Selecting suitable Christmas gifts for a baby means more than finding objects to keep the little one occupied and quiet. Baby gifts and toys are often carefully designed to aid the development of the young child as abilities that adults take for granted take time for young children to learn. Here is a list of popular items that has been researched with some of the largest online retailers of baby products.
Of course every infant and toddler requires staple items such as clothes, bedding, furniture and other gear. However, babies also need opportunities to learn movement and co-ordination, as well as how to differentiate textures, colors, tastes, sounds and shapes. Musical appreciation can also be started at a very young age, as can an awareness of letters and numbers. Fun toys and games are available which aid in developing simple reasoning skills.
Here are some of the most popular gifts for babies:
1. Sophie the Giraffe Teether – Vulli.
This giraffe is very flexible, being made of rubber, and it offers lots of parts – like ears, legs and horns – to chew on. Not only is it soft to touch, like a baby’s mother, but it also has a squeaker to keep the baby amused.
2. Baby Einstein Takealong Tunes.
A chance to introduce the little one to baby-friendly versions of some of the greats of classical music, such as Mozart, Chopin, Vivaldi and Rossini. A large button allows the baby to make its way happily through 7 classical melodies. This is a baby’s version of an MP3 player and it also entertains with colorful lights which display on the screen.
3. Baby’s First Blocks from Brilliant Basics
Ten brightly colored plastic blocks in a bucket invite endless sorting, filling and dumping, which also aids eye-hand co-ordination and learning to identify different shapes. The container box has a handle which makes it easy to carry.
4. Jacques the Peacock from Lamaze.
A beautiful peacock with lovely colors, a mirror, many textures and sounds, it was designed with the aid of development experts at Yale University. It has an easy attachment for strollers and carriers. It is easy to take with you on shopping trips and play dates. The soft velour body invites playing and snuggling and is easy for little hands to use.
5. Playskool Busy Ball Popper from Hasbro.
Winner of numerous awards, including American Baby’s Best Toy, the little one drops balls onto a spiral track and pumps a plunger. The balls scoot to the bottom and pop out the top. It has crazy sound effects and 8 bouncy songs which add to the fun.
6. Learn & Groove Musical Table from Leapfrog.
Suits ages 6 mths and up, it has lots of musical activities that make learning fun. Improves motor skills while they learn about the alphabet, colors, and opposites. The Musical Table offers a carnival of learning experiences, with sparkling lights and more than 40 songs and melodies.
7. Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube
Also an award-winning toy, the Magic Cube provides a great musical foundation for babies and small children. By touching a button, the player can subtract or add any of five musical instruments – the harp, French horn, flute, piano, violin and flute. The selected instrument plays to the beat of the music or all of them can be combined into an orchestra. It has lots of bright colors and soft, rounded corners.
8. Rainforest Jumperoo – Fisher-price.
With a rainforest setting, this baby jumper stimulates movement, with a fun seat and toys in five locations on the platform. There is also an electronic toy on the front which moves and provides music and lights that can be activated simply by the baby. An elephant, monkey, parrot and tiger add to the excitement.
9. Baby Einstein Animal Exploration Tunnel.
Crawlers will love this four-foot-long tunnel which includes a chirping red bird, an apple teether, mirror toy, animal photo cards, plus links to add more toys and other baby stuff.
10. Sleep Sheep from Cloud b.
Won the National Parenting Council’s Seal of approval, along with a number of other industry awards. The plush Sleep Sheep is very cuddly and has five soothing sounds which help to calm a restless child. These include a heart beat (like mother’s), a quiet stream, spring showers, ocean waves and harmonious whale sounds. It is a great audio and tactile pacifier, which helps to block unfamiliar and disturbing sounds and relieve stress. A very good traveling aid.
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