Even though babies dont quite get the hype of the Holiday season, it can be an excellent opportunity to get a few things that will benefit them in their first year of cognitive, physical, emotional development.
Along with a few fun personal items your baby might need, I added toys to help foster a love for play. I typically consider the following when looking at toys for 0-12 months.
stimulate the senses (visual, auditory, tactile) through different textures, colors, patterns, and sounds
safe enough for them to chew on
easy to clutch
toys they can pull, tug, push, stack
- Rainbow Silocone Stacker – This is a cute alternative to the popular wood stackers. This silicone rainbow is a little more gentle on baby gums.
- Wooden Shape Sorter – This is a toy that will grow with your child for the first few years of their lives. From working on fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination to language development and problem-solving skills – this is a must-have in the baby’s play area.
- Tinkle Crinkle Caterpillar – Babies love a satisfying crinkle and rattle, and this little caterpillar delivers. With various textures and easy to grasp hold, this is a perfect little toy for sensory exploration.
- Touch and Swipe Baby Phone – Ok, baby wants what baby wants – and that’s usually mom’s phone. I like to do a quick swap with this toy phone and spare mine from slobber.
- One Two Squeeze Baby Blocks – These squeaky, squeazy chewable blocks are great for early learning (counting, colors) and hand-eye coordination. Also, blocks are just fun and have endless potential as they grow up.
- Personalized Blanket – Every time I have a child, a family friend sends a beautiful blanket with our baby’s name on it, and it’s always one of my favorite gifts, and it’s a treasure that my kids tend to hold onto and love as they grow.
- Baby Einstein Books – It’s never too early to start reading to your baby, and these little books are durable and the perfect size for little hands to clutch.
- First Year Stack Up Cup Toys – Again with the stacking, but it’s pure, simple fun for babies. And it will hopefully keep them out of your Tupperware drawer.
- Freshly Picked Moccasin – The ONLY shoes that truly stay on my babies’ feet. And I love the soft fabric that still allows babies to feel the earth as they learn how to walk while still offering some protection.
- Tubby Advent Gift Set – Hands down one of my favorite baby products. Incredibly gentle on baby skin, all clean ingredients, light, and soothing texture. If your little one has sensitive skin or deals with things like cradle cap, eczema, or any other skin irritants, all over ointment is a must-have.
- Melissa & Doug Pop Blocs Farm Animals – Not only are these super cute and great for fine motor skill development, but animal figurines have shown to be highly beneficial in children’s imaginative play. Farm animal names and sounds specifically are helpful in a child’s early language development, as many of the words feature consonants pronounced at the front of the mouth, making them more easily detectable to children.
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