One of the most exciting milestones for parents is celebrating their baby’s first Christmas. Here are some gift ideas for parents, grandparents and friends to help baby enjoy his or her first winter holiday!
The First Adventures of Incredible You is 20 pages of a fully customizable and personalized storybook that incorporates details about the baby and the people, places and things that are important in his or her life. The book takes the child on an adventure through rain puddles and smelling their family’s favorite food. It’s a keepsake children’s book written especially for that child and one parents will want to store away for years to come. There is also a dedication page in the book so the child will always remember from where this special gift came. Available online at PotteryBarnKids.com. $39.95.
It’s never too early for children to fall in love with Disney. With the new Disney Pook-A-Looz plush apparel and accessories, parents can choose from dozens of their baby’s (or even their own) favorite Disney characters, including Eeyore, Pooh, Tigger, Dumbo, Mickey. Babies will love holding, squeezing and looking at these soft and lovable characters. Available at Toys”R”Us and Disney Store. $12.99.
The perfect gift that will warm the heart of a baby this holiday season? IKEA’S line of Soft Toys. These toys shake, rattle and whatever else baby can do with them. Best of all they are VERY soft, cuddly, and easily transportable in a diaper bag or car seat. Whether baby prefers lions, tigers or bears, these Soft Toys are specifically designed to stimulate babies’ senses and motor abilities. Plus just in time for Christmas, for every Soft Toy purchased from November through December 24, IKEA will donate 1 Euro to UNICEF and Save the Children to help provide children around the world with a chance to got to school. Available at IKEA. Ranging in price from $.49 to $19.99.
Parents listen up: here’s a gift for baby with no batteries required just good old fashioned fun and educational play. Teach My Baby is an award winning all-in-one learning system for babies 6-18 months. The kit is includes: board books and puzzles, nesting blocks, finger puppets, textured and mirrored flashcards that teach body parts, sounds, animals, numbers and words, all organized in a portable carrying-case. Available online at Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. $49.99.
Babies are quickly learning the world around them. Help them enhance face recognition with this fun flashcard game that is fun to use and offers educational value. Zatswho helps keep baby connected when you slip family photos into the flashcards showing them who’s who in their circle of family, friends and even pets! The personalized cards help develop memory and language skills and are soft and clean/wipe easily. They come in a special carrying case. Available at zatswho.com. $15.95.
Finding something that will soothe baby right to sleep is as exciting as finding the Fountain of Youth. Cloud B plush toys such as Twilight Turtle, Gentle Giraffe, Dozy Dolphin and Sleep Sheep do just that. They each play soothing sounds designed to lull children to sleep. They also do double duty as a nightlight or white noise machine. These products are especially great for children under one when sleep schedules can be the most dfficult. Visit Cloudb.com to find a retailer. $20-$30.
Chicco has two great toys that will make great gifts this Christmas.
First the Lil’ Jack or Lil’ Jill Rattle and Teether is light, flexible and easy for little fingers to grab. The rattle/teether is not only a source of endless entertainment for baby but also helps to introduce the concept of cause and effect. The surface is rubberized and the different textures provide an optimal chewing surface for teething relief. Available at major retailers. $4.99.
The Spring Roller is great for babies who are just learning to crawl. The motion-activated musical roller encourages crawling by lighting up and playing a catchy melody every time baby makes an attempt to roll it. It can also be used in stationary play. Available at major retailers. $24.99.