The birth of a baby is an exciting and magical time for any family.
From conception there are many moments to celebrate the miracle of life including the pregnancy announcement, the gender reveal, the baby shower, and most special of all, the birth.
Then there are those celebratory moments after the birth such as baby’s first outing, their first tooth, their first steps and beyond.
Each moment is special and memorable and it can be hard to find the perfect gift to mark each special occasion in bub’s life
To make your life a whole lot easier KJ Essentials for Baby has done the research for you and found the best baby gifts to celebrate each moment.
Plus if you want to grab any of these fab gifts you can get 10%* off at KJ Essentials for Baby with code KJBABYLIST10
1. Pregnancy Journal
Capture every precious and special moment of your pregnancy with Pearhead’s Pregnancy Journal.
This guided journal includes 74 pages to highlight every moment from the big news to the big arrival. Each section includes a pocket to add in baby’s special documents and pages to write in specific details about your pregnancy.
Sections include; “the big news” “first doctor visit” “first trimester” “second trimester” “third trimester” “planning” and “the big arrival”
Within each section there are pages to include your favourite pregnancy photos.
This journal is spiral bound and includes an elastic strap on the outside to secure closed. “My pregnancy journal” is printed in black on the front of this white journal. Hearts are gold foil stamped and an “xoxo” pattern is printed in black and gold on the front and back of the journal adding a fun, modern touch.
To add to the cuteness of this journal, you can display a 4″ x 5″ ultrasound pic of your little bub.
Never forget a moment of your pregnancy with Pearhead’s pregnancy journal.
Pearhead’s Baby Book is the perfect gift for any baby shower!
2. Beautiful Belly
Commemorate the precious journey of pregnancy by creating a cast of mum’s beautiful pregnant belly with Pearhead’s Belly Casting Kit.
You can personalise the cast any way you like. Keep it simple or decorate the cast with paint. Some mums love to have friends sign the finished product at their baby shower.
When bub is born it makes a stunning prop to pop them in for their newborn photo shoot as pictured here.
Each kit includes five rolls of plaster tape, belly casting lubricant, plastic drop cloth, non-latex gloves, and sanding screen.
Everything is safe to use on skin and is non-toxic and easy to make.
It is the perfect gift for any expecting mum.
3. Hello Baby Book
Say ‘hello baby’ with Pearhead’s Hello Baby Baby Book.
This modern, black and white baby book includes 48 fill-in journal pages to record all of baby’s moments from their birth to their first days of school.
Display baby’s ultrasound photo on the front cover of this stylish baby book.
White, black, and gold foil colours decorate the front of this baby book with “hello baby” and a modern arrow design stamped in gold foil.
The inside pages of the baby book include space for photos, artwork, birthday memories, school keepsakes, and more.
This baby book also includes an area to fill in your family tree and information about mummy and daddy.
Pearhead’s babybook is the perfect gift for any baby shower!
4. Tiny Prints
As new parents, you will always want to remember your little baby’s prints. Those little fingers and toes are just so unbelievably tiny when they are newborns and they grow so fast.
Capture those tiny prints and cherish those memories forever with Pearhead’s babyprints 3D Memory Kit.
It is the perfect keepsake for new parents.
Everything is included to make baby’s adorable 3D prints; alginate powder pack for creating mold, casting powder pack for casting mold, 2 mixing sticks, paintbrush, glue, silver and gold paint, and 4 plastic mixing cups.
My hot tip is to do this when they are fast asleep after a big feed so that you don’t have to worry about them wriggling about.
Don’t forget to include this frame in your baby registry.
It makes for the perfect gift.
5. Nappy Backpack
With all the fuss and excitement for the baby it’s important not to forget mum. The best baby gift to give a new mum is a beautiful nappy bag to help keep her organised and sorted while she is out and about with baby.
The Robyn Convertible Nappy Backpack is Babymel’s versatile 4 way multi bag – wear it as a backpack, shoulder bag, cross body or hand held with it’s easy to use convertible strap.
Lightweight yet durable, this sporty unisex design, in sleek faux leather boasts plenty of pockets to organise all baby’s essentials.
The Robyn includes an Easy-Wipes pocket which has a dispenser slot for pulling wipes through, so you can easily grab a wipe without having to undo zips or dig through your bag – perfect for quick clean- ups on the go!
6. Baby Bath
Babies love a bath! They love the splashy water, the bonding time with mum and the warm cosiness that helps them lull off to sleep.
Skip Hop’s versatile Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Bath grows with baby through three stages and is the only baby bath tub you’ll ever need.
The washable mesh sling locks into two ergonomic positions: higher for full-body support for newborns and lower for seated support for older babies.
The dual layered mesh and comfort-edge construction securely cradles baby from head-to-toe freeing up your hands and arms for washing and caring.
The slings adjusts to a cushioned seat that comfortably supports babies learning to sit.
Remove the sling when baby has mastered sitting and easily bathe baby in the spacious bath tub that has no uncomfortable plastic bumps.
7. Bassinet & Rocker in One
The Shnuggle Dreami Clever Baby Sleeper is a multi award winning moses basket with convertible stand designed to keep baby close to you but safe in their own cosy sleeping space.
It can be easily set up and used as a bedside crib for night time feeding and is easily moved around your home during the day – so no need to buy more than one bed for baby.
You will love it’s generous size as it is larger than traditional Moses baskets which will enable you to keep baby with you day and night.
The curve stand that comes with the Shnuggle Dreami can be used in a fixed or low level rocking position. This means you can use it beside your bed or anywhere around your home and gently rock baby in a front to back motion. It is also foldable for travel.
The Dreami® Moses Basket has a hypo allergenic, ventilated base and cotton facing breathable fabrics to maximise airflow and help regulate baby’s temperature.
8. Sleep Aid
This Ollie the Owl Sound and Light GroFriend ($69.95) from The Gro Company makes the perfect sleeping companion for newborns to older children.
Playing 4 comforting sounds (Heartbeat, Rainfall, Static White Noise or Brahms Lullaby) and with a gentle warm glowing tummy, Ollie the Owl creates a lovely calming environment for your baby to drift off to sleep in.
With a press of his little wing you can activate the built in CrySensor which then cleverly listens in and reactivates to help keep calm them should they stir.
He is so soft and cuddly and his wings and little feet are the perfect size for little hands to fiddle with as they are gently lulled to sleep..
When bub gets a little older Ollie becomes the perfect cuddle buddy for both day and night
Also available in Bennie the Bear
9. Breast Pump
There are many reasons why a mum needs to express her breast milk and when she does she wants it to be as simple and as easy as possible to provide her breast milk for her baby
The Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump from Tommee Tippee makes it make it super easy to give baby the benefits of breast milk when feeding time requires a bottle even when mum isn’t there – or if she is lucky she may even be taking a nap.
This cleverly designed pump works to mimic a baby’s natural feeding action, for brilliant results at the touch of a button.
The silicon cup is soft and makes a great fit for a much more comfortable express session.
Unlike some other breast pumps the Closer to Nature Breast Pump has four power modes to choose from: light, low, medium and high.
For the initial let down we recommend starting with the light mode and then increasing it as you need.
Inside the box you get a 150ml Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle which was the only bottle my kids would take when they were babies. You also get a milk storage lid and 6 disposable breast pads which are amazing.
10. Emergency Health Care Kit
Part of taking care of a baby involves grooming them and being able to do some simple health checks in those first months.
I just love this handy health care kit from Tommee Tippee as it has all the basics all in a handy travel kit.
In the Closer to Nature Healthcare Kit there are 9 essential items of which every one will come in good use in that first year of baby’s life
It contains baby scissors that have rounded edges for extra safety when cutting baby’s finger and toe nails. The included emery board is a great tool for filing any snagged nails or rough edges.
Also included is a baby brush with super soft bristles perfect for baby’s sensitive scalp. You also get a comb that has a non-scratch design and is very gentle to use and perfect for combing out cradle cap once treated.
There is a soft baby toothbrush perfect for cleaning their tiny first milk teeth.
Then there are the health care essentials that no new mum can live without being a nasal aspirator when bub is struggling with a blocked nose and the all important digital thermometer so you can check if they are running a fever or not.
11. Sleeping Nest
Newborns are so very tiny and they crave comfort and safety especially when they are sleeping.
This amazing sleep nest from Done by Deer will provide baby with that important safe & secure feeling in the transition from mummy’s belly to sleeping in the cot or bassinet.
The Done by Deer Cozy Nest is perfect for your baby’s first sleep in bed, pram and cot.
Both lightweight and portable it is the perfect accessory to take and about with. Simply pop it on the floor at Mother’s group or the grandparents house and you have an instant and safe cuddle spot.
With the Cozy Nest baby will always have a comfy and familiar place to rest at Mother’s Group, Play Group, their Grandparents house or anywhere you may go.
The Cozy Nest is also perfect for families that travel or go camping.
You can easily adjust the size of the Cozy Nest by pulling the strings and you are able to turn it inside out to get a new cool design.
You will be love its generous length which enable babies up to 12 months to comfortably snuggle up and snooze away in it.
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12. Formula Maker
If baby is mixed fed or exclusively formula fed then this machine is just the thing.
The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night Bottle Machine not only saves time and mess it helps make bottle feeding a dream right around the clock – especially for those bleary 3am feeds.
I love how it can make the perfect bottle in just two minutes plus it is specifically designed to make night feeding so much easier without having to fully wake bub or the rest of the house
No need to waster time and energy boiling or filtering water as you can use water straight from the tap thanks to it’s unique, anti-bacterial filter system that removes bacteria and other contaminants from the water ensuring it is clean and safe.
The Perfect Prep dispenses an initial ‘hot shot’ of water at 70°c that kills any bacteria which may be present in the formula. It then dispenses the correct amount of cooler water for an accurate formula consistency delivered at body temperature. It is 10 x faster than a kettle so no more waiting for the water to boil then cool.
The digital display is simple to follow, making feeding time quick and easy. The perfect prep machine can also be used with most brands of bottle and formula.
13. Baby Bean Bag
The KJ Essentials Deluxe Baby Bean Bag ($62.95) is a fairly new concept and tagged as a life saver by many new mums.
When filled with light weight beans bub can nestle comfortably into the super soft padded seat. Its unique design moulds around bubs body thus cradling delicate hips & back and also reducing the possibility of developing flat head.
I got my first baby bean bag when my daughter was 4 months old and we both loved it.
I could move the beans around inside so she could sit up comfortably after a feed or lie down to rest. I would bring it into the bathroom with me while I showered or outside while I garden.
She is now 7 years old and I have emptied out half the beans out and she still uses it to read in or watch shows.
Available in top colours grey, pink, blue and mint.
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14. Baby Bottle Steriliser
One thing that totally sucks when bottle feeding is having to sterilise all those bottles. It is so time consuming then you have to drain and store them ready and clean for the next use.
The Closer To Nature Electric Steam Steriliser solves that problem.
This amazing electric steriliser has a large interior space and can hold up to six bottles at a time, along with smaller accessories such a bottle rings and teats
The sleek design means it will not take up as much space on your bench as many other sterilisers.
This baby bottle steriliser comes with a Closer to Nature baby bottle, a Closer to Nature soother and a pair of teat tongs to lift bottle teats out of the steriliser and prevent contamination.
Simple and easy.
Most babies don’t like to be in complete darkness. Even when they are falling asleep they prefer a soft dim light.
With the Shnuggle Moonlight Nightlight you have a gorgeous modern nighlight perfect for newborns through to on the move toddlers.
With dual parent and child modes, a room temperature sensing dock and unique design, Moonlight is a must have for all new parents.
In Parent Mode, choose the perfect soft, baby-safe glow to feed, comfort and change baby through the night, anywhere in your home.
As baby grows simply switch to Child Mode and Moonlight becomes the perfect night time companion for your child.
A soothing bedside light to help promote sleep and a comforting light for your little one’s late night bathroom trips.
The clever temperature sensing dock also helps you to keep the room temperature just right by changing colour to let you know when the room is too hot, or too cold or just right.
16. Change Mat
Newborns need lots of nappy changes around the clock.
Make nappy changing a breeze with Leander’s all-in-one change mat, the Matty .
This top of the range change mat converts any flat surface into a safe baby change station.
Bub will be super comfy lying straight on Matty thanks to its super soft material. Its wipe clean surfaces means that there is no need for a cover that needs to be washed constantly
Easy to clean and wipe the Matty is made from an hygienic 100 % waterproof surface so that no fluids leak into the cushion.
Its super soft non-slip base complete with 4 silicone “feet” will keep it safely in place on any table, dresser or bench top. Its function & portability enables you to create the perfect changing spot anywhere you may be.
Made from pliable yet strong PUR (polyurethane foam) you will love the sturdiness of Matt. Weighing 2.9kg
The Matty weighs a sturdy 2.9kg so you can rest assured that the mat will stay in position even when bub is super active during change times.
17. Bath Toys
Skip Hop’s Explore & More Zoo Stack & Pour Buckets are my favourite baby bath time toys of all time.
You and bub can stack, fill and pour with these easy-grab buckets!
They are perfectly sized for little hands, these colourful buckets provide endless bath time play while helping to build motor skills.
As baby becomes old enough to grab and hold the buckets they can drain water in a variety of ways with three different sprinkle effects.
My kids loved filling them with bath water and holding them up to watch the water drain out in different ways.
We would also pack them in our beach bags for play down by the shore. We would also pack them in our suitcases to take on holidays for some poolside fun and play.
I love how they stack and drain when not in use.
One of the milestones with a little one is when they become ready to lose the nappy and go to the toilet like a big boy or girl.
Reach potty training success a little more quickly with this brilliant Made for Me Potty by bestselling brand Skip Hop.
This potty has both the look and feel of a grown-up toilet to help toddlers feel more comfortable and confident as they transition.
It is so cleverly made with all smooth surfaces and no seams so you can easily wipe it clean. Its basin is removable and super easy to keep clean and ready for the next use.
I love the back compartment that they can store their fave book in. It also has handy removable wipes case so you can be ready to clean as soon as they are done.
Toddlers love the super fun button that when pressed gives a real flush sound.
19. Sleep Training Clock
The Gro Clock is an easy to use visual communication device to help toddlers understand day and night.
The glowing screen shows images of stars and the sun to communicate ‘sleep’ and ‘wake up’ time to children.
The stars go out one by one during the night to show the passing of time, helping to ensure parents and children get some precious extra sleep.
The Gro Clock can also be used to help teach children the time, with the option of a digital time display.
You can set the clock to do its thing at the times that suit you and your family so yo have complete control.
Included is the book ‘Sleepy Farm’ which tells the story of how the Gro Clock works. Simply read it to your little one and they will learn when the clock is telling them to sleep, to stay in bed and quietly play and when it is time to get out of bed.
20. Walker Roller Scooter in One
The very cute Zoo Ride On Scooter Toy from Skip Hop is a super fun and colourful way for little ones to develop their gross motor skills, balance, co ordination and also their understanding of cause and effect.
This amazing scooter evolves through three different stages of bub’s growth from their first steps through to being confident little kids whizzing around on their favourite animal wheels
Stage one is designed for early walkers. At this stage the Zoo Ride On Scooter motivates little ones to push and pull in wagon mode as they would with a standard baby walker. The tub can become a great spot to pop their favourite toys and take them on little adventures.
Stage two is designed for toddlers who are getting good at walking. In this stage you can turn the wagon’s storage tub upside down to use as a seat for ride-on mode. This is the perfect mode to get kids used to riding a bike as they learn to turn the handles and work out how to scoot ahead and turn corners.
Stage three is for toddlers who have mastered walking unassisted. Simply remove the seat and raise the adjustable handle to suit the height of your little walker. Then they can hop on and take their scooter for a spin like a big kid.
They’ll love pressing the button at the front for a headlight, melodies, a beep sound and more fun sound effects as they whizz along.
21. Plush Play Mat
The KJ Essentials Plush Animal Play Mat is the perfect solution to finding a clean soft spot for bub to lie on.
From tummy time to resting time and play time, every mum wants to make sure her bundle of joy has a safe and comfortable surface to roll around on.
These ultra-soft and squishable mats are silky smooth against your baby’s skin, letting bub discover new and exciting textures.
Babies love the sensory exploration of the elephant’s big round belly, its squishy arms and its huggable soft head with trunk.
Older kids love to chill out on it to watch telly, read or enjoy screen time.
It’s large size means its perfect for bub to roll around on and will still be a great rug for resting, reading and relaxing when they are toddlers.
New mums love to take these play mats to Mother’s Group for bub to lie and play on. Use them at home on the tiled or hardwood floors as they have a clever non slip backing. Or use them in the Nursery as a super cute floor rug
22. Baby Food Maker
For the best start in life the food we feed our baby needs to be healthy and nutritious without any nasties.
The best baby food is the one made at home from fresh ingredients.
Beaba’s Babycook Neo is the ultimate home made baby food maker that makes feeding baby quick, easy and healthy.
Its four settings eliminate the need for pots, a blender and a microwave so that making baby food is as simple as possible.
Create everything from a fine purée to a chunkier purée and everything in between – the unique pulse-blend feature ensures that your baby is getting the correct consistency of baby food every step of the way.
The patented steam cooking system turns off automatically, so you never have to worry about watching over the Babycook or overcooking your baby’s food.
As a bonus, the newly designed reservoir is easily accessible for hassle-free cleaning!
The Babycook® Neo makes up to 1 250 ml of food in a sleek, patented countertop appliance that steam cooks, blends and reheats/defrost all-in-one, in 15 minutes or less. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers, then simply defrost and reheat right in the Babycook® Neo.
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