It’s that time of year again to plan for the holidays. Make your lists and check them twice. My son has already started his wish list for Santa. While he can verbally communicate what he wants, my 5 month old would probably be fine with the tissue paper and a box. Even though she will not remember what Santa leaves under the tree, none the less there will be presents for her too! We have enough toys consuming our house, so I want to make sure the gifts she gets are educational toys and helping her to develop. Here are some must have learning toys for babies and toddlers.
This activity cube has all the bells and whistles when it comes to interactive learning for babies and toddlers. It is for ages 9 months and up. Babies will learn about numbers, colors, animals, and music. The VTech Sort & Discover Activity Cube will continue to grow with them, so stock up even for babies younger than 9 months. They can begin to learn what happens when you push the buttons, see the lights, and hear the music. As they grow older they will be a pro at hearing about the ABCs and 123s.
These foam puzzle mats are such a hit! Kids love them. Parents love them. It’s a win-win. Not only do they provide a soft, clean surface for your crawling baby, they will be attracted to the bright colors and start to learn letter and number recognition. The puzzle mats can easily be piled up and moved out of the way as needed. My 4 year old still enjoys bringing them out to set up the letters. You’ll get your money’s worth with this gift.
Shape sorters are bright and colorful, stimulating learning for babies and toddlers. Using this Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks will help with identifying shapes and colors, grasping and fine motor, and eye-hand coordination. Once you’re done, all of the pieces can be stored in one place for next time.
Want more toy ideas for babies that will help develop their motor skills, check out this gift guide by Mama Needs Cake.
This was a must have item for my son as a toddler. It’s versatility makes it great even for babies. Babies and toddlers will develop in their motor skills and it promotes creativity. As your baby learns to walk, they can race around the house…I mean they can sharpen their gross motor skills and bring their new favorite toy with them wherever they go. The toy is marketed as 9 months to 3 years old.
While some babies are learning to crawl and walk, others are celebrating rolling or coming home from the hospital! If you are looking for a baby gift for newborns or babies under 6 months, check out the kick & piano play gym. While babies get some tummy time they can kick the music to start on the piano. The mat is full of fun colors that draws their attention, not to mention the teethers and mirror on top of the play gym. This has been in my house for both of my babies. It comes in blue/green and pink/purple.
I could not WAIT to get BeatBo for my daughter. BeatBo wasn’t around when my son was born, I was so jealous of my friends when I saw how awesome it was for their kids. It has a way of capturing toddlers’ attention. It may look like just a fun toy, but it is a great educational toy teaching ABCs, colors, music, and counting.
One Sharp Mama has even more ideas on toys to help with development, check them out.
Any book is the perfect gift when it comes to baby toys for growth and development. There are so many benefits to reading with your child from infancy, not only about letters, reading, and storytelling but it fosters that one on one time with their caregiver. I love Sandra Boyton’s books, check out the gift sets and her greatest hits. It is the gift that keeps on giving.
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