Thursday, December 16, 2010

Choosing the Right Gift for Baby

There are many holiday celebrations this time of year and babies as well as older children and adults are being showered with gifts. Some of those gifts will become treasured possessions and others will end up being recycled or re gifted. While packaging for toys and other baby products include age guidelines, we thought we would suggest that gift-givers also consider babies' personalities when choosing presents.

For Active Babies

Active babies are driven to explore using all of their senses and their favorite toys will inspire them to investigate.
  • Rattles with several types of materials (for younger babies)
  • Toys that roll, bounce, or slide
  • Toys that babies can crawl or climb over or through (for older babies)
  • Baby musical instruments (pots and pans work well!)

For Social Babies

Your company is going to be your babies greatest gift so any gift that promotes time together will be well-loved.

  • Books
  • Simple age appropriate games
  • Finger puppets
  • Recorded music so that you and your baby can dance!
For Shy Babies

Shy babies often enjoy toys that allow them to play on their own such as objects they can manipulate and explore without help from others. Of course, they'll want their parents to stay nearby.
  • Play mats and mobiles (for younger babies)
  • Simple puzzles
  • Lift the flap or other interactive books
  • Blocks or other stackable toys
For Sensitive Babies

It seems that every toy sold today has flashing lights, noise, and vibration. For babies who are sensitive to the world around them, these toys might be overwhelming. Instead of these toys, we suggest the following:
  • Soft manipulative toys without loud sounds or lights
  • Baby dolls
  • Stuffed animals
  • Blocks
Which gifts have been your babies' favorites?

Next Time: Too Much Fun: How to Avoid Overstimulating Babies and Toddlers

1 comment:

  1. Our active son is now 11 mos and is having *a lot of fun* with a TOLO shape sorter. He can sort many of the shapes himself. The shapes are mini shakers and the sorter rolls and opens, too. It is many toys in one.