Babies pose a special problem for gift givers as they really can’t tell anyone what they want. Luckily enough, moms can usually fill you in on what they might need or a special do-dad that she may want for the baby. But mom can run out of ideas, so we have put together a list of fun and practical gifts for baby. Use it for the holidays, birthdays or if you have been invited to a baby shower. Got an idea we didn’t cover? Be sure to share it in the comments at the bottom of the article.

Toys! Toys! Toys!

Yes, I am starting with the fun stuff because I LOVE playing with kids. I like to watch all ages of kids learn and kids learn through play. So here are some of my suggestions for fun toys:

VTech – Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
A toy your baby can continue to use as they grow! Even if baby is only a couple of months old, this is a good choice as they will be using it in no time at all. Plus it is from VTech, one of my favorite kids toys makers. “The Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker is part of the Sit-to-Stand series of toys developed to grow with baby. Little ones can play with the standalone activity panel on the floor while discovering animals, colors, music, shapes and numbers. Attach the panel to the walker as babies grow and they’ll continue to learn as they move along!”

Activity Balls are tons of fun for baby. They roll away so they encourage crawling. They make noise and do funny things, so they encourage exploring why things happen and they help baby with large motor and small motor skills. Defiantly a toy I recommend for every baby. Here are a few different activity balls that are out right now, all are fun and safe for baby:

VTech – Move & Crawl Electronic Activity Ball

Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball

Fisher-Price Go Baby Go! Gigglin’ Bee Ball

Cloth books are great pre-reading toys and are safe for babies who engage in eating their books. Here are a few fun books out right now:

Discovery type toys are a wonderful choice for baby. They have all kinds of things to look at, play with and listen to. Here are a few adorable discovery type toys that are out right now:

Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Lion Activity Block

What’s Inside? Baby Discovery Toy

Infantino Big Top Discovery Cube Development Toy


About Gifts for Baby on Their First Birthday

First birthdays for babies are loads of fun as the baby is really starting to interact with those around them! While, they may not understand what the fuss is all about, they do like the new things they receive and the cake ;) Any of the toys above would make great gift ideas, but remember to check in with mommy to see if there is anything practical that is needed. Baby is growing fast! So clothes are always a need, but again, check with mom for sizes.

About Gifts for Baby at Christmas

Baby’s first Christmas is a special time for parents, siblings and the extended family – even if your baby isn’t going to remember it. Gifts are nice to get for the baby, but your little one is probably going to be more impressed with the pretty paper their gifts come wrapped in. Which is okay, it leaves some room for moms to make of list of what baby might need instead of just toys and playthings. While the baby shower wasn’t so far off, now that you have baby home with you and winter is coming, you probably have a few items on your list that you can use for the baby. Here are some practical gift ideas, followed by some fun gift ideas and baby play things:

Winter needs:

  • Snow suit or heavy bunting
  • Hats, mittens, and foot coverings
  • 2 or 3 Sweaters
  • 3 to 5 Footed sleepers and sleep sacks
  • Blankets
  • Fleece pad and flannel crib sheets
  • Room thermometer