Buying Christmas gifts for babies often presents a challenge because babies don’t really have much in the way of playing preference yet. They basically all enjoy the same baby toys, and most of them already have enough toys. Still, if there’s an infant on your Christmas list this year, consider these 5 best Christmas gifts for babies.
As infants reach their first birthday, they are able to grab and hold onto balls. Look for cloth balls that have texture to the fabric or ribbed plastic balls to allow little ones to get a good grip. Balls help small children develop stronger hand muscles and eventually hand-eye coordination.
Reading to children is fairly universal, and going with quality picture books will give Baby the chance to develop her brain by seeing the pictures and hearing the words and will give Mom and Dad a break from Goodnight, Moon. Look for books with good stories to keep the baby engaged as he gets older. Amanda Dade’s New Year’s Parade is an excellent choice as are classics like Where the Wild Things Are.
Building toys offer an open-ended way for babies to engage in creative play. While traditional Legos are too small for babies, the larger Duplo blocks are not. Other blocks, too, like Melissa & Doug’s architectural blocks can provide fun for years to come.
Help the baby in your life to save for the future by purchasing savings bonds in his name. Grandparents also can take out IRAs for babies. While it may seem silly to give an infant an investment account, allowing money to accrue from infancy will give the child a financial advantage later.
Getting a membership to a children’s museum, the zoo, or a children’s gymnasium allows both parents and baby to get a break. Baby gets to play with other children while Mom can have a ready-made outing for free.