It happens to all of us at some point in our lives, and I feel like my time has come. My friends are having babies. I’m pretty sure it was yesterday we were sitting around listening to Backstreet Boys and taking quizzes in magazines about what kind of lipgloss was right for us, and now we’re responsible for other human lives. Woah.
With every baby shower invitation or birth announcements I get, I find myself racking my brain for just the perfect gift. I mean, I talk and think about child development all. day. long. I should be able to give a decent baby gift, right? Turns out that can be harder than you’d think! So, I assembled this list of my 6 go-to baby gifts for you to give as an SLP, just incase your brain gets stuck like mins. I even provided Amazon Affiliate links to make your shopping a breeze.
Friends.Books. Just…yes. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to write a long explanation for this one, but I will, because you “get me”, but I wil because I love it. Albert Einstein said “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”, and he wasn’t kidding. Board books in particular are great for little hands and will last long past their first year of life. I like to write a little personalized message to the child and their parents on the inside for an added touch. This link is to Moo, Baa La, La, La which is one of my favorites, but here are some more of my go-to’s:
-Anything by Sandra Boynton
-Anything by Eric Carle
–DK’s Touch and Feel Farm (or any other Touch and Feel book)
–Pat the Bunny
Have you seen these little feeder bags?! The new babe will have to wait a few months to use them, but when they do, the new mom will love you! Any kind of fruit (or other liquid-y food) can be placed inside and the baby is exposed to the juice and flavor without running a choking risk. Click here to shop.
These are my all-time favorite blocks. They are not only durable and easy to stack, but come with a variety of shapes, colors and sounds on the inside that are engaging and eventually build vocabulary. Win-win! Click here to shop.
Around 2-ish months, a baby’s range of sight begins to grow and are more aware of the world around them. Mirror toys encourage early joint-attention, cooing, babbling and social smiling. Yay, cognitive development! Click here to shop.
5. Dangle toys
Like mirror toys, dangle toys encourage joint-attention, as well as mouthing/oral exploration and early cause and effect skills. Click here to shop.
What gifts do you give to a new baby? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!