Call it the holiday gift guide, the Christmas guide, or the baby guide, these have been my favorite books and toys for my son (and hopefully daughter!).
This guide is for babies under one year old. Head over to the 12-24 months guide for babies 1-2 years old.
I haven't gender separated the books or toys because I don't believe children should be told what toys are for "boys" and what are for "girls". I picked toys that I/he love(s).
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Everything Is Mama
by Jimmy Fallon, Miguel Ordonez (Illustrator)
Teaching your babies to say words? Of course you are. But no matter what you say, they all end up with 'mama'. This is a cute book by comedian Jimmy Fallon. Check out his DADA book too.
A classic book for toddlers and children. I felt this book wasn't good for babies under 10 months because the details in the images are tiny. And babies love high contrast, large images. But this is a must-have in your babe's book collection.
Cottage Door Press Books
Babies Love Animals: Lift-a-Flap Board Book I am a big fat of CDP's books. The illustrations are bright, big, and appealing for little brains. They have the lift a flap books, large board books for numbers and letters, and books about holidays. These books will definitely last you from 6 months through the toddler years.
High Contrast Black and White Cards for Baby
Printed on thick stock, these gorgeous illustrations in black and white will keep any baby entertained.
Infantino Baby Turtle Activity Mirror
Babies are narcissists. Really cute narcissists. And what do you buy a narcissist? A mirror. An adorable stuffed turtle mirror.
Stackers and sorters:
Every toy brand makes some type of stacker or sorter toys. Babies and toddlers love these toys. At the beginning they are disorganized but over time you will see them blossom and magically stack and sort. My son wasn't fond of the traditional stackers but he was crazy for measuring cups and blocks.
The classic sorters and stackers come from Fisher Price, Melissa and Doug,