What on earth do you buy for a first birthday present? (sponsored post)

Emily from A Mummy Too asks, do babies need birthday presents?

It’s JD’s fifth birthday in a few weeks and we have big plans – a Halloween soft-play party with his friends, apple bobbing, and some cool gifts. We’re all really looking forward to it.

Miss J has a birthday coming up too. She’ll be one! For us, it’s a big deal, a milestone, a transition from babyhood to toddlerhood. This is it! We’ll have a schoolboy and a toddler, but no babies in this house.

Now when JD turned one, we didn’t worry about gifts, we focussed just on celebration. But for Miss J it’s different because she sees how life works for her older sibling and notices when JD gets something new. When he gets a new action figure to build, for example, she wants to build too. She’s too young, of course, to have a concept of sharing and fairness, but it seems only fair that, come her birthday, that she gets a present too, right?

So what do you buy a one year old? She has rattles, soft toys and occasional access to JD’s toy box. She’s well clothed and fed with a funky pushchair, so what more could she need? It was at this point in my thought process that I hit the internet and was overwhelmed by the possibilities. It’s like a wonderland with ideas for every stage of development!

Suddenly, the problem isn’t being short of ideas but having to narrow down our choice. We’re still debating what to get her but we’re definitely keen on the Fisher Price range, which has a range of bright, engaging, educational toys.

I think we’ll probably go for a musical toy, or one that helps enhance physical development and coordination.

Did you buy gifts on your baby’s first birthday? Let us know!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all words and thoughts are my own.



I’m a tech-addicted, married, 30-year-old mum to an arty four year old boy and an adventurous baby girl. At work I’m a marketing bod, speaker and trainer. In my spare time (yeah, right), I blog on various sites about work and home life, indulge my passion for photography, craft and baking, and generally spend far too much time on Twitter.


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