Newborn & Toddler Gift Ideas
Christmas Baby Box from Navy Frog*
If you have a baby before Christmas it can be difficult to know what to get them. This is where the baby box from Navy Frog is great.
Each box includes a bodysuit with a choice of a personalised First Christmas or a Snow Cute design, with sizes ranging from 0-3 all the way to 12 months old. The bit I love the most is that it also comes with a copy of The Night before Christmas. Reading this book is a something we have been doing for 12 years so far so is a great way to start your first family tradition.
Navy Frog don’t just do Christmas boxes. Available also are subscription boxes and gift boxes. Subscription boxes are sent out quarterly for the first year of your baby’s life, New Baby Box & Eco Baby Box and make a great gift.
Sporty Toys from Little Sports Star*
With a range of sports themed toys including football and tennis get your little ones interested early with these lovely sensory toys.
Meet Football Teddy. He can go anywhere your baby/toddler goes with his handy hook. He is super soft and cuddly with crinkly feet, textured teething rings and when you press the football on his t-shirt the sound of cheering and applause. The black and white colour of the doggie is great stimulation for babies too.
Football Comfort Blanket is a lovely soft buddy with a friendly face to the the football teddy. Comforters are great, especially as you can cuddle this before giving it to your baby to keep your scent nearby and as they grow something for extra security and help them sleep.
Sensory baskets or Treasure baskets are great for supporting babies early development. There are sensory boxes you can buy but you can also make your own and as they get older you can add to it too. The possibilities are endless.
Scarves, foil blankets, wooden maracas, bells, ribbon wands, feathers, lights, bubbles (for you to blow) and black and white cards or book are great to start.
Check out Pinterest for some more ideas.
Baby Shark by Zuru Toys*
Baby Shark has been a favourite in our house for over a year so Jake absolutely loves this. Available in Daddy, Mummy and Baby Shark you can now take him in the bath. He has water activated sensors so watch him swim as the Baby shark song plays.
Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog from Learning Resources*
Spike is a great learning toy suitable from 18+months. Children insert and remove Spikes quills from his back building up their fine motor skills. As they get older there you can move on to colour recognition and sorting. With 4 different colours and number on Spikes back there are many ways to play. The hedgehog also comes in two parts so that you can store all of Spikes Quills. Check out our YouTube video to see him in action.
Wooden Kitchen Toys
Everyone loves wooden toys. They never go out of style, really durable and easy to clean as well as lots of other learning advantages. We have purchased a few more to add to Jake’s kitchen he got for his birthday. First a Hamburger set from Squirrel Play. Toaster set from Aldi when they had their toy event in October and Barbecue Play set from Lidl also in October.
Build A Johnny by Tomy John Deere
This tractor is great to push along with the added advantage of being able to dismantle the wheels and body parts using the included battery powered drill and tool bits. The chunky design is easy for little hands to hold, manipulate and assemble again and again and again.
We have bought a selection of books for Jake. He really loves books that are interactive but there is only so many ‘That’s not my….’ books we need. I came across some from Campbell Books which each have different kinds of interaction from opening and closing to sliding up and down and a bath book that squirts water. We also added The Dinky Donkey too as we love reading The Wonky Donkey.
Arts & Crafts
Jake loves colouring and playing with dough. I found these chunky wax crayons and (instead of plain paper as we have lots already) easy tear off placemats with lots of activities to do which are also great for travelling and going out to restaurants. We also found this Stamp ‘n’ Top Pizza Play-Doh Kitchen creations set. With lots of different tools to create your own pizzas and toppings there’s so much to get their imaginations going and keep them engaged.
Fun for all ages
Doodle Doo by Tactic Games*
This is a great game for all the family. Object of the game is to make it through the animals intestines to the poo to win. Sounds easy but not when you are blindfolded!
There are 4 different animals to choose from and each board has two mazes to choose from, they range from easy to hard. We started with an easy one – the sloth. Each player picks a coloured pen and the first player to go is blindfolded. The player next to them has a whoopee cushion and if the blindfolded player hits a line the whoopee cushion can be squeezed. This led to lots of laughter from everyone playing. This is definitely going to be a new favourite.
Chocolate emoji® Maker
This is such a great set especially when you can eat it afterwards. With 6 different emoji faces to choose from ranging from easy to hard it kept my 8 year old and 12 year old both amused. It is really easy to use and comes with all the 100% belgium chocolate you need to make 2 bars. You could even buy more chocolate to make more bars!
Girls aged 8+
Now if like my daughter who can never find 1 out 4 of her hair brushes or any of her bobbles this Hair Helper is perfect. It is available in white or pink and comes with a selection of 13 different ribbon options. If in the future you want to change your ribbon colours you can order more. There is also the option to personalise it further with vinyl lettering and decorative stickers. We went for a name and star stickers. There is space for hair clips, bobbles and hair brush keeping all hair accessories in one place.
It is really easy to put together and hang on the wall and having had this up for a couple of weeks we haven’t lost a brush since!
From the Sewers to the Stars: The Rise of the WatAdventurers
This isn’t just any personalised by name book, you can even pick your own male or female avatar that is then used throughout the book too.
From the Sewer to the Stars is all about our environment and inspiring our children about things we can do to help save our planet. There are two graphic novels ‘Saving Slime Town’ and ‘Planet B’ with lots of activities children can get involved in, from making their own bedroom recycling centre to learning how to sneak like a pro. There are lots of facts and stats on the world’s seven eco challenges and STEM activities.
It also encourages children to mindful and has a diary for them to be able to record how they are feeling. This can also be transferred into their own diary.
The book comes with a free digital membership for children to become a WatAdventurer on WatAdventure Kids. They will be able to join a global gang of kids all over the world to work with one another to help save the earth from ecological destruction.
My daughter loves this book and hasn’t stopped talking about it since she’s read it and
re-reads it often, quoting facts and figures she’s learnt as well as talking more about how she’s feeling.
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#Snapstar Dolls by Yulu*
The #SNAPSTAR girls are a trend setting squad of six social media influencers, each with a distinct personality and a unique sense of style. Children can chose from Lola, Aspen, Dawn, Yuki, Echo and Izzy and immerse themselves in the exciting worlds of fashion, beauty, music, travel, photography and design. Each doll comes complete with a full outfit, accessories, removable hairstyle, green screen and stand. Tweens can turn their doll into a social media star by taking a photo and using the free #SNAPSTAR app to customise the background, hairstyle, make up and more.
My daughter has had lots of fun taking photos and customising her dolls, lookout for our full review soon. In the meantime you can get your dolls over at Very in time for Christmas.
Disney Frozen 2 Top Trumps Match Game*
A whole new way to play top trumps and perfect timing for the new film with original and new characters. This game is all about turning the cubes to match 5 in a row of the card you have picked. Watch out though as your opponent may change one of your cubes.
It is also portable so great for the car journeys or over the festive period to play whilst visiting family and friends.
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