Welcome to my Christmas Gift Guide Series which is the ultimate unique Montessori gift ideas for babies and toddlers. So if you are a huge Montessori fan, just like I am, you’ll absolutely love this series!
Never heard of Montessori toys before? Why are better for children? You’ll find out in a later article. But just to don’t leave you hanging, Montessori philosophy encourages babies and children to explore and experience more about the world that’s surrounding them. We all know that children learn how things work through play. They are just like mini-scientists who try everything out to see what happens next. It is highly recommended to introduce toys that are going to boost your child’s development and help him gain skills that will follow him around his whole life.
This is part one of this gift guide series where you are going to find unique gift ideas – all Montessori friendly – for babies from 0 to 6 months old. Don’t worry some of these are pretty “advanced” so they work really well for “older” babies – 6-9 months old.
I decided to make this a series instead of a monster of a post because it’s easier to read and follow. I don’t want you to get lost in it, I want you to find it helpful and actually add some stuff to your Christmas Gift Shopping List.
Babies up until 2-3 months of age don’t really need much (except mommy, of course), but I wanted to add things that are good for younger babies and even newborns. Most of the things listed here, I introduced to my baby when he was around 2 months old.
Lastly, please keep in mind that I’ll update this article quite often. I know that I am going to find even more cute toys to share with you all.
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I found this cute little wooden cot mobile on an Esty shop called Peach Plum Pear. It’s so minimalistic and what I love about it most is that’s gender neutral!
Rattles in general, are a good way of entertaining any baby. It makes a lovely comforting sound and they are a very good tool that will help babies develop their motor skills. So don’t underestimate a good rattle! 🙂
These come in various shapes and forms such as:
Baby gyms or playmats are so beneficial for babies. They are good for tummy time and keeping them entertained with the toys or mirrors attached to it. What I also love about these is that you can add extra hanging toys or swap them around and your little one will be even more interested.
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Hanging toys or clip-on toys are so versatile. You can add them everywhere you’d like – baby gym, buggy, car seat, bouncy seat. Baby will surely be entertained for minutes.
There are so many cute stroller chains on the market that I just couldn’t resist and I chose 2 of my favourites for exemplification. I love how colourful and cute they look like. I feel like these both are unisex, but the one on the right tends to be more for boys and the one on the left it’s fun and girly.
You can never go wrong with teething toys. So when in doubt and don’t know what a baby is going to enjoy, I can assure you that they will be more than happy for a chewing toy. There are millions of variations of these teething toys, but before you decide to buy one, please make sure that’s made of natural material. I highly recommend wooden or silicone ones.
- Wooden animal head teething toy by EnzoToys
- Silicone elephant teething toy by NikiToyHandmade
- Wood & Silicone Teething ring by Ohtetine
- Crocket sensory hanging teething ring by ToysBabyZone
Black & White Books
I absolutely love Usborne books. Very interactive, fun and colourful. Exactly what babies need. Black & White books are recommended especially for newborns. As part of their eye development, babies won’t distinct colours up until 5 months.
Sensory balls are very good for developing fine motor skills. They also introduce textures, shapes and sizes. Not to mention that they are perfect to chew on. More options below:
I am sure that a hand kite would be more fun for older kids, but I decided to include it here because it’s a perfect sensory toy for babies. I even saw it at a baby group that I am going to. You can go for a personalised Rainbow Hand Kite just like this one here. You can never go wrong with a personalised item.
That’s everything I wanted to share with you at the moment, but as I said at the beginning of this article, I am going to come back and add some more gift ideas as I find new ones.
Before you go, I am curious, what’s your favourite Montessori toy for your little one? Share them in the comments for even more inspiration!
Until next time, take care & stay beautiful!
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