Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

35 baby and toddler gift ideas for ages 0 up to 3 with Montessori toys, popular games, and top rated essentials.

Babies and toddlers are so fun to buy for at Christmas when you’re introducing the magic to them in those first early years.

There are so many absolutely adorable gift ideas out there, but the best ones are by far the baby and toddler gifts that will get a lot of use.

All of these are practical and/or wildly popular in the fun department, many being Regan’s own favorites that she still loves even at 4 years-old.

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Gifts for Babies and Toddlers Under $50

1. Melissa & Doug Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzles

These are perfect as baby’s first puzzles with their big knobs making the pieces easy for learning hands to grasp.

2. Baby Plush Robe

Warm robes you can wrap babies in quickly fresh out of the bath are really helpful in the cold of winter. And these are so adorable. It comes in a ton of different animal and character options.

3. Building Bath Pipes

A great idea for a little bit of engineering fun in the bathtub. Toddlers can mix up the tracks and create all kinds of routes to watch the water flow through all of the mechanisms. Regan still loves hers on into preschool years!

4. Skwish Rattle

I love this wooden rattle that’s built for longevity and has multi-sensory functions to help gross motor skill development.

5. Dr. Seuss Board Books Set

The best classic set of books to start!

6. Pound and Tap Bench Xylophone

Smacking balls with a mallet and music, what’s more to love?

7. Burt’s Bees Footed Pajamas

We love the super soft organic cotton pajamas from the Burt’s Bees line. This little orange print? Oh my heart, the sweetness!

8. Personalized Muslin Baby Blanket

These blankets are boutique quality and all of the different prints are absolutely beautiful. Without a doubt, it would be something treasured forever and ever.

9. Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog

Such a fun game for honing fine motor skills!

10. Tinkle Crinkle Caterpillar

It’s so cute but also hits a home run in the sensory department.

11. Burt’s Bees Adjustable Baby Booties

Socks and shoes were basically impossible to keep on my girls’ feet in the baby stage. But once I discovered these? No more cold baby toes in winter! They stay put and are super warm.

12. Foldable Soft Foam Mat

This one is great if you have hard floors and need a soft spot for playtime. I love its portability and the pop-up sides that keep toys from rolling away.


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Gifts for Babies and Toddlers Under $50

13. Mega BLOKS

The classic set for strengthening builder brains!

14. Crayola Easy Clean Fingerpaint

Super washable non-toxic paint with a painting pad to keep the paper in place.

15. NogginStik

This little rattle lights up and has different textures with a mirror on the bottom making it great for tummy time all the way up toddlerhood.

16. Musical Llama

First of all, this llama is so sweet but the best part is it has 5 musical instruments built in.

17. Mozart Magic Cube

The great thing about this cube isn’t just the teaching about classical music and instruments. It’s volume control! Hallelujah! A musical baby toy that has a quiet setting! It’s the little things, right?

18. Creative Minds Plush Basket of Babies

These squishy lovey babies teach little ones from the very beginning about the importance of diversity with six culturally diverse dolls. Their size, shape, and texture make them the perfect first baby dolls from the infant stage and up.

19. Radio Flyer Busy Buggy

I love this buggy as a push walker for babies on through toddlerhood as a ride-on toy. And it has 17 interactive features they can explore.

20. Vibrant Village Floor Mat

Give this floor mat along with baby’s first toy cars for lots of pretend play.

21. Jellycat Bunny

Regan has three Jellycats and has insisted on toting them everywhere and sleeping with them every single night basically from the time she was born. They are the perfect amount of floppy for all the snuggles.

22. Rainbow Stacker Set

I love a toy that’s practical but also pretty enough to set on a shelf like a piece of decor!

23. Playmobil Noah’s Ark

This ark is bright, colorful, and a cute way to load animals up two-by-two, well suited for role play.

24. Wobbly Penguin

An instant favorite great for tummy time and developing hand-eye coordination with soothing tinkling sounds as it wobbles.

25. Honest Baby Arrival Set

We love all of the Honest baby soaps at our house! And everything else they make for that matter.


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Splurge-Worthy Gifts for Babies and Toddlers

1. Savor Baby Keepsake Box

This memory organizer would make a great gift for a newborn baby at Christmas with drawers, vertical files, and labels to hang onto precious memories.

2. Lovevery Play Gym

This reason this baby play gym is heads above all of the others? It turns into a play tent for toddlers! So it lasts much longer with way more use than your average play gym.

3. My First Anywhere Chair

Our girls have loved their Anywhere Chair so much, we’ve bought bigger ones for them as they’ve grown.

4. Cuddle + Kind Knit Doll

These dolls are so beautifully handmade and come in a bunch of different characters, but the best part is each doll purchased gives back by providing 10 meals to children in need.

5. 4-in-1 Grow Along Activity Walker

This toy can transition from infant floor play to a push walker to encourage first steps. After toddlers have mastered walking, you can turn it into a shopping cart or baby doll stroller!

6. Melissa & Doug Grocery Cart

The best little shape sorter that also includes puzzles and promotes imagination.

7. Radio Flyer 3-in-1 Collapsible Wagon

Great for folding up in the car on the go that fits toddlers always the way up to 5 years.

8. Baby Jumper

The design of this baby jumper support’s baby’s spine with an embracing saddle seat unlike others out there.

9. Hatch Sound Machine

I think I owe ANY sleep I got in the first year of Regan’s life to this little machine. We’ve tried several other sound machines, but this one is worth every penny. We still use it and love it.

10. 3 Stage Activity Center

For 4 month olds up to 2 years, this activity center is above the rest because it can turn into a play table in the older years. Plus, I like that it’s pretty and not overstimulating.

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