It’s baby’s first Christmas (or Chanukuh)! They’ll never remember it, but your gifts can have a lasting impact. Below are the MommyBeta’s favorite picks for the wee ones on our lists.
Earlyears Lil' Shopper Play Set: We heart fabric toys! And each of these has a fun surprise (peel the banana with velcro, crinkle the lettuce, etc.). Infants will love to manipulate these, older babies will start to recognize the foods and older babies will play pretend by feeding them to their teddy. $18
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn House: Baby can open the door, crawl through, open the window or mailbox, ring the doorbell, play hide in seek with mama or insert the shapes into the top. Basically, it will keep baby busy and learning—what a great combo! $100
Hide n Squeak Eggs: BabyBeta Nic wanted to steal these from his girlfriend Elle. This toy offers challenges to a wide age range (from getting the eggs to make noise, to putting caps on, to matching shapes). And a big plus is that they are super portable. $12
Good Night San Francisco (or wherever you live!): Want your little one to know your city? BabyBeta Nic loves seeing cable cars climbing hills and sea lions basking in the sun on the pages of his San Francisco edition. But the best thing is that this series, Good Night Our World, has a book for many major cities and even some states. $9.95
Trumpette Socks: Adorable and fashionable socks that resemble real shoes for infants. And they stay on! There are great designs for boys and girls. $17.50 as pictured.
Experiences Not Stuff
Music Class: Clapping, shaking maracas and eventually dancing are what music class is all about. Your LO won’t learn to play the guitar, but you may inspire a life-long love of shaking her groove thing.
Museum Pass: There’s likely to be a children’s museum, aquarium or some other educational/play space nearby. A family pass to a place like this will be a joy to baby and mama—hooray for time out of the house!
Babies are Pushy
Vtech - 3-in-1 Learning Zebra Scooter: Grow-with-me toy converts easily from push walker to ride-on to scooter. BabyBeta Reese plays with this toy every day and has transitioned from walker to ride-on. $55
Fisher Price Stroll Along Walker: Combining babies’ love for dolls and pushtoys, this one is a winner for the tiny mommy in your household. It's especially good for pre-walkers. $30
Let’s be Practical
SnoozeShade Plus: Stroller naps are sometimes a necessity. Make those naps on-the-go a snap for your favorite baby/mama with this oh-so-functional and versatile stroller cover. $49.99
Merino Kids Sleep Sack: Ok, we admit it, this one probably crosses the line from practical to luxurious. If you have a very special little someone in your life, and you want them to sleep like a dream from birth to two years, this is the gift for you. Really, it’s amazingly worth every penny. $119