It should be easy to pick out a great gift for the kids on your list, but more often than not, they are the most difficult to shop for. You want to get them something that they will enjoy and actually use. You also know that they already have a room full of toys, and don’t really need another action figure, doll, or stuffed animal.
Today’s gift guide is specifically designed for infants. They pose their own special gift buying issues. In many cases, moms of infants have all of the necessities, they received them at baby showers, along with more blankets and clothes than they will ever know what to do with. It can also be difficult to buy toys for infants, and the selection is not always wide – how many car seat toys, stuffed animals, stacking cups, and teething rings does one child need? Infants also grow out of things very quickly, so what can you get them that they will enjoy and be able to use for years to come?
Board books: These are a great option because when they are very young mom and dad can read to them, and as they grow the books are sturdy enough for the child to hold and look at on their own. They will also stand up to being chewed, dropped from high chairs, and being stepped on. Some of our favorites are the Diaper David Collection by David Shannon (3 for $8.99 on Amazon) and the BabyLit Books $8.99 each on Amazon).
Blocks: our favorite blocks for infants are Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks. These are great for little hands and offer a wealth of tactile, visual, and auditory experiences. These are also blocks that will grow with children – the youngest infants can use them as shakers or rattles, and visually explore one block at a time, while older children can use them to repeatedly build and knock down towers. Each set contains 5 blocks, they are available from Fisher Price for $10 per set.
Cars: Infants love anything with wheels. We are huge fans of wooden vehicles, like this one from Smiling Tree Toys on Etsy. When looking for wooden toys there are a few things to remember, first make sure that any edges are rounded, and that the toys have been well sanded to remove any rough patches and possible splinters, you also want to make sure the finish is safe because it will end up in baby’s mouth. Plastic cars are also a great option. We love Tonka’s Chuck and Friends, they come in different sizes for different ages, and are brightly colored.
Music and movement: Babies to to wiggle to music, so make it even more fun by gift them with streamer rings that they can shake and wave. You can make your own, or buy these from BBs for Babies on Etsy. Our favorite CDs for kids are not necessarily for kids, which means that parents will enjoy them too! The Piano Guys do instrumental covers of pop favorites, perfect for dancing, but also great for naptime.
Check back with us tomorrow for a Toddler Gift Guide, and feel free to share your favorite infant gifts in the comments!