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Esme will be just shy of 6 months old this year at Christmas, and coming up with small gifts to give in her stocking and to round out under the Christmas tree is not quite as easy as my toddler’s assortment of Toy Story Hot Wheels, fruit leather, and a marshmallow Santa. So what do young babies want? Well, at this age it’s really more about what do young babies need, or what do mom and dad want to give? Here are a few small gift ideas that baby should have fun with.
Note on edibles: I’m not a big fan of putting edibles in baby stockings because a) babies shouldn’t have candy and b) they’re clueless! They don’t even miss it. But tradition is tradition so good stocking-friendly baby treats (for babies who are trying at least some table foods) are:
Now, on to the toys and teethers other fun goodies!
Mom has hers, baby needs some graphic message socks too! Give this cute little gift set and giggle your way through the cold winter months as baby kicks around flashing messages like “if you can read this, bring milk!”
Sloths are the “it” animal right now (along with unicorns, narwhals and llamas) so keep that babe on the cutting edge with this darling rattle teether. Ribbons to examine, easy-grip silicone for chewing, and the sweetest little face.
These Infantino Textured Multi Balls are fun and colorful, and so handy for throwing in your purse and diaper bag for on the go entertainment (and if you lose one here or there it’s not a big deal).
If you’re anything like me you have enough brightly colored plastic toys in your life to choke an elephant. So hello sweet little wooden bird and elephant. Their simple design harkens back to simpler times, and if a rattle/teether can be called charming, these are.
But if you don’t quite have enough plastic toys in your life yet to choke an elephant, this shaker is one of those go-to must-haves for babies who are just starting to grab and explore with their hands.
Is it weird that I want a pair of these teeny little fuzzy slippers for myself? They’re just SO cute! Baby slippers come in so many shapes and sizes, these particular ones come in four different colors and sizes to fit from birth to 18 months old. (And they make such a sweet keepsake!)
We have one of these Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes toys and love it! It’s small and light enough for little baby hands to hold, and the big buttons in the middle are easy to press. There are big beads to manipulate and cute eyes to look at, and the best part? The MUSIC ISN’T HORRIBLE! This is the only musical toy my babies ever had that I didn’t eventually come to hate. It has stellar reviews and a reputation for encouraging a love of music.
Give your baby whole foods with no risk of choking with these handy little pacifiers made for chewing. Apples, bananas, chilled for teething if necessary — only flavor and the smallest particles make it through.
Put Me in the Zoo
I remember this book from when I was a kid! Such a classic. Great for teaching colors, and appreciating individuality. And available as a baby-friendly board book.
Can’t go wrong with a plush lovey and security blanket! Made for snuggling, I like the gender neutral design of this one with a sweet smile and little octopus legs hanging down.
Aw, this little moon’s sweet face makes me feel so peaceful. This is another one of those “can’t have too many” baby essentials.
What’s cuter than a baby with these wrist rattles and “foot finder” socks on? (Because feet are elusive, yo.) Not much! Give this set of socks and wristlets with softly textured, grabbable toy bugs on them and buy yourself a good 15 minutes at a time of baby entertaining herself in one of the cutest ways possible.
Cotton headbands! Because every baby needs help holding back her single strand of hair while looking stylish and coordinated (if only it was so easy for mama). Also consider mini hair clips. These are cute as heck on but only good for holding like 2 little hairs, tops (ha).
Have other ideas? Please share in the comments!