9 Great Gifts for Babies and Toddlers

Holidays, Products and Giveaways

Even the tiniest family members deserve a fabulous gift or two. Whether it’s an endearing toy or something more utilitarian like, say, a new pair of stylish moccasins, Baby will be thrilled with any of these outside-the-box holiday gift ideas.


What to get the tiniest person on your list? A WubbaNub pacifier is a great place to start! Almost like a mythical creature, this paci-animal hybrid has unmatched powers, providing soothing comfort and reassuring friendship for your little love. The light-weight plush animals each offer moral support in the form of a medical-grade, latex-free Soothie pacifier. And now that medical experts suggest that offering a pacifier can help reduce the risk of SIDS, there’s no reason to keep Baby and paci apart! Ages 0 months and older; for prices and where to buy, visit wubbanub.com.

WubbaNub Reindeer

WubbaNub reindeer

Eric Carle Instrument Gift Set

The only thing better than Eric Carle’s story about a ravenous larva is his delightful collection of instruments featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar. The four-piece set includes a recorder, tambourine, maraca and castanet, all perfectly sized for little hands. Ages 2 years and older; $24.99 at amazon.com.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar instrument set

The Very Hungry Caterpillar instrument set; $24.99

Pippin the Push Along Pup

New crawlers will enjoy having a friend on their level with Pippin Push Along Pup. This friendly little canine from Lamaze is filled with sensory exploration. Crinkly ears, bright colors, various textures … what’s not to love? And what’s a dog without a bone and a ball? Pippin comes with both, which are easily tucked in and taken out for spatial play. Agest 6 months and older; $24.99 at tomy.com.

Pippin the Push Along Pup by Lamaze is a great Christmas gift for ages 6 months and older.

Pippin the Push Along Pup by Lamaze; $24.99

Banjo Panda

Babies spend a lot of time in their nurseries, which means it’s worthwhile to make décor selections that provide joy and promote curiosity. “Banjo Panda” by Sophie Corrigan is an ideal artistic selection as it features dramatic contrasting colors, a parent-child bond and the depiction of music all in a whimsical scene that can be printed on canvas, throw pillows and more. All ages; prices vary at redbubble.com.

Banjo Panda by Sophie Corrigan

Banjo Panda by Sophie Corrigan is a delightful gift to brighten up any nursery.

Lil Sushi

For families who enjoy their sushi with a side of swaddle, Sushi Baby is the perfect gift. This hilarious—and accurate—swaddler turns Baby into a sushi roll. The round blanket looks like the seaweed sushi wrap, while the cap takes care of the roe and rice. And the irony of it all lies in the fact that while Baby’s in utero, raw sushi is off limits. Ages 0 months and older; $48 at bonvivantbaby.com.

Lil Sushi swaddling blanket and cap brings some humor to naptime.

Lil Sushi swaddling blanket and cap; $48

Freshly Picked Moccasins

Perhaps David Bowie wasn’t singing about babies in moccasins when he sang about “Young Americans,” but these tiny shoes fit the bill nonetheless. Freshly Picked’s “Born in the USA” moccasins pay homage to the heartland and support the “Made in the U.S.A.” mantra. The all-American mocs feature an elastic opening to get them on (and off!) in a jiffy; and the super-soft leather makes them the perfect selection for Baby’s first shoe. Sizes 1 – 10; $60 at freshlypicked.com.

"Born in the U.S.A." baby moccasins by Freshly Picked.

“Born in the U.S.A.” baby moccasins by Freshly Picked; $60

Milestone Baby Cards

Life moves fast, and when it involves a new baby, it’s all a blur too. Lest you look back on pictures of your little precious and not have a clue the milestone you were capturing, it’s time to gift Baby her own Milestone Baby Cards. The deck is stacked with adorably designed benchmarks like “I slept through the night” and first words. Grab the card, place it in the shot and capture the moment … which you’ll now always remember! All ages; $26.99 at milestonecards.com.

Milestone Baby Cards

Milestone Baby Cards; $26.99

Discovery Toys Story Stacker

For a toy that packs a punch, the Discovery Toys Story Stacker delivers! The sturdy wooden disks fit easily on the stem — put them in order by size, or switch things up … whatever Baby’s pleasure. The bright colors are captivating, and each disk has a number of shapes that co-ordinate with its number. And the selection of three friendly animal toppers is the icing on the stack! Ages 12 months and older; $23 at discoverytoys.com.

Discovery Toys Story Stacker

Discovery Toys Story Stacker; $23

Chicco Fit & Fun Monkey Strike 

Toddlers on the move can get their bowl on with Chicco’s Fit & Fun Monkey Strike. Six colorful monkey pins are asking to be knocked down by the soft, red ball. And when the competition gets stiff, little ones can opt out and instead play a fun game of mix-and-match with the bases and monkey heads. Ages 18 months and older; $19.99 at chiccoshop.com.

Chicco Fit & Fun Monkey Strike

Chicco Fit & Fun Monkey Strike; $19.99

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