Buying presents for babies and toddlers can be such a fun experience – there are so many options and the joy that you see on that little one’s face as they open their gifts makes everything worth it. Choosing the right toy for a toddler or picking out the right sleep sack for a baby; everything about the process reminds us of the joy of children in our lives.
When it comes to the holiday season, it’s natural to want to spoil the special children in your lives, so don’t hesitate! Choose wisely and find gifts they will love and enjoy for years to come. Here are a few gift ideas for your baby or toddler for this holiday season.
Board books offer babies and toddlers alike with the chance to become familiar with the turning of a page and reading of a book. With thick pages made of cardboard, the chances of their little untrained hands ripping the pages is slim making it a safe gift for children of all ages. Introducing books at a young age can instill a desire and passion for reading. Small children usually love to read the same story over and over again. Some of our favorite titles for that age are: Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton, Elmo Hokey Pokey by Abigail Tabby, and the Dear Zoo by Rob Campbell.
Since the winter months are cold and little ones tend to kick off their blankets as they sleep, it’s important to dress them in warm and functional sleepers at bedtime. Some sleepers are better than others when it comes to regulating body temperatures in a young child’s body and having the right one can help protect your child from any cold drafts. A nice cozy sleeper with zippers and snaps will be comfortable and functional for mommy and daddy.
Simple wooden puzzles that have very few pieces are great gifts for toddlers – fun and educational. Toddlers do most of their learning through play so it is important to surround them with toys that are educational, such as puzzles. Melissa & Doug carries some great puzzles for children. For toddlers over 2 years old, MagnaTiles® are an investment, but worth it since your child is unlikely to outgrow them for years.
Toddlers are always looking for an extra warm hug, so why not give it to them while they sleep? With a plush, soft and cozy quilt designed with toddlers in mind, your child can be wrapped up in a breathable but warm blanket all night long.
As babies and toddlers grow, their motor skills begin to change and evolve, and require nurturing. Providing a toddler with a coloring book and some crayons can teach them focus and hand-eye coordination – and it can keep them interested and engaged for hours. You could be inspiring a future artist to find their talent!
The holiday season is a magical time of year for children; snowmen, candy canes, and dreams of what lay under the Christmas tree fill their days. Gifts that help them grow and make them feel warm and loved will only add to the magic of the holidays in their eyes.