Infants: 0-2

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Infants (Ages 0 to 2)

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If you’re wondering what to gift the baby who has everything this holiday season, we have a few ideas. And while infants aren’t exactly able to tell you what they want, it’s a joy to watch their eyes light up at the sight of these simple toys designed to stimulate their senses. In addition to toys, we’ve include a few other accessories that parents love, too, especially when it comes to traveling with wee ones!

Skip Hop Egg Shakers; Courtesy of Amazon

1. Skip Hop Egg Shakers

Even before they’re able to hold tight to these adorable egg-shaped shakers, babies will delight at the sounds and motions when you rattle the Skip Hop Egg Shakers close by. The hedgehog, fox and howl shaker come as a trio, and each makes its own, unique sound. Designed with a special form and raised textures on the animal’s surface that are meant to be easy for babies to grasp, the toys’ bright colors also appeal to developing brains. They’re a great distraction for car and plane rides, too.

Approximate Price: $10

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The Little Boy Who Lost His Name Book; Courtesy of Amazon

2. Lost My Name Books

It’s never too soon to start reading to a child. And you can personalize these best-selling picture books for boys and girls to make the story-telling all the more fun and special. The story unfolds according to the letters in the gift recipient’s name. The Lost My Name Books make a perfect gift for the holidays and all occasions. They’re also perfect to pack for your next trip!

Approximate Price: $25

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PopYum Bottle; Courtesy of Amazon

3. PopYum Baby Bottle

Every parent knows that when baby is hungry, it means now — whether you’re on the road or at home. And when you’re fumbling to measure out formula from a can and juggling water to add to mix, things can escalate quickly. The PopYum Baby Bottle means you’re ready to go in an instant. Just push a bottom to release the formula into the water, shake, and serve.

Approximate Price: $13

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Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo; Courtesy of Amazon

4. Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo

Baby’s sensory explorations take a colorful turn with this popular stacking toy. The six, weighted spheres are patterned with two contrasting colors to draw baby’s attention. And once they’re old enough to grab on, kids have fun stacking, wobbling and rolling the Fat Brain Toys while practicing their fine motor skills at the same time.

Approximate Price: $25

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Sophie the Giraffe; Courtesy of Amazon

5. Sophie the Giraffe

Every baby needs a Sophie the Giraffe to squeeze. The French teething toy sensation (known simply as la girafe in France) has been around since 1961, but has truly gone global in recent years. Even before babies start to teethe, you can amuse them with the fun squeaking sound and super-soft, all-natural-rubber (BPA-free) exterior of Sophie’s spotted skin. The Sophie the Giraffe gift set also makes a great holiday treat.

Approximate Price: $24

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Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack; Courtesy of Amazon

6. Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack

Sometimes the simplest toys are the most satisfying for little minds (after all, who doesn’t know a kid who’s picked the packaging over the toy?). And this classic from Fisher-Price has been a long-running favorite first toy for babies. The five color-pop rings are easy and perfectly pliable for baby to grab a hold of, and the challenge comes later, when they learn to stack them one on top of the other on the base. The Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack has a fun rocker base that babies have fun batting at, too — all the while honing their eye-hand coordination and motor skills. Bonus: It’s easy to pack for travel!

Approximate Price: $14

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HAPE Rattles; Courtesy of Amazon

7. Hape Baby Animal Toy Rattles

A good baby rattle is always a welcome gift. And as pretty as a silver, monogrammed keepsake one is, these more practical wooden versions by Hape are the go-anywhere rattles babies and parents need. The German toy manufacturer created a winner with this trio of music-making aquatic animals perched atop suction cups that can be as easily stuck onto a car window as an in-flight meal tray or restaurant table. The result is quite possibly hours of in-place entertainment.

Approximate Price: $13

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HABA Kringelring; Courtesy of Amazon

8. HABA Kringelring

With popular baby toy brands like HABA and Hape, Germany is the birthplace of some of the best baby toys out there. And for the infant in your life, the HABA Kringelring is like catnip for a kitty. Water-based, solvent-free colors are used for the colorful beechwood beads, so the toy is perfectly safe for teething infants to mouth. They’ll stay amused shaking the toy, pulling on the attached BPA-free plastic rings and passing the toy from tiny hand to tiny hand.

Approximate Price: $13

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Bestever Baby Mat; Courtesy of Amazon

9. Mary Meyer Bestever Baby Mat

Tummy time gets a fun and uber-soft spin when you introduce your baby to this plush mat perfect for spreading out on the floor at home or rolling up to tote along wherever you travel. The owl, lamb and adorable elephant Bestever Baby Mats are among the favorites from Vermont-based Mary Meyer brand. And with soft stitched eyes (no hard buttons) and wide plush tummies, they’re the most adorable base for your baby to stretch out and snuggle.

Approximate Price: $45

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BirdRock Baby Mocassins; Courtesy of Amazon

10. Birdrock Baby Moccasins 

Is there anything cuter than tiny little tootsies kicking around in fringed booties? No, no there is not. And that’s why gifting the infant in your life with these adorable leather baby moccasins from BirdRock is sure to be a pleaser for everyone involved. Choose from plain grays, blues, browns and pinks or more bold patterns and colors that include polka dots and metallic-colored fringe. The entire shoe is made of genuine leather and the sole is flexible and soft, all the better for encouraging natural foot movement from your future Olympians.

Approximate Price: $25

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Sassy Wonder Wheel; Courtesy of Amazon

11. Sassy Wonder Wheel Activity Center

For the infant that travels, keeping entertained in transit is essential to everyone’s sanity. Your baby’s hand-eye coordination gets tapped when he or she tries to bat and grab onto the colorful spinning centerpiece of the Sassy Wonder Wheel Activity Center. You can hold it up for your baby or make use of the convenient suction cup base — perfect for attaching to airplane tray tables, restaurant tables and any other convenient surfaces.

Approximate Price: $7

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