Holiday Gift Guide: Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-3)

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twilight-noahs-arkTwilight Noah’s Ark { MSRP $39.95 }- There is something just so sweet about this nightlight and it’s 4 included finger puppets.  It’s the perfect addition to any nursery and grows with your child.  Noah’s ark not only lights up with  a starry sky scene, but comes with 4 plush finger puppets for creative play that will last for many years to come.

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Let’s Imagine Elmo { MSRP $39.99 }- elmoSesame Street and, of course, Elmo, is huge in almost every home with little ones. It seems that each year there is another exciting Elmo toy that is on the market and this year is no different.  We love the new Let’s Imagine Elmo doll from Playskool.  This Elmo comes with 3 different hats, and each one unlocks a different way to play and interact with him.  With 4 different imagination modes to choose from, Elmo provides endless moments of entertainment, imaginative play, and is always enjoyed by all. (Retail price $39.99)

IMG_1531Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym { MSRP $74.99 }  – When looking beyond the gift of clothing for infants, one might find it challenging to seek out a unique and much appreciated gift .  A gift that is sure to be a winner is a versitile activity mat.  Meant for ages 0+, we highly recommend the  Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym.  This amazingly useful product has over 17 developmental activities for babies.  With its bright patterns offering so much to see, hear, feel, and touch, this activity gym with grow with your child and can be used in a variety of ways whether it be tummy time, playing, or even as wall art.  The Activity Gym by Skip Hop comes with 5 hanging toys (with 13 loops), a removable baby-safe mirror, a tummy time pillow, and playful patterns and detailing on a comfy, quilted mat and is a gift that everyone (including baby) will love.

Skip Hop Zoo Pack Gift Set { MSRP $24.99 } – The holiday season is all about spending time with family.  Just like many families, we often travel to be together with our loved ones during this time.  For sleepovers, or even for a day out, my kids always like to have their own bags. IMG_1532packed with things they want to have with them when the are away from home.  That is why I’m recommending Skip Hop Zoo Pack Set in our gift guide this year.  You children will love carrying the delightful characters along with them, and you will love how efficient these backpacks are.  With a spacious main compartment to hold any items you may need for the day, and a front pocket big enough to hold a hat and gloves or other must-have items, your child will be able to have everything he/she needs at all times.  Did I mention the mesh pocket on the side – perfect for carrying a thermos or juice box for the rode?  BPA anf Phthalate-free, this adorable baclpack, is practical, functional, and a great gift idea for your little-ones.

VRUM { MSRP $49.99 } – Sometimes parents are looking for a gift for kids that has practicality and fun rolled into one package.  Enter the new VRUM IMG_1533ride-on.  This toy can be used as a ride-on toy, a pull-behind toy, a storage box for smaller toys, or even as luggage (as it can fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane).   The VRUM comes in a variety of characters from Sponge Bob and Batman, to Dora or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.  Kids will love to ride-on their favorite characters while parents will love the ability to use a toy for extra storage.

IMG_1528Vtech Smart Wheels { MSRP $69 } – We love VTech toys!  That’s why it was easy to pick the new VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Amaze-ment Park as a great pick for our gift guide this year.  This race car toy is perfect for your littlest 4 wheel fan and includes a variety of tracks that easily snap together and connect to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels and Go! Go! Smart Animals playsets (sold separately).  Kids can “drive” their (included) SmartPoint® cars over SmartPoint locations that are found through out the race course and watch as the vehicles respond with phrases, music and lights while teaching cause and effect, first words, letters and more! (normally $69.00; now on sale at YoYo.com for only $48.99)

paw_patrolPaw Patrol – Look-out Playset { MSRP $39.99 } – One of the hottest toys this season for the toddler/pre-school set is Paw Patrol.  My Marcus loves loves loves this toy with the awesomely cool slide and removable look out glass.  Fans of this show have been asking for a long time now for more Paw Patrol toys and their prayers have been answered just in time for this holiday season.

TwistaTwista by Yvolution { MSRP $149.99 } – We love this grow with you balance bike for ages 1.5 to 4 years old.  Aiding in your child’s balance development.  The cool, sleek, modern design also helps too.

exersaucerEvenflo ExerSaucer World Explorer Triple Fun { MSRP $149.99 }- Babies grow fast, in a blink of an eye they are off and running.  That’s why I love toys that can last more than a short stage in their development, spanning birth to 24 months, like the Evenflo Exersaucer.  This is so much more than a toy with over 20 activities that also exposes them to visuals and laguages from around the world with a language pod filled with 12 scenes in 4 languages – English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.  Available exclusively at Babies R Us for $129.99.

touchgoLittle Tikes Touch n’ Go Racers are definitely on my little guy’s wish list.  A car that’s all his own, he can activate the car with a simple touch.  Touch to honk the horn, touch to rev the engine, touch to go!  A toddler’s first battery operated car makes a perfect gift!   Available as a sports car, red truck or police car.

LTCoupeSportAs far as classic toys go, there is nothing more classic than the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.  Everyone has seen one, even played in one at some point in their life.  I remember my grandmother had one in her apartment for the longest time, playing with my cousin’s when ever we visited.  I even watched Ava play in one at her first daycare.  Hours and hours of creative and imaginative play can be had with the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe which has now been updated to the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport Ride On.  Completely reimagined while maintaining it’s simple form, this Coupe sports a removable bottom for play from 18 months to a moonroof for clear view of mom or dad.  It’s got a cup holder for the sippy cup and storage in the back, because you never know what must-take companions/toys have to come too!  A favorite new feature is the parent push handle.  All of this with no tools required for assembly.  Now that’s my kinda holiday gift!

{ disclosure:  This gift guide is comprised of personally purchased products, samples received and simply wishlist items and may contain affiliate links.  As always, all opinions expressed here are our very own. }