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Christmas Gift Guide for Babies Under 1

My christmas gift guide is here for Babies under one year. Christmas is fast approaching so I thought I’d get super organised and compile a small list of gift ideas. It can be really tricky buying for babies but I have based this list on us buying for Fraser for his first Christmas.

 

Toys:

Toys I suppose are the obvious choice really but they have to be age appropriate so it does take some investigating. Now Fraser can sit up with support and now likes his Tummy Time so this Hungry Caterpillar Activity Toy is perfect to entertain him when he’s on his front or sitting/laying.

Suitable from birth, this toy from Born Gifted is fabulous. I am a HUGE fan of the Very Hungry Caterpillar anyway but it has so many ways to keep baby amused. I has velcro straps too so can be attached to pram/pushchair or cot. The Caterpillars feet and tentacles are made from material that makes a crinkle/crispy sound when touched or scrunched. Fraser particularly likes this bit. There are small hoops to grab underneath, a large hoop with beads that move about too. The material is bright in each section and has different textures.

 

It is so well made and beautifully embroidered. If you press the embroidered leaf it plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

The clear globe in the middle spins around making a rattle sound with the tiny beads inside. Fraser loves his activity  caterpillar so it get a huge thumbs up from us!

Price £19.99

 

Books:

It is never too early to get your children into books! My older two kids adore books and I am hoping Fraser will too!

This book is awesome. It is hardback, although you can get paperback too. You can also have your childs face put on the front of the book as well as their name. I really love this idea! We opted for just the personalised text. It is so adorable. There are a number of titles you can have personalised on the website and lots of other items other than books too.

I love this message we could have printed inside the front cover. It is a lovely touch that can make this gift just that little bit more special.

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The illustrations in this book are beautiful. Really cute characters and animals. I love everything about them from the backgrounds to the artwork. This beautifully made book from It’s Your Story is a perfect gift for baby. We definitely recommend this.

Price: From £15

 

Personalised Soft Toy/Teddy:

Who doesn’t love a teddy!?? This isn’t one I’d give Fraser to play with though, it’d be more of a keepsake I think but it is so cute! TIGGER!!!

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This isn’t just any old teddy though… Tigger has a special personalised scalloped tag hanging on his satin ribbon bow! Tigger comes carefully wrapped in tissue paper and presented in a lovely tulle drawstring bag. The teddy from Find Me A Gift, is approx 21cm in height and incredibly soft to touch. The personalisation on the disc is limited to 50 characters but you can have whatever message you like.

Price: £23.99

 

Money Boxes:

Baby may already have one but if not, I think a money box is lovely idea for a gift. This one from Find Me A Gift is really nice. It is glass on one side so you can actually see into your money box and see how many pennies you’ve got.

 

The My First Money Box has an animal picture on the back that you can also see through the glass front. Printed on the front glass panel is the words My First Money Box. It is wooden and painted in white. You can get to your money through the back, it has got four clips like a photo frame that you slide round and take the back panel off. Its really well made too and do other versions for grown ups!

Price: £19.99 but currently on sale at £12.99!

 

I really hope this has helped in giving you some ideas for gifts for Baby’s first Christmas. I cannot wait to spend our first Christmas as a family of FIVE! 

 

 

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Mum Vs Teething Baby! 5 Things You Need!

 

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Teething! Brace yourselves!!

Fraser is 19 weeks old now and most definitely teething! Drowning in dribble! Lots of grizzles. Rosy cheeks. A not so smiley Bubba! Well I have compiled a small list of things I recommend you have to hand when you have a teething Baby!!

 

1.  Toys to chew on!!

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We have a Sophie the Giraffe teether toy which Fraser has taken a real shine to. He smiles when he sees her face! It is very cute! He has no qualms about shoving her head in his dribble filled face and chowing down! Its a great toy as it is easily washable and very durable. These are so popular and I can see why. We have a few other teething toys too, including fabric toys with chewable plastic sections for teething. Sophie is by far Frasers favourite though. Have PLENTY of teething toys available for baby. They can actually soothe the gums and gently help the teeth to break through when ready.

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2. Plenty of Bibs/ Muslin Cloths

Now when I was pregnant with Fraser I bought a packet of 3 Muslin cloths. Then I bought some more, then when he was born I got another pack! Muslin overload? Too much? God no! I am so glad I bought as many as I did especially as Fraser has colic and reflux! They have been an absolute saviour! I never used these with my older children but I could make do with just bibs for them as they were never sick! Come to think of it I don’t remember them dribbling as much as Fraser does either. Muslin cloths are a MUST have!! I have 2 in my changing bag at all times. Fraser does wear a bib some of the time but I do prefer Muslins. Dribble bibs are definitely good to have too. In fact I don’t think you could have too many of those either.

 

3. Spare Clothes

These you’d probably have with you anyway incase of a leaky nappy or poo explosion! Don’t you just love those?! Eww! Maybe pop in an extra set just incase. I have found Fraser has been soaking through bibs, then t-shirt/ sleep suit  and vest. Honestly I cannot emphasise enough how much dribble comes out of my child! Definitely pack extra, it is better to have too much than not enough!

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4. Teething Gel

Teething gel is another definite MUST have item! There are a few out there but we have found that Dentinox the most effective for Fraser. We actually used this with our other two children too. It can be reapplied if necessary every 20 minutes. Others which must be a bit stronger can only be applied every 3 hours. It must be so painful for them when those teeth are coming through. This gel definitely relieves a bit of the pain for our Bubba. I take it with us wherever we go. There are powders and granules too for teething, I’ve never used them personally as discovered the gel first and that works well for us.

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5. Nappy Rash Cream

Now I know this sounds like an odd one but Sudocrem is great if they get sore from dribble. Fraser manages to get dribble right underneath his chin. Right in a fold of chub. It can get really red and sore and I just put a bit of sudocrem on and it is right as rain! Sudocrem is magic cream to me! It can be used for so many different things and works wonders.  Again this is probably something you’d have with you most of the time anyway so it’s just an added bonus that it can help with soreness too.

 

What are your must-haves for a teething baby?