The 50 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Babies and Newborns

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Dec. 8th, 2015

For babies and newborns, safety is the name of the game. Since they don’t have a lot of gross motor control, focus on toys that are easy to grasp and maneuver. Toys recommended for children under the age of 3 must meet certain requirements that mean they are not a choking hazard.

As most children this young won’t remember the holiday and what gifts they received, focus on enrichment toys and books and you can’t go wrong.

In no particular order, here are 50 of the best Christmas gift ideas for the 0-2 set based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

1. Fisher-Price Baby Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo

This cute little toy features a fun “dancing” action to help your little one get their hips shaking and head bobbing along to the beat. It features three modes that grow with your child through the baby and toddler years.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Includes songs, learning content, and more
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $32.99

2. Fisher-Price Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space

This play space features an interactive touch-sensitive light bar that responds to your little one’s touch with various lights and sounds. There are three different ways to play so it grows with your child from infancy through toddlerhood.

Key features:

  • Teaches colors, letters, numbers, and more
  • Features lights, colors, and songs
  • Batteries not included

Cost: *Est. $49.97

3. Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother

Send your little one off to sleep with a soothing lullaby while they enjoy watching the unique and calming underwater light effects and motion of the baby Neptune characters.

Key features:

  • Drift off feature softens music and light in 10 minute intervals
  • Choose from four soothing modes
  • Fits on almost any crib

Cost: *Est. $35.98

4. Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy, 4 Count

This set of bath toys is ideal for stimulating your little one’s sense of sight, hearing, and touch and easily floats in the water for hours of bathtime fun. The textured rings move freely around the bubbles and make them easier for little hands to grip.

Key features:

  • Each set includes two characters and two whirly toys
  • Engages the senses
  • Watertight design prevent mould and mildew

Cost: *Est. $10.29

5. Infantino Grow-with-me Activity Gym and Ball Pit

This cute little activity gym features a sweet turtle design that converts as your child grows. It starts off as a basic play mat and features removable mesh netting that converts it into a ball pit in just minutes.

Key features:

  • Includes four linkable sea pals
  • 40 colorful balls included
  • Built-in storage for balls when not in use

Cost: *Est. $48.13

6. Munchkin Bath Toy, School of Fish

Your little one will love bath time with this fun little toy that also doubles as a water scooper for pouring and rinsing off soap. It comes complete with three squirting fish students dressed and ready for class.

Key features:

  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Easy to grasp
  • BPA-free

Cost: *Est. $6.99

This soft and cuddly cute little friend can help your child learn all about their body parts, letters, colors, counting, and more. It features over 50 phrases and sing-along songs to captivate and teach little learners.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Three levels of play grow with your child
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $13.88

8. Fisher-Price Little People Animal Friends Farm

This play set comes complete with a farm with doors that can be open and closed, as well as a figurine farmer Eddie and six common farm animals. Teach your little ones what each animal says for hours of creative play.

Key features:

  • Folds for convenient storage
  • Toy hay bale included
  • Easy for little hands to grasp

Cost: *Est. $34

These toy vehicles feature a plush design that’s easy for little hands to grip and won’t hurt baby in case of accidents. Plus, all Melissa & Doug toys have been tested for safety and are made of the highest quality materials.

Key features:

  • Lightweight and easy to move
  • Helps develop both gross and fine motor skills
  • Helps nurture creative play

Cost: *Est. $21.91

10. Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo

Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street character can now be your child’s cuddly best friend with this toy that features two modes of play and eight games and activities to engage your child, plus over 150 different responses.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Teaches cause and effect
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $42.99

11. Munchkin Lazy Buoys Bathtub Toys

This sweet little bath toys come complete with two floating friends, two scoop and strain cups and one spinner ball to keep your little one entertained and engaged in bathtime play.

Key features:

  • Helps develop tactile awareness
  • Recommended for children 12 months and older
  • BPA-free

Cost: *Est. $7.68

12. Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Musical Dancing Palace Gift Set

This magical play castle lets your little princess dance and play the night away and plays different sounds, music and phrases when you spin the lever that activates the palace dance floor.

Key features:

  • Plays two beloved Disney songs
  • Includes multiple figurines
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $49.99

This cute and cuddly little plush is made of the finest fabrics to create a super soft and huggable pal for kids of all ages.

Key features:

  • Includes many fine details
  • Approximately 12 inches tall
  • Helps develop social skills

Cost: *Est. $11.66

14. Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

This fun little musical toy teaches children about colors, music, sounds and more and features sides that light up to the beat of the music.

Key features:

  • Batteries included
  • Batteries last up to 5 hours
  • Teaches appreciation for classical music

Cost: *Est. $23.99

15. Fisher-Price Little People Big Animal Zoo Baby

Children will enjoy hours of creative and imaginative play in the jungle with this adorable set that comes complete with a zookeeper, elephant, monkey, food and fence connector.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Action points for music and sound
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $29.99

16. Fisher-Price Woodland Friends Space Saver Jumperoo

This jumping toy lets baby jump safely without the need for a door or any fancy set up, and folds down for easy and convenient storage. It features a soft-sided overhead toy bar with various toys to keep your child engaged in play.

Key features:

  • Piano with lights and music onboard
  • Includes a teether, clacker ring bar, and clicker
  • Unisex design

Cost: *Est. $49.99

17. Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition

This special box set comes complete with one of Santa’s blue-eyed boy scout elves to help your little ones behave until the jolly old man makes his way down the chimney, as well as a beautifully illustrated storybook.

Key features:

  • Available in varying skin tones and eye colors
  • Accessories available (sold separately)
  • A fun family tradition for years to come

Cost: *Est. $29.95

18. Skip Hop Explore and More Rocking Stacker, Owl

This cute little toy offers an adorable update on the classic ring stacking toy and features five pieces that can be stacked to create a sweet little owl friend. It helps develop little one’s hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 6 months and older
  • BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free
  • Unisex design

Cost: *Est. $16

Soothe the little ones to sleep with the sweet musical tunes of several calming instrumental children’s lullabies.

Key features:

  • Available in multiple formats
  • Includes 18 tracks
  • Perfect gift for a new baby

Cost: *Est. $7.33

20. Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy

This classic toy teaches your little one to grasp and reach while also making an excellent teething object. It is perfect for small hands to grip and the beads make an engaging rattling sound when shaken.

Key features:

  • Can be squished and will always return to shape
  • Made of non-toxic finished, sustainable wood
  • Award-winning design

Cost: *Est. $13.22

21. Tiny Love Super Mat, Orange/ Blue

This cotton play mat offers a clean, soft, safe surface for your little one to play on and features a beautiful design that has a lot of fun developmental features (mirror, chew toy) to keep baby entertained.

Key features:

  • Choose from two designs
  • Conveniently rolls for storage or portability
  • Machine washable

Cost: *Est. $38.75

22. Fisher-Price First Words Flash Cards

It’s never too early to get a head start on your child’s vocabulary and this bilingual flash card set helps them learn their first words. It even comes with a colorful bucket for storage and extra fill and spill play.

Key features:

  • Built-in carrying handle
  • Includes 20 cards featuring animals, food and vehicles
  • Helps develop fine motor skills

Cost: *Est. $14.99

23. Noggin Stik Baby Toy

This little rattles lights up when batted and helps to encourage play and interaction between baby and caregiver. The textured handle is easy for baby to grip and provides extra sensory stimulation.

Key features:

  • Choose from ring or stick design
  • Helps develop reaching and holding skills
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $19.99

24. Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Soft Activity Book

This soft and cuddly plush book features several sections with different features that help increase your child’s sensory play and development.

Key features:

  • Choose from several styles
  • Meets or exceeds ASTM, CPSIA, EN71 and applicable safety standards
  • Easy for little hands to grasp and hold

Cost: *Est. $16

25. Infantino Safari Fun Twist and Fold Activity Gym and Play Mat

This activity gym and playmat gives little ones a soft and cozy place to play on the floor and comes complete with four removable contrast toys that help to encourage reaching and batting skills.

Key features:

  • Choose from several styles
  • Bolster included for tummy time
  • Folds for convenient storage

Cost: *Est. $35.89

This bright and colorful little scooter grows and changes with your baby from learning words and sounds to following directions and participating in simple role play. It helps teach colors, shapes, letters, and numbers.

Key features:

  • Suitable for those weighing up to 55 pounds
  • Includes more than 50 songs, phrases, and sounds
  • Real working horn

Cost: *Est. $49.99

This soft block set lets your little one stack and build to their heart’s content. Plus, all Melissa & Doug toys have been tested for safety and are made of the highest quality materials.

Key features:

  • Plush design won’t hurt baby
  • Teaches numbers, animals and more
  • Helps develop gross and fine motor skills

Cost: *Est. $20.19

28. Schylling Jack-In-The-Box

This classically-styled Jack-in-the-Box is loved by those of all generations and plays the familiar tune as you wind the crank. Watch your child light up with anticipation when the melody starts to play.

Key features:

  • Square 5.5 inch design
  • Durable metal design
  • Recommended for children aged 18 months and older

Cost: *Est. $19.99

29. Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Activity Toy, Elephant

Available in a choice of style and characters, this cute little toy easily clips onto your diaper bag, stroller or car seat to provide baby with a visual and sensory experience.

Key features:

  • Soft plush design
  • Recommended for children aged 3 months and up
  • Different textures stimulate baby

Cost: *Est. $14.99

30. Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Soother, Grey Elephant

This cute little friend provides a calming and soothing experience for both newborns and older babies alike and can project a starry night sky onto the ceiling and walls of your child’s room. It also plays five meditative songs and nature sounds to help soothe them to sleep.

Key features:

  • Built-in timer
  • Choose from three volume levels
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $24.99

31. VTech 3 In 1 Learn And Zoom Motor Bike

Your little one will get a kick out of scooting and zooming around on their very own motor bike. The bright colors capture baby’s attention and it can easily be transformed to suit your child’s needs.

Key features:

  • Helps to introduce road safety
  • Features two modes of play
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $29.99

Kids will love riding along on their very own tricycle, either on their own or with a little help from mom and dad. The collapsible sun shade helps to protect your child from the elements and the all-terrain tires provide a comfortable and smooth ride.

Key features:

  • Includes 3-point harness
  • Seat adjusts to grow with your child
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $99.99

33. Tiny Love Musical Stack and Ball Game, Yellow Elephant

Perfect for helping little ones develop their fine motor skills, including stacking, sorting and more, this fun toy includes three colorful balls with rattles that are easy for little hands to grasp.

Key features:

  • Choose from two styles
  • Recommended for children aged 6 months and older
  • Batteries not included

Cost: *Est. $27.79

34. Playskool Lullaby Gloworm Toy, Blue

This classic toy has been a childhood favorite for years and helps to comfort and soothe baby by playing a calming lullaby.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Choice or pink or blue
  • Choose from three modes of play

Cost: *Est. $12.30

35. B. Elemenosqueeze Blocks

Each one of the 26 hand-sculpted blocks in this set helps to provide your child with a sensory experience and features a letter of the alphabet to help teach early vocabulary skills.

Key features:

  • Storage bag included
  • Blocks are stackable, squeezable, floatable and chewable
  • Recommended for children aged 6 months and older

Cost: *Est. $24.95

36. Summer Infant Tub Time Tea Party Set

Now your little princess can bring the tea party to the bathtub with this fun pink toy set. It includes a teapot with two tea cups, and a sugar bowl with sugar cubes for lots of imaginative play.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 6 months and older
  • Can also be used outside the tub
  • Does not float

Cost: *Est. $9.84

37. VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home

This adorable toy set features a three-story house with multiple MagicPoint locations that bring the Go! Go! Smart Friends character to life. They’ll say various phrases, sing songs, and more when wheeled over the right spot.

Key features:

  • Batteries included
  • Recommended for children aged 12 months and older
  • Work with other Go! Go! toys

Cost: *Est. $29.99

38. Green Toys Shape Sorter Baby Toy

Help your little one develop their gross and fine motor skills with this shape sorting toy that is ready for play right out of the box. The food-safe plastic shapes are easy to grasp and have been made in the USA.

Key features:

  • BPA-, phthalate-, and PVC-free
  • Dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup
  • Made from recycled plastic

Cost: *Est. $17.99

39. Eating the Alphabet

This classic children’s book helps to promote literacy skills and a love of reading from an early age. It’s never too early to start reading to your child, and this book helps teach the alphabet as well as various foods.

Key features:

  • Full-size hardback
  • Other styles available
  • Bright, colorful illustrations

Cost: *Est. $15.47

After becoming a new dad Jimmy Fallon was so adamant that his (and your) child’s first word should be dada that he created this cute little book. While it won’t actually ensure your child says dada first, it’s a fun story and great way to spend time with a new baby.

Key features:

  • Choose from two options
  • Cute illustrations
  • Makes a great stocking stuffer

Cost: *Est. $5.37

This cute little dragon toy easily clips onto your child’s stroller, diaper bag, or car seat and flaps its little wings when pulled down on the string. Its various textures are a delight for baby to touch and hold.

Key features:

  • Makes a great stocking stuffer
  • Unisex design
  • Helps develop reaching and grasping skills

Cost: *Est. $14.99

42. Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano Toy

This sweet little toy might just be your baby’s first piano and features six brightly colored keys that make a fun sound and pop up a star when pressed. It helps develop an appreciation for music.

Key features:

  • Batteries included
  • Recommended for children aged 12 months and older
  • Helps develop cognitive, emotional, and sensory skills

Cost: *Est. $22.84

43. Nursery Rhyme Parade!

Platinum recording artist Lisa Loeb sings several classic children’s nursery rhymes in this whimsical and lively collection. Featuring favorites such as Jack and Jill, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Hey Diddle Diddle, it’s sure to be your child’s new favorite.

Key features:

  • Choose from several formats
  • Includes 37 tracks
  • 32 minutes run time

Cost: *Est. $12.99

44. Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Deluxe Play Gym

This sweet little play gym features a soft mat to keep your little one snug on the floor and several detachable hanging toys promote your child’s reaching and grasping skills.

Key features:

  • Mirror included for self discovery
  • Machine-washable for easy cleanup
  • Folds for convenient storage and portability

Cost: *Est. $52.49

45. Bright Starts Baby Toy, 3 in 1 Roaring Fun Lion

This bright and colorful toy features a convertible design that allows it to grow with your child and helps to teach a number of skills including balance, gross motor skills and more. There are several melodies and sounds to keep children engaged.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 6 months and older
  • Includes three bonus balls
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $31.99

46. VTech Explore and Crawl Learning Cub

This sweet little teddy bear is a cuddly companion for your little one and helps encourage them to move once they begin crawling. It features over 50 fun songs, sounds and encouraging phrases to help engage your little one.

Key features:

  • Batteries included
  • Flashing light helps grab baby’s attention
  • Recommended for children aged 6 months and older

Cost: *Est. $24.99

47. Playskool Friends Musical Celebration Castle Featuring My Little Pony

The easy-to-grasp figurines in this magical, musical castle will help inspire and develop your little one’s imagination and creative play skills. It comes complete with the castle playset and two pony figurines.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Helps to develop fine motor skills
  • Batteries required

Cost: *Est. $24.44

This set features 50 blocks to help your little one develop gross and fine motor skills while they stack and play all day. It features the letters of the alphabet and other simple pictures to help develop literacy and language skills.

Key features:

  • Helps develop problem-solving skills
  • Easy to stack
  • BPA-free

Cost: *Est. $16.99

49. Love You Forever Paperback

Give the gift of this classic children’s storybook and show the newborn in your life how much you’ll always love them. Loved by both children and adults alike, it’s sure to become a storytime favorite.

Key features:

  • Available in several formats
  • Touching story
  • Beautiful pastel illustrations

Cost: *Est. $3.54

50. Hape Little Copter

This bright and colorful little helicopter is large enough for little hands to easily grasp and features a spinning rotor that helps to develop fine and gross motor skills while stimulating your child’s imagination.

Key features:

  • Durable wood design
  • Non-toxic finish
  • Several other vehicles available

Cost: *Est. $26.90

 
 
   
 
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