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Babies may not realize the holiday season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t buy them gifts—if only because it’s adorable to watch a baby ripping open a wrapped present. (Pro tip: Put the bow on your baby’s head for a great photo op.)
If your holiday joy comes from piling up a mountain of gifts for your little one, we’re here to help make the season bright with present recommendations. To that end, here’s Reviewed's comprehensive list of toys and products that babies might love as much as the packaging they come in. And they’re all parent-approved!
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1. For the one who enjoys tub time: BabyBibi bath books
Make bathtime even more fun with a set of waterproof, squeaky books.This set of three non-toxic, BPA-free books is suitable for ages three months and up. The black-and-white graphics are eye-catching for little ones, and they love slapping these books around in the water just as much as they love looking at them.
2. For the one who loves peek-a-boo: Gund Baby Flappy the Elephant
Gund’s new Flappy the Elephant stuffie is super cute—plus he’s entertaining. The 12-inch plush pachyderm “plays” peek-a-boo when you squeeze his left foot. Squeeze Flappy’s right foot and hear "Do Your Ears Hang Low." Delightful for little ones.
3. For the one with a pacifier: Mushie Cleo pacifier clip
These adorable pacifier clips feature food-grade silicone beads for an added, chewy bonus. They’re handmade and tether your little one’s precious paci to their clothing. Available in subdued, stylish colors, these make great gifts or stocking stuffers.
4. For the one who's into tummy time: Tinkle Crinkle & Friends Activity Gym
Gund’s adorable new activity gym includes everything that babies want: crinkly sounds and textures, cute dangly animals, a fun mirror, and plenty of fabric textures for tactile play. The Tinkle Crinkle & Friends activity gym is perfect for tummy time or just lounging around.
5. For the one who likes to play outside: Easter Jungle Gym bucket swing
Your baby won’t miss the park when you bring the playground action home; just install this bucket swing in your yard. The chains are covered for safety, and the high back makes Eastern Jungle Gym’s swing supportive for bigger babies and toddlers. Wheeeee!
6. For the one with a chic nursery: Cubby stacker toy
A perfect gift for the discerning baby, this classic stacking toy is oh-so-pretty. Babies enjoy layering rainbow-colored wood rings and popping Cubby the bear on top. Bonus: This toy is crafted in India by a non-profit member of the World Fair Trade Organization so you can feel great about your purchase.
7. For the one who loves reading Eric Carle: Wobble & Wiggle Bead Maze
A bead maze is a baby must-have, and we love this new KidKraft version. The World of Eric Carle is incorporated throughout with The Very Hungry Caterpillar details like wooden food beads and caterpillar sections.
8. For the one who loves to dance: Mr. Blue My Dancing and Singing Bird
Mr. Blue is an interactive blue bird that will dance and respond to baby’s sounds. He’s entertaining, snuggly, and made from BPA-free materials. What’s not to love?
9. For the one who's teething: Itzy Ritzy Water Teether
The classic water teether gets a fun new spin with Itzy Ritzy’s three-pack of cool cactus shapes. Pop these bad boys in the fridge and dole them out to assuage teething pain. If your baby could talk, they would thank you.
10. For the one who needs help sleeping: HoMedics SoundSpa Lullaby
A sound machine can be ever so helpful when it comes to baby’s slumber. Everyone in the house will appreciate better sleep. The SoundSpa Lullaby plays soothing sounds like ocean, rain, and heartbeat as well as lullabies. There’s a handy timer function so the machine doesn’t run all night, and the projector shows baby-friendly images like ocean life for an added bonus.
11. For the future rockstar: My First Guitar
Gund’s new My First Guitar is a sweet 14-inch stuffie, and it also actually plays music. Babies can activate five LED light and sound sequences by tapping the star in the center. It's perfect for the budding musician. Add the My First Soft Drum for complete band gift.
12. For the active one: PortaPlay Activity Center
Talk about a functional gift: Oribel’s activity center will keep babies busy and contained in its chair, and it’s also portable. The legs fold up for easy storage, and the chair comes out and toys pop off so the activity center converts to a table. You’ll get years of play out of this gift.
13. For the one who needs toys in the bath: Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy
Babies love investigating these bath balls—they have sea creatures inside. The floating bubbles spin, bob, and rattle, adding a splash of fun to bath time. The set includes four balls for babies ages four months and up.
14. For the one who needs some calming energy: Fisher-Price Soothe & Glow Seahorse
Available in pink or blue, this sweet seahorse emits a gentle glow for nighttime snuggles. Give it a little squeeze and it plays eight different songs. Parents will love that the tunes and lights fade after five minutes.
15. For the one who likes to veg out: DockATot Deluxe+ Dock
If you haven’t heard of DockATot, it’s a portable, padded place to put your babe. The latest version for babies up to eight months, the Deluxe+ Dock provides a nurturing nest for sleeping, tummy time, or just hanging out. Made from OEKO-TEX-certified fabrics that do not harbor heat, the DockATot is designed to be both cozy and safe, and there are loops on the sides for the toy arch (sold separately).
16. For the one who's being swaddled: Kumquat parrot blanket
Kumquat’s quality fabrics and cool prints make their receiving blankets a gift any parent (or baby) would enjoy. Ideal for newborns and little babies, this 100% cotton blanket can be used for swaddling, snuggling, shielding, or just as a soft surface.
17. For the one with sentimental parents: Customized wood block
We love this beautiful wooden block for its keepsake qualities. (It also makes a great nursery accent.) Personalize the Pottery Barn Kids block with baby’s birth stats and name for a gift that’ll wow parents.
18. For the future aviator: HABA aircraft swing
Baby can take to the skies—OK, the living room—in this cushy airplane swing. Best for 10 months and up, this padded swing will provide plenty of action, which parents will appreciate in a pandemic.
19. For the animal-lover: Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Magical Lights Fishbowl
Babies can fish for fun in this new toy from Fisher-Price. The Magical Lights Fishbowl includes ocean friends that pile into the light-up bowl. Buttons teach letters, numbers, and shapes.
20. For the one who loves Disney: Green Toys Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Stacker
Green Toys—the beloved eco-friendly brand—has partnered with Disney Baby on this Amazon exclusive. It’s a classic stacker in pinks and purple with a Minnie Mouse twist. The stacker is made from 100% recycled plastic, and it’s even dishwasher safe.
21. For the one who likes to rock: Giraffe plush nursery rocker
Pottery Barn Kids makes the cutest plush nursery rockers. Little ones will love to ride on these big, soft animals, and parents will love the sweet nursery addition. Order a giraffe, lamb, elephant, and even a labradoodle. Add baby’s name for an extra special touch.
22. For the one who likes to play ball: Bright Starts Oball
The price is right on this tried-and-true baby toy—and you’ll get hours of play time. Bright colors and a fun, rubbery texture keep baby’s attention. Plus the flexible ball has plenty of finger holes for easy handling.
23. For the one who enjoys a good snuggle: Cloud Island Security Blanket Sloth
This adorable stuffed sloth/blanket combo makes for a perfect “lovey,” a baby’s little security blanket. The soft blanket features a satin-y edge and babies will love the sloth’s sleepy smile.
24. For the night owl: Bubzi Co Soothing Sleep Owl
A 20 minute auto shutoff and starlight projector make this cozy owl a great sleep soother. Parents will appreciate that it’s washable—just remove the mechanism from the center. The Soothing Sleep Owl features sounds like heartbeat, gentle bird noises, and relaxing lullabies. And it projects star lights for a dreamy sleep experience.
25. For the one who travels by stroller: Skip Hop Farmstand Avocado stroller toy
Every baby needs a good stroller toy, why not choose this on-trend avocado? From a rattle “pit” to velcro action to the cute little face, this adorable toy is the perfect pick.
26. For the one who is eager to learn: Baby University ABC's baby board book set
It’s never too early for science! Gift your favorite baby a set of board books from Baby University and watch their brains expand. OK, your baby probably won’t learn science but they'll definitely enjoy looking at the colorful illustrations.
27. For the one who collects stuffed animals: Jellycat Bashful Fox
Jellycat’s stuffed animals often become beloved by their little owners. We recommend gifting this adorable fox from the U.K. company. The medium size Bashful Fox is 12 inches (yes, he also comes in small and large) and suitable for any age.
28. For the one learning shapes and colors: Skip Hop Explore & More Yeti Shape Sorter Toy
This yeti learning toy is a best-seller, and it’s easy to see why. The interactive snow monster teaches shapes and colors through light-up pieces, games, and a shape sorter. Ready for a break from all that learning? Press the yeti’s hair for giggles. Best for ages nine months and up.
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