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Xmas Gift Guide: Baby Toys

Wonderworld Wooden Puffy Dragon Sit And Ride

Writing about the breastfeeding baby doll at the weekend has kickstarted me into Christmas Gift mode. We’ve been so lucky that friends and family have put so much thought into presents for small one so this is a guide to the preschool toys and gifts we’ve bought and have been given that have really stood the test of time.

Gifts for Babies:

If you’re buying for a little one try to buy ahead, especially if you don’t see them often. When you’re stretched for cash, having toys your child will “grow into” is lovely. Babies don’t really understand presents, so check what the parents really need before you buy. We loved:

Tactile books – Always make sure they aren’t just touchy-feely on the front cover as some expensive ones are disappointing. Priddy cloth books are reliable for having fun textures throughout.

Old MacDonald Cloth Book
Old McDonald Counting Book, £15
(Not On The High Street)
Fuzzy Bee Roger Priddy Cloth Book
Fuzzy Bee Cloth Book, £7.19


Bath toys – from stacking cups and rubber ducks to the most elaborate water toys, these will be played with over and over again.

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Bath flutes
Bath Flutes, £10
(Marks & Spencer)

[column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]Stacking Cups
Stacking Cups, £6
(Marks & Spencer)

[/column][column width=”30%” padding=”0%”]Tomy Snowboarding Polar Bears Bath Toy
Tomy Snowboarding
Polar Bears
, £13.19


Musical instruments– Mum and Dad might not always thank you, but the real thing is nearly always less annoying than electronic toys and far more satisfying for baby. On the downside, you can’t take the batteries out 😉

[column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]M&S animal music set
Animal Band, £17.50
(Marks & Spencer)

[/column] [column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]Wooden Maracas
Wooden Maracas, £3.62
[/column] [column width=”30%” padding=”0″]Boikidi Percussion Table
Boikidi Percussion Table, £39
(John Lewis)


“Grown up” gifts – Little ones love to play with mummy and daddy’s car keys and mobile phone. While they’ll still make a beeline for the real thing, these might distract them while you make a phonecall, drive or put your makeup on. If the brightly coloured phone doesn’t fool them, John Lewis sell a baby smartphone!

[column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]John Lewis Baby Toy Car Keys
Toy Car Keys, £8
(John Lewis)

[/column][column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]Manhattan Toy Whoozit See Me MirrorWhoozit See Me Mirror, £12.59

[/column][column width=”30%” padding=”0%”]V-Tech-Tiny-Touch-Phone
V-Tech-Tiny-Touch-Phone, £8.24


Baby toys that last for years – the simplest gifts often give the most pleasure and my now extremely grown up three year old and her nearly teenage sister still enjoy building towers (and now whole cities) from basic bricks. Tomy Hide & Squeak Eggs are another great buy – they are endlessly fascinating for babies and make great “dippy eggs” for cooking as they get older.Traditional peg and hammer toys become “work benches” for older kids.
NB. Remove small bricks when giving to under threes (anything smaller than an old style film canister is a potential choke hazard).

[column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]Tomy Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs
Tomy Hide ‘n’ Squeak Eggs, £5.94

[/column][column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]Wilko Wooden Peg and Hammer Set
Wooden Peg & Hammer Set, £5
(Wilkinson Plus)

[/column][column width=”30%” padding=”0%”]Viga Wooden Blocks
Viga 100 Wooden Blocks, £13.99


Things Mum and Dad will want – If the house has been overrun by baby toys, a toy box will be appreciated by everyone and height charts are a lovely way to keep records.

[column width=”27%” padding=”5%”]Toy storage trolley
Toy Trolley, £39

[/column][column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]Woodland Height Chart
Tree Height Chart, £20

[/column][column width=”33%” padding=”0%”]Wooden Ruler Height Chart
Ruler Height Chart, £65
(Not On The High Street)


Baby Walkers – There are lots of versions available but look for something that doesn’t topple over when leant on. The V-tech baby walker is probably the most popular (the button panel can be unclipped used separately) but the new ELC walker and the BigJigs wooden walker both look brilliant! My daughter played with her walker / phone / computer / spaceship until quite recently despite walking before her 1st birthday.

[column width=”45% padding=”20%]Bigjigs Activity Walker
Bigjigs Activity Walker, £42.66

[/column][column width=”45%” padding=”0%”]Lights and Sounds Walker
Lights and Sounds Walker, £30

Ride-ons and rocking horses – Something for every price range, ride-on toys start at about £20 and go up and up. Here are a few of my favourites:

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Hop Along Rabbit, £20

[/column][column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]Wonderworld Wooden Puffy Dragon Sit And Ride
Dragon Sit and Ride, £79.99
[/column][column width=”30%” padding=”0%”]Little Tikes Sports Coupe Ride On(Red)
Little Tikes Sports Coupe, £21.24

More gift ideas for the rest of the family later this week!