Holiday Gifts to Buy for Infants and Babies Aged 0-3 months
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As the holidays near, it is officially time to start gift shopping! And picking out gifts for kids and babies is the most fun. As an OT, I usually pick out toys based on the child’s age, developmental needs, or that I just know they will LOVE.
I’ve wanted to make this list for a couple years. The reason for this is because a lot of the families I work with ask for recommendations on what to buy their kids for the holidays.
Since there are so many toys on the market, it can make it difficult for parents and friends to know which toys to choose. They want to choose toys that are not only engaging, but also helping to promote their children’s development.
So, I’ve put together a list for you all on my top favorite picks for the holidays this year. Although I tried to make it one blog post, there are simply too many toys for one list. However, one I’ve written them all up, I will compile them into an easy download! This blog typically provides information for older children and teens, but I think it’s important to support children of all sizes and ages. This first post is for babies aged 0-3 months, and I will be releasing new lists for older children in the coming weeks!
Each list will list the developmental skills that can be addressed by these toys. To make it simple and easy, I’ve linked the ones below to Amazon and Target Listings.
Toys for Children Aged 0-3 months
Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby! This is such an exciting, albeit confusing time, where you and your baby learn things every day. In these few months, babies learn:
· To socialize with their parents
· Keep their head at midline while on their back
· Bring their hands to midline
· Swipe at toys
· Begin to grasp
· Stabilize and track with their eyes
· Lift their heads on their bellies
Below you will find a list of some of my favorite toys for babies aged 0-3 months to support the above developmental milestones. Many of these can be used later into 3-6 months as well, just for different skills!
Infants are still learning to move their arms and legs voluntarily. These adorable wrist and feet rattles helps give feedback to infants and encourages them to move more, and starts to teach them about cause/effect!
These links are great for so many things! They actually ended up being of my niece’s favorite toys. They are extremely lightweight, so this is a great toy to use to work on grasping with infants before they have developed their hand strength. By adding more links, you can also work on midline orientation and banging.
This octopus rattle has very gentle lights and sounds, perfect for a new baby. By holding this toy about 8-10 inches from your baby’s face, you can work on visual fixation and visual tracking. Additionally, you can use it to work on grasping, reaching, crossing midline, and swatting.
This small rattle is lightweight and has little beads inside that encourage babies learn to shake, bring their hands to midline, and reach.
The holes on this ball makes it easy for little fingers to purposefully or accidentally hold onto it. It is also extremely light, making it perfect for newborns before they fully develop a sustained grasp and improve their strength.
Why is it that babies love keys so much? The sounds, the feel, and look of them seem so appealing to babies! But, they’re not always the cleanest toy. Instead, these keys are made for babies.
This rainbow toy is always a motivating way to keep infants on their belly for tummy time. Additionally, you can use it to work on visual focus, tracking, and reaching to push the buttons.
This adorable little aquarium hangs on the crib railings. I’ve used it a lot in the NICUs that I worked at to help babies calm when first putting them down in the bed. It also gives them something to look at when they are awake in bed. This is a great toy to use for infants who have a head turn preference or torticollis. Simply put it on the side you want to encourage them to turn to. For infants without a preference, make sure to alternate between sides of the crib to encourage turning to both sides equally!
This cube has different music on all sides, keeping babies engaged, working on visual focus, reaching, and cause/effect.
This toy is a fan favorite. The kids love the catchy tunes and bright lights on these drums. It’s perfect for keeping your baby entertained during tummy time, but is also great for pushing buttons and to play with in sitting as they get older.
Although a little higher price point, this toy is absolutely my favorite one to entertain babies aged 0-6 months. BeatBo dances and wiggles to songs, and they are absolutely captivated! It has also taught more than one of my little friends to dance :)
What did you think of this list? Did I miss any toys you would have recommended?
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