Do you have a friend or relative that had a baby this year and now you’re trying to figure out what to get a baby for Christmas? Sometimes the question isn’t what to get the baby, but what to get the parents to help out with the baby.
Depending on how old the baby is and what the parents received from their gift registry sometimes the parents might need a crib or car seat for the baby as it enters the next stage. Most parents have the infant rear facing car seat, but will often need to buy a rear facing car seat once the child grows out of the infant carrying type. My mom got my first child a car seat for Christmas and I was so glad she did because that was one less thing that I needed to worry about getting.
Another item that sometimes they will need and not have right away is a crib. Some parents sleep with the baby in their bed, or use a bassinet or co-sleeper for the first few months and not realize that they will need a crib once the child reaches a limit for those items. Even if you can’t buy the whole crib for them, consider purchasing a gift card to help out with the purchase of the crib they want.
If you want to buy the child something a little less expensive, consider purchasing a walker for when the child starts becoming mobile. Or an excersaucer or jumper to help give the parents a break from having to entertain the child themselves.
If you are looking for toys to give the baby and don’t know what he or she already has or just want to get something unique, consider finding a local business that specializes in creating old time toys such as a wooden pull toy, or a hand made wooden puzzle. There are several people around our area that do this and I’m sure you can find some around you. These toys are classic and not easily found in the large commercial stores anymore. You can often have them personalized with the baby’s name and the year. Even wooden blocks would be a great gift as these are used still in determining different developmental milestones in babies and toddlers.
If the child is a newborn, consider purchasing soft toys such as soft blocks and soft books. One of my favorite products are Taggies. You can get a taggie blanket in just about any design to fit the child’s likes or room décor. Babies love to chew and suck on the tags!
If you can’t decide on anything else, a gift card or clothing is always good choices as well. Babies grow so fast and their needs change so quickly that both of these suggestions are greatly appreciated by parents.
For more information and suggestions on toys to get babies check out this article by Parenting.com.