THE exciting countdown to Christmas is one of the most magical times for little ones and the best advent calendars for babies make the lead-up even more delightful.
An excellent gift in the lead-up to Christmas, advent calendars for babies should be safe, visually interesting and include treats or toys they'll love.
For babies, you want to make sure that the advent calendar you choose is age-appropriate and doesn't have any small pieces that could be a choking hazard.
Look out for toy advent calendars with wooden toys, or musical advent calendars, which will delight young children.
VTech's Toot Toot advent calendars are favourites for babies: not only do they come with cute, festive figurines for babies to play with in the lead-up to Christmas, but they also have songs and musical effects.
If your baby is still too young to play with an advent calendar, but you'd like a special keepsake to remember their first Christmas, you'll find baby advent calendars that let you record special occasions throughout the month of December.
And for hungry babies, edible advent calendars work a treat. For a healthier take on chocolate, try Organix's advent calendar, filled with oaty bites and fruity biccies.
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1. VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Advent Calendar
- (AD) VTech Toot-Toot Drivers advent calendar, £29.48 from Amazon – buy here
VTech's popular baby toys combine fun with education, and this driving themed advent calendar aimed at children aged one and above won't disappoint.
It requires 2AAA batteries to come to life with Christmas songs and festive sound effects and toys include a Christmas sleigh, truck and trailer.
The box even folds down to become a road giving it appeal long beyond December 25th.
2. Lokipa Christmas Advent Calendar Boxes
- (AD) Lokipa 24 Kraft Paper Advent Gift Boxes, £6.99 from Amazon – buy here
These fill-your-own advent calendar boxes with merry motifs work a treat for babies.
For starters, you don't even need to fill them – babies will love stacking them and knocking them over.
Of course you can fill them, too, with baby's favourite things: healthy snacks, bubbles, small toys…
This set of 24 kraft paper boxes comes flat-packed – simply assemble and you're good to go.
3. Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar
- (AD) Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar, £16.99 from Amazon – buy here
A wholesome option for kids aged three to seven, this Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar includes 24 charming wooden ornaments that little ones can use to decorate their tree every day in December, with a shining gold star for the last day.
This calendar is a simple idea, but kids and parents can't get enough – it's reusable, it comes with a cute storage box for the ornaments and even builds numeracy skills as children countdown to that all-important day.
'It gets redecorated at least once a day and has helped massively cut down on how much my son tries to play with the big Christmas tree', writes one reviewer.
4. Peppa Pig Advent Children's Book Collection
- Peppa Pig Advent Children's Book Collection, £19.99 from John Lewis – buy here
If your baby's first words were 'Peppa' (we know a few), then this cute advent book collection will light up their world this Christmas.
Every day of December brings with it a brand new mini story book filled with tales about the energetic pig and her family.
There's even a brand new special book for December 24th called Peppa's Christmas Eve.
5. The Gruffalo's Child Official Music Advent Calendar
- The Gruffalo's Child Official Musical Advent Calendar, £24.99 from Calendar Club – buy here
We'll wager that one of your baby's favourite author-illustrator combos is none other than Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
So The Gruffalo's Child scene of this advent calendar will be something they enjoy building each day throughout December as new characters are unveiled.
Just add 3AAA batteries to power the calendar's magnetic movement and music, sure to delight even the youngest of babies.
6. Play-Doh Advent Calendar
- Play-Doh Advent Calendar, £29.90 from Amazon – buy here
We haven't yet met a preschooler who doesn't enjoy the squishy joy of Play-Doh, which is why this advent calendar is guaranteed to be a hit with little ones.
Each of the 24 doors hides a surprise that will delight young makers – five pots of Play-Doh are included (two of them sparkly) as well as a whole host of festive cutters, stampers and moulds, so children can get creative to their heart's content.
7. Orange Tree Toys Noah's Ark Advent Calendar
- Orange Tree Toys Noah's Ark Wooden Toys Advent Calendar, £30 from Orange Tree Toys – buy here
This Noah's Ark scene with wooden animals comes to life for each day of advent, with 24 chunky pieces suitable for babies aged one and over.
This advent calendar for babies is one they'll play with – and treasure – for years to come.
8. Max Made Me Do It Keepsake Baby's First Advent Calendar
- Max Made Me Do It Keepsake Personalised Baby's First Advent Calendar, £20 from Not On The High Street – buy here
OK, OK, this is more an advent calendar for parents than babies, but it is a lovely illustrated memento of your baby's first Christmas.
The personalised advent calendar lets parents record their baby's December movements and milestones, and it makes a gorgeous gift for anyone expecting around the festive season.
'My friend adored this calendar for her first child. Very special and thoughtful', writes a reviewer.
9. Bethlehem Advent Stable
- Bethlehem Advent Stable, £79.99 from Lakeland – buy here
For parents keen to tell the nativity story to children, this charming advent stable is a magical way to do it.
A new nativity figure is revealed behind each of the 24 doors and the scene spins on a base for easy access to all the doors.
This is undoubtedly a pricey investment, but it has family heirloom written all over it.
10. Thomas & Friends Minis Engine Advent Calendar
- Thomas & Friends Minis Engine Advent Calendar, £20 from The Entertainer – buy here
Christmas starts early for Thomas fans with this fantastic advent calendar, which is packed with 24 mini push-along engines.
Aimed at children aged three and above, a number of classic characters feature as well as some festive specials and the box even converts to a train track at the end.
'My sons enjoyed opening each day and seeing which Thomas & Friends train they would find. The trains alllink together to make a giant parade of trains,' explains one reviewer.
11. Disney Book and Festive Felt Advent Calendar
- Disney Book and Festive Felt Advent Calendar, £12 from The Works – buy here
Another cute Christmas tree for babies and children to decorate – this felt creation invites little ones to open a new festive pocket every day to discover one of their favourite Disney characters hiding inside.
They can then pop them on the tree until it's fully decorated on Christmas Eve, when excited children get to open the biggest pocket of all and get a festive Disney book.
The perfect countdown for all ages, it's the type of calendar that can be enjoyed for years to come.
12. Mr Men Little Miss Advent Calendar
- Mr Men Little Miss Advent Calendar, £15.99 from WHSmith – buy here
For fun tales the whole family will enjoy, you can't go wrong with this selection of 24 mini books featuring your favourite Mr Men and Little Miss characters.
Mini editions of iconic tales like Mr Tickle Saves the Day, Mr Bump Goes on Holiday and Little Miss Sunshine Cheers Everyone Up are all featured and hide behind individual pockets.
How much are advent calendars for babies?
They vary in price, but the most popular advent calendars for babies and children tend to sit between £10 and £30.
For more high-end calendars, or those that can be used again and again each year, prices can reach up to £100, but this price point is rare for children's calendars.
Where to buy advent calendars for babies?
We found a fantastic selection of advent calendars on Amazon for children of all ages.
Shops like The Works, WHSmith, The Entertainer also have a great selection of advent calendars.
What to look for in an advent calendar for a baby?
The best advent calendars for babies are most importantly safe, so always check the age range the calendar is aimed at. Many start at age 3, so it's always best to double check if they come with any small parts.
Book advent calendars are a fantastic option for babies as they can be enjoyed for many years, they're baby friendly and they'll introduce your child to the wonder of books.
How many days are there in an advent calendar?
The majority of advent calendars have 24 doors to open or pockets to explore and the fun starts on December 1st.
Occasionally, there are 25 doors to open for a bonus present.
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