Our baby will be 9 months on Christmas, and we have decided we are going to pick up a few things for her to play with, as we have never had a baby at this age around the holidays. As always, this Christmas Gift Guide (Infant edition 2010) is based on a little research but not on reviews of the products themselves. This lends an element of surprise for both the parent and the baby at this age. So here we go, in no particular order, if you need some ideas for that baby that is not yet 1 year old during the holiday season. You can click the pictures to be taken to Amazon (where applicable).
Baby Christmas List
Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube – Our little baby loves music, so I think this will be a great toy for her. It is big and easy to use, and we had something a bit similar for the boys. It plays French horn, piano, flute, and violin sounds and has nice rounded corners so no one gets hurt. You can also have all the instruments play at once with an orchestra button; I think she is going to love this.
Melissa & Doug Pretty Purse Fill and Spill – I knew something was different when my wife asked me to get this for the baby–namely, we really did have a new baby girl in the family! I was so used to having baby boys, so this was a wake up call. While this may be a little old for her, I think with some supervision this will be a fun toy for her, plus it brings out her girly side in a house where the boys outnumber the girls.
Playskool Explore and Grow Busy Ball Popper – We had the older version of this for our first two kids, and they loved it. I do not know where ours went, but I think the reason it disappeared was that the balls were all lost, and you really need the balls that came with it to get the most out of the toy. I also found this relaxing as a parent, and I confess to playing with it myself. Playskool always puts out a quality product, and as long as this is the same as our older model, I can without pause give it a thumbs up.
Geomag GBaby Baby Farm – 19 pieces – GBaby is a company that I had not heard of before my wife brought this to my attention. It looks pretty awesome, though, as a baby toy with magnetic shapes and rubber animals (teething) that provide a nice rattling sound. They are bathtub and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning (not that my wife lets the kids have bath toys). Manufactured in Sweden and looks pretty darn cool even if the eyes of the animals are a little large. I think this will be a great toy for the baby to get those motor skills going, and if this works out they have some other sets we might get. A company I have to learn more about.
Yookidoo Stack Flap N’ Tumble – Some reviewers do not like this product, but I bought it, anyway, as I am a fan of the parent company that makes the product. Plus all the parents who think the child has to stack them up have no imagination; this does not have to be the case, as we have fun interacting with the baby by being the one that stacks up the toy and let the baby knock them down. Plus I also think this will be a good toy for our older boys (almost 5 and 7) to interact with baby. Now we just have to make sure we do not lose the balls, as they seem to get eaten up in this house by some blackhole I do not know about. I will let you know about this toy after the holidays on how we all like it.
Now Baby L will be getting a bunch of other things from the grandparents, so we try to not go overboard the first holiday. Thus this is our Infant Christmas Gift list for 2010. If we decide to add on to it you may see another post in December sometime.