THE best advent calendars for babies are here to help your little one have the most magical Christmas ever.
Packed with treats, toys and all that good stuff, baby advent calendars make the lead-up to December 25 that bit more exciting.
It's best to shop advent calendars that are specifically made for babies to avoid any choking hazards.
Look out for advent calendars with wooden toys, or musical advent calendars, which will delight young children.
If your baby is still too small 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. Here's our selection of the best advent calendars for babies.
20 Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar Credit: The Works
Disney: Storybook Collection Advent Calendar, £7.50 at The Works – buy here
Little ones are sure to love counting down to Christmas with all their favourite Disney characters.
Each window reveals a mini Disney storybook, from Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh to Toy Story and The Lion King, as well as newer Pixar movies such as Turning Red.
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Disney movies plus storybooks feel like a winning combination for the festive season.
The Works has a whole range of well-priced kids' advent calendars – from The Gruffalo to Disney Princess.
Dimensions: 54 x 35.5 x 1.4cm Number of products: 24 Age: 0+ Mr Men Little Miss Advent Calendar
Mr Men Little Miss Advent Advent Calendar Storybook Collection, £11.49 from Amazon – 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 Christmassy tales like Little Miss Christmas, Mr Noisy and the Silent Night and Mr Greedy and the Gingerbread Man are all featured and hidden behind individual pockets.
Little ones will love revealing a new Mr. Men or Little Miss book every day and will be well-stocked with stories well into the new year.
One happy shopper says this is the "perfect gift for my granddaughter's advent calendar".
Number of products: 24 Age: 0+
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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
Okay, so, 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,' wrote a reviewer.
Dimensions: 29.7 x 42.0cm Number of products: 25 Age: 0+ Advent Calendar Appliqué Dress
Advent Calendar Appliqué Dress, £39 at Boden – buy here
A cute advent calendar idea for little ones from 2 years old, this advent calendar dress is a Christmas countdown and festive party outfit in one.
Little ones will love opening the little windows to see the fun, festive pictures behind them.
Plus, the dress is great quality as you'd expect from Boden – 100% cotton and machine washable too.
Number of products: 25 Available in sizes 2-12 years Personalised Baby First Christmas Children's Book
Personalised Baby First Christmas Childrens Book, £23.95 at Letterfest – buy here
This sweet and heartwarming book tells the story of baby's first Christmas personalised with the recipient's name throughout.
The book features beautiful illustrations and would make a lovely gift for a baby or new parent.
The last page features a gift tag design with a Christmas message for the little one – making it a really special advent present for a baby's first Christmas.
Age: 0+ Thomas & Friends Minis Engine Advent Calendar
Thomas & Friends Minis Engine Advent Calendar, £21.50 from Boots – 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 all link together to make a giant parade of trains,' explained one reviewer on Fisher Price.
Number of products: 24 Age: 3+ Peppa Pig Advent Children's Book Collection
Peppa Pig Advent Children's Book Collection, £18.05 from Amazon – buy here
If your baby's first words were "Peppa Pig" (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 storybook filled with tales about the energetic pig and her family.
There's even a brand new special book for December 24 called Peppa's Christmas Eve.
This popular baby advent calendar has received tons of 5-star reviews with one customer saying "Great value for money and my little girl loved it".
Dimensions: 31 x 1.5 x 42.5 cm Number of products: 24 Age: 0+ VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Advent Calendar
VTech Toot-Toot Drivers advent calendar, £49.99 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 two AAA 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 25.
Dimensions: 25 x 63 x 44 cm Number of products: 24 Age: 3+ Lokipa Christmas Advent Calendar Boxes
Lokipa 24 Kraft Paper Advent Gift Boxes, £8.99 from Amazon – buy here
These fill-your-own advent calendar boxes with merry motifs work as 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.
Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5x 7.5 cm Number of products: 24 Age: 0+ Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar
Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar, £18.99 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 a big hit with kids and parents– 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.
Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 4.9 cm Number of products: 25 Age: 3+ 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 three AAA batteries to power the calendar's magnetic movement and music, sure to delight even the youngest of babies.
Dimensions: 31 x 31 cm Number of products: 24 Age: 0+ Play-Doh Advent Calendar
Play-Doh Advent Calendar, £19.99 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.
This clever advent calendar has received many rave reviews- with one shopper saying that her kids "have loved opening the doors each day!"
Dimensions: 6 x 35.6 x 30.5 cm Number of products: 24 Age: 3+ Peter Rabbit Advent Calendar
Peter Rabbit Advent Calendar, £32.99 at Amazon – buy here
For eco-conscious parents, this Peter Rabbit calendar is an adorable green option. With figures made from sustainable wood and completely recyclable packaging, there are 24 iconic Beatrix Potter characters inside to light up your baby's Christmas.
Suitable for babies aged one and above, charming painted figures hiding behind the 24 doors include Jemima Puddle-duck, Mrs Tiggy-winkle and Benjamin Bunny, plus the star of the show, Peter Rabbit.
There's also a Christmas tree, a bundle of presents and a Santa sleigh, so you can play out your own festive tales when Christmas Day finally arrives.
Dimensions: W45cm x H36cm x Dx8cm Number of products: 24 Age: 12 months + Happyland Advent Calendar
Happyland Advent Calendar, now £34.99 £27.99 from The Entertainer – buy here
Babies love the magical world of Happyland – and now they can have their very own Happyland advent calendar!
Suitable for babies from ages 18 months and up, there are 24 festive Happyland figurines behind each door – from a snowman and elf to Father Christmas himself.
Each toy is decently sized, too, so the complete set is a lovely gift to play with – and great value too.
Age: Dimensions: 27.5cm (H) x 41cm (W) x 9.5cm (D) Number of products: 24 18 months + Baby’s First Advent Calendar Keepsake
Baby’s First Advent Calendar Keepsake, from £5.99 at Etsy – buy here
This Baby’s First Advent Calendar is a wonderful present idea for new parents.
Presented as a quality printed card, each day features a cute illustration, along with the date and a thoughtful space to write down what the baby did that day.
It's available in a range of sizes and is a lovely activity to do with your little one – and then to keep afterwards as a memory of their first Christmas.
Specs – Dimensions: A5 (available in bigger sizes)Number of products: 25 Age: 0+ Noah's Ark Advent Calendar
Noah's Ark Wooden Toys Advent Calendar, £29.99 from Amazon- 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.
Young children will love opening a window each day to reveal an animal to play with – from elephants and lions to penguins and more.
Plus, the wooden toys include Noah & his wife, the ark itself and a rainbow – as well as a pair of each animal.
This advent calendar for babies is one they'll play with — and treasure — for years to come.
Dimensions: 45 x 8 x 36 cm Number of products: 24 Age: 12 months + Zapf Creation Baby Annabell Advent Calendar
Zapf Creation Baby Annabell Advent Calendar, £37.07 at Amazon – buy here
This Zapf Creations Christmas advent calendar will be a surefire hit for little Baby Annabell fans everywhere. And it's currently on offer with 30% off at Amazon.
Little ones will be delighted as they open each window to discover 24 individual items making up Baby Annabell's Christmas wardrobe.
The gifts include clothes for the doll, as well as cute accessories including earmuffs, scarves and more so kids can change Annabell's outfits over and over this festive season.
Number of products: 24 Age: 3+ Christmas Advent Calendar House
Christmas Advent Calendar House, £22 from JoJo Maman Bébé – buy here
For an eco-friendly and great value option, this Christmas calendar house is ideal as it can be reused year after year.
Perfect for babies and Youngs children, you can fill the little boxes with treats of your choice to be discovered each day leading up to Christmas.
From chocolate treats to small toys or accessories, you can fill this advent calendar with things you know your little one will love and change each year.
Plus, the study cardboard constructions means this calendar house should stay in great condition over the years too.
24 Dimensions: W38 x H41 x D6.5cm Number of products: Age: 0+ My First Advent Calendar
My First Advent Calendar | High Contrast Baby Book for Newborns, £5.49 at Amazon – buy here
This sweet and simple advent calendar is ideal for babies as it features high contrast black and white images that are easier for younger babies to see.
A great gift idea for a newborn, or a new mum, there are 25 Christmas pictures, plus a number on each page to countdown to the big day.
The book has a glossy cover and soft pages for little hands to touch – printed on high quality paper.
One happy customer says "My 6 month old loved looking at the pictures and always had a big smile when we looked at them."
Dimensions: 15,2 cm x 15,2 cm Number of products: 25 Age: 0+ Peegsan Rubber Duck Advent Calendar 2023
Peegsan Rubber Duck Advent Calendar 2023, £8.99 at Amazon – buy here
This cheap and cheerful advent calendar is bound to be a big hit with your little one – while not breaking the bank at under £10.
The cute calendar includes 24 little rubber ducks, in different colours and with hats, scarves and accessories, so each has its own personality.
These little ducks will add a bit of fun to bath time with a new one to play with each day in December up to Christmas Eve.
Number of products: 24 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 in the UK?
We found a fantastic selection of advent calendars for babies and children at the following online retailers:
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, are baby friendly and will introduce your child to the wonder of books.
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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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