When does holiday gift buying get easier? I know I’ve been scratching my head over what to get for my 13-month-old daughter for Christmas because let’s face it, I’ll probably do most of the unwrapping and as of now, she likes playing with the most random items more than her toys. For example, I recently purchased a puzzle rack to hold her Melissa and Doug puzzles – and she wants to play the rack, not the puzzles! I’m not even talking about putting the puzzles in the rack. She wants to carry around the rack, sit on it, etc.
Regardless of the outcome, we parents will never give up trying to find that perfect gift for our unpredictable but utterly irresistible tots and we MommyBetas feel we’ve got a great chance with these gifts. So without further adieu, here’s our gift guide for toddlers.
Inflatable Rody Horse: This jumping horse is great for toddlers with lots of energy to burn. It also helps them learn balance and coordination. Made of super strong, latex-free vinyl and no banned phthalates chemicals, Rody complies with all U.S. and International Safety Standards and comes in a rainbow of colors. It inflates to a saddle height of up to 12". Recommended age: 2+. $39.95 on Amazon.
Baby Doll Stroller: Every little girl needs a stroller to push her baby around in. Reese loves taking her stroller and baby to the park to “stroll” with the other lil mommies. There are many options and prices out there from Amazon to Potterybarn Kids.
Bruder Trucks: These super durable realistic trucks are a little on the expensive side but you get what you pay for. Constructed out of fade-resistant, high-quality ABS plastic, with no glue or screws, these trucks will outlast even the roughest play. Amazon recommends these as 3+ but Natali’s son miles loves them.
Toy Piano: If you don’t mind the noise, your little one could be well on his or her way to being a musical prodigy with a toy piano. This Melissa and Doug piano has colored keys to help with playing songs on their color coded song sheets.
Retro Kitchen: This seems to the “it” item for most tots. As Alex puts it, “This is on Reese's wish list. She enjoys watching and helping me out in the kitchen. She helps scramble eggs and pretends to mix in bowls. Super cute! Hoping she will love a kitchen of her very own!"
Stacking Toys: Toddlers love stacking stuff! These multi-size boxes with letters and fun drawings let you build a tall tower to knock down and they can be stored very easily since they all fit into one another. Jennifer purchased fun flower stackers (shown left) and cone stacker for Elle.
Baby Literature: Your tot will love these books.
Press Here: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! I'm excited to show this book to Elle!
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh: I purchased this for Elle and mommy.I’ve never read them and have always wanted to know the full story of Winnie and Christopher Robin.
Caillou: Potty Time: Nathalee purchased this for Nic. She said, “Nic is obsessed with Caillou--he wakes up in the morning singing the theme song. Since he idolizes Calliou, I'm hoping this potty training book will be inspiring for him!”