12 of the best baby’s first Christmas stocking fillers

Make your little one's first festive season one to remember with these delightful stocking fillers

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Whether your baby quite appreciates the occasion that is their first Christmas is debatable, but for many parents creating their child’s first festive stocking full of infant-friendly goodies is a truly special moment.

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If your little one is already being weaned, don’t forget the obligatory tangerine and other edible treats. But when it comes to toys, there are some lovely options that aren’t too expensive and make a perfect little filler to keep your baby occupied on Christmas Day and beyond.

Here is our pick of the best baby’s first Christmas stocking fillers…

1. Dena 2 Piece Set People & House, £12

Age: from birth

This set is a great introduction to the brand’s new range of open-ended, versatile toys. Made from food-grade silicon, these shapes are oven safe and freezer safe.

So you can use them as moulds for ice or cookies, but your baby can also grab them and use them for chewing, squishing and handling.

As your baby grows, they become fun to stack together, especially if you extend the set with a few more people or houses… A toy that is super simple but keeps on giving.

Available from: Hippychick, Kidly and Amazon

 

2. Mothercare My First Christmas Bauble, £4

Age: from birth

One to show rather than give your baby on their first Christmas morning, this beautiful bauble makes for a special reminder of the big day – and one they can hang on their own tree when they’re older.

It’s shatterproof, and comes in its own giftbox.

Available from: Mothercare

3. Lamaze Rainbow Glow Rattle, £8

Age: from birth

This rainbow rattle looks to us like a benign little alien companion to keep your baby amused. It has a clever unusual shape for babies to grab, with chewy ‘eyes’ for teething time.

Plus, it emits a lovely pulsating glow to keep them mesmerised, and can be rattled to their heart’s content. It stands up nicely, and has a great shape for Christmas stockings!

Available from: Kidly, Debenhams and Amazon

4. Liewood Vikky bath toys, £19 (for 2 pack)

Age: from birth

Nearly £20 for a set of bath toys is quite a stretch, but these little critters are beyond cute. Between 10-14cm in length, they are super soft and squishy, are made of natural rubber and they are fully sealed so won’t cultivate grimy sludge inside.

Perfect for really little ones who still test everything with their mouths! They are also special enough to make a charming stocking filler 

Available from: Skandiborn, Kidly and The Modern Nursery

5. John Lewis Baby Christmas Dog Rattle Socks, £8 (pack of 3)

Age: from birth (to 2-3 years) 

What would baby’s first Christmas stocking be without a pair of novelty socks? This trio by John Lewis is super cute and festive, and the rattle sound the dog makes will keep your tot entertained.

They also have non-slip soles – perfect, in case your baby tries to take their first steps over Christmas.

Available from: John Lewis

6. Plan Toys Wobbly Penguin, £12

Age: from 6 months 

This is a wooden, stylised penguin, super cute and tactile. It wobbles and spins and is sure to delight babies with its contrast colours. Around 6cm x 7.5cm it is a great size for little hands, and it is made with sustainable rubber wood and child-safe paints.

As your little one grows, the penguin can join in story time – a thoughtful, longlasting stocking gift.

Available from: Babipur, Kidly and Naturally Ethical

7. Classic World Twisty Caterpillar, £8

Age: 12 months +

This chunky wooden caterpillar is ideal for older baby’s hands. Made from sustainable wood and non-toxic paints, this quirky little fellow can be twisted and pulled, and is bound to hold babies’ attention for a while.

We particularly love the new pastel version, which is a welcome relief of the usual primary colours.

Available from: Amazon, Kidly and Hippychick

8. Wee Gallery Stroller Cards – I see at the market, £13

Age: from birth

Made from sturdy double-sided card, this mini collection is great for entertaining your baby on the go or at home.

You can easily attach this cute little set to pram, rucksack or carseat, and the cars have enticing, colourful and high-contrast illustrations to teach your little one about colours and shapes. Perfect size for a Christmas stocking.

Available from: The Kid Collective, Soren’s House and Trouva

9. Skip Hop Farmstand Avocado Stroller Toy, £12

Age: from birth

This is a creative, tactile and soft toy for a newborn, with lovely details and understated charm.

It has enough bits for your baby to try their grip on and a rattle inside to discover and explore. We love its portability and cute design.

Available from: John Lewis, Jojo Maman Bebe and Amazon

10. Manhattan Toy Whoozit Photo Album Soft Cloth Book for Baby, £10.50

Age: from 12 months

What better stocking filler than a collection of your baby’s favourite memories. This handy soft cloth book takes standard 4×6” photos that your tot will love exploring.

The book itself has two flaps to discover and two ring rattles.

Available from: Amazon and Giddy Goat Toys

11. Guess How Much I Love You Comfort Blanket, £11.99

Age: from birth

This is a wonderfully snuggly and enticing comfort blanket. It has a lot of textures for your baby to explore – floppy ears, little tags and knots – a friendly little face and a huggable embrace. Goes very well with the charming book it’s based on.

Available from: Amazon

12. B Toys FunKeys, £9.95

Age: from 3 months

We love the B Toys brand, it keeps on making bright and stylish toys that are durable and work really well. This set of keys is chunky and colourful, and your baby will love exploring the realistic sounds that the buttons make – and they’re not too annoying to spoil your Christmas cheer.  

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Available from: Amazon

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