Here are some awesome gift ideas perfect for hippie babies this holiday season.
For ages 0-6 months:
1. Look Look! by Peter Linenthal is a visually striking board book that features intricate black-and-white cut-paper art. The red text is large and stands out. Different nouns paired with actions, for example the fish swim and the flower blooms. L. loves looking at the images across the pages of this book. Click here to purchase a copy of Look Look! (affiliate link).
2. Spots and Dots by Chez Picthall is perfect for babies from 0-6 months. It features high-contrast images beginning with black and white shapes, then adding in primary colors and eventually pink. These images are bold and captivating and Lucy loves looking at each page for long stretches of time. Click here to purchase a copy of Spots and Dots (affiliate link).
3. Baby Animal by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes includes 8 adorable close-ups of baby animals. From baby panda to baby zebra, the skillful use of black and white and the sense of space make this a lovely book to look at. Click here to purchase a copy of Baby Animal (affiliate link).
When babies are a little older, you can ask them to point to objects you name or to name them themselves. L. enjoys practicing holding these mesmerizing books and staring at the pages for long stretches of time, which for a baby is about a minute.
4. The Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano is still a huge hit in our house. We bought it when L. first went in the harness and although she wasn’t able to use the kick piano until she became “Too hip for Dysplasia,” she’s enjoyed batting and pulling the toys for a long time. The mirror captivates her and the music is cheerful and fun to listen to. The great thing about this Fisher-Price toy is that it grows with your baby. When he/she is too old for the toy arch, you can detach the piano and it becomes a separate toy. Click here to purchase a Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano (affiliate link).
5. The Winkle Rattle and Teether is another hit. This was the first toy that L. grabbed on to. It’s bright colors make it appealing to little ones. The soft, interlinking tubes make it easy to grab on to and satisfying to chomp down on. It’s easy to pick up and play while lying on the ground of sitting up. The Winkle is great for babies as young as three months and up to 24 months. Click here to buy the Winkle.
For babies ages 6 months -1 year:
6. The Bright Start Light and Giggle Fish is a phenomenal light up, music and learning toy. It has two different settings, a musical setting and a learning setting that teaches select letters, colors and shapes. The buttons are easy to press and light up brightly. It’s absolutely captivating for babies and adults alike. In our house we call this “the crack fish.” Every time we have babies over, parents ask me to send them a link to buy it. Click here to buy the Bright Start Light and Giggle Fish (affiliate link).
7. The V-Tech Sit to Stand Walker is another engaging toy. The great part about this for a hippie baby is that the entire front panel comes off and can be played with while the baby either sits on the floor or on a grown-up’s lap. There is SO much going on with this toy, from the piano keys to shape sorter, to farm animals, each button or movement triggers a different song and light show. Though L. is not yet walking or even crawling yet, she really enjoys playing with the panel. When she is up and about more, I’m sure she will be happy pushing it around the apartment. Click here to buy the V-Tech Sit to Stand Walker (affiliate link).
8. The Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Boppin Activity Bugs toy is also a great, non-musical addition, to any household. It features four brightly colored bugs that your little one can bat at and press down along with four different buttons to press, pull and turn so that the bugs pop up. This is a great toy to help babies build gross motor skills. Click here to buy the Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Boppin Activity Bugs (affiliate link).
Do you have any other recommendations for hip friendly toys for babies ages 0-12 months?