Having a baby at Christmas is the very best gift of all. When I look at my 7-month-old, I am mesmerized. She smiles and the whole world is drops of sunshine and happiness, washing away the grey.
Below you'll find gift ideas that are good picks for babies (birth through age 1). Note that they're all gifts that parents will appreciate too. Double win!
Short on space? Want baby to join you at the table instead of being resigned to her own seat? Appreciate a non-cluttered kitchen? Then, you're sure to like the Fast Table Chair by Inglesina (rated for age 6 months thru 37 pounds). It's compact and convenient, easily attaching to a number of table frames. The canvas cloth is machine-washable and the entire chair has a built-in carry case for easy transporting to grandma's house, a cabin in the woods, or your best friend's birthday party.
Soft to the squeeze and unquestionably adorable, this sound machine disguised as a sound machine is a particularly good pick for first time parents. The cuddly lamb features 4 sounds, volume control, and an automatic timeout function at either 23 or 45 minutes. You can also attach this sheep to baby's crib. My husband and I both like the "Spring Showers" and "Ocean Surf" options, but wish the other two would be replaced by gentle classical music pieces.
Introduce your baby to the "That's Not My..." series. The sturdy board books are tough enough to withstand baby's teeth. Plus, they're super interactive. Baby can touch squishy, hairy, bumpy, and shiny textures. There are currently 36 books in the series by Usborne Children's Books. We own the puppy, elephant, and panda bear books - and all three are delightful! Available for approximately $8.99 on Amazon or from your local Usborne Books reseller.
Active parents are sure to appreciate the merits of a performance carrier. With Kelty's Journey 2.0, parents can take their baby on outdoor adventures of epic proportions. Our 7-month-old and 3-year-old are equally happy to be perched in the seat for family hikes. There's ample room for snacks, wipes, diapers, and more - plus a bladder pouch for your own hydration pack.
This charming book will delight you and your little one with sweet photos of angel-faced children and old-fashioned scenes. Learn to count to 20 with rhyming text. The board book version is probably best for little ones who haven't yet reached their 1st birthday.
In the very beginning, baby shoes are unnecessary. A newborn's super soft toes need room to wiggle and stretch (and be kissed by mama's lips!). Things change, however, when baby starts to crawl, scoot, pull up, stand, and toddle around the room. Our 7-month-old is doing a little bit of all of that (minus the walking) and I am happy to be able to to protect her feet with Jack & Lily infant shoes. They're crafted with breathable, ultra-soft, premium cowhide leather and a suede sole that is flexible and skid resistant. An elasticized ankle provides comfort while making them easy to put on and stay on! I especially appreciate that the elastic around the ankle is gentle and doesn't leave red marks like other brands. Design options are plentiful - choose from pirates, whales, cupcakes, cowboys, sailboats, and more!
Will you be shopping for a baby this year? What gift recommendations would you add?
Be sure to check out Metropolitan Mama's full 2012 Christmas Gift Guide.