Did you know that within each of the 15 MPMK 2016 Gift Guides, there are several mini-gift guides?
Actually, let me back up a second and say how much I’ve enjoyed all the feedback I’ve been getting from all of you on this year’s guides.
As you know if you’re a regular reader here, our mega gift guides are a true labor of love. I spend A LOT of time researching and putting them together.
When the work is finally over and I start to get feedback that they’re truly helping parents to find high quality, engaging and stimulating toys it feels great. So THANK YOU!
All of that being said, I do realize that the gift guides are a lot to take in- detailed descriptions and age recommendations of over 400 toys, books, games, and more takes some concentration to get through.
I’ve heard from several moms in fact, both via email and in real life, who have already spent a good hour or two immersed in them.
So this year, I thought I’d try to help you guys navigate the guides even more by highlighting some of my favorite parts. That’s where those mini-guides I was referring to above comes in.
Over the next few months, I’ll be stopping in every once in a while to showcase a favorite section from one of the 15 guides. My hope is that it will help you find the perfect gift for under the tree this year.
Today I’m starting with the 6 – 12 month old set.
Keep in mind that this is just one section from our Best Toys for Babies and Young Toddlers Gift Guide (0 – 24 months) and be sure to click through for more great finds!
Ready? Here we go…
Ages 6 – 9 Months
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Bug Jug Fill & Spill Soft Baby Toy $18.43 (6 months – 3 years)
It’s truly mystifying how endlessly entertaining putting things in and taking them out again is to babies. On top of that, these bugs provide lots of opportunities for sensory exploration. They’re multi-textured and rattle, jingle, squeak and crinkle in little hands. All those textures and grip-able legs help develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, plus the self-storing set is great for travel.
Learn & Groove Musical Table $59.99 (6 months – 6 years)
This toy has lots of ways for baby to interact and I love that the legs allow babies to play while seated but later transition to a table they can use standing. This was a favorite of both of my kids once they started pulling up and at 7 months, baby M was already playing on it while standing with assistance or while sitting on his own on the floor.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes $6.69 (6 months – 2 years)
You know those lovely early months when many babies scream just about the ENTIRE time they’re in the car? This musical toy that’s easy to hold and has button big enough for baby to push on his own was the only thing that ever got my kids to stop – it was worth it’s weight in gold I tell ya. It was also great for getting my babies’ attention in times of non-stress.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Click ‘n Learn Remote $9.74 (6 months – 3 years)
This looks like it serves a similar function as the Take Along Tunes and also gets great reviews. With this one, baby can learn about numbers, opposites, colors, greetings and first words. Buy one of each and keep one in mom’s car and the other in dad’s just to mix it up. You won’t be sorry.
Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set $8.92 (6 months – 4 years)
Balls are excellent for open-ended play and motor development for babies and younger toddlers – truly, every child should have a set. The varying textures, colors, and sizes of the balls in this pack make them extra great for sensory engagement.
Babybug Board Book Magazine Subscription $21.95/12 months (6 mos – 3 years)
Babybug, is a unique board book style magazine full of the highest-quality content available from the world’s best children’s writers and artists. The subscription series progresses to enchanting stories, poems, and activities with Ladybug (3 – 6 years) and Spider (6 – 9 years) and fiction and classic literature as well as nonfiction stories on culture, history, science, and the arts for preteens in Cricket (9-14 years), which means your child may very well become a loyal subscriber for over a decade. Read More