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Best Christmas buys for babies under 12 months!

Working with babies I getting chatting all the time to parents about the latest must have gadgets and toys for newborns and babies. I though I help you all out by writing about the top 5 Christmas buys if you have a baby between the ages of 6 and 12 months.


At the bottom of this blog is a special offer for baby's 1st birthday shoot (cake smash or standard portrait session). So don't forget to enter your details below to receive your special offer discount code via email.


Here we go.....


Best for crawling

Skip Hop Explore & More Follow Bee Crawl Toy £25

Top of the Christmas list for pre-crawlers or those just starting to get about is the Explore & More follow-bee crawl toy. With three stages for pre-crawling, beginner crawlers and advanced crawlers it'll keep your little ones busy and encourage movement. The follow-bee toy has a removable bee rattle and moving cloud with lights and music, encouraging your little one to crawl after it to get their hands on the cute little bee. With good reviews on the likes of Amazon and a Gold Toy Award 2019 from Made for Mums it'll be a great gift for the little one in your life.

Recommended age: 5 months +


Best for bath time

Tomy Toomies Octopals Number Sorting Baby Bath Toy £11

For bath time fun put this on your list of must haves for your little one this year. With the mummy octopus in the center and her 8 colourful babies around her that squirt water, stick to surfaces and help develop colour and number recognition it has lots to offer to keep your baby entertained during bath time. With over 900 great reviews on Amazon and some great special offers in the run up to Christmas its a budget friendly toy that's bound to give some giggles. This toy is currently part of the Argos 2 for £15 offer so click here to check it out.

Recommended age: 12 months


Best for colour recognition

Let's Say Our Colors (Simple First Words) £10

This fab book from the early educational series by Roger Priddy will keep your little ones interested while helping them develop early colour recognition and word association.

With bold, colourful images and buttons to press for matching colour words, children and parents will love this addition to their home library. Well reveiwed on Amazon and GoodReads a good quality book is a lovely alternative to another toy under the tree.



Best for hand-eye coordination

Fisher Price Rock-A-Stack Stacking Toy Rings £9

Stacking rings have been around forever but these stacking rings from Firsher Price are as popular as ever! ​Younger babies will love finding, holding and shaking the 5 colourful rings. As the get a little older stacking helps them develop hand-eye coordination and introduces them size, as they learn to sort and stack from biggest to smallest. Check out the amazing reviews for this simple but classic toy on both Amazon and Argos.

Recommended age: 6 months +


Best for interactivity

V-tech Baby Turn and Learn Cube £25

This is a personal favourite of mine as my daughter had this from around 6 months and loved it. It brought hours of entertainment and is small and light enough to take in the car or out to the park or garden to play with on a picnic blanket. This brilliant cube features five sides to explore and attracts your baby’s attention with music, chunky light-up buttons, bright colours and more. Light-up buttons introduce animals, animals sounds and shapes. Press or slide the musical instruments to hear their name and sounds, also includes five sing-along songs and 20 fun melodies. The cube also features lots of sliding and spinning parts to encourage fine motor skills and a motion sensor that triggers fun sound effects.

Well reviewed and available from all toy shops including The Entertainer and Hamleys.




So there we have it....the top 5 buys for your little ones this Christmas to help keep them happy and busy! If you know of a great toy from 6 to 12 month age range comment below with the name of it and I'll add it to the list.


Special offer time

As a special Christmas gift for your little ones under 12 months I'm offering all readers of this blog 50% off the price of my 'Little Sitter' photo shoots. To receive your discount code (valid until end of March 2020) simply fill out the Contact form with your details here and submit! Then I'll get in touch with your special offer code. For all the info on my sitter sessions and whats included please click here.


To finish off today I'd like to give a shout out to another fellow photographer who's work I love. Nicole from Jadore Photography is writing all about the importance of maternity photography, check out her blog Maternity photographer Falkirk to see her beautiful maternity images.


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