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Choosing Christmas presents for babies
A baby’s first Christmas is a really magical time – their first visit from Santa, their first Christmas tree, and the first time they experience the excitement of Christmas presents!
Whether you’re their parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, it can be hard to know what to buy for a baby. However there are some great toys out there that can offer lots of sensory stimulation and encourage physical development (such as walking or picking up objects) as they start to enjoy play.
Sensory toys with colours and sounds are the most engaging at this age, and will encourage babies to begin exploring the world.
Here are some of our favourites:
The Lil Ocean Explorers range is a lovely sea-creature-themed collection of toys to nurture your little one’s curiosity. There are lots of interactive elements that babies can push and pull to hear sounds, see lights, and make objects move or even shoot across the room.
The Ball Chase Octopus for example has an octopus head that babies can push down to launch different coloured balls. When we tested this toy there was lots of laughing and squealing with enjoyment as babies launched themselves after the balls!
This helps babies learn about cause and effect, while chasing after and picking up the balls helps practise their grip and encourages them to crawl or walk (strengthening arm and leg muscles, balance and coordination).
HABA have a lovely collection of high quality wooden instruments, that can introduce babies to making rhythm and music.
The Rattling Shaker encourages babies to practice their grip and develop hand-eye coordination. The little ones we tried this with loved the sounds the rattle made but also liked watching the beads moving around inside the toy.
The Little Friendlies 3-in-1 Baby Centre has a lovely variety of interactive features for babies. It can be used as a baby gym while your baby is younger, giving them lots to look at and play with; for older babies learning to walk, it can be easily turned into a walker to support them, with a fun play panel.
At this age babies can’t read but they enjoy turning the pages, looking at the pictures, pressing squeakers, and pulling and lifting tabs. Playing with books at this age can nurture a future interest in reading.
Campbell Books do a lovely range of baby books, including their Buggy Buddies which have a handy strap to attach to your baby’s buggy. The Noisy Home book also has a built in rattle to encourage babies to play with the book.