Baby Gift Suggestions - My "Go To" List
Two years ago I’d never changed a diaper, I’d never fed a baby, and I’d certainly never been publicly humiliated by a two-year-old on a consistent basis.
But, oh, how times have changed.
Routine baby duties are now second nature. I’ve learned the magical powers of prunes. And I’ve been embarrassed in public so many times that our son is going to have to truly step up his game if he wants me to ever utter “Uncle!” again.
Two years with a newborn-turned-toddler has also provided me with some valuable insight into what works and what doesn’t when it comes to baby gifts. And with that in mind, here’s my can’t miss list of “Go To Gifts” for a friend who is about to enter the world of parenthood:
If you have $15 to spend – Amazing Machines series. This 10-set collection of books is a can’t-miss hit with children. From “Amazing Airplanes” to “Dazzling Diggers” to “Roaring Rockets”, this set offers interesting, informative, and entertaining rhyming reads for children (and parents) before a nap or bedtime.
If you have $25 to spend - Sophie the Giraffe Teether. No one quite understands the magic that is Sophie the Giraffe, but whatever the secret is – I’m passing it along. You’ll initially think it’s overpriced, but once you see how much your child loves it, how it’s a must have for your child when you travel, and how durable it is, you’ll swear by it as well.
If you have $30 to spend – Pottery Barn’s Chamois Blanket. The best reviewer is our child, whose blanket collection is easily in double figures. When it comes to his favorite, he’ll pick this 30” x 40” blanket every time. The only danger is they’ll become so partisan to this blanket that bedtime can be an issue if, heaven forbid, this one is in the laundry. So…I’d suggest getting this one and planning laundry accordingly – or getting a second as a back-up.
If you have $50 to spend – the series of Pete the Cat books. Words are by Eric Litwin and pictures by James Dean. These books are fun, engaging, colorful and “groovy.” Pete the Cat preaches a laid back, positive approach to whatever obstacles come his way. We were introduced to the books through our local Bookstore’s “Story Time” and have sworn by them ever since. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is a personal favorite, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
If you have $75 to spend – portable DVD player. I’m a big proponent of a stand-alone DVD player. It’s a perfect way to keep a toddler entertained at a restaurant or in public, and you can pack it away in your child’s diaper bag so it’s within reach when needed. If you want to make sure they’re prepared for all situations, throw in a power inverter that they can stow in their car to charge the DVD en route.
- Author: Tony MittonPublisher: Kingfisher (2007)Binding: Hardcover, 24 pages
- Author: Eric LitwinPublisher: HarperCollins (2011)Binding: Hardcover, 40 pages
- Author: Eric LitwinPublisher: HarperCollins (2012)Binding: Hardcover, 40 pages
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- Author: Eric LitwinPublisher: HarperCollins (2010)Binding: Hardcover, 40 pages