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  • 24 December 2013, 10:56

Parents Spend 135m On Babies' First Christmas

Parents in the UK spend some 135m on gifts to mark their child's first Christmas, according to a survey by the Post Office.

The study found that an average of 166 is spent per couple and that parents in London spend the most at 328.50, while parents in Belfast spend the least at 63.61.

Young parents are shown to be the biggest spenders, with 18 to 24-year-olds buying 245 worth of gifts.

Sky News has been following a new mum and dad from Manchester who gave birth around the same time as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Chloe Renwick and Matt Lee-Cook's son Sebastien was born at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester in July - a week after Prince George was born at St Mary's Hospital in London. Chloe and Matt have spent around 50 on Sebastien's first Christmas.

Mr Lee-Cook said: "(It's) less than we will probably spend on future Christmases. He has managed to spend a lot of our money already.

"I don't think he's going to feel the benefit of a material Christmas so we've got him a few little things, a few toys, nothing significant."

Ms Renwick said: "It's also the incidentals; all the things that we've bought around it. So he's had a high chair so he can sit with us at Christmas - that's not factored into his Christmas budget, so I suppose in total we've spent a lot more than that, just not specifically for Christmas."

When it comes to gifts the most popular present is a teddy bear, or soft toys, for a baby's first Christmas.

Interactive, or educational baby games came second, followed by baby clothes and then Christmas-themed costumes.

Almost two in five parents (38%) are planning to put money aside in a savings account. The average contribution is around 98.

Prince George is expected to spend his first Christmas at the Queen's estate in Sandringham. Traditionally the Royal Family exchange small gifts which are often humorous.

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