Shopping for babies around the holidays can be challenging. They are too young to tell us what they want, and parents can be hard to please. Whether Baby is on the way or Christmas is around the corner, you don’t want to be the friend or family member that adds to the pile of onesies that will be too small in three months. You want to give a gift that is unique, meaningful, and totally practical. You could purchase an item directly from a baby registry, but with this list you can find the perfect baby list for the sweet little one in your life.
- Wrist Rattle
A rattle is a great gift to buy Baby to support her development! For years, rattles have been a go-to toy for infant play, and for good reason! Rattles make noises and vibrations when they are shaken. These sounds can range from a dull thud to a tinkling bell. These are fun for a baby, but also teaches a baby new skills. They can learn to track a rattle with their eyes, developing their visual perception. They will also become alert to noise and learn that a noise is associated with an object. While many rattles are hand-held rattles that help Baby to practice her fine motor skills, I adore wrist rattles. These rattles safely strap around the infant’s wrist so that when she shakes her hand, she can hear the sound of the rattle without dropping it. This is perfect in the early stages of the baby’s life. She is able to play and learn before she develops the fine motor skills necessary to grasp things. Not to mention these rattles come in adorable forms such as cloth wrist watches and corsages!
- A Lovey
When my daughter was born, I heard many other moms talking about giving their child a “lovey” to fall asleep with. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a lovey is a comforting and familiar object that is given to a baby to help him to self-soothe himself to sleep during naps and bedtime. This can be in the form of a blanket or a stuffed animal, or a combination of the two. At first, I thought that it was a silly tactic that parents used with a bad sleeper. But one morning when my daughter was three months old, she pulled her pink stuffed animal giraffe onto her chest, wrapped her arms around it, and fell asleep. We ended up using that pink giraffe any time she needed comfort- whether it was on a nighttime car ride or getting shots at the doctor’s office, she would grab that giraffe to soothe herself every time! If you are looking to give the baby in your life a gift that he will likely keep for years, rather than an object that will end up in next year’s yard sale, a lovey is the way to go. The best loveys are small, stuffed toys or tiny soft blankets. Target sells specialized loveys that are an adorable combination of the two! If you are the baby’s mama, you can even make the lovey smell like you and win extra affection points!
- Wooden Teether
There is nothing that seems more miserable to a new baby than when her first teeth begin to push through her gums. Many companies sell silicone teethers that work great for soothing your little one’s painful mouth, but some parents wish to choose safer and more natural teething products for their babies to gnaw on. Wooden teethers are a great alternative that are safe and easy to clean. They don’t contain toxic chemicals and are naturally anti-microbial.
4. Baby Board Books
While we are on the topic of books, books are always a good gift to buy baby. My husband always wondered aloud about the point of reading picture books to our baby. An infant doesn’t really understand what you’re doing or why you are doing it. As someone who studied infant and child development in college, I was able to explain to him just how important reading to a baby is. Reading to babies teaches them about communication, builds listening and memory skills, aids in language development, and teaches them about the world around them. Not to mention introducing reading early on is more likely to create a love of reading later on in life! So when you are giving the gift of a book, you are giving the gift of language development and a love of learning. Here you can read about some of my favorite baby books!
You are ultimately going to choose a gift that works for both the baby you are shopping for and his or her parents. But if you see something you like here, go ahead and start shopping!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!