Toddler Essentials for Christmas


If us toddlers are happy, then you are happy! I wrote a post just before last Christmas to remind you of what not to forget for Christmas – now I am a whole year older I am updating my list of Toddler Essentials for Christmas!

Just remember your Christmas will be all the smoother and less stressed if you use this check list, believe me! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

toddler essentials for christmas

My First Christmas – I was 10 weeks old!

  • Milk Formula or special milk – I am still on Lactofree, there is a long life one too so Mummy can get some extra and not take up fridge space.
  • Baby  / Toddler food & snacks -whatever  we love best, eat well, and have regularly. That rich Christmas Dinner may be a bit too much for us! Two years ago I cut my first tooth on Christmas Eve and despite being a great eater, I would only eat bananas, avocados and toast! Last year I didn’t eat a huge dinner (I was 2) because I was a bit over excited.
  • Don’t forget how young we are, and we WILL get overwhelmed very quickly! Spread out our presents over the two days.
  • I am now potty trained! Woohoo! But don’t forget nappies if you still need them! And some spare too.
  • Baby Wipes – so very handy for 100 things and spills!
  • Back up all photos on your phones etc so you have plenty of memory for the Christmas Photos and Videos.
  • Charge all cameras, phones, tablets on Christmas Eve, ready for the big day.  Keep the chargers in one easy to find place for top ups!
  • To keep the adults happy – don’t forget loo roll, milk, coffee, tea, bread and the other basic stuff. You can get so carried away with the special foods and treats that you forget these.
  • Everyday food as well as the yummy Christmas treats. Yoghurt, fruit, cereal etc.
  • Try and have a quiet hour or so for a nap – I get VERY grumpy otherwise.
  • Keeping to any usual routine, especially for babies and young tots will help them.


And that’s it! Please add your own Must Have’s below, and have a very Merry Christmas x



  1. Christmas can be so overwhelming for little ones can’t it. I think it’s important to space out visitors and visits so that they don’t get over excited. It often ends in tantrums for us!

  2. Wow, when you write it all down like that, isn’t it amazing how much is achieved in the first year? x
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  3. The best piece of advice if you are home for Christmas is to make sure you have batteries. There is ALWAYS a toy that needs batteries.

    I’m quite lucky. My husband works at the hospital and they only use batteries once per operation before putting them in a box for the staff to help themselves. I haven’t had to buy batteries for years now.
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  4. Completely agree with your tips. Christmas can be so overwhelming for little ones. We also spread out the presents over a couple of days. My boys like to open and play not open, open, open presents!!! There is no fun in that!
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  5. This is great! A good reminder to help everyone have a calm Christmas holiday 🙂
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  6. We stagger ours through the day so they get a chance to enjoy their presents – don’t forget the batteries too!
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  7. We always made sure that presents were put together, built, had batteries in etc to save any unnecessary tantrums – great list x
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  8. Christmas is overwhelming for me never mind the children lol. We haven’t bought much for Arthur this year. 1. Because he doesn’t need anything and 2. Because I don’t really think he understands.
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  9. You really do need so much stuff -baby wipes are just awesome!
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  10. A great list of essentials especially giving them a nap and making sure you have toileting essentials to hand.
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  11. Always keep a bottle of wine chilled – you never know how bad it will get! Just kidding. Great tips. I would say always have a stash of batteries or chargers as people always forget to buy these for toys or gadgets.
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  12. Two things that I found worked for us was routine (especially sleep) and spreading out the activities to keep calmer
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  13. I have memories of not lasting the night when I had my babies at Christmas, maybe a list would have helped!

  14. Great tips for me to keep in mind for when I have children of my own xxx

  15. Christmas is an amazing/stressful time. Great tips here.
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  16. Having cameras and phones charged is a must. I don’t have kids, but I need to make sure my phone is charged so I can film my cats climbing the tree haha
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  17. Some good tips have to have loads of wipes in our house.

  18. I adore this super cute jumper! I want one as well!
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  19. What some great ideas, I have to admit I am no good at thinking up ideas for children. x
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  20. Fab tips huni! Aren’t baby wipes just good for absolutely everything? xx

  21. Really good tips and I love the photo you have included, what a cute xmas jumper! x
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  22. I do believe in keeping to routine even at christmas, at least as much as you can, as it can get really overwhelming!!
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  23. Great tips here! It’s always a good idea to note things down, I love making lists!
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  24. Great little reminders! Christmas day goes by in a blur so it is good to be prepared!
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  25. These are great tips. I always try not to forget the brandy sauce at Christmas – it’s my own little treat 🙂

    Louise x
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