Baby Gift Ideas
Toys for Babies and Children
There's no sight that inspires more "oohs", "aahs" and similar
expressions of adoration than a new baby. First time mothers will often be surprised by the number of baby gifts
they receive, even while pregnant and after baby arrives. It's not uncommon for even strangers to bestow baby gifts
upon an expectant mother. Babies can be truly inspiring to us all.
The shower of baby gifts or toys often doesn't end after baby is born.
Traditionally, until junior is able to fend for himself, you may find yourself swamped with an incredible selection
of baby gifts and toys that serve to entertain, pamper and humor your little ones.
|The idea behind giving toys and other gifts to the baby is to entertain and amuse
them, while parents should receive gifts that are useful. (Image by
At some point you'll find yourself on the buying end of the totem poll. When your
time comes to shower a new mom or family with baby gifts, keep in mind that not all gifts are created equally. Baby
gift ideas can be broken down into several categories, including those
for infants, toddlers and beyond.
There are often several well intentioned items that end up in a corner or drawer
never to be looked at again when received. To make the most of your best intention, keep in mind that infants
seldom need elaborate toys and educational accessories to crowd their nursery.
Some well appreciated and useful gifts for infants include the
Babies need lots and lots of diapers. The typical infant goes through 5-8 diapers
per day that translates into as many as 56 diapers a week or more than 200 per month. Baby may not express their
enthusiasm at the offering, but a parent certainly will. It's one gift that, as long as you get the diaper size
right, you can't go wrong with.
This is a wonderful and thoughtful gift for someone considering using cloth
instead of disposable diapers.
Other useful and practical infant gifts include:
There is a variety of gifts that can be given to newborn baby and
- Baby Wipes
- Diaper Disposal System
- Baby Onesies or infant bodysuits of varying sizes and
- Baby Bath Items
- Little socks to keep an infant's feet warm
- Baby Caps
- Teething rings
- Clothing Hampers
- Crib sheets
- Changing Table Sheets
- Burp Cloths
- Infant Sleepers
- Baby Bouncer Chair
- Crib Mobiles
Coming into the Toddler stage of course, everything changes! Here is where the
gifts start becoming fun. Toddlers may make much better use of educational toys than infants. Among the offerings
certain to be appreciated in this category include the following:
- More teething toys
- Anything colorful
- Balls, large and small
- Books for toddlers
- Baby Einstein or Disney Videos
- Junior Bikes
- Stuffed Animals
- Musical Toys
- Building Blocks
- Toy Cars or other Vehicles
- Discovery Centers
Once a toddler moves into an older stage, be sure to consult with parents
regarding gifts. This is when children and parents tastes and preferences start to matter more.
A whole variety of
things are needed by the parents of the newborn, giving you
plenty of baby gift ideas to choose
Find out what types of hobbies their child or children are into. In some instances
some of the gifts that apply for toddlers apply to older children as well. These include bicycles, books, and
animals (stuffed or otherwise).
Many well intentioned friends consider buying an older child a pet as a gift. Many
well meaning parents do the same for their children, thinking having an animal will help teach responsibility. But
think before you buy a pet as a gift.
Keep in mind that young children are still barely grasping how to take care of
themselves, and while having a pet can be entertaining and enlightening, a majority of the care giving will likely
still rest on the shoulders of the parents instead of the child.
Indeed, even some parents will love their pet gift at first, until they get tired
of it and realization sets in that pet has to be cared for just like any other living being. How many pets end up
being homeless after Christmas, for example? There are plenty of other baby gift ideas that are available and don't
have to be cared for.