Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Under 3

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Hello, and happy Wednesday!  Today I’m sharing my gift guide for the sweet littlest ones who I always love shopping for!  We don’t have any teeny tinies in our house anymore, but I’ve rounded up some items that I know I’d love to have if we did still have a baby in the house. 


1 – Cuddle and Kind Dolls

These Cuddle and Kind dolls have been popular for a few years now, and I can see why.  Each doll is hand-knit, and the details on every single doll are beautiful.  They are a bit pricey as far as stuffed animals go, but all Cuddle and Kind products are fair trade, and for each doll you purchase, 10 meals are provided to children in need.  That is something that I can stand behind.


2 – Wood Rainbow Stacking Toy

This rainbow stacking toy was on my list last year, but I love it so much I had to include it again.  This toy can be used in so many different ways – for stacking small to large, stacking large to small, learning colors, creating unique shapes, and the list goes on.  The pieces nest perfectly so they don’t take up too much space, and they are made of wood that is safe and durable for your little one.


3 – Foam Ball Pit

When our kiddos were little, there weren’t many options for ball pits, so we opted for a blow-up swimming pool and a bag of plastic balls.  Ball pits have come a long way since then, and this foam version is awesome.  The foam pit and balls have soft, rounded surfaces to keep your child safe, and you can customize the ball colors in your set to match any space, too!


4 – Sorting Stacking Toy

This set of stacking toys is perfect for teaching baby colors, shapes, counting, and sorting.  The bases can be connected in different ways, and the bright colors are so fun.  This set is made from wood so it’s safe and durable, too.


5 – Adjustable Swaddle Blankets

Both of our kids ADORED being swaddled when they were tiny babies, and these adjustable cotton swaddles allow for the perfect fit.  Swaddling babies creates a womb-like experience and helps prevent the startle reflex that can wake them.  Our kids slept swaddled for the first few months of their lives! 


6 – Wooden Sorting Toy

This wooden sorting toy is bright and fun, and just like the other one, it helps teach colors, shapes, counting, and sorting. 


7 – Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

We are big on ornaments in our household, and each year, both kids get a new ornament.  This sweet little rainbow ornament would be the perfect gift to give to a new baby who’s celebrating their first Christmas.  It can be personalized with their name and the year, too.


8 – Pacifier Holder

This plush giraffe holds a pacifier and prevents pacis from falling on the floor when they fall out of baby’s mouth.  The pacifier is detachable so it can be cleaned, and the giraffe can also be used as a lovey.  We had one of these for Olivia and it was ah-mazing.  She would spit out her paci repeatedly when she was an infant, so we were constantly picking it up from the floor and washing it.  Once we started using this, we never had to worry about her pacis falling on the floor again.  We would just lay the lovey on her chest, and then when she would inevitably spit out the paci, it would stay in place right in front of her mouth.  Total gamechanger!  We never left her unattended with this, though, as infants should never be left alone with blankets or stuffed animals for safety reasons.


9 – Hatch Baby Sound Machine and Nightlight

This Hatch Baby machine is multi-functional, providing a sound machine, a nightlight, and a time-to-rise alert for baby.  The color, brightness, sound, and volume and be controlled from your phone, and you can also customize sleep routines for your child. 


10 – Wearable Blanket

Once our kids outgrew swaddling, we switched them over to a wearable blanket at night.  The wearable blankets keep them warm at night, and do not pose the risks that a standard blanket does.  These are easy to zip right up over your child’s PJs, and they keep your child warm all night without restricting their movement.  The zipper on these also opens from the bottom for easy diaper changing… all of you parents know how rough a 3 AM diaper change can be, so that is a huge win in my book!  This one comes in tons of different colors and patterns, but y'all know me... I'm going to always choose the pink one for my graphic since it's my favorite color.  ;o)


11 – Taco Tuesday Sensory Toy Set

This set of three toys is precious and it would be perfect for any family who loves Taco Tuesday!  It comes with three food themed toys including a taco that has a crinkle shell, lettuce and tomato teethers, and ribbon beans and cheese, an avocado rattle with a rollerball seed, and a set of lemon and lime clackers.  So stinking cute, y’all, and it’s highly rated at 4.9 / 5 stars with over 16,000 reviews.


12 – Munchkin Miracle Training Cups

This set of two cups allows baby to drink from any angle as it has a 360-degree drinking edge.  The cup automatically seals when baby is done drinking, so it is impossible for them to spill.  My brother and sister-in-law had these for my niece and nephew, and they are seriously the best cups… they truly do not ever leak or spill!  They are also BPA free and top-rack dishwasher safe. 


13 – On the Night You Were Born Board Book

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman is one of the sweetest stories, and it would make a great gift for any child during their first year of life.  Both of our kids have their own copies, and they will be keepsakes for years to come.


14 – Sophie the Giraffe Teether

I’ve mentioned Sophie the Giraffe numerous times on the blog, but she’s just that good, y’all!  This sweet little giraffe teether is perfect for any teething baby.  Her long legs allow baby to get some relief on their back gums, but she’s shaped perfectly so they can’t choke.  Olivia had a Sophie and she carried her everywhere with her for years.  After many years of use, she still looks brand new, and Olivia actually still has her in her room because she can’t bear to part with her.


15 – Silicone Baby Spoons

These baby spoons are the perfect tools for your baby to use when transitioning to solids.  They have an ergonomic design that allows baby to grasp and they’re gentle on baby’s gums.


And that’s it for the littles!  Don’t forget to share the image on Pinterest for easy reference when you start shopping!

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. What a smart idea for a gift guide! This is also adorable!

  2. These are great ideas!! I love the Montessori inspired toys! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  3. We had a lot of these for my girls. I love that rainbow wooden set. We still have ours.


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