Some people say that babies don’t need presents for the holidays, since they won’t even know the difference.
my husband those people I say, Bah humbug!
Babies need presents. Here are a few of my favorite selections for the 0-2 years crowd…
**Please note- prices listed in this post were current at the time this was published and may have changed since then!**
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car: The Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car is designed for babies six months and older (basically, whenever baby can sit up). I saw this at the Holiday of Play event in NYC and knew I had to have it for my son. The car is stationary and has all sorts of interactive features to entertain your wee one. Baby can turn the key, beep the horn, shift gears, steer, and play the radio. The door of the car is a shape sorter for the included circle, square, and triangle blocks. The car plays over 75 different songs and phrases. The car is available on Amazon.
Lamaze Franky the Hanky Whale: My daughter had a bunch of Lamaze soft toys. All were bright and colorful with lots of textures and parts to grab (and chew on). The whale is even more fun, because you can feed it the colored tissues through its mouth and then pull them out the spout! Franky is available on Amazon.
Evenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center, Life in The Amazon: We have this exersaucer and absolutely love it. I started putting my kids in it around 4 months old. The seat of this activity center rotates so that baby can easily move to each different stimulus. It plays music and adjusts to three different heights. ALSO, it turns into two other stations. First, it is an activity mat with toys hanging above. This is good for when the infant is still very young. When baby can hold his head up, he may be ready to stand in the exersaucer. Finally, it becomes an S-shaped activity table that your child can sit or stand at. The Evenflo Exersaucer is available on Amazon.
Gnewborn Gnome Rattle: If you’ve never been to The Land of Nod website, you’re missing out. It has adorable, high-quality toys and gorgeous bedding and baby clothes. This gnome rattle is available in blue or green and is made from organic cotton and is stuffed with organic wool filling. It sells for $19.95 and is available at The Land of Nod.
My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: One Step Ahead is another catalog/website that I love. It has educational (but still fun) toys, as well as a host of other products like clothing, furniture, and baby gear. The flash cards let baby feel the texture on the card while learning new vocabulary.There are four different sets of flash cards that you can order: Farm, First Words, Things That Go, or Colors and Shapes. This is a great interactive activity for parent and child. These are available on the One Step Ahead website, but are cheaper on Amazon. (I still advise you to check out One Step Ahead’s full website, though, or order the catalog…great stuff in there!)
Babies Soft Stacking and Nesting Blocks: These are also from One Step Ahead. These are soft, colorful, and have tags, which babies love. I also like this gift because it’s something that my two-year-old can do with the baby. Older child stacks them and knocks them down- baby laughs! Everyone is happy. These are available on the One Step Ahead website for $29.95.
It’s Time to Sleep, My Love: This book tells the story of all the animals going to sleep. It is filled with absolutely gorgeous illustrations. I seriously wish there were paintings of the artwork in this book. I would love to hang them in my kids’ rooms. This author also wrote On the Night You Were Born, which is another of my favorite baby books. This is available on Amazon.
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Baby iCan Play Case: We got this for my daughter when she was a baby. We put my old iPhone in it and let her go to town. The case makes it easy for baby to hold and protects your iPhone from being dropped or slobbered on. This is available on Amazon.
LeapFrog My Pal Violet (or Scout): This puppy sings songs, plays games, and talks to your child. Program it with your child’s name and favorite things. It also plays lullabies for nighttime. We have Violet, but there’s also a green puppy named Scout if you think Violet is too girly. My daughter liked this as a baby and recently rediscovered it and likes it all over again as a two-year-old. Violet and Scout are available on Amazon for $14.99…a great price!
Baby’s First Photo Album: What better way to teach your child the names of his family members than with this soft, colorful photo album? This is especially good for reinforcing the names of family members that you may not see that often. Not only does it hold 12 photos, but it has peek-a-boo pages that baby will love. We have had this photo album since my daughter was born and even at two years old, she still loves to “read” it and tell us everyone’s names. I originally bought mine on Amazon but can’t find it there now. It is sold only on the One Step Ahead website, as far as I can tell. It is available for purchase here for $19.95 or it can be personalized with your child’s name for an extra $5.
Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home: My daughter started playing with this around 18 months old. All of the Little People toys are wonderful. This is a good first one- it comes with Mom, Dad, and baby, plus it makes noises like a doorbell and a flushing toilet. (Be prepared for your child to simply want to press the noise buttons over and over at first!) It is available on Amazon.
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Learning Workbench: Another toy we loved in our house was this tool bench. It is not too big and has several different things for the child to do: hammer in the pegs, slide the ruler, turn the crank, and spin the paintbrush. (Please excuse me if I got any of my tool bench terminology wrong.) It also plays music. This is available on Amazon.
Sesame Street Playskool Lullaby Good Night Elmo Toy: This cuddly Elmo sings lullabies to your child as he falls asleep. You can make this part of the bedtime routine that makes your little one feel safe and comforted every night! Elmo is available on Amazon.
Please feel free to email me (Lindsay@TheNaughtyMommy.com) if you have any specific questions/concerns about any of these items. I will do my best to help!
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