Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Babies
Are you looking for the best Christmas stocking filler ideas for babies?
For my baby's first Christmas, he was 6 months old and I researched lots of stocking gift ideas for him.
I also have an older boy who had lots of different toys he tried out as a baby as well as nephews and nieces who have inspired some of the ideas in the article.
There are ideas that will suit babies of all ages.
Here is a list of of lots of items to include in a babies Christmas stocking.
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Babies of all ages love bubbles. Even very young babies love to watch them. As they get older they will love to try and reach and touch them. As they get older still they will enjoy trying to pop them.
You can't go wrong by getting some bubbles or a bubble blower or a bubble gun to put into a stocking.
You can then blow lots of bubbles for your baby and they will love to see them on Christmas day.
Babies will love to bang them together, knock down towers and eat them! As they get older they are great for building their first towers, teaching colors and counting. They are also great bath toys. Fill them up with water and pour the water out again.
It's always the simple toys that are the best and these are so inexpensive you can't go wrong.
They were in my 6 month olds stocking. The great thing about stacking cups is that there are so many ways to play with them and they really grow with your child.
You can use them to roll on your baby's skin so they can experience a different sensation.
As babies get older these make nice toys for rolling, squashing, squeezing, throwing and kicking.
We go to a music group and my baby and babies of all ages love the bells.
They are great for parents to shake along with music to emphasize rhythm to babies.
When babies can reach out and grab, they will enjoy holding them.
There are tons of other types of music toys. They include other musical instruments such as maracas, xylophone or drum. A music CD with songs and nursery rhymes that your baby likes is another idea.
There are all kinds of teething toys that babies will enjoy and are the perfect size to go as stocking fillers.
Teethers are generally inexpensive and it's also good to look for ones with bright or contrasting colors.
Some good ones include teethers which you can put in the fridge which can help soothe gums.
My nephew who's just 7 months has the Sophie the Giraffe teether and it's one of his favorite toys. Sophie the Giraffe is an excellent teether with excellent reviews although on the more expensive side. Babies find Sophie easy to grab and are fascinated by the contrasting colors on the giraffe toy. They can chew on various body parts. My nephew takes it everywhere for him.
Look out for a skwish by Manhattan Toys. It's a great toy for teething and for babies to handle.
My son has a skwish and at 5 and 6 months it has been one of his favorite toys.
He enjoys looking at the beads that slide loves chomping on it. Despite the amount of time it's been in his mouth it still looks brand new.
It's called a Skwish because you can skwish it and it returns to its normal shape.
Another gadget that babies like are cell phones. You can get toy cell phones which are great for stocking fillers too. They are perfect for early role play and to entertain baby without having to give them your phone. Many of them have some great features to engage and entertain babies including lights, music, phrases and sounds.
Babies love remote controls.
They love pushing the buttons and when they get older walking around with them.
Of course it is a problem when they have a remote for your television.
So why not get them their own as a stocking filler?
When my son was a baby, at 6 months he really enjoyed chomping on it!
Books for babies can make nice stocking gifts.
We make a point of reading to our baby with a book at least once a day so we can never have too many books. They are great for taking out and about to entertain babies when your away from home too. You can get soft books for very young babies that will click onto the side of a stroller or car seat.
Older babies may like some lift the flap books
Bath toys for babies are often a good size for stocking fillers. Ideas include rubber ducks, bath crayons, water squirters, or a wind up bath toy.
My older son also seems to like the bath toys that we buy for our baby so bath toys seem to last for a while too.
A small set of blocks makes a nice stocking stuffer. You can get soft blocks for younger babies and wooden blocks for older babies. Soft blocks are great to feel, squeeze, throw and mouth as well as building first towers. Wooden blocks are great for building towers and knocking them down again.
There are lots of practical gifts you can get for a baby's stocking. Ideas include socks, toothbrush (a toothbrush can make a great teether too), bibs, cup, beaker and bowl set, hair clips or headbands for a baby girl, baby mittens and hat, bib, sponge, pacifier and a face cloth.
Finger puppets are a great toy to entertain babies with and tell stories. They also make a nice travel toy too. You can always get a finger puppet out of your bag to entertain babies on planes, trains, in cars or at restaurants.
There are lots of little edible gifts you can get for older babies. Ideas include small chocolate and a tangerine (for older babies). Or what about dried fruit such as raisins.
Soft toys including teddies, baby first dolls and plush toys with night lights and music.
Car Seat or Stroller Toy
Babies spend a lot of time in the car seat and strollers, so why not get them a new car seat or stroller toy to fit in their stocking. Look for ones which clip onto the stroller or the car seat and has lots of features for them to feel, bat at and explore with their eyes and their hands. Lamaze do a nice range of car seat toys for babies.
Small Baby Photo Album
You can easily make one of these yourself. Print out some photos of relative and family members with faces that young babies recognise. Then you can either put them in a small photo album or string them together for baby to look through. Babies love looking at faces and you can talk them through the names of all the family members. A great stocking stuffer idea for little ones.