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Baby’s first Christmas is such an exciting time! I’ve worked together with Miranda and Jen to compile a list of our best gifts for infants — we’ve had 14 babies between the 3 of us! We’ll be adding to this list all month long, so keep checking back for great ideas for your little one!
Best Gifts For Infants
I absolutely adore the simplistic charm of Finn + Emma baby products! Their height-adjustable play gym has a 100% birch wood frame finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers. The wooden teething toys are made from untreated Indian hardwood and finished with vegetable seed wax. The knit toys were hand-knit at an artisanal women’s collaborative in Peru using G.O.T.S. certified organic cotton yarn and wool stuffing. All play gym dolls are removable—they can be used away from the gym as a stroller or car seat toys and all of our “Stroller Toys” fit on the gym! Best of all, they’ll never need a ride home at the end of the playdate. There are eight different play gym themes in a number of wood finishes, so you are sure to find one that fits with your decor and style!
Finally! A crib that’s not only stylish, functional, and convertible, but also affordable! The Graco Solano 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is priced at under $200 (on sale, some retailers have it for under $160!) and it comes with a $70 mattress! That is a STEAL when it comes to a baby crib and mattress! This revolutionary crib and toddler mattress are flat-packed in the same box as the crib, and once unpacked will self-expand right before your eyes. The Graco mattress features a removable and washable mattress cover, water-resistant inner lining and is both anti-static and anti-microbial. The Graco Solano 4-in-1 Convertible Crib has attractive clean lines and is versatile in growing with your child by converting to a toddler bed (optional Graco Toddler Guardrail sold separately), daybed & full-size bed (Graco Full-Size Conversion Kit – Metal Bed Frame sold separately). The Graco Solano Crib WITH Mattress provides unbeatable quality and value that will last your family for years. The Graco Solano Convertible Crib is JPMA certified and is compliant with all CPSC and ASTM safety standards to ensure the safest sleeping environment for your child.
Yoee Baby is so much more than a toy. It’s a tool that naturally engages babies in the types of playful interactions that science tells us they need to thrive from day one. Yoee Baby:
- Promotes Interaction and Bonding
- Helps with Sensory Development
- Improves Body Awareness in Babies
- Develops Gross and Fine Motor Skills
- Crinkles Help with Hearing Development
- High Contrast Colors for Visual Stimulation
DockATot has been designed to offer a snug and soothing environment for babies. We like to think it’s the next best thing to the womb. Babies can rest, play and lounge without the restrictions of buckles or the distraction of bells and whistles. The innovative design helps the baby feel snug and secure. When baby gets bigger, you can open the buckle on the dock.
My son has been drooling up a STORM and I’m so happy to have found Copper Pearl Bandana Bibs. These cotton knit bibs are lined with fleece on the back which keeps the back nice and dry, even when the front gets SOAKED! (Trust me, my little guy has put them to the ultimate test!) They are perfect for teething babies. 2 adjustable snaps make this great for infants and toddlers (age: 3-24 months) and get rid of that annoying Velcro. The bandana shape is unique and fresh. You’ll never get tired of putting your child in their “bibdana” drool bib. It’s like a cute baby scarf, but it’s functional too. Another huge bonus — these bibs are available in so many chic, modern prints. You’re sure to love them!
Sort, stack, and rock six brightly colored wooden pieces, including a topsy-turvy elephant! This fun First Play Elephant Stacker features a sturdy wooden stacking rod sits on a curved base that rocks and spins. The smooth pieces are easy for babies and toddlers to grasp. They will delight in sorting and balancing pieces with developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through imaginative play. First Play toys feature bright colors, bold patterns, and whimsical designs that boost skills while sparking imagination and wonder – right from the start!
It’s a whimsical, wooden stacking toy that promotes creativity while introducing a basic lesson in balance! The babu Stacker‘s modern twist on the classic toy blocks delivers pure and simple creative play options for kids of all ages. Stack the sleek rainbow pieces by size and sequence to create a traditional pyramid. Or twist and turn them to make a more playful shape. It’s a tactile, timeless and artistic addition to your wooden toys. Each piece is crafted from solid hardwood with a non-toxic, BPA-free, water-based finish.
The time-honored classic Winkel rattle and teether, by Manhattan Toy, is an award-winning classic, a true “must have” for parents and infants. Its maze of soft, continuous tubes and its stunning colors instantly capture and hold baby’s attention. The mesmerizing loop design and lightweight construction make it easy for little hands to grab, hold, and rattle – perfect clutching toy to engage baby’s gross motor skills. The center cube features a quiet rattle so baby can explore sound and cause and effect. The soft, pliable loops are BPA-free for teething or gumming babies. This bundle also Introduces your young one into The Make Believe World of Winkel, through the amazing board book.
Wearing baby has never been easier. Your little cutie will be a hit with everyone while riding at eye-level in this easygoing, but sturdy, Comfy Joey Ring Sling. Their 100% linen fabric, airy and supportive, though a bit stiff at first, will soften with wash and use. Linen slings are good for newborns or toddlers, and excellent for summer heat. By far, my absolute favorite ring sling! And they come in a variety of colors and lengths. Head over now because they will be running a variety of sales throughout the holidays at throwaway prices of $30 or less!
Nothing could be more fun for a little girl than helping mommy and daddy cooking in the kitchen. KiddoLab’s Musical Pop Up Mrs. Toaster is an adorable entry into the world of pretend cooking accessories and comes packed with lots of fun features to keep your toddler busy. The happy bread is smiling and ready to be turned into toast. Simply push him down into the slot and then choose between light or dark toast. Use the timer knob to dial in just the right amount of flavor. When it’s ready, press the button to pop the bread out of the top! Of course, no piece of toast is complete without a spread on top, so use the handy slider to choose between jelly, honey, and peanut butter. Mrs. Toaster does more than simply prepare the bread, she’s also a musical diva and can play fun sound effects, recite simple phrases, and play cheerful melodies as well. Save 25% at the Kiddolab website by using code THRIFTYNIFTYMOMMY25.
Hop to it with this gorgeous Melissa & Doug Frog Pull Toy! These friendly frogs will follow kids anywhere! Two brightly colored frogs with artwork on both sides chase and race each other as kids 18 months and older maneuver this sturdy rolling wooden pull toy, encouraging movement and sensory development. There are plenty of polka-dots and fun details to discover and to help build color and shape recognition. First Play toys feature bright colors, bold patterns, and whimsical designs that boost skills while sparking imagination and wonder–right from the start!
Make learning fun for your little one with Wild Republic sing and play happy Penguin stuffed animal. This playful penguin makes friends quickly and engages kids with its cute personality, happy singing, and fun clapping activities. While plush toys are loved by all, animated baby learning toys like this Penguin can help children learn to sing, clap and express themselves. This singing toy penguin is an entertaining toy for kids of all ages, and is great for toddler gifts and baby toys, as well as for preschoolers who love to hug and play with their furry friend. Wild Republic has been developing educational kids toys and stuffed animals for children of all ages since 1979. Order your Amazon exclusive sing and play happy Penguin today, or for the holidays as Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones.
Have a ball with this action-packed activity gym! This one-of-a-kind gym converts into a fun, sensory-stimulating ball pit that’s perfect for busy toddlers. Includes 40 colorful balls with convenient storage inside the turtle’s head. And, four adorable sea pals delight little ones with a peek-a-boo mirror, grasping ring, textured teether and rattle. This versatile playtime favorite will grow with your family to offer years of priceless entertainment.
Get ready to guac and roll with our adorable avocado stroller toy. Featuring two halves that stick together, it’s easy for little hands to open and close. Inside, they’ll find (surprise!) a peek-a-boo rattle “pit” at the center. The plush, textured exterior and cute felt details make this a fresh and fun way to entertain baby wherever you go. Like all our stroller toys and portable baby toys, it has a built-in loop and ring so you can easily attach it to the bar of your stroller, infant carrier or other gear.
Who doesn’t love a happy little ladybug? Your boys and girls, infants and toddlers will find endless joy and entertainment crawling around with Lilly. More than just a fun playtime, this discovery toy encourages early childhood development of fine motor skills and understanding of colors, shapes, actions and reactions. Lilly the Bug presents babies and toddlers with a wide assortment of activities to experience. There are buttons to press that activate music and of course, Lilly’s crawling function, a spinning ball that goes round and round, a clicking wheel that starts and stops, and colorful rings to slide back and forth. Save 25% at the Kiddolab website by using code THRIFTYNIFTYMOMMY25.
Let your young child be stylish with these BBLUV Sölar Sunglasses! Adorable little shades that offer an optimal protection against harmful UV rays. Plus, the ultra-resistant and flexible frames are perfect for those inquisitive little hands. The reversible and polarized sunglasses are made for better clarity and comfort too. Currently available in three fun colors: aqua, lime, and pink! The carrying/cleaning pouch and cord included.
Babies will go gaga for this multi-functional gym that grows with your little one, transforming from an infant gym to a pretend play teepee. Four hanging toys and a large-mirrored mobile engage infants with overhead discovery. Squeeze the musical owl to delight little ones with a cheerful tune. As baby begins to crawl, close one side of the gym to create a crawl tunnel. For toddlers, unfold the gym’s sides to create a fun, playtime teepee. Each side of the teepee features a whimsical mountain scene, from sun rise to night time – complete with accurate constellations.
Gifting a book and toy together is the perfect duo and Petals The Pink Unicorn is a sweet choice for the little girls in your life. Introduce your little one into the wonderful and whimsical world of the Adorables, with everyone’s favorite Petals Unicorn character! This book featuring 10 full-color and beautifully designed pages of unique artwork by the talented Madelyn Kozlowski at Manhattan Toy, and a soft, padded cover for your young one. A perfect book to read to your young one, they will instantly connect and fall in love with Petals Unicorn and the adventure that awaits. And then pair with one of several great stuffed animals, toys, blankie, or teether for a winning combination.
Giving a useful gift that will give back for years is always a great idea. So grab the Termö 4-in-1 Digital Thermometer! It allows precise, instantaneous and non-contact temperature measurement. Multi-purpose, it’s designed to measure body temperature such as your child’s forehead, ears, and armpit as well as various surfaces such as bottle of milk, food, or bath water. And it can even measure room temperature too! The Termö can even memorize up to 32 readings. It’s a tool that is both practical and essential in your care kit.
Introduce your little one into the wonderful and whimsical world of Little Jurassics, with everyone’s favorite Chomp dinosaur character! Pair the book that features 10 full-color and beautifully designed pages of unique artwork by the talented Madelyn Kozlowski at Manhattan Toy. With one of several coordinating toys. Kids will instantly connect and fall in love with Chomp and the adventure that awaits. There’s fun to be had as they let their imagination run wild through stories and play. Toy options include: Chomp Blankie, Pull Musical Toy, Silicone Teether, and Cuddly Plush.
Capture your most cherished memories by creating a one-of-a-kind book from Little Book Of You Personalized Story. Fill out your custom baby book in 15 minutes or less and leave the rest to Little Book Of You! This book includes all the most wonderful and fun details about your child’s arrival. Rich in design and made to last, these hardcover books are made with the highest quality paper and materials so your book will continue to look great reading after reading. A beautiful, personalized story about your child that will be treasured for years to come.
Babies love to eat! So make transitioning to food easier with the help of the BBLUV Miäm Silicone Plate & Spoon Set. It’s the perfect plate from the very first mouthfuls and continual use for many years down the road. With its suction base, it will make parent’s life easier too. The durable, stain-resistant, and anti-bacterial silicone construction features three separate compartments for food. Currently available in fun aqua or lime colors.
Babies and toddlers require constant engagement and play and this interactive toy is engineered to provide a variety of captivating experiences. KiddoLab’s 2-in1 Baby Activity Center is a multi-faceted toy that is designed to be a beginner piano with light-up keys as well as a tabletop full of fun ocean creatures to play with and enjoy. The click-clack fish can turn around and point to all of the letters of the alphabet, the happy yellow starfish slides back and forth, the bright red crab holds a rattle spinner inside his belly, the pretty purple clam is a push-down squeaker, and the oyster flips up to reveal a baby-safe mirror inside. Boys and girls will find hours of amusement with all of these brightly colored sea creatures. This toddler playset also comes with detachable legs and the activity center doubles as a freestanding table or can be easily attached to the side of baby’s crib. Save 25% at the Kiddolab website by using code THRIFTYNIFTYMOMMY25.
Night lights provide a comforting appeal that babies and children love. And the MyBaby by HoMedics Comfort Creatures Elephant Color Changing Nightlight is a gender-neutral kids night light that is perfect for any nursery or décor. Choose from five soothing LED color options with just a press of a button. To switch color, simply press the button repeatedly until you reach your desired color option. The auto timer will help ease your child to sleep while also saving on energy with the auto-off function. Easily set your comfort creature to turn off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes intervals. This adorable design makes for the perfect bedside friend.
Start your own small Squishmallows Squad with these adorable 8″ Baby Squishmallows! Each features a built in rattle for added playtime fun. These loveable buddies are made from a super soft marshmallow-like texture and polyester blend. Which makes them ultra soft for hugging and, yet, they can be washed and dried as needed. Super cute and available in a variety of fun animals and designs, they are truly perfect for any age.
A big “must have” baby product is the Sleeping Baby ZipadeeZip. The star-shaped pointed sleeves and star-fish design is patent pending because it inspires sounder sleep than any other wearable blankets on the market. The slight resistance in the wing-span allows a baby to move around freely while still providing the enclosed, cozy sensation babies enjoy so much in the swaddle and the womb. The Zipadee-Zip was designed to aid the swaddle transition but has so many other fabulous uses as well! Sizes range from 0-3 months all the way through preschool and school age!
Slumberkins were developed to support specific social-emotional skills. And their mission is to provide parents and caregivers with resources that promote positive skills for young children, while strengthening the parent-child bond. There are Slumberkins with stories that deal with topics such as relaxation, authenticity, mindfulness, conflict resolution, and more.
Although they are all adorable, my personal favorite Slumberkins is Bigfoot. Bigfoot’s heartwarming story of acceptance and strength boosts readers’ self-esteem and self-worth. Stemming from the co-founder’s experience as a young child in need of positive affirmations Bigfoot was developed as one of the original members of the Slumberkins family. Bigfoot is the most snuggly woodsy creature around. They developed this Slumberkin with the intention to promote positive self-esteem. The Bigfoot Stuffie was created after their original snuggler and is accompanied by a keepsake Slumberkins Affirmation Card. The Bigfoot board book is sold separately.
Giggle toys never fail to make baby smile. Shake this colorful dog for a fun giggle sound. Iridescent fabric and bold, contrasting colors offer visual stimulation while floppy crinkle ears let baby explore texture.
Baby, Toddler, and Preschool Giveaway!
We’ve partnered with some of the brands in our Baby and Toddler & Preschool gift guide to bring you a great giveaway! One lucky reader will win the following prize package:
FlyBar My First Pogo Pal: Our winner will receive the FlyBar My First Pogo Pal. If your preschooler is always on the move, the My First Pogo Pal from Flybar is the perfect gift to put all that activity in motion. The Pogo Pal Jumper is made of durable foam and a strong stretchy spring in place of a traditional stick. Kids can bounce all day long, inside or out! ARV $20
Jooki: Our winner will receive a Jooki. Jooki is a music player that kids can independently use in a safe and screen-free environment. Upload your own content for offline use or listen online to your favorite Spotify playlists or web radios. Each character is linked to a playlist. Kids pop them on top of the player to start the music. As the parent, you remain in control of the content. ARV $200
There are so many options for play with these adorable block and bus sets. Kids can play architect and design their contemporary living space, while testing the laws of physics, balancing each piece. Very well made with quality materials.
Dave Ramsey: Our winner will receive the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Jr. Tool Kit. This kit covers four basic concepts: working, spending, saving and giving and is geared for ages 3-12.
NSG Products: Our winner will receive the Pewi Elite Walking/Ride On Toy. Innovative and functional, this toy can be used as a ride on, push toy, or walker. Geared for ages 9 months to 3 years.
Squishmallows: Our winner will receive a Baby Squishmallow 8″ Rattle Prize Pack. Each adorable and huggable friend features a sweet little rattle inside for added amusement.
SmartGames Sleeping Beauty: One winner will receive a SmartGames Sleeping Beauty puzzle game. Discover the magic of the classic fairy tale with this original puzzle game – there are 48 different challenges to complete!
If you’d like to win this amazing prize package, please enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!