For every new parent, one of the biggest milestones in their child’s life is that very special first birthday. So many changes happen in that first year for the baby and the new parents and the first birthday is a time to stand back and think, “Wow, that was one year of amazing awesomeness and the next year brings many more changes”. Today I will share with you 5 baby’s first birthday gift ideas to help you celebrate. These 1st birthday gift ideas are from parents so you can rest assured that your baby will actually use them and enjoy them.
Five Excellent 1st Birthday Gift Ideas
I remember my daughter’s first birthday. It was a big deal! She had us by the heartstrings (and she still does) and we wanted to have a party to help us celebrate a big year in all of our lives. We invited some of her play date babies and our friends. We decided on a strawberry shortcake type of cake with vanilla layers and fresh strawberry slices and whip cream. I think she was a little wowed by the whole event, her first cake, her first birthday song, and her first birthday presents. My suggestion for baby’s first birthday gift ideas is lots of clothing and spread out in sizes 12-24 months because it is so practical. Then a few developmental toys for brain building and some baby gear to round out Baby’s First Birthday gifts.
Parents and gift-givers can make Baby’s First Birthday special just by being there and enjoying the good company. Of course Baby’s First Birthday gifts and party supplies will come in handy too! Don’t forget to take lots of photos that tell the story. Here are my 5 favorite Baby’s First Birthday gift ideas from parents who know what their babies needed and enjoyed.
First Birthday Gift Ideas:
1. Baby Clothing
This is the time when you might show your excitement to be able to move in “bigger kid” looks or you might want to milk the baby time for all it is worth and stock up on adorable rompers and footies while you can! Either way, they grow so fast during this time it is a good idea to request a variety of sizes from 12-24 months.
2. A Learning Table
Both of my kids absolutely loved their LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Tables. It was perfect for them as they were learning to stand to have a place to lean and work at that was just their height. Two huge thumbs up for the gift giver of a baby learning table! They are great for improving baby’s fine motor skills.
3. Baby Books
You can never have too many baby books. My kids love the touch and feel books. They also love the longer rhyming books. Since they still like sticking books in their mouth at this point, I would stick with baby board books like, “Good Night Moon” or “Guess How Much I Love You?” A personalized book is a great special option as well.
4. Baby Toys
Stick with the classic baby toys like Blocks, Stacking Toys, and Shape Sorters. Babies love these simple toys and they learn so much as they improve their hand eye coordination.
5. Ride On Toys
From rocking horses to cozy coupes to scoot-alongs, there are so many fun choices for this age to enjoy.
6. Bonus- Baby Gear
This stuff is just as much for the parent as the baby- play room furniture, baby feeding bowls and utensils, strollers, wagons, etc.
Another great way to celebrate this special milestone and prepare for Baby’s First Birthday party is to plan fun activities such as story time, photo prop fun, and mark a growth chart for your baby journal. You might want to get a special Baby’s First Birthday crown and balloon.
What are your favorite 1st birthday gift ideas from parents?