Christmas gift guide
I get asked a lot for suggestions of toys for Christmas. So I’ve created a little gift guide with some of our favourite toys that we use regularly during our sessions. They range from some stocking fillers through to some larger toys.
I’ve also tried to include some information on how the resources benefit your baby’s development.
Hopefully it will help give you some ideas for your little one's first Christmas.
I've included brands and toys that we are really familiar with and are loved by the little ones who came to our in person sessions. There are lots of other manufactures of similar toys, and lots of the toys are available in different textures, please do your research to choose the toy best to suit your needs.
I've linked each toy photo to amazon for ease ( these are affiliate links) but please do shop around, to ensure that you are getting the best price. Lots of these are available second hand too.
Melissa and Doug make beautiful wooden toys. I love these rainbow stackers with brightly coloured and smoothly sanded pieces that help children build early shape, colour, and size-differentiation skills.
Fisher price butterfly shape sorter is always a popular toy in classes, great for hand function, visual development with the single colour shapes, co-ordination as our little ones start to do motor planning. The shapes are amazing for stamping into play dough!
Galt soft fabric blocks, lots of great images on them for visual development, they have different themes on their sides, are light to hold and touch, amazing for two handed play and are machine washable.
Fisher price jungle playmat- I love this playmat, I had it for Teddy as the toys that are attached are of amazing quality and it is so easy to wash. You could use a plainer blanket on the mat to create different textures and aid concentration by reducing the visual stimulation.
Pop up ball pools are amazing add one layer of balls for babies under one so they get lots of information from the floor about their body position. They are great for containing toys and creating texture themed play spaces.
Fisher price giraffe sit me up seat can be a helpful sitting aid for babies with head control, that don’t yet have their balance. It has a higher back, doesn’t fix little ones at their hips and encourages better posture than seats that are harder positioning devices. Folds flat too.
Activity tables can be really helpful for our little ones who are starting to practice their balance and are standing. It helps with static and dynamic balance and encourages some side stepping around the activities. Best used with our crawlers who are ready to practice their balance.