comes complete with one of Santa’s blue-eyed boy scout elves to help your babies behave until Santa makes his way down the chimney, as well as a beautifully illustrated storybook.
- Available in varying skin tones and eye colors
- A fun family tradition for years to come
- Potential choking hazard, some small parts.
Bring the Christmas magic home to your family this year! The original Elf on the Shelf set includes a magical scout elf from the North Pole and a beautiful children’s storybook, all in a keepsake gift box.
When you adopt this special elf and name him, he receives his Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole—but only when all girls and boys are sound asleep. At the start of each holiday season, the elf returns to his family’s house to be Santa’s eyes and ears, and every night he travels back to the North Pole to report in.
The Elf on the Shelf is a very special tool that helps Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list. This interactive holiday hide-and-seek tradition is perfect for children and families of all ages.
Families can register their elf online to receive an official adoption certificate and a special letter from Santa. Set includes boy elf with light skin tone.
8. Baby Girl Outfit – Best Baby Girl Christmas Gifts
No, no, and no! There is no other infant girl Christmas gift cuter than this one! I simply couldn’t say no to a “Santa’s Little Helper” Tu-Tu dress, leg warmers with polka dots, headband and bloomers. Could you?
- So beautiful and merry
- Great costume for Christmas family photos
- No sizing for toddlers
In an outfit like this, every baby girl will enjoy her special, first Christmas.
It’s excellent for a family photoshoot, will make everybody go “Aaaaahhhh” and, of course, will make you very proud for buying such cool and original gift (it’s ok, you can thank us later).
The Baby Girl Christmas Costume has 4 pieces: 1pc tutu onesie + 1pc bloomer(or shoes) + 1pc headband + 1pair leg warmers(with adorable polka dot print for ultimate cuteness overload).
Santa Claus or Christmas tree are options you choose when ordering and the sizing is accurate and the price is really budget-friendly, especially when it comes to baby Christmas presents..
Onesie is made of a cotton blend (cotton + polyester + elastane) for maximum comfort, however, be careful when washing, use a color catcher tissue, and wash on mild temperature.
9. Hedgehog Accordion Toy – Best Music Toy
This adorable little hedgehog will surely engage your little one’s imagination with hours of musical play.
- Rubberized details for teething
- BPA, PVC and Phthalate-free
- it doesn’t mimic an accordion with different tones
Designed with easy-to-grab handles, it’s perfect for little hands. Your baby will delight in discovering a range of unique tunes as they push and pull the soft rubber accordion.
This charming forest creature features vibrant colors, moveable beads and rubberized details for teething. Rubber accordion body is easy to grasp, rubberized details are perfect for teething.
The noise that accordion is making is not too loud and babies like to giggle when they realize that once they squeeze the toy, the music tune comes out. The handles are just the right size for tiny hands to grasp.
Lastly, the whole toy has been very carefully made, BPA-free, PVC-free, Phthalate-free.
10. WOW Sam the Steam Train – Best Baby Boy Christmas Gifts
Is there any parent on this planet unaware of WOW toys? They are unbreakable (literally, as they are super sturdy and can have very long play life), environmentally friendly and never ending fun as they have over 30 different playsets suitable for kids of all ages.
- Mold resistant and dishwasher safe
- Super durable toy with long playlife
Sam the Steam Train has a motorized engine with a realistic whistle and detachable passenger coach with an opening side and roof. When opened it reveals stairs from the platform into the coach. The coach’s cozy interior includes a table and chairs for passengers to sit in. Sam’s push down chimney gives a whistling sound to announce he is ready to start his journey!
In addition, as with all of WOW Toys, Sam The Steam Train requires no batteries ever … yep, you heard it right. No spending a fortune on powering them as they are powered by friction motors and even the sounds and noises are not battery operated! Now tell me that wouldn’t make you happy to find out you’re not expected to spend a small fortune on batteries during the lifetime of the toy.
The quality is superb – there are no rough edges and everything is really sturdy and durable (our previous toys still look as good as new, and I think we have like 7 or 8 toys for both kids). WOW Toys really encourage imaginative play as well as developing fine motor skills; they are also super to encourage two or more children to play together.
Even though the manufacturer stated the toys are 1+5 yrs, from my own experience, even 6 months old babies can have fun watching you pull the toy, press the chimney down for the noise, etc. WOW, Toys are BPA free, PVC free, don’t use toxic paint and, you don’t have to worry that additional figure that is inside of every toy to be a potential choking hazard – they are made with their thumbs up, to prevent accidental swallowing.
Here are my criteria for Idea baby Christmas gifts
Although gifts are not the most important, it is worth to think for a while about what you will put under the Christmas tree. Therefore don’t put off Christmas shopping to the last minute. Searching for the perfect Christmas gift for the baby is best to start early, even in November or early December. But, before you head out to stores, or start the online shopping adventure, you should have certain criteria to follow, that way you will find the best Christmas present for the baby in no time!
While preparing this text, and also while doing my own baby shopping, I was following these simple principles, and if you do that as well, you could save yourself some serious time (and bucks).
1. Great play value
Based on the age of the baby, toys must have a play value. Manufacturers state the suitable age on every package, but parents usually introduce toys a bit earlier than recommended on the box, so that the baby has enough time to get to know the toy and use it to the maximum. It’s no use to buy a ridiculously expensive gift that has no purpose for the baby or the baby overgrew that development stage. You can also look for a personalized gift for your baby.
2. A long play life
When buying a toy for a child under the age of 1, always take special care about the materials the toy was made of. Cloth book yes, but paper book no. Sturdy plastic toy yes, but certainly not the one with easily detachable small parts. Making sure
3. Educational and engaging
Educational toys play a key role in your child’s development because educational games contribute to good intellectual, social and motor development. The toys are designed to promote your child’s development. Quality educational toys are so clever that your child thinks it’s just a lot of fun. Your child plays and learns.
And To Wrap It Up
In conclusion, I hope that my Christmas gift ideas for baby 2023 will be useful for you and you will find the perfect gift! If you still hesitating which one to choose – just follow the criteria written above, or place your comment in the comment section, I will be really glad to help. I also wrote a guide to help parents to choose a gift for their 10-year-old boy.
Should you have more ideas for awesome Christmas gifts, let me know about it in a comment so I could try it and include it to my list!
Don’t forget shiny wrapping paper, lots of good mood and lots of space on the camera’s memory card for unforgettable First Baby Christmas memories!
Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on the age of the baby, there is a variety of gifts. From Christmas outfits and rattles to playmats, plush toys, cloth books, and bathing toys. Have a look at our list of the best shower gifts. Shopping for babies is always fun, and smiles and giggles they make while tearing up that shiny and crinkly wrapping paper are proof that the Christmas shopping task was well done. As a new dad, you can look at some of the best gifts in our list here.
4 months. Your baby may be able to kick himself over, from his tummy to his back, as early as age 4 months. It may take him until he’s about 5 or 6 months to flip from back to front, though, because he needs stronger neck and arm muscles for that maneuver.
Every baby develops at its own pace and all parents with multiple kids agree that siblings, even twins never went through the same development stages with the same pace. Never. In that sense, you should know how old is the baby you are buying gifts for (every month counts) and buy something that is for upcoming period (f.eg. if baby is 3 months old, you can buy a play rug, or a cloth book). Parents usually introduce toys a bit earlier than the toy manufacturer suggests, so bear that in mind and for a 6 months old baby do not buy toy that states 3-6 months, rather go for 6-12 months.