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Best Christmas Gifts for Babies (40+ ideas they want, need, wear & read for 0-1yr)

There are so many great ideas out there for Christmas gifts, and whether you stick to a 4 gift Christmas (where everyone receives something they WANT, NEED, will WEAR, and to READ), or are just browsing for ideas, this gift guide will help find special presents for the babies in your life!

I enjoy making sure, no matter how many presents my daughter gets, that she gets at least one in each of those four categories. It makes me feel good to give her different things, and helps me know that she won’t end up with just a bunch of toys (though that is bound to still happen)!

Use these ideas below build a complete Christmas list, round out your shopping, or even find gifts for others!

This post contains affiliate links. Some items were sent for consideration for inclusion in this gift guide, but I have only included items I and other moms actually love!


Best Christmas Gifts for Babies (Newborn to 1 year)


| Rattles |

Rattles provide for constant entertainment, sensory stimulation and are great for practicing grasping/holding.


Baby rattle baby Christmas gift.Amazon image for Christmas gifts for babies.
With lights, sounds and movement, the NogginStik is a great developmental toy that is lots of fun as well!

Amazon product image for Christmas gift ideas for babies.Manhattan Toy Winkel RattleDevelopment baby toy from Amazon.


Rattle MaracasInteractive baby rattles from Amazon.Amazon product baby gift for Christmas.


Sassy Rattlin Rings

Sports baby rattle Christmas gift.


| Balls |

Great for rolling, throwing or playing hide and seek, textured balls that provide sensory stimulation like this one or these are especially fun.


Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball
Plush sensory ball for Christmas baby gift.


Infantino Textured Ball SetAmazon site image for baby Christmas gifts.Various balls for baby Christmas image of baby gift for Christmas.

| Soft Toys |

From mouthing to cuddling, babies love soft toys like these favorites:

 Snuggle Teether Giraffe or Elephant– our giraffe went everywhere in the car with us the first year!

Plush elephant baby toy.

Soft Blocks like Baby Einstein Explore & Discover Soft Blocks are so much fun!

Animal baby blocks toys for Christmas gift.Amazon website image for baby Christmas gift guide.

These have been our favorite squeeze blocks and they are easy to wipe clean!

Gift for babies from Amazon.Baby gift from
Multi-purpose soft toys like the Lamaze Captain Calamari are great value. There is a whole line of animals to choose from too. Mom Tip: I attached Captain Calamari with these links to her swing or exersaucer, so I didn’t have to keep picking it back up when it was thrown!

Baby octopus toy from Amazon.Amazon toy for babies.

| Sensory Items |

Babies love the excitement as they experience new things, moms love the developmental properties of sensory toys.  

This water mat will make tummy time more enjoyablePlaymat gift for babies.Amazon product image for baby gift.

Engaging play mats such as this one do too!

Sensory play mat baby gift.Amazon image of product for babies.

| Musical items |

The Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is a must have for babies (with over 9,000 reviews on Amazon!); musical toys like the 4 Piece Baby Band or a soothing musical crib toy help munchkins become Mozarts.

Musical baby toy for Christmas gift.Baby to from Amazon for gift guide.
Amazon product for baby gift guide.Product image from Amazon for baby gifts.
Miniature play aquarium baby gift.Amazon baby gift image.


Christmas is a great time to “gift” baby some necessary baby gear that is still needed!

| Carriers |

Consider things baby will love: a great baby carrier like a Baby K’Tan or a Lillebaby (check out my reviews here and here).


Baby K’TanBaby sling gift from Amazon.Amazon baby gift guide product.



6 in 1 baby carrier from Christmas gifts for babies.


| Sleep Sack |

A cozy wearable blanket is a great gift and helps baby—and mom—sleep well (the Baby DeeDee Sleep Nest is a great deal, and though pricier, the Woolino Merino Wool Sleep Sack can be worn all 4 seasons and lasts til age 2).


Baby DeeDee Sleep NestBaby sleep sack baby gift.


Woolino Merino Wool Sleep Sack

Sleep sack Christmas baby gift.Amazon Christmas baby gift idea.


| Play Gear |

Of course, something to keep them occupied and entertained, like a jumperoo, exersaucer or an activity center (this one grows with your child!) will be a family favorite!


Fisher-Price Rainforest JumperooBaby bouncer gift for babies.


Amazon website image for Christmas gifts for babies.

Evenflo ExersaucerBaby entertainment chair Christmas present.


Amazon baby Christmas present idea.Skip Hop Explore & More Activity CenterBaby entertainment seat Christmas present.


| Feeding |

As your baby grows, their mealtime will definitely change! Use the holidays to help prepare with great feeding items like the EZPZ Mini Mat (perfect for highchairs or travel), sippy cups, or a highchair that will help them join the family at the table. Be sure to check out the last item too- it’s brand new and will be a lifesaver for parents!


EZPZ Mini Mat

Baby plate gift from Christmas guide.


Munchkin Click Lock Bite Proof Trainer CupsColorful sippy cups from baby present item.

Inqenuity 3-in-1 highchair

Baby high chair from present Amazon product image.

BlueSmart mia

Feedings are a major source of stress for many new parents. Is the milk or formula the right temperature, how much did the baby actually eat, are they getting enough nutrition?—These are all questions that fuel anxiety.

bluesmart mia holiday gift guide for babies | The Mom Friend

The innovative BlueSmart mia is a great new feeding tracking system that helps alleviate those worries. The smart silicone sleeve wraps around any bottle and has many great functions such as a timer (for feedings and milk expiration), a temperature sensor to ensure it isn’t too hot or cold, and motion sensor to get an optimal feeding angle.

It all syncs with a smartphone app making tracking feeding amounts and data easy! This would be a great gift for new parents.


| Extra necessities to keep baby happy | 

Interactive playmats, the very best pacifier, and stylish & practical bandana bibs also make great gifts that are sure to keep both baby and mom content!

Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano MatBaby present product from Amazon website.Baby Christmas present idea from Amazon website.


Wubbanub Reindeer Pacifier
Reindeer Pacifier from
Christmas idea for babies from Amazon.

Copper Pearl Bandana Bibs

Baby bibs in 4 pattern options from product image from


Whether you go cute, practical, or a combination of both, these are some of the tops items to gift to baby.


| Pajamas|

A baby can never have enough PJs in my opinion, especially during winter when no one wants to change out of toasty pjs! These Holiday Footed PJs are too adorable, and I love the pattern on these organic zippered pajamas.


Simple Joys by Carter’s 2-pack

Baby Christmas pajamas from Amazon web store.Baby gift from Amazon Web Store.


Burt’s Bees Organic PJsBlack and white checkered baby pajama onesie.Amazon web store baby Christmas gift.

| Baby Basics + Outfit Sets |

Similar to PJs, good quality baby basic apparel is essential for the first year. I’m loving Gerber’s new collection of baby basics, and the affordable options from the ONESIES brand as well.


Gerber Baby Basics

3 piece baby pajama set.




Patterned baby onesie from Amazon site.

Pink cupcake pattern baby onesie from Amazon.



And who can resist adorable outfits for gift-giving? This girl’s set with puffy vest or this boy’s suspender set are some of my favorites right now.


Nautica Girl’s Outfit

3 piece baby girl outfit set from Amazon.


Amazon baby item image for best Christmas gifts.Suspender Button Up set

Onesie pants set with suspenders for baby boy.Amazon web image for baby gifts.


| Shoes & Accessories |

Keeping baby warm is vital, so giving warm and cozy gifts just make sense! To keep little feet warm in the first year, I love moccasins or soft soled elasticized shoes. My daughter lived in these ones and we had multiple pairs of these. A good winter hat (bonus if it is super adorable like this one) plus warm booties are other must-haves for winter.


Freshly Picked MoccasinsBaby moccasin shoe from Amazon.


Baby gift from soft soled shoes (lots of styles!)

Sesame street baby bootie gift.Baby gift idea from Amazon.


Little Me Pilot Hat & MittensWinter hat for babies from Amazon.Amazon gift for 1 year old.


Zutano Fleece BootiesGray fuzzy baby booties from 1 year old gift.


Black/White Books, Soft books, Board books are all great for different reasons. The Black/White books help early visual development, and soft books are great for tactile interest. Here are some of our favorites for the first year. 

Look, Look!

Look Look! Book from Amazon for babies.Amazon web image 1 year old gift.


Giraffe & Friends

Fabric Giraffe and Friends baby book.Amazon site product for 1 year old baby.


Lamaze Peek-a-boo Forest

Peek-a-Boo Forest fabric book.Amazon gift idea for a 1 year old.


Moo, Baa, Lalala (one of Charlie’s all-time favorites!)

Moo, Baa, La La La! book from Amazon.Amazon gift idea for a 1 year old baby.


Your Baby’s First Word will be DADA by Jimmy Fallon
Your Baby\'s First Word Will Be Dada Book from Amazon.
Amazon image for a 1 year old gift.

So there you have it—over 40 of the best gifts for babies! What would you add to this list?

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