When you have a new baby on your gift list, you certainly want to make sure the little bundle of joy does not go unnoticed. Yet, for many people, buying a holiday gift for a baby can be challenging. Babies are too young for classic toys like Legos, so what should you get them? The good news is that even though bright-eyed babies are too young for many gifts, there are still plenty of fun gift ideas. From soft play mats to activity gyms, here are our favorite choices for babies this holiday season. You should also check out my newborn essentials guide for other ideas!
Baby Bjorn Bouncer
For many new parents, the Baby Bjorn Bouncer is nothing short of a lifesaver. This clever bouncer serves as an upright cradle and can give exhausted parents a break by moving when baby does. The ergonomic rounded forms in this bouncer provide support in all of the right places, providing babies with the chance to move while still staying safe. Offering a gentle bouncing motion, this bouncer can often be counted on to lull fussy babies to sleep, giving parents some downtime or even a chance to get caught up on a few chores around the house while their little one snoozes.
While many bouncers are outgrown in just a matter of months, quickly becoming obsolete, this bouncer is designed to grow with baby. Thanks to adjustable angle of this bouncer, it can be converted from a nearly upright position to a horizontal position. Once baby is able to sit up and even walk, the fabric on this bouncer can be flipped so it becomes a comfortable chair for older babies.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
When parents need something to grab baby’s attention for a few minutes, the Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy is a great choice. Although this toy might look rather ordinary at first, the rainbow color scheme, lights, and melodies are quite enough to keep even young babies transfixed. This award-winning toy features an ergonomically designed handle that makes it easy for little hands to grasp. Twinkling lights make their way across the screen while seven classical melodies play. This toy even features a volume control that makes it easy for parents to turn down tunes low enough to keep baby entertained without driving parents crazy.
Fisher-Price Piano Gym, Kick and Play
Combining physical activity with music, the Fisher-Price Piano Gym is a great option for providing babies with musical exercise. Although babies grow extremely fast, this gym is designed to grow with them. Since this gym offers four ways to play, you don’t have to worry that baby will outgrow it in just a few months. This colorful play gym features toys hanging overhead as well as a piano located at the base, giving even young babies the opportunity to play with just a few kicks of their feet. Once baby is old enough to roll over onto his or her tummy, the overhead toy arch can be adjusted to stay within hand’s reach. When baby is able to sit up, remove the piano at the base so baby can play with it in his or her hands.
Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
An excellent choice for circle time, the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo allows babies to sit upright and bounce around all they like while being surrounded by a variety of stimulating toys designed to keep their attention. The seat in this jumperoo is situated inside a plastic cradle and can be rotated a full 360 degrees. Baby can activate a variety of toys, along with lights and music. A tethered chew toy and animals dangling overhead ensure that there is always something to keep baby’s interest.
Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo
Featuring two modes of play, Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo is the perfect choice for keeping baby entertained at home as well as on the go. This delightful toy offers eight games and activities with more than 150 responses, ensuring baby never gets bored. More than just a cuddly plush toy, All Day Elmo is the perfect choice for helping baby to explore cause-and-effect play.
Fisher-Price Baby's First Blocks
With 10 bright blocks, Fisher Price Baby’s First Blocks is a wonderful option for introducing baby to sorting, stacking, and shape matching. The set features a convenient carrying handle and bucket for easy storage. Help baby to get a head start on developing eye-hand coordination as well as other early learning skills with this classic toy.
Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set
The Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set features six textured and brightly colored balls that are ideal for grasping by tiny hands. A variety of shapes and textures introduces even young babies to sensory stimulation. Since these balls are BPA-free, parents do not have to be worried. These balls can be cleaned with soap and water, making clean-up a snap. An excellent buy for babies of all ages, these balls are sure to be a hit and keep babies entertained.
Bright Starts Lights and Sounds Fun Pad
This interactive light and sound table is a great option for introducing baby to animals, colors, shapes, and numbers. It features colorful lights that dance across the screen. Large, soft buttons situated on a fabric screen are ideal for even young babies. A slider switch is included to activate a variety of silly sounds that are certain to keep babies mesmerized.
Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car
This stationary, vehicle-shaped activity center is designed to encourage learning while encouraging baby to pull up, sit, crawl, and stand. Features more than 75 singalong tunes and songs, as well as phrases. The interactive dashboard offers three levels of play: learning, imagination, and music. There is even a built-in ramp for ball play as well as a shape- and color-sorting door. Along with teaching numbers, colors, letters, and first words, this toy also helps to develop gross and fine motor skills. This toy operates with three AA batteries.