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Ideas For Newborns Ideas For Newborns

I’m going to keep adding items so check it out and let me know what you’d add. I’m dying to know what you think.

This book has thick lettercut pages that are cut to the shape of each letter. It is so cool and has amazing illustrations.

This simple little worm is surprisingly popular with babies. Plus, it’s almost impossible to break while twisting and forming it into new shapes.

Any baby that needs to transition out of swaddling will love this little sleep suit because it’s heavy enough to muffle their reflexive startles that tend to wake them up.

What to do: When your baby is in a quiet and alert state, undress her down to her diaper and lay her faceup on a soft towel or blanket in a warm, quiet room. Working in sections as her tolerance allows, gently but firmly stroke her legs, arms, and belly. “We want to make sure babies are touched often and gently,” Dr. Leiderman says. “That touch is how babies thrive.”

JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images The first six months of baby’s life are amazing time, as he transforms from a floppy-headed newborn into a tiny person who can sit and play when propped up. While your baby will develop at his own pace, there are ways you can encourage that growth—and compelling reasons to do so.

These are the best damn baby boots. They are warm. They never come off and they cover up the bare spot between the top of your socks and the bottom of your pants. They are also great for indoor slippers.

It covers the bath spout so they don’t knock their little noggins on the faucet. I had one. It rocked.

To help get your creative juices flowing, we rounded up some simple, development-promoting activities suggested by three leading child development experts. Read on and get inspired!

What to do: If your baby has good head control, lay him on his back, place your hands under his arms, and gently guide him into a sitting position. As he gains muscle tone and strength, do these sit-ups by holding his hands and slowly bringing him to sit.

If you’re looking for some baby gift ideas – even gifts for infants – I think we all understand that babies don’t want or really need anything, but I totally get that people really want to recognize special occasions.

Who doesn’t love a camping theme?! Includes a light-up firefly, turtle mirror, bear rattle and musical raccoon with wooden teether that plays “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

Growth chart that can stay up after they have outgrown fairies but haven’t outgrown *growing*.

Somebody bought my son these as a gift and both the boys still play with them. They are nice and soft so they are good to just roll around until you can stack. They can just be put back in the bucket (the all go through that crazy put-it-in-something stage. Best of all they don’t hurt if you step on the (I’m looking at you Lego) or fall on them.

There is no way to adequately express how much joy these little dolphins bring me. You pop ’em in the tub, bop them gently on the head, and they let out a joyful little whistle. Each one makes a different pitch, which adds to the magic.

These are fun and heaven knows organizing baby clothes is a damn nightmare.

A local hang out that offers fun classes is always a great gift.

Gifts don’t have to be bought and if you have someone who is really handy that is itchy to do something for your baby, I can’t tell you how well this thing would go over.

I saw this at a Baby Show and even I was totally mesmerized by it. Each time you add a gear to the spool it gently spins down. It’s easy to thread so there’s no frustration factor too. It’s a winner.

What to do: Show your baby her reflection in the mirror, then ask, “Who is that?” Repeat with your own reflection and a sibling’s or a stuffed animal’s.

Skills learned: Imitation, back-and-forth conversation, memory

What to do: Sing and talk to your child using exaggerated tones of voice. Watch your baby’s facial expressions and see how he reacts to different pitches.

These adorable bows and headbands are built to stay put on even the baldest of baby heads. You can check our review, and then buy them from the Baby Wisp website or on Amazon.

This is an amazing first game for kids. Simply roll the cube and choose the matching color card and perform the simple activity shown, such as “Make a happy face”, “Moo like a cow” or “Find something blue”. It’s fun and easy and something you can do together.

These are the best damn dolls. Despite being all fancy and french, they are the perfect size and, because the body is soft,theye are extremely loveable. I bought one of these for my friend’s daughter and she hauls it everywhere.

These are inexpensive and tons of fun. Babies love the feel of them, plus, they are safe to chew on.

These are great for home, the bath, the beach, you name it. The stack and nest and one even has holes for water.

These little chairs have a long shelf life. My kids read, played and even slept in them. My husband is actually sitting in one right now playing a video game — I kid you not.

This a cd you didn’t know you wanted. But you do. The Rockabye Baby collection is surprisingly great — I bet you had no idea Tool would so so great as a lullaby. If you don’t believe me, check out the Amazon reviews!

Swaddles are a fail safe baby gift. They have a million uses and aden + anais are the favorties out there.

What to do: Put on one of your favorite songs and, while holding your baby securely to your chest, gently move around together in time to the music.

These have a ton of play value. There are shapes at the bottom of each egg that fits in the bottom. Kids can match the top of the shell to the bottom and they squeak. These will drive you crazy but kids love them.

Depending on the age of your child, this may be jumping the gun, but these little cars are fantastic when you have a blossoming walker that doesn’t dig the stroller. It’s easy to get in and out of and kids love catching this ride to the park.

Boon makes great bath toys that have tons of play value and don’t get filled with scuzz

Rockabye Baby! Good Day, Goodnight: The 5 Year Anniversary Compilation

Encourage your infant’s development with these fun and easy activities.

Fish are soothing and it’s a damn nice place to hang out on a rainy day.

Variations: Increase the challenge by adding new and more complex movements, but pay attention to your baby’s reactions. Scale back if she seems frustrated—the activity should be fun.

It’s a puppet, it’s a bath mitt, it’s something awesome to chew on! It’s a great baby gift idea.

These are fun little instruments to spark your future musician.

Not only do wagons come in handy for carting kids around, they come in handy for carting crap around too.

You get a little stuffed chick, certificate, card, etc. too. There are all kinds of animals you can adopt so it could be cool if a particular animal had special meaning. You can even adopt a raccoon (WTF?!)

LeapFrog does an excellent job of figuring out what kids love. This little musical table is no exception.

Today’s infant toy storage can become tomorrow’s Lego storage.

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All babies should have leg warmers. These are newborn sized, but BabyLegs makes them for preemies and bigger babies, as well. There are also a ton of other brands selling similar items.

My kids have these and they love them. It’s amazing what a name on a blanket or towel will do.

Babies hit a stage where they love to put things in and take things out (this often involves your toilet) so toys like this have a long shelf life. Squishy and fun when they are wee, and in and out good times when they are older.

I have mixed feelings about zoos, but there’s no denying that kids love them. Zoos are just plain fun and when you’re wracking your brain about where to go to get out of the house, this is always a hit.

“Just like adults’ muscles strengthen when used over and over, the same is true with babies,” explains Roni Cohen Leiderman, Ph.D., dean of the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development at Nova Southeastern University, and co-author of Let’s Play and Learn Together. “In fact, as your baby develops strength and balance, he may begin pulling himself up faster than you are guiding him.”

Materials needed: A small, soft, colorful toy, like a sponge ball or stuffed animal.

You know how I love the idea of this kind of gift. Instead of getting a gift for your newborn who is happy to stare at jingling keys, why not get them something that will save kids in other countries? Some people may not like the “no gift to open” factor on this one, but some may love the gesture this brings. (For more gifts along this line, check out my Baby Gifts That Give Back post.)

Skills learned: Grasp and release, tactile stimulation, hand-eye coordination

“Stimulating your child’s brain during this time and providing situations where they can explore helps them to learn things that get them in touch with their environment,” says child and adolescent psychologist Robert Myers, Ph.D., founder of the Child Development Institute and assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. “Doing developmental activities with them also bonds parents to their child and makes them a better observer, so when they go to the pediatrician, they can give the doctor good information about where the child is developmentally.”

Board books are the best. They are durable, short little stories that kids love. He are some of my faves that are tried and true but without the really popular ones like Guess How Much I Love You, Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny because most people have those. If you read this site for any amount of time you know how much I love I Am a Bunny. BEST. BOOK. EVER!

Skills learned: Body awareness, cause and effect, sensory integration, chin tucking

You really can’t beat these for the price. Each set comes with four safe, soft, and washable cars. They roll surprisingly far, even on carpet.

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Even if you’re not in water play weather, you will be soon enough and this is a real winner. I love that it’s not too big so you can move it into the shade and dump it at the end of the day so it doesn’t grow sea monkeys.

Nothing beats hours (okay minutes) of fun like a cause and effect toy. This one is sturdy and the doors are less likely to fail causing a kid-meltdown. It’s been around for a while and it’s a tried and true toy.

I don’t know. I just think we all need a personalized crown.

Part-teether, part-puzzle, the OombeeCube is a durable, multi-textured toy that can keep your tot entertained while they chew, squish, and problem solve. As a bonus, the puzzle pieces don’t come off, making it a perfect toy to bring to a restaurant without worrying about anything dropping on the floor.

There are some really incredible apps out there for babies and toddlers, so if you’re lucky enough to own an Apple device this is always a good ask.

High contrast art cards not only appeal to babies, but would also make really cool nursery decor.

What to do: Tuck one or two sheets of new or used tissue paper under the cushion of a sofa or upholstered chair so that it hangs down to the floor like a curtain. Remove baby’s socks, and place her on her back, with her feet against the tissue and her knees slightly bent. “If she’s slow to start kicking, gently rustle the paper with your hand or tap her feet against it,” suggests Rachel Coley, occupational therapist, author of Begin With a Blanket: Creative Play for Infants, and founder of CanDoKiddo.com.

Babies love little flip books and these cloth versions allow for some serious mangling ; )

These guys convert any cup or glass into a sippy cup. It’s a handy thing to have on the go and it makes a great gift for a baby.

These are awesome. It’s a cold compress you keep in the freezer. It gets nice and cold but not “ouchy cold”, you know what I mean?

I love that they can play with the animals before they’ve mastered the puzzle part.

Swim diapers are an awesome alternative to disposables. No one wants a pool “fouling”

What to do: While your baby is lying on her back, hold the toy in front of her face and, if needed, wiggle it slowly or gently touch her with it to get her attention. Then move the toy from side to side, and encourage her to follow along with her eyes.

This is a great exploratory toy for little ones. Each fish scale has a different texture and lifts up to show a drawing. It also has a teether corner and is plush, crinkly, and huggable.

These are fantastic. I got one for both of my sons and it really is something how they actually record your kid’s name into the song and it’s not all shit like with “If you’re ‘insert robotic name here’ and you know it”. It really does sound seamless. I think it’s especially great for kids that have unique names and aren’t going to find the preprinted mugs with their names on it anytime soon.

Skills learned: Listening. “This also encourages an interest in music and strengthens bonding with the parent, which is important for emotional development,” Dr. Myers points out.

What to do: Lay your baby belly-down across your lap, and place your hands around his midsection so he’s fully supported. Then gently lift him up and move him up, down, back, and forth, like a rocket jetting into space. For extra giggles, add sound effects. “Babies like the element of surprise and learn through it,” says Dr. Leiderman. “They are also seeing the world from a different perspective, and there’s a gleeful aspect to that.”

A photo session with a local photographer is always a wonderful gift. Obviously, the price range is pretty big between photographers but you can usually find something to fit everyone’s budget.

These are a great little gift for babies. They are made of medical grade silicone, are easy to garb and are great to gnaw on.

I am a Bunny $4Little Blue Truck $7Peek-a-Who? $6Open the Barn Door $3Big Red Barn $4Go Dog Go $5Is Your Mama a Llama? $4Related: Best Books for Babies (that don’t always make top 10 lists)

Cool handmade teether. It’s like a little baby weapon! Since it’s Etsy, the style changes up, but the idea stays the same.

Especially great for keeping track of jackets, hats and sippies at daycare (or at the park).

I love these little boats for kids of all ages. And since they don’t have a hole in them you don’t have to worry about black mildew water being squirted in your face by a fun-loving toddler.

These come in little mary janes, ballet slippers, etc. They are beyond adorable.

Materials needed: Empty paper towel or toilet paper tubes cut into 1- to 2-inch rings, a low basket or a shallow pan

This sweet elephant can hold toys, pacifiers, and whatever else your kid can’t live without at the moment.

aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket 4 Pack, Make Believe

When in doubt give diapers. Try to shoot for the next size up.

Variations: Swap out the cut tubes with ribbon strips or bath puffs to provide a different tactile sensation. (Always keep eyes on your baby and keep her within arm’s reach when using ribbons.) Golf balls are another fun filler, as they make a great noise when placed in a metal pan.

They things are indestructible and won’t hurt if your baby clocks you (or herself) in the head with it. Babies love these things and they aren’t crazy expensive.

Here is my criteria for baby gift ideas:gifts that have great play value – so it’s not ditched by dinnertimegifts that have a long play life and educational elements so you get the most bang for your buckgifts that get excellent reviews from a number of sourcesa little variety – because no matter how much you need diapers, some people just want to buy a cool toy

 Whew! What else would you add? Let me know in the comments!

Dolls like this are great because they are loved and used for a long time so you get a ton of play out of them.

So I put my own list together of great gifts for kids under one. It was a little tricky because shopping for an infant is different from shopping for a 10-month old but I tried to make it fairly universal.

What to do: See how many actions your child can imitate in a row by tapping the table, opening and closing your hands, clapping, and waving. Tip: Start with something your baby is already doing, like banging a fist on the table.

Earth Mama has some of the best stuff out there and this little gift pack contains shampoo, body wash, bottom balm, lotion and baby oil.

My kids each got a personalized like this and I use it all the time. I’ve used it to for toys, extra clothes for preschool, and overnighters. Be sure to get the zip top so it doesn’t tip over and you have little socks everywhere. LL Bean also makes one so be sure to check them out to compare styles.

These blankets are so incredibly versatile — arm pockets for swaddling, nursing, strolling, etc. Plus, it looks like a heart when you lay it down. Sweet.

Great Gifts for Babies Under OneBaby Snow Terry Bath Mitts – Baby

What to do: Next time your little one is having a meltdown or resisting a nap, sing him a lullaby in a soothing voice. Don’t remember any of the classics? No problem—you can find song lyrics online or just make up your own.

Lightweight, durable, and perfect for towing around their favorite toys.

If your child doesn’t have an Oball, snap one of these suckers up. They rattle, are easy to grip and whip around with little damage if you take it in the face. Kids love ’em.

Some of the gifts you can donate here are really incredible and truly life changing. You can even sponsor a child the same age as yours.

You may feel like a mirror is just ‘meh’ but you know who else thinks your baby is the cutest, most interesting person on the planet? Yep, your baby. It does a whole bunch of cognitive stuff but, most importantly, it keeps your baby interested.

You can never, ever go wrong with aden+anais and they just came out with this newborn gift set. It contains two swaddles, a burpy bib, a mate lovey, and a swaddling book.

You can take it apart AND you can drop it like it’s hot. What more could you want?

This is an amazing car seat cover that keeps your baby toasty and warm but is also safe to use (it goes over the baby, not behind)

Kids are freakishly amazing at memory games (probably because they aren’t burdened with 20 years of t.v. jingles) so these make a really lovely gift to remember all the special people in their lives.

These are easy to clean and hard to throw so mealtime stays fun for everyone.

Kids love things they can sit on and rock. This sturdy, little pony is easy to climb on and converts to a spring horse when your child is done rockin’

Okay, Scout is awesome. Scout can learn your child’s name and favorite things for personalized learning in 15+ activities. Plus, Scout has 40+ learning songs, melodies, and lullabies. If only Scout could put away laundry.

What to do: Fill the basket or pan with the paper tube rings, and place it in front of your baby while she’s in tummy time, propped on a pillow, or sitting on your lap with hands free to play. Encourage her to push and bump her hands up against the rings or use use the wall of the container to help her grasp them.

Sometimes the simplest things are the best things. These smooth, little blocks are non-toxic with a water-based lacquer finish so your baby can go nuts with them.

I fully recognize that this looks like a torture device (I felt the same way when I saw it) but this thing is magic and babies LOVE it and so do parents. You can use it in the tub or a pool too.

These are ridiculously beautiful in person. An absolute WOW gift if you’re looking to knock the compression socks off someone who appreciates a gorgeous pattern.

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