With Christmas around the corner, it's your chance to introduce your baby to the best baby advent calendars. The festive holiday is an exciting time for new and expanding families, as it's a chance for everyone to come together and spend time with your new baby.
A newborn means a lot of first milestones for parents, including smiling, rolling over and trying solid foods. Along with first visits from family and friends, their first Christmas is another one of these milestones. So, why not make this magical season one that you'll treasure with their first advent calendar?
Best baby advent calendars at a glance...
Editor's Choice: Personalised Christmas Advent Calendar House, £51 on My 1st Years
Best picture book baby advent calendar: The Christmas Advent Collection: 24 Kids Picture Books Bundle, £24 on The Works
Best fill-your-own baby advent calendar: Baby's First Christmas Advent Calendar, £19.95 on Not On The High Street
Best activity-based baby advent calendar: The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar Book Collection 2023, £13.99 on Amazon
Best keepsake baby advent calendar: Keepsake Personalised Baby's First Advent Calendar, £20 on Not On The High Street
When choosing the best baby advent calendar or the best children's advent calendar, it's essential that you check whether or not the contents are age-appropriate. Before buying, make sure to check the recommended age for the advent calendar. Alternatively, you can choose a fill-your-own advent calendar, which you can personalise and use for years to come.
Having said that, here are the best baby advent calendars to make their first Christmas really special. Whether you spend the festive season cuddled up close reading with them, or you have your own ideas on how to make their advent calendar something that they can enjoy, we've got them all.
SHOP: The best baby advent calendars to shop for Christmas 2023
Editor's Choice: best baby advent calendar
From My 1st Years, this Personalised Christmas Advent Calendar House would make an ideal calendar
Best picture book baby advent calendar
At fab value for money (saving £119 overall), The Christmas Advent Collection from The Works
Best fill-your-own baby advent calendar
From Not On The High Street, this Baby's First Christmas Advent Calendar is made from soft fabric
Best activity-based baby advent calendar
Is your child a fan of The Gruffalo and Friends? Take them on a Christmas adventure with this The
Best keepsake baby advent calendar
Write down all of your family's festive firsts on this incredible Keepsake Personalised Baby's
Best sizeable keepsake baby advent calendar
Another lovely keepsake, the Baby's First Christmas Keepsake Advent Calendar from Etsy allows you
Best firsts baby advent calendar
Inside this Personalised Baby's First Advent Calendar Tin, you'll find a card for each day until
Best CoComelon-themed baby advent calendar
It's true, we can hear the CoComelon theme song in our heads as we speak. As we all know,
Best Disney-themed baby advent calendar
Introduce your child to the magic of Disney with this Storybook Collection Advent Calendar that
Best Duggee-themed baby advent calendar
This Advent Calendar Book Collection from Hey Duggee is packed full of stories for them to enjoy.
Best Mr.Men-themed baby advent calendar
Countdown to Christmas with a different book each day so that every night before your bubba goes
Best Peppa Pig-themed advent calendar
It's Peppa Pig bringing the festive cheer, with her Peppa Pig Advent Calendar Book Collection.
What is an advent calendar?
According to Parenta.com, advent calendars can be traced back to the 19th century. Families would mark every day in December until Christmas Eve with chalk. Instead of chalk, we prepare by opening chocolate advent calendars or options with small gifts today.
How do advent calendars work?
Every advent calendar is different. In mainstream options, you'll find a surprise hidden behind a window. These can range from beauty advent calendars to tea advent calendars and more. However, more traditional options include toys or chocolate.
However, if you're looking for non-chocolate advent calendars, we've got them, too.
When are advent calendars released?
Advent calendars can go on sale as early as August (we know, we couldn't believe it either). But, most of the industry's favourite brands put theirs on sale between September and October. Be sure to sign up for waitlists or mailing lists, and don't forget to keep an eye on those emails.
Lily Anderson is a contributing writer for Closer. When she isn’t trying out the latest kitchen appliances, garden furniture and home essentials, Lily is pushing forward health products for women, educational toys and the latest fashion collaborations.