What to Get a Newborn for Christmas?

Updated on September 13, 2019
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Whitney is a mom trying to evoke a healthy, happy life for herself and her family.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Newborns

Whether you're Christmas shopping for your own newborn or someone else's, shopping for a newborn can be hard. In many cases, Mom and Dad received baby gear, clothes, and books at the baby shower. They probably also went out and purchased a lot of supplies before Baby was born.

And, unlike a five-year-old who makes a list of all the toys that she wants, a newborn isn't going to make a list of toys and books they want. Newborns just don't play with blocks, plush animals, balls and similar toys.

When looking for a Christmas gift for a baby, you'll want to search for the basics—clothes, blankets, and other supplies. When the newborn is three months old and enters the infant stage, the gift options increase, so you always have the option to shop ahead of age.

But, although a little harder, it's not impossible to shop for a newborn for Christmas.

Gifts for Newborn Babies (0–3 Months)

During these first three months, the baby won't be playing with traditional toys, but there are other things that you can purchase:

  • Blankets
  • Books
  • Bottles and pacifiers
  • Clothes

You could also consider care products like saline nose drops, gas drops, infant cough syrup, chest rubs, congestion relief, etc. Babies are quite susceptible to getting sick, so Mom and Dad should be prepared with cold medicines on hand. The last thing a parent wants is to have a sick baby and no medicines to help ease the symptoms.

Mom and Dad always need clothes for Baby.

  • Jackets
  • Mittens
  • Onesies
  • Pants
  • Socks

You could even look at baby towels, washcloths, and burp cloths. If this sounds like things you may have purchased or received as baby shower gifts, they are. Newborns really don't need a lot of fancy things.

If you want to purchase something a little bigger, look for baby gear Mom and Dad may not have.

  • Floor play gym
  • Infant seat
  • Playpen
  • Portable swing or rocker

Christmas Gifts for Infants (3–12 months)

For more gift options, look for toys and items for infants (3-12 months). The baby may be a newborn around, Christmas, but they'll become an infant in just a few short months.

There are many milestones that infants reach, so when Christmas shopping, you'll find many fun options, ranging from bath time toys, to teething toys, to a floor mat for tummy-time play.

Mom and Dad may need more clothes for their growing baby—pajamas, pants, shirts, socks, and shoes. You may even want to purchase summer clothes for Baby for when the weather warms up.

If you prefer to give a gift that the infant can play with. Look at various toys and play items like:

  • Bath toys
  • Books
  • Building blocks
  • Floor play gym
  • Jumpers
  • Plush toys
  • Push/walker toys
  • Sensory toys with sounds, textures, and lights
  • Teething toys

Baby Play Gym

Bright Starts Sunny Safari Baby's Play Place
Bright Starts Sunny Safari Baby's Play Place
I'm typically not a big fan of the floor play gyms, but this one is great. You can set up walls to keep Baby inside or let them down to adapt to Baby's needs. The colors are bright and the toys create options for play. You can even detach the toys for on-the-go play.

Gifts for Mom Postpartum

If Baby was born just before Christmas or is due just after, Mom will need various postpartum items that she may not have (enough of). Usually, postpartum items are not the most glamorous, but Mom will appreciate every one of them.

  • Medium-thick pads (wings are always a plus)
  • Cold compress packs for swelling
  • Heat packs for pain
  • Lose clothes (shirts, pants, dresses, panties)
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads (disposable or reusable)
  • Nipple cream or salve
  • Bath herbs or bath bombs
  • Baby journal or baby-brag book

Mom is going to be tired, sore and swollen after giving birth, so think of things that will help her around the house.

  • Make a coupon book with coupons that Mom can cash in for you to come over and help cook, clean or babysit.
  • Book Mom an afternoon trip to the spa.
  • Order a 1–3 month subscription for meal delivery (Blue Apron or Hello Fresh).
  • Hire a cleaning service to clean once a week or every other week for a month or two.

Gifting Money and Gift Cards

If you're just not sure what to buy a baby for Christmas, consider giving cash or a gift card.

  • Amazon
  • Babies R Us
  • Buy Buy Baby
  • Carter's
  • Gymboree
  • Oshkosh B'Gosh
  • Target
  • VISA card
  • Walmart

Giving money or a gift card allows Mom and Dad to buy what they need when they need it. Gifting money isn't the most romantic Christmas gift, but it's very convenient for parents.

What gift would you give?

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