I was racking my brain, my mom just sent me a message and said she needed ideas for Christmas for my baby. I’ve been thinking for months, and still haven’t come up with anything good.
He’s set on clothes, has all of our favorite baby books, and has an abundance of toys.
He’s the second child, so not only did we already have everything when he was born (leftover from his brother), but we have plenty of stuff from people who brought him gifts as well.
Why is This So Hard?
Not only is coming up with a “wish list” so hard because we have so much already, but the right toys are important as well. Babies can be overstimulated with too many lights and noises.
It’s important for babies to have some toys that do not have flashing lights and loud noises to aid in brain development.
Must-Have Development Boosting Baby Toys
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Promote gross motor development, coordination, and color recognition with this crawl and climb foam playset.
We have this and love it. It is great for when babies are starting to stand and strengthen their legs!
Your baby may not be ready to learn their alphabet yet, but this is what we used to teach our son his letters. These foam letters quickly turned into the baby’s favorite bath toy as well- they are squishy, fun to play with, and chew on. It’s never too early to start exposing your kiddo to letters!
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Start exposing baby to concepts of bigger, smaller, colors, and shapes with the stack and first blocks bundle.
Every baby needs foam building blocks! Practice building, numbers, animals, shapes, and textures with these blocks.
This walker is great for babies learning to stand and walk. The activity pad detaches from the walker for use before baby walks as well.
This is a great book to start teaching your baby new vocabulary.
This is a great teething toy that can be refrigerated. Your baby will love this teether that has bright colors and is fun (and safe) to chew on!
We love this wooden bead maze. This toy helps develop hand-eye coordination, depth perception, fine motor, colors, shapes, and beginning math skills.
Kids love this ball pit and you will love the turtle that keeps the balls contained!
If your baby can sit up well, this is a great gift! They love riding around, and it comes in fun variations!
If your baby can sit up, a slide is a great toy! They will need help for a bit, but it is a fun toy they will enjoy for a long time. There is a fun rock wall for beginners.
This Play Gym is sure to keep your baby entertained while laying, sitting, and tummy-time.
Books for Baby are always an amazing gift.
Gift Ideas for If Your Baby Already Has Everything…
I settled on items that he would need when he was a little older. He didn’t need the time-to-rise alarm clock yet, but I knew that would be on his list later on, and it would be nice to have now.
Here are a few ideas that make good gifts when you can’t think of anything, and before baby really cares what they get for Christmas!
The Hatch Sound Machine is great! We have one for my older son and love it. Now that he has moved on from the crib, it gives him control of when he wants to get up. He waits for his light to turn colors, and he can choose to lay and relax or get up anytime after the color changes.
This would be nice to have for a baby because you can control the light and music remotely from your phone, and you can set a program so it runs automatically. The light and music also get brighter and louder than our current sound machine, which would be nice at times.
The same great Hatch Sound Machine, with a few extra bells and whistles!
One of my go-to gift suggestions for babies is a contribution to their college fund. You could give this bank, and put a few dollars in it if there is any money left over in your budget for baby gifts.
We also use this bank for our older son to start teaching him money management skills.
Every child needs a sturdy toy box, and this one is perfect with over 1,000 positive reviews and a seating bench that allows them a good place to relax to look at a book!
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