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Last year, I created one holiday gift guide last year for babies and toddlers. This year I decided to break up my guides into different categories. This is my first 2016 guide and there are more to come! Look out for my guides for gifts for toddlers and moms of babies.
Here are my recommendations for baby items that will get used regularly and can continue to be used beyond the first year. I included gifts that range in price, with some particularly affordable ones at the end.
I'm so happy with my Parklon playmat -- it blends with my decor, is super plush, non-toxic and BPA free. The style that I have is called Mono Raum. It has a geometric pattern on one side and chevron on the other. I leave it out in the corner of my living room, my son plays on it daily and everyone mistakes it for a rug!
Parklon makes lots of other style mats including foldable playmats and even kitchen mats. I'm excited to have teamed up with Parklon to offer you 15% off any order on the Parklon site with code VERYBEST15 (valid through 12/31/16).
Brinware makes dishwasher safe silicone feeding items in wonderfully vibrant colors.
I just ordered a Read Your Story book as a gift for my son. It is an adorable personalized alphabet book, featuring your child's name and face throughout. You can add a dedication (at no extra cost) to make it even more special.
My son loves books, looking at photos of himself, and identifying letters of the alphabet. I can't wait to see his reaction to this gift. I'm sure that he will continue to treasure it long after he has mastered his ABCs. Click here to visit the site.
These fun and colorful silicone puppet toothbrushes make tooth brushing fun and effective!
Baby Says More™ is an online course for parents who want to learn to communicate with their babies using baby signs before the onset of spoken language. Baby sign language can greatly reduce frustration and crying by both mom and baby!
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Parasol Co is my choice brand of diapers. I've been using them for my son for five months and they are amazing! They are super soft, eco-friendly, the patterns are adorable and the fit is great. We went from multiple blow outs a week to no blowouts in months! If you are looking for a gift that will get used daily, diapers are a sure thing!
If you are looking to buy these for yourself, and not as a gift, you can use this link instead of the ones above or code BEST for 20% off your first order.
Anything from the New Aden + Anais Metallic Collection
Aden + Anais swaddles and dream blankets have been popular for years. I continue to use these daily for my 23 month old. They recently released a new line that has metallic threading and each item is swoon-worthy! I especially recommend the dream blankets (pictured below), as a child will get years of use out of it. Find other items in the collection here and here.
This toy is recommended for 12 months and up, but I'm all for planning ahead (plus a nine month old can enjoy it closely supervised). If you are going to get only one toy for a one year old, this activity cube should be it. Solid, amazing quality and so many activities for different ages and stages. I see my son evolving in how he uses it over time. He got it at 11 months and is now 23 months and uses it pretty much daily (and it is still in perfect condition). Every kid who comes over loves it. It is one of my go-to first birthday gifts.
Pipsquigz Silicone Toys
Pipsquigz are silicone rattles that can suction to smooth surfaces. My son and all of his little friends got a ton of use out of these, especially when they were teething. We brought them to all of our playdates. When other babies mouthed them I didn't mind at all, I just tossed them in the dishwasher when we got home.
Grimm's makes phenomenal quality wooden toys. The color is from certified non toxic water based stains. No worrisome paint or lacquer. Grimm's toys are sure to become heirlooms and double as decor! You can't go wrong with any of their toys (here are a whole bunch), but here are three that I particularly like and have given as gifts:
I have a love hate relationship with this toy. It is bright colored plastic, lights up and plays many different sounds and songs. My first thought when I initially turned it on was "could this give my baby a seizure?" So for weeks I had the sound and lights disabled. Eventually I enabled it. The piece with all the fun parts comes off, so you can place it on the floor and reattach it once your bub is ready for a walker.
Click through the image for the color of your choice.
Musical instruments make a classic gift and will get plenty of use! My son has the first five pictured below (click through the images for details) and has played with the others at classes and friends' homes. See my post on our festive and affordable first birthday party for more details on the instruments and how I found them.
If you prefer to gift a pre-assembled set of instruments, here are some great options:
Sassy Wonder Wheel
The Wonder Wheel is another toy that my group members recommended, especially for using on a high chair tray.
My son received this wonderful chair as a baby gift. At about eight months he developed an attachment to it and started having his morning milk in it. He continues to use it daily at 23 months, especially to "read" his books. I expect him to continue to enjoy it for a few years (I can even squeeze myself into it, which he finds hilarious). The slipcover can be removed and washes beauifuly.
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I hope that you enjoyed this post. Please look out for my upcoming guides on gifts for moms and gifts for toddlers! Also be sure to follow along in my Facebook deals group, where I post deals on my favorite and popular products for the entire family.
This post was sponsored by some of the brands featured in the post. All opinions are my own.