Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For Babies & Toddlers

This is the age range which I used to struggle to buy gifts for  – Babies & Toddlers.  Newborns don’t really need anything other than Milk, Nappies, and baby grows yet we can’t not buy them gifts can we?  and Toddlers are at that strange inbetween age where you really aren’t sure what they like or need.

Here are a few of the gifts I’ve been looking at for family members and friends which may give you a little idea or a helping hand this Christmas.

Ambi Toys Bird Bath Toy from Galt Toys:  (RRP £9.99)
This toy has recently been reintroduced by Galt Toys.  This iconic bird designed bath toy was first designed by British toy designer Patrick Rylands in 1969.  The simple design contributed to Patrick being the youngest person to ever win the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize for Elegant Design; now known as the Prince Philip Designers Prize.
A very simple design with no moving parts, buttons or gadgets, this is getting back to the basics and using your own imagination to create the fun – after all bath time is often about relaxing and winding down for the day, even for children.  The Bird has very simple smooth shapes that are easy for small hands to grasp with a comforting and tactile quality, with only eyes for decoration.  Based on Eskimo bone carvings in the British Museum, the bath toy contains internal ballasts keeping them perfectly upright as they bob and float in water.

My Friend Freddie Bear – £39.99 (currently on offer from Amazon
for £17.58)

My Friend Freddy Bear is the bear who really knows your child!

Download the free app to an iOS or Android smart device and type in all sorts of information about the child and their family to bring him to life. He can then talk to them calling them by name, he will then know their brother and sisters names, their favourite foods, favourite colour and TV shows.

Little ones will be amazed that their bear knows all about them! The app includes lots of activities with counting, colours, animals and more which grow in complexity over time as the child develops. When not connected to a smart device Freddy Bear is a lovely, cuddly teddy who will talk when he’s cuddled, tipped upside down, or thrown in the air!

He asks for cuddles and to be turned up the correct way if he is upside down. 
He really is a cute teddy, Harry has this and he is really taken with him cuddling him at all opportunities.  He uses Speech-to-Text technology so he sounds a little robotic, Freddy Bear reads out one word at a time and uses very few pre-recorded sentences. Available from Argos, Amazon
, John Lewis, Hamleys, Toys R Us and many other retailers.

Requires 3 x AA batteries, not included

Hey Duggee Club House Playset
– £19.99 (Currently on offer for £9.99)

Airing on CBeebies, Hey Duggee is the new pre-school series that promotes fun, exercise, learning and even more fun! The show is based around a children’s after school group called The Squirrel Club, which loveable dog Duggee is leader of and provides a safe and fun place for children to explore, learn and earn activity badges.

This colourful playset, based on the Squirrel Club allows little ones to have their very own exciting “Hey Duggee” adventures! Perfect for imaginative play, children will love re-creating stories and scenes from the show helping to inspire their imagination through pretend play and build confidence. There is an easel, table, work bench and Duggee figurine. All accessories are loose to allow little ones to place each item helping to promote hand to eye coordination!  Perfect for an alternative to a dolls house for young children.

Hey Duggee Woof Woof Duggee Soft Toy
– £24.99 (currently on offer for £20.00)

The loveable dog Duggee from the CBeebies show, Hey Duggee is the leader of the Squirrel Club which is a place designed to provide a safe and fun place for children to explore, learn and earn activity badges.

The Woof Woof Duggee Soft Toy features four embroidered badges and each one activates a different sound, phrase or theme tune from the show! You can also pat Duggee on the head to hear the fun woof woof sounds.

With super-soft textured fabrics and fun floppy ears Woof Woof Duggee Soft Toy is the perfect friend for cuddle time, play time and adventure time!

Duggee also comes with 2 child-safe feature badges which clip onto children clothes – these can be used as rewards or as an incentive to earn Duggee badges! Approx. size. 30cm and comes with batteries included.

Travel System – this is the Hauck Viper Trio 3 in 1 Travel System from Online4Baby currently on offer for £189.95 (down from £319.95)

Obviously this is more a gift for parents or parents-to-be however as these bigger yet essential items are more expensive it is often the case that they may need saving up for.

I know when I was pregnant with Emmy the smaller items such as baby bouncers, bedding, clothes and toys were offered as gifts or I was able to purchase straight away as they were relatively cheap however the big ones such as my travel system and cot needed to be budgeted for. 

I was very lucky in that my wonderful parents purchased Emmy’s for me once I found one I wanted on EBay.  I opted for a travel system as it make financial and practical sense, it was easy have the car seat which attached straight to the frame, this made popping to the shops quicker and easy or to the doctors etc. 

You may not want to buy the whole of this gift yourself but perhaps money towards the system of their choice would really help a family member, there are of course lots to choose from.

TEN-® Premium Boutique Skincare Range

Baby Bath Milk – 200ml £11.00

Formulated to gently cleanse your baby’s epidermis while respecting its natural balance. The formulation is enriched with almond oil and aloe vera, which help the skin retain its moisture. With a ‘tear free’ formulation, babies can enjoy and have fun splashing around as much as they want.  -TEN-® Baby Bath Milk uses only the best quality ingredients and has been formulated with your little one’s wellbeing in mind. Baby’s skin will feel silky soft

Baby Gentle Massage Oil, 125ml, £11.00

Sweet almond oil, used for its gentle skin-softening properties, is the signature ingredient in this non-greasy, easily absorbed formulation.  Beautifully packaged in an easy to use mess-free pump.  Massage not only helps parents and their baby bond through skin on skin contact, but it also soothes your baby and is an important addition to a baby’s night time regime. It leaves your baby and you feeling relaxed, allowing you both to drift off into a deep and calming sleep.

Baby Milestone cards

An adorable set of photocards to help mark and capture special moments and milestones in your babies life – marking the weeks to months, first smile, first tooth, first steps and many more – these make wonderful gifts for parents of newborns.
These cards are also available for toddlers with older milestones printed on them.

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