Your great ideas for first birthday presents!

Your baby’s first birthday might feel like it belongs a bit more more to you than your baby - after all, you've just survived some of the hardest trials of parenthood! While your baby won't understand why everyone is making such a fuss, there's still a whole lot to celebrate. By simply observing and interacting with their surroundings, many babies have figured out how to sit up, crawl, pull themselves up to stand, and even walk by the time they turn one. Their grasp of language is exploding, and they can hold a spoon, pick up a blueberry, and give lots of hugs and kisses. With that in mind, you may want to consider gifts that will further develop their gross and fine motor skills, their vocabulary and language – and have fun while doing it! We canvassed you, the mums in our OHbaby! community for great ideas for first birthday present ideas and you really (wait for it) came to the party! We've share them below.

Blocks, mini boxes or cups – anything that can be stacked

Books – good quality board books with flaps to explore

Bubble mixture and blowers

Couch – a mini one that folds out


Gift vouchers – you can tell people what you’re putting it towards

Little Tykes car

Table and chairs

A photo shoot

Swing – but consult the parents first, to make sure

Table and chairs

Wine for the parents perhaps? Hooray for making it through the first year!

Wooden pull-along toys


A Zoo pass

We also asked some of our friendly retailers for their ideas:

The Solvej swing

This swing converts from a baby swing to a toddler swing when your toddler is around 3 years old, making it suitable from about when your baby can sit up unaided to the weight of 40kg/88lbs. Designed for indoor and outdoor use, it has a safety belt and closed hooks and screw eyes, while the beads are coloured with non-toxic paint. Kourtney Kardashian loved it so much she included this Kiwi-made product in her 2018 Christmas Gift Guide! $219 from


Le Toy Van Rainbow Cloud Walker

A unique baby walker in a cloud shape with 45 rubberwood blocks painted in delightful water stained rainbow colours and a great assortment of shapes. The sturdy wooden construction offers support to develop their confidence. The traditional wooden rainbow blocks encourage shape recognition, develop hand-eye coordination and imagination. $179.95 from



The Wishbone Flip

A great first ride-on bike for your little one! The Wishbone Flip is a 3in1 indoor ride-on toy. It’s a rocker. It’s a push-toy. It’s a ride-on. With its innovative flipping mechanism, the Wishbone Flip transforms from rocker to ride-on in seconds. $169 from


Moover OHO ride-on truck

This Moover OHO ride on truck is strong, sturdy and colourful and will bring joy to any little boy or girl. The Moover Truck is made from high quality furniture grade MDF with large plastic wheels. Best of all it grows with your little one - from ride-on to sturdy construction toy. $99 from


Hape wooden rainbow xylophone

Take note! This sturdy wooden three-piece xylophone lets kids make music while practicing colours as well as scales. Promotes dexterity, hand eye co-ordination, and manipulation as well as introducing logic, matching, spatial relationships, critical thinking and an understanding of cause and effect. $30 from



Box set of 3 Reo Pepi board books

These books written and illustrated by mums Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson were created with pēpi (babies) in mind! They are durable board books that have one repetitive sentence structure in Te reo Māori and also the English translation underneath. Each page introduces a new kupu (word) and a beautifully illustrated pikitia (picture). $54.00 from



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