A baby’s first birthday is a significant milestone that most parents like to mark in a special way. As well as organising a party, and letting your baby have her first taste of birthday cake, it is also important to choose a memorable first birthday gift. Whilst baby is unlikely to remember what they receive for their first birthday, it is something their parents will remember forever.
But with so many wonderful options available, what gift should you choose? Here are some of our favourite first birthday gift ideas, suitable for all babies and all budgets:
Role Play Tools
Toddlers learn about the world around them through role play, particularly role play that mimics the actions their see their parents completing in everyday life. Popular role play options include miniature shops, kitchens, and even replica household cleaning items.
These come in a host of different styles: wooden versions are strong, durable and designed to last a lifetime. Plastic models are more lightweight, and tend to be more affordable. Role play toys make great gifts for one year olds, and can also be easily shared with playmates or older siblings.
A Special Soft Toy
Soft toy gifts are always popular, both with baby and their parents. Not only do they brighten up the nursery, they also provide a comforting play mate for the little one. Soft toys do more than just look good, though: they provide comfort and security, they play a key role in a child’s emotional development, and their soft flexibility is endlessly appealing to children.
The great thing about choosing a soft toy as a first birthday gift is that you can choose from an almost limitless array of options: from soft dolls to animals, dinosaurs to traditional bears, choose a soft toy that suits the personality and the interests of the child you are gifting it to.
A Train Set
Most childhood nurseries are equipped with a wooden train set, and for good reason: they make great gifts!
Train sets are great for developing hand eye coordination, small world play, and collaborative play with their peers. Because the track pieces fit together so simply and intuitively, building a train track is also a great way to introduce your child to the concept of jigsaw puzzles. You can even have pieces of wooden train track personalised, making it a unique gift they could treasure forever.
A Rocking Horse
If you’re looking for a bigger gift with a real ‘wow’ factor then a rocking horse is the perfect choice. These toys often become family heirlooms and provide a fun and safe environment for your baby to explore their physical development and the impact it has on the world around them. Many babies enjoy riding their rocking horses for hours!
When looking at modern rockers, you don’t have to be limited by the horse: a wide range of animals and objects are also available, including rocking unicorns, dinosaurs, boats and bunnies.