Just like last year, my gift guides have some practicality to them. Newbies and young babies don’t actually play with toys so there is no point spending hundreds on toys for ‘ah they’ll grow into them’ because really they don’t, by the time they ‘grow’ into them a birthday has passed or a Christening and the junk piles up. Here’s a list of gifts for a baby up to about 12 months. I have received some of the products featured for review but I have purchased everything in the main gift thread for the new babog or prior to receiving a review copy.
We have three Sophie Le Giraffes, they are the first teething toy I buy my lot once the hands start going in the mouth. She’s 17cm tall, flexible, slender and a soft toy that babies’ can squeeze and chew safely. Sophie is a 100% natural toy, free from phthalates and BPA free. She is also painted with non-toxic food-grade paint. She is treasured in my house and dads go to toy for the babog. Little Dreamers is the cheapest I’ve found it online at €14.95.
We have Nuby rattles and teethers coming out of ears here in this house. I bought this Plush Pal for Kadie last year and it was so handy for the car, She loved this teething toy, with lots of bright colours and multiple textures, including crinkly material it kept her entertained especially on long journeys and I could hear her playing around with it too. It retails for £3.99 over on Nuby and there is free postage on orders over £15.
See those gadgets, the phone, keys and remote – I bought these almost two years ago and they are still going, each and everyone one them. We all know how much kids love our keys and phone and I’ve lost count the amount of buttons that have been chewed from our TV remote. The boy doesn’t leave home without his ‘Hi’ these days.
Another teething toy that I’m a huge fan off, the Gummee Glove. It’s a multi-textured teething glove for babies ideally aged 3-6 months with a unique design aimed to help soothe babies suffering from teething. It’s a multi-sensory teether with a crinkly insert, stimulating babies with its texture and sound. Also included is a removable heart-shaped teething ring and as an added bonus it can be chilled in the fridge for extra comfort and relief. We have two and I don’t leave home without one! They normally retail for in and around a score but All Things Baby seem to be the cheapest at €16.99.
I got an opportunity earlier in the year to review Childs Farms through the blog and have since fell in LOVE with their products! It’s all we use now! This Baby Essentials Kit is the perfect Christmas stocking filler or gift for a baby. It includes miniature baby wash, baby bubbles, moisturizer and nappy cream. Avail of the free UK postage over £15 by using Address Pal or Parcel Motel.
And a cuddly toy of course. Last year it was a Carebear and this year I’ve picked a doll from Cuddle + Kind. You can choose between a variation of beautiful and unique designs, they’re 13″ tall and retail for $45 and postage is about $20 and before you go all crazy on me over the price, these dolls are handmade, ethically produced in Peru and fair trade. And for every sale, Cuddle + Kind provide 10 meals to children in North America and around the world. We have a Chloe the Bunny and she is absolutely treasured!!
Another few things I’m loving this Christmas are from Irish retailers that I have to share.
I’m in LOVE with kiki moon blankets, I love the strong, bold and beautiful patterns. That orange one just screams BUY ME! They retail at €65, a little out of my budget for the babog this Christmas but I will get her one in the new year.
Another Irish company I’m a huge fan of is Bosca Baby. They sent us a customized box for Kenzie last month and I loved all of the contents, the Miffy comforters and Teddys are well loved and snuggled daily. This Christmas they have pieced together gorgeous Christmas boxes, there’s three in total but this one is my favourite, the Bosca Noel and it retails for €40. Included is a Santa romper by Jack Spratt Baby and a printed nutcracker baby rattler by Fox in the Attic. It’s just beautiful and would be a wonderful gift for babies’ first Christmas.
And finally, Mikab Teething Jewellery have expanded their line this year with some gorgeous clips and teethers. I bought the rainbow one and the elephant teether on Black Friday and the babog nibbles and chews with delight. Kenzie doesn’t have a soother but I love the idea of her teether being clipped on so it won’t fall on the ground or go far – well that’s if the wobbler hasn’t robbed it for a chew herself. They retail for about twenty quid and you can choose between different teethers/textures and clips.